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7. Rory & Paris Go on Spring Break

Season 4, Episode 17 “Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin’ the Twist”

Spring break is the quintessential part of any college experience. After a particularly cold winter, Rory and Paris decide they want to take part. They road trip from Connecticut to Florida with their roommate Janet (Katie Walder) and a friend Glenn (Ethan Cohn). While there Rory and Paris take part in classic spring break traditions including drinking, drunk dialing ex-boyfriends, kissing each other, and watching obscure documentaries. They also run into their old frenemies Madeline and Louise at a party.

Seeing both Rory and Paris outside their usual habitat is a nice change. It gives the characters a chance to interact with new people and bond in different ways. Both Rory and Paris are overwhelmed by the spring break scene. They don’t know how to have fun like normal college students. The spend the first night in Florida watching The Power of Myth and eating pizza to ease themselves into the trip.

By this point in the show Rory and Paris are the type of friends who are completely at ease around each other. They don’t feel peer pressured into liking the party scene because it isn’t who they are. They have found comfort in their similarities. It is a complete reversal from their early interactions when Rory was trying desperately to fit into the social scene at Chilton and Paris had created an appearance of toughness around her. Spending (and surviving) spring break is one of the many steps Rory and Paris take to cement their growing friendship.