|Girls Just Wanna Have Fun|
|Season 4, episode 24|
|Air date||April 1, 1991|
|Writer(s)||Dennis Rinsler & Marc Warren|
|Previous||Joey Goes Hollywood|
Now that Becky is officially a member of the family, D.J. thinks it is like having a big sister to pal around with, in addition to having a motherly figure to talk about anything from guys to dating. D.J. wants to meet a boy named Ryan at a house where Kimmy Gibbler will be babysitting Aaron Bailey. But Danny, who wants D.J. to stay home to do her homework, will not let her go there, despite saying that she will be doing her homework and studying over there. D.J. decides to go anyway, so she asks Becky to cover for her, promising her that she will be back in 10 minutes and asking her not to tell Danny. But 10 minutes turns out to be 30 minutes, and Becky fears her new niece's just broken that promise.
Meanwhile, Jesse and Joey put a pool table in their office. Jesse, calling himself "The Kid," thinks that he can't be beaten in the game of pool until he learns the hard way that Danny is a pool shark, even proving it on the very last shot (eliciting applause from the studio audience, see Quotes). Jesse then thinks that Danny can't beat him at darts. While he hits 20 points, Danny hits a bullseye. Then, to show how low he will go as to not accept losing, Jesse bets Danny that he can't spin around in a chair the most times in 10 seconds, but Danny is not having it.
While all this is going on, Michelle's new game is fooling people by telling them that something happened when it really did not. Stephanie puts a stop to that little game, and she ends up teaching Michelle a lesson about telling the truth with a twist on a classic story (see Trivia) and by turning the tables on Michelle when they get ready to eat some rocky road ice cream.
As this is going on, Danny comes up from the basement and Becky comes downstairs. Both Danny and Michelle see D.J. walking outside (hunched over, trying not to be seen, but Danny notices this). D.J. comes in and heads upstairs, and then heads back downstairs (see Quotes). Either way, she is still busted and also upset about Becky's actions, and even Stephanie knows what she has been up to. Danny sends her back upstairs, and Becky promises to put her foot down (see Quotes).
Upstairs, D.J. unhappily sits on her bed. Then Becky knocks on the door and she is not happy either, and lets her niece know she's slipped up (see Quotes). In addition (as the inspirational music plays), Becky reminds D.J. of her "aunt/surrogate mom" status and that she officially lives in the house now. This means that she's just as parental as the guys. She says that she loves her niece and the two of them can still continue to share secrets and spend time together, but she is going to have to be a more responsible adult and keep the girls in check at all times, saying it's a flaw in her they're going to have to accept.
D.J. admits that she took advantage of their friendship, and that the reason why she was gone longer than she said she would be is that she and Ryan were really starting to get along with each other. They hug (just as the music stops), and Becky then asks how it went. D.J. says that when Kimmy locked herself and Jake Bitterman in the closet, it was smooth sailing. She added that the only studying she did was Ryan's eyes, dimples, and hair—none of which will be on her biology final. And that is what she needs to study for (see Quotes), and Becky decides to help her as they head downstairs (and the audience applauds and the EP credits appear).
[The teaser: Michelle is in the basement, watching Jesse playing a drum solo, capping it off with a cymbal crash.]
Michelle: Not bad. Play the piano.
Jesse: Alright. How's this? [He plays a cool riff.]
Michelle: Now, play the saxophone.
Jesse: Okay. [He tries, but it sounds squeaky and squelchy.]
Michelle: [while cringing] You need music lessons. [When he starts moving closer to her while "playing", she gets up to leave, while covering her ears.]
[The girls invite a couple of guys over.]
Aaron: Hey! Those are boys! You’re fired, Gibbler.
Kimmy: You can’t fire me. I quit.
D.J.: Kimmy, you’re babysitting. You can’t quit. Um, Aaron, what if we let you stay up late and watch Arachnophobia in your parents' bedroom?
Aaron: That’s a bribe!
D.J.: Yes, it is.
Aaron: [smiles] I like bribes.
Michelle: Hurry! Hurry! Comet's having puppies!
Stephanie: WHAT?! [She drops her sandwich on the plate and runs out to the living room with Michelle.] Comet's having puppies? [She notices Comet.] Wait a second, Comet is a boy.
Michelle: [in a sing-song voice] Ha ha ha ha ha. I fooled you.
Stephanie: Michelle, sit down. [She sets her down in a chair, then kneels down to have a chat with her.] Let me tell you a story about a little girl who was watching sheep, and she liked to fool people by crying "Wolf!". But then, the real wolf came, and nobody believed her.
Michelle: OK, tell me the story.
Stephanie: I just did.
Michelle: No "Once Upon a Time"? [Stephanie shakes her head.] No "Happy Ever After" (see Trivia)? [Stephanie shakes her head again.] Dumb story.
[Jesse, Danny, and Joey are playing pool with a new table set up in the basement (shown in video).]
