Season 4 Episode 24

Don't Make Me Over

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 05, 1992 on ABC
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Don't Make Me Over
The girls take Roseanne to the Beauty Box for Mother's Day in hopes of convincing her to let them attend a weekend rock concert.

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  • A well-done episode, specially since it was written by Sara Gibert, portrayer of Darlene.

    What Becky and Darlene did to Roseanne was so wrong. To me, this episode shows that no matter how much you hate your parents, you don't something so uncool on the day we appreciate what they do. I liked how Dan told-off these two girls. Thank god I'm not his child, because if I was then I would be on punishment. Lol
  • The girls deceive Roseanne into believing they are interested in having a girls' day out.

    "Don't Make Me Over" is among the best episodes of the series. Particularly amazing is that the story was written by a teenager. The sub-plot where the mother and father have behind-the scenes discussions about whose turn it is to bee the "bad guy" is so realistic that it's hard to believe that it was so accurately comprehended by a teenager.

    The girls have this clever plot - to persuade Roseanne that they should be granted permission to attend an out-of-town concert unattended. They butter her up to get her into a good mood, and then they find out their plan failed anyway.

    Then, Dan takes charge. He exposes his strength as a father, and his attitude that no matter what you don\'t like about his wife, you don\'t humiliate her without consequence. Dan may seem to acquiesce, but he acquiesces from strength.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

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In a chat with sister Darlene, Becky refers to their mother as "the big R." Other later casual references to Roseanne include "Big Red" (Darlene, in Sweet Dreams), "Rosilla" (Darlene, in Tooth or Consequences), "Ro" (Florence, in Suck Up or Shut Up), and "Elsie" (Darlene in Husbands and Wives).

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Dan: Chili is science.
      D.J.: How?
      Dan: Well, it's chemistry son. See chili represents your three states of matter: solid, liquid, and eventually gas.

    • (after getting their hair done at the Beauty Box)
      Becky: Dad's gonna go crazy when he sees you.
      Roseanne: (primping her hair) Are you kidding? Look at me. I can do way better than him.

    • (in reference to the robe that Dan got Roseanne for Mother's Day)
      Jackie: Oh boy, that feels fire retardant.
      Roseanne: It's way retardant.

    • DJ: Here. Happy Mothers Day.
      Roseanne: Oh look! It's an ashtray with your picture at the bottom.
      Darlene: Oh it's a shame you quit smoking. You could grind your butts out on his face.

    • (DJ is sitting on the counter kicking the cabinet)
      Becky: DJ be quiet! You're gonna wake up mom.
      DJ: I don't care!
      Darlene: It's Mothers Day you moron. Stop trying to tick her off.
      Becky: Yea, go upstairs, hose off whatever stupid thing you made for her at school, and bring it down.
      DJ: Or what!?
      Darlene: Or we'll bury you under the porch with the rest of our brothers.

    • DJ: I hate you!
      Roseanne: Then my work here is done.

    • Roseanne: (referring to DJ) I had to go to school to see his teacher because it seems like he hasn't turned in any of his math homework for the past two weeks.
      Dan: I see, how did he explain this?
      Roseanne: Well, he's had a lot of extra responsibility around here since you died.
      Dan: Did I suffer?
      Roseanne: No. Sniper, clean shot.

    • Becky: (talking about a concert) As long as we all understand that you and Stacy won't be sitting with me and my friends.
      Darlene: Becky, there's gonna be 20,000 people there. Why would we sit next to the only four geeks?

    • (discussing what to get Bev for Mothers Day)
      Jackie: How bout a crystal vase?
      Roseanne: Can't afford that...hey! What about we break a glass and put it in a box marked fragile.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Dan: (checking out Darlene and Becky's new, over-sized hairdos) My God, it's The Shirelles!

      Dan is making an allusion to the Shirelles, a late Fifties and early Sixties girl singing group who typically wore bouffant hairdos.

    • As Dan and DJ argue over the importance of learning math, Dan alludes to Gilligan's Island, asking whether DJ wants to be Gilligan or the Professor - the dependent or the independent.

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