Season 1 Episode 11

Canoga Time

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jan 17, 1989 on ABC
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Canoga Time
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, and tries to pass it off, to no avail.

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  • Packrat Dan is a reluctant donator to a rummage sale until Roseanne proposes a deal. Darlene takes getting a good report card into her own hands by forging a grade.

    Although I just loved the scene where Roseanne and Jackie are swooning over Dan the Elvis impersonator, and I thought the Canoga Beer clock activity was a clever contribution to the plot, as well, I can honestly say that out of all of season one's episodes, "Canoga Time" is my least favorite. The rest of the show seemed to be a combination of uncomfortable events that only seemed to drum up unsettling feelings for me. I felt "needled" throughout. Examples:

    *Everyone, especially Dan, reluctantly rummaging through their treasures and being forced to "volunteer" stuff for donation when they had no intentions of getting rid of their belongings in the first place. I detest being put in that position in my own life–- a whole show dedicated to the subject evoked uncomfortable feeling for me right from the start.

    *The girls and the grade-forging escapade: A tired storyline, to say the least; this never works out for anyone, especially in the sitcom world. Watching Darlene and Becky worry and conspire and unsuccessfully bluff was predictable and annoying, and just added to the "upside downess" of this installment. *Sweet, little DJ being a pest (which little brothers can be, but so much "bristly" stuff was in the works already).

    * Jackie throwing a spunk.

    * Throw in some more bickering and whining from Roseanne and Dan, and then from Jackie and Booker, and you've got yourself a filler episode.

    *And, call me crazy, but Roseanne and Dan trashing the house in the conclusion scene left me bothered and mildly exasperated-- but, I don't get why watching a rock star smashing his guitar at the end of a performance is adding to the entertainment value of his show either. "Canoga Time" is an episode I can easily get up during to finish some mundane chore, or make an unnecessary phone call, happy to get back to the TV set when the final credits are rolling. WHOA! That was brutal! I guess I should have skipped this installment altogether. Sorry!moreless
  • As Roseanne and Dan are getting rid of their junk, the girls try to get away with changing Darlene's grade.

    There are so many things that are funny about this episode. I love how they take a normal ordinary day as cleaning out your junk and make it into a scene where you can't stop laughing. This is what makes little Roseanne show a classic comedy. Not to mention the part where Darlene is trying to change her grade so she can stay on the basketball team. This episode also has George Clooney! I am so glad that he got rid of the hairstyle. There are number of jokes that I loved and could possibly list them all here. My favorite thing about this episode is a fight over the stupid beer bear clock!moreless
  • Roseanne cleans out the junk in her house, upsetting Dan over all of his stuff that she wants to donate to the rummage sale. Darlene forges a grade on her report card. Jackie and Booker have another fight but make-up.moreless

    This is just an average episode for Roseanne's first series. It centers around the amiable fight that Rosie and Dan have regarding which junk of his to toss and which to keep. She ultimately tells him that he can keep his Canoga Beer Cuckoo Clock if he is able to fix it before she goes to the rummage sale. Probably the funniest moment of the episode is when Dan is working on the Clock in the kitchen and he starts singing Elvis', at first he is just singing it but he soon belts out a very funny and fine Elvis Impersonation as Roseanne comes in and embarrases him. The only saving grace, for me at least, is the appearance of a very young and very gorgeous George Clooney as Booker.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

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Conner

Lecy Goranson

Lecy Goranson

Rebecca "Becky" Conner Healy

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • At the end of the episode, when Roseanne walks through the living room to the front door to throw out Dan's canon-cigarette lighter, an end table can be seen next to the couch, at the end closest to the door. After she closes the door and goes to stand by Dan behind the couch, the end table is no longer there.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • D.J.: (shouting as he runs into the living room from Dan and Roseanne's bedroom after walking in on Jackie and Booker kissing) They're kissing! They're kissing!
      Roseanne: Who?
      D.J.: Aunt Jackie and Booker
      Roseanne: Are they standing up?

    • Darlene: I didn't get a B on my report card.
      Roseanne:(sarcastically) You didn't?
      Darlene: No, I got an C. (Roseanne and Dan look at the forged B trying to figure it out) On the test that brought my average up to a D, which is what I really got on my report card 'til I changed it. So, you don't have to worry about picking me up from basketball practice anymore and I think the guilt is punishment enough.
      Dan: That and being grounded for three weeks.
      Darlene:(shocked) Oh, no!
      Roseanne: Two weeks.
      Darlene:(relieved) Two is good! (runs upstairs)

    • Dan: (singing while he moves the hands to the hour on his "Canoga Beer" clock) Anytime's the perfect time for a Canoga Beer! The bear's the one to have friends and fun, so, have a Canoga Beer! Ca-NO-ga!
      Clock Bear: (popping out the door of the clock) Bur-r-r-p!

    • Jackie: (yelling as she storms in after being stood up by her date) Scum-sucking, self-centered pile of male garbage!!!
      Roseanne: Dan, it's for you!

    • Roseanne: (calling to Darlene and Becky, locked behind their bedroom door, forging a report card) Come on, you two-- open the door! Don't make me get the teargas!

    • DJ: You gotta Tattoo?
      Jackie: Well, maybe.
      DJ: Can I see it?
      Roseanne: You're too young.
      Dan: Can I see it?
      Roseanne: You're too old!

    • Dan: A man's home is his castle.
      Roseanne: Well, you don't have a castle, so that's why you are staying at my place!

    • Dan: Get in that kitchen and rustle me up some grub, woman.
      Roseanne: Oh, I love it when you talk like a man!

    • Roseanne: (packing for a rummage sale) DJ, put that back in the box, I just packed it.
      DJ: (aiming a hairdryer at her) This is my laser gun!
      Roseanne: I know, it fried my hair!

    • Dan: Dear, I can only fix one thing at a time and I'm still working on you.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This is the first of two episodes in which Roseanne and Dan destroy their possessions. The second episode is the season eight finale "Fights and Stuff". Dan destroys the couch and coffee table in both episodes. However in this episode, Dan and Roseanne "go to bed" but in "Fights and Stuff" Roseanne walks out on Dan.


    • Roseanne: (to DJ who's spying on his sisters to find out what they are up to) Well, it's up to you, "007", to find out "what".
      Dan: And, you will because your name is Bond (takes a drag off a pretend cigarette) James Bond. (blows imaginary smoke from his mouth)

      Roseanne and Dan are making an allusion to author Ian Flemming's fictional British agent, James Bond, who was the inspiration behind a series of spy movies with a character by the same name as its central figure.

    • Roseanne: (trying to get Dan to throw out some of his old things) Well, Dan, now I can't help you if you're not willing to help yourself.
      Dan; Hi, I'm Dan and I'm a pack rat.

      Dan is making an allusion to the Twelve-step program, Alcoholics Anonymous. Typically, at an "AA" meeting, members will introduce themselves by first name, only, and then admit they are an alcoholics.

    • Dan: (after DJ "shoots" Roseanne with the hairdryer) Good shot, Beldar!

      Dan is making an allusion to the 1970's Saturday Night Live comedy sketch, "The Coneheads", about an alien family that relocates to Earth from the planet "Remulak". Beldar, played by comedian Dan Aykroyd, was the father in the Conehead family.