Michelle Tanner Meets a Yankee Doodle Dandy

“The Play’s the Thing” (November 17, 1992)

The big joke with Full House never did a gay episode despite being a show about three men cohabitating and coparenting in San Francisco. However, the fifth season introduced Derek (Blake McIver Ewing), a new friend for Michelle who’s well-mannered, soft-spoken and really good at showtunes. We’d argue that Derek, while young, still comes off as a queer-coded character, and the fact the actor himself would later come out makes the performance all the more interesting.

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Watch the unaired Full House pilot with John Posey playing the Bob Saget role

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The history of “Yankee Doodle,” via Atlas Obscura

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