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Our Very First Night
Season 1, episode 2
102firstnight
Air date September 25, 1987
Writer(s) Jeff Franklin
Director Joel Zwick
Previous Our Very First Show
Next The First Day of School

Our Very First Night is episode two of season one, which originally aired on September 25, 1987.

Synopsis

It begins with Joey and Jesse attempting to change Michelle's diaper yet again. Like before, it fails, leaving Danny to change it himself, remarking that "Tarzan went to bed in better shape than that baby." Jesse, however, says that Tarzan wore diapers his entire life.

Stephanie then pays a visit to Jesse's room (her old room), and is surprised to see that he's hung an Elvis poster over her pink bunny wallpaper, to which he remarks that the bunnies are "very...pink." She notes that Pam made that wallpaper just for her (before the move-in), and thinks he'll love the bunnies. Indeed he does love them, and remarks that "I'm sure Elvis had pink bunnies hanging all over Graceland." Danny comes in and says that it's riddle time, and it's one with a pretty simple answer: "What has blond hair, purple pajamas, and is up way past her bedtime?" And that of course, is Stephanie, but she guesses "Elvis". Joey comes in as the "Sandman Express" and, using a harmonica as a train horn, chugs her all the way to her and her sister's room.

Later, Stephanie and D.J. are put to bed after hearing a "scary fairy tale" story, told by the guys, that is basically a combo of the girls' favorite characters. The three men have plans for that night. When the guys are all leaving home at one time, Danny explains that there has to be at least one adult in the house while the kids are there, giving his reason that his job actually makes any money. Jesse is stuck being the adult that has to stay with the kids. While Danny is at work at the TV station and Joey is doing his comedy slot at The Laugh Machine (and only making money if and when his jokes makes the crowd laugh), Jesse decides to have his band practice at the house. Stephanie and D.J. think that Jesse is the easy one to trick, so they try to take advantage of his leniency by copying what Jesse does, staying up late with him ordering a pizza, eating sweets late (ice cream sundaes and chocolate milk), partying with the band, and even asking a band member to dye their hair purple. This causes Jesse to get in trouble for not managing the kids and being a responsible adult. Joey comes home from doing his comedy slot and joins in on the fun.

When Danny comes home from work, before Jesse recalls his statement, "Wow girls, you're supposed to be in bed. What would your dad say about this?", Danny notices everything that is going on and does not like the whole situation. Before they can even escape or hide, he begins to scold D.J., Stephanie, Joey, and Jesse. All Joey can do is declare his innocence by saying that he was doing a conga when Danny walked in, saying, "My name is Joey, and I'm a 'conga-holic'" (see Trivia). Before D.J. can explain, Jesse cuts her off and lies to Danny, taking the blame. After his rant, and threatening to really lose it in the event that Michelle's hair is dyed purple (which it isn't, luckily and fortunately), he realizes that Jesse and Joey do not know a whole lot about raising, handling, and managing kids, and decides he needs to teach and lecture them both on how to be more serious about being more parental, making sure to set the kids' bedtime and that the guys are being responsible adults while Danny is not home.

Suddenly, everyone hears Michelle crying, and the guys head up to her room and find that she's getting a new tooth. Luckily, her pain is soothed with a teething ring.

However, when Danny notices empty ice cream sundae bowls and chocolate milk cartons under the table in D.J. and Stephanie's room, not noticing that it was the girls' idea, he assumes that "the sick fiend" (Jesse) forced the kids to eat it all and then hid the evidence under the table. After saying that Jesse's moving in "was just a big mistake", Danny even threatens to call the police on him. Stephanie and D.J. refuse to see their uncle be in trouble, let alone jail, so they tell Danny the truth about being the ones who caused him to get in trouble and apologize to Jesse for lying to him. After that, Danny sends them off to bed before threatening to take everything out of their room and "turn it into a 24-hour mini-mart", and offers Jesse the last slice of pizza and everything is calm once again. Danny takes Michelle off to bed by trying to sing the lyrical version of Brahms' Lullaby, but fails. So Joey yells "Conga!" (as Jeff Franklin's EP credit appears), and that's exactly what they do as they carry Michelle to her room (with the camera cutting to the hallway as the studio audience applauds and Thomas L. Miller and Robert L. Boyett's EP credits appear).

Guest stars

Quotes

[In D.J. and Stephanie's room, the camera pans from their little table with ice cream and chocolate milk cartons all over it, a sign of a mess. Stephanie is jumping while D.J. turns the rope tied to her bed.]
Stephanie: (singing) Z, my name is Zippy And my husband's name is Zorro. We come from San Francisco With a carload of zebras. A, my name is Alice--
D.J.: That's enough jump rope. Let's do the hand-jive.
Stephanie: Okay, but I can't stop jumping. I may never sleep again. [D.J. is able to stop her from jumping.] Thanks.
D.J.: [to Stephanie] Two bowls of ice cream sure gives you a lot of pep, huh?
Stephanie: Does pep mean you can't blink?
D.J.: That's pep. [hearing music downstairs] Party time.


Stephanie: [to the band] Do you guys do any Bangles stuff?


Danny: [after he catches everybody partying] Attention, Solid Gold farm team. It's 12:15 and your hair is purple. Get down! [to Stephanie] ...and I don't mean 'get funky'. (See Trivia)


Jesse: Girls, girls, you're supposed to be in bed dreaming about Tweety Bird, Big Bird or Larry Bird or something?

Trivia

  • The first episode after moving to Friday nights
  • The only time the girls together lie to, and take advantage of, Uncle Jesse
  • The song played by the band is "Little Sister (Elvis Presley song)" (1961) (also a Feb. 1987 hit by Dwight Yoakam)
  • When Stephanie is standing on a guitar amplifier, Danny tells her, "Get down! And I don't mean 'Get funky'", is a reference to the phrase "Get down and get funky", used in the disco era (late-1970s to early-1980s)
  • "My name is Joey, and I'm a conga-holic" is a take on "My name is __ and I'm an alcoholic", which is what's said at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings
  • For this episode's end credits only, the third image is the back shot of D.J. and Stephanie fishing with Danny at Fisherman's Wharf (the second is always the front shot), as the camera zooms out
  • In the Nick@Nite version, the scene where D.J and Stephanie ask Danny if he wants pizza was omitted

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