Full House
Full House
Tanner vs. Gibbler
Season 2, episode 2
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Air date October 21, 1988
Writer(s) Lenny Ripps
Director John Bowab
Previous Cutting It Close
Next It's Not My Job

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Tanner vs. Gibbler is episode two in season two of Full House. It originally aired on October 21, 1988.

Opening Teaser

Jesse and Joey try to get Michelle to go to bed (see #Quotes).


D.J. is planning a birthday party for Kimmy Gibbler, who is turning 12. She is inviting some of their closest friends and has already made out a list of the party foods and drinks that will be served: Grape soda, orange soda, caramel corn, cherry licorice, and ice cream.

Then, the phone rings and Danny answers it. It is his boss, Mr. Strowbridge. He asks Danny to come in as he has "big news". Danny is anxious to know what the big news is, excited that it may be "good news", but afraid it may be "bad news". Joey thinks that he is crazy.

Stephanie brings out a couple of dresses and asks D.J. which will look better on her at the party. Then Kimmy comes by to take D.J. to school, and reminds her about their original plan to go to the movies. But when Stephanie slips up on the real plan, she angers her sister (see Quotes).

Meanwhile, Danny, anxious to hear the "big news" his boss promised him, is going to get it in the form of both bad and good news. Danny panics when he gets the bad news that he's been removed from his job as a sportscaster at the TV station. The good news is, it turns out that the station has created a new local morning show entitled Wake Up, San Francisco, and they need two people to host the new show. Danny is named as one of the hosts, while his co-host for the new show is Rebecca Donaldson, who moved to San Francisco from her hometown of Valentine, Nebraska many years ago, after coming off two years of success on A.M. Omaha.

That night, the party is ready to begin, with guests waiting for the birthday girl to show up. After "surprises" by the younger sisters (see Quotes), Kimmy arrives with a surprise of her own: two guests to her own birthday party, junior high girls, the aforementioned Nina and Melissa. Kimmy thinks that having older friends will make her look cool. However, when Nina and Melissa crash the party by invading it with other kids and trash the house, the party is over before it can even begin (see Quotes), pitting "Tanner vs. Gibbler" (hence the episode's name).

The next day, upstairs in their room, Stephanie is playing "school" with herself as the "teacher" and every doll and stuffed animal as her "class". When D.J. comes in, she rejects her sister's offer to join in (see Quotes).

Later, Danny wants everyone to watch a tape of the new show – although Stephanie says not to play it until Jesse comes home (so he won't miss it). Danny then realizes he doesn't have the tape, but he's saved as Becky has a copy of her own, which she takes out of her bag just as Jesse walks through the front door. After Jesse and Rebecca have a little chat in the kitchen, everyone gathers in the living room. Danny plays the tape, noting he's nervous on his first show. While the family views the tape – and Danny keeps asking what everyone thinks – Michelle does what everyone else feels like doing and grabs the remote and stops the tape. A cartoon appears, much to the delight of Stephanie and Joey.

With help from Jesse and Joey, D.J. and Kimmy end their feud, as Kimmy realizes that D.J. refuses to let her forget who her real friends are.

Later that day, Kimmy comes by to collect her birthday presents (see Quotes). Both she and D.J. realize that if they do not make up sooner or later, their friendship will come to a stop and they will not be able to do anything together anymore. They eventually make up, hug each other (to which the studio audience gives an "Aw"), and open her presents (as the audience applauds and the EP credits appear). They even decide that maybe she would like to exchange those presents at the mall for better ones.


The opening teaser: Michelle is riding her springy horse toy at bedtime.

Jesse: Michelle, you wanna go sleepy?
Michelle: No. Yahoo...
Joey: What do you wanna do? Stay up all night?
Michelle: No.
Jesse: Is Mr. Horsey tired?
Michelle: No.
Joey: Are you gonna say anything but 'no'?
Michelle: No.
Joey: What's your favorite James Bond movie? Would it happen to be Doctor...?
Michelle: No.
Jesse: Well, Joseph, it seems like we're unable to put a two-year-old to bed.
Joey: Is it possible she's smarter than us?
Michelle: Yes [smiles].

In the kitchen, at breakfast time...

