List of Roseanne episodes

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This is a complete list of episodes of the American sitcom Roseanne. The series aired on ABC from October 18, 1988 to May 20, 1997, with 222 episodes produced.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release
Season premiere Season finale Time slot Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 23 October 18, 1988 May 2, 1989 Tuesday at 8:30-9:00 pm (EST)
(October 18, 1988 - February 21, 1989)
Tuesday at 9:00-9:30 pm (EST)
(February 28, 1989 - May 2, 1989)
August 30, 2005 September 19, 2005 June 8, 2006
2 24 September 12, 1989 May 8, 1990 Tuesday at 9:00-9:30 pm (EST) December 6, 2005 February 6, 2006 October 4, 2006
3 25 September 18, 1990 May 14, 1991 March 21, 2006 May 15, 2006 February 7, 2007
4 25 September 17, 1991 May 12, 1992 June 27, 2006 March 17, 2007 June 6, 2007
5 25 September 15, 1992 May 18, 1993 September 12, 2006 September 9, 2009 November 7, 2007
6 25 September 14, 1993 May 24, 1994 December 5, 2006 September 9, 2009 March 18, 2008
7 26 September 21, 1994 May 24, 1995 Wednesday at 9:00-9:30 pm (EST)
(September 21, 1994 - March 22, 1995)
Wednesday at 8:00-8:30 pm (EST)
(March 29, 1995 - May 24, 1995)
April 3, 2007 October 12, 2009 July 9, 2008
8 25 September 19, 1995 May 21, 1996 Tuesday at 8:00-8:30 pm (EST) August 7, 2007 October 12, 2009 January 13, 2010
9 24 September 17, 1996 May 20, 1997 October 16, 2007 November 16, 2009 January 13, 2010

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1988–89)[edit]

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1 1 "Life and Stuff" Ellen Falcon Matt Williams October 18, 1988 (1988-10-18) 101
Roseanne is summoned to a parent/teacher conference after Darlene has been barking in class. Stressed from the pressures of coping with home and work, she lashes out at Dan for not doing his share. Note: This is Sal Barone's only appearance as D.J. Conner. He would later be replaced by Michael Fishman.
2 2 "We're in the Money" Ellen Falcon David McFadzean October 25, 1988 (1988-10-25) 201
Although Dan and Roseanne agree not to spend any of Dan’s $500 advance on themselves, neither can resist the temptation. Note: This is Michael Fishman's first appearance as D.J.
3 3 "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" Ellen Falcon Lauren Eve Anderson November 1, 1988 (1988-11-01) 205
Date night for Dan and Roseanne turns into a brush with divorce, after they run into an old friend who has just been through one. Dan begins to fear the worst about their marriage and decides to put their relationship under a microscope. After a lot of “what ifs” they come to the conclusion that there’s hope after all. Meanwhile, Roseanne’s sister Jackie inadvertently forgets she promised to baby-sit the kids.
4 4 "Language Lessons" Ellen Falcon Laurie Gelman November 22, 1988 (1988-11-22) 208
Dan and Roseanne agree to take a body language test which will prove whether they can physically communicate their thoughts. But the plan backfires when Dan’s true feelings about Roseanne’s sister, Jackie, are laid bare – he thinks she is a meddlesome moocher. This forces a confrontation between the in-laws.
5 5 "Radio Days" Ellen Falcon Laurie Gelman November 29, 1988 (1988-11-29) 206
As Darlene and Becky bicker over territory, Roseanne cheers and encourages Dan’s decision to enter a country-western song writing contest in hopes of crooning his way to fame and fortune. The episode features a full length rendition sung by John Goodman. Meanwhile, the friction between Booker, the factory manager, and Jackie heats up.
6 6 "Lovers' Lane" Ellen Falcon Danny Jacobson December 6, 1988 (1988-12-06) 209
On an evening out with the gang at the bowling alley, Roseanne sneaks a peek at her daughter Becky’s first boyfriend. Meanwhile, Booker makes a bet with Jackie for very high stakes; if he wins she’ll have to spend the night with him.
7 7 "The Memory Game" Ellen Falcon Grace McKeaney December 13, 1988 (1988-12-13) 202
Dan and Roseanne receive a notice in the mail announcing their fifteenth high school reunion. Dan's enthusiastic plan to take photographs for the high school reunion yearbook exposes a 15-year-old secret he has kept from Roseanne. His attempts to explain things to an angry Roseanne bring hilarious results.
8 8 "Here's to Good Friends" Ellen Falcon Danny Jacobson December 20, 1988 (1988-12-20) 207
It's up to Roseanne and Jackie to console a broken-hearted Crystal when her boyfriend breaks up with her. It takes a night at the Lobo Lounge, reflecting on love and men, to set her straight. But while at the Lobo, a miffed Jackie notices Booker with another woman. Hours earlier, he had told her he had to spend the evening with his mother.
9 9 "Dan's Birthday Bash" Ellen Falcon Grace McKeaney January 3, 1989 (1989-01-03) 210
Happy Birthday Dan! Roseanne and the kids surprise Dan with an extensive birthday breakfast. Later on in the evening, Roseanne throws Dan a party at the Lobo. During the party Dan comes close to being violent but is stopped by Roseanne. Afraid that he will look like a wimp Dan vows that he will beat up the billiards bully the next time he sees him. Becky is invited to Chip's for a dinner.
10 10 "Saturday" Ellen Falcon David McFadzean January 10, 1989 (1989-01-10) 204
A Saturday at the Conners means chilling out and relaxing but Dan believes he can conquer fixing the truck while relaxing. Roseanne & Dan place a friendly wager to see if Dan and the gang can fix the truck in the afternoon.
11 11 "Canoga Time" Ellen Falcon David McFadzean January 17, 1989 (1989-01-17) 212
Dan can't bear to part with the "junk" Roseanne wants to donate to a rummage sale, so Roseanne proposes a deal. Darlene forges a passing grade on her report card, but will it fool her parents?
12 12 "The Monday Thru Friday Show" Ellen Falcon Danny Jacobson January 24, 1989 (1989-01-24) 213
Dan and Roseanne disagree about where to spend a romantic 15th anniversary; Becky refuses to dissect a frog in biology class; Darlene finds her paper route more than she can handle, until Jackie took the kids to a water park.
13 13 "Bridge Over Troubled Sonny" Ellen Falcon Laurie Gelman January 31, 1989 (1989-01-31) 211
Crystal struggles to cope with the death of her husband Sonny, who is buried in the bridge that Jackie drove them over on the way to work. Roseanne struggles with whether or not to tell Crystal a secret she knows about Sonny (who was a cheat), until Crystal reveals that she had an affair while still being married to Sonny and she never told him. Darlene decides it's cool to smoke--until Roseanne finds her pack of cigarettes.
14 14 "Father's Day" Ellen Falcon Lauren Eve Anderson February 7, 1989 (1989-02-07) 214
Dan's father visits, bearing gifts, and all are thrilled to see him except Dan himself. The visit drags out and insults are hurled toward Dan, so Roseanne has to step in. Dan sees his father's philosophy of "Work smart, not hard" as a direct put-down on his life, while his father sees it as caring advice.
15 15 "Nightmare on Oak Street" John Pasquin Grace McKeaney February 14, 1989 (1989-02-14) 215
The girls watch a slasher-horror film, and Roseanne has been losing sleep, due to what she believes are Darlene's re-occurring nightmares. When the truth is revealed, that the scary movie isn't behind the insomnia, Roseanne learns that Darlene is entering puberty.
16 16 "Mall Story" John Sgueglia Laurie Gelman February 21, 1989 (1989-02-21) 216
It's time for the annual Landford Mall-A-Thon and Roseanne and her gang are ready to scout out the deals and spend a lovely Saturday in retail heaven. Roseanne takes her family as she realizes Dan needs new shoes, Becky needs a dress, and Roseanne just needs a day to escape work. Jackie converses.
17 17 "Becky's Choice" John Sgueglia Laurie Gelman and David Jacobson February 28, 1989 (1989-02-28) 218
Bachelor 1 or Bachelor 2? Becky must decide between her first crush, Chip, and the infamous "Tongue Bandit". The decision worsens when Roseanne & Dan invite Chip's parents over for a family dinner. Later on, Becky is caught with the other guy in the backyard.
18 18 "The Slice of Life" John Sgueglia Lauren Eve Anderson and David McFadzean March 7, 1989 (1989-03-07) 217
Becky is getting ready for a big slumber party, and Darlene is getting ready to pitch the big game. Darlene is extremely moody, and argues with Roseanne before slamming out of the house. After Roseanne gets a phone call that Darlene is undergoing emergency surgery in the emergency trauma center for a ruptured appendix that is causing a fever and raptured intestice, Roseanne becomes wrecked with guilt over the morning's fight.
19 19 "Workin' Overtime" Ellen Falcon Bill Pentland March 14, 1989 (1989-03-14) 203
The Wellman Plastics group is growing tired as Booker continues to lengthen the worker's shifts due to quotas, factory mistakes, etc. Roseanne, queen of the group, cannot take it any longer. When Roseanne completes another long day of work and comes home to the everyday craziness, she must escape and take a breather.
20 20 "Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore" John Sgueglia Grace McKeaney March 28, 1989 (1989-03-28) 219
As a tornado spins through Lanford, the Conners panic about Jackie, who hasn't returned from her trip to the store.
21 21 "Death and Stuff" John Sgueglia Bill Pentland April 11, 1989 (1989-04-11) 220
During the family's busy weekend activities, a door-to-door salesman drops by -- and then drops dead in the Conner kitchen. Meanwhile, they are expecting company, potential buyers for the washer and dryer, and the coroner is taking his time getting the body out of the Conner kitchen.
22 22 "Dear Mom and Dad" John Sgueglia Danny Jacobson April 18, 1989 (1989-04-18) 221
An unannounced visit by Roseanne's parents has the Conner house in an uproar. Dan and Jackie are pushing a usually outspoken Roseanne to stick up for herself, because she is now at a loss for words. Hostility and stir-craziness abound, but the biggest shock comes when Bev announces that they are moving to Lanford.
23 23 "Let's Call It Quits" Ellen Falcon Grace McKeaney May 2, 1989 (1989-05-02) 222
Roseanne has difficulty accepting new rules from a tough new supervisor at the factory. After he raises the cap on the quotas yet again, Roseanne approaches him to try to get him to ease off. The boss agrees, but he needs a favor from her, in return. They come to a temporary agreement that results in a permanent solution.

