Fuller House Boss Explains Steve Urkel Shout-Out: 'We Have Some Fun Ideas'

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If ever there was a reason for Netflix to give Fuller House a fourth season, this is it.

In the comedy’s third season finale — which I’m not spoiling here, so calm down — a familiar face from the Tanners’ past resurfaces, prompting D.J. to say, “I wonder who else we can track down. I wonder what Urkel’s up to.”

This is, of course, a reference to the 1991 episode of Full House in which the Tanners are visited by Family Matters‘ Steve Urkel (played by Jaleel White). And according to series creator Jeff Franklin, D.J.’s Urkel shout-out might have been more than just a throwaway line.

“I loved when Urkel was on Full House, so I’d love to see him back on Fuller House,” Franklin says. “I’m good friends with Jaleel, and we’ve talked about it. It’s a really big deal for Jaleel to bring this character back, so I’m not sure that he wants to — but if he does decide to, this would be a great way for him to reprise the character. And who knows, maybe that’ll happen. I’d love to see it. I think everybody’s curious about whatever happened to Steve Urkel, so the audience would really enjoy it. We have some fun ideas, so we’ll see how that shakes out.”

White, most recently seen on CBS’ Me, Myself & I, hasn’t donned Urkel’s iconic suspenders since Family Matters wrapped in 1998, but I can’t imagine a better reason to strap ’em back on.

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