|Season 3, episode 5|
|Air date||October 20, 1989|
|Writer(s)||Dennis Rinsler & Marc Warren|
|Previous||Nerd for a Day|
While Stephanie is in her and D.J.'s room sitting on her own bed and reading a book, Michelle comes in and asks her to teach her how to tie her shoes...again. Stephanie eventually tells Michelle that someday she will have to learn to do this on her own, however, that's not going to stop her from teaching Michelle for what she hopes is the last time. Using a creative method regarding "rabbit ears" (see Quotes below), she decides to do only one shoe (with a close-up shot), hoping that Michelle can do the other on her own, but she can't. As she leaves, Stephanie sighs, "Kids today. They have it way too easy."
When Danny's mother Claire arrives for an extended visit, the family realizes that as a divorced woman with independent children, Claire's recent retirement has left her feeling useless. To help her through this difficult time, Danny convinces everyone to act as if they can't function without Grandma.
Leaving a few dirty dishes in the sink and allowing Claire to pick out a new bed for Michelle may seem relatively harmless, but the little plan backfires when Claire decides that she should move in permanently. Danny has a talk with Claire, and since there is nothing keeping her in the state of Washington anymore, Danny decides to help Claire search for an apartment near the Tanner house.
During Claire's visit, Michelle's crib is replaced with a new pencil bed for Michelle...but all Michelle wants to do is jump up and down on the new bed. Michelle is initially thrilled about getting out of her crib and having a brand-new "big girl bed," but when she gets scared of being without the crib, Jesse ends up having to sleep in her bedroom with her through the first night.
With that out of the way, D.J. and Stephanie are in their room, ready to get some shut-eye. While D.J. combs Stephanie's hair, they talk about when Stephanie was sleeping in a crib (long before the series began).
Claire Tanner was played by Doris Roberts (1925–2016) for this episode, replacing Alice Hirson. Roberts is best known for playing Ray's mother on Everybody Loves Raymond (1996–2005).
[In the teaser, we see Stephanie reading a book on her own bed in her and D.J.'s room, when Michelle comes in.]
Michelle: Stephie, help.
Stephanie: Tie your shoes again? This is getting old. You are gonna learn to tie your shoes all by yourself, okay?
Michelle: All right.
Stephanie: Now, pay very close attention. [cut to a close-up shot] First, the rabbit crosses the stream. Like that. And then, he goes over the log and around the tree and through the hole and voila, you've got rabbit ears. Now, can you get the other one tied?
Michelle: No problem. Joey, help.
Stephanie: Kids today. They have it way too easy.
Jesse: [to Michelle] Who let you outta your crib?
Michelle: I let me out.
Jesse: You mean you climbed over the bars and jumped down all by yourself?
Michelle: You got it, dude.
Jesse: Jail break!
Claire: Now that I'm divorced and my kids have grown up and I'm retired, my life went from "get up and go" to "why get up".
- The first appearance of Michelle's pencil bed
- The first episode where the closing credits end with the cookout scene, with Michelle being given a hot dog and a kiss from Jesse, and then carried over to the table by Danny (from the opening)