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Grand Gift Auto
Season 6, episode 20
Grand gift auto
Air date March 16, 1993
Writer(s) Ellen Guylas
Director John Tracy
Previous Subterranean Graduation Blues
Next Room for One More

Grand Gift Auto is episode twenty in season six of Full House. It originally aired on March 16, 1993.

Opening Teaser

Michelle dresses one of the twins like Jesse, the other like Danny, and Comet like Joey. Joey comes into the room and is shocked.

Summary

Joey loves D.J. and her sisters like they were his own daughters. He has bought D.J. a red 1977 Firebird for her 16th birthday, but the car is not in good condition, so Jesse and Joey work on it and fix its problems.

Just as D.J. is about to drive the new car for the first time, a police officer, Officer Warren, shows up after getting a look at the car from the street, and tells the family that it was reported stolen. The family takes measures to convince the officer that Joey was not at fault, but their methods of clearing his name do not sit well with Joey; all except Michelle showing off his Ninja Turtle slippers. It turns out that Joey bought the car without knowing that it was stolen property, and Officer Warren has to have the car towed away. D.J.'s fine with that, as is the rest of the family; per D.J.'s words, as long as they're "not impounding Joey", which means, luckily, he won't be facing any charges or going to jail.

Joey feels terrible that D.J. lost the birthday gift and begins to wonder if he is just a big joke to the family, saying they were laughing with him and now they're laughing at him, causing him to grab his jacket and walk out of his room and downstairs, the family to be shocked, and the audience to groan. A hurt and devastated Joey makes plans to move out, but the family talks to him and convinces him to stay, even going so far as to block his exit, as Danny and Jesse carry him away from the front door and set him down on the couch, which he finds ridiculous, but the rest of the family finds his reasons for leaving even more ridiculous. While they tell him that he's taking the towing of D.J.'s car the wrong way, he tells them that he loves being part of a big family because he was raised as an only child, and he and his parents moved a lot because his father was in the military, causing him to lose a lot of friends during his childhood. He says "I'm good for a few laughs. Big deal." But Danny tells him that the big deal really is that he's good for more than just a few laughs, and that there's a new generation of kids who want to see him for who he really is, and Jesse concurs, wanting him to be there for the twins, too.

When the family convinces Joey to stay, the girls bring back memories of past episodes:

  • "Joey's Place": Joey entertains D.J. in the garage with his "water fountain" routine
  • "It's Not My Job": Joey helps Stephanie overcome her fear of the dentist
  • "Easy Rider": Joey teaches Michelle how to ride a bicycle

Joey mentions he used to watch The Brady Bunch (as the inspirational music plays), which inspired the creative end credits (see below). He says he wished he could have been in that family, but he is glad to have his own family. Michelle asks if he is going to stay, and he says that he is indeed going to stay (to which the audience "aw"s and applauds). Then, the whole family tackles and hugs and kisses him (as the music ends, the audience applauds, and the EP credits appear).

Trivia

The episode title may be a take on the video game series Grand Theft Auto, which is named after the criminal act of stealing a car.

During the episode, Joey reveals that The Brady Bunch was one of his favorite TV shows growing up, so to reflect that, the closing credits are done Brady Bunch style. In order, from top left: D.J., Michelle, Stephanie, Jesse and Alex, Danny, Becky and Nicky, Kimmy, Joey, and Steve. As the credits roll, they are shown waving to each other, and as soon as the credit roll is complete, they are shown waving goodbye to us.

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