Gilmore Girls The sidekick, Lane Kim, is beloved by fans for many reasons. The renegade was quirky, witty and, often, wise beyond his years, with dreams of rock stardom. While Lane would often give sage advice to her best friend, Rory Gilmore, and others, there were times when she missed the mark. Do you remember the worst advice he ever gave?
Lane didn’t have a backbone when Rory slept with Dean
When Rory slept with her estranged ex-boyfriend, Dean Forrester, she specifically asked Lane what she thought of the situation. Lane mentioned that Dean was in love with Rory, which meant that everything was over and above because of him. Even when Rory mentioned Dean’s marriage to Lindsay Lister, Lane was completely indifferent. Instead of telling Rory that Lindsay and Dean’s marriage was a bigger issue she needed to deal with, he tried to send her back to Lorelai for advice, claiming she had at least “experience.”
Sure, Lane was relatively inexperienced in love. She had never had sex and was in her first relationship at the time. Still, someone like Lane would surely know that Rory and Dean’s affair was not only wrong but widely problematic. Instead of Lane telling Rory to leave it alone and not to talk to Dean again, she was completely wishful.
Lane looked totally cool with Rory exiting Yale
Lane was great to Rory in many ways, but she took her “sidekick” role too seriously. Whenever Rory was wandering, Lane stood idly by. The rebellious teenager went on a few adventures, but she couldn’t stand Rory and give her the advice she needed. Instead of telling Rory that leaving school was a huge backlash, she just went with it.
In fact, Lane didn’t even mention the fact that Rory dropped out of the prestigious Ivy League education. When Rory finally went back to school, she also seemed nostalgic. While Lane didn’t want to upset Rory, old friends must tell each other that the decisions they’re making are completely wrong.
Lane advising Kyon to disregard Mrs. Kim was bad advice
After taking off from Lane’s coop, Mrs. Kim accepts an exchange student into her home. Kyon was, in many ways, exactly the type of child that Mrs. Kim had hoped for. She was deeply religious, studious and an ardent rule follower. Lane, instead of letting things be, felt the need to advise Kyon on all the ways she could break Mrs. Kim’s rules.
While some fans argue that Kyon wanted a generic teen experience, was it really true? Kyon and Lane’s first real conversation happened when Kyon walked in and said she was hungry. Lane, looking inside, offers Kyon several ways to break the rules without her asking. Lane advising the teenager to disregard Mrs. Kim was absolutely wrong. In short, Kyon and Mrs. Kim’s relationship was not Lane’s business, and she only intervened because she could.
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