A Fuller House Writer Talks Introducing Gay Characters Into Wholesome Sitcoms And Beyond
Nostalgia is heavy in the entertainment world which has brought us a plethora of revivals and reboots over the last few years. Series are continuing to be revived, but one of the first I can recall is Fuller House, the next phase in the world that is Full House. In the original series, we saw Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) cope with the death of his wife as he raises three young daughters, DJ (Candace Cameron-Bure), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), and Michelle (Mary Kate Olsen & Ashley Olsen). Accompanying him in his San Francisco home to nurture the girls are their uncles, Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos) and Joey Gladstone (Dave Coulier). The original series wouldn’t just catapult the main billed cast into mega stardom, but also put Aunt Becky AKA Lori Loughlin as a household name… and we all know she’s still in headlines. Since childhood, I’ve been a huge fan of Full House. Much like The Brady Bunch, it was the family I dreamed of; it would take me years later to realize it was actually the family I had. Through cheesy storylines, we got introduced to a handful of side characters like the kooky, smelly-feet neighbor Kimmy Gibler (Andrea Barber) and DJ’s goofy yet charming high school boyfriend, Steve Hale (Scott Weinger). The entire cast, sans Olsens, would return for the revival which swaps out stories. Now a widow, DJ and her three sons Jackson (Michael Campion), Max (Elias Harger), and Tommy (Dashiell Messit & Fox Messitt) move into the classic home while sister Stephanie and best friend Kimmy would help their modern family. Kimmy comes accompanied by her daughter Ramona (portrayed by the forever fabulous, watch-out-for-her Soni Nicole Bringas) and the story revives.
Fuller House has been airing on streaming juggernaut Netflix for the last three years. Currently, they are wrapping up the series with a fifth season. In Netflix comedy tradition, the final season has been sliced in half with nine episodes presently available and nine more to come in the new year. Most recently, the final season saw what many original ride or die fans and the new generation of Tanner obsessed enthusiasts have been anticipating. After two decades, Steve proposes to DJ. Perhaps the best of the season five’s first half was the proposal in episode nine’s half-finale, A Modest Proposal. Steve takes a knee during a flash mob to Let’s Get Married by Bleachers. During the strikingly emotional sequence, I personally took an interest in what I believe was same-sex marriage symbolism as male dancers propose to one another in the scene. If you haven’t watched A Modest Proposal yet, your thumbs will be swiping to Netflix so fast after this article.
In season four of Fuller House, we become introduced to the series’ first ever gay character, Casey (Ben J. Pierce) who winds up being a friend of Ramona and they attend prom together. The Advocate was the first to report the flamboyant teen was created with the help of writer, Nick Fascitelli. After connecting with Fascitelli on social media for about a year, I was finally able to coax him to meet for an interview to discuss my sincere fandom of the series and get any insider information he was willing to spill. And get this – not only is he a writer for the series, he wrote the freakin’ proposal episode that I’ve been showcasing to all of my friends for the last week. Fascitelli met me at my office job where I work for executives of a prolific entertainment company. Seriously, our security is pretty stacked. So, you can imagine my surprise when the self-proclaimed biggest fan of Cheers used powers of persuasion to pass our guard and ended up meeting me on the top floor of our building. You can tell this suave Italian doesn’t break the rules- they were kind of just made for him to get what he wants. From there, I got to interview the basterdly sexy Fascitelli on any and all things Full House. Over red wine (that somehow never stained his teeth) and a bunch of genuine laughs from the gut, we got to chatting.
Mickey Keating: Were you a fan of the original Full House?
Nick Fascitelli: Of course I’ve seen it. I think I was more familiar with the show because I grew up with it. Steve and DJ were real people to me, as they were to everyone who came into the live tapings.
MK: How did you get the job on Fuller House?
NF: I was about to take a job with YouTube Red. But a former boss from my old series, Sullivan and Son, called me after three script coordinators got fired from the first season of Fuller House and said I owed him a favor. I told him I’d interview, but I was really interested in the other job. This was back when everyone thought YouTube Red was going to a “thing”. I got the Fuller House job and had to work the next day. [What landed] my hiring was my memory of Full House. I spoke about the Very Special Episode where [a side character] is getting abused by his father. I think I was eight-years-old when this episode was on – and I was being punished by my dad. He told me I couldn’t watch television, but I pleaded that I have to watch Full House because Stephanie is in trouble! I need to be here for this event! I watched the episode with my hands covering my face until my dad eventually said to take my hands off my eyes and watch it.
