Here's How 'Fuller House' Explained Lori Loughlin's Absence In Season 5
By Emily Lee
December 6, 2019
The final season of Fuller House has finally dropped on Netflix. Before the season began filming, it was reported Lori Loughlin was let go from the cast due to her alleged involvement in the college admissions scandal. Longtime fans of both Full House and Fuller House were eager to learn how the show would handle Aunt Becky's absence, however, they might be disappointed to learn that the show doesn't really address it at all.
Fuller House's fifth and final season consists of nine episodes. Core cast members from the original series, including John Stamos' Uncle Jesse and Dave Coulier's Uncle Joey, don't appear until the final episode. Jesse and Joey make their first and only appearance, which is quite brief TBH, to help Candace Cameron Bure's D.J. plan a flash mob. “You can’t have a flash mob without inviting us,” Jesse tells his niece. Joey then adds, “And he can’t tango without his dance partner.”
Any other hint or mention of Aunt Becky simply doesn't happen throughout the last nine episodes of Fuller House. While Loughlin, Stamos and Coulier, as well as Bob Saget, regularly appeared on Fuller House throughout its run, they didn't appear in every single episode. The show mostly focused on D.J., Stephanie and Kimmy Gibbler, as well as their children.
While the show didn't address Loughlin's absence, the cast has done so on numerous occasions over the past couple months. “It’s very sad. She was a big part of Fuller House. She wasn’t in every episode, but her presence was definitely felt. We loved every single time she came on the set. So we have definitely felt her absence this season,” Andrea Barber, who plays Kimmy, explained. “We wish it wasn’t that way, and we wish she could be here because it definitely feels like there’s a hole in our hearts and a hole on our set. But we understand that this is the decision that was made, and we respect it. But she’s always in our hearts forever. Every time we step on stage, she’s in our hearts.”
Louglin is preparing for her upcoming court battle. If she's found guilty for her involvement in the admissions scam, she could face up to 50 years in prison.