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.

At lunch, Jesse 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 because there is a hole in the carton. Danny gets up to get a towel to clean it up (see Quotes).

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, 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!" Danny doesn't think that is like Rusty to do that. He takes off the towel from his head, and everyone sees his green hair. Jesse thinks that Rusty must have been in the bathroom before Danny took his shower, as he leads him 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. 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 will handle it. Joey throws in a "Book 'em, Danno!" (see Trivia). As everyone else leaves, Rusty tells Danny that he looks good in green.

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 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, 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, she 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.

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. 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.


[Everyone (except Danny) sings "Do-Re-Mi" (from The Sound of Music).]
Jesse: What is this, a Julie Andrews movie?

[When Danny gets up to get a towel, all of the food and drinks come off the table.]
Danny: How did the tablecloth get tucked into my pants?!
Joey: I have never put anything into his pants. [Danny makes an annoyed face at him.] All right, once at the Sizzler.

Jesse: I'm pretty hip to you, wise guy. I know you pulled all those stunts at lunch, but since Danny likes your mother so much, I'm going to let it slide, but from now on, you respect others and their property. Capisce?
Rusty: Capisce. Thanks for setting me straight, Mr. Katsopolis. You're tough, but you're fair.

[After everyone confronts Rusty and blocks his escape, Danny decides to deal with him alone.]
Rusty: You know, Mr. Tanner, you look good in green.
Danny: [with green hair] Pranks are one thing, but when you mess with a man's shampoo, you're messing with the man!


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 and last episode this season to feature the Lorimar Television music in the closing credits.

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