|The Dating Game|
|Season 6, episode 13|
|Air date||January 5, 1993|
|Previous||A Very Tanner Christmas|
Fifth-grader Stephanie's friend Josh asks her if she wants to go with him and the rest of the baseball team to a pizza parlor and just hang out. With D.J.'s help, Stephanie makes the mistake of thinking that it will be more than just hanging out – it will be her first date.
Meanwhile, Joey invites his and Jesse's boss, Alison Axelrod, over for dinner. Joey, who would like to date her, might end up messing dinner up because he becomes a nervous klutz whenever he is around her.
While Stephanie gets ready for an unforgettable evening, even hoping to kiss him, Josh is oblivious to the attraction. As a result, the situation becomes awkward for the both of them, especially when she kisses him.
Later that night in her room, and talking quietly so that they do not wake Michelle, Stephanie feels humiliated by how things went, and D.J. apologizes for making her think it was going to be a date. A now-awake Michelle tries to help, but she only ends up making things worse, even going so far to react to Stephanie's kiss with "Ew, cooties!" (as most kids would). So Stephanie's former roommate has to keep the current roommate out of the discussion by escorting her back over to her bed, as the chat only regards the two former roommates, and them alone.
The two have a chat about if, when, how, and how long to kiss (as the inspirational music plays). Stephanie even mentions the article she read in "Teen Week" about the fact that she's supposed to kiss Josh during their date(s), but D.J. tells her that she is not a teen yet, and she feels that Stephanie really is not ready for the dating gig just yet. She also adds that she and Steve kiss because they want to, not because they're supposed to. Stephanie accepts the reality and the two former roommates hug, with Stephanie's current roommate joining in not much later, as all three hug (and the audience applauds and the EP credits appear).
The episode's title is a take on the classic game show of the same name.