Terror in Tanner Town
Season 4, episode 10
Terror in tanner town
Air date November 23, 1990
Writer(s) Boyd Hale
Director Joel Zwick
Previous One Last Kiss
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Terror in Tanner Town is episode ten in season four of Full House. It originally aired on November 23, 1990.

Opening Teaser

Becky tries to get Jesse to wear a top hat and tails for the wedding. Apparently, she wants a formal wedding. Michelle is there for this moment, but Jesse is not sure about this. She says that he looks like The Cat in the Hat, to which he asks if she received anything in return, and she got a lollipop from Becky, and then he gives her a dollar. He replies that he is not dressing up like a "Dr. Seuss character". He puts the hat down, at which point Michelle puts it on and says, "Hey! It's dark in here!" He takes it off, and she says, "You've got a fat head!", at which point he asks for his dollar back, but he still has a little fun with her.


Danny wants his girlfriend, Cindy, who is divorced and has a son named Rusty, to meet the family, but she is nervous about introducing Rusty to everyone, and the reasons for that are clear when she brings him over for lunch. Danny has the family come to the living room, lines them up by size and age (with Comet last), and tells them that the lunch means a lot to him, and he really likes Cindy. Before they arrive, everyone (except Danny) sings "Do-Re-Mi" from The Sound of Music, to which Jesse remarks, "What is this, a Julie Andrews movie?" (as the movie starred Andrews) When they arrive, Danny introduces them as soon as he stops the family at "Sew, a needle pulling thread." During lunch, she gets a call from the laundromat she owns. Danny talks to Rusty and asks him what he likes, and he responds with "To be honest Mr. Tanner, I'm kind of a loner."

Jesse then asks Joey to pass the salt shaker. When Jesse tips it onto his plate, the lid comes off and his plate is covered with salt. He blames Joey. Cindy comes back to the table, saying she needs to go to the laundromat. She offers to take Rusty with her, but Danny insists that he stay with them. When she leaves, Michelle asks Joey to pour her some milk. He starts to pour it into her glass, but it gets onto the table, as the milk comes out of the carton's middle instead of its spout. Danny stands up to get a towel to clean it up; however, he pulls the tablecloth, which is tucked into his pants, off along with everyone's food and drinks. Everyone suspects Joey, who says that he had never put anything down Danny's pants. Then, when everyone looks at him as if he were lying, Joey then responds with "once, at the Sizzler." Michelle then says, "Daddy, I wasn't finished."

Upstairs in D.J. and Stephanie's room, Rusty admits to pulling the pranks at lunch, along with giving them trick gum that turns their teeth black. Throughout the day, he pulls a number of pranks on the Tanners, such as tricking Comet into finding a rump roast in the living room while D.J. and Stephanie are bathing him outside, taping over Joey's comedy tape with a show of his own creation (which he calls "Rustyvision"), making Danny fall into a mud puddle while playing football with him, locking Jesse, Becky, D.J., and Stephanie in their rooms by tying a rope on both rooms' doorknobs (as both rooms are directly across from each other), using shoe polish to paint a black circle around Michelle's eye from looking into a kaleidoscope, and putting green dye in Danny's shampoo before he takes his shower.

When everyone heads into the living room and finds Comet eating the rump roast while lounging on the couch, Danny wonders why, and D.J. asks him to take a wild guess. In fact, they all take a wild guess in unison, and their "wild guess" turns out to be the right one: "Rusty!" Michelle sums it up in five words: "That kid is bad news!" And indeed he is bad news, as Danny notices the black circle around Michelle's eye, and she shows him the evidence. Danny doesn't think that's like Rusty to do that, but Stephanie simply tells her dad to "Wake up. He's the devil boy." Danny quickly shows everyone his green hair, and they are just as shocked as him. Jesse thinks that Rusty must have been in the bathroom before Danny took his shower, as he leads his brother-in-law over to the fireplace mirror, causing Danny to yell, "Rusty!"

At the sound of his name, Rusty walks out of the kitchen and into the living room with a quick "Well, my work here is done. It's been a blast, Tanners." He tries to escape, but everyone catches up to and confronts him and stops him before he can even make it out the front door. Jesse says he wants to handle this, but Danny says that his prank was the most severe, so he'll handle it. Joey throws in a "Book 'em, Danno!" for good measure (see Trivia), and Michelle warns her dad to "be very careful, he's very tricky!" As everyone else leaves, Rusty tells Danny that he looks good in green, but he tells the boy that it's one thing to pull pranks, "but when you mess with a man's shampoo, you're messing with the man."

Danny learns that the reason why Rusty had been pulling all those pranks was to try and make Danny and Cindy break up because he wants her to reunite with his father. Danny tells him (as the inspirational music plays) that he can relate, because his parents divorced too, and it hurts that they are not together. But he tells Rusty that he can't wreck every relationship that his mom tries to make, as it's not fair. Rusty then says that he does not want to talk about it.

His mom returns (just as the music stops), to which she says that Danny dyed his hair green and he jokes that the green stuff was his "Irish formula", which is supposed to work gradually. However, Cindy is neither amused nor happy with that (or the rest of the pranks that were pulled), as she notes that she searched her son before coming here, saying to him that they will have a talk later about his behavior.

For payback as being victims of the rope-on-the-doorknobs prank and all the other pranks pulled today, the girls turn the tables on Rusty as he enjoys a root beer float and he finds out the hard way that they put dog food in it (D.J. noting that he's too smart). He decides to go make his own ice cream soda treat, and they tell him the glasses are in the wine cellar. But when he opens the door, inside is Michelle spraying him with whipped cream. The older girls join in on the fun and spray him with whipped cream as well (as the audience laughs and applauds, and the EP credits appear).


Joey saying, "Book 'em, Danno!" refers to the recurring phrase on Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980), spoken by Steve McGarrett to Daniel "Danno" Williams. The phrase was also used once in the pilot episode of the current version of the series (Hawaii Five-0 (2010 TV series)), as a nod to the original.

This is the fourth episode to feature the Lorimar Television music in the closing credits.

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