Full House

Season 7 Episode 17

The Last Dance

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 08, 1994 on ABC
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Episode Summary


When Jesse's beloved grandfather Papouli arrives from Greece for a visit, the man fills the entire house with his loving and lighthearted perspective on life. The family is crushed when he dies in his sleep, but no one is more impacted than Jesse and Michelle, who are both struggling to reveal their true emotions. The bond between them is stronger than ever, however, and in the wake of this devastating tragedy, they just might be able to help each other heal.


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  • Sad yet beautiful

    This was a bittersweet episode. I loved the part when Jesse tells Michelle that it's okay to share your feelings. Also loved the dance Jesse and Michelle did at the end. One of the best.
  • Last Dance, and yest first dance.

    Although it was a wonderful episode all around, what I truly liked was that, although he had been reluctant to join the dance earlier, Jesse went on to help Michelle show her class the Greek dance, knowing that that's what Papouli would've wanted him to do.
  • Sad yet beautiful.

    I love Papouli & how he gives advice to D.J. with his zany Greek stories & has a flour fight with Jesse, Stephanie, and Michelle. It's beautiful and highly entertaining....LATER -- It takes a huge twist -- Papouli dies :( This episode had me bawling my eyes out. It was tragic, but I loved how it shows another side of Full House that we haven't seen before....Best episode EVER!!! :D
  • Finding someone dead is hard, finding a loved though is even harder. But the Tanner family just gets closer together even as they struggle through death yet again.

    Most fans know the Full house story. A widowed dad brings in his wife's little brother Jesse and his best friend Joey to help raise his three daughters.

    This episode is the first though to really show death and when you actually experience it you can tell the actors really had it down. I mean their are a lot of tears but for some it just numbness. I always loved full house for its silliness and how it can always make me laugh. But I also love that its a non violent family show. A real family sticks together and no matter what someone does they never ever abandon them.

    Jesse and Michelle have the hardest time really expressing their emotions in here and I think it just shows everyone it is okay to just cry. Cry and let go of everything. Sometimes you have to let your feelings go and then you can move on. Then you can let it all go.moreless
  • I Don't Care What People Say, This was Sad

    When Papouli comes, everyone loves him, especially Michelle. He promises to do a dance for her class, but he unexpectedly dies, and everyone is heartbroken.

    A lot of people say this show has no emotion, no sad episodes, well I strongly disagree, and I will use this as a prime example. The last half of this is probably the saddest the show has ever been, hands down. They dealt with a topic such as death in a believable manner, and it certainly paid off, I think. Overall grade for this episode is an easy A+, one of my favorites for suremoreless
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

Kathryn Rossetter

Kathryn Rossetter

The Teacher

Guest Star

Jack Kruschen

Jack Kruschen

Iorgos "Papouli" Katsopolis

Guest Star

Jurnee Smollett

Jurnee Smollett

Denise Frazer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Jesse: I never told you this, but... I once bought a Kathie Lee Gifford CD. Oh, boy, does that feel good to get that out in the open!

    • Papouli: Moussaka.
      Jesse: Mmm, it's Papouli's famous moussaka! (to Michelle and Stephanie) Smell that, girls, smell that. Isn't that delicious? Papouli, you have to give us this recipe before you leave.
      Papouli: No problem! This one, I got off the back of a box of Moussaka Helper. (laughs)

    • Michelle: Uncle Jesse, Papouli is teaching me how to do a Greek dance!
      Papouli: Come on, Jesse, what do you say we show her a few moves?
      Jesse: No thanks, I'm not really a dancer.
      Papouli: You're Greek, you dance!

    • (Jesse on the phone, and see's Michelle in the boat, then walks out to the boat)
      Jesse: Man, I sure had a big lunch! I guess I just have this one pudding cup left.....what to do? You know what, I think I'll just put it up here next to the other one, and come back to get it later. Well, I'm off.....(Michelle's hand goes up, Jesse grabs it) Gotcha!
      Michelle: That was cold.

