Roseanne

Season 1 Episode 23

Let's Call It Quits

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 02, 1989 on ABC
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Roseanne has difficulty accepting new rules from a tough new supervisor at the factory. After he raises the cap on the quotas yet again, Roseanne approaches him to try and get him to ease off. The boss agrees, but he needs a favor from her, in return. They come to a temporary agreement that results in a permanent solution.moreless

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  • How many of you wish you could do what Rosanne and the others did in this episode?

    10
    What I loved about this episode is that Rosanne is fully aware that quitting her job there would come at a huge price. Thankfully, her Dan was very supportive.



    The new supervisor was a complete jerk, and was probably one of the reasons Wellman plastics went under, (as we found out in the later seasons.)



    This was probably one of the most powerful episodes, (next to the one where Rosanne, loses her job at the mall restaurant the same day Dan closes down the motorcycle shop and when Becky runs off to marry Mark. )moreless
  • Brillant representation of the difficulties faced the working class

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    Communism doesn't seem to bad now ha?? Just kidding but Roseanne must have been feeling hard done by with that prick of a boss who just drove me insane just by the way he walked and talked (great acting btw). Brilliant writing takes place here, as Roseanne makes a deal with her Boss, lower the quotas and she'll stop mouthing off to him. Not only does he take advantage of that, but rather raises the quotas back to where they were which outrages Roseanne. The acting here is superb, Roseanne's despair really comes off beautifully and the ending is bittersweet, they all walk out YAY but they no longer have a job NAY.moreless
  • Roseanne and her friends quit their job

    10
    This is a good episode where Wellman Plastics get a new boss who thinks he's solid! But Roseanne and the rest get very sick of him and quit their jobs because he has gave a really high quota!



    I was glad they stood up to him as he was very annoying and bossy!



    Great episode!
  • Roseanne and the rest of the crew at the platic factory get a little on edge when their new boss comes strolling in after Booker leaves. He is rude, sexist, and over demanding. ROseanne makes a deal with him; if he lowers the quotas, she'll behave more.moreless

    10
    This episode is a classic, and often other episodes flash back to this one. Roseanne makes a deal with him if he lowers the quotas and isn't so hard on everyone she will straighten up her attitude and improve the respect at Wellman's. Well with Roseanne being so fair and all, she keeps up her end of the deal, and is more respectful towards the new boss, and encourages the rest of the crew to do the same. One morning she walks into Wellman's only to discover that the quotas have gone back up, with the new boss reniging on his deal. She confronts the boss, where he tells her he has the power to do that and leaves no regard to her feelings. She walks out into the rest area and after a showdown, clocks out of Wellman's forever. One by one, the rest of the crew also clock out, enevr to return to Wellman's, and a classic quote is made by Roseanne: "I guess we're not going to make our quota today, Honeybunch!" Classic episode, unforgettable.moreless
  • Roseanne enters the boss from Hell when Booker is no longer her manager in the factory. He is demanding and sexist and ultimately Roseanne has to figure out whether she can endure a menial job with a lousy boss or just quit.moreless

    10
    I think almost every woman of middle-class America can relate to this episode of Roseanne. When a new boss comes into Wellman, he decides to change, not only the easy-going managerial style of Booker, but also the quotas the employees must produce. The women especially are put to the test when he places an unrealistic amount of parts to be done by the end of the day. He does all of this on purpose as a way to exercise his authority over the women and his sexist views. When Roseanne goes to confront him, he tells her "you scratch my back and i will scratch yours" that has a bit of a sexual entendre to the way he says it. After forcing Roseanne to silence who she is, he renegs on his promise to lower the quota, causing Roseanne to quit the job, taking all her female co-workers with her. This is a fantastic episode of woman power, but also of the sad conditions of middle-class employment that allows such treatment to occur. This was all in place before the sexual harrassment laws took into place.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

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Conner

Lecy Goranson

Lecy Goranson

Rebecca "Becky" Conner Healy

Michael Earl Reid

Michael Earl Reid

Lou

Guest Star

Charlayne Woodard

Charlayne Woodard

Vonda

Guest Star

Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

Keith Faber

Guest Star

Evelina Fernandez

Evelina Fernandez

Juanita Herrera

Recurring Role

Anne Faulkner

Anne Faulkner

Sylvia Foster

Recurring Role

Natalie West

Natalie West

Crystal Anderson Conner

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This is the last appearance of Booker (George Clooney) until the fourth season's Halloween episode.

    • This is the final episode to feature the factory set.

    • Because they never seemed to get any laughs in any of the factory scenes, Roseanne and her cast jokingly believed the Wellman factory set was built over a haunted Indian burial ground. Later on, when the Conner kids' bedrooms were built over the factory set, Roseanne and the crew thought the laughs came few, again, and joked that their theory was right.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Mr. Faber: (to a table of Roseanne, Jackie, Crystal, and several co-workers) Well are you little ladies enjoying your lunch?
      Roseanne: Well the veal is tre bien, and how is your swordfish, sis?
      Jackie: As usual, the food is to die for, but the ambiance stinks.

    • Mr. Faber: Do we have a deal?
      Roseanne: Yes.
      Mr. Faber: Yes what?
      Roseanne: Yes, we have a deal. (Mr. Faber glares at her) Sir.

    • Becky: Mom, do we have anymore chips?
      Roseanne: They're in the cupboard!
      Becky: Which cupboard?
      Roseanne: The one with the chips!

    • Mr. Faber: I know how business works, sugar. You scratch my back, I scratch yours. Now, I'm more than willing to scratch YOUR back. The question is, are you willing to scratch mine?
      Roseanne: Now, Mrs. Faber isn't going to jump out of the closet dressed as a Dutch girl, is she?

    • Roseanne: If it's one thing I hate to see in a plastic factory, it's bits of plastic lying all over the place!

    • Jackie: It's high time that we thank the woman responsible for our emancipation: my sister, ex-Wellman employee, and a heckuva woman in her own right...what was your name again?
      Roseanne: Sally Field!

    • Jackie: Why is it we work long hours at a job we hate for $8 an hour which we can't even live on, with quotas we can't fill or else we get canned?

    • Roseanne: Are you going to stand there and watch me?
      Faber: Maybe I will, maybe I won't.
      Roseanne: Well that's a big decision, maybe that's why they pay you the big bucks.

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