MK: When I think of Full House, I kind of relate it to shows like The Brady Bunch, that always have an airy, happy family. And especially the whitest family in America. Does your series, and its predecessor, mirror any television shows?
NF: Our Showrunner, Bryan Behar, loves The Brady Bunch. I wouldn’t classify it as so “white”. It’s in the vein of the typical ‘90s, Thank God It’s Friday (TGIF) sitcom. Full House is the same as Family Matters. They are close cousins. Kimmy Gibler is Steve Urkel. We even flirted with the idea of having Urkel appear, but I think they are teasing a revival of Family Matters so he didn’t.
MK: Are you familiar with Blake McIver Ewing who played Derek S. Boyd in the original Full House? He’s a WeHo gay now.
NF: Yes! I met him at a Barry’s Bootcamp class in West Hollywood. Which I eventually quit- someone yells at you while you work out- it was a lot of drama. I don’t need drama at the gym, I already got that at home. We codenamed him “Paper Moon” in the writer’s room.
NF: *Visibly shell shocked* Well, let’s just say that I wish you’d told me this two months ago! I always want Michelle’s friends to show up, but when/if they do then it’s like – where’s Michelle? But, if you’re a kid or new fan watching the show, you don’t know who Michelle is. Original fans know that she’s working in the fashion industry in New York, that’s all we need to know.
MK: Enough about Michelle. Let’s circle back to McIver. Piss poor sense of humor aside, his character in the original series: Totally gay, right? I literally wrote an article for Instinct a year ago claiming that I am a firm believer Derek was always meant to be a little gay boy.
NF: Well, I can’t speak for the original writers. But, as a gay man, I can’t not look at that character and not think he’s gay. He sings Yankee Doodle Dandy in a top hat. How old was he supposed to be? Ten? I think it was an unspoken joke that he was gay. You could get away with that in the ‘90s. It’s like “Oh, he’s gay! And a kid! Ha!”. You can’t get away with that now.
MK: I’m aware Fuller House, as it’s original, are taped in front of a live studio audience. Just like Will & Grace! How long would an episode take to film?
NF: It’s a show with kids, so we have strict hours that we can work with them. We call it Pumpkin Time. I’ve worked on shows where we’ve gone until almost midnight, but this show we were always wrapped up by eight or nine and we started at four in the afternoon. Every show with children is going to be cut short. So time with the audience was limited. We have a very loving audience. They know DJ, Kimmy, Stephanie, etcetera – so they find them already funny.
MK: I’m a loyal Full House fan, but I never really related to any of the main characters because they could never be my reality. My favorite episodes of the original are the later seasons, like when DJ is in high school. And we get the introduction of the cigarette smoking, bad girl Gia Mahan (Marla Sokoloff). She’s definitely my spirit animal and who I was most alike. I was happy to see her return. Who were you most excited about coming back to the series?
NF: Let’s talk about Marla. Marla Sokoloff is a very established actress, but we don’t have a deal with her. We love Marla. She’s so funny. I think since season one I was the one asking “Where’s Gia?”. I have a lot of lesbian friends who related to Gia. But, it’s a big budget issue as much as we’d like to see everyone there. It’s why she’s left out of the flash mob finale, but her husband and daughter are in it. Without question, she was my favorite character to return. Usually I’m a confident cat, but she’s just so cool. She’s just the coolest woman, she IS Gia. When I get around her [I get bashful], I’m like, “She’s going to know I was a fat kid in school!”. She’s just so cool.
MK: After reading more into the Fuller House history, I read a handful of articles which criticized the writing for being too G rated. It was once again a wholesome family, lessons learned in thirty minutes kind of a show. But, with a reboot, I would assume you’re targeting Millennials. Did your team have a target audience at all?
NF: This is strictly my opinion. During the first season, we were trying to figure out who our audience was. Originally, we were going to do a Sex and the City but with the Full House girls. *Off my astonishment* I know. That’s why the first season is a little raunchier than the rest of our show. Very quickly it became clear people wanted more of the traditional Full House world. There’s a scene in the first season with DJ and a plumber, Tyler (Ryan McPartlin), where they are trading sexual double entendre. Oh, he’s the hottest plumber I’ve ever seen. Anyway, I think the reason Full House was so successful was because both adults and their kids want to watch. Now, thirty-something women and gay men who were fans of the original are now watching. I think the gay men respond to the atypical family of three men back in the day and three women now. Relating back to The Brady Bunch, it’s the fantasy and appeal of a super close family. To some people, that is a fantasy. Now we have a new audience of kids, who are very into the show.
