Full House

Season 8 Episode 2

Breaking Away

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 04, 1994 on ABC
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Episode Summary

It doesn't seem that long ago when Danny was nostalgically taking his baby Michelle to preschool, but now, four years later, it is Jesse and Becky's turn to fret as their twin boys approach this important childhood milestone. With Becky's emotionally unstable reaction to the boys heading to school for the first time, Jesse offers to take them to their classroom, but before long, a string of events prompts Jesse to transform his children into the youngest dropouts in San Francisco. Meanwhile, Gia's influence inspires Stephanie to assert herself with her father, but have you ever seen Danny Tanner react calmly to a dirty bedroom and midriff-baring outfits?moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Nicky and Alex's first day at preschool and Jesse and Becky have their own difficulties letting go. Stephanie's first day in 7th grade; same as Gia now. She keeps her room messy as Gia encourages it, making Michelle want to move in with DJ.moreless

    This is similar to the episode of DJ starting junior high and dressing provocatively with too much makeup. And Danny says "when I was in junior high it was my dad's shirt and my brother's pants". First mention of Danny's brother. Otherwise it was funny watching Jesse take the twins to preschool and get overprotective. Kind of like The First Day of School when Stephanie was shy, but the twins obviously were not. And then Jesse and Joey homeschooling preschool and it turns out to be a disaster! Very entertaining! And touching when they realize they need to start letting go now or they'll have a harder time with seeing them off to college.moreless
  • D.J.'s been laying down the law for a while I guess

    When D.J. says yelling has always worked with her, she didn't say it like Danny had done that - which he hadn't always. It was more like she had been doing that - the girls do respond to her, which is good b/c especially Michelle doesn't have Danny or the others being consistent.
  • But it's my room

    I liked this episode for several reasons. It show how hard it is for most parents to let go of the fact that their babies are growing up. Pre school is a very hard step for a parent to take like in the struggle that Jesse and Becky had. Parent then have to the fact their babies are not babies any longer. The story line about Stephanie and her was a good one as well. Most teenagers don't want to clean their rooms. And a appriotate responce was given by Stephanie. Good example of real life delema's and real life solutions.moreless
John Stamos

John Stamos

Jesse Katsoplis

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Daniel Ernest "Danny" Tanner

Dave Coulier

Dave Coulier

Joseph Alvin "Joey" Gladstone

Lori Loughlin

Lori Loughlin

Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis (recurring Season 2, 1989-1995)

Candace Cameron

Candace Cameron

Donna Jo Margaret "D.J." Tanner

Jodie Sweetin

Jodie Sweetin

Stephanie Judith Tanner

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • You may recognize Bonnie Urseth (the twins' preschool teacher), who appeared in one episode of Punky Brewster, another child-friendly television show from the 1980's. There, Urseth appeared in a heartwarming Season 2 episode as a mentally challenged custodian at Punky's school.

    • In this episode, Jesse pulls Nicky and Alex out of preschool, just as he did with Michelle in Season 3.

    • Michelle's condescending treatment of Stephanie's best pal Gia is like a re-creation of the way Stephanie always talked to DJ's best friend Kimmy.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • DJ: Dad, Michelle thinks that she can move in with me just because Stephanie has turned their room into a disaster area.
      Danny: That room is still a mess? I distinctly told her to clean it this morning!
      Michelle: Well, maybe you need to tell her more distincter!

    • Danny: Wow! Steph, what are you wearing?
      Stephanie: Clothes.
      Danny: Let me rephrase that. What are you not wearing? (imitates buzzer) "Danny" for $100. What is a long-enough shirt?

    • Jesse: (referring to the class) OK, boys, time to say bye-bye.
      Nicky & Alex: Bye-bye, Daddy.

    • Danny: if you don't clean up this room you'll be grounded for 2 weeks. Bigfoot will be seen around this neighborhood more than you. Do I make myself clear?
      Stephanie: Loud and clear.
      Danny: Good. And DJ, I don't want you seeing Kimmy anymore.
      DJ: What?
      Danny: Sorry, I was on a roll.
      DJ: Dad, what happened to staying calm?
      Danny: Oh, no, see, that was calm. And boy, you don't want to see me when I get mad!

    • (Michelle Is trying to move into D.J.'s room and DJ calls her dad to tell Stephanie to clean her room so Michelle will go back.)
      DJ: Dad go in there and yell. Lay down the law! It always worked with me.
      Danny: You know Deej, over the years I've found there are other ways besides yelling. Somethime a little subtle psychology goes a long way. Lets watch.
      (Danny goes to Stephanie's room)
      Michelle: What's subtle psychology?
      DJ: Not that.
      (DJ and Michelle go into Stephanie's room)
      Danny: Look at this mess! It looks like your closet threw up!
      Stephanie: But Dad...
      Danny: NO "BUT DAD'S"! If this room is not in the Tanner standards by the time dinner is ready, you're gonna be grounded for two weeks! BiGFOOT will be seen around this neighborhood more than you! Am I clear?
      Stephanie: Loud and clear.
      Danny: Good. And DJ, I don't want yoy seeing Kimmy anymore.
      DJ: WHAT?
      Danny: Sorry, I was on a roll, I thought I'd go for it.
      DJ: Dad, what happened to subtle psychology?
      Danny: No, you see, that was subtle psychology. "You don't wanna see me when I get mad."

    • (Michelle looks around her room and is stunned by how messy it is)
      Michelle: Get ready to not watch TV for the rest of your life
      Gia: Oh little Michelle! When you get older you'd understand.
      Michelle: When you get older you still won't.
      Stephanie: I'll handle it. Michelle, we've been taking orders from Dad all our lives what do we have to show for it.
      Michelle: A nice house, good food, and a buck a week. Don't rock the boat.

    • Gia: Hello little Michelle. Are you ready for your first day of third grade?
      Michelle: Are you ready for your third year of seventh grade?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Whenever Jesse crawls into the classroom and goes under the table, that little boy comes up to him and goes "STRANGER!!". In the much earlier episode of Stephanie's first day of school, A little girl yelled the same thing ("STRANGER, STRANGER") to Jesse.