|The King and I|
|Season 5, episode 5|
|Air date||October 15, 1991|
|Writer(s)||Elias Davis & David Pollock|
|Previous||Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Girl Gone?|
|Next||The Legend of Ranger Joe|
An annual Tanner family reunion at Lake Pollock has everyone awaiting their participation in various competitions that will be held during the reunion, such as D.J. and Stephanie in the three-legged race, Joey repeating as pie-eating champ (after Becky beats him in a practice bout), and Michelle and Jesse in the balloon race. Kimmy also tags along, despite being only related by water and not blood.
At the same time, a record company tells Jesse that if he can write a song that can be a hit, Jesse and the Rippers will be signed. Writer's block takes its toll on Jesse over the next couple of days and causes him to become increasingly frustrated by his lack of song ideas. He then says, in an angry way, that he can't go to Lake Pollock with the family.
As they drive down the road, the family sings She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain, though they pick up at the "And we'll all have chicken and dumplings" verse, and when Danny tries to start up the song again, everyone groans, having heard enough and even having sung enough. Michelle wonders if they're at the motel yet, and even asks when they'll be there, to which everyone else sarcastically responds in unison, "When we get there!", to which she can only respond, "I was just asking, don't have a cow!" Along the way, they encounter a smell, and Becky jumps to conclusions and chalks it up to the fact that it may be a skunk, as they're driving in the woods. However, D.J. notices, and realizes that the smell, as usual, while bad as a skunk's smell (or even worse), is from Kimmy's feet and socks, and thus she asks Kimmy to put her shoes back on, leading everyone to groan and either hold their nose or just wave the odor away. Stephanie, however, has Kimmy problems of her own, as Kimmy stares at her throughout the entire trip.
Alone at home, Jesse is still having trouble coming up with a song, so he decides to go to a diner for some coffee. As he sits at the counter, he sits next to a man who happens to look (and sound) a lot like how Elvis Presley would have if he was still alive. After hearing Jesse tell about his troubles, the man helps him realize that he was wrong to lose his temper and snap at the family, and that his obsession with writing a hit song for the hit-hungry record company has made him forget how important his family is to him. Jesse explains (as the inspirational music plays) that he has twins coming, and his hard work on his music caused him to be hard on the family. He says he wants to be successful. However, the man explains that success is more than just, as a classic proverb says, chasing a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, and says that Jesse has plenty of time to reach that pot of gold. And speaking of gold, he says that the newborns don't care about gold records...or platinum records...or even diamond records. What they do care about is their father taking good care of them and balancing his family and his dreams all at once. As Jesse leaves, he thanks the man who then gives him his scarf (similar to what Elvis did in concert) so he can bundle up as it is cold out there.
With a fresh attitude and a whole new perspective, Jesse hops on his motorcycle and tracks down the family to apologize to them and join them at the reunion. He even helps to jump-start their van after it breaks down on the way, and finds the problem to be a loose distributor cap. Everyone indeed forgives him, as does Michelle, who calls him "Uncle Meanie"; apparently, he still thinks she is still mad over not coming to the picnic, to which she responds with a "Duh!" He promises to compete in the balloon race with her, which helps a little, but when he boosts her spirits by saying they're going to win the balloon race, she says it helps a lot.
The next day, after they arrive home, Danny polishes the trophy that the family worked so hard to win, saying it was almost a clean sweep, the only loss coming in the pie-eating contest. Before everyone can eat dinner, Jesse invites the family down to the basement for a preview of his new song (called "A Little More Love"), with Jesse not only playing piano but conga drums too. The performance elicits applause from the family (and the studio audience, as the EP credits appear).
Jesse: My problem is my family. They’re driving me nuts, so I blew up at ‘em. See, I finally got a shot at a record deal, but I got to come up with a really great song. And they’re all mad because I’m not going to some stupid picnic.
Guy in Bar: [who looks just like Elvis] A picnic? [thinks for a bit] They got a barbecue there?
Jesse: I guess so.
Jesse: You want to know what my real problem is?
Guy in Bar: Yeah, lay it on me.
Jesse: See, I’ve got twins on the way. And I want them to be proud of their old man, you know? I want to be a success. It’s why I’ve been working so hard. I want them to look up and see platinum records on the wall.
Guy in Bar: Babies don’t care about platinum records. All they care about is if their daddy’s there to love them, if he’s there to hug and kiss them. Shame on you for snapping at your family like that, and over a picnic.
Guy in Bar: You want to be a success? Start by being a good husband, a good uncle, a good friend. After that, the rest is just gravy.
- The episode title comes from the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name (also a 1956 Oscar-winning film starring Yul Brynner) from Rodgers & Hammerstein (but, in this case, "The King" refers to Elvis Presley, who was/is often called "The King of Rock & Roll")
- This is the first episode to use the new intro (with the new shots of the girls, and Kimmy Gibbler's credit knocking out the image of Jesse and Michelle hugging in her now-former room).
- This is somewhat similar to "Double Trouble", where Jesse is so stressed and sleep deprived that he sees things that aren't there, but in this case he apparently sees someone that looks like Elvis (but it's hinted that it could be the real Elvis – who had faked his death [see Elvis sightings])