    • Michelle: I feel like crying.
      Stephanie: Me too. But we can't do that in front of Uncle Jesse.
      Michelle: Why not?
      Stephanie: Because if he saw us crying, he might start to cry again too.
      Michelle: Uncle Jesse was crying?
      Stephanie: He started to. He didn't want me to see, but I did. Michelle, we've got to be brave for Uncle Jesse, and not let him know that we're sad, too.
      Michelle: I don't think I can do that.
      Stephanie: You have to.
      Michelle: But how can I stop myself from crying?
      Stephanie: Just.....think of something funny, like, um......when Joey stuffs a whole doughnut in his mouth.
      Michelle: Yeah, that always makes me laugh.
      Jesse: (walks in, on phone) All right, Aunt Elaine. I'll be there in a few days. (hangs up) Are you girls okay?
      Stephanie: Yeah.
      Jesse: You all right, Michelle? What are you doing?
      Michelle: (fakes a smile and stares into space) I'm thinking about Joey stuffing a whole doughnut in his mouth.

    • Michelle: It's okay to be sad.
      Jesse: I think I heard that someplace before.
      Michelle: Uncle Jesse, is it okay to cry?
      Jesse: You bet. (both embrace)

    • Michelle: I really loved Papouli. I was his little Michelle.
      Jesse: I was his little Jesse. He used to always take care of me. Now he comes to visit, and I can't even take care of him.
      Michelle: It's not your fault. His heart was old.
      Jesse: I know, Michelle, but it still hurts.

    • Michelle: Papouli was supposed to come to school today, to teach my class a Greek dance.
      Jesse: I'm sorry, pal.
      Michelle: I was afraid that if I went to school and Papouli wasn't there, I'd feel sad.
      Jesse: Michelle, it's okay to feel sad.
      Michelle: But if I feel sad, I might cry. And then I can't be brave for you.
      Jesse: Michelle, where'd you get the idea you needed to be brave for me?
      Michelle: From Stephanie. She said you were so sad, we shouldn't make you worse.
      Jesse: Oh sweetheart, Stephanie.....she probably thought she was telling you the right thing to do, but she was wrong. I'm gonna talk to her about that. Michelle, we should always share our feelings with each other. That's what makes us a family.

    • Jesse: He was just such a beautiful man. So full of life, and love...now he's gone.

    • (Michelle, Stephanie, and Papouli are throwing flour at each other)
      Jesse: Hey, hey, hey, kids!
      Michelle, Stephanie, and Papouli: What?!
      Jesse: Guys, you're makin' a mess here.
      Papouli: What mess? This is a celebration! OPA!
      (Jesse joins in the "celebration")

    • Papouli: (To Steve) And you, I have no idea who you are.
      Michelle: You have no idea who any of us are.
      Jesse: Papouli, this is Steve, D.J.'s boyfriend. You'll be seeing him around here a lot. Probably in the kitchen.
      Steve: Bye, Deej. Catch ya later. Papouli, see you 'round.
      Papouli: In the kitchen, right?
      (Steve nods and leaves)

    • Jesse: Hey, Papouli, you remember Rebecca.
      Papouli: Who could forget Rebecca?!
      Michelle: I bet you could.

    • Michelle: We missed you, Grandpa!
      Papouli: You remember the last time I was here? I told you to call me "Papouli". "Grandpa" means someone who is old and gray.
      Michelle: What does "Papouli" mean?
      Papouli: In Greece, it means someone who is old and gray, but it sounds so much better!

  • NOTES (5)

    • We learn in this episode that Jesse's grandfather used to be a fisherman.

    • This episode originally started with a disclaimer by John Stamos explaining that this was a special episode and it dealt with the subject of death. For unexplained reasons, this was cut on subsequent reruns and the DVD release.

    • This is the second time Papouli mentions Nikos, the village idiot; the first time was in "Greek Week," where Papouli compares Nikos with Joey.

    • In Papouli's story, Papouli refers to Nikos, the Village Idiot. It is also revealed that Nikos was married and had an argument with his rival, Andreas.

    • Second (and last) appearance of Papouli, who just passed away in the middle of this episode. This is also the only time he meets any of D.J.'s friends (Steve, to be exact).