MK: Speaking of the children…it doesn’t take much to notice that Fuller House hasn’t gotten the hype a lot of other Netflix shows have. Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things, House of Cards, and more have been rewarded by entertainment academies. Fuller House wins a lot of Kid’s Choice Awards – and has won a People’s Choice and Teen Choice award, but we’re not seeing any Emmys being thrown at the series like other heavy hitters. Yet…
NF: Oh! We’ve got kids, we got the teens, we got people, now we just need an elderly people choice awards! We were nominated last season for an Emmy once we started submitting as a children’s show. We lost to Sesame Street Chase of the Magic Wand or something. I think the academy doesn’t [like] to reward comedies. And no one wants to give an Emmy to a comedy with a laugh track. It’s theater, not film. It’s going to feel broader than film. It’s a different genre. I’m not saying we’re the best television show in the world, even though we are, and deserve all of the awards, even though we do, but I love our show. I’m happy with what we’ve won. It’s the realm of television that we’re in.
MK: What Fuller House character do you relate to the most?
NF: There’s no question: Max Fuller (Elias Harger)! He’s the person who says the line and *snaps*. He reminds me of Carla (Rhea Perlman) in Cheers. She’d walk by like “Not in those shoes!” That’s Max to me. I’d walk in and he’d be wearing a vest and I’d be wearing a vest and I’d be like, oh my God. By season five, I knew exactly how to write [and pitch] for Max.
MK: Who doesn’t love Kimmy Gibler? Please tell me an on set Kimmy story. Andrea Barber seems like the most interesting cast member on paper.
NF: In the cast I’m the closest to Andrea and John Stamos. I’m usually pretty standoffish with actors, that’s my personality type. I’m a little shy. There’s some people who get in there and want to take pictures, that’s not me. She’s an Academic, she quit acting before. She’s very smart. Of all the actors, she is the only who transforms the most when she becomes her characters. She winds up writing an episode in the next half of the season. She and I shared an office when she was writing the episode. We’ve known each other so long, she knows who I am. I’ll send her an invite to my wedding. She has the soul of a writer. There’s a whole process of writing a television script, it’s very technical. As a writer, you have to kind of go into actor mode and pitch lines and stories. There’s a B team that comes in to pick your story a part. She did that flawlessly. I think I have more bizarre stories with Stamos than I do Andrea.
MK: Were you with him when he got his DUI in West Hollywood during Gay Pride? I was super suspect about the location of his DUI.
NF: Well, he wasn’t in West Hollywood he was in Beverly Hills. The show hadn’t started before that happened. He went to rehab and got better. In season three he saw I was pitching a lot of jokes in the room and we started to tease each other. There was a video of him, Mike Love, and Mark McGrath, and I joked that the old guy looked good for his age – and Mike doesn’t look bad either! I did coverage on a pilot he wrote. He’s familiar to me. He’s cocky, I’m cocky. I like that he’s got a level of cock on the walk. I’m Italian, he’s Greek. Those are my people. *Off my suspect beat* I’m not dating John Stamos [and he’s definitely not gay].
MK: Okay, we need to talk about Juan Pablo Di Pace, who plays Fernando, Kimmy’s love interest in Fuller House. He’s obviously sexy, he’s great on the show, and we all know that he came out of the closet this year. Was he closeted on set or was he openly gay around everyone? I feel like he’s always been “out”.
NF: I was very proud of him coming out. I sent him a message saying that. We’ve known each other for four years and there’s only so many gay people on the staff. We’re on different sides of the show, so we’re not bosom buddies. I think it was tough for him, he comes from a Catholic upbringing. Moreover, he was Jesus in A.D. The Bible Continues. I’m very out and I want to be even more out. It’s why I have my ear pierced on the “wrong” side, because the right side is the wrong side. I was happy he came out.
MK: How much of a power player were you in the creation of Casey (the aforementioned series’ first openly gay character)?
NF: I would push and pitch gay characters all the time. That was very important to me. There needs to be a gay character, our setting is San Francisco! When the new Showrunners, Bryan and Steve Baldikoski came they wanted to do it. I was assigned to write a different episode. I asked another writer, Meg DeLoatch to switch with me so I could write the Casey introduction episode. Originally, the concept of the Casey character was going to come out to his mom. But, then we were like, “wait no one knows who this character is why do we care that he comes out?”. So, then we connected him to Kimmy and Ramona. Ramona then discovers that there are other families who aren’t supportive of homosexuality as much as her family is. When I wrote him, I basically made him myself in my high school years.
