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Sisters in Crime
Season 5, episode 14
Sisters in crime
Air date December 17, 1991
Writer(s) Boyd Hale
Director Joel Zwick
Previous Easy Rider
Next Play It Again, Jesse

Sisters in Crime is episode fourteen in season five of Full House. It originally aired on December 17, 1991.

Opening Teaser

In the kitchen, Jesse and Becky are holding the twins, and are going to have a "burp-off". Whoever's baby burps the loudest, that parent is free from diaper duty for the entire day. Michelle comes downstairs to see what's going on, and she joins in with a burp of her own. Only problem is, she's a big girl now and no longer wears diapers. She declares, "I win! I'm still the burp champion!", as she delivers an "In your face!" to her aunt and uncle.

Synopsis

Danny, Jesse, and Joey are participating in a charity ice hockey game for KTMB, the TV station that Danny, Becky, Vicky, and Joey work for. Becky and Vicky will be at the game too, so Becky drops Nicky and Alex off at her Aunt Ida's house while D.J. stays home to babysit Stephanie and Michelle.

After all the adults have left, Steve Peters, a boy from D.J.'s school, shows up to take her out to the movies. The problem is, Michelle has the sniffles and is not allowed out of the house, and Stephanie needs to finish her book report. D.J. desperately does not want to miss out on a date with Steve, so she decides to remedy this by taking Michelle and Stephanie to the movies with her and Steve anyway. However, between Steve and D.J., they do not have enough money for Michelle and Stephanie for tickets to get them into the theater, let alone refreshments for them. In addition, it was initially planned that an adult movie (PG or PG-13) would be in the works, but with Stephanie and Michelle coming along, a child movie (G) was chosen instead. A Pink Panther featurette precedes the movie, causing the younger girls to hum the iconic theme (by Henry Mancini), and D.J. shushing them and warning them not to even make a peep until the movie is over, but they do so anyway, going "Peep!" at their sister. It gets to the point where she angrily orders them to the back row of the theater, with Stephanie throwing in a "How rude!" for good measure. Kimmy Gibbler happens to work at the theater, so D.J. talks her into letting Stephanie and Michelle sneak in, but during the beginning of the movie the theater's manager takes them to his office.

Inside, Stephanie and Michelle talk to him about what happened, and he is shocked about how Kimmy claimed that they're the one millionth customer because they just opened up a week earlier. They admit to him that he hired a nutcase. Later, D.J. and Kimmy appear in the office, and D.J. is a bit upset with them for their reckless actions.

Inevitably, the three girls convince themselves that they can return home long before Danny learns that they have gone out without permission. D.J. makes up lies for the girls to tell Danny. Eventually her guilt gets the best of her but she ends up telling him the truth; unfortunately, her actions still get all three of them grounded. Per Danny, had D.J. just stayed home and babysat her sisters as promised, he would have taken all of them out to the movies on his own dime, and raised D.J.'s allowance (thus a possibility that she could've taken her sisters out to the movies herself).

Of course, D.J. contests this because, per her words, it was just "a little fiblet". However, Danny reminds her that Stephanie and Michelle still went along with it, and they're each ultimately responsible for their actions and have to accept the consequences that go with them, preaching a classic proverb: "You do the crime, you do the time."

Later that night (as the inspirational music plays), she explains her lesson to her sisters; even defining the word "conscience" to Michelle, and promises not to repeat her mistakes; she starts by helping Stephanie finish her book report, and then playing Candy Land with Michelle later. She even tells them that they are free to hang out in her room anytime they would like, and then the three have a group hug, after which D.J. helps Stephanie with her book report as Michelle gets ready to play Candy Land by getting it out of the closet (and all this occurs as the studio audience applauds and the EP credits appear).

Quotes

Kimmy: Thank you. Enjoy the show. Don’t spill anything – I’m the one that has to clean up.

Trivia

  • Scott Weinger makes his first series appearance, albeit as "Steve Peters" rather than Steve Hale
  • The episode title is an allusion to the old phrase, "partners in crime"
  • The only time in series where all three Tanner girls are grounded together

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