Season 4, Episode 10, “Terror in Tanner Town”

Pre-Credits Gag:  Rebecca Donaldson tries to convince Jesse to wear a top hat and tails for their wedding and he’s like, “hells naw!”  Michelle is present for this exchange and spews out about a dozen obnoxious one-liners, and yet, somehow, no one punches her in the face.  Seriously, just once, can’t the pre-credits gag be that Michelle gets punched in the face?  I would laugh out loud at that!  I would watch it over and over and feel the most cathartic bliss of my entire life.  All of this shit would be worth it if she got punched in the face just one time.  Why is that too much to ask?  Didn’t they have focus groups that watched this show?  Surely I’m not the only person who was clamoring for this…

Danny answers the back door after the doorbell rings (seriously, what’s up with people coming in through the back door all the time?  It’s even got its own doorbell now?) and greets a woman from his dry cleaning service.  She and Danny exchange a series of overtly-eroticized words about cleanliness and then they start making out.

Wait, what!??!  Danny Tanner is getting’ some!  Right in the kitchen!  I guess he was about due for some action, as this show has only so many premises to pull from and he’s been doing even worse with the ladies than Joey lately.

Anyhow, the dry cleaners name is Cindy and apparently she and Danny have been seeing each other for a few weeks.  Danny suggests that she come over for lunch that weekend with her son, Rusty, but Cindy is hesitant.  Danny’s like, “come on, girl, if we’re gonna be bumpin’ uglies on the regular, you gots to meet my annoying family” and she is so charmed by his rambling speeches and obsessive compulsive cleaning tendencies (all characteristics that she herself shares, because the easiest way to write a love interest for Danny is to have her be exactly like him) that she finally agrees.  Then they make out some more because, in case you haven’t noticed, the people that make Full House hate you.

Danny gets all nervous waiting for Cindy and her son to show up so he makes the family line up in order of height.  They toy with his nervousness by singing “Do Re Me”, which is a real white-bread wholesome family entertainment way of giving someone a hard time.  The doorbell rings and, before answering it, Danny makes one last appeal to his family that he only gets laid like once every other Season and he’s really into Cindy’s well-kempt vagina, so they’d better not fuck this up for him.

Cindy enters with her hideous son, Rusty, and the introductions go pretty much without incident.  As the family sits down to lunch, there is a dispute between Jesse and Rebecca Donaldson over where they’re gonna have their wedding.  Rebecca Donaldson wants to have it in Nebraska because that’s where her family is and Jesse wants to have it (you guessed it!) at Graceland because Elvis is really the only thing that he cares about at all.  You know, you’d think that even having to have a discussion about why you don’t want to have your wedding at Graceland would be enough to make you realize that the guy you’re going to get married to is a big piece of shit.

Cindy gets paged from work (that takes me back) and Danny tries to make some nice small talk with Rusty while she’s on the phone.  Throughout the lunch, the family find themselves subjected to a range of extremely uncreative practical jokes (i.e. the salt shaker has a loose top) all of which are blamed on Joey.  Cindy comes back from her phone call and says that she’s been called in to work and then Danny tries to score points with her by offering to watch her buttfaced son while she’s gone.

After lunch, the girls take Rusty up to their room and he reveals that he was the cause of all of the practical jokes and refers to himself as “The Rust-man”, which is more obnoxious than the pranks.  The girls decide that, even though he’s a total prick, they’d better not out him for it because it would really impede their dad’s extremely rare opportunity to get some ass.

Danny invites Rusty to play some football in the backyard and Rusty lauds him with false idolization to build his trust.  Rusty then throws the football to Danny in such a manner that it causes him to fall into a big ass puddle of mud.  Naturally, the only action that you’d actually want to see occurs entirely off screen, but at least you get to see the degrading aftermath.

Danny excuses himself to go shower, which unleashes Rusty on the rest of the full house.

Jesse and Rebecca Donaldson continue to argue over why their wedding shouldn’t be Elvis-themed.  The worst part about all of this is that they had the exact same argument like 2 Seasons ago when they were deciding what to do for the holidays.  Honestly, why does she put up with this shit at all?  You’d think that she’d eventually just point out that since she’s the only one with a job she’s gonna have to pay for the whole thing, so what she says goes, but Rebecca Donaldson’s not like that.  Anyway, they eventually agree on serving chicken at the wedding, which is enough of a small victory to clear the air for the time being.  If there’s one thing on Full House that really brings people together, it is a love of chicken.

