Full House: Just Say No Way

Warning: This may be the most frustrating episode of Full House ever.

DJ gets a date to the junior high school dance with her big crush. This is a super important event for her because she’s also planned the entire dance. When the band she’s booked falls through at the last minute, she get Uncle Jesse to fill in–which means he’s there to witness all of the UNDERAGE DRINKING!

But first, check out this video of Uncle Jesse performing with the only available backup musicians–The Van Atta Junior High Marching Band.

Meanwhile, DJ’s date has been too shy to handle all of the social interaction at the dance. So he’s decided to drink beers with a couple of other boys. He finds that the beers really take the edge off, but this does not impress DJ. She tells them how stupid they are, and attempts to show how ridiculous they look by holding a beer and mocking them.

This is not an effective method of deterring teenage drinking, but I’m sure Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” only confused poor DJ and she really believed this was a helpful teaching tool for her peers. Anyway, at that exact moment Jesse walks out into the hallway and sees them. Fine, you think. She’s not drinking it, she’s holding it. He will understand what’s going on here.

But one of those preteen lame-os sprayed DJ with beer when she walked into the hallway! So she smells like beer, is holding beer, and is commenting about the beer to a group of peers. This looks pretty bad. But Uncle Jesse is a trusted adult who understands DJ’s integrity and he will believe that she’s just mocking them, right? Nope.

So Jesse takes DJ home, grounds her, and reports all of this to Danny and Joey. Okay, fine. Joey is such a softy, he’ll know she didn’t really do it. Danny will go upstairs and have a heart to heart with her and then he’ll see the truth, right? NOPE. They all sit downstairs chatting about how earlier kids start experimenting and how they can’t believe what she’s done. Then she gets the lecture a kid who has been drinking deserves–only she didn’t do anything except be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Literally no one in this loving, supportive, you can always talk to me family believes a single word DJ says except her little sister, Stephanie. DJ has been crying her eyes out for like eternity because no one believes her, so Stephanie marches downstairs and says her big sister is crying in the way that you only cry when you’re wrongfully accused. And suddenly every adult is like: whoops.

Meanwhile, DJ has gotten Kimmy’s mom (Kimmy has parents who are actually involved in her life at this point) to drive her back to school so she can get Kevin to explain to her father what really happened. For some reason, Jesse and Danny need only this twelve-year old child–a relative stranger to them–to corroborate DJ’s story in order for them to believe her. Ugh. So then Jesse is all like sorry DJ, I just know that alcohol has really messed up some of my friends and I totally took that out on you because I love you so much. And DJ is all like yay you trust me again and you were just worried!

Very Special Lesson: It’s okay if someone totally ruins your relationship by calling you a liar and a juvenile delinquent. If they apologize, then you can go back to your loving trusting relationship with absolutely no residual resentment.

6 thoughts on “Full House: Just Say No Way

  1. This one always seemed way out of character for the adults to me, too. Now I understand the writers just needed a way to make the thought of underage drinking look REALLY bad by saying no one would believe you weren’t if you were in such a situation so never get into such a situation. But as a I kid I thought it really unfair that they just kind of threw her in her room without the usual father-daughter talk they always had when one of the kids did something wrong. Guess they were really trying to drive the point home on this one.

    1. Yeah they totally were. This was the kind of thing that made me petrified of peer interactions as a preteen lol. Also, it’s kind of weird in light of John Stamos’s recent DUI.

  2. I missed a number of these episodes. This was the show I watched when I was home Friday nights (feeling like a loser) as I waited for the latter episodes of Boy Meets World to come on. But even though my FH eppy memories are low (but I still wanted to read your recap) one thing I do know is that The Full House folks were really like the Bradys. Meaning, they would believe folks even when the evidence was stacked against them (i.e. Greg swearing he didn’t smoke after being caught smoking earlier in the episode since he promised he would never do it again). There’s no way the adults would have not believed DJ–not on this show, They would have done better to have DJ actually drink (even if via spiked punch or something) so they could go on and on about the dangers of young drinking.

    Even the Cosby Show (ugh..my youth ruined; I can’t even get through episodes anymore) did better with Vanessa’s drinking. And really the Cosby Show was pretty heavy on the lessons.

    1. Oh my gosh yes, that Vanessa episode is my FAVORITE episode ever about high school drinking. Ugh, too bad Bill Cosby sucks but that was a good show. I would have bought this episode more if like Jesse super didn’t believe DJ but Danny did or vice versa. It just didn’t make sense for all of them to categorically dismiss her. Also, good comparison between FH and the Bradys. Full House is definitely a latter day incarnation of that show. I haven’t seen the episode where Greg smokes! I feel like a very special failure! I’ll have to check it out.

      1. I’m hoping after a few years I can watch Cosby and enjoy it again, It was a good show and important in the TV landscape. But not right now.

        Anyway, for the smoking episode of Brady go to the 2nd season (oh I own my Brady dorkdorm like I do OG SBTB. For the Brady’s that whole show was special lesson–you have tons of material!). Speaking of…SBTB D&D eppy would have actually been good except honestly they wouldn’t have gotten caught. All of their bad lies could have been easily explained away with halfway decent ones.

        But then it wouldn’t have been very special 🙂

        PS–I really love this blog! I look forward to it

      2. OMG this has to be one of the very first very special episodes! obviously well before that title even existed. so cool! And yeah, those Saved by the Bell kids must have just been wracked with guilt. There’s no other explanation.
        PS-Thanks! I look forward to your comments!

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