Roseanne

Season 9 Episode 8

Hoi Polloi Meets Hoiti Toiti

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 12, 1996 on ABC
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A visit with the wealthy Wentworths on Martha's Vineyard gives the Conners a glimpse into new friend Astrid's dysfunctional family. A group of pill-popping, cocktail drinking, uppity-high-society people that each have personal demons to battle. Before long, the Conners are teaching the snobby elitists some truths about real life.moreless

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  • Forced

    5.0
    Season nine is what it is. Roseanne herself has mentioned that this was an episode she was proud of b/c it was "edgy politically." Well, the concept of the Conners' down to earth style teaching snobby rich people a thing or two about life is a good one, but it comes off as awkward. The problem is the writing. "Roseanne" was magical for its realistic, laid back dialogue and feel. In this episode, like so many in the ninth season, the climax involves Roseanne preaching about something she believes in; in this case, it's how money doesn't buy happiness and if rich people would be less uptight, they wouldn't "pop pills and make war all the time." This sort of dialogue screams "agenda" and is not true to the characters.moreless
  • A fine example of middle class meets upper class, and proves once again that money doesn't guarantee happiness.

    10
    Roseanne and her family go to visit with a rich woman and her family, and when two dysfunctional families are under one roof, chaos and hilarity ensues. One on side, Roseanne finds they have similarities to these rich people. On the other side of the ledger, the rich family does a lot of things and expect Roseanne and her clan to behave the same way, such as changing clothes 8 times a day. Roseanne's family learns early on that the richness of his family did not bring happiness, the mother is a pill-addict in order to remain happy and quiet, she blames her daughter for her husband's death, and the daughter herself is constantly haunted by 'daddy's ghost', which gets on her brother's last nerve. Roseanne teaches this wealthy bunch of simpletons the key to being happy and well in general is just letting loose, refusing to be silenced, taking a large bite out of life as well as food, and making loud and clear what is really on your mind.moreless
  • Roseanne and the others meet a family of rich people and teaches them ho to be mad

    10
    OK, This really exploits Roseannes temper in a funny and good way. This episode also show that Dj is not ready for a relation ship when their dauther, Kiki (Hillary Tuck) trys to seduce him, and fails when he escapes. It also shows Roseanne as a good teacher..but in a weird way
Laurie Metcalf

Laurie Metcalf

Jackie Harris

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Harris Conner

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Rebecca "Becky" Conner Healy (1993-1997)

Michael Fishman

Michael Fishman

David Jacob "D.J." Conner

Dina Merrill

Dina Merrill

Doris

Guest Star

Mo Gaffney

Mo Gaffney

Astrid

Guest Star

Dana Gould

Dana Gould

Chip

Guest Star

Glenn Quinn

Glenn Quinn

Mark Healy

Recurring Role

Estelle Parsons

Estelle Parsons

Beverly "Bev" Harris

Recurring Role

Cole Roberts

Cole Roberts

Jerry Garcia Conner

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In this episode, Mark and DJ are invited by Chip Wentworth and some of his friends to play football. In previous episodes, Mark has stated that he doesn't like football. In the season six Thanksgiving episode, Mark and David are asked by Dan to be involved in Dan's annual Thanksgiving football game. David tells Mark incorrect information about the sport leading Mark to unknowingly play football incorrectly on Thanksgiving. In this episode, Mark seemingly has no aversion towards football and seems to know how to play the game.

    • In this episode, a new person is playing the role of Andy, Jackie's son. The original person playing Andy is last seen in the episode Millions from Heaven. The new boy appears to be about three or four years old, whearas the original actor whom played Andy was about one and a half, perhaps two years of age. Jackie gave birth during the second half of the sixth season so the character of Andy should be two and a half years old at this time.

    • At the end of the episode, the families have switched clothing styles. All of the Conners are wearing tennis clothing and sweaters and all of the Wentworths are wearing the "chicken" sweatshirt.

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • This episode has references to a couple of plays by Tennessee Williams.


      In the last scene, Doris has a short monologue where she refers to a unicorn with a broken horn which is from The Glass Menagerie." The last scene, where Lily rolls into the kitchen in her wheelchair and yells "Stella" is from the play A Streetcar Named Desire." John Goodman played Mitch in the 1995 remake of this Tennessee Williams classic.

    • Roseanne: I'm mad as hell, and I'm not taking anymore crap from anyone.

      An allusion to the 1976 movie "Network" famous quote "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!"

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