Fuller House season 4 episode 1 review: Steve, DJ, and a Christmas decision

Fuller HouseFuller House season 4 episode 1 was the perfect way for Netflix to kick off the latest batch of episodes — after all, it was all about Christmas! This is a show premiering in the holiday season and with that, it did absolutely make a good bit of sense to start off with an homage to December 25.

Yet, in the early moments of the episode it was clear that not everyone was altogether-game to get into the holiday spirit — most notably Max. He was feeling a sudden rush of emotion this Christmas over the loss of his father, something that has been a part of his life for a while. Yet, at the same time grief comes and goes in waves and it’s something that you do have to think a lot about. This was an important moment for him and an important moment for DJ as a mother in order to realize that he was going through something and she had to find a way in order to help him. Seeing a broken ornament at first exacerbated the problem, but in true Fuller House fashion by the end of the episode, it felt like most of everything within the Tanner – Fuller household was okay there.

As a matter of fact, this episode basically did everything that it could in order to be joyous. For starters, there was snow in San Francisco! How often does that happen? Not really all that much. Also, Steve made a decision that while working for the Lakers was in fact his dream job, there were other dreams that he had … including spending more time with DJ and giving their relationship a go. It seems as though he’s going to move away from that job in order to have more of a real relationship rather than something so long-distance.

Finally, let’s turn for a moment to Kimmy and Stephanie — Kimmy is fairly far along in her pregnancy and because of how she’s treating it, she and Stephanie are bonding. This is basically the friendship that Kimmy long wished that she had with her! While there may be highs and lows for the two as the season goes along, this episode was meant mostly as a progress report that things are going well for the two characters and the pregnancy as a whole.

CarterMatt Verdict

A fun start to the season. Sure, it’s a little bit schmaltzy that just about everything was perfect when it came to Christmas at the very end of the episode, but how surprised can you really be about that? Fuller House just is that sort of show — it’s silly, it’s fun, and it is going to find a way to make everyone smile at the end of the episode. With this being the holidays, it likely felt that pressure more than any other point in the premiere.

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