She begs Mia to hire her though she has no experience of any kind.
Instead, she ran away to the town of Stars Hollow, which is half an hour away from Hartford.
In Stars Hollow, she meets Mia, the owner of the Independence Inn.
They agree to it, if only the girls will attend dinner every Friday night and allow them into their lives. James find an old run-down inn called the Dragonfly Inn. However, the Independence Inn is in a point of crisis due to a recent fire, causing the pair to question the timing of their new endeavor.
Furthermore, Rory, by this time, has been accepted to Yale, and has been denied financial aid due to Lorelai receiving a one-time investment payout given to her by her father (see below).
On Karaoke Night in season seven, she sings the song "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton.
Some of her favorite movies are The Way We Were, His Girl Friday, Funny Face, and Casablanca, which she claims has "no bad parts." She is also addicted to coffee, takeout food, and she loves to shop for clothes and shoes.
Donovan breaks up with his latest girlfriend, and cons his friends into thinking she dumped him so he can get as much sympathy as possible from them. Rita moves in with Janie and they develop a new friendship apart from their shared relationship with Shelly. wants to watch a new sports package, but he refuses to pay for it after Nick added it to their cable without consulting him first. Shelly turns to new friend, Claudia, who suggests getting revenge on her ex-boyfriend. becomes jealous after Shelly starts dating a buff boxer named Adrian.
Donovan challenges Nick to become a manager of the Z Lounge for one night as part of a bet.
The pair share a surprise kiss at the end of the evening. Marty grounds his wife Janie after seeing her in the video. T.'s relationship with a woman who thinks she is a superhero. During the spring, Rita reignites her relationship with Donovan and buys her own apartment. Janie overhears Marty's flattering comments about Shelly and becomes convinced he still has an interest in her. Janie decides to change her outlook and attitude when one of the waitresses mistakes her for Shelly's mother.
After accidentally setting her car on fire, Shelly tries to borrow money from J. Rita has an extra ticket to a charity event and asks Donovan to be her escort. is humiliated when he and his parents watch a video of Shelly and her friends topless and drunk in a new commercial for a racy reality video. She quickly realizes that she really needs the support of her friends. Shelly decides to pursue a friends with benefits relationship with J. Shelly continues following the advice in a self-help book and asks J. The gang reminisces about their dating past, including J. However, he finds out that college is more difficult than he initially thought, and struggles with his classes and finances. The diet agreement is also put in danger when Janie enlists the gang to help her prepare for her church bake sale. Shelly becomes jealous when one of her mother's students replaces her as the center of attention. T., Donovan, and Nick decide to watch football instead of celebrating the holidays, but soon come to realize how much they miss the tradition. T.'s new girlfriend, Rochelle, is threatened by his former relationship with Shelly and his friends, so she demands that he choose between her or his friends.
Even though his relationship with a woman named Dani appears to be successful, they break up in the spring.