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Joey Gets Tough
Season 2, episode 7
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Air date November 25, 1988
Writer(s) Lenny Ripps
Director Jeff Franklin
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Joey gets tough

Joey Gets Tough is episode seven in season two of Full House. It originally aired on November 25, 1988.

Opening Teaser

In his room, Jesse is working out with some dumbbells, and right next to him is Michelle, who is working out with some dumbbells that are her size. He shows off his muscles and asks her to do the same. Finally, he proudly proclaims that, "By day, she's a mere toddler; but by night, Superbaby!", and flies her around the room like Superman.

Plot Summary

While Danny and Jesse are at the TV station, Joey is left in charge of the girls. D.J. and Stephanie want to stay up late so they can watch a Tiffany concert on TV. When Danny comes home and notices that they are up late watching the concert, Danny tells Joey that whenever he is in charge of the girls, he needs to make sure they follow the rules of the house.

The following day, D.J. arrives home from school an hour late without telling Joey that she was with friends, practicing for an hour for an upcoming karate tournament. Joey grounds D.J. for the weekend when the karate tournament is scheduled to take place. D.J. becomes furious, angrily reminds Joey that he is not her father, and then storms off upstairs, leaving Joey completely shocked, speechless, and depressed, all in more ways than one.

The next day, just when she is about to head off to school, Joey says he made her lunch and tries to give it to her, but after the events of the previous day, she says that she will be purchasing her meal at school so as to avoid another head-butting between the two of them. All he can muster in response to that is for her to "Have a nice day", to which she replies, "I intend to". At that point, her ride, Kimmy's mom, arrives. So Stephanie takes D.J.'s lunch instead, and Joey is still shocked, speechless and depressed after what he has done to her. But instead of dropping her off at school, Kimmy's mom drops her off at the TV studio, so that she and Danny can have a talk. Danny decides the talk will have to wait until after she gets off school and he gets off work. In the meantime, Jesse decides to take his niece to school.

Later, after D.J. tells Danny what had happened, they have a family meeting about it – along with Stephanie and Jesse – complete with a baseball bat as a "talking stick" (which they intend to use to help each other rather than hurt, or hope so, anyway). There's just one simple rule to follow: Only the person who holds the "talking stick" can talk, and everyone else has to listen and hear that person out.

But it turns out the "talking stick" is hurting everyone emotionally rather than physically, and the "talking stick" itself and its idea both turn into a fight that Joey does not want to be a part of. And the minute it gets out of control, he grabs the "talking stick" out of Danny's hand and asks everyone to stop. He even mentions that his own family had fights of their own, and Jesse, who also sides with Danny and Joey, says that there's not one family that doesn't fight, giving an example that even Herman and Eddie Munster had fights, and Danny points out that the love and fun goes together with the responsibility and discipline, and that when Joey's in the family, he's in all the way. Danny says Joey did the right thing and D.J. deserves to be grounded. However, Joey questions that judgment, saying that when he put his foot down the girls would respect him more and more. Now because of what happened between him and D.J., she'll hate him more and more, as well as his foot. He points out the whole fiasco started because he tried to be "Mr. Discipline", and that's not him.

D.J., hoping that they're happy because they support Joey's argument and not hers because she isn't happy about it, then heads up to her room, and Joey follows after her after it was decided initially that Danny would talk to her.

There, after she puts away her karate outfit in the closet (because of the punishment he gave her), and he knocks on the door, he explains to D.J. that they've been great buddies and known each other since she was born, and he was sobbing hysterically over her birth, and that Pam would've wanted to name her "Farrah Jo" instead of "Donna Jo", as he didn't want to name her after a hair stylist. Again, he reminds her that they've been great buddies, but when he became more "parent-like" that changed. As the "end-of-episode" inspirational music plays, he says that he was worried that, after school, during the hour when he did not know where she was at, he was scared to death that something bad might've happened to her; like she might've gotten hurt, for example. D.J. apologizes, and agrees that she should have called and told Joey that she was going to be home later than usual. They give each other a hug, and she says that if it had not been for him, she would be "Farrah Jo Tanner". So Joey agrees to let her compete in the karate tournament, but she is still grounded for a different particular, next weekend. This makes her remind him that she and Kimmy would be going horseback riding next week, but that was just a joke. They hug, and he leaves (as the EP credits appear).

Meanwhile, Jesse and the Rippers appear on Wake Up, San Francisco, where their appearance is changed a little when Becky suggests to Danny's boss, Mr. Strowbridge, that Danny sing with the band, which Mr. Strowbridge takes a liking to.


When Joey mentions that he did not want to name D.J. "Farrah Jo", as it would be naming her after a hairstyle, it was a reference to Farrah Fawcett, known for her role on the series Charlie's Angels. And although she only had a leading role in season one (1976–77), her hairstyle became a trend, known as a "Farrah-do" or a "Farrah-flip".


Joey: The best part about being in this family is all the love and all the great times we have together. My family was always fighting. I don’t want to go through that again.
Jesse: Well, Joseph, there’s no such thing as a family that doesn’t fight. I mean, even Herman Munster yelled at poor little Eddie once in a while.

Joey: [to D.J.] Well, I did you a big favor that day. Do you remember?
D.J.: Joey, I was a day old.
Joey: Well, I remember. Your mom and dad wanted to name you Farrah.
D.J.: Farrah?
Joey: I said, “Hey, we can’t name her after a hairstyle”.
D.J.: That was close.

D.J.: [to Joey] Hey, if it weren’t for you, I’d be Farrah Jo Tanner.
Both: Ew!

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