Season 2 (1989–90)[edit]

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24 1 "Inherit the Wind" John Pasquin Allan Katz September 12, 1989 (1989-09-12) 301
Roseanne tries her hand at telephone solicitation while trying to console Becky, who had an embarrassing accident in front of the school council. Just as her speech was wrapping up, she broke wind. The whole school is talking about it, especially Darlene. Becky is mortified, and Roseanne fails to comfort her. That is, until Jimmy (Stephen Dorff) arrives at the Conner home.
25 2 "The Little Sister" John Pasquin Joss Whedon September 19, 1989 (1989-09-19) 303
Jackie takes umbrage at Roseanne's remarks about her career ambitions when she reveals that she has enrolled in police academy; Becky gets caught reading Dan's girlie magazine.
26 3 "Guilt by Disassociation" John Pasquin Tom Arnold September 26, 1989 (1989-09-26) 302
Roseanne gets her hopes up when she is referred by a friend for an office job that would allow her to quit the telemarketing job that she hates. After a quick interview, she lands the job--But the celebration is short lived, when the offer is revoked due to her lack of computer knowledge.
27 4 "Somebody Stole My Gal" John Pasquin Martin Pasko & Rebecca Parr October 3, 1989 (1989-10-03) 306
Bert (Kevin Dunn), an emotionally needy architect at Dan's new job site adopts the Conners as a surrogate family, much to their terror.
28 5 "House of Grown-Ups" John Pasquin Joss Whedon October 10, 1989 (1989-10-10) 304
Roseanne begins to feel abandoned when Jackie leaves for the police academy for six weeks. When Becky starts to date a 17-year-old, and Darlene goes to her first co-ed party with her, Roseanne feels left out. After attempting to hang out with everyone, she just settles into being alone.
29 6 "Five of a Kind" John Pasquin Norma Safford Vela and Danny Jacobson October 24, 1989 (1989-10-24) 308
A poker night becomes interesting when Roseanne receives a kiss from Dan's friend Arnie. Roseanne speaks to Jackie about the kiss and she later finds out it was just a friendly kiss.
30 7 "BOO!" John Pasquin Norma Safford Vela October 31, 1989 (1989-10-31) 307
The Conners celebrate Halloween. Roseanne and Dan compete to see who is the spookiest, while Roseanne tries to rekindle the spirit of Halloween to Becky.
31 8 "Sweet Dreams" John Pasquin Danny Jacobson November 7, 1989 (1989-11-07) 305
Roseanne tries to get a few minutes of relaxation in the bathtub, but she ends up getting constant interruptions from her family, and a fantasy about two good-looking men.
32 9 "We Gather Together" John Pasquin Danny Jacobson November 21, 1989 (1989-11-21) 309

On Thanksgiving Day, Jackie finally spills the news of her new job to her mother. The two of them end up the main event in a series of bickering and snickering that flows through the holiday feast. After everone is finished eating, and complaining about everyone else, Dan gets a huge shock, when he finds his father is romancing Crystal.

Guest Star: Ann Wedgeworth as Audrey (Dan's Mom)
33 10 "Brain-Dead Poets Society" John Pasquin Joss Whedon November 28, 1989 (1989-11-28) 310
Darlene writes a poem in class that wins teacher recognition, and is asked to read it at an assembly in front of the parents and student body. Roseanne is so pleased that Darlene can write, and she is excited to go to the assembly. Darlene chooses not to go, opting to spend the evening at home with Dan, watching the game. Roseanne puts her foot down, and they go to the assembly, where Darlene strikes an emotional chord with all.
34 11 "Lobocop" John Pasquin Tom Arnold December 5, 1989 (1989-12-05) 311
Roseanne gets a second job at the Lobo Lounge, but soon discovers that she and Dan are spending too much time apart.
35 12 "No Talking" John Pasquin Norma Safford Vela December 12, 1989 (1989-12-12) 312
Becky and Roseanne are engaged in a particularly nasty string of fights, and Becky begins giving her mother the silent treatment, prompting Roseanne to remove the door to Becky's room to force Becky to open up to her.
36 13 "Chicken Hearts" John Pasquin Joss Whedon January 2, 1990 (1990-01-02) 313
Roseanne's new job at a fast-food place includes an obnoxious teenage boss. When she invites him to dinner to try to butter him up, his nasty attitude soon convinces everyone that Roseanne deserves to be treated better. Glenn Shadix guest-stars as an indecisive customer.
37 14 "One for the Road" John Pasquin Sheree Guitar January 9, 1990 (1990-01-09) 314
Dan and Roseanne aren't home, but Becky is in charge. She invites her friend Dana over to do homework, and soon they need a break, and a drink from the Conner bar. Becky whips up a few 'Tornados' and the girls get drunk. A hung-over Becky is left to explain herself when Dana's mother comes asking questions the following day.
38 15 "An Officer and a Gentleman" John Pasquin Norma Safford Vela January 23, 1990 (1990-01-23) 315
Jackie steps in as substitute mom when Roseanne has to go to Moline when their father breaks his leg. She dazzles Dan with her housekeeping skills out of a 1950's family sitcom. Jackie is surprised to learn what Dan really thinks of her and that he remembers the first time they met.
39 16 "Born to Be Wild" John Pasquin Stephen Paymer January 30, 1990 (1990-01-30) 316
The Conners' old biker pal Ziggy (Norbert) roars into town, making them feel old, fat, and trapped. In the end, they realize that while their lives are not what they had planned, they still feel fulfillment. Bonus: Video of Born to be Wild
40 17 "Hair" John Pasquin Norma Safford Vela and Danny Jacobson February 6, 1990 (1990-02-06) 317
Crystal recommends Roseanne for a job at the beauty shop that she frequents, doing the same tasks that she does at home for free. Roseanne is hesitant, but once interviewed, is persuaded into the position by the shop owner. After a short time on the job, she is given a raise, and more responsibility.
41 18 "I'm Hungry" John Pasquin Danny Jacobson and Norma Safford Vela February 13, 1990 (1990-02-13) 318
Roseanne and Dan get to the point of no return when they realize they need to lose some weight. Roseanne takes charge and makes a point to put strict restrictions on what the two should and should not eat. Roseanne must put aside the temptations.
42 19 "All of Me" John Pasquin Norma Safford Vela and Danny Jacobson February 20, 1990 (1990-02-20) 319
Jackie has finally found 'the one,' but can the relationship withstand Roseanne's meddling?
43 20 "To Tell the Truth" John Pasquin Danny Jacobson and Norma Safford Vela February 27, 1990 (1990-02-27) 320
Jackie gives Roseanne the silent treatment when she has enough of her meddling in her lovelife, but the sisters reconcile. As the ending credits roll there are photographs of the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana Princess of Wales.
44 21 "Fender Bender" John Pasquin Penelope Spheeris and Bill Gerber March 20, 1990 (1990-03-20) 322
Roseanne gets injured in a car accident and must rest for awhile, and without any apology from Mrs. Wellman, Roseanne considers suing her.
45 22 "April Fool's Day" John Pasquin Steve Paymer April 10, 1990 (1990-04-10) 323
It's tax season and Roseanne and Dan are contemplating how they can make the process easier. Dan stresses out as he cannot figure how to fill out the tax document. Roseanne tries her hand at the package but ends up traveling to the IRS office with Dan.
46 23 "Fathers and Daughters" John Pasquin Kim C. Friese May 1, 1990 (1990-05-01) 324
In an attempt to bond with their daughters, Dan goes clothes shopping with Becky, and Roseanne watches basketball with Darlene.
47 24 "Happy Birthday" John Pasquin Geraldine Barr and Maxine Epstein May 8, 1990 (1990-05-08) 321
Roseanne, although only turning 37, feels like she's hit the end of the road in her life. Always wanting to be a writer, Roseanne wishes this Birthday that she had more time to jot down her thoughts. Dan and the kids surprise Roseanne with her own small writing studio.

Season 3 (1990–91)[edit]

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48 1 "The Test" John Whitesell Bob Myer September 18, 1990 (1990-09-18) 401
Dan is reluctant to give Becky driving lessons. Meanwhile, the whole family awaits the results of a more serious test being taken by Roseanne.
49 2 "Friends & Relatives" John Whitesell Chuck Lorre September 25, 1990 (1990-09-25) 402
Dan lends $1,500 to Arnie thinking he's buying Nancy an engagement ring, but he actually buys her breast implants. When Dan falls behind with the bills, Jackie tries to lend him the money, but he refuses because she's a relative. DJ starts peeping on his sisters.
50 3 "Like a Virgin" John Whitesell Brad Isaacs October 2, 1990 (1990-10-02) 404
Roseanne and Dan think it's time to talk to Becky about birth control...then they catch Darlene making out on their couch.
51 4 "Like a New Job" John Whitesell Jeff Abugov October 9, 1990 (1990-10-09) 403
Roseanne quits her hair-salon job for a waitress job at the luncheonette in Rodbell's Department Store. Becky and Darlene are fighting over their room yet again, so Dan sends Darlene to live in the basement. Note: Alyson Hannigan guest stars as one of Becky's friends who dines at the luncheonette.
52 5 "Goodbye Mr. Right" John Whitesell Bruce Graham October 16, 1990 (1990-10-16) 405
Becky and Darlene think DJ's a psycho when they find his under-the-bed secret stash of dismembered dolls; Jackie is injured in the line of duty and Gary gives her an ultimatum.
53 6 "Becky, Beds & Boys" John Whitesell Jennifer Heath and Amy Sherman October 23, 1990 (1990-10-23) 406
Roseanne and Dan shop for a new bed. Becky starts dating Mark, a rebellious teen. First appearance of Glenn Quinn as Mark.
54 7 "Trick or Treat" John Whitesell Chuck Lorre October 30, 1990 (1990-10-30) 407
Roseanne dresses as a male trucker for Halloween and mingles with some guys at the Lobo Lounge. Dan is upset about DJ wanting to be a witch for Halloween.
55 8 "PMS, I Love You" John Whitesell Tom Arnold November 6, 1990 (1990-11-06) 408
Roseanne's PMS coincides with Dan's birthday. He would rather avoid it by going fishing, but his family insists on throwing him a surprise party.
56 9 "Bird is the Word" John Whitesell Joel Madison and Don Foster November 13, 1990 (1990-11-13) 409
Becky is suspended for allegedly making an obscene gesture in her class photo. She gains popularity at school, but Roseanne has to visit the principal. Dan has plans for Becky's suspension.
57 10 "Dream Lover" John Whitesell Chuck Lorre November 27, 1990 (1990-11-27) 410
When Dan starts dreaming about another woman, Roseanne feels threatened, so she decides to meet this woman at Rodbell's.
58 11 "Do You Know Where Your Parents Are?" John Whitesell David A. Caplan and Brian LaPan December 4, 1990 (1990-12-04) 411
When Becky and Darlene break curfew, Dan and Roseanne try to teach them a lesson by staying out late and sending Jackie over to make sure they worry.
59 12 "Confessions" John Whitesell Brad Isaacs December 18, 1990 (1990-12-18) 412
When Bev pays a surprise visit, Roseanne tricks Jackie into coming over for her share of torture. But she's crushed to learn that Bev had always considered Roseanne 'ordinary' and thought Jackie had more potential.
60 13 "The Courtship of Eddie, Dan's Father" John Whitesell Teleplay: Don Foster and Joel Madison
Story: Bob Myer
January 8, 1991 (1991-01-08) 413
It's Ed Conner's turn to favor the family with a surprise visit. He announces that he and Crystal are involved and planning to marry.
61 14 "The Wedding" John Whitesell Jeff Abugov January 15, 1991 (1991-01-15) 414
Dan struggles to accept the unlikely pairing of Ed and Crystal, especially when Crystal announces that she's pregnant.
62 15 "Becky Doesn't Live Here Anymore" Gail Mancuso Cordray Amy Sherman and Jennifer Heath January 22, 1991 (1991-01-22) 415
Becky runs away from home to live with Jackie after lying about not seeing Mark.
63 16 "Home-Ec" John Whitesell Mark Lloyd Rappaport February 5, 1991 (1991-02-05) 416

Roseanne visits Darlene's home-economics class, then takes them on a field trip to the supermarket.

