Romance resumes on 'Gilmore'

When the first season of the goofy, good-natured comedy "Gilmore Girls" (7 p.m., WB) ended, Max (Scott Cohen) surprised Lorelai (Lauren Graham) with 1,000 yellow daisies. He had them delivered after she complained about his casual way of popping the question.

As tonight's two-hour episode opens, the streets of Lorelai's storybook town are festooned with yellow flowers. The image is simultaneously sweet and a little sinister. Lorelai slowly realizes that her private business is quite literally all over the street. By the time a crowd follows her to see how she will break the news to Luke (Scott Patterson), the show has become a weird cross between a Dr Pepper commercial and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." "Gilmore Girls" tops this very clever scene with well-written banter between Lorelai and Luke, who trade barbs about coffee, muffins and the importance of knowing where the coupon drawer is located. Everything, it seems, except the obvious fact that Luke is still holding a torch.

Lorelai warms up to the idea of Max's proposal when she begins browsing bridal magazines. But don't expect a smooth march to the altar. Once again, Edward Herrmann and Kelly Bishop shine as Lorelai's repressed parents. They are capable of keeping her quiet for moments at a time. Alexis Bledel has only gotten better as the smart and mature Rory Gilmore. Her affection for her chatty mother shines through in almost every scene they share.

� Still more babies. Cinemax presents the documentary "Alison's Baby" (6 p.m.), the story of Alison Lapper, a woman born without arms, and only truncated legs, who decided to become a mother.

Tonight's other highlights

� A demon dredges up bad memories on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (7 p.m., UPN).

� Nick represents the interests of a prostitute's son on "The Guardian" (8 p.m., CBS).

� Max and Liz attempt to hold up a convenience store on the second-season premiere of "Roswell" (8 p.m., UPN).

� Stuart can't hide his feelings on "Judging Amy" (9 p.m., CBS).

� Tommy reveals a startling secret on "Resurrection Blvd." (9 p.m., Showtime).

Series notes

l All are new ... Mac and Harm tangle in court on "JAG" (7 p.m., CBS) ... Emeril plays Cupid on "Emeril" (7 p.m., NBC) ... Eric plays the field on "That '70s Show" (7 p.m., Fox) ... A return to intimacy on "Dharma & Greg" (7 p.m., ABC).

A revealing date on "Three Sisters" (7:30 p.m., NBC) ... Credit card madness on "Undeclared" (7:30 p.m., Fox) ... Jake seems too casual on "What About Joan" (7:30 p.m., ABC).

Bad memories of Martin's last night on the beat on "Frasier" (8 p.m., NBC) ... Two more evictions on "Love Cruise: The Maiden Voyage" (8 p.m., Fox) ... Bob faces the wrath of Connie Sellecca on "Bob Patterson" (8 p.m., ABC).


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