15 TV episodes we’ll never get tired of watching

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Gilmore Girls, “They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?”

Gilmore Girls is the type of show that is perfect to binge on Netflix. The episodes are usually around 45 minutes, there are a lot of seasons, and you never know what to expect from the fast-talking, witty Lorelai and Rory. People loved binging the episodes so much that it generated enough buzz to get the show rebooted on Netflix. But what episode is absolutely essential viewing? Definitely the one with the 24-hour dance marathon.

In the episode “They Shoot Gilmores, Don’t They?” Lorelai is determined to finally beat Kirk at the annual Stars Hollow 24 hour dance marathon, because of course that is a thing that happens in a town like Stars Hollow. It’s exactly what the name suggests, too. For a full day, you and your partner have to be on the dance floor, touching and moving in some way. You’re given regular breaks, but if either of you leave the dance floor or stop moving before those breaks, you’re eliminated.

It sounds crazy, and perfectly Gilmore. Lorelai’s dance partner ditches her last minute so she drags Rory along for the marathon instead. But right there, front and center, is Jess and his trashy new girlfriend, kissing and not paying any attention to the dancers. It infuriates Rory and she can’t help but bash Jess any chance she gets, but she may be getting mad for a different reason.

Rory and Lorelai are heading into the final hours of the marathon, with Kirk still going strong too, when Lorelai’s heel breaks. She runs off to fix it quickly and tags in Dean to take her spot and keep Rory dancing, or at least standing upright. He quickly realizes, though, the chemistry between her and Jess, and even though he has tried to ignore it, he essentially breaks up with her right there on the dance floor, in front the rest of Stars Hollow.

Obviously, Lorelai is shocked when she comes back and even more angry about the fact that Kirk won the dance marathon once again. This episode has everything a Gilmore Girls fan loves: a Rory-Jess-Dean love triangle, Lorelai being manic and delightfully competitive, and the town of Stars Hollow being its usual quirky self. Most fans probably have their own favorite episodes that they never get tired of watching, but this one is definitely some strong competition.