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Greek Week
Season 4, episode 1
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Air date September 21, 1990
Writer(s) Jeff Franklin
Director Joel Zwick
Previous Our Very First Telethon
Next Crimes and Michelle's Demeanor

Greek Week is the season four premiere of Full House. It originally aired on September 21, 1990.

Opening Teaser

In the living room, in honor of his grandparents' arrival (see below), Jesse teaches the girls how to say "Welcome to America" in Greek (seen on a banner that they had just hung up). However, Michelle is the only one having trouble, so they all have to teach it to her. But that doesn't help either, so the only thing Jesse can suggest is they give them a kiss on the head, and for practice, he gives Michelle one.

Summary

Jesse's grandparents, Gina and Iorgos "Papouli" Katsopolis arrive for a visit from Greece on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. They have brought three extra guests with them.

One of the guests is Melina, the four-year-old daughter of Jesse's cousin, and she looks like a darker-haired Michelle. The other two guests are Sylvio Banalakis, a boy D.J.'s age who sweeps her off her feet, and Silvio's older sister Elena Banalakis, who is one of Jesse's former girlfriends from his teenage years. He was 14 years old the last time he saw her.

Elena makes Becky jealous, especially when Elena tells Jesse that Elena and Jesse are still married after getting married in a Pompadorian style ceremony – which is to walk three laps around a table – years ago, which is exactly what D.J. and Sylvio have just done by walking around the kitchen table.

Seeing D.J. married in any way at her age is not pleasant for Danny, who wants the procedure reversed as soon as possible, and Becky feels the same way about Jesse and Elena.

That night at a party for Gina and Papouli's anniversary, after the procedures are reversed (including the backwards table walks), Jesse proposes to Becky – for the second time – and she accepts again, for real. The celebrations are capped off with a Greek dance, with everyone clapping along to the music as the audience applauds and the EP credits appear.

Quotes

[In D.J. and Stephanie's room, Stephanie is teaching Gina American dancing, when Danny comes in.]
Danny: [striking a pose like both of them] Has anyone seen D.J.?
Stephanie: She's at the mall with Sylvio.
Danny: [shocked] Alone?! With Sylvio?!
Gina: Don't worry. Sylvio's a fine boy, just like Jesse when he was younger.
Danny: [getting an idea] Here, Comet. Here's D.J.'s sock. Find D.J.! Pick up the scent!
[But Comet runs over to Stephanie's bed.]
Stephanie: Dad, that's Comet. Not Lassie.


Joey: Danny, I just took the girls shopping. Wait till you see this. OK, come on in, girls. [Melina and Michelle come into the kitchen dressed alike.] Go ahead. Try and tell 'em apart.
Michelle: You'll never guess, Daddy!
Danny: Oh, this is a toughie, but I bet that the real Michelle is the one that just called me Daddy [giving her a tummy squeeze].
Michelle: Aw nuts.
Melina: Aw hoo.
Danny: Bless you. And I think that would make you Melina
Melina: You got it dud.
Michelle: I told you, it's 'You got it, DUDE'!
Melina: [Michelle squeezes her cheeks] Duuuude.


[In the living room, Danny confronts the "newlywed" D.J. and Sylvio.]
Danny: D.J., why don't you go upstairs and wait for Daddy.
D.J.: "Daddy", with all due respect, you can't send me to my room anymore. I'm a married woman.
Danny: You are not a married woman.
Sylvio: Pompa!
Danny: Please don't call me that!
Sylvio: I am ready to learn the family business. What do you do for a job?
Danny: I have a talk show.
Sylvio: I will study hard, and when you die, I will take over.
Danny: I will never die! ... Sylvio, walk with me. Talk with me. ... Let me tell you about this thing we have here in America called a restraining order...


Jesse: [After he and Elena kiss] Have merc...
Becky: [Angrily taps him on the shoulder]
Jesse: ...edes (Mercedes-Benz) come to Greece yet?


[Becky isn't happy as she sees Elena and Jesse hug.]
Becky: Oh, this is a pretty picture. I thought I should come down here and give you a chance to explain, but you're too busy hugging your 'wife'. How could you do this to me?!
Jesse: Becky, listen to me...
[She grabs a plate in frustration, throws it on the floor and breaks it and leaves.]
Joey: Now it's a Greek party! Opa! [He throws a plate down too and breaks it.
Everyone: Opa! [They all break plates in celebration, while Danny grabs an unbroken plate and uses it to scoop up all the pieces.]


Becky: [after seeing Iorgos & Gina] Aw, Jess. Isn't that beautiful?
Jesse: That could be me and you someday.
Becky: I hope it will be.
Jesse: You know my feeling is, if you love someone, why wait?
Becky: Well, what are you waiting for?
Jesse: Are you serious!? You really mean it?
Becky: Yes! [Jesse gets down on one knee.]
Jesse: Rebecca... wait a minute. Last time we did this, you left me at the altar.
Becky: Jess, we were in Nevada. You said let's get married right this second. This time we can take our time and plan a real wedding. [Jesse gets on his knee again.] Wait! You don't have any other wives, in any other countries, right?
Jesse: No...
Becky: Okay. You were saying?
Jesse: Will you walk around the table with me?
Becky: Yes.
Jesse: Yes! Woo hoo! Ladies and gentlemen, I have an announcement! Rebecca Donaldson and Jesse Katsopolis are now engaged to be married!

Trivia

  • The second episode to have the teaser tied to the main plot; the first being "13 Candles" from the previous season
  • From here on, Lori Loughlin is credited in the show's opening credits (but without "and" preceding her name)
  • Greek Week is actually a week-long celebration in April of each year where fraternity and sorority members participate in programs and events that celebrate their communities
  • Originally aired on Dave Coulier's 31st birthday
  • The second of four episodes in which Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen appear on screen together, when Michelle (Mary-Kate) meets her look-alike cousin (Ashley)
  • When Danny tells D.J. and Sylvio about the "lovely dining room set chosen just for them", it's a reference to the "special prize" on The Newlywed Game; and when Joey calls Danny "Bob", he is referring to Bob Eubanks, its original, longest-lasting, and most-associated host
  • It actually is a Greek Orthodox tradition for a couple to walk around a table three times during their wedding ceremony (this, however, doesn't complete the wedding like in the episode)[1]
  • Starting with this episode, and capitalizing on its success last season, the TGIF block goes completely Miller-Boyett: Full House, Family Matters and Perfect Strangers all retain their time slots, with the short-lived Going Places in the 9:30/8:30C time slot (see Season 4#Schedule change for more info)
  • When Jesse Frederick and Bennett Salvay's music credits appear, "In Memory of Ruth Williams" is shown below
  • The first of four episodes this season to use the Lorimar Television music in the closing credits

References

  1. http://web.mit.edu/manoli/www/wedding/ceremony.html