As they’re “making up,” Rusty barges in and shouts, “tongue town U.S.A.!” which is the most vulgar statement I think I’ve ever heard uttered on a sitcom.  Jesse tells Rusty that he’s on to his bullshit but since Danny wants to fuck his mom so bad he’s not gonna do anything about it as long as he cuts it out.  Rusty agrees but then ties a rope between Jesse and the girls doors, trapping them both in their rooms.  In the hallway, Rusty expresses his satisfaction with himself by doing a little head shake and then a leg kick as he walks away, and I’ve gotta say that this kid is just about the most uncharismatic performer I’ve ever seen on tv.  All of his deliveries and physicalities are staged as if he’s really embarrassed to be doing them, and although I can’t blame this kid for one second for feeling this way, I have to say that I kind of resent him for making the regular cast look good.  I mean, I know that they’re all completely terrible, but at least they’re dedicated to it.

Rusty’s next victim is Joey, which confirms that this episode is structured like a sort of a G-rated slasher flick, where instead of the victims being brutally murdered (oh, if only!) they are subjected to really tame pranks.  Before falling prey to Rusty’s misdeeds, Joey makes Rusty the victim by subjecting him to his shitty impressions.  This brings us Joey’s first ever “Mr. Woodchuck” impression, which those of you familiar with this series will remember as something that will inspire immeasurable vile hatred later on, but as of now there is no puppet to represent Mr. Woodchuck, just Joey’s stupid face and his awkward woodland creature posture.

Anyway, Joey tries to force Rusty to watch shitty tapes of his terrible impressions and then discovers that Rusty’s taped them over with footage of himself making farting noises.  How did he even have time to do that?  Joey gets pretty pissed even though Rusty making farting noises is way more watchable than Joey’s terrible Bob Hope impression.  Joey should be taking notes.

Next, Rusty tricks Michelle into looking at his kaleidoscope that has shoe polish on it, then he throws the family’s pot roast dinner into the living room so Comet will chase it while he’s all covered in soap because the girls are washing him.  This causes the whole family to convene in the living room and acknowledge to Danny that Rusty is a deplorable asshole.  Danny refuses to believe that someone so terrible could come out of such a top-notch vagina but then he discovers that Rusty switched his shampoo with green hair dye.  Really?  Does this kid have, like, godlike powers or something?  How did he pull all this shit off?  And how did Danny manage to dye all of his hair green and not notice at all?  I mean, really?  I can see pouring it onto your head without knowing, but he had to have set it and then rinsed it out to have gotten a dye job like that.

Danny finally confronts Rusty and he’s all, “I thought we were gonna be homeys,” and then Rusty’s like, “you don’t give a shit about me, you just wanna bang my mom,” and then Danny’s all,”that is true.”  Then Rusty says that his parents are gonna get back together so Danny’s wasting his time and then the music comes on as Danny explains that he understands how Rusty feels because his parents are divorced, too, but no amount of sympathy is gonna keep him from fucking his hot mom.  The most amazing thing about this scene is that Rusty actually deflects the music, as his shitty attitude proves too powerful for the healing powers of that gentle melody.

Cindy comes back to the full house and Danny tries to show what a cool guy he is by covering up all of Rusty’s shenanigans.  Cindy discovers Danny’s green hair and is overwhelmed with shame, going so far as to say that she’ll understand if Danny doesn’t want to see her anymore.  Danny’s like, “no shitty kid is gonna keep me from pursuing our disturbing cleaning fetish,” and then everyone hugs.

As an epilogue, there’s a scene where Rusty enjoys root beer floats with the girls and then they all spray him with whipped cream as a good-natured revenge.  This conclusion conveys a sense that Rusty might be a recurring character, and although I saw so many lame characters come and go in a single episode in the earlier Seasons, I have to wonder if we haven’t seen the last of Rusty’s stupid buttface.

Firsts:  Joey’s Mr. Woodchuck impression, Rusty, Cindy, the music is ineffective

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38 Responses to Season 4, Episode 10, “Terror in Tanner Town”

  1. alexis says:

    wow this kid’s ability to plan and deploy pranks reflects a deep and possibly Freudian disturbance. also, why is no one called Rusty anymore?

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  2. Isabelle says:

    The green dye is just too much…that, and the mud ! I don’t know about Rusty, but I bet we won’t see him any more !

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  3. Dr. Bitz says:

    I wasn’t sure what episode this was until you said the name Rusty…the demon child! With a name like Rusty, you know the kid is trouble.

