|Luck Be a Lady (Part 1)|
|Season 2, episode 21|
|Air date||April 29, 1989|
|Writer(s)||Story by: Rob Dames & Bob Fraser|
|Previous||I'm There for You, Babe|
|Next||Luck Be a Lady (Part 2)|
The episode starts with a zoom-in to the window of Michelle's room, as the family prepares to go to Lake Tahoe, where Danny and Becky will be doing a special episode of Wake Up, San Francisco. Danny picks out two dresses from the closet (one pink with red hearts and one plain pink) and asks Michelle which one she wants to take. She says "That one" as she points to both, to which he remarks, "Oh yeah, I'm really looking forward to those shopping years." Jesse and Joey come in with a suitcase they think is big enough for Michelle, and she literally thinks it's big enough for her as she climbs in. Joey gets her out and reminds her that she's "carry-on luggage" (and they don't even have to check it in, as they're traveling by ground instead of air).
Jesse reminds the guys that nobody will see much of him as he will spend every minute with Becky. Danny reminds him that the trip is for work and not leisure, although the rest of the family will be focusing on leisure there. He says this is their first show on the road, and if all goes well, he may get more free vacations. Jesse says she can keep her focus on her work, because he'll tell her the three words every woman wants to hear: "I love you" (and not "Honey, I'm wrong", like Joey says). Danny notes that they have been going out for a long time, and Jesse still has not had the guts to say "I love you" to Becky yet. Jesse says that Becky likes to take things slow, and he has gone crazy over her so much that he can't keep his mind off her. So much so, he wants to take her into his arms and ask, "Hi, is the cab here yet?" And upon hearing that, Becky comes in and says that the cab is here, and everyone heads downstairs with the luggage in tow, as Michelle says not to forget her. Becky, upon hearing that, gets the guys back upstairs to get Michelle, and soon the family's on their way to Lake Tahoe.
They stay at the "Fabulous Ali Baba Hotel and Casino" (which is shown in a fly-over shot). The family checks into the hotel, and they get separate rooms. Stephanie is happy that the girls' room has a TV, dresser, bed, phone, and curtains; D.J. points out that they have all that stuff at home, but what they don't have is Myron the bellhop.
Then, everyone gets a warm welcome from Mr. Santana (Luis Ávalos), manager of the "Fabulous Ali Baba Hotel and Casino". Danny introduces himself, and Mr. Santana is thrilled to have him doing Wake Up, San Francisco live from the "Fabulous Ali Baba Hotel and Casino". He says that anything that the "fabulous" family desires, it's all free, and all they have to do is sign their room number. Stephanie and D.J. are all smiles upon hearing the word "free", and Stephanie calls Mr. Santana "the nicest man in the world". And for that, he gives them each a complimentary shiny silver dollar, and D.J. asks her dad to give Mr. Santana a hug, but Danny doesn't think it's necessary. However, that doesn't stop Mr. Santana from doing the hugging, as he says that "the love never stops at the "Fabulous Ali Baba Hotel and Casino!"
Meanwhile, over in Danny's room, he informs Michelle that she will be at the "Fabulous Ali Baba Hotel and Casino" daycare center. Michelle finds it "Flabulous", as does he, but what's even more "Flabulous" is that there's a TV there so she can see Wake Up, San Francisco, but she intends to watch Gilligan's Island instead as she finds it funnier, and he breaks it to her that "they're never getting off that island." Jesse and Joey then arrive to give Michelle her good night kiss and ask her to do the same to her sisters. Jesse then decides he'll go out and watch the stars with Becky, but Danny tells him not to count on that as she has to prepare for tomorrow's show.
Jesse is jealous because Becky can't get her mind off of movie star Todd Masters, who is scheduled to be a guest on the special Lake Tahoe episode of Wake Up, San Francisco. He gives her a call and asks her to watch the stars with him, but of course, as noted above, she has to prepare for tomorrow's show.
And speak of the devil, the next morning, everyone is ready for the big event, and even the girls are anxious. As Danny puts on his makeup, they sit in the chairs onstage, and do their own show, with D.J. as "Danny" and Stephanie as "Becky", with George Michael, Patrick Swayze, and Tom Cruise as their "guests", and Ken and Barbie as their "special guests". Calling their "show" cute, "too cute" in fact, Danny orders them out of the chairs before he's out of a job, and they decide to go and play the slot machines in the casino. But Danny reminds them that (like other gambling cities like Las Vegas, Bossier City, Atlantic City, etc.) they can't play them unless they're 21 or older. He asks them to have a seat at one of the tables nearby and cheer him on as part of their live audience.
