|Michelle Rides Again (Part 2)|
|Season 8, episode 24|
|Air date||May 23, 1995|
|Previous||Michelle Rides Again (Part 1)|
|Next||Our Very First Show, Again (Fuller House)|
Michelle is rushed to the hospital, where Danny realizes that the reason why she was on the riding trail with Elizabeth was that she did not want to compete, thanks to him putting too much pressure on her to beat Elizabeth and because of his fight with Morgan.
Everyone is relieved when a doctor tells them that Michelle is out of danger, but she did take a blow to the head, so he has decided to keep her in the hospital overnight for observation. He takes only the guys to the room she is in, but she does not remember who they are. The doctor explains that memory loss, in this case, amnesia, is common with head injuries, and it is usually temporary.
At home, on the day Michelle is scheduled to be released from the hospital, Andrew comes back over and explains that the reason why he is been reluctant to kiss Stephanie is because he did not know how she would feel about it, but due to what Michelle said a few days earlier, he feels a lot better about it, and they share a kiss.
Danny brings Michelle home from the hospital, but she is awkward and still amnesiac. Per the doctor's advice, the family shows her around the house in hopes that seeing familiar things will at least help her remember some of her life. But their efforts, from the "tram tour" ending in her and Stephanie's room (see Quotes), to the guys singing "(Let Me) Be Your Teddy Bear", do not jog her memory. When she asks about her mother, everyone is stunned and speechless as she doesn't ask a lot about her, due to being a baby when she died, (as somber music plays). She decides to rest on her bed (or so she thinks; see Quotes). And even Nicky, Alex, and Comet try to help her remember (see Quotes).
Not much later, the family tries yet again to jog her memories by using photo albums (referencing previous episodes, see Trivia), but again, to no avail. So she goes back upstairs to take another nap; this time, in her own bed. And as she sleeps, she is awakened by a voice. It is none other than her memory, who looks exactly like her (see Quotes).
Joey tells Jesse that his heart is just not in having their own TV show anymore. Jesse agrees, saying that he does not want to have anything to do with anything that will take away too much time with his family, so they decide to not to do so.
On prom night, D.J. is getting ready to leave. Michelle comes downstairs and talks to everyone. They realize that she may have regained her memory, so they ask her questions to confirm it. D.J. and Becky tell her about the accident, and they are all happy that she is finally back to normal (as uplifting music starts playing) (see Quotes).
Kimmy arrives in her light-up prom dress (and that kills the music) (see Quotes), and, after learning Michelle got her memory back, tells D.J. that Wayne is unable to make it, but she did bring someone with her to take D.J. Everyone (including the studio audience) is surprised to see that it is Steve Hale. She is delighted. They admit how much they have missed each other, and the two share a kiss (as shown in GIF) (which gets a big reaction from the audience). And he too is glad that Michelle got her memory back (see Quotes).
Michelle asks Jesse (as the inspirational music plays for the last time) how out of it she was, and he speaks for the whole family when he explains that it was like a part of all of them was missing (see Quotes). They all hug her, as well as each other (as the music plays out, the audience applauds, and the EP credits appear for the last time).
Danny: [to Michelle] Look, sweetheart, you had an accident. You fell off your horse, and you hit your head. I'm so sorry I put so much pressure on you.
Michelle: That's OK.
Jesse: [reading a story to the twins] And then the announcer said, 'Elvis has left the building.'
[Comet runs toward Michelle. She backs away.]
D.J.: Comet just wants to say 'hi'.
Michelle: Do I like dogs?
Jesse: Yeah, you love dogs.
Michelle: Oh, good. [to Comet] Hi, little girl.
Jesse: Uh... a boy.
Stephanie: [acting like a cable car operator] Michelle, please keep your hands and arms inside the tram at all times.
Michelle: Do we have a tram?
D.J.: Just stick with us.
Joey: Hey, Michelle. Look who's here. It's your old buddy Mr. Woodchuck.
Mr. Woodchuck: Hi, Michelle. Remember me? I hope you [swishes head around] ... wood (would). I've really been pining for you. Ha ha!
[As the family tries to help her remember...]
Michelle: Can I ask you a question?
Danny: Sure, anything.
Michelle: You're my dad, right?
Danny: Yeah, that's right.
Michelle: So... where's my mom?
[With that, everyone looks stunned.]
Danny: [solemnly] I'm sorry but, uh... your mom died when you were just a little girl.
Michelle: So even if I do get better, I won't remember her?
