Roseanne

Season 9 Episode 1

Call Waiting

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 17, 1996 on ABC
8.2
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Roseanne goes on a spiritual odyssey in front of the TV, after walking out on Dan in the heat of anger. She is now holed up at Jackie's, mesmerized by the sitcom couples she grew up with on That Girl, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and I Dream of Jeannie. Meanwhile, back at the Conner house, Dan is listlessly puttering around fixing things although he'd rather "fix things" in his marriage. In the coda, Jackie realizes that they have won $108 million in the state lottery.moreless

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  • Jumping the Shark...why Roseanne?

    5.0
    Ok, Roseanne was a great, funny comedy and realistic untill this season and episode. This ruined the fun and jumped the shark. Roseanne won the lottery ruining the continuity of the show, and making the realism of the shows average family into something more. Also 2 words \"Sarah Chalke\" as Becky. Her becky is like a stupid blonde sterotype for Becky. Roseanne winning the lottery was the reason why this show jumped the shark. Sure id like to see a reunuion show of what there characters are doing now, but this still was a horrible move for roseanne, do you agree?moreless
  • A very, truly awesome episode! One of the best of the ninth season.

    9.5
    I thought that after i watched this episode the first time that i would definitely count this episode in my "Top Five Favorite Episodes of the Ninth Season." I also thought it was a series classic because NOTHING can separate Dan and Roseanne. When i was watching it, i had a feeling that Roseanne would decide that she should go and talk to Dan; to straighten their relationship up. And, like every Roseanne episode, there was a little humor in it, because if there was not even a little humor in an episode it would not count as a Roseanne episode! lolmoreless
  • Roseanne is guided through the fight of the century by her favorite TV shows.

    7.9
    After the biggest fight of her life in season 8, Roseanne is living at Jackie's house refusing to take any calls from Dan. Roseanne watches old sitcom favorites, Mary Tyler Moore, That Girland I Dream of Jeannie, whcih portray Roseanne and Dan quite hilariously. The 2 of them make up and Jackie, at the end, goes nuts that they've won the freakin' lottery! A good episode, but sad because it opens the show's remarkably fantastic final season. So, I give this episode a good rating. I don't care what anybody else says. Also, Roseanne as Jeannie! That was totally awesome, man!moreless
  • Dan and Roseanne fight which leads Roseanne at Jackie\'s. Roseanne imagines herself in a few sitcoms with Dan and finally goes to appologize. Nothing very pivotal until the end of this episode...moreless

    8.5
    Part of me enjoys this episode because its the defining moment when the whole show changed. I kinda liked when everything changed, making them rich, added a whole new flare to it. But at the same time, it left their foundation of being the blue collar family scrapping by in America.



    This show\'s only flaw is that during the episode, they called too much attention to the lottery ticket. Roseanne\'s mom made a big fuss about it when she used it as a coaster (that was fine), but when Roseanne left she told Jackie to make sure she watch the lottery, kinda gave it away. I think they should have just showed them buying the ticket, used it as a coaster, then won, but i don\'t know.moreless
  • This episode should be remembered as the one before everything "really" changes.

    6.9
    Call Waiting is one of the last classic episodes of Roseanne. At the end of this episode, the Connors win the lottery and thus ends their run as a true blue collar family. This is Roseanne at her quirkiest and most creative. For an episode based in fantasy, it is a very realistic one. While previously, most of Dan and Roseanne's problems centered on the kids, theor marriage is now the hot topic. After Dan's tragic heart attack, Dan and Roseanne just can't see eye to eye and Roseanne begins to see herself as the many t.v. godesses she worships. In the end she realizes that she must be thankful for what she has and the couple is reconciled. This episode should be remembered as the one before everything "really" changes. Still it's not one of the greatest Roseanne episodes.moreless
John Goodman

John Goodman

Dan Conner

Laurie Metcalf

Laurie Metcalf

Jackie Harris

Sara Gilbert

Sara Gilbert

Darlene Conner Healy

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Harris Conner

Michael Fishman

Michael Fishman

David Jacob "D.J." Conner

Edward Asner

Edward Asner

Lou Grant

Guest Star

Cole Roberts

Cole Roberts

Jerry Garcia Conner

Recurring Role

Morgan Roberts

Morgan Roberts

Jerry Garcia Conner

Recurring Role

Garrett Hazen

Garrett Hazen

Andy Harris

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In this introduction to season 9, Lecy Goranson is not shown, nor is she credited. As you will see in the next episode, Sarah Chalke comes back to play the role of Becky this season. Lecy Goranson had originally left the show at the beginning of the 5th season to attend college. Sarah Chalke took over the role of Becky at a point in the 6th season. Lecy Goranson returned to take back over the role of Becky in the 8th season premiere under the impression that that was going to be the last season (as it originally was),intending to work around her school schedule. When conflicts arose with her school schedule, Sarah Chalke played the role of Becky in only those episodes where it was episode for the character to appear that season. Roseanne pitched this 9th season which was accepted. Lecy Goranson did not sign on for the 9th season. Sarah Chalke plays the role of Becky for the 9th season and duration of the show. In the introduction used for season 8, the character of Becky jokingly morphed from a picture of Lecy Goranson to a picture of Sarah Chalke back to a newer picture of Lecy Goranson. This final season, Lecy Goranson does not appear in the introduction. The character of Becky morphs through 3 pictures of Sarah Chalke.

    • This 9th season, as it's the last season of Roseanne, the introduction to the show is accompanied by musical lyrics, the only season and introduction where this occurs. John Popper, lead singer of the band, Blues Traveler sang and wrote the lyrics to the little song. John Popper appeared in an episode last season (8), Of Mice and Dan. Morphing is done once again this season, as in last season, but this season each character appears in a picture frame. The picture frames are shown in rooms that are relative to that character. For example, the picture frame of Jackie is in the service porch in front of the washer and dryer, and D.J.'s is in front of the fridge where, in earlier seasons, his artwork supposedly hung. Roseanne appears at the beginning and end of the introduction.

    • Roseanne is humorously credited in this, and only this, episode as Roseanne Barr Pentland Arnold Thomas. Barr is Roseanne's maiden name. Roseanne has been married 3 times to Bill Pentland, Tom Arnold, and Ben Thomas. She is now divorced and once again goes by, at the time this was written, Roseanne Barr.

    • In this episode, Bev offers to buy happy meals from McDonalds for everyone. This is kinda an offbeat comment since happy meals are perhaps designed for children 12 and under.

    • In "Fights and Stuff", Dan wasn't supposed to excersize for two weeks when he got home. When he is supposidly excersizing, we are to assume that the episode takes place within 2-3 weeks. However in the this episode, Dan reminds David that he has only been married 8 days.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (Roseanne's been staying at Jackie's and Dan's been calling non-stop. Jackie tells her just to answer and not say anything, and just to listen.)
      Roseanne: My marriage is not based on me listening.

    • Lyrics to song sang and written by John Popper which accompanies the season 9 introduction to the show.

      What doesn't kill us is making us stronger.
      We're gonna last longer than the greatest wall in China or that rabbit with the drum.
      If there's one thing that I've learned while waiting for my turn is that in each life some rain falls, but you also get some sun.
      And we'll make out better than okay.
      Hear what I say?
      Yeah, any day.

    • Mark: I bought D.J. tapes for the camera and he made me producer.
      Roseanne: Spell producer Mark!

    • Mark: Dan knows you're not ready to come home so he wants to meet you on neutered territory.

    • Bev: Happy meals for everyone!
      David: I love happy meals!
      Darlene: Great. We'll strap you in your carseat and count little red trucks on the way home.

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