Becky then arrives, apologizing for being late, and Jesse comes over and asks why she didn't meet him for breakfast. Danny reminds him why they're here in the first place and ushers him offstage before he and Becky take their places. The stage director counts down, and the show's underway with the interview with Todd, including the fact that he and Becky ate breakfast together prior to going on the air, which is part of her interview. Then, as the show takes a break, Jesse decides to head up to the daycare center to watch the rest of Gilligan's Island with Michelle.
The girls find out that a lady just won a ton of money on a slot machine. But not just any one. This one is a special 4-wheel $1 slot machine, with 3 paylines. They wish they could play, but Joey intends to teach the girls how stupid it is to gamble and the fact that most gamblers lose instead of win. As the lady leaves screaming, "I won, I won!", D.J. notes the fact that nobody ever screams, "I lost, I lost!"
As he gives them the 101 on how stupid gambling really is, Joey, like everyone else who checked in, got a shiny silver dollar. He pops it into the slot, pulls the handle and wins $2, with the winning combo unseen. His first rule is: Never be fooled by beginner's luck. So much so, he takes one of the $2 he just won, pops it into the slot, pulls the handle, and spins grape-grape-orange-grape for another $10. His second rule is: Never quit while you're hot. And he seems to be on a hot streak as of right now, because he takes one of the $12 he just won, pops it into the slot, pulls the handle, and spins orange-orange-orange-grape for another $20, bringing his total to $32 thus far.
D.J. tells Joey not to stop now, because she points out the huge sign indicating why the machine's so special: If he takes the lucky spin that shows four "7"'s he can win a $100,000 jackpot. He goes off to get a change bucket, and asks the girls to guard the machine with their lives and to scream if anyone dares to get near it, because he's hot, burning, and wasting time (but not money)!
While he goes off to get his change bucket, the girls anxiously wait for him to get back. But the sight of people winning make them even more anxious, as D.J. says she can't take the anxiety and that it's driving her crazy and she has to play that machine. So Stephanie gives her sister her silver dollar, and D.J. says that if they win any money they'll split it. They check to see if the coast is clear, and it is, so they quickly dash under the ropes, D.J. pops the coin into the slot and pulls the handle and then quickly gets both of them back behind the ropes before Joey returns. They anxiously watch to see what happens next. The wheels slowly stop one at a time, revealing one "7", then two, then three, which has the girls excited. Then we cut back to the machine, as the fourth wheel makes its stop to reveal...a "7", thus winning the $100,000 jackpot for Joey and causing the lights and sirens around the machine to go off, and everyone else comes over to see. But he won't see a dime or a red-cent of that money...or will he?
In any event, everyone's excited about this, just as Joey returns. When he hears about what happened, they decide to split the money between them. The entire casino is witness to this moment as is Wake Up, San Francisco, as Danny abandons Becky and Todd to head over to interview Joey. D.J. calls it the "raddest day of Joey's life", and Stephanie says she's going to Disneyland, heck, maybe even buy it! (see Trivia) Mr. Santana is also happy, as he says that "everyone's a winner at the Fabulous Ali Baba Hotel and Casino!"
In the meantime, Becky and Todd are still on the stage, suggesting they talk about their breakfast meeting at dinner tonight, but Jesse isn't happy with this, as he storms the stage as he wants to have dinner with Becky. In any event, he even wants to talk about the upcoming marriage with her, but Becky says it'll have to wait, as Danny calls security. Becky thinks that Jesse is making a big mistake by doing this during their show, but Jesse says the big mistake is focusing more on Todd than on him, and decides that they should break up, at which point Jesse says he's a "free man", and Danny points out, "Well, you won't see that on 'Gilligan's Island'."
In the meantime, the girls think about what they'll do with their shares of the jackpot. D.J. says that with her share, she could buy a red Corvette and a ranch full of horses. Stephanie says that with her share, she could buy her own jet plane and fly to school rather than ride the bus that "takes forever to get to school". Joey says that when he gets his check for a hundred grand to let him do the talking, and they do so, but on the condition that he lets them do the spending.
Danny meets up with "Mr. Lucky", and asks him to help pick out a slot machine for him to play, but when Stephanie outs D.J. for helping Joey win the jackpot, Danny isn't happy about this. Not (1) one (2) bit (3).
