There are plenty of new faces in and out of Stars Hollow, and a lot of them look familiar. (Obviously: SPOILERS!)
Who she plays: Naomi Shropshire, the boozy, eccentric woman who hires Rory to help write her memoir.
Where you’ve seen her before: As River Song on Doctor Who and Dr. Elizabeth Corday on ER.
Who he plays: Paul, Rory’s instantly forgettable boyfriend. (Even Rory, who has dated him for two years, can’t seem to remember him.)
Where you’ve seen him before: As Dash on The Return of Jezebel James and Patric Edelstein on The Good Wife.
The Gilmore connection: Like Paul, Amy Sherman-Palladino’s series The Return of Jezebel James, on which Carpenter had a recurring role, was quickly forgotten and deserved more love than it got. Carpenter was also on The Good Wife, which starred Matt Czuchry, who plays the guy Rory is cheating on Paul with.
Who he plays: Himself, cooking in The Dragonfly kitchen and annoying Lorelai by virtue of not being Sookie.
Where you’ve seen him before: On Food Network, or maybe you’ve eaten at one of his restaurants.
Who he plays: Jack Smith, an old friend of Emily and Richard’s who grows closer to Emily after Richard’s death.
Where you’ve seen him before: As Leland Palmer on Twin Peaks, The Devil on Reaper, and Marvin on Fresh Off the Boat.