|We Got the Beat|
|Season 8, episode 18|
|Air date||February 21, 1995|
|Writer(s)||Marc Warren & Dennis Rinsler|
|Previous||Dateless in San Francisco|
|Next||Taking the Plunge|
Michelle is in her room doing her homework when Nicky and Alex come in, telling her that they made up a "joke": "What has four legs and barks?" She gives the obvious answer: "A dog?" They leave, saying, "She heard it", as she gets back to her homework (and the opening credits begin).
Jesse is glad to hear that Stephanie and her friends, Gia and Melissa, have formed a band. They call themselves Girl Talk, with Kimmy on the keyboard, Stephanie on guitar, Gia on bass, and Melissa on drums. They plan to compete in the Wake Up, San Francisco Young Talent Search at The Smash Club.
Jesse agrees to be their manager as they prepare for the talent show. To the girls, though, looking good seems to be more important than sounding good. Jesse reminds them that if they want to be a band (and win), they have to rehearse over and over. When the girls think that he is too strict, they decide that they do not need him—which means Stephanie and her friends have to do it all on their own.
Stephanie feels absolutely humiliated when she and her band mess up on stage because they paid too much attention to how they look and not enough attention to how they sound, even after a mishap where Stephanie accidentally knocks her microphone stand down with her guitar. Michelle's friends Derek Boyd and Lisa Leeper, who sang a duet, win the talent contest.
Stephanie admits to Jesse that he was right when he suggested that she and the band should practice in order to improve their sound before performing. Jesse is relieved to know that the humiliation hasn't turned Stephanie off to music.
For an economics project, D.J. invests fictional money, and her success impresses Danny and Joey so much that they start investing real money—and that's when things get a little bit problematic for them.
[Stephanie, Gia, and Melissa jam away – but out of sync and unharmonically.]
Jesse: Hold it! Hold it! HEY, HEY, HEY, HEY, Hold it! Hold it! Ringo (see Trivia) [with a "cut" motion], the cymbal! [Melissa stops the cymbal from moving.] Please, people. Now, if you're gonna be in a band and you're gonna play a song, play the same song?
[After Danny and Becky critique the band's performance, Jesse wants them rehearse again, but they want to take a break.]
Gia: How can someone so mean have such great hair?
Jesse: [smiling] Alright, what the heck. Take five.
Gia: Alright, let's hit the mall!
Melissa: We can pick out cool outfits to wear for the contest.
Jesse: No, guys! I said five! That's five minutes! [But they leave and ignore what he says.] Alright, take 10 minutes, what the heck. You said nice things about my hair. [The door slams.] Let's just call it lunch.
- The episode title was taken from the signature song/"anthem" by The Go-Go's, which is the all-girl band Stephanie says they should be like
- When Jesse yells "Hold it!" to stop the band playing, and adds, "Ringo! The cymbal!", it's a reference to Ringo Starr, the Beatles' drummer
- Jesse saying that Kimmy "may not be Billy Joel" refers to the fact that Joel was a popular pianist (especially at that time), so much so that his nickname was the "Piano Man" (which is taken from the title of his debut solo album and signature song of the same name)
- The band's name "Girl Talk" may have been taken from a Milton-Bradley board game that was popular with teen girls in the '90s
- There was a British girl group with that name (1983–87) made up of two girls, aged 12 and 13
- Songs sung:
- Goof: Joey says, "Exit stage right, even" (in the voice of Snagglepuss), but actually leaves stage left (which is facing the audience).