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  • S 9 : Ep 24

    Into That Good Night (2)

    Aired 5/20/97

  • S 9 : Ep 23

    Into That Good Night (1)

    Aired 5/20/97

  • S 9 : Ep 22

    Arsenic and Old Mom

    Aired 5/13/97

  • S 9 : Ep 21

    The Truth Be Told

    Aired 3/18/97

  • S 9 : Ep 20


    Aired 3/4/97

  • Cast & Crew
  • Roseanne Barr

    Roseanne Conner

  • John Goodman

    Dan Conner

  • Laurie Metcalf

    Jackie Harris

  • Sara Gilbert

    Darlene Conner Healy

  • Lecy Goranson

    Rebecca "Becky" Conner Healy

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  • Roseanne was one of the most successful series of the late '80s and early '90s. It always received great ratings and was awarded with 4 Emmys, 3 Golden Globes, 4 American Comedy Awards and a Peabody. The show ran from 1988 to 1997 and ended with one of the most original (and confusing for some) endings in TV history.Set in small town Lanford Illinois, the show followed The Conners, a blue collar family with a humerous backbone, through the trials of: life, marriage, raising a family, and making ends meet. ABC Broadcasting Schedule October 1988-February 1989.....Tuesday 8:30-9:00 February 1989-September 1994......Tuesday 9:00-9:30 September 1994-March 1995......Wednesday 9:00-9:30 March 1995-May 1995......Wednesday 8:00-8:30 May 1995-September 1995......Wednesday 9:30-10:00 September 1995-May 1997......Wednesday 8:00-8:30moreless

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  • Quotes (1794)

    • Dan: I do plenty around here. Roseanne: Like what? Dan: I clean the gutters. Roseanne: And? Dan: What's the point here Roseanne.

    • Darlene: I said I'm sorry, what do you want me to do, jump off a bridge? Roseanne: Yes, and take your brother and sister with you.

    • Becky: The school is having a food drive for poor people. Roseanne: Tell 'em to drive some of that food over here.

    • Dan: Are you ever sorry that we got married? Roseanne: Every second of my life.

    • (Kids leave for school) Roseanne: Quick they're gone change the locks.

    • Becky: Alright, I'll just look like a freak, that's all. Darlene: What's new? Becky: Shut up! Roseanne: This is why some animals eat their young.

    • Darlene: Mom, where's my math book? Roseanne: I sold it!

    • Ms. Crane: Your daughter barks. Roseanne: Our whole family barks!

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    Notes (129)

    • The title of this delightful pilot episode is echoed in two later episode titles, Death And Stuff, 1989 and Fights And Stuff, 1996.

    • At the very end of this (and every) episode, you see the Carsey-Werner logo and copyright. In this episode, it has white text matching the end credits - rather than the orange text used by Carsey-Werner at the time.

    • "Life and Stuff" was also the working title of the series.

    • This pilot episode features a slightly different title sequence with a different Roseanne logo than the one used throughout the rest of the series, the kitchen looks different, and Sal Barone plays D.J. instead of Michael Fishman.

    • This is the only episode of "Roseanne" to date to be published: in Donald McQuade and Robert Atwan, eds., Popular Writing in America: The Interaction of Style and Audience, 5th. edition. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993 (721-35).

    • In this episode D.J. is played by Sal Barone. D.J. was recast after the first episode because the producers wanted someone younger to play the role. There were also some problems between Barone and Sara Gilbert on the set.

    • Due to the cast change in the role of D.J., there is now a slightly different opening credits that will continue to be the opening credits for the first two seasons.

    • The kitchen cabinets changed in this episode from the dark brown to the light brown with white doors. In the next episode, they are brown again. In the episode after that, they the brown/white. This continues to happen until "Canoga Time" where the cabinets stay as the light brown and white for the rest of the series (til season nine).

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    Trivia (335)

    • Judy Prescott who plays Miss Crane also appears as a nurse in the fourth season episode "Less is More" when Roseanne gets surgery.

    • Roseanne does a throwback to this episode in "Into That Good Night (1)": Roseanne is talking to Darlene about raising kids, and she mentions, "Do you remember when I was called down to your school because you had been barking in class?"

    • Laurie Metcalf (Jackie) wore a curly-haired wig in this and a few other early episodes so that she could look more like Roseanne's actual sister.

    • The intersection of Delaware Street and Third Avenue is in Evansville, IN, where Executive Producer Matt Williams attended college.

    • During the breakfast scene, Roseanne asks Dan to save her the coupon from the add section of the newspaper. ¬†As he begins carefully tearing it from the Shopper, nice and straight, the scene cuts to Becky complaining about her book bag. When the camera focuses back on Dan, viewers see him holding a peanut-shaped coupon!

    • In this episode the Conner's garage is entered from the left as opposed to many of the other episodes in which the door is on the right side of the garage. You can see Darlene entering the Garage from the left of the garage.

    • Thanks to Patsy, in this episode, this is the first time we discover that Roseanne has always dreamed of being a writer. Patsy refers to Roseanne talking about how she wanted to be a successful author during a summer barbecue.

    • This is one of the initial episodes of Roseanne in which we see the constant love-hate relationship between Dan & Jackie. In the beginning of the series, Dan & Jackie were fighting a lot of the time, we see their true feelings in this episode.

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    Allusions (349)

    • In the season finale of season eight, Fights and Stuff, homage is paid to this first episode. When Roseanne and Dan are amidst they're big fight after Dan returns home from the hospital after recovering from his heart attack, Dan says "you want me to fix dinner, I'll fix dinner, I'm fixing dinner" to which Roseanne retorts "oh, but honey you just fixed dinner 11 years ago." This is the same dialogue that was used in this first episode during the scene between Dan and Roseanne arguing in the kitchen replacing 3 years ago with 11 years ago as nearing 8 years had passed.

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the song, "We're In The Money" (or "The Gold Digger's Song"), from the 1933 musical, The Gold Diggers of 1933, written by Warren and Dubin for Ted Lewis and the Band.

    • (Roseanne learns that Dan has bought a bell for his boat even though he promised not to)
      Dan: Ask not for whom the bell tolls.
      Roseanne: It tolls for thee, butthead.

      These are lines from the John Donne poem "No Man Is An Island." Except for the word "butthead", of course.

    • Dan: (to Roseanne who offers him more coffee in the restaurant) Hit me again, Trixie. Dan is making an allusion to Ed Norton and his wife, Trixie, two characters from the classic Jackie Gleason sit-com, The Honeymooners.

    • Jackie: (to Darlene, Becky, and DJ who won't let her into the Conner house to babysit) I've got better things to do than babysit the Three Little Pigs! Jackie is like the Big Bad Wolf seeking out the Three Little Pigs, an allusion to the children's classic story, "The Three Little Pigs".

    • Dan: (after phoning home to see if Jackie had arrived to babysit) I called. Everything is fine; Dopey finally showed up. Dan is making an allusion to Dopey, the dimwitted dwarf in Walt Disney's animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

    • Dan: No, but, I've been thinking about all the couples we know. Almost all of them are divorced. Roseanne: Maybe we should try it. Dan: Maybe we should. Roseanne: Okay-- (crossing her arms in front of herself and giving her head a nod) There, we're divorced, Master! Dan: Thanks, Jeannie! Roseanne and Dan are making an allusion to the 1960's television sit-com, I Dream of Jeannie, starring Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman.

    • "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" is also the title of a classic country song recorded by Tammy Wynette. The parents in the song have to spell out words like "divorce" or "custody" because they don't want to upset their five-year-old son.

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  • Fan Reviews (196)
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