Sunday night fans of "Gilmore Girls" delighted as little Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) guest starred in “Lady Lazarus,” the latest episode in season five of "Mad Men." Although Bledel's character, Beth Dawes, has the same doe-eyes Rory did, she has certainly done some growing up since her days in sleepy Stars Hollow.
It took only minutes for Beth to end up in bed with Pete Campbell, her husband’s sometime commute companion, after she met him at the train station. Although their night of indiscretion jogged our memory of that fateful night on "Gilmore Girls" when Rory slept with her newly married ex-boyfriend Dean, the encounters couldn’t be more different –- the latter ending in heartache and tears while the former seemed to arouse excitement (even if it did turn into manic frustration on Pete's part).
Seeing Bledel on the small screen again got us thinking: What happened to the rest of the "Gilmore Girls" cast? Is Scott Patterson still breaking hearts? Is Lauren Graham still making witty pop-culture quips?
We tracked down all our favorite cast members and found out what they're up to now.
Since her days of witty-banter with her almost identical mother ended, Bledel has been plenty busy. Between her role as Lena Kaligaris in "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" (both I and II), modeling for IMG and starring in the historical drama "The Conspirator" directed by Robert Redford, she has had little time to miss her time spent in Stars Hollow.
Graham, once the young and hip mom from the "Gilmore Girls," has since gone on to play another not as young -- but still hip -- single mother on "Parenthood." Between various television roles, she has also voiced the character Fran Lockwood in "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" and starred alongside Steve Carell and Morgan Freeman in "Evan Almighty."
Last we saw her in "Gilmore Girls," McCarthy was in the kitchen providing a sympathetic ear and delicious baked good to an often stressed Lorelai, or beginning married life with Jackson the produce supplier. But recently she has been in the spotlight for much more than these fictional relationships. Her role in "Bridesmaids" garnered her international attention and an Academy Award nomination, while her sitcom "Mike & Molly" won her an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Sookie St. James was always a stand-out on "Gilmore Girls," so we're glad we've been seeing a lot more of McCarthy recently.
Nobody can forget dreamy Luke Danes, the man destined to win Lorelai's heart. Although he left Luke's Diner behind years ago, his eternal five o'clock shadow can be seen in "Saw IV," "Saw V" and "Saw VI," where he plays a good guy FBI agent.
She once spent her time hiding records in her baseboards, playing drums in a rock band and being Rory Gilmore's other half. Now Keiko Agena is still playing a loyal friend on TV. Since "Gilmore Girls" she has been the voice of Yori on <em>Kim Possible</em> and guest-starred as a doctor in "House."
As Rory's first love interest on the show, Padalecki was a heartthrob -- and a heatbreaker -- from day one. (Plus, he built Rory a car! Swoon!) Since then he has starred in the thriller "Friday the 13th" and as Sam Winchester in the television series "Supernatural." Paladeck is doing well for himself, but he'll always be Dean, the boy next door, to us.
Whether she was stressing out about (not) getting into Harvard, locking Rory out of their college apartment or falling in love with geriatric professors, Paris Geller always made you count your lucky stars she wasn't your best friend. Since her days of terrorizing the halls at Chilton and Yale, Weil has been a regular guest star in a number of television series including "CSI," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice." Most recently she played a modern day Monica Lewinsky in Shonda Rhimes' new television show "Scandal."