Notes: Leonardo DiCaprio has a silent guest appearance as one of Darlene's classmates.
64 17 "Valentine's Day" John Whitesell Bob Myer February 12, 1991 (1991-02-12) 417

Roseanne awaits a special Valentine's Day gift from Dan; Darlene is disappointed when her crush asks Becky to the dance instead.

Notes: Tobey Maguire guest stars as a friend of Barry, Darlene's crush.
65 18 "Communicable Theater" John Whitesell Jennifer Heath and Amy Sherman February 19, 1991 (1991-02-19) 418
Roseanne lends more than moral support when Jackie has a role in the community-theater presentation of 'Cyrano de Bergerac.'
66 19 "Vegas Interruptus" John Whitesell Teleplay: Jeff Abugov and Chuck Lorre
Story: Bob Myer
February 26, 1991 (1991-02-26) 419
A snowstorm threatens Roseanne and Dan's trip to Vegas, but saves Roseanne's job.
67 20 "Her Boyfriend's Back" John Whitesell Teleplay: Brad Isaacs and Maxine Lapiduss
Story: Sheldon Krasner and David Saling
March 12, 1991 (1991-03-12) 420
Mark and Becky ride Dan's vintage motorcycle without permission, and Dan finds out when he realizes that Mark tinkered with the engine. Feeling betrayed, especially after defending her earlier, Dan gives Becky the silent treatment while Roseanne decides to confront Mark about his true intentions.
68 21 "Troubles with the Rubbles" John Whitesell Joel Madison March 26, 1991 (1991-03-26) 421
Roseanne's new neighbor, Kathy Bowman, looks down on her and says that DJ's a bad influence on her son Todd.
69 22 "Second Time Around" John Whitesell Maxine Lapiduss April 2, 1991 (1991-04-02) 422
Roseanne assists Crystal in her Lamaze classes. After a near-fatal accident at work, DJ follows Dan around obsessively. Jackie is offended when she finds out that Roseanne and Dan don't think she's responsible enough to take care of their kids if they die.
70 23 "Dances with Darlene" Gail Mancuso Cordray Brad Isaacs April 30, 1991 (1991-04-30) 425
Roseanne tries to persuade Darlene to wear something feminine and formal to her school dance.
71 24 "Scenes from a Barbecue" John Whitesell Bob Myer and Chuck Lorre May 7, 1991 (1991-05-07) 423
The Conners hold a Mother's Day barbecue at which feisty Nana Mary displays her acts of motherhood on Bev, surprising Roseanne and Jackie with how alike their relationships are.
72 25 "The Pied Piper of Lanford" John Whitesell Jeff Abugov May 14, 1991 (1991-05-14) 424
Roseanne and Dan ponder opening their own motorcycle shop with Ziggy. Ziggy ends up getting cold feet at the last minute but leaves behind a generous token of gratitude: $20,000. Brad Garrett appears in this episode.

Season 4 (1991–92)[edit]

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73 1 "A Bitter Pill to Swallow" Andrew D. Weyman Amy Sherman and Jennifer Heath September 17, 1991 (1991-09-17) 501
While the Conners plan to open their own bike shop, Becky comes to Jackie and Roseanne for advice on birth control and reveals that she has already slept with Mark.
74 2 "Take My Bike ... Please!" Andrew D. Weyman Teleplay: Bob Myer
Story: Mark Rosewater
September 24, 1991 (1991-09-24) 504
Dan and Roseanne leave Becky in charge at home when they start working 15-hour days. DJ starts to feel neglected. This episode features the first appearance of Dan Butler as Art.
75 3 "Why Jackie Becomes a Trucker" Andrew D. Weyman Chuck Lorre October 1, 1991 (1991-10-01) 502
Jackie is horrified when she realizes that she had a drunken fling with Arnie. Roseanne tries endlessly to get rid of DJ's new dog. Dan and his pals discover Leon's gay when they invite him to their poker game.
76 4 "Darlene Fades to Black" Andrew D. Weyman Jeff Abugov October 8, 1991 (1991-10-08) 503
Darlene slips into a depressive state, constantly searching for alone-time. Meanwhile, Becky has her eye on one of Dan's bikes.
77 5 "Tolerate Thy Neighbor" Andrew D. Weyman Maxine Lapiduss and Martin Mull October 15, 1991 (1991-10-15) 505
Roseanne witnesses the Bowmans' possessions being donated to (what she believes) charity while they're out of town. When they return they find their house has been robbed and are angered at Roseanne for letting it happen. Bob Hope appears during the end credits of this episode.
78 6 "Trick Me Up, Trick Me Down" Andrew D. Weyman Amy Sherman October 29, 1991 (1991-10-29) 506
When Dan and Roseanne play a gruesome Halloween prank on Kathy Bowman, Roseanne is worried that Kathy might get her revenge later that night. At the lodge's Halloween party, Jackie discovers that the moose she has been flirting with is really Booker.
79 7 "Vegas" Andrew D. Weyman Sid Youngers and Don Foster November 5, 1991 (1991-11-05) 507
Arnie and Nancy invite Roseanne and Dan to their wedding in Las Vegas. Roseanne and Dan get into a big fight when she pulls him out of a lucky game.
80 8 "Vegas, Vegas" Andrew D. Weyman Mark Rosewater and Joel Madison November 12, 1991 (1991-11-12) 508
Roseanne's upset with Dan because he'd rather play craps than have a romantic night with her. She gets drunk with Nancy and walks into a Wayne Newton performance believing that she's heckling a Newton impersonator. During Arnie's and Nancy's wedding, Dan and Roseanne get to renew their vows.
81 9 "Stressed to Kill" Andrew D. Weyman Teleplay: Maxine Lapiduss and Jeff Abugov
Story: Chuck Lorre and Bob Myer
November 19, 1991 (1991-11-19) 510
Roseanne resumes smoking to deal with her stressful life--then must keep the renewed habit from her family. She's thrilled when Darlene gets a B on a school report--until she finds out that Becky actually wrote it for her.
82 10 "Thanksgiving '91" Andrew D. Weyman Brad Isaacs November 26, 1991 (1991-11-26) 509
During Thanksgiving dinner, Roseanne and Jackie find out that their father has been cheating on their mother for 20 years and she has known about and accepted it for some time.
83 11 "Kansas City, Here We Come" Andrew D. Weyman Teleplay: Jennifer Heath and Don Foster
Story: Amy Sherman and David Forbes
December 3, 1991 (1991-12-03) 511
Jackie and Roseanne head for Kansas City to meet their father's mistress. Dan goes to beat up Becky's boss for being grossly disrespectful to her, but finds that Mark has beaten him to it.
84 12 "Santa Claus" Andrew D. Weyman Teleplay: Chuck Lorre and Maxine Lapiduss
Story: Barry Vigon
December 24, 1991 (1991-12-24) 512
Roseanne and Jackie are Rodbell's new Santa and Mrs. Claus at Rodbell's; while on duty, Roseanne meets Darlene's new friend Karen...and Karen's son. She feels resentful that Darlene has refused to open up to her but has shared all her writing with Karen.
85 13 "Bingo" Andrew D. Weyman Teleplay: Sid Youngers and Joel Madison
Story: Tom Arnold and Robert Miranda
January 7, 1992 (1992-01-07) 513
Crystal invites Roseanne to bingo while Becky and Darlene look after Little Ed. Roseanne wins in her first game and quickly becomes addicted, which sparks a fight with Crystal. But Crystal's real story is that she's pregnant again and already feels like she's raising Little Ed and her teenage son by herself as Ed is always away on business.
86 14 "The Bowling Show" Andrew D. Weyman Teleplay: Amy Sherman and Jeff Abugov
Story: Don Foster
January 21, 1992 (1992-01-21) 514
Dan and Arnie struggle to bring their team out of last place, while Roseanne feels shut out of Jackie and Nancy's new friendship. Darlene meets David for the first time (although he's referred to as Kevin in this episode). David Crosby appears in this episode, and Johnny Galecki makes his first appearance.
87 15 "The Back Story" Andrew D. Weyman Bob Myer February 4, 1992 (1992-02-04) 515
Bev arrives to help when Roseanne throws her back out, in time for DJ's 10th birthday. Dan's thrilled with a rare opportunity to spoil his kids when he secretly buys DJ a Super Nintendo and strikes a car-buying deal with Becky, but is upset when Bev swoops in and beats him to the punch.
88 16 "Less is More" Gail Mancuso Cordray Teleplay: Maxine Lapiduss and Don Foster
Story: Amy Sherman
February 11, 1992 (1992-02-11) 517
Roseanne's doctor recommends she get a breast reduction to reduce stress on her back. She agrees in spite of a nightmare (featuring a cameo appearance by Neil Patrick Harris as Doogie Howser, MD), in which her breasts are accidentally seriously enlarged.
89 17 "Breaking Up is Hard to Do" Andrew D. Weyman Jennifer Heath February 18, 1992 (1992-02-18) 516
Becky breaks up with Mark. Roseanne and Dan can finally relax...but is the break really permanent?
90 18 "This Old House" Andrew D. Weyman Teleplay: Chuck Lorre and Jeff Abugov
Story: Michael Poryes
February 25, 1992 (1992-02-25) 518
Roseanne discovers that Darlene skipped school to attend a comic book convention in Chicago with David. Jackie and Roseanne return to their vacant childhood home and relive painful memories about their abusive father.
91 19 "The Commercial Show" Andrew D. Weyman Teleplay: Jennifer Heath and Maxine Lapiduss
Story: Maxine Lapiduss and Chuck Lorre
March 3, 1992 (1992-03-03) 519
The Conners are picked for a Rodbell's commercial, much to Darlene's embarrassment. Leon and his partner break up. The Bowmans are moving back to Chicago.
92 20 "Therapy" Andrew D. Weyman Teleplay: Sid Youngers and Joel Madison
Story: Chuck Lorre
March 17, 1992 (1992-03-17) 520
Darlene mouths off about a girl at school, and Roseanne accompanies Jackie to her therapist.
93 21 "Lies" Andrew D. Weyman Teleplay: Don Foster and Sid Youngers
Story: Jeff Abugov
March 24, 1992 (1992-03-24) 521
Darlene bypasses Roseanne for advice on David, Roseanne is anxious about a lie detector test in her workplace.
94 22 "Deliverance" Gail Mancuso Cordray Teleplay: Jeff Abugov and Joel Madison
Story: Chuck Lorre
March 31, 1992 (1992-03-31) 522
8-months-pregnant Crystal goes into labor and Dan coaches her as she gives birth to her long-awaited daughter. Roseanne and Bonnie feud over who will manage the coffee shop, but it's closing down in 3 weeks to become a bargain bin. Darlene tells David to quit crowding her.
95 23 "Secrets" Andrew D. Weyman Lawrence H. Levy April 28, 1992 (1992-04-28) 524
Depressed because Becky still won't see him, Mark gets drunk at the Lobo Lounge and puts his fist through the jukebox. Dan tends to him, then must lie to Roseanne and Becky.
96 24 "Don't Make Me Over" Andrew D. Weyman Teleplay: Maxine Lapiduss and Sid Youngers & Dan Foster
Story: Sara Gilbert
May 5, 1992 (1992-05-05) 523
Determined to attend a faraway rock concert, Becky and Darlene arrange a Mother's-Day spa-pampering for Roseanne, who is thrilled until she discovers their ulterior motive. Roseanne grounds D.J. from TV for the weekend after she gets a bad report from his math teacher, and chides Dan for always leaving the punishments up to her. Dan cooks up a unique punishment for Becky and Darlene for their duplicity.
97 25 "Aliens" Andrew D. Weyman Teleplay: Jeff Abugov and Joel Madison
Story: Joel Madison and Ron Nelson
May 12, 1992 (1992-05-12) 525
DJ's spelling-bee triumph is a welcome bright spot as Rodbell's luncheonette closes down and Dan's bike shop continues its slow descent. Meanwhile, Nancy is heartbroken when Arnie leaves her, especially when he claims he was abducted by aliens.

