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Every Gilmore Girls Character Who Got Arrested

Although Gilmore Girls is a light-hearted series, some of the main characters commit crimes, which result in their surprising and dramatic arrests.

While the 2000s drama Gilmore Girls is a heartwarming mother/daughter story, several characters are arrested throughout the series, which sheds light on the problems they are working through. The show follows the close relationship between Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and her daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel) as they live in Stars Hollow and drink lots of coffee. While Gilmore Girls is a comforting and nostalgic watch that involves more laughter and romance than crime, the show’s heightened storylines sometimes mean characters can find themselves on the wrong side of the law.


The show has many memorable and humorous storylines, often a result of the Gilmore Girls characters making bad decisions. In season 1, Lorelai wears an inappropriate outfit of jean shorts and a t-shirt to Rory’s first day at her private school Chilton. Then, Rory’s tardiness for an English exam results becomes a disaster, as she yells at her teacher and classmates. Later, in season 6, Emily (Kelly Bishop) considers purchasing a timeshare plane, which would be a huge waste of money, even for her. And then there are the times when the characters’ actions result in legal consequences, which shocks them into making changes.

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Luke Beats Up A Car

Luke Danes standing behind the counter at his diner on Gilmore Girls

Diner owner and Lorelai’s main love interest Luke Danes (Scott Patterson) can be an angry person, and in season 4, episode 17, “Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin’ the Twist,” he is arrested for beating up a car. This plotline proves Luke’s important role on Gilmore Girls and serves the purpose of ensuring that Luke’s marriage ends so he is free to share his feelings for Lorelai. While hitting a car is strange and out of character, Luke has a motive: he thinks his wife Nicole Leahy (Tricia O’Kelley) is having an affair with the car’s owner.

It’s telling that Luke phones Lorelai when he needs bailing out of jail, as she is never far from his mind. Luke realizes that he should ask for help sometimes and that it’s alright to talk about his feelings. The crime changes him, as he accepts that he is going to divorce Nicole, and he opens himself up to loving Lorelai, resulting in Luke and Lorelai finally getting their happy ending.

Rory & Logan Steal A Yacht

Rory and Logan stealing a yacht on Gilmore Girls

In season 5, episode 21, “Blame Booze and Melville,” Rory makes her famous mistake of stealing a yacht with her boyfriend Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry). Rory proves that she has trouble coping with criticism when Logan’s father Mitchum (Gregg Henry) tells her that she will not be a successful journalist. Instead of asking his advice on how to improve, or moving forward with her career dreams despite his words, Rory falls apart, looks for control, and steals a boat. This crime is more serious as Rory is punished with community service and drops out of Yale, afraid to admit that she is unsure about her future.

Emily Talks On Her Phone While Driving & Refuses To Take A Breathalyzer Test

Split image of Emily driving talking to a cop and talking in jail on Gilmore Girls

One of Emily’s most unforgettable storylines is in season 7, episode 4, “‘S Wonderful, ‘S Marvelous” when a police officer arrests her for refusing to take a breathalyzer test after talking on her cell phone while driving. Lorelai and Christopher Hayden (David Sutcliffe)’s relationship is the dramatic focus here, as when Emily calls Lorelai from jail, they keep their date a secret. The characters show their strong, funny personalities, with Lorelai laughing and taking photos and Emily yelling about suing. They ignore the real issue that they struggle to get along, with Lorelai never feeling comfortable telling her mother about her Gilmore Girls love interests.

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