Full House: The Complete Fifth Season (DVD)
The laughs continue as three adorable but headstrong girls teach three grown men about growing up in this heartwarming family comedy. Season five kicks off with 4-year-old Michelle (Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen) acting as matchmaker for their widowed dad, Danny (Bob Saget), to try and find a new mom. Jesse (John Stamos) and wife Rebecca (Lori Loughlin) find out they're having twins - but will they agree on a parenting approach? Gail Edwards (It's a Living) guest stars as Danny's new co-host on "Good Day, San Francisco," but will a smitten Danny be able to parlay their "Good Day" relationship to a good-night kiss? The Tanner girls also have kissing on their minds: D.J. (Candace Cameron Bure) fights a rumor at school, and Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) dreams of kissing teen singer Tommy Page (guest starring as himself). Andrea Barber joins the cast as a series regular this season as D.J.'s friend, Kimmy. This house just got fuller!
The fifth season marks several firsts for the Full House gang. In the pilot ("Double Trouble"), Michelle (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) starts kindergarten, D.J. (Candace Cameron) enters high school, and Jesse (John Stamos) and Becky (Lori Loughlin) find out they're having twins. Then, after D.J. gets her own room, Michelle and Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), now in fourth grade, become roommates. After the twins are born (two-part episode "Happy Birthday, Babies"), the Tanner household expands to nine--10 if you count D.J.'s best buddy, Kimmy (Andrea Barber), who practically lives in the spacious townhouse--11 if you count family pooch Comet.
There are other firsts. In "Easy Rider," Michelle learns to ride a bike and in "Driving Miss D.J.," D.J. gets her learner's permit. In one respect, year five represents a return to the show's roots as the ad agency is no more. Jesse is fronting a band again, while Joey (Dave Coulier) has returned to stand-up, a development that leads to a dream gig in "The Legend of Ranger Joe." Other episodes of interest include "Gotta Dance," in which Danny imagines Stephanie on Broadway (the whole family sings and dances along), and "Play It Again, Jesse," in which Danny's new relationship resembles a certain classic film with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Guest stars include June Lockhart ("Matchmaker Michelle"), Whitman Mayo ("The Volunteer"), and Mike Love and Bruce Johnston from the Beach Boys (season finale "Captain Video"). With Barber now a regular, the new recurring character is Michelle's pal, Teddy (Tahj Mowry, future star of the WB comedy Smart Guy). --Kathleen C. Fennessy