Full House (1987–1995)
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A Pox in Our House 

Danny has a important newscast for "Wake up San Fransisco" but Stephanie ends up getting chicken pox along with Jesse And Joey. D.J.(aka Donna Jo) gets invited to a sleepover and ends up babysitting Michelle.



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Episode cast overview:
... Jesse Cochran
... Danny Tanner
... Joey Gladstone
... D.J. Tanner (as Candace Cameron)
... Stephanie Tanner
... Michelle Tanner (as Mary Kate Olsen)
... Michelle Tanner (as Ashley Fuller Olsen)


Stephanie comes down with chicken pox, and as the day progresses the people who can take care of Michelle quickly dwindles. Danny may have to give up his chance to cover an important even he's been looking forward to. Meanwhile, Jesse, Joey, and Stephanie try to deal with the itching while keeping away from Michelle. Written by Michelle P.

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Comedy | Drama | Family


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Release Date:

29 January 1988 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is based upon the Shakespearian curse, "a pox on both your houses", wich is said when Mercutio dies in "Romeo and Juliet". See more »


In this episode, Joey states that he has never had the chicken pox and gets them later in the episode. However, in episode 4.7, Colonel Gladstone talks about watching cartoons with Joey when he was three and had the chicken pox. See more »


Joey Gladstone: I never had them and I never will. I'm immune to chicken pox.
Jesse Cochran: You can't be immune to chicken pox, huh!
Joey Gladstone: Ever kid in my school had them but me. I guess when you're an awesome physical specimen like my own bad self, germs take one look at my body and say, 'Hey, why waste our time?'
Jesse Cochran: Women say the same thing.
Joey Gladstone: That's right.
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My Favourite Episode of the Season.
20 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

Not only is this one of my favourite episodes of the season, it is also one of my favourite episodes of the entire show. Everything that makes a show good is here and everything that gives Full House its flair is here in the perfect ways.

A Pox in Our House deals with Stephanie catching the chicken pox and having to miss her dance recital. The disease spreads to Jesse (who must also miss his do-wop show) and Joey. Danny must find a sitter for Michelle because he has a chance to play basketball with the Warriors and DJ is going to her first slumber party.

There are two scenes with excellent musical numbers: one with Jesse and his band, the other with Jesse Joey and Stephanie. There are also a few hilarious cute scenes with baby Michelle. Michelle says her best gibberish in this episode.

Perhaps the most important aspect is its underlying theme of having to give up things and putting your family first. This isn't done in a cheesy way like most others in the show.

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