|Knock Yourself Out|
|Season 1, episode 7|
|Air date||October 30, 1987|
Danny gets his big chance at nationwide exposure when he is tapped to cover a major boxing match. Just before a big match begins, he tells boxer Reggie "The Sandman" Martin that his wife, Marcie, has left him, and as a result, the Sandman is promptly knocked out in the second round. However, later in the locker room, when Danny apologizes to the Sandman for what happened, he accepts the apology, while also thanking Danny for having the courage to be honest with him about his wife. Reggie also realizes that his manager, Lou, talked him out of retirement because he needed the money, and it was because of Lou that Marcie left him. Therefore, the Sandman decides to officially quit his boxing career and find his wife and work things out with her, and he fires Lou for good. Lou, now broke, punches Danny, but only gets himself hurt in the process, thanks to Danny's new tie tack (which had been made by Stephanie and then given to him by her and D.J.).
The girls wear Jesse out when they vocally give him a list of foods to eat while they all watch the big boxing match: ice cream, red licorice, peanut butter, jelly, bread, carrots, fruit, milk, and a six-pack of soda. All this running back and forth is indeed too much for their uncle, so he decides when enough is enough (see Quotes).
When Danny comes home from what he'd hoped to be an unforgettable night (that turned into one he would rather forget), he helps the guys take care of Michelle's cold and is even happier that they can take care of the girls while he is gone. And instead of him giving them a pep talk, they give him one that ends on a happy note (as the audience applauds and the EP credits appear).
Reggie "The Sandman" Martin was played by Ernie Hudson. He is best known for playing Winston Zeddemore in Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989).
[Jesse has finished gathering all the snacks the girls asked for and brings them upstairs.]
Jesse: All right, girls. This should get us through the first two rounds.
D.J.: Uncle Jesse, we changed our minds. We're watching the fight downstairs.
[But before they go...]
Jesse: Freeze, ankle-biters! This is as far as your Uncle Lunch Wagon goes.
D.J.: Ooh, it's Uncle Bad Attitude.
Stephanie: I guess this is a bad time to mention you forgot the carrots.
Jesse: Yes, bad time. Help me out here. [They start taking the stuff from his arms.] Come on. Grab that.
Joey: [enters the hallway] Hey, Jess, quick, I need you in the nursery. ... Let me give you a hand with this [the only thing left is a 6-pack of soda on his head]. Thanks.
[But, he only takes one can and goes back to Michelle's room.]
Jesse: What is happening to my life?
[On TV, Danny interviews a former boxing champ before the match.]
Danny: How ya feelin'?
Sandman: I feel good. I feel strong. I feel like hittin’ somebody!
Danny: But not me, right?
Sandman: That depends on the question.
Danny: Okay, no pressure here. Well, champ, the obvious question: why the comeback? You have plenty of money in the bank. Heck, you own a bank. You’ve been retired for two years. What is it? Do you miss wearing the shorts?
Sandman: No, no.
Lou: It’s about respect. Pride and respect. The Sandman wants to go down as the greatest champion in the history of boxing.
Danny: Are you sure it’s not the $6 million?
Sandman: [smiles] Okay, I miss wearin’ the shorts.
Lou: Tanner, this whole thing is your fault! [He lands one in Danny's stomach... or at least tries. The end result: the pain is in his hand.] Ooooh!
Danny: [looks at the camera and shows the tie tack] Thanks, Stephanie.
Stephanie: [watching TV] You're welcome, Daddy. [to everyone at home] Didn't Daddy do great?
Jesse: Oh, he was quite good this evening.
D.J.: He was so good. He really was.
Joey: Yeah, girls, nobody can take a punch like your father.
Stephanie: Can we stay up till Daddy gets home?
Jesse: Oh no, girls. Go to sleep. Come on. Get some rest. Tomorrow we may have to move to a civilization without television. Go.
D.J. & Stephanie: Goodnight. [They head on upstairs.]
[In the kitchen, Joey gives Danny a pep talk.]
Joey: [with a gruff voice and massaging his shoulders like a ringside manager/trainer] Danny, nobody's career goes straight up. You had one rough night. There's always bumps along the way.
Danny: This is good. Don't stop.
Joey: Then don't interrupt. The key, Danny, is to learn from all those little bumps so that you'll be better prepared for next time. [back to normal voice] Because you will have other chances.
Danny: When? I need a date and a time.
Joey: Soon. Because you're good at what you do. And you know why? Because you care about more than just scores and stats. You care about people. Right, Jess?
Jesse: Yeah, why not?
Joey: And in your own unique way, you helped the Sandman. People trust you. They know you're a good guy. Right, Jess?
Jesse: Yeah, why not?
Danny: Thanks, guys.
Jesse: My favorite part was when the manager punched him… right in the stomach.
Joey: I loved it when he brought tears to the Sandman's eyes.
Jesse: That was nice. But the reporters drilling him… He had beads of sweat going down his face. That killed me. That was funny.
Danny: That was good. You know what I loved? When I said there was no one to blame. I loved how bad that was.
The episode title is a take on the boxing term "knock out" and the idiom "knock yourself out", meaning "go for it" or "do as you please".