There's another baby in the Fuller-Tanner house with the arrival of Stephanie's (Jodie Sweetin) first-born, and depending on how the series utilizes her, she could lead into a much better season 5 of Fuller House. By the end of season 4, Kimmy (Andrea Barber) finally gave birth to her brother, Jimmy (Adam Hagenbuch) and Stephanie's baby girl. The Full House spin-off held out on naming the kid which could be a huge reveal in the show's next outing. Regardless of what her name would be, Netflix should capitalize on her introduction by making her the main focus of the offshoot moving forward.
Full House always put the kids and their relationship with Danny (Bob Saget), Jesse (John Stamos) and Joey (Dave Coulier) at the forefront of their storytelling. Seeing DJ (Candace Cameron Bure), Stephanie, and especially Michelle (Mary-Kate/Ashley Olsen) grow up in front of the camera season-after-season had always been its main selling point as families all over the country watched the three guardians navigate through the struggles and joys of parenthood. However, despite Fuller House bringing together most of the same key players, even mimicking the premise of its parent series, it has always lacked focus on the kids. Instead, storylines often revolved around DJ, Stephanie and Kimmy's lives, relegating its young cast as supporting characters.
The show introduced four kids in the first season - DJ's three boys: Jackson (Michael Campion), Max (Elias Harger), and Tommy (Dashiell/Fox Messitt) - all around the same age as their mom and two aunts were at the beginning of Full House - alongside Kimmy's daughter with Fernando (Juan Pablo Di Pace), Ramona (Soni Nicole Bringas). All kids and their moms have lived in the Tanner-Fuller home for four years now, and yet, the development of their individual characters and relationship with each other are nowhere near what we got with the Tanner sisters in the original series. Sure, the older kids have been given their mini-arcs with school-related dilemmas and even personal issues, but the youngest, Tommy, who was around the same age as the Olsen Twins when the main show started, is rarely featured in the show. And when he's there, they even have to dub noises and baby words to produce interactions with him - something that was barely done, if not at all with Michelle.
Shall Fuller House continue to live on Netflix for at least one more season, the show will have a chance at rectifying this misstep as their fans can see a brand new kid grow up in front of the camera like how the Olsens did in Full House. In the middle of Full House’s eight season-run and at a point where Michelle’s a bit older, Jesse and Becky (Lori Loughlin) got married and eventually got kids - Nicky (Blake Tuomy-Wilhoit) and Alex (Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit). This gave the series a second wind with brand new babies in the house reinvigorating its original core narrative revolving around the struggles and joys of raising young children.
Further, this will put the middle Tanner sister at the center of the franchise's signature parenthood arc. Stephanie's parenting journey is arguably more entertaining and could even be more satisfying than DJ's as the latter has been used to taking care of younger kids having to babysit her sisters. Character-wise, she boasts the same uptight quality as Danny, making it much easier for her to take on the responsibility of raising her own children. Stephanie, on the other hand, has always been the reckless one, with no actual intentions of putting down roots until she had to stay at home and help DJ raise a family after being widowed. Aside from the traditional hardships that a brand new parent goes through, the fact that she’s also unable to carry her own child opens an unexplored subplot for the franchise to tread giving it a modern twist that could be compelling to women who have a similar experience. This could finally allow Fuller House to grow out of the shadow of its parent series and stand on its own without losing the franchise's core value.