|Season 7, episode 18|
|Air date||February 15, 1994|
|Previous||The Last Dance|
|Next||Love on the Rocks|
Nicky and Alex are playing "Cowboys", using all the pillows and blankets in the house to build a "fort". Becky catches on to what they're doing, and she teaches them that it's wrong to tell a fib, and tries to make them take all the pillows and blankets and put them back in their proper places. However, unbeknownst to her, Joey is behind the "fort". When Becky and the boys see him, they attack him.
The episode starts in the living room, with Danny practicing some martial arts with Joey. To practice his chops, he uses a banana in lieu of a wood piece, and asks Joey to come at him with the banana as part of his "disarm and disable move" for a self-defense class he's taking (almost similar to the karate classes that D.J. took during the first few seasons). While he jokes about the slim chances of Danny getting attacked by "a crazed fruit vendor", Joey successfully comes at him and chops him with the banana, causing it to splatter in Danny's face.
Suddenly, there's a knock on the door, and Jesse has returned home from Greece, where he attended Papouli's funeral, which he described as "really beautiful" and "very, very nice"; more like a celebration of his life. Saying he needs a little help, he has brought a surprise "from the old country" for everyone, and Michelle thinks it's a pony. Her dad tells her not to get her hopes up because a pony is "too hard to store in the overhead compartment" (of an airplane). The surprise turns out to be Jesse's cousin Stavros, and Alex and Nicky immediately mistake Stavros for their dad. What Jesse and the rest of the family don't know is that Stavros is a womanizing con artist.
After he returns from taking Stephanie and Michelle out to the race track (and makes Michelle bet all her tooth fairy money on a long shot) and then drinks orange juice right out of the carton, Stavros swindles Joey out of a watch and $20 in a game of gin rummy, makes a pass at Becky (causing her to hit him with a carrot), used Danny's razor to shave, gets him a $65 ticket for parking next to a fire hydrant (see Quotes), and also makes D.J. pay $20 out of her own pocket for an awful-smelling double feta cheese and goat pizza with lamb guts that he actually had the money for all along (even saying he doesn't have drachmas, see Trivia). To make matters worse, that $20 was the last of D.J.'s cash, so she doesn't even have enough for a delivery tip. When the rest of the family sees the pizza, they hold their noses (see Quotes).
Initially, everyone decides to tough it out, as Stavros will be returning to Greece in a few days. However, Jesse, unaware of what is going on, announces that Stavros may be moving in with them. This is met with mixed expressions on everyone else's faces.
When everyone tries to tell Jesse what kind of man Stavros is, he refuses to believe them. Stavros overhears that meeting. Jesse says that when he was a stranger in Greece, Stavros treated him like family. He warns them that when they insult Stavros, they insult him as well.
Then Stavros prepares to go home because he says that the village of Polopolis was ruined by a severe mudslide. Without Jesse knowing it, Stavros gives everyone back Joey's watch and all the money he swindled them for and apologizes to Becky.
The Smash Club is the setting for Stavros' latest (and last) scam, and he is raising money for Polopolis's recovery from the mudslide, using a dance-a-thon organized by the family, where everyone can donate and participate. After that part of the scam is complete, he declares that it's "time to put money where my hand is", as he grabs more cash from unsuspecting patrons who didn't participate.
While he continues his get-rich-quick scheme, he tosses his jacket over Michelle, and Stephanie throws it off, finding an envelope with a plane ticket inside. She passes the news along to D.J., who passes it along to Becky. Becky and the girls discover that there was no mudslide, and that Stavros not only was lying all along, but also plans to take the money—and Becky—on an airplane flight to Orlando, Florida with him tonight. All four of them are afraid that that nightmare could soon become reality, so Stephanie suggests they tell Jesse. However, her aunt says that, as usual, Jesse will not listen (see Quotes).
While huddling with the girls, Becky comes up with a plan that proves to Jesse that Stavros is a con artist, using an undercover sting in Jesse's office. What Stavros doesn't know is that a microphone is hidden in a vase of flowers as part of the sting, which pretty much catches him in the act and confirms that the jig is up, as everything is heard through the speakers on stage. When he tries to escape with the cash box, Danny and Joey stop him and cut him off with the martial arts moves they practiced at the start.
Jesse tells Stavros that he trusted him. Stavros says has a wonderful job, beautiful wife, and perfect family. Jesse says that maybe he does have all that, but he did not get it by stealing, but by working for it, and that maybe that is something Stavros should try. Stavros insists that he did try working very hard, adding that it was the worst day of his life.
Danny and Joey then escort Stavros out of the Smash Club, with Michelle reminding Stavros about his 9:18 a.m. flight the next day, and then Jesse apologizes to the family for refusing to believe them. They understand that sometimes it is hard to believe the truth about a loved one, and that is why Jesse refused to believe them in the first place. Jesse wants to return everybody's money (see Quotes). To cap it off, everyone agrees to participate in a Greek dance.
[Stavros, Stephanie, and Michelle return home from a trip to the race track.]
Joey: Hey, guys.
Danny: Hey. [kisses Michelle] So, where did you take Stavros sight-seeing?
Joey: Golden Gate Bridge? Fisherman's Wharf?
Michelle: The race track.
Danny: You took Stavros to the race track?
Stephanie: No, he took us.
Danny: [looking shocked] Stavros took you to the track?
