|Joey Goes Hollywood|
|Season 4, episode 23|
|Air date||March 29, 1991|
|Writer(s)||Leslie Ray & David Steven Simon|
|Previous||Stephanie Plays the Field|
|Next||Girls Just Wanna Have Fun|
Joey Goes Hollywood is episode twenty-three in season four of Full House. It originally aired on March 29, 1991.
In her room, Michelle tries to get Jesse to do some puppet voices, but he's not interested. She points out she always does it for him, so he gives it a shot, saying she's had her very first guilt trip, which causes her to frown and elicits laughter from the audience. However, he asks her to keep it a secret and not tell anyone. Suddenly, D.J. comes in and tells Jesse dinner's ready. Michelle asks him to stay and practice, but suddenly, he just picks her up and they have a little fun on her bed before they both go down and eat.
After the family cuts him off after not believing his story of getting a bag of honey roasted peanuts on the plane to L.A., Joey gives them the actual good news: He has landed a part in Surf’s Up, a new comedy show featuring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon. He doesn't think he'll actually get the part, but the family convinces him otherwise, and gets him imagining--The family is his fan base, his room door has a star, and it's even his dressing room and there's a red carpet leading to it, he's greeted by the Laker Girls (at the games only, but the rest of the time, they're "Joey Girls"). As usual, with any big star, he has security to keep the papparazzi and all picture-taking fans at bay. Danny plays "Manny", one of the security guards (in a nod to Danny's evil twin). Nelson, the other security guard also helps out. Michelle says he's as funny as Bugs Bunny, as the dream fades back to reality.
The family accompanies him to Los Angeles for the taping of the series opener, and after that, the new comedy show is turned into a cartoon with Joey, Frankie, and Annette providing the main voices in the show.
The thrill of meeting Frankie and Annette is dampened a bit for Stephanie, who is currently undergoing an identity crisis. Stephanie wants to change her name because she is being harassed at school by classmates who call her “Step On Me”. So she decides to change her name to “Dawn Ariel Tanner”. However, Danny tells her that she will get teased even more if she does. At first, Stephanie believes that no one can make fun of the name ‘Dawn’, which she views as “beautiful”—until Danny points out a few examples of their teasing her about it like how she could be called “Dawn-ld Duck” or “Dawn-er and Blitzen”. Realizing this, Stephanie decides to keep her name—although she does admit that one benefit of her wanting to be called “Dawn” is her classmates not calling her “Step On Me” anymore.
Also, from looking at the phone bill, and after initially accusing Stephanie, D.J., and Kimmy of doing it, Danny finds that Michelle has been calling a number located in Tokyo, Japan. To remedy the situation, he gives her a toy phone so she can make pretend phone calls to Japan and even promises to pay the pretend bills. Danny's other clue that Michelle had been making those real phone calls, and thus running up the bill, was when she bid Joey "Sayonara" ("Goodbye" in Japanese) before his departure.
Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello appear as themselves. In the 1960s, they starred in a series of "beach party" comedy movies. In 1987, they did a re-union movie called Back to the Beach, with Lori Loughlin as their daughter (a year before she first appeared on Full House). Funicello was one of the original "Mouseketeers" on The Mickey Mouse Club (1955–1959). Another connection to Full/Fuller House is that Eva LaRue, who played Danny's wife on Fuller House, played her in the TV movie A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story (1995). Annette was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1992, and died from the disease in 2013.
Danny: [chuckles] D.J., your phone bill is so funny this month, I just had to share it with you. The funniest part is this $56 call to Tokyo. Start explaining.
D.J.: Dad, I didn't call Tokyo!
Danny: No? Well, somebody did. [turns to Kimmy] Kimmy?
Kimmy: I didn’t make that call! I’ve never been so insulted in all my life!
[The family is getting ready for dinner.]
Jesse: Steph, dinner!
D.J.: I think you ought to know that Stephanie is not Stephanie anymore. She decided to change her name. Oh, Dawn!
"Dawn": [from upstairs] Coming!
"Dawn": [coming downstairs to the kitchen] It has a lovely ring to it, don't you think?
Danny: What's the matter with your real name?
"Dawn": Dad, no offense, but how can you compare "Stephanie" with "Dawn"?
Danny: Are you absolutely sure you never want to be called “Stephanie” again?
Stephanie: Absolutely. The kids don’t call me “Step On Me” anymore.
- The "Step On Me" sign on the back of Stephanie's jacket is a take on the infamous "Kick me" sign
- Danny's mention of "Dawn-er and Blitzen" refers to Santa's seventh and eighth reindeer in "The Night Before Christmas" (originally titled "A Visit from St. Nicholas"); also found in the first line of the song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (1949); and in the 1964 TV special (shown every year), based on the song, Donner is Rudolph's father
- When the family travels to Los Angeles, various landmarks are seen, including the famous Hollywood sign; this would be the inspiration for the opening sequence for another Miller-Boyett series, the short-lived Going Places, which was part of ABC's TGIF block during this season
- Michelle saying, "Heeeeere's Joey!" is a take on "Heeeeere's Johnny!", Ed McMahon's introduction of Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show