    Was this the episode where Jersey and Rebecca have a dream sequence of what a wedding would be like it Nebraska vs Graceland? Or is this one of the rare times where a plot point carries over to future episodes?

    That picture of Danny covered mud is weird…it doesn’t even look like Bob Saget to me.

    Also, I was going to question how Rusty managed to tuck the table cloth into Danny’s pants without Danny noticing…but that turned out to be the least of Rusty’s super powers. He obviously made a deal with the devil…or was he spawned by the devil? Do you think Cindy did the nasty with Satan? Is Danny and upgrade or downgrade from Satan?

    Sorry, I’m rambling.

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    • billysuperstar says:

      there’s was definitely not a wedding dream sequence! i guess we’ll have to wait for another episode where the storyline needs padding for that… im dreading it already!

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    • Mumu says:

      Danny covered in mud is…kinda hot.

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    • Stacy Hirsh says:

      i was wandering how Rusty was able to tuck the table cloth in his pants too, he was sitting at the table while they were eating so how could he have had gone under the table with nobody seeing him? Unless he has super powers, just kidding. 😀

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  4. Teebore says:

    Crap, I recognize that Rusty kid from something, and I can’t place it. Now it’s going to bug me…

    make you realize that the guy you’re going to get married to is a big piece of shit.

    Rebecca Donaldson deserves so much better than Jersey…

    Cindy gets paged from work

    What kind of work does she do at a dry cleaners that involves getting paged?

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    • billysuperstar says:

      i IMDB’d that kid and he didnt do shit. he’s best remembered as the kid who tries to bang kelly kapowski at the end of the malibu sands season. other than that, nothing to speak of.

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      • Teebore says:

        he’s best remembered as the kid who tries to bang kelly kapowski at the end of the malibu sands season.

        Hahaha! That’s EXACTLY what I remember him from!

        …that’s kind of sad, isn’t it? Well, thanks for putting that nagging feeling to rest, nonetheless.

        No matter how awful he may be, you’ve got to give him props for trying to bang Kelly Kapowski.

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      • Jenn says:

        OMIGOSH, me too!! I was about to IMDB that kid because he looked SO familiar. Trying to bang Kelly Kapowski in that high-cut green one piece has got to be a step up from FH, right?

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      • Mr.Panther says:

        remember at the end of the malibu sands season when slater’s secret admirer was HOLY SHIT DENISE RICHARDS! she was going to come to bay side high in the fall, she never did. 😦

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      • billysuperstar says:

        yeah, and zack and stacey carosi were supposed to write each other letters every day and visit on holidays but we sure as hell never heard from her again, either. i heard she moved to queens and married some fat guy…

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  5. Maya says:

    Wow I’m surprised you dislike the kid for causing mayhem to the family you despise.

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  6. Scott says:

    The producers were absolutely peppering these episodes with shitty guest actors to make the normal cast look good. There is really no other explanation. What this episode really needed was an appearance by Kimmie Gibbler. She would have busted that little punk in his chops and we would have been onto another pointless plot line in a matter of minutes.

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  7. antecedent says:

    Am I the only one reading this straight through from episode 1 who has noticed that every single close up shot of a TV is the exact same TV? Even in a different room of the house? Even after it’s been dramatically murdered via the Kimmie / DJ “let’s pause with this heavy appliance teetering on two inches of wood overlooking nothing but straight up floor to talk about how awesome of an idea this was oh oops” incident. Forget building new sets (or even just DRESSING old ones), they won’t even spring for a new fake TV.

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  8. I have to nitpick the Full House for a minute. Anyone who is even mildly a neat freak knows that you do not, under any circumstances, go into your house covered in mud. Do the Tanners not own a garden hose?

    Hopefully so, because that’s the only way I can see having a mud puddle that big in the yard. Unless Jersey has backed up the septic tank with his hair gel. Which would make the Bob Saget covered in mud gag HILARIOUS!

    Wait, does San Fran have septic systems? Or am I showing my Country Mouse sensibilities?

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  9. Pete says:

    This must have been around the time Problem Child was popular, and Full House was capitalizing (ripping off) on that premise.

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  10. Ryan says:

    Is nobody else disturbed that Rusty somehow managed to tuck the table cloth into Danny’s pants? That little fucker has skills.

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  11. bri says:

    whoa, I looked up “full house rusty” on youtube to check out what an uncharismatic character this kid is, and that line “I have never put anything down his pants. Alright, once at the Sizzler…” now THAT has to be the raciest line this show has ever delivered. Damn.

