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Season 4 Episode 17

Breakin' Up is Hard to Do

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 18, 1992 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Breakin' Up is Hard to Do
Roseanne and Dan breathe a sigh of relief when Becky breaks up with Mark.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Becky and Mark break up.

    The theme line is almost obligatory - once. By now, the writers likely know that they are going to marry Mark and Becky. So, they need to have a breakup episode at least once.

    The writers work in the typical downstream scenes: Roseanne tittering between being relieved that Becky and Mark are past, and concern for Becky's well-being; the subsequent next boyfriend and the dynamic of the transition boyfriend; and Darlene's confusion about the sexual implications of starting a new relationship.

    One exchange between Dan and Becky salvaged the episode: Dan refused to bow to Becky's demands that her father fire Mark from the bike shop.moreless
John Goodman

John Goodman

Dan Conner

Laurie Metcalf

Laurie Metcalf

Jackie Harris

Sara Gilbert

Sara Gilbert

Darlene Conner Healy

Michael Fishman

Michael Fishman

David Jacob "D.J." Conner

Lecy Goranson

Lecy Goranson

Rebecca "Becky" Conner Healy

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Conner

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • On Thanksgiving, in the episode Thanksgiving '91 earlier in this season, Jackie inquires as to why Mark didn't come and Becky responds that he decided to stay home and have tv dinners with his buddies. In this episode as they're fighting, Becky says Mark cares about his friends more than her. She uses him running off to Chicago with his friends Andy and Rick instead of coming to Thanksgiving dinner as an example.

    • In the closing scene, Dean makes an appeal to the viewers to call the writers. He wants us to persuade them to dump Mark, and to keep him. Then, when Dean makes an ill-advised side comment to Roseanne, the scene shifts into a memorial eulogy mode.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (in reference to Dan being really excited about Dean, unaware that he was the "transition guy")
      Jackie: Poor guy, he didn't have a clue.
      Roseanne: Yeah, it's like somebody moved his food dish.

    • Roseanne: Maybe she's really gonna dump this guy now.
      Dan: What do you think we ought to do?
      Roseanne: Let's go dancing!
      Dan: Lambada!

    • Jackie: How's your back doing?
      Roseanne: Allright.
      Jackie: Still going to physical therapy?
      Roseanne: Yeah.
      Jackie: What about your diet?
      Roseanne: What about your love life?

    • Darlene: Are you gonna sleep with Dean?
      Becky: (sarcastically) Yes Darlene, I'm going to sleep with every guy I meet from now on.
      Darlene: And Dean's okay with this?

    • Dan: So you knew this guy was dead meat before he came to the door?
      Roseanne: Yeah, why do you think I tried to unload the salt-free chips on him?

    • Dan: Hey Rosie, get this, Dean got hurt in football just like I did.
      Roseanne: No kidding, you got drunk and fell off the bus too?

    • Dan: (referring to Becky's new boyfriend, Dean) Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God! He's incredible! I wanna date him myself!

    • DJ: Why did Mom call you a 'man' like that?
      Dan: Because she was mad at me DJ.
      DJ: I thought it was good to be a man.
      Dan: Oh no son, not since the 1960's.

  • NOTES (0)


    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the 1960's hit song, "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do", written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield, and recorded by Neil Sedaka.