Season 5 (1992–93)[edit]

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98 1 "Terms of Estrangement: Part 1" Andrew D. Weyman Sy Dukane and Denise Moss September 15, 1992 (1992-09-15) 601
Roseanne and Dan must adjust to losing their bike shop and money, and they begin to seek new jobs. Meanwhile, Mark gets a great job offer in Minnesota and Becky runs off with him and they get married.
99 2 "Terms of Estrangement: Part 2" Andrew D. Weyman Rob Ulin September 22, 1992 (1992-09-22) 602
Becky returns home for her things, while Roseanne tries to accept Becky's marriage and tries to cheer up Dan after the loss of his bike shop. Dan refuses to speak to Becky.
100 3 "The Dark Ages" Andrew D. Weyman Eric Gilliland and Mike Gandolfi September 29, 1992 (1992-09-29) 603

The Conners' electricity is cut off when they can't pay their bill. Darlene accidentally spends the night with David and her parents don't believe her when she claims they didn't sleep together. Darlene lashes out at them, accusing them of punishing her for Becky's mistakes. Dan phones Becky, finally thawing the ice between the two.

This episode concluded with a fourth wall-breaking moment of Roseanne and Laurie Metcalf wrestling over the Emmy Award Metcalf won that year. John Goodman eventually joined in before they all ran offstage and out a studio door accompanied by Tom Arnold.
101 4 "Mommy Nearest" Andrew D. Weyman Janice Jordan and Monica Piper October 6, 1992 (1992-10-06) 605

Jackie starts going out with a much younger guy, Fisher. Bev makes a lot of money when she sells her house and she'll give much of it to her daughters IF they let her move to Lanford.

Absent: Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey
102 5 "Pretty in Black" Andrew D. Weyman Amy Sherman October 13, 1992 (1992-10-13) 604

The Conners enjoy torturing Darlene by making her think they're giving her a Sweet-Sixteen party for her birthday. The Conners meet their new neighbors, Ty Tilden (Wings Hauser) and his daughters Charlotte and Molly (Mara Hobel and Danielle Harris).

Absent: Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey
103 6 "Looking for Loans in All the Wrong Places" Andrew D. Weyman Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline October 20, 1992 (1992-10-20) 606

Roseanne decides to open a loose-meat restaurant with Jackie and Nancy. When she can't get a bank loan, she goes to her mother as a last resort; in order for Bev to agree to put up another $10,000, the trio reluctantly let her become their 4th partner. Molly confronts Darlene about D.J.'s voyeurism, and Darlene confronts Molly about Molly's flirtatious behavior with David.

Absent: Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey
104 7 "Halloween IV" Andrew D. Weyman Rob Ulin October 27, 1992 (1992-10-27) 607

Becky's absence has drained Roseanne's Halloween spirit, so she's visited by the Ghosts of Halloween Past, Present, and Future--and the future is truly terrifying.

Absent: Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey
105 8 "Ladies' Choice" Andrew D. Weyman David Raether and Betsy Borns November 10, 1992 (1992-11-10) 608

Roseanne and Jackie are shocked to discover that Nancy is a lesbian. Roseanne starts to think she's getting old when Bev decides to move into a retirement community.

Absent: Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey
106 9 "Stand on Your Man" Andrew D. Weyman Sy Dukane and Denise Moss November 17, 1992 (1992-11-17) 610

Roseanne is threatened at work, prompting the girls to sign up for a self-defense class. When Arnie returns for Nancy, he learns about her lesbian lifestyle.

Absent: Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey
107 10 "Good Girls, Bad Girls" Andrew D. Weyman Amy Sherman November 24, 1992 (1992-11-24) 609

Molly has an extra ticket for a rock concert and Roseanne reluctantly agrees to let Darlene go. When Darlene doesn't come home until 4AM, Roseanne doesn't quite believe her explanation that Molly ditched her to smoke pot in a stranger's van.

Note: Last appearance of Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey this season.
108 11 "Of Ice and Men" Andrew D. Weyman Robert Borden and Norm Macdonald December 1, 1992 (1992-12-01) 611
Dan loves that DJ wants to be a hockey player but has a hard time teaching him, so Fisher offers to help. Jackie breaks up with him "before he dumps" her "for a younger woman." When Roseanne convinces her to get back together with him, she ends up moving in with him.
109 12 "No Place Like Home for the Holidays" Andrew D. Weyman Eric Gilliland December 15, 1992 (1992-12-15) 612
A snowstorm forces the Conners to be far-flung apart on Christmas Eve: Roseanne, Jackie, Bev, and Nana Mary are stuck at the Lunchbox; Dan, DJ, and Nancy are at the Conner house; and Darlene is at David's, learning about his abusive home life.
110 13 "Crime and Punishment" Andrew D. Weyman Bruce Rasmussen January 5, 1993 (1993-01-05) 613
The Connors are called to DJ's school to discuss the "obscene" reading material he has brought to school -- which turns out to be one of Darlene's comic books. Later, Darlene -- looking for DJ so she can chew him out -- finds Jackie in the bathroom, covered with bruises. She asks her mother what happened; Roseanne presses Jackie for information and learns that Fisher beat her up. Dan then beats up Fisher and lands in jail. Ed Begley, Jr. appears in this episode.
111 14 "War and Peace" Andrew D. Weyman Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline January 12, 1993 (1993-01-12) 614
As Roseanne takes Jackie to the hospital and Darlene bails Dan out of jail, the story of Dan's defending Jackie quickly spreads through town. Meanwhile, Fisher begs Jackie to come back to him. Roseanne is prepared to attack him herself, but learns that Jackie is strong enough to make her own decisions.
112 15 "Lanford Daze" Andrew D. Weyman Monica Piper and David Raether January 26, 1993 (1993-01-26) 615
Darlene vandalizes the Lunch Box and Roseanne forces her to sell loose-meat sandwiches at the Lanford Days concession. Vegetarian Darlene is chagrined, but the town is thrilled when their festival is visited by a celebrity, Loretta Lynn.
113 16 "Wait Till Your Father Gets Home" Andrew D. Weyman Amy Sherman February 9, 1993 (1993-02-09) 616
Roseanne and Jackie's father dies and his mistress shows up for the funeral, causing friction between Roseanne and Jackie. Roseanne is upset to learn that her father was never sorry for the abuse he inflicted on her as a child.
114 17 "First Cousin, Twice Removed" Andrew D. Weyman Janice Jordan February 16, 1993 (1993-02-16) 617
Ronnie (Joan Collins), Roseanne's obnoxious, wealthy cousin comes to town, hoping to end the feud that began years ago when she did not put Roseanne in her wedding party. Ronnie then encourages Darlene to take her savings and follow her to New York City.
115 18 "Lose a Job, Winnebago" Andrew D. Weyman Norm Macdonald February 23, 1993 (1993-02-23) 618
The Conners go on a roadtrip with the Tildens for a taping of The Jackie Thomas Show; Dan tries to persuade Roseanne to have another child.
116 19 "It's a Boy!" Andrew D. Weyman Rob Ulin March 2, 1993 (1993-03-02) 619
Darlene begs Roseanne to let David move in with them; after immediately refusing, Roseanne relents when she realizes that his situation really is intolerable.
117 20 "It Was Twenty Years Ago Today" Andrew D. Weyman Betsy Borns March 9, 1993 (1993-03-09) 620
During Roseanne and Dan's anniversary, Dan borrows Roseanne's wedding ring to remodel the design. Roseanne poses for a sexy photograph for Dan. Bill Maher appears in this episode.
118 21 "Playing with Matches" Andrew D. Weyman Robert Borden March 23, 1993 (1993-03-23) 621
Roseanne tries to set her mother up with a friend from the retirement home; Molly puts the moves on David.
119 22 "Promises, Promises" Andrew D. Weyman Mike Gandolfi April 6, 1993 (1993-04-06) 622
Darlene decides to attend the prom with David, and then take him to a motel room afterward. Are both of them ready for sex? Is either one ready? Tim Curry appears in this episode.
120 23 "Glengarry, Glen Rosey" Philip Charles MacKenzie Teleplay: Scott Burton and Lois Bromfield
Story: Sy Dukane and Denise Moss
May 4, 1993 (1993-05-04) 623
Dan finishes remodeling a house, but is close to losing his own house. Tim Curry appears in this episode. Chris Farley has an uncredited cameo in this episode.
121 24 "Tooth or Consequences" Gail Mancuso Leslie Reider May 11, 1993 (1993-05-11) 624
Dan accidentally knocks out Roseanne's tooth the day the health inspector- who turns out to be Leon- visits. After Darlene and David finally consummate their relationship, Darlene is accepted to a Chicago art school, but David is not; can she leave him? Bob Odenkirk appears in this episode.
122 25 "Daughters and Other Strangers" Jeff Margolis Eric Gilliland May 18, 1993 (1993-05-18) 625
Roseanne and Dan agree to let Darlene go to art school in Chicago; DJ befriends an annoying neighbor boy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).

Season 6 (1993–94)[edit]

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123 1 "Two Down, One to Go" Philip Charles MacKenzie Amy Sherman September 14, 1993 (1993-09-14) 701
Roseanne is heartbroken when Darlene refuses to drive to Chicago with her. In the hope that she will stay, David asks Darlene to marry him. Roseanne eventually goes to Darlene's Chicago apartment and stays the night, and they have a mother-daughter talk.
124 2 "The Mommy's Curse" Philip Charles MacKenzie Eric Gilliland September 21, 1993 (1993-09-21) 704

Roseanne has had her fill of Bev at the Lunchbox, so Bev agrees to leave, selling her share to Leon, Roseanne's old boss. Elsewhere, Jackie returns to dating by accepting an invite from Fred, a friend of Dan's, in his first appearance in the series.