    And I’ve been wondering the same thing Ryan wondered – how did the kid tuck the tablecloth into Danny’s pants without him noticing?

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  12. Jessica says:

    “Seriously, just once, can’t the pre-credits gag be that Michelle gets punched in the face? . . . I would watch it over and over and feel the most cathartic bliss of my entire life.”

    Yes. Exactly.

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  13. PuppetDoctor says:

    “This brings us Joey’s first ever “Mr. Woodchuck” impression, which those of you familiar with this series will remember as something that will inspire immeasurable vile hatred later on, but as of now there is no puppet to represent Mr. Woodchuck, just Joey’s stupid face and his awkward woodland creature posture.”

    Oh dear not Mr. Woodchuck. Aside from “Cut It Out” this is the second most annoying Joey joke on the show.

    “The most amazing thing about this scene is that Rusty actually deflects the music, as his shitty attitude proves too powerful for the healing powers of that gentle melody.”

    I guess the music isn’t as powerful as we thought it was.

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  14. “The doorbell rings and, before answering it, Danny makes one last appeal to his family that he only gets laid like once every other Season and he’s really into Cindy’s well-kempt vagina, so they’d better not fuck this up for him.”

    High-larious

    “Danny refuses to believe that someone so terrible could come out of such a top-notch vagina but then he discovers that Rusty switched his shampoo with green hair dye. Really? Does this kid have, like, godlike powers or something? How did he pull all this shit off? And how did Danny manage to dye all of his hair green and not notice at all? I mean, really?”

    Love the first sentence. But I have to ask, why would the Tanners even HAVE green hair dye? I used to dye my hair all kinds of colors – green, purple, red, blue, etc. That kind of hair dye is actually kind of hard to find. Maybe Rusty just used food coloring?

    This is one of the best write-ups yet. I loved Rusty messing with everyone – as you noted they deserve much worse.

    Someone else mentioned this, but I also wondered why there is a big mud puddle in the back yard. Danny is so anal and that yard to immaculate there is no way there is just a big mud puddle hanging out back there. Hence why its off screen.

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  15. kp199 says:

    I think they show Rusty once more. He writes a love letter intended for DJ from the paper boy. Stupid plot ensues.

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  16. Moe Greene says:

    Man, you are going to LOVE the series finale. I’m sticking with this blog through the bitter end only to read your last entry. Keep up the good work.

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  17. lora says:

    why the hell is the floor so dusty in the picture where rusty tied the two doors together? i’m not a neat freak by any means & it bothers me to look at it.

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  18. e_x_i_t says:

    That picture of Danny hugging the kid, so terribly awkward.

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  19. John Q says:

    This episode is a straight rip-off of “Problem Child” which was a minor hit during the summer of 1990. Are these the laziest writers ever?? I bet one of them went to the movies and said, “Hey why don’t we just get some A-hole kid to terrorize the Tanner house like Problem Child”? And Rusty even has red hair like “Junior” in the movie.

    What was the deal with the Tanners, including the adults, lining up like the Von Trapp family from “The Sound of Music.” Wouldn’t a normal person do a 180 after seeing that?

    And then they’re eating fried chicken again??? Man, it’s good thing that D.J. got over her eating disorder problem. Then they eat/drink ice cream sodas with wipe cream at the end. This family has the worst eating habits.

    Danny had a great unintentionally subliminal gay reference when he talked about “Joey slipping something into his pants at the Sizzler”.

    There’s a line that Cindy says that makes her sound like a big racist. It’s something like, “I have to get back to the store because it’s only JULIO there by himself”.

    Dave Coulier’s Bob Hope impression is awful. My God, he was such a hack comic.

    That kid Rusty had some amazing powers over time & space in that he was able to accomplish all that mischief so quickly and easily.

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    • JCC says:

      “I have to get back to the store because it’s only JULIO there by himself”.

      Now we know why Danny likes her – she’s a clean freak and she hate’s Latinos!

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  20. Odotry says:

    Anyone who tortures the Tanner family is a swell guy in my book.

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  21. JCC says:

    As bad as Mr. Woodchuck is, there were complete losers (like myself) who subjected themselves to a double dose of that voice (and Dave Coulier) via “America’s Funniest People” (remember The Jackalope?). Now that was a terrible show.

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  22. LORIMAR-Telepictures says:

    Did this kid really cause all of his mother’s failed relationship attempts. I could see if the kid was suicidal and sent threatening notes to his mother’s dates. But harmless pranks? That’s more the mother not being interested in committing so soon after a divorce.

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