Roseanne

Season 8 Episode 10

Direct to Video

2
Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Dec 05, 1995 on ABC
8.3
out of 10
User Rating
47 votes
2

EPISODE REVIEWS
By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

EDIT
Direct to Video
AIRED:
While Roseanne narrates a video time capsule for her unborn child, Becky and Darlene find old love letters of Dan and Roseanne's. D.J. gets upset when he finds his parents did not fill out his baby book, and Mark cooks a 'special' dinner for the Conner clan.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Today
2:40am
TVLAND
3:15am
TVLAND
3:55am
TVLAND
7:00am
MNT
7:30am
MNT
10:00am
WE
11:00am
WE
11:30am
WE
12:00pm
WE
12:30pm
WE
2:00pm
LOGO
2:30pm
LOGO
3:00pm
LOGO
3:30pm
LOGO
4:00pm
LOGO
4:30pm
LOGO
Saturday
1:00pm
LOGO
2:00pm
LOGO
2:30pm
LOGO
3:00pm
LOGO
3:30pm
LOGO
4:30pm
LOGO
Sunday
8:00am
LOGO
8:30am
LOGO
9:30am
LOGO
10:00am
LOGO
11:00am
WE
11:30am
WE
12:30pm
WE
1:00pm
WE
1:30pm
WE
2:30pm
WE
3:30pm
LOGO
4:00pm
LOGO
SUBMIT REVIEW
  • I enjoyed the potential this show had as a good show revolving around the entire family together at home. I just wanted to make a point.

    8.0
    First of all, I enjoyed Lecy Goranson in this episode knowledgeable that she will be soon leaving the show for good. The interaction between her and Mark furthered their relationship that you had seen prior to her initially leaving the show. Although I could totally see her and Mark playing a joke on the family by making an intentionally terrible dinner (it is completely fitting with her character and reminiscent of past seasons), I think it would have been better if Mark had proved to the family that he could cook and for everyone by making a nice meal. I think this would have been a good complement to Roseanne in her bedroom working on the video for the new baby while everyone else is waiting their turn. Also, it would have made for a nice moment with the entire family around eating dinner together (minus Roseanne of course), especially with Lecy returning to the show for not a long duration. I also didn't like how Jackie was roaming around at dinner and not back in time to eat with the family.



    Some other thoughts: I thought Fred was unnecessary in this episode, and Jackie's as people call it "wackiness" is coming in strong. I did like the allusion to Crystal in this episode, Roseanne saying in the video that they don't see Crystal and Ed much because Dan and his father don't get along real well. I thought that was important to the show.



    Overall, I was left at the end of this episode with just wanting more. More from that particular show, and more pure Roseanne.moreless
  • Roseanne talks to her unborn child via Video Camera, while Becky and Darlene find some of their parents' old love letters to each other. Mark proves to the family that he can cook dinner. Also, DJ finds out his baby book wasn't filled out.moreless

    9.5
    I thought this episode was kind of neat, it did something that the show normally didn't do: Some one-on-one comedy with Roseanne without an audience/laughtrack. Although the jokes aren't the funniest she's ever done, it is a neat change. Also, she says some really nice things to the kid.



    The love letters between Dan and Roseanne were entertaining, I liked Dan's especially, very goofy but sweet.



    This episode also marks the last appearance of Michael O'Keefe as Fred. I thought it was kind of a bummer, I liked Fred when he was first introduced and through the rest of Season 6, but I did get a little tired of him after him and Jackie got married, he got a little too whiny for me... But anyways, that's another story for another day.



    DJ finding out his baby book wasn't filled out was a funny little side-story in the episode, I laughed pretty hard when Dan was trying to make up an excuse, and DJ gives him the coldest look I've ever seen, and Dan says "You have your mother's stare."



    Another thing not to be missed is the tag, with the rest of the family recording messages to the baby, especially Jackie trying to get Andy to do something for the camera.



    Despite it's mostly slapstick-type humor, Season 8 did have some great episodes, and this is one of them. Check it out for sure.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 Conner

Lecy Goranson

Lecy Goranson

Rebecca "Becky" Conner Healy

Michael Fishman

Michael Fishman

David Jacob "D.J." Conner

Johnny Galecki

Johnny Galecki

David Healy

Recurring Role

Michael O'Keefe

Michael O'Keefe

Fred

Recurring Role

Estelle Parsons

Estelle Parsons

Beverly "Bev" Harris

Recurring Role

Watch Online

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

FILTER BY TYPE

  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When making the video for the new baby, Roseanne tells the baby that her mom had known about her father's affair for 20 years, but when Bev reveals to the family that her husband, Al is having an affair in the season 4 Thanksgiving episode, she tells everyone she's known about it for a few years. In the following episode from season 4, Kansas City, Here we Come, Roseanne tells Dan that she found out from her mom that her father was in fact having an affair for 20 years. This discovery by Bev was what led her to kick Roseanne and Jackie's father out of the house, thus, all alluding to the fact that Bev had just learned about the actual length of the affair also. Over the course of the show, it is shown that Roseanne does seem to lean towards thinking that her mom could have known about the affair for its 20 year duration, but in the video she tells the baby that her mom has known about the affair for 20 years as if it is a fact.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • DJ: (not wanting to eat the meal Mark has prepared) I wish we had a dog.
      Darlene: Maybe we did.

