Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Summer isn't the only thing that's over and done with as Gilmore Girls begins its third season. Chances are that Lorelai (Lauren Graham) will never be able to marry Christopher (David Sutcliffe), the father of her teenage daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel); Christopher must now devote his time to his "ex" Sherry, who is pregnant with his child. As for Rory, she has returned from her brief sojourn to Washington, D.C., to begin her final year at Chilton prep school -- and to make what she thinks will be her final decision concerning the two men in her life, Dean (Jared Padalecki) and Jess (Milo Ventimiglia). Elsewhere in Stars Hollow, Lorelai's scatterbrained friend Sookie (Melissa McCarthy) settles into domesticity with new hubby Jackson (Jackson Douglas); and the crotchety Taylor tries to orchestrate the town's first annual End-of-Summer Madness Festival, despite being laid up with a broken leg. Senator Barbara Boxer puts in a cameo appearance in a scene where she matches wits with the estimable Paris Geller (Liza Weil).