SPOILER WARNING: For those who haven’t watched Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, plot details will be revealed below.
Did you spot ’em?
The four-part series, which hit the streaming service on Friday, welcomed a trio of Graham’s past cast mates to the screen for a Gilmore–Parenthood overlap.
The first familiar face to make a surprise appearance: Mae Whitman. The actress, who played Graham’s daughter Amber Holt on Parenthood, made a cameo in the second episode of the revival. In the scene, Whitman, 28, plays a young professional who is standing in line for a crodocake and is interviewed by Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) for her GQ piece.
But before Whitman’s character is able to snag a sweet treat from the bakery, she has to rush off to work — which is when former TV mom Graham steps in.
“Pssst, hey kid. Let me hook you up,” Lorelai gestures with her bag of pastries to Whitman’s character.
“Are you kidding?” Whitman responds.
“I don’t kid about a crodocake. Take one,” Lorelai says.
Next up in the lineup of Parenthood cameos: Jason Ritter. Also known by his character name as Mark Cyr, the 36-year-old actor makes an appearance as park ranger No. 1 that Lorelai comes across on her first day attempting to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.
“There’s a storm coming in tonight. It’s going to be very rough conditions. Now all of you have permits and nice big backpacks, so you are welcome to begin your hikes, but it will be a brutal first day. The visibility for boot-throwing will be very bad, so you may want to consider starting tomorrow. Now for those of you who will not be dead within 20 minutes of exposure to the elements, have your storm gear ready and available to you. And good hiking!” Ritter as the park ranger says to the group of hikers, which includes the Gilmore Girls leading lady.
“Yo, books don’t throw boots. Respect the book,” Lorelai tells him.
“Your shoelaces are untied,” he points out to her, to which she replies, “Huh? Oh, crap!”
Ritter’s closing line: “You’ll do great out there.”
On Lorelai’s second attempt to enter into the national park, she comes across another park ranger, played by Krause, whom she tries to persuade to allow her into the park, despite her missing pass.
“Alright Park, I came all the way here from this tiny town in Connecticut, just to walk out there and look at the wilderness and stare at the beautiful trees and bathe in the crystal clear lakes and think super deep thoughts. And I know that a handsome, strapping man like you understands the deep, throbbing, primal need to connect with woodchucks. And just imagine, underneath all this, I am really hot,” Lorelai says to Krause’s park ranger character.
“Ma’am, I am a park ranger,” he tells her.
“I don’t know what that means,” she responds.
“That means no permit, no hiking,” Krause’s character states.
Graham, 49, recently opened up to PEOPLE about finally finding love in Hollywood. “At our age we’d probably both been through ‘showmances’ that went south and made work an uncomfortable place to be,” she wrote, and added of being in a relationship with Krause, “But ultimately, our mutual wariness gave way — it just sort of happened.”
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is now streaming on Netflix.