Lori Loughlin's character faced a dilemma. His two children had the opportunity to attend an elite school that promised to put their lives on the "fast track", but there was only one problem: their application was not entirely accurate.
In a 1993 episode of the popular "Full House" sitcom, taken up by social media users on Tuesday, Becky Katsopolis, played by Loughlin, and her husband Jesse (John Stamos) are forced to move between wanting what's best for your children and things too far away in which they try to get their twin children accepted at a prestigious kindergarten. When Jesse realizes that his boys probably won't come in, he will blatantly lie about applying the school, sending the couple down a path of deception until Becky, known in the show for her prudence, puts an end to the scams. He tells the administrators the truth, even at the risk of endangering the future of his children.
"I know you want what's best for them, but you know what?", Says Becky to Jesse towards the end of the episode. "Perhaps the fast lane is not like that. Nicky and Alex are healthy and normal children and whatever their track, they seem to be doing well."
Later he adds: "When they are ready to go to asylum, we will find the right one and we will do everything we can to encourage them".
Forward over 20 years and Loughlin found himself in a surprisingly similar situation, only this time it was real life. In 2016, Loughlin's eldest daughter was preparing to apply for college, but Federal prosecutors now claim that instead of leaving things to chance, the actress and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, used bribes to bring their daughter to the University of Southern California. They also presumably did the same for their other daughter, who signed up at the USC last fall.
Loughlin and Giannulli were among 50 people, including "Desperate Housewives" actress Felicity Huffman, accused on Tuesday of their alleged involvement in a corruption scam that allowed privileged students, who otherwise would not have been accepted, to attend prestigious colleges and universities, The Washington Post's Devlin Barrett and Matt Zapotosky reported. The couple is accused of having admitted their daughters to USC by paying $ 500,000 to be designated as recruits for the university's rowing team, although none of them have rowed, according to a criminal complaint.
Loughlin and Huffman representatives were not reached for comment at the beginning of Wednesday.
On Tuesday, many "Full House" fans pointed out that Loughlin's character, widely known as "Aunt Becky", seemed to have a rather different approach to school admissions on the show.
"Maybe #AuntBecky should have followed his advice", one person tweeted, referring to the episode of Season 6 entitled "Be faithful to your kindergarten". The episode is available for streaming on Hulu.
The plot of the plot involving Becky and Jesse starts with their twin sons on a play date with another boy named Cooper. When the conversation between the parents turns to enroll their children in kindergarten, Becky and Jesse learn that Cooper has just been accepted in Bouton Hall, one of the best kindergartens in the area. On the other hand, they are still, as Jesse says, in the "pre-preschool phase" and have not checked any school.
"You better go," Cooper's dad warns. "The most important choice a parent can make for their child is to choose the right kindergarten."
At Bouton Hall, the children are put on the "right track", ensuring that they will be "on the right path for life", says the father.
"That's where we want Nicky and Alex," replies Jesse. "The right track, the fast track, the zoom."
The camera goes back to show the three boys playing on the grass. Nicky and Alex are making incomprehensible childish sounds, and throwing bits of grass in the air. Meanwhile, Cooper has built a rather imposing block tower and starts playing ABCs. Jesse looks, his expression getting more and more discouraged.
Later, Jesse is faced with another sign that perhaps Bouton Hall is not so suitable for his children when he sits down to examine the formidable school application form.
"This is a great kindergarten," notes his friend Joey Gladstone, played by Dave Coulier. "I couldn't go in and I was 14 years old."
The twins probably won't come in, says Jesse, referring to a question that asks the parent to evaluate "the scope of your child's verbal skills". Jesse notes that his children talk a lot while the boys chat incoherently in the background. , but "is not always in English".
"Perfect, put down that I'm bilingual," suggests Joey. "They speak two languages: English and meaningless".
In the beginning, Jesse refuses to lie about the question, but then changes his mind.
"I'm their father," he says. "If they don't lie to them, who will?"
Jesse's lies seem to pay off like a breathless Becky, who has no idea that the application is falsified, tells him that the boys, now bilingual and able to play the bassoon, have scored an interview for the school . It is only when they arrive at the school that he is cleaned to his wife in an attempt to convince her to follow her plan.
"On the question I might have, what is the word I'm looking for, I might have embellished a little," he admits, reassuring the alarmed Becky that it was "tiny amounts". . . just a little bit. "
But while many of the lies are revealed to Becky during the painfully awkward encounter, she quickly reaches her limit.
"We have to be honest, well, I have to be honest," he says, interrupting the school administrator. "He might have embellished, lied a little about our application."
It turns out that the school has always had its suspicions, since "not too many 2-year-olds are skilled in the bundle", the administrator replies, but surprisingly lets the entry interview continue. "Just show that you want what's best for your kids."
The end of the episode finds a frustrated Jesse trying to practice letters and forms with his children, who seem to have no interest in what they are learning. One of the children even throws a plastic block at his father's head.
"I think the boys are trying to tell us something," says Becky, before kindly reminding Jesse that it doesn't matter where their children go to school or on which track they end up.
"I just want them to be happy," Jesse says holding one of the twins, who can't stop giggling.
"Well, they look pretty happy for me," Becky says.
On social media, people claimed The episode foreshadowed Tuesday's news of the college admission scam.
An old interview with Loughlin also re-emerged, in which he spoke of the fact that he wanted his daughters to go to the university.
"I want them to be happy," he told Entertainment Tonight in 2016. "I want to be supportive of everything they want to do, but I want them to be a little normal. [life]. Finish high school, university experience, maybe because I don't have it, I really want it for them ".
It didn't take long for the initial surprise to vanish and be replaced by a wave of "Full House" jokes and memes.
One person went so far as to create a new version of the catchy song of the show, "Everywhere You Look".
Here is an example of the revised texts:
What ever happened to a meritocracy?
The class rank, the GPA, even the SATs.
Wherever you look, (everywhere)
C & # 39; is a fraud, (c & # 39; is a fraud)
A school to pay bribes to.
Some gripped users resurrected other episodes that felt to have become relevant again.