Joey: Well, Michelle, we'll tell you anything about her that you want to know.
Michelle: Was she pretty?
Jesse: Oh, Michelle, she was very pretty. You see, your mom was my sister. And you know what? You look just like her.
Michelle: I know you all want me to remember, but I can't. I'm sorry.
Danny: Oh, don't worry about it, honey. It's fine.
Michelle: It's not fine. I don't know who I am. I'm just gonna lie down in my own bed [but she goes to Stephanie's].
Stephanie: Uh, M-Michelle, that's my be...
Becky: Uh, Steph, this is not really a good time. [And with that, everyone else departs.]
[In the morning, the twins run into Stephanie and Michelle's room.]
Nicky & Alex: Michelle, Michelle, Michelle...
[They go to Michelle's bed, where Stephanie is sleeping and wakes up, and points out that Michelle is...]
Stephanie: Over there [on her bed].
Nicky & Alex: Michelle, Michelle, Michelle...
Michelle: [wakes up] What do you guys want?
Nicky: Do you 're-number' (remember) yet?
Michelle: I know you're my cousins...
[After the twins leave, Stephanie walks over to her sister.]
Stephanie: Hey Michelle, before your accident, we had a fight [referring to the chase].
Stephanie: Yeah, I feel awful about what I said, I said I was never gonna forgive you.
Michelle: Why? What did I do?
Stephanie: It was nothing really, it was just a stupid argument. But it turned out okay. Thanks to you, I found out that Andrew really likes me. In fact, he finally kissed me.
Michelle: Well, I'm glad everything worked out.
Stephanie: I'm really sorry about what I said. So do you accept my apology?
Michelle: I guess so. Do you feel better now?
Stephanie: I would feel better if you knew what I was talking about.
Michelle: I would feel better if I knew what everybody was talking about.
Danny: D.J., I really think you should go tonight. You only get one senior prom.
Becky: Yeah, my prom was wonderful. I felt just like Cinderella.
D.J.: Did you meet Prince Charming?
Becky: No, but I lost my shoe, I had a mouse in my car, and my date had a head like a pumpkin. But the point is, it's your prom. You'll remember it forever.
D.J.: Well, I know the prom is special; I went to Steve's and it was the most romantic night of my life. But I just don't know how to have a good time when Michelle's home, scared and confused.
[The minute her name is mentioned, Michelle walks into the living room from the kitchen.]
Michelle: I'm ruining everybody's fun.
D.J.: No, Michelle. I didn't mean it that way.
Michelle: Which way did you mean it?
D.J.: I just want you to feel better.
Michelle: How's skipping your prom gonna make me better?
D.J.: Well, actually, it won't.
Michelle: You feel bad if you're missing your prom, I feel bad when you're missing your prom. One of us should go to that prom.
D.J.: Well, I would go, but I think it's too late now.
Jesse: Ever since Michelle's accident, I've really been thinking about my priorities. And anything that's gonna take more time away from my family... you know what, I just don't have the time in my life for it.
Joey: There's nothing that's more important than your family.
Jesse: Michelle, I'll never forget the first time I saw you. I was in the maternity ward, and I was looking through the window, and I looked in at you and I waved. And you know what, you looked back at me, and I swear you smiled at me. Of course, the nurse said it was gas, but I wasn't buying it.
Michelle: Wow, we've known each other for a long time.
Jesse: A long time. You know, it's funny, when I moved in here to help raise you kids, I had no idea that one day, you'd be helping me raise mine.
Jesse: Joey, I can't wait until you have kids someday. You're gonna be a great father. I mean, there's nothing like looking down at a beautiful baby in your arms and knowing that you created it. Of course, you're gonna have to find a woman first.
Joey: Yeah. It'd be nice to hold something warm and cuddly that didn't always talk about wood.
Jesse: It'll happen for you, pal.
[Michelle is sleeping in her own bed when suddenly, she hears a voice from someone standing right in front of her...]
Michelle's Memory: I remember this room. I remember these walls. I remember this bed [points to it, walks over, and sits down]. I remember it all.
Michelle: [gets up, see right] Who are you, and why do you remember everything?
Memory: That's my job, I'm your memory.
Michelle: Where the heck have you been? I've been looking all over for you.
Memory: I know. When we fell off the horse, I got scared and I hid. I hope I didn't cause you any trouble.
Michelle: [giving her memory's head a hard tap] Duh! I'm walking around in this house with an empty head, and I'm hugging people I hardly know.
Memory: Well, get ready, because once they realize that I'm back, they're gonna go hug wild (see Trivia).
