Tanner vs. Gibbler
Season 2, episode 2
Tanner vs. gibbler
Air date October 21, 1988
Writer(s) Lenny Ripps
Director John Bowab
Previous Cutting It Close
Next It's Not My Job

Tanner vs. Gibbler is episode two in season two of Full House. It originally aired on October 21, 1988.

Opening Teaser

Michelle is riding her rocking horse in her room, with Jesse and Joey nearby, and it seems that all she wants to do is say "no" to everything—from going to sleep to her horse being tired. Joey jokingly remarks that her favorite James Bond movie is Dr. No. When he asks Jesse if she is smarter than the both of them, she finally says "yes".


D.J. is planning a birthday party for Kimmy Gibbler, who is turning 12. She is inviting some of their closest friends, and has already made out a list of the party foods and drinks that will be served (see Quotes). The phone rings and Danny answers it. It is his boss, Mr. Strowbridge. He asks Danny to come in as he has "big news". Danny is anxious to know what the big news is, excited that it may be "good news", but afraid it may be "bad news". Joey thinks that he is crazy.

Stephanie brings out a couple of dresses and asks D.J. which will look better on her at the party. However, her sister says that the party is for 6th graders only, as Stephanie is only in the 1st grade. Joey comes up with an idea for Stephanie, to have their own "super-duper party" upstairs.

When Kimmy comes by to take D.J. to school, Stephanie slips up and mentions the surprise birthday party to her, and that obviously upsets D.J. But that does not stop the party from going forward. However, Kimmy decides to bring her new karate class friends, Melissa and Nina, two older girls in junior high school, to the party. Stephanie says she's free tonight, so they can invite her too. She asks them to think it over, as they don't have to answer that question now, but they ignore her as they head on off to school, with Stephanie throwing in a "How rude!" for good measure.

Meanwhile, Danny, anxious to hear the "big news" his boss promised him, is going to get it in the form of both bad and good news. The bad news is, he panics when he's removed from his job as a sportscaster at the TV station, but the good news is, it turns out that the station has created a new local morning show entitled Wake Up, San Francisco, and they need two people to host the new show. Danny is named as one of the hosts, while his co-host for the new show is Rebecca Donaldson, who had moved to San Francisco from her hometown of Valentine, Nebraska many years ago, after coming off her two-year success in A.M. Omaha.

Later that night, the party is underway with the bulk of the guests already there. But before it can really begin, Michelle comes into the living room carrying a bowl of pretzels. D.J. spots this and reminds her that she's supposed to be in the kitchen with Jesse. Hearing that, Michelle drops the bowl, and the pretzels spill onto the floor, eliciting groans from the audience. In any event, D.J. promises to get the mess cleaned up as Jesse brings Michelle back to the kitchen where she belongs. He asks why it's so quiet, and D.J. says that the guests think he's cute. She even comments they weren't born when he was 12.

Then, as D.J. hopes that's the last interruption, the doorbell rings and the door opens, and everyone thinks their surprise guest has arrived. Unfortunately, the "surprise" turns out to be Stephanie in the white bridal dress she promised to wear. Needless to say, D.J. is not happy, saying that she's not the surprise guest, and asks what she's doing at the front door. Stephanie says she went to check the mail and it hasn't come yet. But then, she sees the pretzels on the floor and asks if they don't mind her gobbling them up. D.J. says they do mind and asks her to go upstairs, and she does so, remembering about her "super-duper party" with Joey waiting for her there.

After that, the real surprise guest shows up, along with Nina and Melissa. However, upon arriving, while they're glad to make it for their pal "Kammy", all that those two girls want to do is invite a bunch of friends over to trash the house and they decide to use the phone to make a prank call. But before they can even do so, D.J., after grabbing back the phone and hanging it up, then kicks them out for even thinking about trashing her house, and in return, they call her a "dweeb". She tells them that the party isn't for them and their friends, but Kimmy and her friends. When Kimmy decides to leave with them, D.J. tells her that she can't leave her own party, and her best friend says she can't tell her what to do. D.J. snaps back, saying she isn't telling her what to do, she's telling her to just not act dumb. Kimmy then asks if she is acting dumb if she leaves her own party, and the girls she brought over say that she is indeed dumb if she stays at the "lame" party. The three then leave to go to the mall, leaving D.J. and the other guests shocked and speechless.

The next day, upstairs in their room, Stephanie is playing "school" with herself as the "teacher" and every doll and stuffed animal as her "class". When D.J. comes in, Stephanie asks if she wants to play "school" too (see Quotes).

Later, Danny wants everyone to watch a tape of the new show – although Stephanie says not to play it until Jesse comes home (so he won't miss it). Danny then realizes he doesn't have the tape, but he's saved as Becky has a copy of her own. Just as she grabs the tape out of her bag, Jesse walks through the front door. They then have a little chat in the kitchen about whether or not she has found an apartment, and whether he reminds her of her baby brother Corky, who has the same Elvis voice as him. Once everyone has gathered in the living room, Danny plays the tape, noting he's nervous on his first show. While the family views the tape – and Danny keeps asking what everyone thinks – Michelle does what everyone else feels like doing and grabs the remote and stops the tape. A cartoon shows up – which Stephanie and Joey are particularly happy about.

With help from Jesse and Joey, D.J. and Kimmy end their feud, as Kimmy realizes that D.J. refuses to let her forget who her real friends are.

