|Danny in Charge|
|Season 4, episode 12|
|Air date||December 14, 1990|
|Next||Happy New Year|
The guys put Michelle to bed on the night of her 4th birthday, but she is too anxious to sleep as she insists that it is still her birthday. But they insist that she is already tired out from all the partying. Once they are out of the room and the coast is clear (and unbeknownst to them), she gobbles up some birthday cake that she stashed under her bed.
While Jesse and Joey are in a forest to try to find a fox to film for a commercial, and Becky is out of town, Danny is at home by himself with the girls, and he sees it as an opportunity to prove that he is a "superdad." He promises to attend a school science fair that Stephanie has entered a project in. Later, he promises to see Romeo and Juliet, a school play where D.J. will play Juliet. Danny then realizes that he has a big problem – both events are happening on the same day and at the same time.
All three girls storm upstairs, and Danny wants them to try to talk it out. However, D.J. is tired of Stephanie ruining her life by getting Danny to go with Stephanie, so she decides to go sleep in Jesse's room across the hall, and all three girls are absolutely "fine" with that, and slam their doors in disgust. This leaves Danny completely speechless as to the dilemma he has just created, and the problem which he cannot find the solution to.
Stephanie and D.J. each try their best to get their dad to attend their event. Danny thinks that he has it figured out where he can be at both events. Unfortunately, D.J. points out that her role takes place in the first scene at 3:15, while he promised to be there at 4:18, when the second scene begins and Juliet is already dead. And Stephanie does not like it because he will miss the judging portion. But, at least he will be at both.
On the big night, Danny does not show up to the play or the science fair. After the events, D.J. and Stephanie go home and discover that he had fallen asleep on Michelle's bed (while Michelle played quietly by herself). While he admits the "single parent" thing is hard on him ever since Pam's death, they admit to Danny that it was selfish of them to try to pull him in both directions at the same time (as the inspirational music plays), and then explain to him how everything went. They then decide that after all the events that have happened that day, they would help cook dinner (see Quotes) instead of him, for a change (as the audience applauds and the EP credits appear).
[Danny heads upstairs, not knowing Michelle's right behind him on the way to her room.]
Danny: Girls, can we talk about this?
D.J.: Stephanie, I am sick of you ruining my life! I'm sleeping in Uncle Jesse's room!
Stephanie: Fine! [slams the door of her and her sister's bedroom]
D.J.: Fine! [slams the door of Jesse's bedroom]
Michelle: Fine! [slams the door of her own bedroom]
Danny: Michelle, why are you mad?
Michelle: I'm not mad. I like this game. Fine! [slams her door again]
[D.J. and Stephanie decide to cook dinner and ask Michelle to help.]
Michelle: OK, but I'm not setting that table, Mister!
The episode title may be a take on the 1980s sitcom Charles in Charge.
Danny's remark of "When life gives you dilemmas, make dilemma-nade", is a take on the proverb "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade", which means to turn something bad (or sour, like lemons) into something good (or sweet, like lemonade).