|Michelle Rides Again (Part 2)|
|Season 8, episode 24|
|Air date||May 23, 1995|
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Michelle is rushed to the hospital, where Danny realizes that the reason why she was on the riding trail with Elizabeth was because she did not want to compete thanks to him putting too much pressure on her to beat Elizabeth and because of his fight with Morgan.
Everyone is relieved when a doctor tells them that Michelle is out of danger, but she did take a blow to the head, so he has decided to keep her in the hospital overnight for observation. He takes Danny, Jesse and Joey to the room she is in, but she does not remember who they are. The doctor explains that memory loss – in this case, amnesia – is common with head injuries, and it is usually temporary.
At home, on the day Michelle is scheduled to be released from the hospital, Andrew comes back over and explains that the reason why he is been reluctant to kiss Stephanie is because he did not know how she would feel about it, but after what Michelle said a few days ago, he feels a lot better about it, and they share a kiss.
Kimmy comes over and tells D.J. that Duane's cousin Wayne has agreed to be her prom date. She is surprised when Kimmy mentions that he is a professional at William Shakespeare's stories. Danny brings Michelle home from the hospital, but she is awkward and still amnesiac. Per the doctor's advice, the family shows Michelle around the house in hopes that seeing familiar things will at least help her remember some of her life, with the "tram tour" ending in her and Stephanie's room. The guys sing "Teddy Bear", the song they used to sing her to sleep with, and that does not jog any memories either. Michelle asks where her mother is, and Danny explains to her that her mother died while she was a baby, and says they will tell her anything about her that she wants to know, with Jesse adding that Pam was his sister. The family continues their efforts to jog her memory. However, their efforts fail, so she decides to take a nap in her "own bed", though she accidentally ends up napping on Stephanie's bed instead, and thus Stephanie has to nap on Michelle's bed. When the twins come in and try to surprise Michelle, even they get confused as to who's sleeping in whose bed.
Not much later, the family tries yet again to jog her memories using photo albums, including her "Princess of the Day" gig at Walt Disney World; but again, to no avail, so she goes back upstairs to take another nap, this time, in her own bed. And as she sleeps, she is awakened by a voice, "I remember this room, I remember these walls, I remember this bed, I remember it all." The voice is none other than her memory, dressed and looking exactly like her, as of right now! She talks to her exact duplicate, the real deal, who says she's been hugging people she doesn't even know or recognize since the accident. The memory tells her that it is she who got separated from the real deal after the accident, and even tells the real deal to get ready to hug her, because once she does, she'll be glad that she did. They do hug, and the memory asks the real deal if she's ready, and she is, as the memory walks right into the real deal's body.
Joey tells Jesse that his heart is just not in having their own TV show anymore. He agrees, saying that he does not want to have anything to do with anything that will take away too much time with his family, so they decide to not to do so.
On the night the prom is scheduled to take place, Michelle finally starts remembering things. As D.J. is getting ready to go, Michelle comes downstairs and talks to everyone, and they all realize that she has regained her memory. D.J. explains to her that she was thrown off by her horse and took a blow to the head, and Becky adds that she had a loss of memory (amnesia) of herself and her family. Michelle wonders how she could ever forget her family.
Kimmy shows up and tells D.J. that Wayne is unable to make it, but she did bring someone with her to take D.J. who is none other than Steve Hale. She is delighted and the two share a passionate kiss admitting how much they have missed each other, leaving a reunion looking possible.
Michelle asks Jesse (as the inspirational music plays for the last time) how out of it she was, and he speaks for the whole family when he explains that it was like a part of everyone was missing, a part of her was missing, and that they stuck together and got through it, just like they always have and always will. They all hug her, as well as each other (as the music plays out, and the audience applauds and the EP credits appear one last time).
Danny: [to Michelle] Look, sweetheart, you had an accident. You fell off your horse, and you hit your head. I'm so sorry I put so much pressure on you.
Michelle: That's OK.
Danny: D.J., I really think you should go tonight. You only get one senior prom.
Becky: Yeah, my prom was wonderful. I felt just like Cinderella.
D.J.: Did you meet Prince Charming?
Becky: No, but I lost my shoe, I had a mouse in my car, and my date had a head like a pumpkin. But the point is, it's your prom. You'll remember it forever.
D.J.: Well, I know the prom is special; I went to Steve's and it was the most romantic night of my life. But I just don't know how to have a good time when Michelle's home, scared and confused.
