Full House

Season 3 Episode 1

Tanner's Island

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 22, 1989 on ABC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

To celebrate the two-year anniversary of the day when Jesse and Joey moved in to help out with his daughters, Danny surprises the family and his co-host with a special trip to Hawaii!

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • perfect

    The Tanner family goes to Hawaii to celebrate the two year anniversary of Joey and Jesse moving in. However their paradise vacation may not be as great as they hope when they get stranded on an island in the middle of nowhere. Will they be rescued?

    Good episode. It kind of feels incomplete, but it has a lot of funny parts throughout, that I do not care. It had funny parts and a good premiere to season 3. If it was a 2-parter, or just an hour-event, it might be even better. But it is fine like this, and so my final grade for this episode is an A+ of coursemoreless
  • The Tanners get stuck on an island, Joey falls for a hula girl, clipboard of fun.

    I loved the whole seris but this episode is my favorite!! I can't believe the beach Boys showed up!! These types of plot twists made the show consistantly fresh and exciting. Full House is a great show thats good family fun that everyone from age 1 to 100 can enjoy. Danny is my favorite (followed closely by that lovable scamp Kimmy Gibbler)Oh Danny, when is your kitchen ever gonna be clean enough. My life has been empty since the show went off the air. I look forward to the day when I can share them with my children. They just don't make em like that anymore.moreless
  • Greetings from Hawaii!

    What a great way to start off a season of Full House! As a little treat, Danny Tanner buys tickets for everyone. He even buys one for Becky! As they get to Hawaii, and they are giving out leis to the tourists, Joey spots a Hawaiian girl that he completely falls in love with and he doesn't even know who she is and what her name is but, it was love at first sight for him. Danny makes schedules for what they should do when they are in Hawaii and so everyone gets to pick one place that they would like to go while they are there. Jesse obviously picks the place where Elvis filmed his movies because he is an obsessor of Elvis. They also go and swim with the dolphins, row on a special hawaiian boat, and also sail a boat to an island where there will be a special show of tradional Hawaiian dancing. As they are sailing, everyone realizes that Danny has been sailing to a piece of a chip all morning and that they are lost. They stop at an island, and as they figure that they are on a deserted island, they see there boat drifting off into the water. Danny tries swimming after it, but Jesse stops him and tells him that he would never catch it. Thinking that they are alone on the island they set up shelter and have a nice picnic, but then Stephanie hears something and goes running off and the whole Tanner family gets caught but what they thought were a Hawaiian tribe. As they take them away, they see in front of them that they reached the island they were sailing to and that the "Hawaiian tribe" that caught them were just people that were working there to scare the tourists. In the end, Jesse ends up singing an Elvis song on stage and the whole Tanner family is dancing on stage too. This episode was one of my favorite and always will be. :)moreless
  • A great way to start a new season!

    This episode, of course, it takes Gilligan's Island's name, it was still nothing alike. They actually get rescued. The group doesn't contain as many idiots. And, it was actually good. Tanner's Island could of gotten a better score if it was this episode vs. Gilligan's Island. But anyway, it should of been a two or three parter, like the family trips on The Brady Bunch always are. I just want to know something, what happened to them? Did they go home? When did they go home? How did they go home? Wait, that is four things. Oh, well. But on the other hand, instead of being 'stranded' on the island, we move on to Jesse and Becky. Yes, Jesse - who kept on talking about Elvis in Hawaii, and Becky - the one who wanted Jesse to shut up every time he talked about Elvis. Yeah, that was so cool when they jumped of that cliff into that river right by the romantic waterfall. Aah, this was such a perfect way to start the brand new season off.moreless
  • One of my favorite episodes.

    I really like this episode. It is funny how they get everyone to go to Hawaii. The girls are out of school and oh, boy, they can show reruns of Wake Up, San Francisco so Becky can join them, too. But, who cares? We want all of them to be in Hawaii. Stephanie looks cute with her hair in pigtail braids.

    It is funny how Jesse is so obsessed with Elvis. He wants to visit every spot where Elvis filmed two of his movies -- Blue Hawaii and Paradise, Hawaiian Style. It wouldn't be Jesse if he wasn't constantly thinking of Elvis. Of course, any normal human being would get annoyed by it and Becky does. I like their interactions in this episode. It's funny and very true to character.

    Danny is controlling. He has his OCDs and I guess having to stick to a schedule is one of them. If he wasn't this way, it would be harder for them to have the adventure of going to the wrong side of the island and all. It makes the episode. We wouldn't take Danny without it.moreless
John Stamos

John Stamos

Jesse Katsoplis

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Daniel Ernest "Danny" Tanner

Lori Loughlin

Lori Loughlin

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

Candace Cameron

Candace Cameron

Donna Jo Margaret "D.J." Tanner

Jodie Sweetin

Jodie Sweetin

Stephanie Judith Tanner

Mary-Kate Olsen

Mary-Kate Olsen

Michelle Elizabeth Tanner

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (while Danny runs after the runaway boat, Jesse follows him)
      Rebecca: Jesse, you'll never catch that boat!
      Jesse: I don't wanna catch the boat. I wanna catch Danny!

    • Danny: Okay. Joey had his turn for fun. Now I've scheduled us to study the history and culture of Hawaii.
      Jesse: Where you takin' us? The Don Ho museum?

    • Jesse: (rides a killer whale) Becky, get a picture!
      Rebecca: Tell him to swim more to his left!
      Jesse: It's a killer whale! You tell him!

    • Joey: (sees that the clipboard has floated back to shore) What the heck is this? The clipboard comes back, but the boat keeps goin'.
      (Jesse furiously chucks the clipboard back into the water)

    • Jesse: Ahoy maties. Your skipper's been sailing all morning to a potato crumb.

    • Michelle: (to Rebecca about Jesse) He's nuts.
      (Rebecca nods)

    • Hawaiian Lady: Aloha.
      Jesse: Have-
      Rebecca: Careful.
      Jesse: -a nice day.

    • (Danny's watch beeps)
      Danny: Okay, time's up! Everybody outta the pool. (blows his whistle and 3 dolphins jump out of the water and back in) Not you guys!

    • Jesse: (quietly) First thing I like to say is... (screams as he snatches the clipboard) I HATE THIS CLIPBOARD OF FUN!!! (he tosses it into the sea) How... can a person... lose... a boat?!
      Danny: It's not my fault. The rope must've slipped off the rope thingy.
      Jesse: The "rope thingy"? Skipper! We're stuck! What're we gonna do?!
      Joey: Well, if we were on "Gilligan's Island", the Professor would make a radio outta coconuts.
      Jesse: Joey, this is no time for comedy. It's time to blame Danny.
      Joey: Relax, Jess. We have the rest of our lives to blame Danny. Right now, we need to keep things light and easy so the girls don't get scared. So I don't get scared.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode aired the same day as the premiere of another Miller-Boyett show called "Family Matters".

    • The beeping sound of Danny's watch is edited out of syndication for unexplained reasons.

    • In the third season, Lori Loughlin (Rebecca) is now credited in the opening credits, but only in the episodes in which she appears. Starting with season 4, she is featured in the credits regardless if she is in the episode.

    • Jesse leads the cast in a rendition of Elvis Presley's "Rock-A-Hula Baby" at the conclusion of this episode.


    • When the whole family is arguing, D.J. calls them to attention using a large seashell as a horn. This may be an allusion to the novel "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding.

    • Episode Title: The title of this episode was play on Gilligan's Island, a popular TV show in the 1960's.