Full House

Season 7 Episode 4

Tough Love

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 05, 1993 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Jesse and Rebecca are initially willing to overlook the twins' out-of-control behavior, but when they destroy Michelle's science project, it is evident that they need to buckle down with the discipline. However, Jesse, proves to struggle the most with this, and when forced to punish the boys, he must deal with the words that almost every parent hears from their children at some point.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Awesomely awesome!!

    Tough Love was amazing! Nicky and Alex are having behavior problems that are adversely affecting the lives of those who love them. Nicky and Alex even destroy Michelle's science project, which was a model of the nine planets. An angry Michelle lets on that Jesse and Becky should start making Nicky and Alex behave, so Jesse takes the twins to their bedroom for their first punishment, which is a timeout, meaning that they're grounded to their room for a portion of the day. After doing this, Jesse feels guilty when the twins call him "mean daddy" for this, and a "mean daddy" is the last thing Jesse wants to be. Becky reassures Jesse that the twins obviously didn't know that what they said to Jesse hurtful. Meanwhile, Danny, who fears that the girls are too finicky to like Vicky's cooking, bribes Michelle and Stephanie into giving Vicky compliments at the dinner table so they won't make Vicky feel hurt. Overall, I loved this episode a lot and it was funny and one of the best in Season 7!!moreless
  • Finally Jesse takes a stand

    Even though Jesse wimps out in the end he finally takes some action on his uncontrollable nicky and alex. Becky and Jesse have let the kids get out of control. They needed disipline a long time ago. But of course like many parents they try raising their kids to like them instead of liking them but having rules. Sneaking their ice cream up to them wouldn't have taught them anything.

    Danny was wrong in paying Steph and Michelle to pretend to like Vicky's food. Like Vicky said she was gonna be part of the family so Danny should have let the kids be honest.moreless
  • Character development, too - Jesse's finally willing to put the boys in timeout.

    No, not Joey and Danny, his boys :-) This shows Jesse could not have been putting Michelle in timeout ever, as it'd be easy for him to do it to Nicky and Alex. This also shows how Michelle likely got but on a larger scale at age 2 - as all kids that age do a little. Finally, proof that it wasn't the normal (parents teacht heir children" in Michelle's mind - she knew she was a special case, w/D.J. having to handle things often, bso she had to ask who it was who would teach Nicky and Alex. A normal 7YO would know it's the parents, unless their situation had been a little unique like this.

    We also see Jesse shown to be really weak and why - he doesn't want to become his father. As mentioned elsewhere, his dad yelled a lot, and had lots of anger issues. Jese doesn't want to get anywhere near liek that. The writers do a good job of showing that and also showing his getting through this problem, and that most importantly, the parental bond isn't broken.

    I wonder why Becky didn't put them in timeout but I think it's because: 1. He was home during the morning so he'd have to; and, 2. They knew it was Jese w/the problem, Becky could do it easily.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 (1)

    • When Jesse and Rebecca are in their attic apartment at the end and Jesse lets the bowls of ice cream come barreling out from under his shirt, one of them rolls on the table and lands upside-down, and you can see that the "ice cream" inside doesn't budge.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Danny: Look, I love Nicky and Alex, but they don't listen, they're into everything, and they won't even sleep in their own beds. I mean, I know they're only three, but they could at least be taught to pick up their toys.
      Joey: (about the toy that Danny is holding) Danny, that's mine.

    • Michelle: (after the twins wrecked her project) But I told them to stop. Why didn't they listen?
      Danny: Well, Michelle, children have to be taught to listen.
      Michelle: Who teaches them?
      Danny: Well, usually, it's...the people who are responsible for their growth and well-being.
      Michelle: Who's that?
      Danny: Well, in most cultures, I guess it would be...the parents.
      Michelle: (turns to Jesse and Rebecca) Way to go.

    • Stephanie: Dad, about this new and unusual dinner...I don't have a problem with the new, but I have some concerns about the unusual.
      Michelle: Does unusual mean gross?
      Danny: All right, girls, um...you know how you've been asking for a raise in allowance? Well, how does $2 sound?
      Stephanie: Not as good as 5.

    • Danny: (to the kids) All right, now as you all know, Vicky has been working extremely hard on this dinner. So if you happen to see anything new and unusual on your plate...taste it. Experience it. And if you still don't like it, choke it down.
      D.J.: Boy, Dad, you've got our mouths watering.
      Steve: Yeah. This could be bad.
      Kimmy: I hope there's enough.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Joey: (imitates Gonzo with his baby Gonzo doll) The big guy sat on my nose!

      Joey's baby Gonzo doll is probably a reference to the fact that Dave Coulier, the actor playing Joey, was a regular cast member of the Muppet Babies animated series from 1986 to 1991. He usually voiced Baby Animal and Baby Bunsen Honeydew, and he also voiced Baby Bean Bunny, and Statler and Waldorf.