Absent: Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner and Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner.
125 3 "Party Politics" Philip Charles MacKenzie Miriam Trogdon September 28, 1993 (1993-09-28) 703
DJ begins skipping school. Roseanne is tired of Darlene and David's separation, so hosts a weekend for the two. When Darlene discovers that it was her mother's plan, she and DJ team up to plot revenge against her. Jackie refuses to date Fred again after their 1-night stand.
126 4 "A Stash from the Past" Philip Charles MacKenzie Kevin Abbott October 5, 1993 (1993-10-05) 705
Roseanne, shocked to find a bag of marijuana in David's room, immediately punishes him for possession. David thinks it's Darlene's, so he covers for her by saying it's his. But Dan realizes that it's a 20-year-old stash of his and Roseanne's, so they and Jackie indulge once again for old times' sake...
127 5 "Be My Baby" Philip Charles MacKenzie Rick Ulin October 19, 1993 (1993-10-19) 706

Roseanne has been trying to get pregnant for months, but Jackie is the one with the big announcement when she finds out that she's pregnant from her 1-night stand with Fred.

Absent: Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner
128 6 "Halloween V" Gail Mancuso Betsy Borns and Miriam Trogdon October 26, 1993 (1993-10-26) 708
Nancy thinks that Dan doesn't like her, and Roseanne soon realizes she is right. Darlene and David scheme to terrify Roseanne on Halloween.
129 7 "Homeward Bound" Philip Charles MacKenzie Michael Borkow November 2, 1993 (1993-11-02) 702
Darlene returns home and realizes how much David misses her. Roseanne and Dan learn that DJ has begun masturbating and struggle figuring how to deal with it. After Darlene leaves, David lies to Roseanne and Dan that he has decided to move back in with his mother when in reality he moves in with Darlene in Chicago.
130 8 "Guilt by Imagination" Philip Charles MacKenzie Teleplay: Pat Bullard and Stevie Ray Fromstein
Story: Lois Bromfield
November 9, 1993 (1993-11-09) 707

Dan has lunch with old flame Phyllis Zimmer (mentioned in the 1st-season episode "The Memory Game"), and has trouble keeping it from Roseanne. Vicki Lawrence appears in this episode.

Absent: Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner
131 9 "Homecoming" Gail Mancuso Sid Youngers November 16, 1993 (1993-11-16) 709

When Becky and Mark return for Dan's 20th high-school football-team anniversary celebration, Roseanne realizes that Becky and Mark are drifting further apart and schemes to break them up, but maybe Mark isn't the one to blame.

Note: First appearance of Sarah Chalke as Becky Conner.
132 10 "Thanksgiving '93" Philip Charles MacKenzie Michael Borkow and Mike Gandolfi November 23, 1993 (1993-11-23) 709

Nana Mary embarrasses a heavily pregnant Jackie; Bev reveals a secret about her marriage; Becky prepares the feast; and Dan and Mark battle.

Note: Sarah Chalke is added to the opening credits.
133 11 "The Driver's Seat" Philip Charles MacKenzie James Berg and Stan Zimmerman November 30, 1993 (1993-11-30) 711
Roseanne's suspicions that Leon is trying to usurp her position as head of the Lunch Box are cast aside by others but ultimately prove to be true. DJ steals Roseanne's car, and her violent response has her questioning whether she is repeating her pattern of childhood abuse onto her kids.
134 12 "White Trash Christmas" Philip Charles MacKenzie William Lucas Walker and Lawrence Broch December 14, 1993 (1993-12-14) 712
Roseanne and Dan go all out for Christmas, in indignant reaction to their neighborhood association's limits on exterior decoration. Roseanne is angry at Becky for using money earmarked for Becky's education to put Mark through trade school and is further annoyed when Becky begins working at a tacky, sexist bar, "Bunz" (a veiled reference to "Hooters"). DJ finds out that David is living with Darlene; also, he tells her he misses her.
135 13 "Suck Up or Shut Up" Philip Charles MacKenzie Teleplay: Betsy Borns and Mike Gandolfi
Story: Amy Morland
January 4, 1994 (1994-01-04) 713

Roseanne joins a women's club because Leon thinks that networking will be good for the diner, and she presses DJ to be friends with the weird son of one of the members (Florence Henderson). Dan finds out that Mark has dropped out of trade school when he catches him at the bar.

Absent: Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner
136 14 "Busted" Philip Charles MacKenzie Amy Sherman January 11, 1994 (1994-01-11) 714
Mark breaks up with Becky because he thinks he isn't good enough for her, and Becky is mad at Roseanne for making her push Mark to go to school. In Chicago, Darlene and David's relationship is becoming strained. Roseanne finds out from Mark's roommate, Roy (Ahmet Zappa), that David has been living with Darlene in Chicago, and she tries to hide the fact from Dan.
137 15 "David vs. Goliath" Philip Charles MacKenzie Steve Pepoon February 1, 1994 (1994-02-01) 716
Roseanne goes to Chicago to get David, who feels guilty about lying to Dan about living with Darlene. When Dan finds out, he throws David out, telling him to go back to his mom's; Roseanne intervenes and persuades Jackie to take him in. Becky tries to pressure Dan into hiring Mark again. Jackie refuses to accept money from Fred for the baby.
138 16 "Everyone Comes to Jackie's" Philip Charles MacKenzie Betsy Borns and Mike Gandolfi February 8, 1994 (1994-02-08) 715
Jackie's house is buzzing with activity as Roseanne tries to hide David from Dan, who has a hard time dealing with David's duplicity.
139 17 "Don't Make Room for Daddy" Philip Charles MacKenzie Stevie Ray Fromstein and Kevin Abbott February 15, 1994 (1994-02-15) 717
In the heat of anger, Dan tells Fred to fight for custody of the baby, so he agrees. Jackie is heartbroken when faced with the papers, and Dan tries to hide the fact that he is the one who suggested it.
140 18 "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Philip Charles MacKenzie Teleplay: James Berg and Stan Zimmerman
Story: Michael Borkow
March 1, 1994 (1994-03-01) 718
Roseanne is the life of the party at a gay bar until Nancy's girlfriend kisses her. One of Becky's old boyfriends gives Mark a reason to distrust her.
141 19 "Labor Day" Philip Charles MacKenzie Teleplay: Miriam Trogdon
Story: Rob Ulin
March 8, 1994 (1994-03-08) 719

Roseanne is upset that Jackie wants Fred in the delivery room instead of her. But she's the one who is there when the contractions start, and she doesn't contact Fred. Jackie gives birth to a son and names him Andy.

Absent: Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner and Sarah Chalke as Becky Conner-Healey
142 20 "Past Imperfect" Philip Charles MacKenzie David Raether March 22, 1994 (1994-03-22) 720
When Dan's father misses an alimony payment he feels forced to give his mother money. Fred asks Jackie about her sexual history, then he regrets asking.
143 21 "Lies My Father Told Me" Philip Charles MacKenzie Teleplay: Eric Gilliland
Story: Rob Ulin
March 29, 1994 (1994-03-29) 721
Roseanne tries to help Dan deal with life-changing news: his mother has a history of mental illness and psychiatric-hospital stays. Ed let Dan believe her imbalance was his fault due to his absence in Dan's life, just so Dan's mom would always look good in his eyes. Dan must come to terms with the idea that his father isn't the monster he'd always thought he was.
144 22 "I Pray the Lord My Stove to Keep" Philip Charles MacKenzie Kevin Abbott and Pat Bullard May 3, 1994 (1994-05-03) 722

DJ has been attending church secretly (saying he was spending that time with a friend), and now he gives Roseanne grief about morals when she wants to keep a stove that was delivered in error.

Absent: Sarah Chalke as Becky Conner-Healey
145 23 "Body by Jake" Philip Charles MacKenzie David Forbes May 10, 1994 (1994-05-10) 723

When Bev breaks her pelvis at the retirement home, she claims she fell in the shower but Roseanne discovers the real story. Fred pops the question to Jackie.

Absent: Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner
146 24 "Isn't It Romantic?" Gail Mancuso Teleplay: Leif Sandaas and Cynthia Hogle
Story: Timothy Schlattmann and Perry Dance
May 17, 1994 (1994-05-17) 724
Mark and David struggle with the concept of feminism. Fred asks Roseanne about ways to propose to Jackie, and uses lines from her favorite soap opera. Roseanne demands passion from Dan, but turns to fantasy instead.
147 25 "Altar Egos" Mark K. Samuels Rob Ulin and Eric Gilliland May 24, 1994 (1994-05-24) 725
Fred and Jackie are unsure about getting married and call off the ceremony; then Fred, who had thought Jackie was having an affair with Dan, realizes that was unreasonable and begs her to marry him. The bride breastfeeds her infant at the altar.

Season 7 (1994–95)[edit]

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148 1 "Nine Is Enough" Gail Mancuso Teleplay: Stevie Ray Fromstein and Pat Bullard
Story: Rob Ulin
September 21, 1994 (1994-09-21) 803

Dan is sick of having so many people living in the house and wants Becky and Mark to move out, Roseanne agrees until Becky tells them she and Mark are trying to get pregnant. Jackie has become overly protective of the baby, causing problems between her and Fred. After a fight, she goes to stay at Roseanne's place. When everyone finds out that Dan shaves his armpits (due to a cyst) Dan storms off to stay at Fred's. Jackie and Fred make-up and Roseanne tells Dan she gave Becky and Mark until May to move out, then announces she is pregnant.

Closing Tag: Dan, in shock over Roseanne's announcement sits at the kitchen table as Roseanne's pregnancy progresses until the day of their son's first birthday party.

Also Starring: Michael O'Keefe, Johnny Galecki, Glenn Quinn

Featuring: Travis Weaver as Ralph
149 2 "Two for One" Gail Mancuso Stephen Godchaux September 28, 1994 (1994-09-28) 801

Jackie sees Darlene's car at a motel and tells Roseanne, who thinks Darlene and David have broken their promise to abstain from having sex. Roseanne is shocked to learn that Darlene is seeing a guy named Jimmy and David knows. David gives Darlene an ultimatum about Jimmy, when she chooses Jimmy, Darlene and David break-up. Dan admits to Jackie that he is afraid about having another baby, Jackie assures him he is always a wreck when Roseanne gets pregnant and Roseanne always comforts him, but when Dan tells Roseanne his fears, Roseanne lashes out at him. Roseanne later reveals to Jackie she is also scared and Jackie convinces her to confide in Dan. She tries to tell Dan, but ends up comforting him like always.

Closing Tag: Throughout the episode family members drink milk from the fridge that is sour, then put it back in the fridge. Dan is the last one to drink the milk and ends up convulsing, but manages to get the milk back in the fridge before passing out on the kitchen floor.

Also Starring: Michael O'Keefe, Johnny Galecki

Absent: Sarah Chalke as Becky Conner-Healy
150 3 "Snoop Davey Dave" Gail Mancuso Elaine Aronson October 5, 1994 (1994-10-05) 802

David is devastated by his break-up with Darlene, when Roseanne tries to tell him to move on he angrily tells her about Darlene's drug use at college. Roseanne and Dan confront Darlene, though she denies it, David reveals he saw her do it and feels she will do it again. Roseanne is furious and refuses to allow Darlene to return to college. Darlene convinces Dan she won't do it again, though he won't admit it, he does try to convince Roseanne to let Darlene go back to school. Roseanne is adamant about keeping Darlene home until she realises David only told her about Darlene's drug use for his own selfish reasons. Though Roseanne can't trust Darlene, she is willing to let her go back to school.

