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Season 4
250px-Full House - Season 4
Country of origin: United States
No. of episodes: 26
Broadcast
Original channel: ABC
Original run: September 21, 1990 – May 3, 1991
Home video release
DVD release date: August 15, 2006
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Season four of the sitcom Full House originally aired on ABC from September 21, 1990 to May 3, 1991.

Plot

Starting in season four, Danny realizes that he must start disciplining Michelle. Jesse proposes to Rebecca and they soon become married. Joey's career takes a turn for the better when he is offered a job in Las Vegas to open for Wayne Newton. In this season, Michelle turns four, Stephanie enters the third grade at the age of eight, and D.J. begins her final year in junior high at age thirteen.

Opening-credits Sequence

The separate close-up of Michelle is discontinued, and we start with the close-up of Michelle from the angle of Bullet (Danny's car), with the image updated to reflect everyone's ages. The soccer scene (from Griffith Park in Los Angeles) is also discontinued, going straight into the opening credits. The introduction to the adult actors (Stamos, Saget, Coulier, and Loughlin) was filmed on location in San Francisco, with Jesse sitting on a bench and strumming his guitar, Danny cleaning his car, Joey posing at Fisherman's Wharf while taking off his shades/sunglasses, and Becky viewing some flowers, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. This same sequence would be used until season seven. The girls are introduced on the set, with D.J. placing a younger picture of herself on the mantle and posing next to it (in reality, it's that of a younger Candace), Stephanie playing with Comet in the backyard, and Michelle jumping on her bed (shown only in the truncated version of the theme song; in the extended version, the older girls' credits are preceded by their opening credits from seasons 1 and 3, respectively, to reflect their growing up; Michelle's is preceded by seasons 1, 2, and 3). The image of the cast running towards the camera is also updated. The new sequence includes images of Michelle and Jesse kissing and hugging in her room (carried over from Season 3's sequence), the family getting off a Powell & Market Sts. cable car the minute it stops, and ends with the girls' hair-combing scene updated to reflect their ages, then Danny, Jesse, and Joey hanging out at Fisherman's Wharf, and then cuts to the family having a picnic on Alamo Square, which would be seen throughout the remainder of the series.

Closing-credits Sequence

From this season through season five, some (if not all) of the images are updated to match that of the new opening sequence. As usual, it starts with the panoramic sweep of the Golden Gate Bridge and then goes into the image updates: The image featuring D.J. and Stephanie fishing with Danny at Fisherman's Wharf (from the first three seasons) is now replaced with the family getting off a Powell & Market Sts. cable car when it stops (and is the only one used in the opening with the abbreviated theme, as it cuts to the cast running toward the camera), the zoom-out of the family riding in Danny's car "Bullet" is now replaced with D.J. riding Rocket (from "D.J.'s Very First Horse", and only used in the season three opening with the extended theme, regardless of whether Becky is featured in the episode), Danny and Michelle napping in a rocking chair in her room (seasons 2-3, but only used in the opening of the season two premiere) is replaced with the guys hanging out (seasons 2-3), and ends with the picnic scene. In addition, the Lorimar Television logo is now an in-credit logo and cuts out before the fade to black (not applicable to syndicated repeats), and on occasion will use the music from its 1988 logo.

Characters

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Recurring

Personnel change

Dennis Rinsler and Marc Warren, who had joined in season two as producers and continued in that role in the previous season are promoted to supervising producers.

Schedule change

Capitalizing on the success of the TGIF block after its first season, ABC decided to make it all Miller-Boyett shows: Full House, Family Matters and Perfect Strangers would all retain their time slots, but in the 9:30/8:30C slot was the new Going Places, which was axed after one season. The block's new catchy theme song was altered to remove Fridays the Mouse and in addition to the cast previewing their show as well as the others, on occasion, was a "TGIF Trivia" segment regarding each show and a three-choice question regarding the events on that show (in reality, all three choices are correct, as all scenes are featured in that show's episode).

Episodes

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
69 1 "Greek Week" Joel Zwick Jeff Franklin September 21, 1990

Jesse's Greek grandparents come to San Francisco to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary, but things go rather crazy when both Jesse and D.J. "get married" to other visitors. During the anniversary, Jesse and D.J. dump their spouses and Jesse proposes to Becky, who says yes.

