Say it ain’t so, Aunt Becky! On Tuesday, March 12, Lori Loughlin was indicted for allegedly taking part in a college admissions scam (and so were about 50 other parents, including fellow actress Felicity Huffman). But by Wednesday, March 13, just hours after the Full House star turned herself in, fans of the show recalled that her character had once gone through a similar storyline. Aunt Becky, though, was actually against cheating, but found herself wrapped up in the sticky situation when Uncle Jesse, a.k.a. John Stamos, pulled her into it. Check out the clip above to see what went down.
In a classic sitcom plot, the young parents were fretting over how to get their kids into the best preschool around — but, in a life-mirrors-art kind of way, Jesse worried that his kids weren’t quite accomplished enough to land a spot. So, he “embellished” the kids’ applications much in the same way that Lori and her IRL husband allegedly pretended that their daughters were crew stars. While trying to get his kids into the school, he said that they were multi-lingual musicians (bassoon players, to be specific) and that he, a musician himself, was also the Greek ambassador. It’s casual.
“The most important thing in the world right now is their education,” Jesse said in the episode. “I’m their father — if I don’t lie for them, who will?” But tellingly, Becky wasn’t down to play along. Instead, she fessed up, confessing to the interviewer that the twins’ applications were full of lies. Instead, she and her husband eventually came to terms with the fact that they were okay with the fact that their kids weren’t prodigies, and if they had to be prodigies to get into that school, it probably wasn’t the right school for them. “Whatever track they’re on, they seem to be doing OK,” she said.
Now, we’re just waiting to see if Lori walks the same path and confesses to what she’s been accused of doing. Though the allegations are only allegations for now, the charges of “conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud” are nothing to scoff at. And allegedly “[agreeing] to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters [20-year-old daughter Isabella and 19-year-old daughter Olivia] designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC” is a big claim. If only Lori’s parenting style had been a little bit more like Aunt Becky’s.