Also Starring: Johnny Galecki, Glenn Quinn

Absent: Sarah Chalke as Becky Conner-Healy
151 4 "Girl Talk" Gail Mancuso Miriam Trogdon October 12, 1994 (1994-10-12) 804

Becky and Mark are arguing constantly and Roseanne finds out from Jackie that Mark hasn't been interested in sex. Jackie tells Roseanne about her own sexual problems with Fred while Roseanne reveals Dan has been trying unusual ways to get her in the mood. Roseanne tries to convince David to get out and meet girls but he isn't interested. Fred tries to have an open talk with Dan and Mark about their sex lives but all three end up realizing they know more than they care to. Roseanne tries to talk to Becky about Mark, and is surprised when Becky reveals she has already been spending time with David talking about her issues with her husband.

Closing Tag: Becky, Roseanne and Jackie sit watching sports, drinking beer and smoking cigars, while Fred, Mark and Dan sit in the kitchen eating pudding Dan has made and talking about their feelings and body issues. After Roseanne makes a quip about Dan's weight in front of Fred and Mark, he cries and runs off.

Also Starring: Michael O'Keefe, Johnny Galecki, Glenn Quinn Guest Stars: Martin Mull, John McConnell

Absent: Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner and Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner
152 5 "Sleeper" Gail Mancuso Tim Doyle October 19, 1994 (1994-10-19) 806

David thinks about moving out and Becky finds out that he had a sex dream and she thinks it is about her. When DJ tells Mark, Mark goes after David who finally admits the dream was about Roseanne. Roseanne is at first disgusted until Dan admits he had a similar dream about Bev when he first started dating Roseanne. David admits to Roseanne that he sees her as a mother figure and Roseanne believes the dream was about his desire for affection. When she reveals the truth to Becky, Becky seems disappointed and admits she is confused about her feelings for David.

Also Starring: Johnny Galecki, Glenn Quinn, Estelle Parsons

Absent: Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner
153 6 "Skeleton in the Closet" Gail Mancuso Teleplay: William Lucas Walker and Lawrence Broch
Story: Lois Bromfield
October 26, 1994 (1994-10-26) 807

Leon begins to pay more attention to Fred who acts overly annoyed about it, Nancy and Leon think Fred doth protest too much. When Leon hosts a Halloween party, all his gay friends seem to know Fred quite well and Roseanne becomes convinced that Fred is gay. Roseanne is also convinced that Bev is going bald and wears a wig, and she is shocked to see a wig in the style of Bev's hair at her hairdresser.

Closing Tag: Bev admits she is bald and takes off her "wig". Then everyone else in the family take off their wigs to show they are bald too. Realizing she has been pranked, Roseanne takes out a detonation device and blows up the house.

Also Starring: Michael O'Keefe, Johnny Galecki, Glenn Quinn, Estelle Parsons Guest Stars: Martin Mull, Sandra Bernhard, Jazzmun Featuring: Bob Nickman, Alec Mapa, Ken Kells

Absent: Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner
154 7 "Follow the Son" Gail Mancuso Dusty Kay November 2, 1994 (1994-11-02) 809

DJ tries to get out of his busboy job at the Lunchbox, Roseanne refuses to fire him until he starts to tell Leon a few of Roseanne's secret work habits. David starts getting attention from girls and he begins dating again, but is upset when Mark reveals Darlene and Jimmy plan to move in together. David goes to Chicago and meets Jimmy, posing as Darlene's peer counselor Craig, he tells Jimmy about Darlene's serious mental health issues. Roseanne schemes to get DJ back to the Lunchbox and tells Dan that DJ needs to learn a work ethic, so Dan gives DJ a job at his work, forcing Roseanne to reveal that she really wants to spend more time with DJ. DJ reluctantly returns to the Lunchbox, but is glad he did when he sees the new busgirl Staci (Traci Lords). Jimmy confronts David with his lies about Darlene, believing instead that David is gay and interested in him, while Darlene finds out about David's lies and is disgusted by his desperate behavior.

Closing Tag: In a parody of a porn movie called "Lunch Box Girls", Roseanne, Staci and Jackie star as horny waitresses working at "The Box". When a male customer comes in they undress him with the promise of getting hot, sweaty, gooey and slippery and end up making him clean out the grease trap while they watch.

Also Starring: Johnny Galecki, Glenn Quinn Guest Stars: Martin Mull, Danny Masterson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Traci Lords Featuring: Bob Nickman, Diane Dorsey

Absent: Sarah Chalke as Becky Conner-Healy.
155 8 "Punch and Jimmy" Gail Mancuso David Raether November 9, 1994 (1994-11-09) 805

DJ is being bullied at school and Dan offers to teach him how to fight. DJ reveals his own patent moves for getting out of a fight which involves lying on the ground in the fetal position. David asks Dan to teach him how to fight, but Roseanne stops Dan, telling him David only wants to learn how to fight to impress Darlene, because Jimmy is a boxer. She tells him to encourage David to feel good about himself which Dan struggles with. Jackie and Roseanne head to Chicago to meet Jimmy. Roseanne dislikes Jimmy and tells Jackie she really wants David and Darlene back together. When DJ beats up David, Dan tries to comfort David and discovers David wasn't trying to impress Darlene, but was trying to impress Dan.

Closing Tag: Fred and Dan argue over a basketball game and Fred uses DJ's fetus position to avoid a fight. Dan gloats until he hears Roseanne come home and joins Fred. This references a pivotal scene in the 1979 film version of the novel The Great Santini, in which Michael O'Keefe (Fred) played Ben, the title character's oldest son.

Also Starring: Michael O'Keefe, Johnny Galecki, Glenn Quinn Guest Stars: Danny Masterson

Absent: Sarah Chalke as Becky Conner-Healy
156 9 "White Men Can't Kiss" Gail Mancuso Rob Ulin and Kevin Abbott November 16, 1994 (1994-11-16) 808

Jackie doesn't want Bev spending so much time at the house and is upset and baffled that Fred likes spending so much time with her. DJ doesn't want to kiss a girl named Gina at school for a play. Roseanne, feeling that DJ is being forced to do something he doesn't want to, meets with his teacher, who tells Roseanne that DJ doen't want to kiss Gina because she is black. Roseanne confronts DJ and tells him he has to kiss her, but he refuses and Dan supports his decision. After a fight with Chuck (James Pickens, Jr.) Dan questions his own bigotry, and he tells DJ he has to kiss Gina. Roseanne confronts her own bigotry when a man stops by late at night at the Lunchbox and she is afraid to let him in until he tells her he is Gina's father. He angrily confronts her and leaves her wondering if she was afraid to let him in because he was a man or because he was black.

Closing Tag: Bev is at Jackie and Fred's again annoying Jackie. When Jackie goes to bed, Bev reveals her true self, with a lower voice she smokes a cigar, drinks a beer and shares a few laughs with Fred.

Also Starring: Michael O'Keefe, Estelle Parsons

Absent: Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner and Sarah Chalke as Becky Conner-Healy.
157 10 "Thanksgiving '94" Gail Mancuso Miriam Trogdon and Lois Bromfield November 23, 1994 (1994-11-23) 810
Roseanne gets alarming news about her pregnancy that she can't confirm with the prenatal clinic. Nana Mary, feeble new husband on her arm, upsets Bev by discussing the 2 abortions she had long ago.
158 11 "Maybe Baby" Gail Mancuso Teleplay: Matt Berry and Ed Yeager
Story: Cynthia Mort
November 30, 1994 (1994-11-30) 811

Roseanne and Dan are anxious about her pregnancy, and DJ steps up and says he will help with whatever is needed. There is good news, but the celebration is dimmed by another fight.

Absent: Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner and Sarah Chalke as Becky Conner-Healy
159 12 "The Parenting Trap" Gail Mancuso Sid Youngers December 14, 1994 (1994-12-14) 812
DJ's teacher informs Dan and Roseanne that he is having difficulties at school and they fight over who will deal with the problem. Dan is upset because he thinks Roseanne doesn't respect his parenting skills. He learns from Mark that the problem is that DJ has begun having erections in class - preventing him from rising to go the front of the class - and so Dan tells DJ how to cover up. But Roseanne isn't satisfied with this solution and tries to do better by telling DJ about her first menstruation, which sends him away screaming, making Dan feel validated about his own parenting skills.
160 13 "Rear Window" Gail Mancuso Michael Borkow and Danny Zuker January 4, 1995 (1995-01-04) 813
The new nudist couple next door tell the Conners that they are perverted for watching them, so they put up a hedge. David's coffee-time with Becky worries Mark, so he enlists Darlene's help.
161 14 "My Name is Bev" Gail Mancuso Bob Nickman January 11, 1995 (1995-01-11) 814

After drunk-driving, Bev is forced to attend an AA meeting, where she realizes she is indeed an alcoholic. When she shows up at Dan's Super Bowl XXIX party, Roseanne tells the guests to hide the keg. This proves catastrophic.

Absent: Sarah Chalke as Becky Conner-Healy
162 15 "Bed and Bored" Gail Mancuso Eric Gilliland February 1, 1995 (1995-02-01) 817
Roseanne lies about the doctor putting her on total bedrest so everyone will be waiting on her. David discovers her lie, and Jackie confronts Bev about her terrible mothering.
163 16 "Sisters" Gail Mancuso Michael Borkow February 8, 1995 (1995-02-08) 815
Fred wants Jackie to get rid of DJ, who's working his nerves. Jackie confronts Roseanne about it, trying to avoid conflict with Fred only to walk into it with Roseanne. Meanwhile, Dan tries to plan Roseanne's birthday celebration with their daughters.
164 17 "Lost Youth" Gail Mancuso Pat Bullard and Stevie Ray Fromstein February 15, 1995 (1995-02-15) 818

David and Mark fight over Stacy (Traci Lords), a Lunch Box waitress. Jackie confronts Fred about their boring sex life.

Absent: Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner
165 18 "Single Married Female" Gail Mancuso Betsy Borns February 22, 1995 (1995-02-22) 819

Jackie has started spending time, though not romantically, with a man she met through Stacy. Dan sees them at the Lobo and confronts Jackie, pointing out that if she's not telling Fred about this man, then what she's doing amounts to cheating.

Closing Tag: While Roseanne does not appear in the actual episode, she does address the audience and let them know they shouldn't worry, although she needed bed rest and couldn't tape that night's episode she will still be getting paid. She then explains where babies come from.

Absent: Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Sarah Chalke as Becky Conner-Healy
166/167 19/20 "All About Rosey" Gail Mancuso Teleplay: Rob Ulin and Perry Dance
Story: Leif Sandass and Rob Ulin
March 1, 1995 (1995-03-01) 816A/816B

In the first part of this one hour clip show special, a young Roseanne and Jackie go to a fortuneteller to look into the future, where they find Jackie taking an adult, autistic DJ to a psychiatrist. In the second half, sitcom moms point the finger at Rosey about parenting.