He lectures them and Joey, the girls because he reminded them they weren't old enough to gamble yet, and Joey for letting them do such despite the fact he was going off to get a money bucket. When D.J. asks if $10,000 would cheer him up, he lectures the girls on the fact that they won the money illegally and they can't accept it, but all that does is cause Joey to point out that he can accept it.
However, Danny contests that, saying that Joey didn't really win the money either, and Joey says he didn't win it technically but if the girls hadn't jumped in and taken the lucky spin, that lucky spin would've been his. Danny just shakes his head throughout, and Joey tells him to stop as he's got a case, even nodding to prove it to Danny.
Mr. Santana then shows up, and Joey goes into excitement because he's anxious to get his $100,000 check. He insists that he won the money fair and square and jokingly insists that he stepped away for "a minute, a second, heck, even a microsecond", and D.J. put Stephanie's silver dollar near the coin slot and accidentally let it fall in; however, Mr. Santana isn't buying what Joey is selling. He does not get the money because a videotape from the hotel's security camera shows the aforementioned evidence, Santana saying that he did not come into the picture until "many, many microseconds later", as he gives Joey the cassette to keep as a souvenir of "not having won the jackpot, here at the...Fabulous Ali Baba Hotel and Casino!", so he can watch the evidence for himself when the family gets home. (It is assumed that he gets to keep the $32 he legally won – see above.)
When Santana leaves and Joey sits down, Stephanie thinks that he's going to hate them now because she and D.J. cost him the cash, Joey proves otherwise, but unfortunately, he doesn't think there's anything they can do to make it up to him.
As she talks to her mom on the phone in her hotel room, Becky considers Jesse very obstinate and pig-headed. But when he shows up at the door, Jesse makes it his mission to make Becky feel just as jealous in order to make sure she will know first-hand exactly how she is making him feel, and they end up having an argument in their hotel room. He accuses her of planning to have dinner with a "blow-dried side of beef" (Todd). In any event, he says it's her fault for their break-up, and she agrees. But she says he doesn't know what he's talking about and he says he does know what he's talking about. They've been going out for 6 months and she goes to dinner with Todd? That eventually doesn't sit well with him, even after they kiss, which elicits a "WHOO!" from the audience.
However, after that, the argument starts up again, as she tells him that if kissing is gonna solve anything, then he's been watching too many old movies. And it just so happened that the "blow-dried side of beef" (Todd) and her were going to have dinner with Jesse, and if he hadn't lost his temper and acted like a jealous maniac, she could've told him that in the first place. Then Jesse realizes that he's a jerk because he acted like a jerk, and that she's saying that he broke up with her for no reason, to which she remarks, "Well, look who just woke up." After apologizing, he says that's the way he is..if he feels something, he goes with it; if he feels jealous, he acts jealous (and so forth). But he says he's not the only one who feels jealous, as he points out that Becky felt jealous when he hit on the waitress earlier and she punched him in the face for it, but Becky only felt jealous for a split-second, to which she says it's the worst split-second of her life.
When they calm down, Jesse says that the weekend with Becky was going to be the most romantic, most perfect weekend of his life. He was going to say "I love you" to her, and she was going to say the same to him, and they were even going to take a walk by the lake under the stars.
At this moment, he does say "I love you" to Becky" and she says the same to him. He asks Becky to marry him, and she accepts the proposal and he says "Have mercy!", as "To Be Continued" appears (followed by the EP credits).
Becky: Didn't Danny give you my message?
Danny: Not yet. Jess, Becky can't make it. She has a breakfast meeting with Todd Masters.
Jesse: How could you do this?
Danny: Well, I've been nervous about the show.
Jesse: Not you. [to Becky] You.
Becky: Jess, I'm really sorry. But we'll have to talk about this later. Danny, we go on the air in a minute....
Jesse: What's going on here?
Joey: She's just excited to meet a movie star. I mean, suppose you could spend some time with Michelle Pfeiffer. What would you do?
Jesse: Becky wouldn't dare.
The episode title was taken from the song "Luck Be a Lady", from the 1950 Broadway musical Guys and Dolls – probably better known as a signature song for Frank Sinatra mid-'60s).
Stephanie saying, "I'm going to Disneyland!" upon Joey's $100,000 "win", is a reference to the phrase "I'm going to Disney World!" (or sometimes "I'm going to Disneyland!") spoken by the MVP of the Super Bowl since 1987 (the first being New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms).