Happy New Year
Season 4, episode 13
Happy new year
Air date December 28, 1990
Writer(s) Jeff Franklin
Director Joel Zwick
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Happy New Year is episode thirteen of season four of Full House. It originally aired on December 28, 1990.

Opening Teaser

Outside in the backyard, Michelle looks at what she calls a "hairy worm", and asks D.J. what it is. D.J. says that it's a caterpillar, and soon it will become a butterfly. She explains that the process is similar to what happens in "The Frog Prince", where the princess kisses the frog and he becomes a handsome prince (see Trivia).


As 1990 prepares to come to a close, everyone is ready to ring in 1991. Well, almost everyone...

Surprisingly, the only person in the Tanner household without a date for New Year's Eve is Joey. Therefore, Danny and Jesse secretly videotape Joey, and then they send the tape to a local video dating service, which results in him meeting a woman named Christine.

Joey and Christine fall in love at first sight when they notice that they have almost everything in common, and the result is a thrilling night on the town. Joey wants to take her to Tahoe and get married, but later realizes that they need to take the time to really get to know each other first.

Meanwhile, before midnight, Rusty keeps bugging (or "torturing") Stephanie that at midnight, he will kiss her. Later, when the clock strikes midnight, as everyone watches what appears to be the Times Square Ball drop in New York, Stephanie quickly takes a bite out of an onion, hoping that the onion breath will chase Rusty off. Jesse and Becky share a kiss, as do Danny and Cindy, along with Michelle and Comet, Joey and Christine, and finally D.J. and Ricky. Danny quickly separates D.J. and Ricky and orders them to simply shake hands and say goodnight.

Stephanie then tells Rusty that she is ready for her kiss, excited that she will seek revenge on him, but Rusty confesses that he was just messing with her. Stephanie then shocks Rusty by blowing onion breath at him, and then kissing him! Rusty runs to Cindy, screaming in shock.

Also, when Kimmy Gibbler and D.J. throw a New Year's Eve party at Kimmy's house, with the intention of inviting "just a few close friends," they end up with more than 400 guests.


Rebecca: Well, you can’t miss the big party down at the station.
Joey: Why? Is, uh, Danny gonna be Baby New Year again?
Danny: Not after that wicked diaper rash I got last year.

Joey: Hey, Deej, what happened with your party?
D.J.: Well, Kimmy’s dad freaked out and sent everyone home.
Ricky: Yeah, just because a few extra guests showed up.
Joey: How many extra guests?
D.J.: The police estimated four hundred. [Ricky shrugs as though in agreement.]


D.J.'s "Frog Prince" reference was possibly inspired by her being in the play of the same name in "Sisterly Love".

Stephanie has her first kiss.

The closing theme is oddly played a pitch lower than usual.