MK: Did you think it was a missed opportunity to have a gay teenager or kid compared to an adult gay character?
NF: No, not at all. A young gay character is much more important. I think the last bastion of homophobia is “protecting kids” from gayness. Having a gay teenager is more advancing gay rights than an adult. We’re telling the children about love. I’m writing a pilot right now about a nine-year-old who comes out to his parents. I knew I was gay when I was four-years-old. Gay people grow up with a different identity and your childhood. To show that gay people can be a part of family and in a wholesome Full House-ish world. If LGBTQ kids are more accepted, especially by families, it makes their lives so much happier. That’s why it was more progressive and important to me to have a gay teenager than an adult.
Next, we dive into the elephant in the room: Candace Cameron-Bure. Pure background, my opinion of Candace is probably extraordinarily unpopular compared to other gay people. As an avid The View watcher, I didn’t detect a bone in her body that screams “horrible” to me. As a born and raised Irish Catholic Conservative, she reminds me a lot of my cousins – who are my idols, and not awful in any form. While her brother, Kirk Cameron, is annoyingly opposed to anything gay – as Bustle writer Caitlin Gallagher reminded us in a scathing article about him and his subsequent cameo in Fuller House last week – I have yet to see gross behavior from Candace. This week, we found out that the Hallmark Channel is pulling LGBTQ advertisements from their platform and don’t – and likely won’t – ever have any gay RomCom’s during their Holiday lineup. Candace is pretty much the face of the Hallmark Channel, so I can’t imagine this is doing anything well for her image. But, guys get this – despite whatever view the Cameron family may have… DJ’s freaking wedding proposal was written by Fascitelli to his ex-boyfriend. So, the most famous character Cameron-Bure has ever played comes with some gay backstory. Let’s go:
MK: Do you have any first-hand experiences with homophobia from Candace?
NF: I’ve known Candace since season one. I also know her best friend is a [gay] makeup artist. Here’s the thing: Full House was a show where a lot the cast were children. Fuller House is them all grown up and together again. I’m assuming Candace is really conservative in the same vein that I know Jodie Sweetin is very liberal and marching in Gay Pride parades. It is a very unique show where the cast considers one another family. It’s like your family at the Thanksgiving table [not everyone thinks the same]. It’s the theme of the show, [we’re all different]! I think she does separate herself from her brother, Kirk Cameron’s views. She talks about Jesus and the Lord and those aren’t conversations I’m necessarily a part of, but I’ve never seen her do anything homophobic or rude. It’s her own religious views [and she doesn’t force them on you].
MK: Your credited as the sole writer for the finale, A Modest Proposal, of the first half of the season. Did you have full control over it?
NF: I wrote the writer’s draft of A Modest Proposal. Every writer has a bit of ownership over what they wrote, but in the end it’s a bit of a group effort. You want to make sure everything you write has something of you in it. I made sure to have… well, you know about the backstory about DJ’s proposal in the finale. *Strikes a devilish look towards me*
MK: Well, I definitely don’t… but you did message me saying to remind you to tell me. So, please don’t let me down. I’ve been crying over this proposal for a week now.
NF: Okay, if you want to talk about it now, I’ll tell you. I wrote what I wanted to say on my phone somewhere *Scrolls through his Iphone*, because I don’t want to explain this stupidly. I had an on and off boyfriend of three years who also worked on the show – in production. We had a friend of Ramona’s who was named after him. I was looking for a way to show that I’m serious. So, when Steve proposes to DJ… that was how I was going to propose to my ex. We’ve been on and off, so that was where the “how we got split up, but we found our way back to each other again” line came from. We had been dating before we were working on the show together. There were little bits I had to insert to have it make sense in the Fuller House world, like when Steve talks about DJ’s sons. I don’t see myself naming my kid Tommy. During rehearsal, I wanted to have it be him sitting in Kimmy’s wheelchair – and when Steve makes his appearance in the flash mob scene, I would come out instead. It was my proposal to him.
MK: Uhhh, if I had someone propose to me via flash mob I wouldn’t be able to breathe! How are you guys not together?! What was his reaction to this?! He knows about it now, right?
