|Our Very First Show|
|Season 1, episode 1|
|Air date||September 22, 1987|
|Next||Our Very First Night|
Our Very First Show is the premiere episode of the series Full House, which aired for the first time on September 22, 1987.
A car crash three months earlier killed Danny Tanner's wife, Pam, leaving him with the task of raising his three daughters on his own. Danny's mother, Claire, had been staying with the family to help out, but when she must go back to Seattle, Danny asks his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis and childhood friend Joey Gladstone to move in to help him take care of the girls: ten-year-old D.J., five-year-old Stephanie, and one-year-old Michelle. Joey and Jesse's first day includes that harrowing rite of passage: changing a diaper. Since Joey and Jesse don't know a thing about taking care of a baby, they struggle in their efforts to take care of Danny's youngest, Michelle.
The other girls have a difficult time adjusting to the living arrangements. D.J. is frustrated that she has to share her room with Stephanie since Stephanie's old room is now being occupied by Jesse, so she rebels by moving into the garage, where the guys find her talking on the phone to her best friend and next-door neighbor Kimmy Gibbler. Danny has to deal with this situation without a clue of how to do so, and when he tries to tell D.J. that the garage is too stuffy and filthy to even make her new room in it, she asks him if he wants fresh air, and he gets some in the form of her opening the garage using its remote control. Jesse tries to buy her off, but it is no use. Joey's impression of Bill Cosby, complete with a Jell-O offer, also does not help. Eventually, after a talk with Danny about it, D.J. changes her mind and moves back into the house.
While her father tells her that sharing a room with Stephanie is like having a slumber party ("with only one guest who never leaves" in her words), and while she eventually has to accept it, D.J. makes the most of it by making two rules for Stephanie to follow (and suggests that she take notes so she can remember): one, never touch her stuff, and two, never set foot on her side of the room. To distinguish whose side is whose, and as she explains the rules to her younger sister/new roommate, D.J. uses crime scene-like tape going from the window to an easel and clips the other end to the easel. Stephanie wonders how she can get out of the room, and D.J. suggests jumping out the window and climbing down the tree. Stephanie does not think this is a good idea, so she tries another idea by climbing across the curtain rod, which unfortunately leads to D.J.'s side (a somewhat violation of "rule #2" despite her not directly setting foot on said side), causing D.J. to open the curtains to reveal said window and send Stephanie back to her side of the room where she belongs (eliciting applause from the audience). When Joey and Danny come in, they assure her D.J. will be just fine, and even offer Stephanie a piggy-back ride.
Danny rejects D.J.'s offer of a garage sale (with inspirational music playing), giving her the ultimatum of either her moving back in or all five of them moving into the garage and thus making the rest of the house useless and worthless. Danny and Stephanie comfort her (as the inspirational music stops) and the family sings "Meet the Flintstones" to Michelle, making her very happy (as the audience applauds and the EP credits appear).
This is not the series pilot. An unaired pilot was previously shot with John Posey as Danny because Bob Saget, the producers' first choice for the role, was unavailable, due to a prior commitment. The pilot with Posey is included on the Complete Series and The Complete First Season DVD sets.
[In the kitchen...]
Danny: D.J., honey, I can’t let you have a garage sale.
D.J.: What if I give you ten percent of the profits?
Danny: D.J., come here. Can’t you just try sharing a room with your sister? [D.J. refuses to answer] Your mom was always so good at this stuff. I’d come home from work, and everything was always perfect. D.J., how would Mom have handled this?
D.J.: She would have caught me before I moved into the garage. Mom knew everything I did before I did it.
[D.J. is on the verge of tears, as inspirational music plays for the first time.]
Danny: What is it, honey?
D.J.: It’s just not fair! First, I lose my mom. Then Grandma leaves. And now I even lose my own room? Everything keeps disappearing.
Danny: I know exactly how you feel. And I know how much you girls miss your mother – because I miss her too... very much. But you still got me.
Stephanie: You got me, too.
Danny: You got Michelle, and you have your uncle Jesse, and Joey. D.J., we’re still a family. And now is when we really need to stick together. [D.J. is silent] D.J., you and I, we go back a long time – ten years. The ten happiest years of my life. So look; it’s up to you. Either you move back inside, or all five of us are moving into the garage. But nothing is gonna break up this team.
D.J.: I’ll move back in.
Danny: I love you, angel. You too, little ballerina.
- The closing scene of this episode involves Joey, Jesse, Danny, D.J., and Stephanie singing The Flintstones theme song to a fussy Michelle in order to soothe her. 29 years later, in split-screen style, the quintet recreate the same scene – this time singing to Tommy Jr. in the like-named first episode of Fuller House, "Our Very First Show, Again".
- This episode aired on a Tuesday before moving to its usual Friday time slot with the next episode.