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Steve Saves The B-Day On Fuller House
It's DJ's birthday in S02.E10, and Steve's the gift that keeps on giving.
There's a lot to love in "New Kids In The House," the success of which owes a huge debt to the New Kids n the Block for being so game in their guest appearance. Well, except for Donnie, who's in New York, solving a murder, on Blue Bloods, Friday, on CBS, at 10 PM eastern/9 PM central. Finally, the show's nostalgia and its absurd, meta-self-referential style come together in perfect harmony. In other words: yes, I laughed like a dummy when McIntyre nearly tripped exiting, and reminded himself to take things "Step By Step."
However much weight the New Kids give to the proceedings, though, they're not what I love most about the episode.
As great as it is seeing a post-dentist trip DJ -- she broke a crown after her youngest baked the key for her gift jewelry box in a cupcake, like in that Lori Loughlin Hallmark movie (you know the one, or at least the show assumes you do) -- molest McIntyre in a drug-fueled haze, or dream of them making out in secret, the best is yet to come. Later, horrified when she learns only part of her dream was actually a dream, DJ also learns that the reason the New Kids were there at all is to compensate for the fact that Kimmy accidentally bought counterfeit tickets to the concert of DJ's figurative and literal dreams.
The last to know what's happened, DJ's understandably disappointed. After all, this was on her Things To Do Before Turning Forty vision board and in her diary. Someone help this thirty-nine-year-old woman, because she doesn't ask for much! The obvious go-to plot resolution would be via Stephanie, DJ's famous deejay sister, who should, realistically, have some sort of connection. However, the episode smartly sidesteps that in favor of something richer and quite lovely.
Enter Steve, to whom, it seems, nothing good has happened since high school, when he was dating DJ, captained the wrestling team, and had a full head of hair.
Steve swoops in with three front-row tickets! (Turns out the man who runs the arena owed him a big favor for clearing up a bad case of foot fungus.) Only, Steve's giving all the credit to Matt, the man DJ chose over him without really saying as much. It's an understated, moving moment. Of course, Matt accepts the credit. Though, to be fair, he's thrown off when three ecstatic middle-aged women jump all over him and then race upstairs to get ready for the concert like the teens they are at heart. Alone now, Matt asks Steve why he did it.
The moment is so disarming because, without saying as much, Steve acknowledges that he's no longer the man in DJ's life, and that he's fine giving someone else all the credit as long as he can still be part of that life, and as long as she's happy. Which she is! Naturally, the moment devolves into Steve ribbing Matt for giving such a terrible gift and ends with a cutesy, awkward hug between the two men. But, if even just for a moment, Steve (who's largely been a one-dimensional character) and the show (which, well...) show real maturity. Which is a nice complement to the concert sequence that follows.
I loved it. More of this, please!