NF: I told him about my plot to propose on set right after it was filmed. Because, I thought I was going to propose. But, I chickened out. I didn’t have a ring. I got talked out of it by my best friend. I wrote the proposal months before we produced the half-season finale. I thought we’d be ready by the time this was going to happen. We weren’t ready. I’m really glad I didn’t. We still hang out and talk. We’ve broken up twice. And as it got closer, since we work together, I thought it would be inappropriate.
MK: And I can tell you’re still in love with him! You’re face is turning red right now.
NF: I’m not blushing! That’s wine-drinking skintone. I don’t think I’ve really watched the flash mob scene because it’s very emotional for me.
MK: Well… this is going to be a stupid question, but… what would your flash mob proposal song be?
NF: Is it not clear that it’s Let’s Get Married by Bleachers?! It’s the song that was in the finale! I lobbied hard for it. There were other options, but I wanted this one for the big energy and the acoustic version helped it being selected.
MK: The flash mob scene is amazing. One of the main highlights to me was the symbolism to same sex marriage. There’s a small bit where men, including co-stars and recurring characters, Adam Hagenbuch and John Brotherton, are dancing with one another. Did you include this portion as a tribute for gay marriage?
NF: No. We wanted to have each character a moment. We wanted to include everyone on the cast to have a moment about them.
MK: Oh. Well, that kind of takes away why I got emotional during it. I loved it, but I was also a little side eyed that they had a laugh track playing as the men were dancing together. For a second, it kind of takes away the emotion of it and makes it seem like a joke. *We rewatch the scene together so he knows what I’m talking about*
NF: I think it’s because we know those characters aren’t gay and are dancing with each other. This show is very respectful. Especially when I compare it to other shows I’ve worked on.
MK: Speaking of shows you worked on, I want to hear about your coworkers. Besides the cast, I know production crews can be extremely close. What about the writers? Were you guys a big happy family?
NF: Of course! Taylor Friedman, Will Griffin, Amy Engelberg & Wendy Engelberg, Maria Brown Gallenberg, who is my work mom. I’ve been through crazy shit over the last three years. In season three, one of our writer’s passed away from a heart attack. He was only in his fifties. We’re all very close. Our Showrunners are amazing. Maria wrote the Rocket League episode. I’ve worked on other shows with her. We’re a team. We’ll go off and write together. She knows everything about me, all my personal history, every detail. Stuff I won’t share with you. The Engleberg sisters and I sat together. I sat in between them. We called ourselves the YENTA corner and we’d talk about BRAVO! shows. My corner was Jewish women and a gay guy. It’s where Barbara Streisand would’ve wanted to sit.
Before I got more personal with Fascitelli, I had to dive into some more quick round Full House gossip. After learning he can’t tell the difference between either Olsen sister, is a believable gaymer, randomly prefers boxers or briefs – and prefers Grindr over Tindr, although despises any app with purposeful misspelling – I had him give a fast one-word answer round of the cast of Fuller House. No explanation unless advised:
Lori Loughlin: Gorgeous
Candace Cameron Bure: Classy
Andrea Barber: Brilliant
Jodie Sweetin: Sassy
Bob Saget: Fatherly
Scott Weiner: Next-Level
Soni Nicole Bringas: I need two words to describe her: Movie Star
Elias Harger: Flashback
Juan Pablo Di Lace: Handsome
Adam Hagenbuch: Friendly
Dave Coulier: Approachable
John Brotherton: Bro
MK: Television is full of reboots right now. Will and Grace, Beverly Hills 90210, Roseanne, the list goes on. What revival that hasn’t happened yet would you be watching?
NF: It would never happen, but Cheers. I don’t see it happening because the original cast is much older. Cheers was a show in the ‘80s. I worship Kirstie Alley and Shelley Long. One time I met the show’s postal worker Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger) and I was just sweating. I loved Sam and Diane. I loved Diane!
MK: What shows are you currently watching?
NF: Watchmen is amazing because I worship it’s creator Damon Lindelof. I think Watchmen is very similar to the third season of The Leftovers, which I love. I’m watching The Good Place, Fuller House of course. I’m catching up on the third season of Stranger Things. Oh! I worship BoJack Horseman. I think BoJack himself is actually based off of John Stamos.
MK: Who are your writing inspirations?
NF: My mentor, Rob Long. (Aforementioned) Damon Lindelof, Glen Charles & Les Charles, Daphne Pollon. Our Showrunners, Bryan and Steve, as well. They are honestly the best writers I’ve ever met. They were very brave. Usually when people walk into being Showrunners of a show, they are intimidated. They were very supportive of me. They put gay people on the show. Fuller House became funnier and smarter because of them.
