‘Gilmore Girls’: 3 Times Lorelai Gilmore Lied Needlessly

Lorelai Gilmore wasn’t exactly a traditional mother. Becoming a mother at 16 made her instantly different. Her desire to have a friendly relationship with her only child was unique, too. Unconventional, however, doesn’t mean she did everything right. Lorelai often advised her daughter, Rory Gilmore, to lie. At first, Lorelai recommending Rory lie to friends and partners seems weird, but when you look closely, you might notice Lorelai often lied, too. In fact, most of her lies were completely needless. Do you remember her most unnecessary fibs?

Lorelai lied to Luke Danes about drinking with Christopher Hayden

In season 5 of Gilmore Girls, Lorelai meets up with Christopher Hayden after his father died. The former flames end up staying up the entire night drinking and talking about their equally troubled family lives. The whole scenario seemed innocent enough, yet Lorelai insisted on lying to Luke Danes about her whereabouts. That one, needless lie eventually led to Luke and Lorelai’s first break up.

Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore and Scott Patterson as Luke Danes in 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life'
Lauren Graham and Scott Patterson in ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ | Netflix

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While the actual scenario could seem a little suspicious, Lorelai made the situation look far worse than it was by lying to Luke about what happened. By lying, she made it seem like she had something to hide, which made Christopher’s outburst at Emily and Richard Gilmore’s vow renewal even more troubling.

Lorelai didn’t need to lie about her relationship with Jason Stiles

In season 4, Lorelai dated her father’s business partner, Jason Stiles. Instead of being upfront about her interest in Jason when things started to get serious, she decided to sneak around with Jason and lie to her parents about the relationship. Jason didn’t initially want to go along with the ruse but agreed, assuming Lorelai had her reasons for keeping things a secret. The lie ended up being a massive mistake. It cost Lorelai her relationship and Jason his business.

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Lorelai insisted that she and Jason keep things secret because she worried Emily would consider the relationship a personal attack. When you think about it, Jason was the exact type of person that both Richard and Emily would have wanted Lorelai to date. Not only was he financially stable, but he was from the world they felt comfortable in. Emily might not have liked Jason, but she likely would have been fine with the relationship eventually. Lying about the romance made the entire situation more complicated than it needed to be.  

Lorelai lied to Mrs. Kim for Lane regularly

Lorelai once insisted that she owed Mrs. Kim honesty under “the mom code” when Rory and Lane Kim lied about where they were going. While there were a few moments when Lorelai insisted on being honest with Mrs. Kim, she also consistently lied to her. She also reguarlly omitted information from her to help Lane get away with things.

Keiko Agena as Lane Kim stands in front of Kim's Antiques in a scene for 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life'
Keiko Agena as Lane Kim | Netflix

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Lorelai advised Lane to lie and tell Mrs. Kim that she was going to a play when they were going to a concert. She helped Lane practice with her band and acted as if she had no idea who Dave Rygalski was to cover for Lane. The lies surely helped Lane out, but they were inconsistent and seemed completely unnecessary.