With about six weeks left before Netflix introduces a new generation to the Tanner family of Full House origin, Danny Tanner and Uncle Jesse reunited on the most recent episode of Grandfathered, the new sitcom on Fox starring John Stamos. Bob Saget played Ronnie, a lifelong friend of Jimmy (John’s character) who is back in town to hang out with the old gang. Although Fuller House debuts on February 26, no other members of the Tanner clan made a cameo on Tuesday night’s episode.
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NOTE: The following contains spoilers for the January 12 episode of Grandfathered.
On Tuesday night’s episode of Grandfathered, John Stamos’ character — described by Vicky Hyman of NJ.com as a “moisturized, manicured lothario Jimmy Martino, a successful and incredibly self-absorbed Los Angeles restaurateur” — is beginning to sense that his cool is slipping when his employees wait for a sensual recounting of his weekend, and all he can come back with is a story about his granddaughter. To reinvigorate his social life, he calls on his group of fellow bachelor friends in hopes of having a wild weekend.
Enter Jimmy’s friend Ronnie, one fourth of their group called “The Sat Pack.” The guys go out (destination: a yacht party being thrown by the Winklevoss twins) in hopes of consuming plenty of booze and hooking up with plenty of women. However, Jimmy struggles to maintain his full-octane bachelor lifestyle around his friends when it’s clear that he is needed by his family. His granddaughter won’t bathe without him, his son needs comfort after getting dumped, and his ex-girlfriend (and baby mama) needs advice after her significant other invites her to move to China.
And just like an episode of Full House, the drama is resolved in less than thirty minutes. Jimmy realizes that maintaining close family ties is more important than maintaining an impressive social life. Ronnie, too, realizes he is too grown-up to continue living like he did in his youth. He ditches the yacht party and calls for a ride home. The episode ends with Jimmy and granddaughter Edie in the bathtub together.
But if one episode of Grandfathered isn’t enough to satisfy your desire for seeing John Stamos and Bob Saget on screen together in 2016, then you only have to wait six more weeks for Fuller House to be available on-demand via Netflix. As noted by People, Fuller House began taping back in July. With the premiere of the sequel to one of the most popular family sitcoms of all time, many of the original cast members returned to their television home in San Francisco. The main cast of Fuller House includes the return of Candace Cameron Bure as D.J. Tanner (now D.J Tanner-Fuller, a widow and mother of three boys), Jodie Sweetin as her sister Stephanie, and Andrea Barber as D.J.’s friend Kimmy Gibbler.
While not appearing on every episode as they did in the original series, several other members of the original Full House cast are listed as recurring characters, reprising their respective roles from the late ’80s and early ’90s on this Netflix original series. Those credits include John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis, Bob Saget as Danny Tanner, Dave Coulier as Joey Gladstone, Lori Loughlin as Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis, Scott Weinger as Steve Hale, and Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit as the Katsopolis twins, Nicky and Alex.
The most obviously notable stars not appearing in the Netflix series are Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who became famous playing Michelle Tanner.
Grandfathered airs Tuesday nights on Fox. Fuller House debuts on Netflix on February 26.
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