[We cut to the open fridge, where Stavros is drinking orange juice...out of the carton!]
Stavros: Track is very educational. [He burps, and then tells Michelle to...] Tell Papa what you learned.
Michelle: Don't bet your tooth fairy money on a long shot.
[She and Stephanie head upstairs to their room, but little do they know that the troubles are just starting to unravel. Once they're completely upstairs, Stavros walks over to the table with the orange juice carton in hand and sits with Joey and Danny.]
Stavros: Thanks for use of car, Dan. I parked right in gray spot, right in front of little rocket ship, where dogs go pee-pee. [He returns Danny's car keys.]
Danny: Rocket ship where dogs go pee-pee...fire hydrant! [He walks out and is just about to move his car when something crosses his mind regarding the orange juice carton...] Do me a favor... don't put that back in the fridge.
Stavros: [pretends to wipe tears off his face] Beautiful.
Becky: Well, it's just a carrot.
Stavros: [to Becky] Anyone ever tell you you carve vegetables like.... Greek goddess?
Becky: No, not recently.
[While D.J. sits in the living room looking grudgingly at the awful pizza, the rest of the family (and Comet) come downstairs.]
Joey: Hey look, gang, pizza.
[They open the box and, seeing how awful it smells, try not to gag as they hold their noses and wave away the odors.]
Stephanie: When did they start using dirty laundry as a topping?
[Comet goes up to smell it.]
D.J.: Well, at least there's one happy customer. [Comet backs up and gives an unhappy sound.] Or not.
[The dance-a-thon at the Smash Club has just wrapped up, and Stavros continues to rake in cash for his latest scam.]
Stavros: OK, dance-a-thon over! [applause] OK, time to put money where my hand is. [He gestures to the money box, then proceeds to grab more cash from unsuspecting patrons; while he does so, he tosses his jacket, and it lands on Michelle, covering her. As soon as Stephanie throws the jacket off, both she and Michelle discover an envelope on the floor, and pick it up.]
Stephanie: What's this? [she opens it up] A plane ticket?! [D.J. passes by, and they immediately show it to her.] Deej, look! Stavros is flying to Orlando, Florida tonight.
[Becky shows up]
Becky: Hey, girls.
D.J.: [shows the ticket] Aunt Becky, you might be interested in this. Stavros is flying to Orlando tonight.
Becky: Oh, no. I bet this whole mudslide thing is just another one of his scams. By tomorrow, he's gonna be cruising the Magic Kingdom trying to get Tinker Bell's phone number!
Stephanie: [sighs] We'd better tell Uncle Jesse.
Becky: You know Uncle Jesse feels about Stavros, Steph. He's not gonna believe us. We're gonna have to prove it to him, and you know what? I think I have a way to do it. Come here. [She and the girls get into a huddle, and she whispers her plan to them.]
[During the sting there's a knock on the door. Becky opens it up, and Michelle's there.]
Becky: [angrily] How come you're not Jesse in a jealous rage?
Michelle: Maybe it's because we couldn't hear you?
Becky: I probably should turn the microphone on.
[Michelle leaves as Becky closes the door, figuring out enough of a distraction to allow her to turn the mic on.]
Becky: Stavros... your loafer's untied.
[While he bends down to tie his shoe, she quickly removes the mic, flips it on (complete with "click" sound), and puts it back in the rose vase.]
Jesse: Stavros, how could you do this to me? To my family? I trusted you, man. I looked up to you.
Stavros: Oh, look at you. All I'm hearing in Greece is about Jesse in America. How wonderful job is, beautiful wife, perfect family.
Jesse: All right, maybe I do have all that. But I didn't get it by stealing—I worked for it. Maybe that's something you should try.
Stavros: I did try. I worked very, very hard. Worst day of my life.
Jesse: You hurt me, Stavros. You may be family, but you're outta here. I'm sorry, guys.
Danny: It's OK, Jess. Come on, Stavros. You've got a plane to catch.
Michelle: Thursday, 9:18. Be there!
Danny: Let's go. [he and Joey escort Stavros out of the Smash Club]
Jesse: [to the family, as Becky walks over to him] I'm sorry, guys. I should've listened to you. [to the patrons] And everybody, I'm gonna make sure you get your money back.
D.J.: Or you could give to a really good cause, like the children's hospital.
Jesse: That's a good idea, Deej. What do you guys think? [everyone applauds the decision]
Jesse: Oh, I'm sorry, Beck. I should've listened to you about Stavros.
Becky: Well, when you care about someone, sometimes it's hard to see the truth.
- John Stamos plays a dual role as Jesse and Stavros (with David Dean as Stamos' double—credited at the end)
- The only appearance of cousin Stavros
- In 1964, Elvis Presley starred in a movie also titled Kissing Cousins (Jesse is a big Elvis fan)
- Stavros mentions that he does not have drachmas—the drachma was the Greek currency at the time; since 2002, like the other countries in the European Union, it has been the euro
- Becky's "the kind of place you want to go to after you've won the Super Bowl is a reference to Walt Disney World, which is known for it's "I'm going to Disney World!" post-Super Bowl campaign
- When D.J. mentions the "dance-a-thon" they had done to raise money for a children's hospital, it may have been a reference to season three's "Our Very First Telethon"
- The music to which everyone does the Greek dance in the final few seconds carries over to the syndicated bumper logo (instead of using the truncated closing theme)