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Cutting It Close
Season 2, episode 1
Cutting it close
Air date October 14, 1988
Writer(s) Jeff Franklin
Director Joel Zwick
Previous D.J. Tanner's Day Off
Next Tanner vs. Gibbler

Cutting It Close is the first episode of season two of Full House. It originally aired on October 14, 1988.

Opening Teaser

As Joey holds Michelle, he tells the family that she is ready to give it another go; namely, another game of "Ring Around the Rosie", and understanding that "We all fall down", the last line in the song, means exactly that—and in this case, it means sitting down on the floor. They all groan at this and walk away, not believing or even wanting to believe him, and Stephanie says that she is just going to misunderstand that last line again, but Joey assures her that he and Michelle have worked on that line pretty much the entire day, and that Michelle has it down this time, so they proceed with the game and the song. But upon singing the last line, Michelle is still standing, confirming Stephanie's fears and leading D.J. to say that she has a real mean streak, so it is clear that Michelle has a lot more comprehending and practicing to do regarding that last line.


Stephanie is playing the pretend game of "hairdresser" when she accidentally cuts a chunk of Jesse's hair off, forcing him to go to his professional hairdresser, Alejandro. Heading back home, Jesse was too upset to see a road sign that says "severe tire damage" while riding his Harley, resulting in a crash which totals the bike and breaks both of his arms, and thus resulting in a trip to the hospital and casts (or what he calls "concrete sleeves"). He comes home wearing the casts, much to the shock of the family (and the studio audience), and Stephanie frowns (and the audience groans). Despite his pleas, they want to see his new haircut, so they have to remove his helmet to reveal it. And while Stephanie is happy to see that he is okay, she tries to hug him, but of course, the pain from the injury causes him to yell.

Those broken arms disable his ability to move them and thus cause him to have trouble doing things such as dressing and undressing, getting in and out of bed, brushing his teeth, shaving, stamping envelopes, playing his music, and even making himself breakfast, lunch, and even dinner. Stephanie feels responsible for Jesse's accident, and it takes the combined efforts of her dad Danny, her older sister D.J., and the rest of the Tanner household, to persuade her otherwise.

When Danny catches Jesse kicking his trashed motorcycle from the wreck, he brings Stephanie out to help him feel better. As usual, she refuses (which leads to more groans from the audience). He explains to her (as the inspirational music plays) that everyone learns from their mistakes... eventually; giving examples from this episode: his missing that sign was not going to stop him from riding a motorcycle, and so her cutting off a huge chunk of his hair should not stop her from playing "hairdresser" with him. He says (as the music stops) that if he can't write any music in his current shape, she can help him by writing lyrics, and she accepts. And with that, he hugs her, and does not feel any pain at all! In her words, "The curse is broken!", and she can spend more time with him. The chat is capped off with both of them saying "Have mercy!"

In Michelle's room, Jesse asks her what he thinks of his new hairdo, and if it is better than Don King's or Garry Shandling's, to which she says no on both counts. He realizes that the new hairdo means a new chapter in his life, having had that same hairstyle since he was 16, having ridden the same motorcycle he wrecked earlier, having dressed the same, having listened to the same music, and even having worked in his parents' exterminator business. He promises to be open to change from here on out and become more mature. He jokingly asks Joey, who served him four glasses of iced tea earlier, to serve him another glass (as Jeff Franklin's EP credit appears). Joey grants him his wish, and (as Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett's credits appear) Michelle gives a goodbye wave to Jesse as he and Joey head downstairs (as the audience applauds).

Background notes

The opening credits for this episode contains a lot of footage from season one because executive producer Jeff Franklin did not want to give away that Jesse would be getting his hair cut.

Stephanie does not actually cut Jesse's hair; she cuts a mullet wig instead.


[In the teaser, in the living room, Joey holds Michelle, hoping she understands the "We all fall down" line of "Ring Around the Rosie" after practicing it with her all day long.]
Joey: Trust me, Michelle, you are ready. OK, come on down, guys! Everybody come on out to the living room! Hurry up! We're gonna do this right now! Hurry up! We're gonna do this right now!
[Danny and Jesse come downstairs, while D.J. and Stephanie emerge from the kitchen.]
Stephanie: What?
D.J.: What?
Danny: What is it? OK, what?
Joey: Michelle is ready for another try. [They all groan at this and walk away, but Joey's not gonna have any of it.] Freeze! [They do.]
Stephanie: She's gonna do it to us again.
Joey: No, she won't. I've been working with her all day. Believe me, the kid is psyched.
Jesse: OK, let's give the little ankle-biter one more try. Come on everybody, hold hands.
[They do, and get in the usual circle formation, per the game's rules.]
Joey: Here we go. Come on, Michelle!
All: [singing] Ring around the Rosie/A pocket full of posies/Ashes, ashes/We all fall down! [They're all sitting down on the floor....except Michelle, who sticks her tongue out.]
Stephanie: She did it again.
D.J.: The kid's got a real mean streak.

Danny: Am I interrupting something?
Jesse: I don’t wanna talk about it right now. I’d leave, but I can’t reach the gate hook.
Danny: Jesse, there is nothing you can do about your arms. But there is something you can do about Stephanie.
Jesse: What are you talking about?
Danny: Steph is scared to death to go near you. She’s afraid she’s gonna hurt you again.
Jesse: Well, tell the little rug rat she’s wacko.
Danny: [a little angry] I think you should tell the little rug rat she’s wacko. [Jesse looks at him, while Danny changes his tone to sound more calm] In maybe a... nicer way.
Jesse: You’re right.


  • The first episode to use the new Lorimar Television logo, but the only one without the use of its music
  • The last episode to use the season one intro – however, two images are changed: The guys trying to attract the ladies at the park is replaced by Danny and Michelle napping in a rocking chair in her room in the opening (this would normally be seen in the closing for this season and the next), and Stephanie riding in the banana seat of Danny's bike is replaced by the guys hanging out at the park from the season one closing credits
  • The first episode in which Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (Michelle) are credited with the rest of the cast
  • The last episode where Jesse has long hair
  • The first episode to use the new electric guitar-backed theme song (which would be used until the end of the series)
  • The first episode to open with a teaser
  • In all the scenes where the family helps Jesse with his basic chores, the Beatles' 1965 song "Help!" plays throughout; it was the title song for both their film and its soundtrack album, and was a number-one hit for three weeks
  • The second episode where Stephanie's full name is addressed; the first being "Sisterly Love"
  • Goof: When Danny takes the bib off Michelle and then puts it on Jesse, they pan to a shot of Michelle, and she still has the pink bib around her neck


Full House Theme Season 2 (from "Cutting it Close")01:29

Full House Theme Season 2 (from "Cutting it Close")

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