Roseanne

Season 8 Episode 25

Fights and Stuff

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 21, 1996 on ABC
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Fights and Stuff
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Dan returns home from hospital with orders from the doctor for a new diet regime -- and strict orders from Roseanne about changing his lifestyle. When things aren't as easy as he thought, he begins to sneak a little on the side where diet is concerned.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • As an actor myself that was some amazing acting!

    9.0
    I've seen alot of shows in my days and done a lot of studying and I have to say that was some of the best acting I have ever seen. It was so real and fit in within the content. You know how you see shows and you can see the main characters get into this fake fight? This was above and beyond brilliant as it seems so real, so honest and very well done out by both Roseanne and John. I watched this entire series and you see lots of fights on this show but I dont believe I have ever seen nor do I believe will I ever see the depth at this caliber. Amazing last ten minutes!moreless
  • One of the most touching story arcs in the show.

    10
    The season ending with the big fight between dan and Roseanne was 25 years in the making.

    After realizing that Roseanne herself was not blameless in dan's heart attack she wants to help him live better, after finding out that he has been cheating on the new lifestyle from day one she blows up at dan. The fight is one of the best and most moving the show has to offer. All the resentment that built up between dan and Roseanne was finaly released after 25 years of marriage. It was difficult to watch, but also to involved to not watch. Wondering how dan can go from asking god for a few more trips around the earth to not caring about his health.



    I do think that roseanne really just had dan's best interest at heart.moreless
Jana Robbins

Jana Robbins

Dr. Walker

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Cole Roberts

Cole Roberts

Jerry Garcia Conner

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Kent Hazen

Kent Hazen

Andy

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When the coffee table gets overturned there's nothing on it. But in the closing credits when they're showing shots of the living room after the argument, there's a magazine sitting on it.

    • When Dan was making his sandwich he had took out his bread and then twisted the bread bag and slammed it on the table. But right after that he was seen grabbing two more slices from the bag, as if he had never taken any out.

    • When Roseanne leaves to go to Jackie's, you can see the diaperbag that Jackie 'supposedly' took on the front porch.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (Roseanne's going over the doctor's instructions for care after a heart attack with Dan.)
      Dan: No s-e-x for 4 weeks.
      Roseanne: That'll be hard. Thank god I don't have to go by this list.

    • D.J.: Eating that candy bar was really bad, Mom!
      Roseanne: I know, but your father just had a heart attack, I can't go yell at him!
      D.J.: I wish I had a heart attack.

    • Dan: I can't even have my family over at this house for Thanksgiving!
      Roseanne: Oh yeah, like I ever stopped you from picking up the phone. Like I'm the reason you have no relationship with your mother.
      Dan: At least I put my mother in a psychiatric ward where she can get some help and she's not running around town like yours, scaring people.
      Roseanne: Well my mother may be like nails on a chalk board, but at least she's allowed to grow nails.

    • Roseanne: Face it Dan, you're just a big fat guy with absolutely no self control. You're Jerry Garcia without the music!

    • (after Dan makes a mess in the room)
      Roseanne: I want you to pick them up..with your ass. Starting with the pointy things!

    • Dan: I'm fixing dinner.
      Roseanne: Oh, but honey, you just fixed dinner eleven years ago.

    • Dan: You're calling me fat?
      Roseanne: Yeah, I'm calling you fat.
      Dan: Well, if that ain't the big, fat pot calling the kettle black!

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  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • The title of this episode, Fights and Stuff, is spun-off of the name of the pilot episode of the series, Roseanne, Life and Stuff. Another episode, Death and Stuff from season 1, also is a play off of the title of that first episode. Life and Stuff was also, in the beginning, going to be the name of the show, Roseanne.

    • During their big fight in this episode, the series premiere of the show, Roseanne is honored.

      Dan: Fine. You want me to fix dinner. I'll fix dinner. I'm fixing dinner.
      Roseanne: Oh, but honey you just fixed dinner 11 years ago.

      This is an allusion to the first episode, Life and Stuff, of the series, Roseanne. In that episode, the exact same dialogue is used except Roseanne says 3 years. In this episode, Fights and Stuff, an episode derived from the same name, 3 years is replaced by 11 years as nearing 8 years has passed since the pilot episode!

    • Dan says to Roseanne "They are not exactly The Kennedy Kids". Roseanne says to Dan "Oh yeah, but their dad sure drinks like uncle Teddy". Dan and Roseanne was talking about the children of John F. Kennedy who lived in the White House in the early '60s. Ted Kennedy was the younger brother of John F. Kennedy.

    • (as Rosanne is pouring Dan's beer down the sink in an effort to get rid of all the unhealthy food.)
      Rosanne: You may not want to watch this.
      (flip sounds followed by shuss sounds)
      Dan: (Looking away)Oh, the humanity!

      Dan's line is a quote from radio reporter Herbert Morrison, of WLS Chicago, as he saw the Hindenburg dirigible "burst into flames" over Lakehurst, NJ in 1937.

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