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Play it Again, Jesse
Season 5, episode 15
Play it again, jesse
Air date January 7, 1992
Writer(s) Marc Warren & Dennis Rinsler
Director Joel Zwick
Previous Sisters in Crime
Next Crushed

Play it Again, Jesse is episode fifteen in season five of Full House. It originally aired on January 7, 1992.


It is time for Becky to return to Wake Up, San Francisco, and the return is bittersweet for Danny, who must say goodbye to Vicky as she is taking a job at a TV station in Chicago.

Jesse, after yet another record label has rejected him, is now the only one who stays at home with the kids while Danny, Becky, and Joey work at the TV station during the day. Jesse's pride is hurting because Becky is the one who earns the money, while he is a stay-at-home dad. In order to solve his problem and start earning money, he gets a job at the airport, playing with The Diplomats, the airport's lounge band.

At the airport, Becky convinces Jesse that the fact that she earns the money and he is like "Mr. Mom" does not mean that he has become the weaker sex in their marriage. Becky says that she considers themselves to be equals. Also at the airport, Danny says goodbye to Vicky. Danny and Vicky will try to maintain a long-distance relationship.

Also, Stephanie sneaks into D.J.'s closet and borrows a sweater after D.J told her that the clothes were off-limits and not to be touched, per "rule #1". What neither Michelle nor D.J. know is that she actually put the sweater on before D.J. informed her, and used her jacket to hide it.

While supermarket shopping with Michelle, Jesse, and the twins, Stephanie ends up accidentally putting a mustard stain on the sweater when she taste-tests some Funky Franks (either hot dogs or smoked sausage), and when they get home, she frantically puts the sweater in the washing machine. When Stephanie gets the sweater out of the washing machine, it is clean, but it has become shrunken small enough to fit Michelle (who is delighted, and even more so that she says it'll fit her Barbie dolls). Stephanie tells D.J. what happened, and D.J. tells Stephanie that she had borrowed the sweater from Kimmy Gibbler last Summer. So, Stephanie will have to make it up to Kimmy, who wants a pedicure. That could be torture for Stephanie, because Kimmy has a reputation for having the smelliest feet in San Francisco—be it socks on, or even worse in this case, socks off. When Michelle spots this, she tells her sisters to "Run for it!", and all three of them do just that, holding their noses as usual.

During the trip to the supermarket, Michelle and Stephanie load up on junk food a-plenty, so Jesse has to remind Michelle (and eventually Stephanie as well) that "Just because some goofy character's on the box doesn't mean the product's any good." When he sees Elvis Peanut Butter along the way, he decides to load up on both flavors, Smooth (creamy) and Hunka-Hunka-Chunka (extra crunchy/chunky). Suddenly, another shopper stops by and chats with him, saying he saw Jesse on Wake Up, San Francisco that morning. After the chat, Jesse catches up with the girls and comes by a huge display of paper towels (which Stephanie would be needing to get that mustard stain off). Michelle tries to take one roll from the bottom, but Jesse says to always take from the top. That advice doesn't help, because, as soon as he takes one from the top, he doesn't know that he knocked over the display with his arm, causing many rolls to cascade down to the floor.


  • The episode title is a take on "Play it Again, Sam", a famous line from the Oscar-winning film Casablanca
  • The second song Jesse plays with the Diplomats is the famous song from Casablanca, "As Time Goes By" (it is also known as the theme song to the UK TV series of the same name)
  • The mystery shopper talks about General Hospital as his favorite soap (John Stamos started his career on that show)

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