70 2 "Crimes and Michelle's Demeanor" Joel Zwick Scott Spencer Gordon September 28, 1990
Michelle starts taking advantage of Danny's leniency, which ends with Michelle receiving her first punishment for misbehaving, while D.J. and Stephanie get punished for something Michelle did. Meanwhile, Jesse's attempts to buy an expensive engagement ring for Becky leads him to sell a worthwhile item.
71 3 "The I.Q. Man" Joel Zwick Dennis Rinsler & Marc Warren October 5, 1990
Jesse is chosen to be the star in a cologne commercial, but he feels like he is not being treated fairly, when his wardrobe is stripped. After a series of calamities, Joey and Jesse quit working for Malatesta and form their own business, with a loan from Danny. Meanwhile, Danny and Becky find themselves as replacements for Connie Chung on Career Day, when D.J. and Kimmy find out they were scammed by a fake.
72 4 "Slumber Party" Joel Zwick Martie Cook October 12, 1990
Joey volunteers to take Stephanie to her first mother-daughter sleepover party after Becky is unable to take her at the last minute. Danny goes through some old memories as Jesse and Joey move their productions into the attic.
73 5 "Good News, Bad News" Joel Zwick Ellen Guylas October 19, 1990
D.J. is promoted to newspaper editor and has Kimmy do sports, but after Kimmy screws up her first assignment, the two go into bitter newspaper and oral arguments. Two subplots have Danny and Becky arguing during a promo for Wake Up, San Francisco and Stephanie trying to avoid Michelle during a game of "Shadow".
74 6 "A Pinch for a Pinch" Joel Zwick Charles A. Pratt, Jr. October 26, 1990
Jesse accompanies Michelle to preschool, only to pull her out after an argument with the teacher and pinching another student after he pinched her. Meanwhile, Stephanie fears the worst after reading her horoscope from the middle school newspaper and Joey gets a filling.
75 7 "Viva Las Joey" Joel Zwick Dennis Rinsler & Marc Warren November 2, 1990
Joey performs in Las Vegas, but – surprisingly – comes face-to-face with his strict, estranged father, Colonel Gladstone.
76 8 "Shape Up" Joel Zwick Jeff Franklin November 9, 1990
D.J. tries to lose weight for Kimmy's pool party, but her choice of an exercise routine includes no food for several days, which puts her at a dangerous risk and Stephanie in a bad position.
77 9 "One Last Kiss" Joel Zwick Leslie Ray & David Steven Simon November 16, 1990
Jesse attends his ten-year high school reunion, but reunites with his old girlfriend (Erika Eleniak) - even though he is engaged to Becky. In the sub-plot, Stephanie hosts a birthday party for Comet.
78 10 "Terror in Tanner Town" Joel Zwick Boyd Hale November 23, 1990
Danny's girlfriend's, Cindy, mischievous son, Rusty, pulls a number of pranks on the Tanners, such as Danny getting his hair green from the shampoo, Jesse spilling salt, Joey spilling milk, Danny having the tablecloth tucked into his pants and pulling the dinner off the table, giving D.J. and Stephanie gum that blackens their teeth, Rusty feeding Comet the rump roast, taping over Joey's tape, making Danny fall into a mud puddle and getting Michelle's eye painted black from looking into a kaleidoscope. Danny learns that he's been doing all that because his parents are divorced and he wants his parents to get back together. Also, Becky and Jesse attempt to agree on a place for their wedding, finally deciding to get married in San Francisco, thanks to a suggestion from Joey.
79 11 "Secret Admirer" Joel Zwick Ellen Guylas December 7, 1990
During the Tanners' family picnic, Rusty – intrigued by D.J.'s liking for Ricky, the paperboy – types a love note for D.J. as a prank, and tells Michelle to give it to her sister and say it's from the paperboy. However, Michelle mistakenly gives it to Stephanie and says it's from Rusty. Through a chain reaction, Danny's girlfriend, Cindy, believes that Joey loves her, Becky believes that Danny loves her, Kimmy believes that Jesse loves her, Jesse believes that either Danny or Joey is in love with Becky, Danny and Joey both believe that Becky loves them, and, ironically fooled by his own prank, Rusty believes that D.J. loves him. Finally, Michelle tells them that Rusty typed the note, and they all chase him.
80 12 "Danny in Charge" Joel Zwick Story by: Stacey Hur

Teleplay by: Scott Spencer Gordon & Boyd Hale

December 14, 1990

While Jesse and Joey are out of town, Danny tries to become "Superdad" and spend time with his daughters "all by himself", but problems ensure when he finds that he has two events at the same time. Stephanie wants him to come to her science fair and D.J. wants him to come to her drama festival. Meanwhile, Jesse and Joey attempt to film a fox in the wilderness for an advertisement.