Later that day, when Kimmy comes by to collect her birthday presents, D.J. asks her to apologize, but Kimmy refuses to apologize for what she calls "getting kicked out" of her own birthday party. D.J. reminds her that she did not kick her out, Kimmy left on her own free will and refuses to apologize to the "geekburger", and tells D.J. to just mail her her presents; however, her best friend calls her out for being friends with girls who are not her friends than being friends with a girl who already was her friend. It turns out that it was Kimmy who was being the victim of the "geekburger" stuff. They realize that if they do not make up sooner or later, their friendship will come to a stop and they will not be able to do things together such as share lockers in junior high or attend college together. They eventually make up, hug each other, and open her presents. They even decide that maybe she would like to exchange those presents at the mall for better ones.


D.J.: O.K., I made the list of food I need for Kimmy's surprise birthday party: grape soda, orange soda, caramel corn, cherry licorice, and ice cream.
Joey: Why shop? Just put out a bowl of white sugar.

Stephanie: D.J., which one of these [2] dresses will I look cuter in at your party?
D.J.: Steph, you wouldn't like this party. It's gonna be a bunch of 6th-graders.
Stephanie: In that case, I'll wear this one. It makes me look older.
D.J.: Let me say this is as nice as I can: [sticking up her index finger] you're in 1st grade, [adding the 5 fingers of her other hand] and all the kids at this party are in the 6th grade.
Stephanie: [doing the same with her hands] What if I... bring 5 other 1st-graders?
D.J.: OK, I've tried to be nice. Uncle Jesse!
Stephanie: Joey! She won't let me go to her party!
D.J.: You're not coming. You're too young.

[Arguing at the same time, the guys come in and pull them away from each other.]

Jesse: Whoa, whoa, whoa! Hold it. Neutral corners. D.J. first.
D.J.: She thinks she's coming to my party.
Stephanie: I do think that.
Joey: Steph, I have a great idea. Why don't we have our own super-duper party upstairs? Doesn't that sound like fun?
Stephanie: Does it sound like fun to you?
D.J.: Thanks, guys.

[Kimmy, Nina, and Melissa arrive just in time.]

D.J.: I'm D.J. I'm glad you could make it.
Nina: We wouldn't miss a party for our new pal Kammy.
D.J.: Her name's Kimmy.
Kimmy: They wear lipstick. They can call me whatever they want.

[In D.J. & Stephanie’s bedroom, Stephanie is playing "school", with herself as the "teacher", and every doll and stuffed animal as her "class".]

Stephanie: There will be no talking in class. Everyone turn to page... [cut to the "class"] Mr. Bear (see Trivia), if it's so funny, why don't you share it with everybody? [D.J. enters.] Hi, D.J. Wanna play school?
D.J.: No. I wanna quit school.
Stephanie: Is that because you ate lunch by yourself today?
D.J.: I wasn't eating by myself. I was eating alone. There's a big difference.
Stephanie: Any questions, class? [cut to Mr. Bear] Yes, Mr. Bear? Mr. Bear wants to know why all the kids in school were calling you a "geekburger."
D.J.: Mr. Bear is going to the principal's office. [She opens up the toy chest, grabs Mr. Bear, drops him inside, and closes it.]
Stephanie: That's the cafeteria. I told them you weren't a "geekburger". Then they called me "geekburger junior". How rude!
D.J.: It's all Kimmy's fault. She hates my guts because I wouldn't let her friends take over the party and wreck my house. Now she turned the whole school against me.
Stephanie: Don't feel bad. I know you're not a "geekburger".
D.J.: Thanks. And you're not a "geekburger junior".
Stephanie: Thanks back. But until this blows over... I think I'll change my name ... to... Connie Chung.

[On the tape of the first show of Wake Up, San Francisco:]

Becky: Good morning.
Danny: It's time to Wake Up, San Francisco. I'm Danny Tanner.
Becky: And I'm Rebecca Donaldson.
Danny: And we like to know all your names but we're only an hour show and we've only got one phone.

[D.J. tries to get her best friend to apologize, but tensions boil and rise.]

D.J.: If you don't apologize, then how can I forgive you?
Kimmy: Forgive me for what? Getting kicked out of my own party?
D.J.: I didn't kick you out! You left!
Kimmy: Because you embarrassed me in front of Nina and Melissa.
D.J.: [shockingly] What's wrong with you? I can't believe you'd be friends with girls who really aren't your friends, than friends with a girl who already was your friend.
Kimmy: I don't know what you just said, but same to you, geekburger.
D.J.: Don't call me that, Kimmy Gobbler!
Kimmy: Double geekburger with cheese!


  • First time Kimmy's birthday is celebrated
  • The only appearances of Kimmy's party-crashing classmates, Melissa and Nina
  • First appearance of Mr. Strowbridge, Danny and Rebecca's boss
  • First appearance of Becky
  • First time Jesse and Becky meet
  • First episode to use the season two intro
  • First appearance of Mr. Bear
  • First episode to feature the Lorimar Television music
  • The cartoon that Michelle inadvertently changes to is ThunderCats (1985 TV series)
  • The lines "I think we really helped the kid out, huh, Ozzie?" (Joey), "We sure did, Harriet" (Jesse) are allusions to the ABC sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–1966)

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