Roseanne

Season 4 Episode 4

Darlene Fades to Black

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 08, 1991 on ABC
9.2
out of 10
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Darlene Fades to Black
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Darlene slips into a depressive state, leaving Roseanne and Dan wondering what is wrong, why she is wanting to wear only black, watch TV and be left alone. Dan gets a moped as a trade-in at the bike shop, and Becky has her sights set on having it. Dan and Roseanne have something different in mind.moreless

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  • I don't blame Darlene

    7.5
    I hate high school, so much! Sometimes, and I repeat SOMETIMES, some people can be: fake, selfish and conceited. All kids care about nowadays are their stupid reputation and they get easily depressed because of their everyday lives. Here are some differences:

    Fake People- worry about their reputation, whine about little things, and never honest.

    Real People- don't care about what's going on and they don't give a crap about little problems.



    So there you have it.moreless
  • Iconic

    10
    This episode solidified the fact that Darlene Conner was (and still is) the most realistic portrayal of a teenager ever seen on television. And unlike virtually every other sitcom at the time, the problem was not solved at the end of the episode. Favorite line.... Darlene tells her mom what the deal is: "It's school, it's my friends, it's the way I look. It's you, it's dad, it's everything."
  • Darlene Gets depressed and turns to black.

    10
    well Darlene fades to black is a amazing episode, very realistic how a teenager heads for high school and gets depressed and wants to wear only black. She begs to be left alone and Roseanne and Dan try there hardest to do so. Its a very good story line how she just wants to lie down on the couch all weekend and do absolutly nothing. Its good when Darlene goes to the mall and buys a bag full of black clothes and a black hat. So Darlene locks herself in her room and does nothing and when she does come out its just to watch t.v - a excellent episode!moreless
  • Darleen gets depressed entering High School.

    10
    Darleen gets depressed after her first week of high school. She realises that she dosnt fit in with her old friends from Middle School, and she thinks there is nobody there for her. She gets into a depressed state, only wearing black. Her "gothic" appearence was just a cover, a way to try to get more attention than she got at home or at school.
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

Scott Burkholder

Scott Burkholder

Tommy

Guest Star

Walter Jacobson

Walter Jacobson

Walter

Guest Star

Bonnie Sheridan

Bonnie Sheridan

Bonnie Watkins

Recurring Role

Martin Mull

Martin Mull

Leon Carp

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Roseanne: What are you going to do this weekend?
      Darlene: Nothing.
      Roseanne: But that's what you did last weekend.
      Darlene: Yeah, well I'm not finished.

    • Darlene: (On the phone with her friend) Hello?...Oh, nothing...no...okay, bye. (Hangs up)
      Roseanne: Gee, Darlene, I wish you could open up to me like that.

    • (At the dinner table, Dan gets mad at Darlene after finding out she quit the basketball team)
      Dan: Fine, Darlene! If you wanna be a quitter, be a quitter, I quit! (Storms off)
      Roseanne: Quitter!
      (Everyone is silent)
      Jackie: You know, I thought that was a really good point-
      Roseanne: (Interrupts) Shut up, Jackie!

    • (Roseanne puts a burnt meat loaf on the kitchen table)
      Becky: Ugh, Mom, what did you do to the meat loaf?
      Roseanne: (In a shrill voice) Well I guess I burned it, didn't I?
      D.J.: I want peanut butter and jelly!
      Roseanne: No, this ain't a restaurant. You eat whatever I give you.
      (Everyone picks at the meat loaf in disgust)
      Roseanne: I want peanut butter and jelly!

    • (At the dinner table)
      Jackie: Becky, are you going to run for student council again this year?
      Becky: (In a sarcastic tone) Oh no, I have to get a job. Sure, student council would help me get into college, but hey, who needs a future?

    • Roseanne: At least when you had basketball...
      Darlene: Again with basketball. (gets up to leave)
      Roseanne: Get back here, I'm not telling you to play basketball, I think it's the stupidest sport in the world and I spent all 4 years of high school pretending I had cramps so I didn't have to play.

    • Becky: I'm sorry you had to have that fight with Dad.
      Roseanne: It's allright, I won.
      Becky: Great, so I should probably wait a couple of days to get the scooter, you know, let it sink in.
      Roseanne: You're not getting the bike.
      Becky: Why not?
      Roseanne: Because it's dangerous!
      Becky: Oh yeah right for a girl, if DJ was 17, you'd let him have it, right?
      Becky: No I wouldn't, but I'd let Darlene, so figure that one out.

    • Roseanne: (Answers phone) Hello? Yeah, - Darlene, it's for you.
      Darlene: (Couch potato) Who is it?
      Roseanne: (To caller) Who is it? (To Darlene) Marcie.
      Darlene: What does she want?
      Roseanne: I dunno what she -
      (Drops the receiver on the floor) She wants you to pick up the phone!

    • Roseanne: You know, you're right Becky. You should just forget about the stupid job, cuz you know what? Your father and I have decided that we are just gonna get you your very own convertible.
      Becky: Really?!
      Roseanne: Yes, and you are gonna be able to drive it up to your delux four bedroom condo, overlooking beautiful lake NOT!!

    • (After talking about sexist stuff with Dan)
      Roseanne: You just lay around on the couch and do nothin'.
      Darlene: And I do it just as well as any man.

    • Roseanne: What are you going to do this weekend?
      Darlene: Nothing.
      Roseanne: Isn't that what you did last weekend?
      Darlene: I'm not finished.

    • Roseanne: (to Dan) Oh, so Darlene is the jock and Becky the brain?
      DJ: What am I?
      Roseanne: We don't know yet.

  • NOTES (0)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • When Roseanne says to Dan "Darlene is the Jock, and Becky is the Brain," she alludes to character names in the movie The Breakfast Club, where five students spend Saturday detention in the library and get to know each other.

    • After Darlene goes shopping with Roseanne's credit card, she goes to the restaurant to return it. Roseanne looks at the clothes that she bought, and asks if she picked up Zorro's bag on accident. An allusion to the masked man in black.

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