Stephanie: D.J., which one of these [2] dresses [white bridal or blue with a small pink bow-tie] will I look cuter in at your party?
D.J.: Steph, you wouldn't like this party. It's gonna be a bunch of 6th-graders.
Stephanie: In that case, I'll wear this one [white bridal]. It makes me look older.
D.J.: Let me say this is as nice as I can: [sticking up her index finger] you're in 1st grade, [adding the 5 fingers of her other hand] and all the kids at this party are in the 6th grade.
Stephanie: [doing the same with her hands] What if I... bring five other 1st-graders?
D.J.: Okay, I've tried to be nice. Uncle Jesse!
Stephanie: Joey! She won't let me go to her party!
D.J.: You're not coming. You're too young.
[Arguing at the same time, the guys come in and pull them away from each other.]
Jesse: Whoa, whoa, whoa! Hold it. Neutral corners. D.J. first.
D.J.: She thinks she's coming to my party.
Stephanie: I do think that.
Joey: Steph, I have a great idea. Why don't we have our own super-duper party upstairs? Doesn't that sound like fun?
Stephanie: Does it sound like fun to you?
D.J.: Thanks, guys.

Kimmy: A surprise party for me [instead of the movies]? All right!
D.J.: [to Stephanie] You're dead meat.
Kimmy: Don't worry, D.J. I'll act surprised. Can I invite my two new friends from karate class, Nina and Melissa?
D.J.: It's your surprise party. You can invite whoever you want.
Stephanie: I'm free tonight. Invite me.
D.J.: Bye, guys.
Kimmy: Bye, everybody.
Stephanie: Don't have to answer that now. Think it over! [Too late.] How rude.

Mr. Strowbridge: Well, here it is – the set of Wake Up, San Francisco. You like it?
Becky: Like it? I love it. I could live here. All this place needs is a sink, a toaster oven and maybe a wall [motions toward the side where the cameras are] right about there [giggles]. Oh, I can't wait to meet my co-host.
Mr. Strowbridge: [looks at his watch] Danny Tanner should be here any second.
Becky: [sits down] Terrific.
Mr. Strowbridge: [Danny runs past the set.] That was him. He'll be back.
Danny: Oh, there you are, Mr. Strowbridge. [to Becky] Excuse me, miss. [back to his boss] I couldn't wait to hear the big news. Just out of curiosity, sir, it is big, good news, isn't it?
Mr. Strowbridge: Very good news. Tonight will be your last sportscast.
Danny: It's interesting how one man's good is another man's bad.
Mr. Strowbridge: Tanner--
Danny: What did I do? I'm always on time. The ratings are up. I never step on the weatherman's jokes. Who are you gonna get to replace me?
Mr. Strowbridge: Tanner, I'd like you to meet the newest member of the Channel 8 family, Miss Rebecca Donaldson.
Becky: [She puts her hand out and they shake hands (see infobox photo and Gallery).] It's wonderful to meet you.
Danny: It's wonderful to meet you too. [to Strowbridge] You're going to hire her? [back to Becky] Oh, please don't take this personally. [back to his boss] Are you out of your mind?! Please, don't take that personally either, sir. [to Becky, after taking his wallet out of his pocket and showing her the photo of his daughters] Before you accept this job, if you could just look at my three little girls here. You can't see their feet, but, boy, do they go through shoes.
Becky: Cute kids.
Mr. Strowbridge: You're not being fired. You and Rebecca will be co-hosting.

The guests are gathered in the living room for the big birthday bash.

D.J.: It's party time! [Michelle comes in carrying a big bowl of pretzels.] Almost. Michelle, you're supposed to be in the kitchen, not carrying around pretzels. [The bowl slips and the pretzels spill out. Michelle starts picking them up.] It's okay, Michelle. I'll clean it up.
Jesse: Michelle! Oh, you little... What are you doing here? What happened? All right, come on [starts to carry her away]. D.J. [motioning her over, and whispering:] This is a party. Why is everyone so quiet?
D.J.: They think you're cute.
Jesse: [they wave and he waves back] Where were they when I was 12?
D.J.: Not born. [back to normal voice] Bye.
Jesse: Bye-bye.

The doorbell rings.

D.J.: Oh, that's Kimmy. Everyone get ready [as she goes to open the door].
Everyone: Surprise!
Stephanie: [standing at the front door in her party dress] For me? You shouldn't have.
D.J.: We didn't. What are you doing down here?
Stephanie: I just went to check the mail. Nothing yet. [sees the pretzels on the floor] Ah, pretzels. Don't mind if I do [starts picking them up].
D.J.: [stopping her sister] Well, I mind if you do. Stephanie, please go upstairs.
Stephanie: Oh, dear me, I almost forgot. I do have a super-duper party waiting for me upstairs. [to the guests] Hello, what a pretty sweater. Love your hair. We must do this again sometime [and upstairs she goes].

