Full House

Season 1 Episode 11

The Big Three-O

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Dec 11, 1987 on ABC
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Episode Summary

As his 30th birthday approaches, Danny makes it clear to Jesse and Joey that he hates surprises and does not want a party, but what's the fun of having friends if they don't mix things up every once in a while? As Jesse, Joey, and the kids plan an extravagent bash, the guys' decision to purchase some new seat covers for Danny's beloved car ends up creating utter disaster. With Danny's special day completely ruined, will his two best pals manage to work some magic and redeem themselves?moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Danny sure gets a surprise when he finds out what happened to Bullet...

    This was a very surprising for me. In this episode, Danny turns the big 3 0 and he doesn't really want to admit it or say it. Danny doesn't want a suprise party but Jesse and Joey put one together anyway because they know he wants one but doesn't want to admit it again. For there present to Danny, Jesse was going to get Bullet fitted for sheepskin seat covers. When Jesse gets back from getting the present, Jesse tells Joey that he ruined the car because somebody hit it and it some how went into the San Francisco Bay. The party is going on and Danny walks in "surprised" to find out that Joey and Jesse threw a surprise party for him. DJ, Stephanie, Joey, and Jesse act all natural and calm like nothing happened. When Danny is opening the gifts, Stephanie accidently brings the sheepskin seat cover present and he opens the gift. He rushes right out to Bullet and finds him crushed and water damaged. The next day, Joey and Jesse find an exact replica of the car and try bidding for it against another guy who happened to be Danny. In the end, they buy the car and Danny is once again happy and names it "Walter." This was a great episode and I can't wait to see it again.moreless
  • Danny's surprise birthday party features a big surprise: his beloved car at the bottom of San Francisco Bay.

    Danny finally turns thirty like every parent on Earth does and freaks out about being kinda, 'old'. Well, not really admitting he is old but can never say 'thirty' until the very end of the episode. And just imagine, on one of the most important birthdays of a parent's, Jesse drives Danny's beloved car, Bullet, out into the San Francisco Bay. I'd just be glad Bullet survived and was rescued before it got sunk way to the bottom of the sea. I think this episode was very, very, very, very hilarious, though I kinda felt bad for Danny in the show. But the end was very funny when they kinda had a little auction over the phone and what really made me laugh out of my guts was when they raised the price up to like twenty two thousand dollars (Which was a lot of money in the 80's) and since Danny didn't buy it, he was thinking about getting a stationwagon!moreless
  • I'm 30!

    Oh my god I'm 30! It's Danny's 30th birthday and the family's 1st present is a limo for a day. Danny tells Jesse and Joey not to throw him a party but, you guessed it they did.When Jesse takes Bullet to get Danny's present Jesse and Bullet take a swim. Danny arrives and has a great time everybody gives him his presents. Jesse starts acting weird but, then Stephanie gives Danny Jesse and Joey's present (seat covers for Bullet) and Danny goes out and is going to try them on but, he sees how good of a swimmer Bullet is. In the end Jesse and Joey buy him a new car. This is a great episode.moreless
  • "I'm. . I'm. . THIRTY!"

    This episode really shows how caring the family really is towards one another. I loved when Jesse and Joey revealed to Danny that he was going to be driven around in a limo for the day. However, the best part came when both Jesse and Joey were trying to bid on a new car, but did not realize that they were bidding against Danny. My favorite line was when Joey added to Jesse's bid and Jesse said "that doesn't count, he bid against me." I loved Danny's face when he saw that they got him a new car, but said that he would never name his car. ("I'll be right back. . Walter.")moreless
  • ''dj i'm old enough to hold a plate of asapises,attepises,cheesesticks!'

    i loved that line that stephanie said at the party.all up this episode was great the way it was written,i especially liked the part when danny was bidding over the phone for the same new car that joey and jesse were bidding over at the car sellers,at the same time!it made it even funnier that joey and jesse were acually going to give it to danny if they won!great joke.fun episode!moreless
John Stamos

John Stamos

Jesse Katsoplis

Bob Saget

Bob Saget

Daniel Ernest "Danny" Tanner

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

Ashley Olsen

Ashley Olsen

Michelle Elizabeth Tanner

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Danny tells the guys to get the kids so they can go for a ride in the new car, notice that everyone is wearing different clothes in the car scenes. This is because the shots from the opening credits, which were filmed much earlier, are used.

    • Danny's unlucky fishing experience from Season 1's Sea Cruise is brought up again in this episode, when Caroline mounts his bait and gives it to him as a birthday present.

    • Goofs: During the party a lady is putting Michelle back in her crib, Michelle switches from being in the crib to in the lady's arms between shots.

    • In this episode, the garage is the garage, but in the previous episode, the garage was Joey's new room, because this episode was supposed to come before it, and was pre-empted for some reason.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • DJ: Now, Steph, remember to do it just like I taught you.
      Stephanie: DJ, I know how to carry a tray of appezizers.....addepizers...... cheesesticks! (to one of the guests) Excuse me, do you care about cheese?
      Caroline: Thank you, Stephanie!
      DJ: Steph, it's "Do you care for cheese?"
      Stephanie: She took one, didn't she?

    • Jesse: So, what are you gonna name your new car? Bullet Jr?
      Danny: Oh, come on, guys, a grown man doesn't name his car! Come on, go get the girls, we'll go for a ride. (Joey and Jesse go upstairs, Danny peeks at his car outside) I'll be right back, Walter.

    • (Jesse returns after having Bullet towed home after a dive in the bay)
      Joey: Jesse what's wong? I've never seen you this shade of green before.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Danny: Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Life Goes On...bra! This was a famous song recorded by the Beatles in the mid 1960's called Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da.