    • Fred: Hey, girls, what are you doing?
      Becky: (sorting through a box) Just looking at stuff no one wants anymore.
      Darlene: (sarcastically) Oh, she doesn't mean you, Fred.

    • DJ: (using a camcorder to record a message to his unborn sibling) Hi! I'm DJ, your older brother. Ha! By the time you see this, I'll have a moustache, 'cause I just sent away for it!

    • Dan: (listening to Jackie talk 'crazy' about Fred) I'm gonna get a beer. Enjoy your tour of the galaxy.

    • Roseanne: (recording a message to her unborn child via a camcorder) Your dad works really hard. He, um, always wanted to give you guys... everything. But, um, over the years, I guess, uh, his dreams kinda fell down, one right after the other. But, now he's working for the city, which is great because you cannot be fired for reason, whatsoever– ya know, just like in congress. And, uh, I do have to say, though, that no matter how hard he works, I've worked harder. I have worked, uh, whe-whether your dad was laid up, or laid off. I'm the one who brought home the bacon. I cooked it up myself. And, yeah, sure, I took a few bites off the top, but I figured, I gotta reward myself some way, um, and, I never complained, and I have never, ever asked anybody for help. Because, ya know, even if I did, it's not like anybody would lift a finger to help me, anyway.

    • Roseanne: I can't imagine what you'll see in your life, because I've seen some pretty amazing things. I've seen men walk on the moon, uh...a woman run for vice president, the fall of communism, and Michael Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley, an event that will send thousands of Elvis impersonators back to the career of truck-driving.

    • Roseanne: (recording a message to her unborn child via a camcorder) Okay, I'm going to give your dad a turn to talk to you, now, but, before I go, I want to tell you one thing: you know that we had you late in our lives, but we really wanted you, and, uh, that's basically because you're our last hope for a good retirement, which is totally going to happen because, after all these years, I finally figured out how to raise a kid that will grow up to be incredibly successful, and, that is: every time you turn around, you tell them how wonderful they are, and... how beautiful they are, and... how priceless they are, and, how much they are loved– and, you are.

    • Becky: Why can't any of you believe that Mark would be a good cook? I mean, what's wrong with Mark?
      Darlene: Ok. Not all at once. Lets do this in an orderly fashion.

    • DJ: Mark's cooking? I mean, I may be just a kid, but, isn't he an idiot?

    • Becky: Mark, go to the store and buy what you need. Tonight, the whole family's having rigatoni!
      Jackie: And later, rigor mortis.
      Mark: Hey! I'm not making dessert.

    • DJ: (inspecting his first baby tooth, saved in his baby book) It's a tic tac!

    • Becky: Oh, Darlene, you're not going to believe what I just found!
      Darlene:Your virginity? No, wait, you left that behind a dumpster at K-Mart.

    • Becky: Oh look, Darlene! It's your little pink oven!
      Darlene: Oh look, Becky. It's your Barbie that I baked inside of it.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode was originally scheduled to air October 3, 1995 as the third episode of the season, but was preempted by breaking news coverage of the O.J. Simpson verdict. By the time it aired out of sequence, Roseanne is portrayed as still being pregnant after having given birth in a previously aired episode, and Dan is seen with a beard that had been shaved off in prior episodes as well.

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Dan: (listening as the TV blares the theme song from 'The Facts of Life') You know, when you think about it, this show was the Friends of the 70's.

      Dan is making an allusion to The Facts of Life (1979-1988), an NBC sitcom about seven young girls and their housemother in a private, upstate New York school, and to the NBC long-running (1994-2004) comedy series, Friends, which focused on a group of six friends living in the Manhattan borough of New York City. Dan is making a joke alluding to the idea that Roseanne, the television show, could be considered the Friends of the 80's.

    • Becky: (watching her family eat a meal that Mark has prepared for them) What is in that junk, anyway?
      Mark: Aw, lots of stuff, but I think it's the Jergens they're really responding to.

      Mark is making an allusion to Jergens Lotion, a body lotion distributed by the Kao Corporation.

    • Jackie: (interrogating Fred) Then why the sudden interest in skiing, Mr. Famous Guy Who's a Skier Guy?
      Fred: Is Andy ready, or not?
      Jackie: Jean-Claude Killy! That's it! Jean-Claude Killy!

      Jackie is alluding to French alpine skier and triple Olympic champion (Winter Olympics 1968), Jean Claude-Killy.

    • Jackie: Oh, Mark, Mark, bo bark.

      Jackie is making an allusion to Shirley Ellis' 1960's release, "The Name Game," a pop song based on a children';s sing-along rhyming game that creates variations of a person's name.

    • Jackie: (when Mark admits he can cook) Now, Mark, when you say you can cook, do you mean cook, or do you mean Ragú on bread?

      Jackie is making an allusion to Ragú, the brand name offering 35 varieties of Italian-style sauces that can be economically purchased in grocery stores. Currently, it is the best selling brand of pasta sauce sold in the United States.

    • DJ: (inspecting his first baby tooth saved in his baby book) It's a tic tac!

      DJ is making an allusion to tic tac, a brand of tiny, white, hard breath mints.

    • Becky: Oh look, Darlene! It's your little pink oven!
      Darlene: Oh look, Becky. It's your Barbie that I baked inside of it.

      Darlene is making an allusion to Barbie, a best-selling fashion doll invented by Ruth Handler and launched by Mattel, Inc. in 1959.

More
Less