Full House

Season 8 Episode 8

Claire and Present Danger

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 22, 1994 on ABC
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Episode Summary

As Danny starts spending more time with Claire, Stephanie and Gia fantasize about the possibility of becoming stepsisters. Michelle, however, is not quite ready for these types of changes, and her methods of sabotaging her father's latest relationship are both shocking and hilarious. Meanwhile, DJ experiences some troubles in her own love life when her boyfriend Viper begins feeling threatened by her intellectually.moreless

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  • Really good.

    Claire and Present Danger is a fantastic episode. It hilarious too. Danny falls for Stephanie's friend's mother, named Claire. Steph and Gia think that they may become sisters, so Michelle feels left out. When all of them are at the Smash Club listening to Jesse's band, Michelle dresses up like a punk. When Danny sees her, he gets really mad. At the end, Danny tells Michelle that they won't get married, and Steph apologizes to Michelle. Meanwhile, Joey meets a French lady and they go to the Smash Club together. All in all, a very good episode and it was very funny too.moreless
  • Seems like they wedged this in to create unlikely problems

    I'm sorry, but this episode just seemed like they tried too hard. Yeah, many best friends dream of being siblings, but Michelle seems too left out here, and I think Danny would sense that long before it happened. However, they do handle it well,a nd I'm glad it's Stephanie who haas the talk and that Danny doesn't have to. She does show Gia something here that will help later, that she'll always chosoe Michelle over her. And, that does help. So maybe I'll pump this up to "average" from "not my favorite storyline." But, I just can't see DAnny and Claire going out. Unless he was so sorry he hurt her feelings about Gia's attitude he asked her out - he asked Vicki out when he wanted to show how nice he really waas.moreless
  • Give me a Rootbeer

    this was just an average episode. By now the girls are used to their dad dating and its no big deal any more but this time it is cause Danny is dating Gia's mom. Stephanie's best friends mom. So of course Gia and steph are going to buddy up. Michelle's little performance was silly. First off though I know its just a show but tryiing to keep it somewhat near reality.. where would Michelle get those clothes that she wore at first in the club? Also the I can't play guitar cause I'm to heart broken was just pathetic. It sounds like it came staight out of a love sick song.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 (5)

    • When Danny tells Michelle to change out of her punk get-up, Michelle does, and she comes back shortly after with her hair arranged perfectly in a nice half ponytail. However, in her previous scene, she had clearly used hairspray to make her hair all frizzy and going every which way, so it's physically impossible that she got it to be completely straight and clean again, unless she went home and washed it.

    • Mary-Kate Olsen, who plays Michelle in the classic "makeover" scene, really shows her knack for comedy at a young age. It was especially funny when she asked Claire, "Got a smoke?" Interestingly, Mary-Kate later did a similar bit with her character in her and Ashley's short-lived but hilarious sitcom "Two of a Kind," in an episode where the girls were trying to drive away their father's newest date (just as Michelle did in this episode).

    • While Stephanie and Gia are reading a teen magazine, Stephanie mentions "teased hair, leather jacket, black lipstick;" this is the exact look Michelle wears when she rebels against Danny's dating Claire.

    • When Danny and Claire join Stephanie and Gia at their table, DJ comes over and asks if she can take everyone's order. But after introducing herself to Claire, she leaves without taking any orders. Then Danny says he's going to go and get two cappuccinos. Why didn't he just ask DJ?

      Response: D.J. may have gotten a bit uncomfortable when Danny started talking about his cologne.

    • In this episode, Kimmi says that she got a D in french. In previous episodes, her and DJ both took spanish. She suddenly takes french?

  • QUOTES (18)

    • DJ: (at Smash Club) Hi, I'm DJ, and I'll be your waitress.
      Danny: Hi, I'm Danny, and I'll be your father!

    • Michelle: So, you must be the babe who's hittin' on my old man! Got a smoke?
      Claire: (shocked) Oh, no, I'm sorry, I quit.
      Michelle: Too bad, I'm trying to start.

    • Michelle: Hey, I'm just being myself--bad to the bone!
      Danny: Michelle, I've seen all your X-rays, you don't have a bad bone in your body! Come here. Look, I want you to go into the bathroom, change right now, and I want all that makeup off your face, and then you come back, and we're gonna talk about this.
      Michelle: (in a snotty voice) Maybe we will, maybe we won't! (Danny gives her a look) Maybe we will?

    • Michelle: Move it or lose it! Is my root beer here yet? I like to suck it down before all the foam's gone!

    • Gia: My mom and your dad? Steph, this is so cool!
      Stephanie: Yeah. I mean, what if they really hit it off and get married? How great would that be? We'd be sisters! Yes!
      Gia: Then we could share the same room, stay up late...
      Stephanie: ...Put our beds together and share secrets no one would understand! (chuckles)
      Michelle: Hey, wait a second! This is my room, too!
      Gia: Don't worry, little Michelle. We'll find a place for you. It's a big house.

    • (Stephanie and Gia are reading a teen magazine)
      Stephanie: (responding to a picture of a punk girl) Whoa, check this out: teased hair, leather jacket, black lipstick. What would your mom say if you walked out of the house like that?
      Gia: Nothing. She'd be unconscious.
      (they laugh)
      Michelle: Hey, can I see?
      Stephanie: Uh, Michelle, this isn't really for you.
      Gia: Why don't you go read one of your baby books?
      Michelle: Why don't you just go?

    • Stephanie: Gia, we're gonna have such a cool time! I rented a Keanu Reeves movie.
      Gia: Ooh, which one?
      Stephanie: Who cares? He takes off his shirt.

    • Michelle: (trying to make Claire think she's a punk) Got a cigarette?
      Claire: No, I'm trying to quit.
      Michelle: Too bad, I'm trying to start.

    • Danny: Hey, Claire...do you like coffee?
      Claire: Well, Danny, I work at a coffee shop. I make coffee, I drink coffee, I guess you could say I pretty much have coffee coming out of my ears!
      Danny: Oh. Well, if you could get whipped cream to come out of your nose, we'd be in business!

    • Stephanie: Did your mom and my dad just go out on a date?
      Gia: Nah, they're just going to get coffee.
      Stephanie: At their age, that's a date!

    • Michelle: Dad, if you want to marry Claire, you can.
      Danny: Michelle, it's our second date!

    • Stephanie: (acknowledging Michelle's clothing choice) Where were you? Madonna's garage sale?

    • Stephanie: (to Michelle): There's are alot of thinks I could do with you that I couldn't do with Gia.

    • Claire: Can I sit down?
      Michelle: No.
      Danny: Michelle, that's rude!
      Michelle: Well, how can she dance with you if you're sitting down?

    • Michelle: You kept talking about how cool it would be to have Gia as a sister. I thought you didn't like me.
      Stephanie: I do think it would be cool to have Gia as a sister, but I didn't think it would be uncool to have you as a sister.

    • Claire: You're Danny's little Michelle?
      Michelle: Who were you expecting, little Miss Muffet?

    • (After Michelle changes)
      Claire: This is the Michelle I was expecting!
      Michelle: Yeah, I clean up nice.

    • Stephanie: So what are you gonna wear to the Smash Club tonight?
      Michelle: I don't know, but I'm thinking about my sunflower dress.
      Gia: Little Michelle, she was talking to me.
      Michelle: In that case, Stephanie...speak slowly, and don't use big words!

  • NOTES (2)


    • Named after the 1994 Harrison Ford movie:"Clear & Present Danger"

      Or, if you trace the expression "Clear and Present Danger" further back, the title comes from a political doctrine.