‘Gilmore Girls’: Did Rory Gilmore Inadvertently Try to Kill Dean Forrester in Season 1?

Rory Gilmore seemed like an all-American girl when fans of Gilmore Girls first met her in 2000. Years later, they were disappointed to see Rory floundering and acting selfishly as an adult in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. It shouldn’t have been a huge surprise, though. There were glimmers of serious self-absorption during the show’s very first season if you look closely. It’s entirely possible that she almost killed her first boyfriend, Dean Forrester, by accident within the show’s first 10 episodes.

Lane Kim discovered a ton of information about Dean for Rory in the early part of their relationship

When Rory and Dean first started dating, she was pretty awkward around him. She was so uncomfortable that she seemed incapable of stringing a full sentence together. Instead of getting information about her love interest herself, she employed her best friend to gather information about him. Lane Kim, who was a lot more socially adept than Rory, was able to find out plenty about Dean from his best friend, Todd.

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Lane learned that Dean had dated a girl for a year before moving to Stars Hollow from Chicago. She also knew that he listened to Liz Phair and The Sugarplastics. Finally, Lane learned that Dean suffered from an allergy to walnuts. She stated that Dean was “deathly allergic” to the tree nut.

A few episodes later, Rory showed her love for Dean through food

Once Dean and Rory settled into their relationship, she got a lot more comfortable around him. Presumably, she was able to have conversations with him and learn about his likes and dislikes. To show her love for her new beau, she decided to bring him some baked goods. She didn’t pick just any cookies, though. Rory picked Sookie’s Rocky Road cookies. 

Dean Forrester in 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life'
Dean Forrester in ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ | Netflix

Rocky Road cookies employ all of the flavors of Rocky Road ice cream and infuse them into cookies. The confection generally includes chocolate chips, marshmallows, and either walnuts, almonds, or hazelnuts. The flavor profile was originally developed in Australia but eventually made its way to the United States. Rory, hated Rocky Road cookies, but Dean loved them.

Did Rory try to kill Dean early in their relationship?

Since Rory was aware of Dean’s allergy, some fans have wondered if her gift of Rocky Road cookies was in poor taste. After all, a severe allergy to nuts is no joking matter. According to Food Allergy Research and Education, 170 foods are considered common allergens, but tree nuts, including walnuts, are more likely to cause severe reactions, including anaphylaxis. So, did Rory accidentally try to kill her beau?

Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham on 'Gilmore Girls'
Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham on ‘Gilmore Girls’ | Mitchell Haddad/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images

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No, probably not. While original Rocky Road recipes generally included walnuts, once the flavor came stateside, almonds and other nuts often replaced walnuts. Sookie St. James and Lorelai Gilmore both seemed to know that Dean liked Rocky Road cookies, meaning he had eaten them before. If that was the case, Sookie’s recipe most likely used almonds instead of walnuts.