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'Fuller House' roundtable: Time of my life

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Funner House” | Aired Feb 26, 2016

The EW Community contributors have been excited about Netflix’s Fuller House for some time now. This week, Erin Conley, Cristina Iskander, and Reed Gaudens chat about the third episode.

Erin: The first thing that struck me about this episode was how Joey just casually flew in from Vegas to babysit for a night. That’s dedication.

Cristina: Yes! I also have to admit that seeing him—and the new kids—in the Tanner doorway did make me feel all warm inside. But did he really have to bring Mr. Woodchuck?

Reed: I’m still curious about his life in Vegas and how he could drop everything so easily.

Cristina: This episode was basically Jodie Sweetin’s audition for Dancing With the Stars.

Erin: And it seems like that worked out for her!

Reed: It reminded me of young Stephanie dancing, and I love it! Jodie will go far, if not win, on Dancing With the Stars.

Cristina: You heard it here first, kids! Reed has put a stake in the ground.

Erin: This was definitely the first episode for me that relied much less heavily on the nostalgia. We still had Joey (and Mr. Woodchuck), but I feel like this was the first taste of what Fuller House really is.

Reed: I liked how they started to build the dynamics between DJ, Kimmy, and Stephanie, as well as with the kids.

Cristina: I think some things about this episode really worked—namely, the relationship between the girls. There’s a moment toward the end of the episode where DJ is screaming to Kimmy, “I got you!” Even though there’s something very cheesy about that moment, that has been one of the things that’s held true for both iterations of this show—the characters are really there for each other (cue the treacly violins). Other things, like some of the cameos, didn’t work as well for me.

Erin: Some things in this episode definitely didn’t work—there were certainly times I found myself laughing at it rather than with it. The whole genesis of the sudden girls’ night out stressed me out. They whisked DJ out the door so quickly. Did she even have her purse? Her phone? These are the weird things that bother me.

Cristina: Erin, I love you for saying that. I also have to say what so many of us are thinking—what was going on with Macy Gray? The whole time it’s like she was trying to walk away … but she kept stumbling.

Reed: Okay, I’m glad we’re talking about Macy Gray. While she wasn’t terribly important to the episode, she was distracting somehow? Like she didn’t want to be there? But I have to admit that the car bit made me laugh.

Erin: Her “What am I even doing here, I have a Grammy!” line felt like it easily could have been genuinely ad-libbed.

Reed: Was that really Jodie Sweetin singing? I feel like she’s about to blow up on a few new fronts after this series.

Erin: I’m assuming it won’t be the last time we hear her sing on the show, considering they keep hitting us over the head with the fact that she works in the music industry.

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Cristina: While not intentional, it only drives home that she’s the Jesse of this version. I’m genuinely excited to see how much more they have her sing, if they can incorporate it organically. One thing I wish they would address in this episode is the emotional aftermath of Kimmy’s divorce. Despite what we see of her and Fernando interacting, it all feels very surface level. I was always a fan of DJ (and still am!), but one thing I’d like to see come out of this season is learning more about who Kimmy really is, since she was so often played solely for laughs in the original series.

Reed: I’m glad you’re bring this up, Cristina, because I was always a die-hard Kimmy fan back in the day. I want to know more about her and who she is now. We really don’t know much about her marriage, or even her family life.

Erin: Or her party-planning business! How did that come about? And I think we need to talk about Fernando. I find him to be the most one-note, stereotypical character, to the point where it makes me borderline uncomfortable. No offense to the actor, who has great comedic timing, but the writing for him is just embarrassing.

Cristina: Agreed! I trust that he’s doing the best he can with what has been written, but it’s painful and it seems all over the place. Let’s face it: If you fall in love with Kimmy, there has got to be something going on with you under the surface, so let’s learn about it!

Reed: It’s a shame they couldn’t rise to the occasion to make Fernando something more than a cartoon. I too am interested in learning about what the process of falling in love with Kimmy Gibbler is like. Could you imagine?!

Cristina: I would love to! Also, can I put in a request for a Duane cameo in season two?

Erin: After the girls arrive at the saddest nightclub ever, they of course run into the Chmerkovskiy brothers from Dancing With the Stars. You know, just your average night out.

Cristina: Totally. Happens to me all the time.

Reed: Same, I see them literally everywhere I go.

Erin: And then, naturally, a Dirty Dancing dance-off ensues.

Reed: This episode felt a little out of Candace Cameron Bure’s comfort zone, speaking in terms of her outfit and all of the tequila.

Erin: That part worked because it was also supposed to be out of DJ’s comfort zone. It was fun to see the girls go out without the kids, but I wish literally everything that happened wasn’t so ridiculous.

Cristina: Tangentially related, I need all of DJ’s wardrobe. More related, what did you think of the kids in this episode? I’m curious to see how much of the new blended family dynamic they show in future episodes.

Erin: I also love EVERYTHING DJ wears on the show! As for the kids, Max is still the biggest scene-stealer for me. At this point, Jackson and Ramona haven’t gotten much of a chance to really establish their personalities.

Reed: Max is the greatest. And he even has his own catchphrase! (Even though it’s in no way as iconic as “How rude!” or “You got it, dude!”)

Cristina: True; he is clearly the kid they have fleshed out the most, and I find him adorable (but then again, Stephanie was my favorite when the original show first started airing; I suppose I’m just drawn to those precocious middle children). I would really like to see more of Ramona, and I especially want to see how she and Jackson adjust to each other. It was great to see them have fun together in this episode, but they’re drawn very differently as characters. I hope the show capitalizes on that.

Reed: Ramona seems maybe the most underdeveloped of the children, but I think once the show and the actress get their footing, we’ll see her start to embody and really dig into what it’s like to be a modern tween girl with strange living conditions.

Cristina: Finally, when the green goo came gushing down, all I could think was, “Who’s gonna clean that up?” as well as, “How is DJ not completely freaking out right now?” But I guess sitcom parents are a little more relaxed than the rest of the population.

Erin: Danny, however, would be HORRIFIED.

Reed: I can’t decide if they should call Danny in for backup … or never tell him that that happened EVER.

All 13 episodes of season one of Fuller House are now streaming on Netflix.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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