Jesse: Aha! The Kid's still got it. Now pay up, Fun Boy.
Joey: Jess, it's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game. And I stink. [He pays up.]
Danny: My turn [takes the cue stick from Joey].
Jesse: Daniel, please. Save yourself the time and humiliation. Just empty your pockets right now. [gathers up the balls to rack them].
Danny: Aw, come on, Jess. Just one game. I want to be able to tell my grandchildren that I actually played "The Kid". So what are you guys playing for, $1 a ball?
Jesse: No, we were playing for a quarter a ball--yes, we were playing a dollar a ball. [rolls the balls, then removes the triangle] Alright, you break 'em. [When Danny uses the wrong end of the cue...] What the heck, why don't we make it two bucks a ball? You may want to use the other end of the stick.
Danny: Oh! [laughs] No wonder they call you "The Kid". [He then breaks the right way.]
Joey: Whoa! You just sunk three balls!
Danny: Aw, gee, I just made six bucks. What a lucky start. [He then prepares for his second shot...] OK, split shot; 6-ball in the corner pocket. [...and makes it count] Huh, would you look at that? I just made two go in [blows on the cue tip, which cues... (no pun intended)].
[...a montage of just how good of a pool shark he is – accompanied by bluesy music. Joey continues to tick off shot after shot on the chalkboard, as Jesse can only watch hopelessly (see video).]
Jesse: One, two, three, four... five? [while keeping the 8-ball in play]
Danny: Well, Jess, that's 50 balls, at $2 a ball. I believe that's 100 "Mr. Washington's". Hey, hey, hey, talk about beginner's luck.
Jesse: You hustled me, man. I was supposed to be hustling you.
Danny: I'm glad you appreciate the irony [holds out his hand, and his brother-in-law pays up]. Thank you. Joey, here's $10 for keeping your mouth shut. Buy yourself something nice.
Jesse: You knew he was a pool shark?
Joey: Well, he did go to college on a billiards scholarship.
[Stephanie and Michelle head downstairs to the kitchen.]
Stephanie: OK, Michelle. Are you ready for the yummiest, most delicious bowl of Rocky Road ice cream you ever ate in your life?
Michelle: Rocky Road makes me crazy!
Stephanie: [as she walks over to the fridge] Alright. Here comes the almonds, the marshmallows, the chocolate chips, the... [She opens the door, but the ice cream's not there!] Oh no! All the Rocky Road ice cream is gone! All the ice cream disappeared!
Michelle: Call the police! This is an emergency! [Stephanie laughs at her.] What's so funny?
Stephanie: [sing-song] Ha-ha ha-ha-ha. I fooled you. [normal voice, as she and Michelle walk over to the kitchen table] The ice cream is hidden right over here in this duck. [She opens the ceramic duck jar to confirm this.]
Michelle: That was a very mean trick.
Stephanie: I'm sorry, but I had to teach you a lesson. Now, you'll never fool anyone again. Right, Michelle?
Michelle: Right. Now start scooping.
[After going upstairs the minute she gets home, D.J. comes back downstairs and is still busted.]
Danny: D.J., I know what you've been up to.
D.J.: Exactly how much do you know?
Stephanie: Lying, sneaking out, meeting boys. Dad, where did we go wrong with her? [Danny glares at her.] I know, I know, I'm outta here [and she leaves].
D.J.: Becky, you told on me?!
Danny: Deej, why don't you go on up to your room and get comfortable. You're gonna be there a while.
D.J.: [scoffs at her aunt] I thought you were my friend! [She storms upstairs.]
Becky: Deej, wait. Danny, let me talk to her.
Danny: OK, but I'm next. Becky, don't be so hard on yourself. When teenagers want something, they have a way of breaking us down.
Becky: I'll get stronger, Danny. I promise.
[After D.J. unhappily takes off her shoes and sits on her bed, she's greeted with a knock on her door...]
[...by her unhappier aunt, who enters the room.]
Becky: Deej, you & I need to talk.
D.J.: About what?
Becky: About what happened. You know, Deej, you promised to come home in 10 minutes and you didn't.
D.J.: Well, you promised you wouldn't tell my dad!
Becky: You took advantage of our friendship.
D.J.: [in response to Becky's new role as an official family member/rule enforcer] Well, nobody's perfect.
Becky: [regarding D.J.'s biology final] You're not going to do very well if you don't hit those books.
- The episode title comes from the 1983 Cyndi Lauper song of the same name.
- Stephanie's lesson to Michelle regarding honesty was based on the story of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf"
- When Michelle says "No 'Happy Ever After'?" (regarding Stephanie's twist on the above story), she means "No 'Happily Ever After'?" (the usual fairy tale ending)
- The second time someone other than Danny is tough on the girls; this time, it's Becky (first was season 2's "Joey Gets Tough"; unlike Joey, Becky doesn't punish D.J.)
- Bob Saget is also a pool shark in real life, as he did all the shots himself