81 13 "Happy New Year" Joel Zwick Jeff Franklin December 28, 1990
Danny and Jesse set up Joey with a date for New Year's Eve, but he becomes so smitten with her that he wants to elope]. Meanwhile, Rusty convinces Stephanie that he is going to kiss her at midnight, but when midnight comes and Rusty reveals he was just kidding, Stephanie ends up kissing him.
82 14 "Working Girl" Joel Zwick Dennis Rinsler & Marc Warren January 4, 1991
D.J. gets her first job, but finds out that handling work and school at the same time is easier said than done, especially after her first "F".
83 15 "Ol' Brown Eyes" Joel Zwick Ellen Guylas & Boyd Hale January 11, 1991

Danny wants to sing with Jesse's band at D.J.'s school fundraiser to prove to D.J. that he can be "hip and cool", but D.J. is totally humiliated by the idea. Meanwhile, Michelle hides Jesse's ring when no one else wants to play "hot and cold" with her, and her game with Joey goes awry when the ring is gone.

84 16 "Stephanie Gets Framed" Joel Zwick Doug McIntyre January 25, 1991

Stephanie must get her first pair of eyeglasses, making her feel "like a geek". Also, when Julie's cousin, Steve Urkel is in San Francisco for the big science fair, Julie and D.J. get irritated with him, and he meets Danny and Jesse who are also irritated by him; later, he meets Michelle, who he finds has a lot in common with him about money, and helps her learn about money. When Stephanie meets Steve, she doesn't feel like telling him why she feels down, but Steve helps her out with her glasses dilemma. Taking his advice, she borrows all of Joey's funny glasses, but the teacher confiscates them. Meanwhile, Michelle learns how to use a piggy bank.

85 17 "A Fish Called Martin" Joel Zwick Leslie Ray February 1, 1991
Michelle wins a goldfish at a carnival, but then gives it its first – and last – bubble bath, and it dies. Later, Danny gives her a big fish tank, but she is worried that she will kill another innocent fish. In the subplot, Becky teaches the family (and a reluctant Jesse) square dancing for their upcoming wedding.
86 18 "The Wedding (Part 1)" Joel Zwick Jeff Franklin February 8, 1991

Jesse and Becky's wedding day arrives but Becky's family makes Jesse become scared about losing his life. So in an attempt to have "one last adventure" as a single man, Jesse goes parachuting, which ends up with him getting stuck in a tree.

87 19 "The Wedding (Part 2)" Joel Zwick Jeff Franklin February 15, 1991

Becky bails Jesse out of jail in "Tomato Country", and the wedding finally commences.

88 20 "Fuller House" Joel Zwick Leslie Ray & David Steven Simon February 22, 1991
Now a married man, Jesse moves out of the Tanners' house, only to realize that he misses his family very much, especially Michelle; Becky comes up with a solution. In the sub-plot, Stephanie struggles to learn fractions.
89 21 "The Hole-in-the-Wall Gang" Joel Zwick Craig Heller & Guy Schulman March 1, 1991
D.J. and Stephanie accidentally put a hole in Danny's bedroom wall during a fight. Meanwhile, Jesse attempts to make a makeshift apartment in the attic for him and Becky.
90 22 "Stephanie Plays the Field" Joel Zwick Mark Fink March 8, 1991
Stephanie becomes the new star pitcher for Danny's Little League Baseball team, but her "boyfriend", who's on their rival team, tries to bribe her into throwing him "easy pitches". Along the way, Michelle is locked out of Uncle Jesse's room when he is with Becky.
91 23 "Joey Goes Hollywood" Joel Zwick Leslie Ray & David Steven Simon March 29, 1991
Joey auditions for a TV sitcom, Surf's Up, which stars Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Also, Stephanie wants to change her first name after continuous taunting, and Michelle is running up the phone bill by calling Tokyo, Japan.
92 24 "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" Joel Zwick Dennis Rinsler & Marc Warren April 1, 1991
D.J. has Becky cover for her while she sneaks out to see a boy she likes. In two subplots, Stephanie teaches Michelle a lesson about lying and when Jesse and Joey acquire a pool table, Danny shows off his billiards skills.
93 25 "The Graduates" Joel Zwick Ellen Guylas April 26, 1991
Feeling that his youth is fleeting, Danny tries to be young again by "hanging out" with a college student. D.J. makes a speech for her junior high graduation, and Jesse helps with Michelle's preschool graduation song. Stephanie feels left out because (in Danny's words) she's "only" going from third to fourth grade, and wishes she could have a cap/gown graduation like D.J. and Michelle for going into "upper elementary".
94 26 "Rock the Cradle" Joel Zwick Boyd Hale May 3, 1991
Jesse and the Rippers are scheduled to go on tour over the summer, but Jesse finds out that Becky is pregnant.

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