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There are a few Thanksgivings spent with the Tanner family, thanks to Full House and its Netflix spinoff series. The first holiday of these characters, though, held a pretty upsetting moment for Uncle Jesse, portrayed by John Stamos

'Full House' Episode Titled 'Jingle Hell'
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This first season episode was the first spend without Danny Tanner’s wife, Pam

The Tanner house is full of love but there’s one person noticeably missing from their Thanksgiving celebration during the season 1 episode titled “The Miracle of Thanksgiving.” That’s Michelle, Stephanie, and DJ’s mother, Pam Tanner.

DJ takes it upon herself to cook the Thanksgiving meal by herself, while Stephanie decides to take care of “Mom’s Picture Perfect Pumpkin Pie.” Unfortunately, DJ didn’t defrost the turkey long enough and it’s completely frozen. The boys put the turkey back in the oven and turn up the heat. A lot. It completely blackens.

'Full House' Episode Titled, 'The Miracle of Thanksgiving'
‘Full House’ Episode Titled, ‘The Miracle of Thanksgiving’ | Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

DJ tries to cook the Thanksgiving dinner for her family

With Stephanie dropping the pie and the turkey being completely ruined, things are looking pretty sad for the Tanner sisters and their holiday meal. DJ confided in her father, saying that she knew she ruined Thanksgiving. Her mother would be disappointed. 

“DJ, Mom knew Thanksgiving wasn’t about turkeys,” her father said. “It’s about family and being thankful for what we have. I’m thankful I’ve got you. You’re the one who pulled us all together tonight.”


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Uncle Jesse finally opens up about losing his sister

It wasn’t just the girls having a hard time dealing with the loss. This was also Uncle Jesse’s first Thanksgiving without his sister. (He moved into the Tanner house to help raise the girls right after the loss.) 

After all the turkey shenanigans, Jesse went upstairs to look through old pictures of his sister when Danny walks in on him. After a little bit of support, Danny finally gets Uncle Jesse to open up and talk about his feelings.

“When’s it gonna stop hurting, man? I keep thinking the pain’s gonna go away, but it doesn’t. I see pictures, I think of her. I get this feeling, this empt…” Uncle Jesse said, unable to finish the sentence. 

“I know that feeling, Jesse,” Danny Tanner replied. “And I don’t think it ever completely goes away. Sometimes it’s easier, but on days like this, it’s real hard. But, you don’t have to go through this alone.”

Uncle Jesse cries a few other times throughout the series — when he almost moves out of the Tanner house and when Rebecca runs away from their wedding ceremony being two big moments. However, this is one of the first times that this character talks about losing his sister. 

Viewers never met Danny Tanner’s wife, but thanks to a few home videos, they can see snippets of the Tanners’ live with Pam. Fans can watch episodes of Fuller House on Netflix, while episodes of the original sitcom, Full House on Hulu.