Absent: Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Sarah Chalke as Becky Conner-Healy
168 21 "Husbands and Wives" Gail Mancuso Kevin Abbott March 22, 1995 (1995-03-22) 820
Roseanne gets DJ to help Darlene cut her own allowance. Jackie and Fred split.
169 22 "Happy Trailers" Mark K. Samuels Tim Doyle and Sid Youngers March 29, 1995 (1995-03-29) 821
Becky and Mark move into a tacky trailer park, where they are welcomed by a tipsy neighbor (Sharon Stone).
170 23 "The Blaming of the Shrew" Gail Mancuso Lawrence Broch May 3, 1995 (1995-05-03) 823

DJ's new girlfriend (Ashley Johnson), who Roseanne actually likes, is bossing him around, and their relationship causes problems at school. Jackie and Fred see a psychologist (Ellen DeGeneres) about their anger issues.

Absent: Sarah Chalke as Becky Conner-Healy
171 24 "The Birds and the Frozen Bees" Gail Mancuso David Forbes May 10, 1995 (1995-05-10) 822

Roseanne thinks David likes someone other than Darlene, so the two reconcile after much poking and prodding.

Absent: Sarah Chalke as Becky Conner-Healy
172 25 "Couch Potatoes" Mark K. Samuels Eric Gilliland May 17, 1995 (1995-05-17) 825

The Conners are chosen as a Nielsen family. Roseanne's nesting instincts disrupt the family routine. Jackie and Fred's marriage comes to an end.

Absent: Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner
173 26 "Sherwood Schwartz: A Loving Tribute" Gail Mancuso Teleplay: William Lucas Walker
Story: Allan Stephan and William Lucas Walker
May 24, 1995 (1995-05-24) 824

Roseanne encourages Dan to return to working on the boat in the garage, bringing on a massive Gilligan's Island fantasy transforming family members into the sitcom's characters.

Absent: Sarah Chalke as Becky Conner-Healy

Season 8 (1995–96)[edit]

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174 1 "Shower the People You Love with Stuff" Gail Mancuso Lawrence Broch September 19, 1995 (1995-09-19) 901

Becky and Darlene feud over Roseanne's baby shower.

Note: Lecy Goranson returned to the role of Becky Conner-Healey. Sarah Chalke made a guest appearance in this episodes closing tag which was a parody of The Patty Duke Show theme, featuring the two Beckys. This tag does not appear on the DVD version of this episode. It was also the last appearance of Natalie West as Crystal.
175 2 "Let Them Eat Junk" Gail Mancuso Teleplay: Matt Berry and Ed Yeager
Story: Carrie Snow
September 26, 1995 (1995-09-26) 902
Jackie has a bee in her bonnet over Roseanne feeding Andy junkfood. Dan is upset since DJ's only perspective of him includes a can of beer.
176 3 "Roseanne in the Hood" Mark K. Samuels Teleplay: Mike Costa and Drew Ogier
Story: Allan Stephan
October 17, 1995 (1995-10-17) 904

When a new, more classy restaurant opens opposite the Lunchbox, Roseanne declares war. Pat Harrington, Jr. appears in this episode.

Absent: Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy
177 4 "The Last Date" Gail Mancuso Eric Gilliland and Daniel Palladino October 24, 1995 (1995-10-24) 905
The temptation to crash a stranger's bar mitzvah at a local hotel is too much for Roseanne as she drags Dan out on the town for a "last hurrah" before the baby is born.
178 5 "Halloween: the Final Chapter" Roseanne Barr Roseanne Barr and Lois Bromfield October 31, 1995 (1995-10-31) 906

On Halloween, Roseanne reigns as "Queen of the Gypsies, consort of wizards and seer of souls." A Ouija board sends a message from "The Dead" that portends an unexpected event: Roseanne goes into labor. She delivers a baby boy, Jerry Garcia Conner.

Absent: Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, and Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy; However, they appear in archive footage of previous episodes.
179 6 "The Fifties Show" Gail Mancuso Allan Stephan November 7, 1995 (1995-11-07) 907
The Conners find themselves going back in time in this spoof of 1950s sitcoms (shot mostly in black and white): Roseanne's a fussy hausfrau, Dan is a hapless businessman stewing over "the Anderson account", and Jackie's the wacky neighbor.
180 7 "The Getaway, Almost" Gail Mancuso Cynthia Mort November 14, 1995 (1995-11-14) 908

Jackie and Roseanne's shopping trip with Jerry turns into a version of Thelma and Louise when they pick up a teenage hitchhiker and run a trucker off the road. Jenna Elfman appears as the hitchhiker.

Absent: Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy
181 8 "The Last Thursday in November" Gail Mancuso Ritch Shydner November 21, 1995 (1995-11-21) 909

When DJ's teacher gives his students free rein, the class Thanksgiving pageant takes on a decidedly modern, Pulp Fiction twist that offends many of the parents, but not the Conners. Roseanne invites some new Native American friends over for their Thanksgiving celebration, and they do it their way.

Absent: Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey
182 9 "Of Mice and Dan" Gail Mancuso Bob Nickman November 28, 1995 (1995-11-28) 910

Dan's old bandmates (John Popper) roll into Lanford to play, and Dan gets a dose of regret, infused with a tad of depression. Roseanne talks to the band and gets Dan a little stage time, which he fully enjoys.

Note: Blues Traveler, who guest starred in the episode, would compose the show's theme song next season.

Absent: Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner and Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey
183 10 "Direct to Video" Gail Mancuso Michael B. Kaplan December 5, 1995 (1995-12-05) 903

While Roseanne narrates a video time capsule for her unborn child, Becky and Darlene find old love letters of Dan and Roseanne's. DJ gets upset when he finds his parents did not fill out his baby book, and Mark cooks a 'special' dinner for the Conner clan.

Note: Last appearance of Michael O'Keefe as Fred.
184 11 "December Bride" Gail Mancuso William Lucas Walker December 12, 1995 (1995-12-12) 911

Scott and Leon have trouble planning their wedding until Roseanne offers to plan it for free. This includes dealing with Leon's cold feet/self-doubt about his sexuality.

Absent: Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner and Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey
185 12 "Thrilla Near Vanilla" Gail Mancuso Ed Yeager January 2, 1996 (1996-01-02) 912

Jackie realizes her hidden talent as a samplesperson as she and Roseanne take jobs at a grocery store. Meanwhile, Dan and David fight about Mark being DJ's role model.

Absent: Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner and Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey
186 13 "The White Sheep of the Family" Gail Mancuso David Raether January 9, 1996 (1996-01-09) 913
After the Conners receive a small inheritance from Great-Aunt Harriet, they decide to go out for a nice dinner, with their limits already set, until Darlene unexpectedly pops in. Meanwhile, DJ is contemplating what to spend his own personal inheritance, $500. Darlene spends her visit home alienating the family and hurling insults, until the family finally bites back. DJ buys a trombone.
187 14 "Becky Howser, M.D." Gail Mancuso Sid Youngers January 16, 1996 (1996-01-16) 914
Mark tries to help a depressed Becky, by inviting family and friends over for a surprise get-together. Roseanne talks to her at the party, as everything is going wrong, and she admits that she wants more out of life. Roseanne supports that decision, unaware that Becky's plans for change include her marital status.
188 15 "Out of the Past" Gail Mancuso Drew Ogier and Mike Costa February 6, 1996 (1996-02-06) 915
While Nana Mary amuses Roseanne and Jackie with a box of their childhood treasures, they take a walk down memory lane & discover that Roseanne has always been the queen to Jackie's minion status. Jackie finds her long-lost doll, "Mrs. Tuttle," that she thought had been 'doll-napped', Roseanne tries to pin the disappearance on a napping Nana Mary. But Nana Mary reveals the truth....
189 16 "Construction Junction" Gail Mancuso Daniel Palladino February 13, 1996 (1996-02-13) 916

When Dan's buddies show up with a great new job prospect for the old crew, Dan is confused: Should he continue on at the garage or make a bid on a huge construction job that would make him & his friends a lot of money? Meanwhile, Jackie gets hooked up to the Internet: her initial reluctance doesn't last and soon David needs to intervene.

Absent: Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey and Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner
190 17 "We're Going to Disney World" Gail Mancuso Matt Berry February 20, 1996 (1996-02-20) 917

The family goes hog-wild with excitement and with plans to travel to Disney World Dan brings home his final paycheck from the Lanford City Garage.

Note: Sarah Chalke returned to the role of Becky Conner-Healey. This is the first of three episodes she appeared in this season.
191 18 "Disney World War II" Gail Mancuso Allan Stephan February 27, 1996 (1996-02-27) 918

Fireworks and fanfare accompany the Conners on a whirlwind tour of the magical kingdom of Disney World, when Darlene finds she's actually happy in the presence of Winnie the Pooh.

Note: This is the second of three episodes to feature Sarah Chalke as Becky Conner-Healey.
192 19 "Springtime for David" Mark K. Samuels Garland Testa and David Forbes March 12, 1996 (1996-03-12) 919
After strict orders from Dan, David finally moves out and works at a not-well-known theme park in Lanford, where he's transformed into an eerily smiling automaton. The episode's name is a reference to Springtime for Hitler. The episode itself was a satire of the Walt Disney Company, who, after having recently acquired the American Broadcasting Company, had made the network's shows (including Roseanne) film and air Disney-themed episodes, including the immediately preceding episodes "We're Going to Disney World" and "Disney World War II".
193 20 "Another Mouth to Shut Up" Mark K. Samuels Teleplay: Janet Leahy and Richard Kaplan
Story: Eric Gilliland
March 26, 1996 (1996-03-26) 920

Just weeks after their hot night in Disney World, Darlene proposes to David and announces that she's pregnant.

Absent: Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey
194 21 "Morning Becomes Obnoxious" Gail Mancuso Leif Sandaas April 9, 1996 (1996-04-09) 921

After an impromptu interview at the diner goes spectacularly well, Roseanne prepares to "Wake Up Chicago" on a morning TV talk show (with Jackie as her manager) with a news commentator who has a unique and "opinionated blue-collar outlook". Meanwhile, David plans for the wedding, but offends Bev as well.

Absent: Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey
195 22 "Ballroom Blitz" Gail Mancuso Teleplay: Cathy Ladman and Carrie Snow
Story: Cathy Ladman
April 30, 1996 (1996-04-30) 922

Bev's smitten with her passionate ballroom-dance instructor, but—Drama on the Dance Floor alert!-he starts flirting with the newly divorced Jackie. When Jackie agrees to have dinner with him, Bev's claws come out!

Guest Star: Tony Curtis as Hal

Absent: Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey
196 23 "The Wedding" Gail Mancuso Michael B. Kaplan and Lawrence Broch May 7, 1996 (1996-05-07) 923

Dan suffers a heart attack at Darlene and David's wedding.

Note: This is the final of three episodes to feature Sarah Chalke as Becky Conner-Healey. She returned full-time in season 9.
197 24 "Heart & Soul" Gail Mancuso Daniel Palladino and William Lucas Walker May 14, 1996 (1996-05-14) 924

Roseanne tries—in vain—to be cool at the hospital. We learn that DJ performed CPR on Dan to keep him alive. Dan's hospital room is the venue for Darlene and David's scaled-down reception.

