After a very long wait, Fuller House finally debuted on Netflix one minute after midnight last night. And while fans didn't get to see the return of Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen, the twins who collectively play Michelle Tanner were not completely forgotten. There was mention of the third Tanner sister. Though, one joke got completely cut out of the show. And it was at the girls' expense. What big laugh landed on the cutting room floor and why?
In the premiere episode Our Very First Show, Again, the cast joke about Michelle's suspicious absence. In the final cut of the episode, Stephanie, played by Jodie Sweetin, asks her dad Danny Tanner, played by the returning Bob Saget, 'Where's my little sis?' His response, 'Well, Michelle sends her love but she's busy in New York running her fashion empire.' Its at this point that the whole cast deadpans directly into the camera. But there was more to this scene that we didn't get to see.
John Stamos, who returns to reprise his role as Uncle Jesse, admits that the joke that made it into the show was his. But there was more to it originally. About the joke that made the final cut, he explains the following.
"It was my idea. I thought, let's just be simple and look at the camera. And it's not a dis by any means. I just thought it was funny to go, 'We get it, too.'"
Another version of the joke was shot before a live studio audience. And perhaps we'll see it at a future date on the Blu-ray and DVD release. After Danny explains that Michelle is in New York running her fashion empire, all of the cast mates ad-lib, shooting off zingers about the missing Michelle amongst themselves. And then Uncle Jesse bemoans The Olsen Twins' decision not to return with his hands in the air, breaking the fourth wall between him and the audience.
Uncle Jesse then gets a phone call. As he exits the kitchen, he jokes to the audience.
"It's the twins' lawyers."
Innocent enough, the show decided to not have so much fun with the real girls behind the character of Michelle as to keep the sitcom grounded within its own contained reality. That's not the only thing that was cut from the premiere either. In the original episode shot with the studio audience, Uncle Jesse is seen holding a baby doll. And that's because the new twins playing DJ Tanner's son weren't down with the whole live audience thing. Show creator Jeff Franklin explains.
"We had our baby in the scene and the baby just lost it. We were not really prepared for the volume that was going to be unleashed!"
John Stamos had actually taped scenes with Fox and Dashiell Messitt, the babies who play D.J.'s son Tommy Jr., the day before, on set without the live studio audience. Those scenes were then edited back into the episode. About the whole experience, the young actors' mother had this to say.
"I felt really bad for them. But they adjusted and as the season went on, they totally were not fazed by the audience screaming and applauding. The babies were happy and comfortable on set because the cast was so sweet and nice to them."
Eventually, the two babies warmed up to both John Stamos and his small screen alter ego Uncle Jesse. By the time the last episode rolled around, the babies were happy to sit in John Stamos's lap and accept the bottle he brought as a peace offering. You can watch all of Fuller House, streaming now on Netflix.