Fuller House season three debuted on Netflix exactly 30 years after Full House originally aired in 1987 on ABC. Sadly, a show about one of America’s favorite TV families barely packed the nostalgic punch.
Since its reboot, Fuller House has been chasing the nostalgic factor while also trying to make it stand alone from Full House. For starters, season three opens with one of the cheesiest musical sequences to date. It’s a dream Max (Elias Harger) is having about the first day of summer and it set the bar very low right from the start. While it tried something new, it definitely fell flat. Season three was full of pretty mediocre storylines with a good dirty joke and a “how rude” thrown in here and there.
Thankfully, it’s one of the new characters who saved this season from total destruction. Kimmy’s ex-husband Fernando (Juan Pablo Di Pace) was the true star of season three. He brought the laughs, the looks and everything in between. As a way to woo his beloved Kimberlina, he bought and restored her childhood home to its original glory, something fans have been waiting to see the inside of since the late 80’s.
The highlight of the season was midway through the season when Fernando invites the She-Wolf Pack, Kimmy (Andrea Barber), DJ (Candace Cameron Bure) and Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), along with Kimmy’s brother and Stephanie’s boyfriend Jimmy (Adam Hagenbach), as well as DJ’s current flame, Dr. Matt (John Brotherton). Not only do we get a cute little sideshow from Kimmy and DJ who have a choreographed routine to Kimmy’s creepy clown doorbell but we learn exactly why Kimmy and Jimmy turned out the way they did. For example, as a form of punishment, their parents would velcro them to a wall in their creepy carnival funhouse living room. Did I mention they had matching his and hers farting chairs?
While the Gibbler household tour was the highlight of the season, the cameos from original actors weren’t as exciting. Danny (Bob Saget) makes an appearance in the Fourth of July episode and was really only there to say he was a part of this season. Same for Joey (Dave Coulier), who appeared in one of the later episodes with his just as annoying, but not as charismatic, children. I also don’t think he said “cut it out” once which was highly disappointing.
As for Jesse (John Stamos) and Becky (Lori Loughlin), neither were in an episode together. Jesse arrives during the Gibbler House of Horrors episode and acts as the babysitter. He goes from America’s best uncle to America’s worst babysitter as he tries to balance two wild toddlers along with Max, Ramona (Soni Bringas), and Jackson (Michael Campion) who were acting like babies. At least Jesse did find time to throw in a new rendition of “Teddy Bear” as Stephanie and DJ stood in for Danny and Joey.
Becky, on the other hand, makes her appearance near the end when she takes Stephanie to a doctor to see if she can have children. Becky is the cheerleader everyone needs and they honestly needed her cheering for these characters in every episode this season. Her perkiness was what I needed to power through the final two episodes.
While the eight episodes leading up to the finale were sub-par, except for the mid-way episode, episode nine definitely left me with my jaw on the floor. Not only was it the episode I have been waiting for since DJ chose Matt in season two, but also a good confirmation that Fuller House will be back for a fourth season because if not, there will be a lot of angry fans left hanging after the mother of a cliffhanger.
Throughout the season, small scenes were sprinkled amongst the episodes of sweet moments between Steve (Scott Weinger) and DJ. Everything from them singing Grease’s “Summer Nights” during karaoke in front of their significant others to DJ accidentally trying on Steve’s fiancee’s wedding dress in front of him.
In the final episode, the gang is on a plane en route to Japan where Steve is marrying the knock-off version of DJ. Many things happen on the plane: from Jimmy telling Stephanie he wants to be her baby daddy, to Matt showing Stephanie the ring he is going to propose to DJ with, to DJ accidentally telling Steve she was going to pick him back in season two. Yeah, they went there.
Basically, season three ends the same way season one did with DJ choosing between Matt and Steve. While DJ has a make over her eyes and has no idea Steve is next to her, she admits she was never going to bring up the fact that she wanted Steve because she knew it would freak him out. Her plan backfired because it did freak him out since Steve started chugging mini bottles of liquor. At least the show’s writers have a sense of humor as the final words spoken this season were from the flight attendant who announced, “it’s going to be a bumpy ride.”
By the time I got to episode three, I would not have wanted there to be a fourth season of Fuller House. But now, I’m hoping for another season just to find out if Steve will go through with his sham of a wedding with CJ. The Tanner-Fuller home will definitely remain full because the way things are going, people will definitely be coming back for more.
Fuller House season three is currently streaming on Netflix.