Nina and Melissa decide to make a phone call (to a boy named Duke) to invite their friends.

D.J.: Before you call any Dukes, do you mind telling me what you're doing?
Nina: Don't worry. In an hour we'll have 50 or 60 kids here.
Melissa: [on the phone] Hello, Duke. [to D.J.] What's the address here?
D.J.: [grabs the phone out of her hand] Hello, Duke? Uh, this is a prank call [hangs up].
Melissa: What a dweeb.
D.J.: Hey, this party isn't for you and your friends. It's a party for Kimmy and her friends.
Kimmy: D.J., you're messing everything up. Don't you get it? They're in junior high.
D.J.: Who cares?
Nina: This is the land of the lame. Come on, Kimmy, let's get out of here.
D.J.: Kimmy, wait. You can't leave your own birthday party.
Kimmy: You can't tell me what to do.
D.J.: I'm not telling you what to do. I'm just saying don't act dumb.
Kimmy: Oh, now I'm dumb.
Melissa: You are if you stay here.
Nina: Come on, the mall's open 'til 9:00.

They exit, leaving D.J. and the other guests shocked and speechless.

In D.J. & Stephanie’s bedroom, Stephanie is playing "school", with herself as the "teacher", and her dolls and stuffed animals as her "class".

Stephanie: There will be no talking in class. Everyone turn to page... [cut to the "class"] Mr. Bear (see Trivia), if it's so funny, why don't you share it with everybody? [D.J. enters.] Hi, D.J. Wanna play school?
D.J.: No. I wanna quit school.
Stephanie: Is that because you ate lunch by yourself today?
D.J.: I wasn't eating by myself. I was eating alone. There's a big difference.
Stephanie: Any questions, class? [cut to Mr. Bear] Yes, Mr. Bear? Mr. Bear wants to know why all the kids in school were calling you a "geekburger."
D.J.: Mr. Bear is going to the principal's office. [She opens up the toy chest, grabs Mr. Bear, drops him inside, and closes it.]
Stephanie: That's the cafeteria. I told them you weren't a "geekburger". Then they called me "geekburger junior". How rude!
D.J.: It's all Kimmy's fault. She hates my guts because I wouldn't let her friends take over the party and wreck my house. Now she turned the whole school against me.
Stephanie: Don't feel bad. I know you're not a "geekburger".
D.J.: Thanks. And you're not a "geekburger junior".
Stephanie: Thanks back. But until this blows over... I think I'll change my name ... to... Connie Chung. [And that causes her sister to shake her head in disbelief.]

In the living room, Danny prepares everyone to view the Wake Up, San Francisco premiere.

Joey: Danny, the TV is fine. Will you stop Windexing? Come on, we're dying to watch your first show.
Danny: Okay, okay.
Stephanie: Don't show the tape till Uncle Jesse's here.
Danny: Oh, the tape. I knew I forgot something.
Becky: No, I have it. It's in my bag.
Danny: What a team. I forget and you remember.
Becky: [finding it in her bag] Here it is.
Jesse: [enters the front door, singing] Oh, that's a groovy-- [then notices Becky] Have mercy. [takes off his sunglasses] Hi.
Becky: [shaking hands] Hi. You must be Jesse, Danny's brother-in-law. Danny told me about you.
Jesse: [smiles] Oh, yeah? What did he say?
Becky: He said he had a brother-in-law named Jesse.
Jesse: [stops smiling] Oh. [to Danny] Thanks for the buildup, pal. So you must be Rebecca?
Becky: No, please-- Please call me Becky.
Jesse: Becky. I like that. Becky, Becky, Becky.

In the kitchen, as Jesse gets Becky something to drink...

Becky: You remind me of Corky.
Jesse: [talking like Elvis and doing the sneer] Yeah. See, people tell me... [normal voice] Corky?
Becky: My little baby brother. He used to do that same cute Elvis voice.
Jesse: I remind you of your little baby brother?
Becky: Yeah, it's uncanny. Corky and I would go up to Sutter's Pond to catch frogs. And he would always say: [doing her own Elvis impression] 'Come on, little froggy mama.'

