Roseanne

Season 1 Episode 14

Father's Day

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 07, 1989 on ABC
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Father's Day
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Dan's father shows up bearing gifts, and all are thrilled to see him, except Dan himself. As the visit drags on for them, the insults are hurled in Dan's direction and Roseanne steps in between the two of them to deflect any further damage. Dan sees his father's philosophy of "Work smart, not hard" as a direct put-down on his life, while his father sees it as caring advice.moreless

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  • Dan's father comes into town, he is a salesman of salesman and publicly laments the fact that his son is a dry-wall laborer instead of a salesman, causing the rift between father and son to become even greater as Roseanne is in the middle.moreless

    8.8
    Ned Beatty does an exceptional job as Dan's father, the first of many recurring episodes. Dan, as a grown adult, still has not forgiven his father for the lousy childhood he had and the relationship he never had with his father while walking out on Dan and his mom. But his Dad comes to visit and makes things worse by making Dan feel like he still hasn't measured up to his father's expectations. I think everyone can relate to this theme, where we always have that one parents (mother or father) who always has some other expectations for us and never considers what we want to do with our life as a valid choice.moreless
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    • Dan and Ed reminisce going to the Cubs' home opener of 1962. They remember Don Cardwell as the starting pitcher, replaced with Bob Buhl in the first inning.

      In fact, 1) Don Cardwell was the Cubs' opening day pitcher in Houston (Houston's first game ever). 2) Cardwell was lifted in the third inning for Dave Gerard. 3) Dick Ellsworth pitched the Cubs' home opener, and pitched into the ninth inning. 4) Bob Buhl started the 1962 season playing for the Milwaukee Braves.

    • When Ed enters the house the boom is in shot.

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  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode is one of the greatest examples of Roseanne's unique composition. In this episode we see foreshadowing as to how Dan's Father, Ed really is in Dan's life. Dan explains that his father was always on the road and tried to make up by buying gifts. This is seen through various episodes, but is explained in truth during the sixth season when Dan finds out his mother needs psychological help.

    • In this episode, Ed mentions that Dan's mother was eight months pregnant when he was three years old, meaning he has at least one sibling. A sister was mentioned in one of the early episodes, but never brought up again. This reference may have been deleted when the show began airing in syndication.

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