It’s a “very special episode” as occupants of “Full House” are forced to deal with the sudden and unexpected death of a beloved grandfather, in town for a visit from Greece. Score a point for good intentions, but there’s no need to wake up early for the Emmy nomination announcements.
Main dramatic hook is how to explain phenomenon to young Michelle (Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen), who learns about the tragedy upon returning from school. The family didn’t learn that Papouli (Jack Kruschen) had died in his sleep until after Michelle left for class.
That makes things pretty easy — audience doesn’t get to witness the discovery of Papouli’s corpse and its immediate aftermath, Papouli is old and relatively unfamiliar to characters (and entirely so to audience), and lessons are relatively simple: allow your emotions to show, life is short, and so on.
Teaching aspect of episode is aimed more at parents than youngsters, evidenced by prologue in which John Stamos invites adults to watch with their children, something that show’sbelow-par writing and acting might normally discourage.
Script and delivery generally seem aimed at the quite young, with simple-minded jokes (here including a “Beavis and Butt-Head” reference) and florid acting befitting show’s 8 p.m. spot or, perhaps, Saturday mornings. Kids probably won’t notice that Bob Saget seems to be smirking even during episode’s most dramatic scenes, but adults will.
That said, Tom Admunsen’s script scores some emotional bull’s eyes, and most of the characters who are supposed to be appealing, are. Show is easy enough to take on its own rather unambitious level.