TV’s Most Random Vacation Episodes

Fresh off our mid-week holiday, we began reminiscing about some of our favorite TV vacation episodes, whose details will probably remain in the “useless pieces of information” part of our brain until we die. These episodes usually weren’t great, but they’re hard to forget because they were so bizarre. Like the time Married with Children went medieval-fantasy in London, or when the Russo brothers got their own international black market sub-plot in the four-part special “Blossom in Paris.” And when, in one of the most commonly misremembered episodes in TV history, the Tanners went to Hawaii and got trapped on a deserted island. As The Onion pointed out a few years ago, the Beach Boys were not, repeat not there — although the musical denouement “Rock-a Hula” is more than worth re-visiting. Click through to see Uncle Jesse’s island concert, as well as the TV-vacations so random we swore they were conjured by the imaginations of our younger selves, until we did some fact-checking and discovered that yep, they all happened. Got a favorite you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments! 

Full House: The family gets stranded in “Tanner’s Island” (Season 3)

What starts as a normal vacation to Hawaii quickly turns into a a deserted island situation, in which the Tanner family learns they must rely on one another to survive. At the end of the episode they discover they aren’t alone on their “potato chip crumb island,” and wind up at a Tahitian dance performance, closed by Uncle Jesse (see above).  As mentioned, the Beach Boys do not show up on the island, but it would have made sense considering their other random appearances on the show, like the time Mike and Bruce stopped by the house for Rebecca’s home cooking and a jam session in Jesse’s new studio.

For a more details on Stephanie’s encounter with the mysterious Menehune boy and Jesse and Rebecca’s epic vacation fight, we highly recommend you check out Full House Reviewed which provides a an extensive recap of the entire episode (and any others you have lingering questions about).