31 Times Gilmore Girls Had the Best Representation of Female Friendship

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28. Rory Joins a Secret Society

Season 2, Episode 7 “Like Mother, Like Daughter”

Rory is considered a “loner” because she prefers to spend her lunch period reading rather than with other students. She is encouraged by her guidance counselor and headmaster to make more of an effort to get involved in social life at school. At random she picks a new group to sit with and they just happen to be the most influential girls at Chilton, the Puffs. (Apparently Sandra Day O’Connor was once a Puff.)

In this case, it is notable that Rory chooses not to be friends with Francie (Emily Bergl) and the rest of the Puffs. She isn’t a person who enters into friendships lightly. Rory has all the people she needs in her life in her mother and Lane. She doesn’t see the value of spending time discussing frivolous things like homecoming when she could be reading.

It is much more realistic that Rory chooses to have a few close friends rather than join a new group. So often on TV we see stories of large friend groups who inter-date and live together in large, seemingly free apartments. This isn’t always the case in real life. It is refreshing to see a character with a core group of people in her life and an allegiance to them. It just goes to show you don’t have to be friends with everyone.