Season 2 Episode 13

Chicken Hearts

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jan 02, 1990 on ABC
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Chicken Hearts
Roseanne strains to treat her 17-year-old boss with respect so she can have weekends off to be with her family.

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  • Roseanne gets fired

    I've been in the situation Roseanne is in, with a boss who expects you to have the flexibility and lack of responsibilities of a high schooler. I don't know of any other show that would take on this kind of thing. This is why I love this show.

    Customer: What the heck, you only live once, right?

    Roseanne: Yeah, and why drag it out?

  • Roseanne finds it difficult to treat her new boss at Chicken Divine with any respect-- he's a spiteful, unpleasant 17-teen-year old.

    Roseanne heads off to her job at Chicken Divine, but not before spouting off about all the other motherly/wifely duties the day has in store for her. Dan is cute as the oblivious husband! We soon learn Roseanne's irritation is not about family obligations, so much, as it is about her spiteful, unpleasant 17-year-old boss. The scenes at the Chicken Divine are very entertaining! It's fun to watch Roseanne's reaction when a co-worker takes notes during their boss' exasperating speech. And, when an indecisive customer asks what she would recommend, Roseanne replies, "Psychotherapy"! There are a lot of good facial expressions and one-liners throughout. Viewers also get a hardy taste of just how arrogant Roseanne's boss, Brian (perfectly played by actor Peter Smith), really is. When he tells her she has to work Saturdays, Roseanne must strain to treat him with any respect at all. She decides to take Crystal and Jackie's advice and butter Brian up. Like Roseanne says, "You can catch more flies with manure than you can with honey". She invites him for supper with her family, and even volunteers Dan to do his Auto Shop assignment, in hopes of getting Saturdays back with her family. The results are surprising! I loved the way way Dan and the kids come together to show their support for Roseanne in the end-- it's nothing but sweet satisfaction! My favorite part of the entire episode was the mini-subplot: D.J. playing hide 'n seek throughout the whole program. It makes for an adorable ending to the show. Viewers also hear for the first time what D.J.'s full name is. I think it's fun anytime we can get to know the Conners a little bit better. This was a very well written episode of Roseanne, and I highly recommend it.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

Justin Dana

Justin Dana


Guest Star

Glenn Shadix

Glenn Shadix


Guest Star

Sonia Curtis

Sonia Curtis


Guest Star

Natalie West

Natalie West

Crystal Anderson Conner

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Darlene: (Referring to Brian) Yeah, even the flatheads won't talk to him.
      Roseanne: Where is your little brother, anyway?

    • Jackie: (to Roseanne) Well Dan's going to be here and you're always saying how tactless he is.
      Dan: (Dan just getting home, walking into the kitchen) Hi Jackie. How's the herpes?

    • Dan: Maybe you should quit that job.
      Roseanne: And do what?
      All the power jobs are taken. Margaret's runnin' England. Vanna's turnin' the letters over. And Delta Burke's got her own damn tv show.

    • Roseanne: Where's your brother?
      Darlene: He's playing Hide and Go Seek.
      Roseanne: With who?
      Darlene: With you!

    • Brian: Look, I'm gonna tell you something right now, all right? That negative attitude of yours is gonna get you nowhere.
      Roseanne: This is nowhere.

    • Roseanne: Would you mind getting dinner tonight?
      Dan: What do I gotta do?
      Roseanne: Okay, first you stand up. Then you go over to this cold box. (walks to the fridge) Brrr! (walks to the microwave) You take the food, and you trot it over here and put it in this hot box.
      Dan: What was that middle part again?

    • Roseanne (Dan signals Roseanne's arrogant, teen-age, fast food boss to leave after humiliating her in her own home. Roseanne calls out to him one last time): Brian!... Would you like fries with that???(slams the door in his face)

    • (Roseanne's boss is telling the employees about the complaints regarding their speed.)

      Brian: Now this is supposed to be fast food, people. And we can't exactly call it fast.
      Roseanne: Why not? We call it food.

    • Roseanne: I've got two more pancakes here!
      DJ: I want French Toast!
      Roseanne: Well, you better move to Europe.

    • Roseanne: I guess you can catch more flies with manure, than with honey.

    • Crystal: You can use some work on your innerpersonal relationships.
      Roseanne: Stick it!

    • Brian: You are paid to follow my orders. It isn't always pretty, but this is the buiness we've chosen.
      Roseanne: You've got a big booger hanging out of your nose!

    • (Roseanne needs week-ends off to be with her family, but she needs her job at Chicken Divine, too. She tries to explain the situation to her arrogant, teen-age boss)
      Roseanne: I need that job, and I hate like hell that I do, but I need it. And, I'm not working there because I need an allowance. I'm paying for a mortgage and putting food on the table and buying clothes for three kids. But, I don't think you'd even understand that. I don't think you understand anything. You're not-tah grown up enough, yet, to understand that your life doesn't always turn out the way you plan it to be, and sometimes you end up doing stuff you thought you'd never do in a million years, but you still have to do it 'cause there's nothing else you can do.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This is the first of only two episodes where the viewer hears "D.J.'s" full name. The other episode is "Aliens," episode 97, 1992.


    • An allusion to the youth of Opie Taylor, son of Andy Taylor of The Andy Griffith Show: Roseanne announces "I've been fired by Opie."