|The Bicycle Thief|
|Season 7, episode 11|
|Air date||November 23, 1993|
|Writer(s)||Chuck Tatham & Jamie Tatham|
|Previous||The Prying Game|
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Nicky and Alex are riding their Little Tikes rocking horses and imitating cowboys, under the watchful eyes of Becky and Jesse, which the twins call him instead of "Daddy". Jesse tells "Butch" and "Sundance" to be careful or they'll suffer "saddle sores". And Becky is more shocked when they call her by first name instead of "Mommy".
During Stephanie's patience card demonstration, Michelle lets everyone know that she has lost her bike and assumes that someone stole it, so the family begins a search for it. Stephanie suggests there be a reward for it, and Michelle suggests it be $1,000,000. Danny thinks it's too much, but Michelle insists that her bike is special in that it has a basket. Danny suggests that they indeed search for it. He assigns Stephanie and D.J. to the schoolyards, Jesse and Joey the video arcades and fast food joints, and Danny will travel on his own bike to the bike pads, while Michelle gets a lift in Jesse's car.
Later on, Danny, Jesse, and Joey have each brought home three bicycles that looks a lot like Michelle's, as all three of them have baskets, but it turns out that none of them belong to Michelle.
At the same time, the disappearances of the three bikes is being investigated by Crime Catchers, a neighborhood watch program led by Mrs. Carruthers, who is helped by Kimmy. Mrs. Carruthers works at the school Michelle goes to, and Mrs. Carruthers also seems to have a crush on Joey.
During the search, Jesse feels threatened when he meets Leonard Schultz, the tough-looking father of Davey Schultz, a kid who had been riding one of the three bikes that was brought home. The bike belongs to Davey's sister, and he had borrowed it from her. It turns out that Michelle's bike was not stolen—she had forgotten that she left it at her friend Derek Boyd's house during a rainstorm. This makes Michelle realize that she should remember where she put her stuff from this point on. And as Jesse is about to take her out for ice cream and frozen yogurt with the rest of the family, she can't locate her jacket, which Jesse locates for her, as she did not know that she already put it on. He chases her, picks her up, tickles her, and twirls her around (as the audience applauds and the EP credits appear).
[Danny and Mrs. Carruthers move towards the kitchen.]
Danny: You can't go in there. Move 'em, move 'em, move... 'em "on up to the Eastside, the deluxe apartments in the sky." Well, I miss The Jeffersons. Don't you? How many Lionels were there, do you remember?
Mrs. Caruthers: One mystery at a time, Mr. Tanner.
[While Stephanie distracts Kimmy with a card trick (see Gallery)...]
Mrs. Caruthers: We don't have time for this poppycock.
Danny: Nonsense! There's always time for poppycock. [The word itself means "nonsense".]
The Bicycle Thief is the American title of a 1948 Academy Award-winning Italian film.