Season 9 Episode 24

Into That Good Night (2)

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 20, 1997 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • In this episode, we learn Becky and Mark are expecting a baby, a fact that is only mentioned this one time and never revealed to Dan and Roseanne.

    • During Roseanne's closing monologue, we hear a clip of Dan's voice calling "Rosie? Roseanne?" This clip is actually from the episode "Happy Birthday" from Season 2 when the family has turned the basement into her writing room. In the final scene of the episode, Dan calls her name this way while looking for her, and he eventually finds her in DJ's room writing.

    • In the early seasons of the series (example: episode 2.24), the basement is accessed through a door in the kitchen. Later on (examples: episode 6.24, episode 7.02), the basement is accessed through the service porch [which is unrealistic, since Dan built that addition onto the house himself (see episode 3.21)]. Near the end of the final episode, the basement door is back in the kitchen.

  • Quotes

    • (Closing monologue)
      Roseanne: Everyone wonders where creative people get their inspiration. Actually, I've found it's all around you. Take Leon for instance… Leon is not really as cool as I made him. He's the only gay guy I know who belongs to the Elk's Club... Then there's Scott. He really is a probate lawyer I met about a year ago and introduced to Leon. I guess I didn't get too creative there… A lot of kids have called my son a nerd but, as I told him, they called Steven Spielberg a nerd too. A lot of times nerds are really artists who just listen to the beat of a different drum… My mom came from a generation where women were supposed to be submissive about everything. I never bought into that, and I wish mom hadn't either. I wish she had made different choices. So I think that's why I made her gay. I wanted her to have some sense of herself as a woman… Oh yeah, and she's nuts… My sister, in real life, unlike my mother, is gay. She always told me she was gay, but for some reason, I always pictured her with a man. She's been my rock, and I would not have made it this far without her. I guess Nancy's kind of my hero too… Cause she got out of a terrible marriage and found a great spiritual strength. I don't know what happened to that husband of hers but in my book I sent him into outer space… When Becky brought David home a few years ago I thought, "This is wrong!" He was much more Darlene's type… When Darlene met Mark, I thought he went better with Becky… I guess I was wrong. But I still think they'd be more compatible the other way around. So in my writing, I did what any good mother would do. I fixed it… I lost Dan last year when he had his heart attack. He's still the first thing I think about when I wake up and the last thing I think about before I go to sleep. I miss him… Dan and I always felt that it was our responsibility as parents to improve the lives of our children by 50% over our own. And we did. We didn't hit our children as we were hit, we didn't demand their unquestioning silence, and we didn't teach our daughters to sacrifice more than our sons. As a modern wife, I walked a tight rope between tradition and progress, and usually, I failed, by one outsider's standards or another's. But I figured out that neither winning nor losing count for women like they do for men. We women are the one's who transform everything we touch. And nothing on earth is higher than that. My writing's really what got me through the last year after Dan died. I mean at first I felt so betrayed as if he had left me for another women. When you're a blue-collar woman and your husband dies it takes away your whole sense of security. So I began writing about having all the money in the world and I imagined myself going to spas and swanky New York parties just like the people on TV, where nobody has any real problems and everything's solved within 30 minutes. I tried to imagine myself as Mary Richards, Jeannie, That Girl. But I was so angry I was more like a female Steven Segal wanting to fight the whole world. For a while I lost myself in food and a depression so deep that I couldn't even get out of bed till I saw that my family needed me to pull through so that they could pull through. One day, I actually imagined being with another man. But then I felt so guilty I had to pretend it was for some altruistic reason. And then Darlene had the baby, and it almost died. I snapped out of the mourning immediately, and all of my life energy turned into choosing life. In choosing life, I realized that my dreams of being a writer wouldn't just come true; I had to do the work. And as I wrote about my life, I relived it, and whatever I didn't like, I rearranged. I made a commitment to finish my story even if I had to write in the basement in the middle of the night while everyone else was asleep. But the more I wrote, the more I understood myself and why I had made the choices I made, and that was the real jackpot. I learned that dreams don't work without action; I learned that no one could stop me but me. I learned that love is stronger than hate. And most important, I learned that God does exist. He and/or She is right inside you, underneath the pain, the sorrow, and the shame. I think I'll be a lot better now that this book is done.

    • (in basement, writing)
      Roseanne: I learned that dreams don't work without action. I learned that no one could stop me but me. I learned that love is stronger than hate. And most important, I learned that God, does exist. He and/or she, is right inside you. Underneath the pain, the sorrow, and the shame. I think I'll be a lot better now that this book is done.
      (voiceovers from Roseanne's birthday episode years back)
      D.J.: Happy birthday, Mom. Here, pencils.
      Darlene: Yeah, and I got you some notepads.
      Becky: And I got you a dictionary and a thesaurus.
      Dan: You know Stephen King started this way.
      (Roseanne heads out of the basement).

    • Bev: You should keep your children in line, Roseanne, I didn't raise my children to throw chopsticks.

    • Bev: O.k, I am ready to see my namesake now, sound the trumpets, to tell her that her great grandmother is here!
      Jackie:Dont worry...She's been warned.

    • Bev: Sorry that I'm late!, A couple of Mason Jars exploded...No jam this Christmas.
      Jackie: Ohh rats. Rats, rats, rats, rats RATS!

    • Bev: Oh, I almost forgot I set you up with a little savings bond. Now, it could be for college, or a car when your 16, or if your husband leaves you broke , and depressed and ANGRY AT THE WHOLE WORLD!

    • (everyone's rushing to see the baby)
      Jackie: All right! We'll have to go in order of sanity.
      Leon: Well, we can't all go last.

    • Roseanne: What if your kid gets an ear infection?
      Darlene: Talk to her from the opposite side?

    • Leon:(to baby girl Harris) This is your aunt Scott, and I'm your aunt Leon.

  • Notes

    • This episode was viewed by 16.57 million people.

    • At the end of the episode when Roseanne comes out of the basement the house is in it's original form with the original furniture, etc. before they won the lottery. However, the wallpaper and tile in the kitchen are not the same. Some of the decorations are not the same either.

    • The last 15 minutes of this historic broadcast are a monologue written and delivered by Roseanne. In perhaps the most surprising and effective post-modern coup in modern television, the entire last season of the show is revealed to be the character Roseanne's fantasies as she struggles to deal with the death of Dan (who presumably did not survive his heart attack during Darlene and David's wedding). Then, pushing the envelope further, Roseanne/author and Roseanne/character reveal that the entire series has been part of the fantasy, and that the characters we have come to know are fictional composites of the "real" people in "Roseanne's" life: "Darlene" is really married to "Mark" and a pregnant "Becky" to "David," "Jackie" is gay, etc. This does not entirely make retrospective sense, but it is undeniably a powerful way for Roseanne to take back authorship of her show.

  • Allusions

    • Vocalist Phoebe Snow makes a surprising finale, by singing the theme song at the end of episode as Roseanne exits the basement and enters the living room.