Michelle: I'm ruining everybody's fun.
D.J.: No, Michelle. I didn't mean it that way.
Michelle: Which way did you mean it?
D.J.: I just want you to feel better.
Michelle: How's skipping your prom gonna make me better?
D.J.: Well, actually, it won't.
Michelle: You feel bad if you're missing your prom, I feel bad when you're missing your prom. One of us should go to that prom.
D.J.: Well, I would go, but I think it's too late now.
Jesse: Ever since Michelle's accident, I've really been thinking about my priorities. And anything that's gonna take more time away from my family...you know what, I just don't have the time in my life for it.
Joey: There's nothing that's more important than your family.
Kimmy [to D.J.] Don't worry. I scrounged up another date for you.
D.J.: I'm afraid to ask.
[Steve walks up to the door]
Steve: Come on, D.J., let's get goin'. I don't wanna miss the buffet.
Jesse: Michelle, I'll never forget the first time I saw you. I was in the maternity ward, and I was looking through the window, and I looked in at you and I waved. And you know what, you looked back at me, and I swear you smiled at me. Of course, the nurse said it was gas, but I wasn't buying it.
Michelle: Wow, we've known each other for a long time.
Jesse: A long time. You know, it's funny, when I moved in here to help raise you kids, I had no idea that one day, you'd be helping me raise mine.
Jesse: Joey, I can't wait until you have kids someday. You're gonna be a great father. I mean, there's nothing like looking down at a beautiful baby in your arms and knowing that you created it. Of course, you're gonna have to find a woman first.
Joey: Yeah. It'd be nice to hold something warm and cuddly that didn't always talk about wood.
Jesse: It'll happen for you, pal.
Michelle: How could I forget myself and you guys? You're my family.
Danny: You don't know how happy I am to hear you say that.
Michelle: Can I ask you a question?
Danny: Sure, anything.
Michelle: You're my dad, right?
Danny: Yeah, that's right.
Michelle: So where's my mom?
Danny: [after a long silence] I'm sorry to tell you this, but your mom died when you were just a little girl.
Michelle: So even if I do get better, I won't remember her?
Joey: Well, Michelle, we'll tell you anything about her that you want to know.
Michelle: Was she pretty?
Jesse: Oh, Michelle, she was very pretty. You see, your mom was my sister. And you know what? You look just like her.
Michelle: How out of it was I?
Jesse: Oh, pretty out of it. I mean, you were here, sweetheart, but it was like part of you was missing. It sure was like part of all of us was missing. But, we stuck it out and we got through it.
Joey: Just like we always do.
Danny: Just like we always will.
[Everyone hugs her, and each other as the episode ends]
The episode originally ended with a curtain call during the closing credits with all of the main cast members coming out for their final bows in reverse order of the opening credits (i.e. starting with the twins and ending with Jesse). The abbreviated opening theme song from seasons 3–7 played one final time, and the words "Our Thanks, Our Love" appeared after the copyright screen, at which point the scene froze rather than letting the final bows play out. The words faded out and were followed by fade-ins and fade-outs of both the Jeff Franklin Productions and Miller-Boyett Productions logos, as well as "In Association With", and the Warner Bros. Television Logo playing out as usual. This closing was cut from the DVD release of the episode and from syndicated runs as well and was replaced with stills from that episode and the closing theme played as usual, with the logos and "In Association With" cutting in and out prior to the WBTV logo. In addition, rather than having both the final scene and curtain call in the living room, the curtain call was done in the kitchen.
- The first appearance of Steve since the end of season seven
- The fourth episode that the Olsen twins acted side by side in the same scene; Mary-Kate as the real-deal Michelle and Ashley as Michelle's memory
- For some reason, the hospital waiting room scene was cut out of the DVD version of the episode
- John Stamos also taped the curtain call (final bows playing out and all), and released it to his Instagram account to celebrate the release of Fuller House; as the link indicates, the tape date for this episode was February 23, 1995
- Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen later said that they did not realize that this was to be the final episode of the series until the cast came out for the curtain call, and their real-life brother and sister, Trent and Lizzie Olsen, handed them flowers on stage
- Reportedly, this two-parter (which was originally shown as a one-hour episode) was not intended to be a series-ending episode, but due to the rising cost for salaries, and the rising production costs for ABC to keep it airing, there were talks of defecting to another network, but John Stamos announced that season eight would be his last if the show was to move to one of the two newer upstarts (UPN or the WB)