Note: Last appearance of Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey.
198 25 "Fights and Stuff" Mark K. Samuels Teleplay: Cynthia Mort and Sid Youngers
Story: Eric Gilliland
May 21, 1996 (1996-05-21) 925

Dan returns home to strict diet regime and other rules, but he goes against it behind Roseanne's back. When she finds out, it leads to a huge argument during which old resentments are brought up and the house is trashed due to their anger at each other. In the end, Roseanne walks out as her marriage to Dan looks on the verge of complete collapse.

Absent: Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner-Healey and Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey

Season 9 (1996–97)[edit]

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199 1 "Call Waiting" Mark K. Samuels Drew Ogier and Allan Stephan September 17, 1996 (1996-09-17) 1001
Regretting breaking the rules and fighting with Roseanne, Dan fixes the house after the huge fight and leaves a ton of messages on Jackie's answering machine. Roseanne finds herself in front of Jackie's TV, watching notable past sitcoms like That Girl, I Dream of Jeannie, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Cameo appearance by Ed Asner on the latter show), eventually finding her and Dan playing the roles of Ann & Don, Mary and Lou Grant, and Jeannie and Tony. Later, Jackie convinces Roseanne that Dan and Roseanne were meant for each other and, when she is finally alone with Andy and Jerry, makes a shocking discovery about her lottery ticket after watching the lottery drawings on TV.
200 2 "Millions from Heaven" Mark K. Samuels Nancy Steen and Cynthia Mort September 24, 1996 (1996-09-24) 1002
The lottery ticket mentioned in the last episode is a winner! Roseanne has won $108 million! Amidst the press bombardment, The family ponders what to do with all that money.
201 3 "What a Day for a Daydream" Mark K. Samuels Richard Kaplan and Garland Testa October 1, 1996 (1996-10-01) 1003
With a full dinner table and a home-cooked meal, Roseanne daydreams about the lottery winnings; from a riot on the Jerry Springer Show to a glamorous photo shoot with Jackie and Hugh Hefner.
202 4 "Honor Thy Mother" Mark K. Samuels Bob Nickman and Amy Welsh October 8, 1996 (1996-10-08) 1004
Dan announces that he's going to visit his mother in California. Jackie and Roseanne wait out the Conner house's renovation at a spa.
203 5 "Someday My Prince Will Come" Mark K. Samuels Carrie Snow and Janet Leahy October 15, 1996 (1996-10-15) 1005

Prince Carlos Charmaine (Jim Varney) from Moldavia, visits Jackie, with whom he's enamored after seeing her on television. Roseanne warns Jackie to remain distant, until Leon discovers that he's really a prince. The family are invited on a trip to New York with Leon in place of Dan, who's still in California.

Absent: John Goodman as Dan Conner
204 6 "Pampered to a Pulp" Mark K. Samuels Stacie Lipp October 22, 1996 (1996-10-22) 1007

Roseanne and Jackie's spa trip subjects them to a strict diet, acid peels, skin toxins, and exhausting hikes. Tammy Faye Messner appears in this episode.

Absent: John Goodman as Dan Conner, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Healey, Michael Fishman as DJ Conner and Sarah Chalke as Becky Healey
205 7 "Satan, Darling" Roseanne Barr Teleplay: Roseanne Barr and Jennifer Saunders
Story: Roseanne Barr and Ellen Quigley
October 29, 1996 (1996-10-29) 1006

Roseanne, Jackie, and Nancy visit New York City's Upper West Side, where they meet celebrities and are invited to Martha's Vineyard by a woman named Astrid Wentworth. After getting drunk with Edina Monsoon (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) of Absolutely Fabulous, Roseanne has a Rosemary's Baby-parody nightmare of Darlene giving birth to Satan.

Absent: John Goodman as Dan Conner, Michael Fishman as DJ Conner and Sarah Chalke as Becky Healey
206 8 "Hoi Polloi Meets Hoiti Toiti" Mark K. Samuels Leif Sandaas and Debbie Kasper November 12, 1996 (1996-11-12) 1008

Roseanne, Jackie, DJ, Mark, Bev, Becky, Andy, and Jerry go to the Wentworth estate to meet Astrid's family, who aren't impressed at Roseanne's trashy ways. When she finds the family's stash of "happy pills," Roseanne teaches them to scream out their anger. Dana Gould appears in this episode.

Absent: John Goodman as Dan Conner
207 9 "Roseambo" Gary Halvorson R. Gaylor and Betsy Salkind November 19, 1996 (1996-11-19) 1009

Roseanne meets First Lady Hillary Clinton (Teresa Barnwell), after saving her family and Dr. Bakshmi from women-hating terrorists on a train to Washington D.C. Steven Seagal, Mike Tyson and Don King appear in this episode.

Absent: John Goodman as Dan Conner
208 10 "Home Is Where the Afghan Is" Gary Halvorson Lawrence Broch November 26, 1996 (1996-11-26) 1010

Roseanne, Jackie, and the family finally arrive home from all the excitement! Roseanne is disappointed that Dan hasn't returned from his trip yet. Her Thanksgiving is being catered, so she and Jackie open the Lunch Box as a soup kitchen. Bev reveals more than she intended during Thanksgiving dinner (as usual).

Absent: John Goodman as Dan Conner
209 11 "Mothers and Other Strangers" Gary Halvorson Roseanne Barr and Cynthia Mort December 3, 1996 (1996-12-03) 1011

Dan still isn't home, and Roseanne is afraid of the changes she has made to family and house. Elsewhere, Bev seeks answers from free-spirited mother Mary, who finally mends her relationship with her daughter.

Absent: John Goodman as Dan Conner
210 12 "Home for the Holidays" Mark K. Samuels Teleplay: Lawrence Broch
Story: Roseanne Barr
December 17, 1996 (1996-12-17) 1012
Dan finally returns home, but he treats Roseanne coolly, and Jackie catches him on the phone flirting with his mother's nurse.
211 13 "Say It Ain't So" Mark K. Samuels Nancy Steen January 7, 1997 (1997-01-07) 1013
Roseanne kicks Dan out over his affair with his mother's nurse, and her decision devastates her.
212 14 "Hit the Road, Jack" Mark K. Samuels Roseanne Barr January 14, 1997 (1997-01-14) 1014
Roseanne ignores Dan and drives around town eating fast food and listening to radio shows. She thinks Dan had an affair because of her appearance. As Dan packs his bags to leave, he and DJ have a huge fight. In the heat of anger, DJ goes to a video store and meets his soul mate, Heather (Heather Matarazzo). Dan heads back to California, but at the last moment he cancels his flight and moves into a motel near the airport.
213 15 "The War Room" Mark K. Samuels Bob Nickman January 28, 1997 (1997-01-28) 1015

A depressed Roseanne locks herself and Jerry in her bedroom with fatty foods, trashy magazines, and TV. Friends and family attempt to get her out, but all ultimately fail to do so--until Mark tells her that Dan hasn't left town yet and wants her back.

Absent: John Goodman as Dan Conner
214 16 "Lanford's Elite" Gary Halvorson Teleplay: Richard Whitley and Bob Rubin
Story: Allan Stephan
February 11, 1997 (1997-02-11) 1016

Roseanne and Jackie attend an exquisite luncheon where they discuss politics and other topics with Lanford's elite. Roseanne meets Edgar Wellman (James Brolin), son of the owner of Roseanne and Jackie's former workplace, and Edgar asks Roseanne for money to help keep Wellman Plastics open--it fell into decline after the sisters left in 1989.

Absent: John Goodman as Dan Conner
215 17 "Some Enchanted Merger" Gary Halvorson April Winchell February 11, 1997 (1997-02-11) 1017

Jackie believes that Roseanne and Edgar Wellman are an item for real--they're not, although Roseanne desperately, secretly, wishes they were! Roseanne claims it's just for business; Jackie doesn't believe her. Roseanne dreams that the couple are from the movie Evita.

Absent: John Goodman as Dan Conner
216 18 "A Second Chance" Mark K. Samuels Cynthia Mort February 18, 1997 (1997-02-18) 1018
Reluctant to leave, Dan asks Jackie about Edgar Wellman's relationship with Roseanne. Jackie confirms, but Roseanne returns to Dan. As they reconcile, they receive a call from Jackie: Darlene is in labor and has been given a drug to stop her from delivering a premature baby.
217 19 "The Miracle" Gary Halvorson Teleplay: Drew Ogier
Story: Roseanne Barr
February 25, 1997 (1997-02-25) 1019
Darlene gives birth to a dangerously premature baby girl, Harris Conner Healy. Roseanne consults other doctors from around the world, but what ultimately keeps the baby alive is Roseanne's own grandmotherly love and nurturing.
218 20 "Roseanne-Feld" Mark K. Samuels April Winchell and Richard Whitley March 4, 1997 (1997-03-04) 1020

Jackie and Mark attend a wrestling match, where Jackie ends up fighting the Black Widow (Dot Jones). DJ's first sexual experience looms and he consults Mark, who isn't helpful.

Absent: John Goodman as Dan Conner
219 21 "The Truth Be Told" Mark K. Samuels Lawrence Broch and April Winchell March 18, 1997 (1997-03-18) 1021

Roseanne and Jackie learn that producers want to make a TV-movie about the Conners, but also find out that they want to make distressingly drastic changes: gorgeous actors to play the Conners, less blue-collar plot twists, etc. Meanwhile, Bev, Leon, and Joyce naively reveal all kinds of information about Roseanne's life and past to a tabloid reporter.

Absent: John Goodman as Dan Conner
220 22 "Arsenic and Old Mom" Mark K. Samuels Carrie Fisher May 13, 1997 (1997-05-13) 1022

Dan's mother Audrey (now played by Debbie Reynolds, before played by Ann Wedgeworth in the 1989 Thanksgiving episode), visits unexpectedly and keeps trying to kill her son for putting her away for so many years. Roseanne finally decides to end it all with a simple backyard battle.

Special Guest Star: Debbie Reynolds
221/222 23/24 "Into That Good Night" Gary Halvorson Part 1:
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Roseanne Barr and Allan Stephan
May 20, 1997 (1997-05-20) 1023/1024

Part 1: Harris Conner Healy, Darlene and David's preemie daughter, finally arrives home, and Darlene decides to stay in the Conner nest for a while and DJ begrudgingly gives up his room and heads for David's former space in the basement. When Mark and Becky come to visit Harris, it is revealed that they too are expecting; Mark wants to spread the news, but Becky opts to keep it quiet until things are going more smoothly with Harris. Darlene is apprehensive about overstaying their welcome but when she questions her mother, Roseanne says she wants them to stay forever. Darlene would like that too, so she's relieved. Leon and his husband announce that they will be adopting a little girl, Nadia, who needs a family.
Part 2: In the first half, the family talks about life after winning the lottery. Then Roseanne reflects about her fictional life as a voiceover monologue reveals that the show itself has really been her writing. She says that while the book she was writing was based on her life, she changed what she didn't like. For instance: in reality, the Conners did not win the lottery; Dan died of the heart attack; Jackie--not Bev--was gay; and Mark and Darlene, and Becky and David, were the Conner-Healy couples. In the final moments, after looking over her book, she goes upstairs and sits on the couch. The show fades to black and her trademark laugh is heard one last time.

In 2011, the two-part finale was ranked #9 on the TV Guide Network special, TV's Most Unforgettable Finales.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TV's Most Unforgettable Finales". 22 May 2011. TV Guide Network.