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The Last Dance 

During his visit to San Francisco, Jesse's beloved grandfather, Papouli, dies in his sleep. Jesse and Michelle are both devastated as they try to come to terms with his death.


John Tracy


Jeff Franklin (created by), Tom Amundsen


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Episode credited cast:
John Stamos ... Jesse Katsopolis
Bob Saget ... Danny Tanner
Dave Coulier ... Joey Gladstone
Candace Cameron Bure ... D.J. Tanner (as Candace Cameron)
Jodie Sweetin ... Stephanie Tanner
Mary-Kate Olsen ... Michelle Tanner (as Mary Kate Ashley Olsen)
Ashley Olsen ... Michelle Tanner (as Mary Kate Ashley Olsen)
Andrea Barber ... Kimmy Gibbler
Lori Loughlin ... Rebecca Katsopolis
Scott Weinger ... Steve Hale
Blake Tuomy-Wilhoit ... Nicky Katsopolis
Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit ... Alex Katsopolis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Kruschen ... Iorgos 'Papouli' Katsopolis
Kathryn Rossetter ... Miss Barnes
Jurnee Smollett-Bell ... Denise (as Jurnee Smollett)


Jesse's beloved grandfather from Greece, Papouli, comes to San Francisco to visit the Tanners. His visit is highlighted by bonding with Jesse's nieces, D.J., Stephanie and especially young Michelle. One evening, Papouli promises Michelle that he will visit her first-grade class to teach them a Greek dance the next day. Sadly, the bonding activities foreshadow the very worst: That night, Papouli dies in his sleep. Jesse is devastated, believing he could have done something to save Papouli's life. However, the family has just as difficult a time convincing Michelle that Papouli is dead and will not be visiting her class after all. Eventually, both Jesse and Michelle help each other come to grips with the loss of Papouli and grieve in each other's arms. In the end, Michelle - with help from Danny and Jesse - does the only thing possible: Go to class, share the news about Papouli's death, and then teach a basic Greek dance to the class in celebration of his life. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52748@yahoo.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Family



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Release Date:

8 February 1994 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is based on the song "Last Dance" written by the Paul Jabara and sung by Donna Summer in 1978. See more »


When Michelle walks into her classroom, her backpack disappears from her shoulder between shots. See more »


Papouli: Of *course* you are!
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Alternate Versions

The original ABC broadcast featured an introduction by John Stamos explaining about the episode's depiction of death in the family. See more »

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Wonderful though heartbreaking episode
30 September 2019 | by rquackers-97674See all my reviews

I had just turned 5 shortly before this episode originally aired. It was also two years before my own Great Grandfather passed away. Looking back, I feel pretty sure that this episode helped prepare me for dealing with that. As heartbreaking as the episode is at times, there are still a few laughs. And the subject is presented in a way that children can understand and relate to.

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