Michelle: Oh, great.
Memory: Don't worry. Once you remember how much you love them, you'll be joining right in.
Michelle: Please don't ever leave me again.
Memory: I won't, I promise. Uh, we're supposed to hug now.
Michelle: Why doesn't that surprise me.
[The two hug...]
Michelle: Ready. [Her memory goes back into her, and she sits back down on her bed, relieved to have a new lease on life.]
Becky: Deej, you're gonna have such a special evening with... whatever his name is (Duane's cousin).
[As the family quizzes Michelle to test her memory, Joey asks one more question:]
Joey: What's the capital of Nevada?
Michelle: I don't know (Carson City).
Joey: She never knew that! Her memory's back!
[Danny picks her up and kisses her.]
Michelle: Is everybody nuts? What's going on?
D.J.: Michelle, you fell off your horse, and hit your head.
Becky: And you couldn't remember who you were or any of us.
Michelle: How can I forget you guys? You are my family. [...]
[Kimmy comes in wearing her prom dress that contains flashing lights. She flips a switch on the battery pack causing the lights to flash much quicker than when she entered, then flips the lights off.]
D.J.: Kimmy, Michelle got her memory back.
Kimmy: She forgot her memory? Oh, yeah. I forgot.
[D.J. and Steve are ready to depart for the prom, but something crosses Steve's mind regarding everyone.]
Steve: I heard you guys had a pretty tough week. How are you feeling, Michelle?
Michelle: I'm feeling better. How out of it was I?
Jesse: Oh, pretty out of it. I mean, you were here, sweetheart, but it was like part of you was missing. So, it was like part of all of us was missing. But, we stuck it out and we got through it.
Joey: Just like we always do.
Danny: [picking up his "little princess" and holding her in his arm (shown in the infobox)] Just like we always will.
[Everyone hugs her and each other (as the episode/series ends).]
The episode originally ended with a curtain call during the closing credits with all of the main cast members coming out for their final bows in reverse order of the opening credits (i.e. starting with the twins and ending with Jesse). The abbreviated opening theme song from seasons 3–7 played one final time, and the words "Our Thanks, Our Love" appeared after the copyright screen, at which point the scene froze rather than letting the final bows play out. The words faded out and were followed by fade-ins and fade-outs of both the Jeff Franklin Productions and Miller-Boyett Productions logos, as well as "In Association With", and the Warner Bros. Television Logo playing out as usual. This closing was cut from the DVD release of the episode, and from summer repeats and syndicated runs as well, and was replaced with stills from that episode and the closing theme played as usual, with the logos and "In Association With" cutting in and out prior to the WBTV logo. In addition, rather than having both the final scene and curtain call in the living room, the curtain call was done in the kitchen.
- A Japanese program took viewers on a behind-the-scenes look at the episode; the set reveals that the girls' room in the Tanner house is directly next to the living room
- Two separate promos were done for the episode: one in which the voice-over mistakenly says after seven years, and one coinciding with that night's season finale of Home Improvement (followed by a second episode) and the NYPD Blue season 2 finale episode A.D.A. Sipowicz.
- Despite being the last episode in the original run of the series, it was not the last one they shot; that was the preceding episode "All Stood Up", which was when the curtain call, as the series wrapped and the cast members took their final bow, actually took place
- The first appearance of Steve since the end of season seven
- The fourth episode in which the Olsen twins appear side by side in the same scene; Mary-Kate as Michelle and Ashley as Michelle's memory
- Michelle's memory's remark of "hug wild" is a take on the expression "hog wild"
- Reportedly, the Olsen twins were not aware that it was the series finale until they were handed flowers by their real-life siblings
- For some reason, the hospital waiting room scene was cut out of the DVD version of the episode
- Reportedly, this two-parter (which was originally shown as a one-hour episode) was not intended to be a series-ending episode, but due to the rising cost for salaries, and the rising production costs for ABC to keep it airing, there were talks of defecting to another network, but John Stamos announced that season eight would be his last if the show was to move to one of the two newer upstarts (UPN or the WB); also, Candace Cameron was either in or would be starting college in the fall of 1995 (like her character), so she decided this season would be her last
- Danny has the last line of the series: “Just like we always will” (incidentally, he has the second line of the series – his mother has the first)
- The following episodes are referenced during the family's photo album attempts to regain Michelle's memory:
- The inspirational music is (appropriately) a somber version of the theme song (to mark its ending), ending on a musical flourish (to mark its ending on a high note)