MK: In the revival the main three girls… howl. They’ve dubbed themselves a “wolf pack”. Do you have your own Wolf Pack? Do you howl?
NF: No, we don’t howl or have a catchphrase. That’s what women on sitcoms do. My best friend is dating a best friend of my ex-boyfriend, so we all hang out. I’m a writer, it’s hard to balance a gay social life in West Hollywood. I have my group of four and it’s great, [but I also have a group of friends]. To reiterate, we never she-wolf howl, because people not on television don’t do that. But, if I had to give us a team nickname, I’d call us The Lost Boys.
MK: What content can we find on your OnlyFans account?
NF: What!? I don’t have an OnlyFans account!
MK: I know! You have a job! Your hypothetical OnlyFans account.
NF: Umm, me playing Stardew Valley on my Nintendo Switch. It’s a farming simulation game.
MK: What’s your ideal date? And don’t Miss Congeniality me, either.
NF: Video games somehow must be involved. I’d want to go to St. Felix (in West Hollywood) and he’d drink an old fashioned while I had a martini. And we’d talk about whatever we want to talk about. I want to hear about what he likes. If he has something interesting to say, I’ll take him back to my place and we’ll play Mario Kart. I’m Gold Princess Peach, she’s the best character on a motorcycle in the game. But, guess what, we’re probably not going to play the game, we’re going to make out. I need to know if someone is a good kisser. Above all, just show me what you’re interested in.
MK: Who are you voting for?
NF: I want Mayor Pete Buttigieg to be the next President because I want gay people to take over the world. But, are you asking if I would vote Donald Trump over any Democrat? No. I’m voting for any Democratic nominee when it comes to the election.
MK: Where do you see yourself in five years?
NF: Hopefully alive. I’d like to have my own television show. About something gay focused. I’m a big multi-cam fan or something like Twin Peaks. My nephew will be six by then. I’ll still be best friends with my best friend and we’ll be on Broadway together. Right now I’m writing a play with him about a strictly platonic gay relationship. It’s a mix of Thelma and Louise and The Boys in the Band. Platonic, gay relationships are incredibly important and we don’t see that too often in media. Having a gay-best friend is life changing. When you do get in a romantic relationship, it challenges your platonic relationships. It’s unbelievable how one true friend can change your life.
MK: The Instinct audience is a great excuse for me to ask this question. What’s in your nightstand?
NF: My journals, my pink 3ds, and the usual suspects you’d expect to find in a gay man’s nightstand. Also, the ownership title to my motorcycle, which I’m eventually selling. I got over my motorcycle phase after I got over the breakup I bought it for. This wasn’t with my ex from Fuller House. It wasn’t a serious relationship, it was just boy I needed to get over.
MK: Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera?
NF: Christina. She has a flavor Britney doesn’t have. Can you describe Britney’s personality in three words without saying nice or friendly?
MK: In honor of Full House, where nearly everyone had a catchphrase or a running gag (Cut It Out, Stinky Feet, You’ve Got It Dude!). Nick, what’s your catchphrase?
NF: The Fuller House writer’s room would say my catchphrase is: “He’s trash!” Whenever I’m mad at someone, they were just trash. It came out a lot in that room.
Fascitelli is much like his work. He makes you feel so good that you believe in something you forgot. That great Christmas memory. That amazing summer smell. The first time you crushed on a guy after being through the worst experience of your life. That’s what Full House is – it’s Nick Fascitelli. Fuller House is a tacky show, we know that, but it’s so much more. It’s knowing you can always have a family, everywhere you look, no matter who they are. Fascitelli’s A Modest Proposal episode isn’t just an underlying gay marriage proposal. It will remind you that you still believe in love.
After speaking with Fascitelli and watching his phenomenal finale (I don’t think I’ve cried that much since seeing UP), I actually reconnected with an ex I have in my hometown who I haven’t seen in two years and invited him to New Year’s Eve at my best girlfriend’s house party… who are reading this now and I’ll deal with them later. I’m not kidding – you need to watch this episode. It’s not just a scene, or theater, it’s brilliance in live action.
While an air date for the grand finale of Fuller House is currently unknown, the series fifth season, including the incomparable A Modest Proposal, is currently streaming on Netflix. Who’s going to be wrapped in your arms while you watch?!
Writer’s Note A: This is the opinion of one Instinct Magazine Contributor and does not reflect the views of Instinct Magazine or fellow contributors.
Writer’s Note B: Quotes have been edited for clarity.
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