‘Gilmore Girls’: What Was Rory Gilmore’s Worst Storyline?

While Rory Gilmore was a largely beloved television character during the original run of  Gilmore Girls, over the years, fans have noticed that Rory had some pretty terrible personality traits. She was, for all intents and purposes, a flawed teen, and she had done little maturing by the time Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premiered on Netflix. Over the years, fans have debated Rory’s very best and worst moments. While her acceptance to Yale ranks as one of the series’ best moments, according to fans, there were a few storylines that missed the mark. So, which of Rory’s storylines could fans not accept? The answer might surprise you.

Rory’s affair with Dean didn’t sit well with fans, and neither did her second affair

Rory and Dean Forrester were high school sweethearts before she decided to date Jess Mariano instead. That should have been the end of her relationship with Dean, but it wasn’t.  Instead, Dean and Rory started an affair when Rory returned from Yale between her freshman and sophomore years. Rory’s decision to sleep with Dean while he was married to Lindsay was so out of character that fans continue to discuss it years after it happened.

Several Reddit fans note that the entire storyline was so unbelievable because it went against everything Rory seemed to believe in. Not only was it a rash decision, something Rory was perpetually terrified of, but completely hypocritical, too. Just a few episodes before the pair begin their illicit affair, Rory ripped into Paris for cheating on her boyfriend, Jamie, with a much older professor. The same affair storyline was revisited in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Rory and Logan Huntzberger carried on a lengthy relationship even though Logan was engaged, and Rory was dating the poor, forgettable Paul.

Rory refusing to speak to Lorelai for several months is one of the most controversial storylines of the entire series

Fans truly hated Lorelai Gilmore and Rory’s feud during season 5 and season 6. In fact, Rory’s entire detour away from Yale and Stars Hollow did not sit well with fans. Not only was her decision to steal a boat with Logan completely out of character, but her cavalier attitude about getting arrested and leaving school exposed several of Rory’s fatal flaws for the very first time. Not only did it prove that Rory couldn’t take criticism, but it showed that she really wasn’t cut out for journalism.

Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore and Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore
Rory Gilmore and Lorelai Gilmore | Warner Bros./Delivered by Online USA

Everything Rory did during her time away from Lorelai made almost no sense to fans, and it’s still regularly discussed. The storyline is so hated, that four of the show’s 10 lowest-rated episodes took place during that time frame, according to IMDb. The only storyline from the series that was more disliked was Lorelai’s marriage to Christopher Hayden.

Rory’s worst storyline may not have happened during the original series

Sure, Rory had some truly awful moments during the original run of Gilmore Girls, but her most hated storyline occurred during Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. The entire revival centered around Rory’s inability to get her career started. Fans likely would have forgiven Rory’s failure to launch a successful journalism career if she hadn’t been so insufferable about it.


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During the revival, Rory was difficult, self-important, and completely rootless. She had no plan, and no pro/con list could have saved her. If you add in her affair with Logan, Rory was, basically, a shadow of her former self. Whether or not Amy Sherman-Palladino intended to destroy Rory remains unknown, but it certainly seems that way. Maybe she could be redeemed in a second revival season, but there is no word on whether or not that will be happening.