|Season 6, episode 6|
|Air date||October 27, 1992|
|Previous||Lovers and Other Tanners|
|Next||Trouble in Twin Town|
D.J. and Kimmy Gibbler are working together on a project that has the goal of encouraging students to stay in school. They ask Jesse and Joey to talk about it on their radio show, but Jesse refuses, and after talking with the family about it, he tries to escape, saying that if he's busy, he's busy, that's all, end of story.
However, the family quickly blocks each possible escape route. First, Joey blocks the basement entrance and asks if Jesse's busy painting the driveway, to which Jesse asks if he's got something against home improvement. Second, Danny blocks the kitchen staircase and states that helping D.J. with her project is a really good cause, and Jesse agrees that it is. Third, Stephanie and Michelle block the laundry room entrance without giving a reason, and Jesse says that there's got to be a way out. But D.J. is fourth and she blocks the living room entrance, stating that at her school one kid drops out every week, and he just asks her to "go talk to him and stop bugging me about it." Finally, Becky blocks the back door, telling her husband that he's not going anywhere unless he gives a straight answer to the obvious question: Why won't he help D.J. with her "Stay in School" campaign?
Jesse is forced to admit that the reason why he does not want to help is that he did not stay in school. He dropped out late into his senior year, shortly before graduation, because his English teacher, Mr. Pearson, deliberately humiliated him in front of the entire class, and he could no longer face his classmates because of it. He just tells everyone to move on with their lives and goes upstairs, leaving the family speechless (and causing the studio audience to groan). Michelle reiterates Jesse's point to the family (causing the audience to laugh).
While this is going on, upstairs in their room, Michelle again asks Stephanie to tie her shoes. But Stephanie insists that Michelle is going to learn to tie her shoes on her own one way or another, and one day it'll happen. Danny comes into the room and decides to teach a song that might help Michelle, but Stephanie debates the lyrics that he just created.
Downstairs in the kitchen, Becky teaches a bunny-themed song that just might help Michelle with her shoe-tying. While she does so, Danny and Stephanie come downstairs and continue to compromise on their method.
Meanwhile, Becky convinces Jesse to enroll in night school so he can get a diploma, and even Kimmy and Steve stop by to give him some encouragement. Michelle even recites the songs taught to her, hoping they'll do her some good in learning to tie her shoes, and while Danny's happy that she's learning the methods, he hopes she'll actually put them to good use. Kimmy even has her own method, but as usual, the minute she takes off her shoe, everyone either waves the odor away or runs and hides, holding their noses (with Steve grabbing one of the couch cushions to wave the odor away from him and D.J., and Stephanie asking Kimmy to put her shoe back on "before you set off the smoke alarm!").
However, Jesse's teacher at night school turns out to be Mr. Pearson, who humiliates him again, and Jesse once again leaves school.
Back home, D.J., Kimmy, and Steve are still deciding on a slogan for their back-to-school campaign. Kimmy even bribes Stephanie to help, and Stephanie says that Kimmy can't buy her vote, "but you can rent it for an hour", as she takes the money.
In any event, the choices are: D.J.'s "People who are smart finish what they start. Stay in school" and Kimmy's "Stay in school. Don't be an idiot. Don't drop out even if you have to glue your butt to a chair". Joey says it sounds catchy. They put it to a vote, and everyone says D.J.'s is better, except Steve, who likes the "butt-glue" part of Kimmy's slogan.
Upstairs, Michelle tries using bubblegum to hold her shoelaces together, and Danny insists that she continue to learn how to tie her shoes. When she learns that Jesse dropped out again, she quits trying to learn to tie her shoes and tosses them outside the room and into the hallway, which she thinks is okay because Jesse quit school. That leads Jesse to realize (as the inspirational music plays) that he and Michelle should not be quitters in what they are doing. He promises to go back to school if she promises to keep learning to tie her shoes. They shake on it—using their whole bodies (as they did in "The Devil Made Me Do It").
The rest of the family goes up to Stephanie and Michelle's room (as the music stops), and they all speak for him (each and everyone). They all just had a meeting downstairs (Becky), and they are not going to let him quit a third time (Danny). He might hate their guts for this (Joey), and he might kick and scream (Stephanie), but it is only because they love him (D.J.).
After Jesse and Michelle talk, Jesse ends up going back to night school because he wants to earn a diploma, and Michelle keeps on learning how to tie her shoes. And as the family leaves, it seems that their tough talk worked after all, as Danny thinks Jesse knew that he really meant business on this; Joey was not taking "no" for an answer; Becky is glad that they played hardball; Stephanie notes, "we're so good, we're bad"; and all D.J. can do is mouth her sister's words on her way out.
The episode title is a take on the award-winning 1980 play and 1983 film Educating Rita.
The family teaching Michelle how to tie her shoes was most likely adapted from the teaser of "Granny Tanny".