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Educating Jesse
Season 6, episode 6
Educating jesse
Air date October 27, 1992
Writer(s) Jay Abramowitz
Director Tom Burkhard
Previous Lovers and Other Tanners
Next Trouble in Twin Town

Educating Jesse is episode six in season six of Full House. It originally aired on October 27, 1992.

Summary

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. After the family blocks each possible escape route (Joey the basement entrance, Danny the kitchen staircase, Stephanie and Michelle the laundry room entrance, D.J. the living room entrance, and Becky the back door), Jesse is forced to admit that the reason why he does not want help is because 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 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. While she does so, Danny and Stephanie come downstairs and continue to compromise on their method.

Becky convinces Jesse to enroll in night school so he can get a diploma, but Jesse's teacher at night school turns out to be Mr. Pearson, who humiliates him again, and Jesse once again leaves school.

Back home, Michelle tries using bubblegum to hold her shoelaces together, and Danny insists 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.

The rest of the family goes up to Stephanie and Michelle's room, and they all speak for him (each and everyone): They all had a meeting (Becky), and they're 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's 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.

Trivia

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".

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