On the tape of the first show of Wake Up, San Francisco:

Becky: Good morning.
Danny: It's time to Wake Up, San Francisco. I'm Danny Tanner.
Becky: And I'm Rebecca Donaldson.
Danny: And we'd like to know all your names but we're only an hour show and we've only got one phone [laughs].

Danny on TV: Rebecca comes to us from two years as host of A.M. Omaha. [to Becky] Isn't Nebraska one of the Plains states?
Becky on TV: Well, Danny, we have tried to decorate it [Joey and others laugh].
Danny: You didn't laugh at my joke.
Stephanie: We're laughing inside.
Joey: Yeah, kind of an internal thing.

Danny: [on the video] This is so great. This is so much better than reading sports scores and interviewing sweaty guys.
[Suddenly, the tape stops.]
Stephanie: Cartoons!
Danny: Michelle! You just turned off Daddy's new show. [She sticks her tongue out at him, and everyone else laughs. He grabs the remote.]
Stephanie: Dad, wait!
Joey: Yeah, this is a good one. [Danny gives him a look, and he looks back at Danny.] It's okay. I've already seen it.

Joey: [to D.J.] You know, I know why you're so upset. Because the people that can hurt you the most are the people you love the most. Take me and Jesse, for example.
Jesse: Is that the best example?
Joey: It just kind of popped out.
Jesse: Just kidding. No, he's right. Here. Here's a perfect story. Just last week, Joey taped over my favorite Elvis video with Pee-wee's Playhouse. I mean, tell me, how would you like to be sitting there watching 'the King' and all of a sudden he's singing, 'You ain't nothing but a hound dog...' 'I know you are, but what am I?' The point is, Joey made a mistake, but I forgave him. Erasing a friendship is a lot worse than erasing a tape.
D.J.: Well, I still think she's a nerd bomber.
Joey: D.J., do you remember your beat-up, old, flat soccer ball that I accidentally threw away?
D.J.: You mean the one I scored my first goal with?
Joey: Yeah, that one.
D.J.: Yeah, I remember. I was so mad at you.
Joey: See, you're not mad at me anymore.
D.J.: No.
Joey: Well, see... D.J., if you hadn't forgiven me, we would've missed out on all the good times we've had between then and now. And all the good times we're gonna have. You know what I'm saying?
D.J.: You're saying give Kimmy another chance.
Joey: Sure. Part of having a best friend is being a best friend. Let the hurt go away, not Kimmy.
Stephanie: D.J., Kimmy Gibbler's downstairs.

Kimmy comes over and D.J. thinks that she came to apologize, but she came to get her presents (see Gallery).

D.J.: If you don't apologize, then how can I forgive you?
Kimmy: Forgive me for what? ... getting kicked out of my own party?
D.J.: I didn't kick you out! You left!
Kimmy: Because you embarrassed me in front of Nina and Melissa.
D.J.: What's wrong with you? I can't believe you'd rather be friends with girls who really aren't your friends, than friends with a girl who already was your friend.
Kimmy: I don't know what you just said, but same to you, geekburger.
D.J.: Don't call me that, Kimmy Gobbler!
Kimmy: Double geekburger with cheese!
D.J.: I hate you!
Kimmy: I hate you, too! Mail me my presents. [She storms out, when...]
D.J.: Wait. You can't leave. How could you call me all those names in school?
Kimmy: I wasn't the only one. Everybody was calling you... well, you know, the G-word.


  • First episode to use the season two intro
  • First time Kimmy's birthday is celebrated
  • First appearance of Becky
  • First appearance of Mr. Strowbridge, Danny and Rebecca's boss
  • First time Jesse and Becky meet
  • First appearance of Mr. Bear
  • First episode to feature the Lorimar Television music
  • The only appearances of Kimmy's party-crashing classmates, Melissa and Nina
  • The cartoon that Michelle inadvertently changes to is ThunderCats (1985 TV series)
  • The lines "I think we really helped the kid out, huh, Ozzie?" (Joey), "We sure did, Harriet" (Jesse) are allusions to the ABC sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–1966)
  • Closed captioning error: When D.J. says “Mr. Bear is going to the principal’s office”, the caption misspells "principal" as “principle” (both in syndication and on the DVD release)
  • Song: "Boil Them Cabbage Down" (as Jesse makes breakfast)