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The Last Dance
Season 7, Episode 17
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Air Date February 8, 1994
Writer Tom Burkhard
Director John Tracy
Previous Joey's Funny Valentine
Next Kissing Cousins

The Last Dance is episode seventeen of season seven on Full House. It aired originally on February 8, 1994.

Plot Summary

Jesse's grandfather, Iorgos "Papouli" Katsopolis, is back from Greece for another visit. The family finds it pleasant to have him around. One morning during Papouli's visit, everyone goes to wake him up after Michelle has gone to school — only to discover that Papouli had passed away in his sleep. He died of heart failure.

When Michelle arrives home from school, Danny tells her that Papouli had passed away. Michelle is devastated, and it turns out that only one person can comfort her, and that person is Jesse, who is taking it just as hard.

Meanwhile, D.J. and Kimmy argue over a pair of sunglasses, but Papouli's death helps them realize that their friendship is too important for them to argue over a pair of sunglasses.

Afterwards, Jesse gets a phone call from Michelle's school, saying Michelle was missing from school, so Jesse tricks Michelle using a pudding cup, and asks her why she's out of school. Michelle says she couldn't find her backpack, despite it being in the boat (where she is). After a long, heart-to-heart conversation (in which Michelle admits to Jesse that she had to feel brave for him because Stephanie told her as such, and Jesse tells her that Stephanie was wrong and that they should always share their feelings with each other because that is one of the things that makes them a family), Michelle asks Jesse if it's okay to cry; Jesse says it is, and they hug and cry at the same time.

Jesse brings Michelle to school, and when Michelle is unable to remember the rest of the Greek dance Papouli promised, Jesse helps her out.


Michelle: Papouli was supposed to come to school today, to teach my class the Greek dance, but he died.
Jesse: I'm sorry, kiddo.
Michelle: I was afraid that if I went to school and Papouli wasn't there, I'd feel sad.
Jesse: Michelle, it's okay to feel sad.
Michelle: But if I feel sad, I might cry. And then I can't be brave for you.
Jesse: Michelle, where'd you get the idea you needed to be brave for me?
Michelle: From Stephanie. She said you were so sad, we shouldn't make it worse.
Jesse: Oh sweetheart, Stephanie... she probably thought she was telling you the right thing to do, but she was wrong. I'm gonna talk to her about that. Michelle, we should always share our feelings with each other. That's what makes us a family.


This is the second appearance of Papouli; the first was in the season four episode Greek Week.

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