Rory's father, Christopher Hayden, returns and also wants Lorelai but she tells him he is too immature for a family.
She and Sookie get excited about opening their own business at the dilapidated Dragonfly Inn but the owner refuses to sell.
This dynamic creates some tension between Lorelai and Rory.
At the same time, she has a close friendship with the local diner owner, Luke Danes, and several people comment on their mutual attraction—but Lorelai is in denial and Luke doesn't act on it.
The quirky townspeople of Stars Hollow are a constant presence.
Along with series-long and season-long arcs, Gilmore Girls is also episodic in nature, with mini-plots within each episode - such as a town festival, an issue at Lorelai's inn, or a school project of Rory's.