Roseanne

Season 5 Episode 12

No Place Like Home for The Holidays

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Dec 15, 1992 on ABC
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A Christmas Eve snowstorm scatters the Conners. Roseanne and Jackie are trapped at the Luch Box with Bev and Nana Mary. Dan and DJ are left to cook dinner at home with Nancy and Marla. Meanwhile, Darlene is stuck at David's house following a fight. She soon learns the truth about David's home life when his mother shows up drunk and heaping abuse on him for no reason, bringing an embarrassed David to tears.moreless

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  • Another Classic

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    Once again, "Roseanne" managed to blend comedy and realism with poignant results. Several classic lines are from this episode, such as Jackie's response to Roseanne and their mom Bev talking about religion: "Why are you two talking about this? God and heaven... come on, it's Christmas!!!" And of course we get to meet David's verbally abusive mother, and witness this brilliant exchange: David's mother to Darlene: "Bringing Conner trash into this house. She's a slut, just like her sister." Darlene to David: "Hey, slut didn't bother me; just like her sister part that hurt." Just brilliant.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

Morgan Fairchild

Morgan Fairchild

Marla

Guest Star

Sarah Rayne

Sarah Rayne

Sarah

Guest Star

Sally Kirkland

Sally Kirkland

Mrs. Healy

Guest Star

Shelley Winters

Shelley Winters

Nana Mary

Recurring Role

Estelle Parsons

Estelle Parsons

Beverly "Bev" Harris

Recurring Role

Johnny Galecki

Johnny Galecki

David Healy

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In this episode we see that David (and Mark) have 2 sisters, Lisa and Nikki. This scene is cut from syndicated airings in the US. This is the only episode they appear in, and are mentioned only one other time in an episode later this season It's a Boy. In that episode David tells Darlene that his parents are divorcing and that his dad has already moved out with Lisa and Nikki.

    • In this episode, we learn that Bev has a sister named Sonya.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Jackie: (talking about having quit going to therapy) Fisher says I don't need it. He says I'm able to make my own decisions.
      Roseanne: Hey, I'll be the one to tell you when you're able to make your own decisions!

    • Nana Mary: (criticizing Bev's bad weather driving) You pump the breaks when there's ice and snow!
      Bev: I was pumping it!
      Nana Mary: Oh. Pump this!!! (gestures with open hands)

    • Nancy: (trying to explain why she didn't have a child with Arnie) Well, I don't think that was exactly the right situation to have a kid in.
      Dan: Yah, who wants to shave the back of a six month old baby?

    • Jackie: (trying to lift the spirits of her snowbound relatives on Christmas Eve) Let's do something festive! (walking up behind Nana Mary, seated at a "Lunch Box" table) Right, Nana Mary? (slowly approaching her) Nana Mary??? (pauses to watch her)
      Nana Mary: (snorts in her sleep)
      Jackie: (relieved) God, that would have been really spooky timing!

    • Bev: (as Roseanne and Jackie put Christmas decorations on a sleeping Nana Mary) Girls, stop that! You're being stupid and childish! Everyone knows you string lights from the top! (joins in decorating)

    • Mrs Healy: (Yelling at David)...dragging Conner trash over here. Another slut just like her sister! (Storms upstairs)
      David: Darlene, I'm-I'm sorry.
      Darlene: Hey "slut" didn't bother me. "Just like her sister" part that hurts.

    • Jackie: Roseanne, I know how to get you back in the holiday spirit.
      Roseanne: How?
      Jackie: Let's decorate Nana Mary.

    • Darlene: (To David after trying to leave in a snowstorm) Don't get excited. I basically chose you over death.

    • Roseanne: (when Bev wants to drop the conversation where she insinuated she doesn't believe in God) No, we can't just drop this-- you think you're the only person that's been through stuff? I've been through stuff. But, ya know, but, I still believe in God, ya know-- I mean, I'd like to believe all the horrible, hideous crap that I have to wallow through every single day of my life, at some point, I will find out the MEANING to and the reason FOR, I mean, so I can be happy, you know what I mean? There just has to be a God. There IS! I swear to God there is a God! And, if there ain't, I've been screwed!!!
      Jackie: What are we talking about this, God and Heaven and everything?!? It's Christmas!!!

  • NOTES (2)

    • In this episode, Roseanne, Jackie, and Bev decorate Nana Mary after she falls asleep at the diner. Roseanne incorporated this into this episode as a joke as Shelly Winters who plays Nana Mary used to fall asleep on the set. Roseanne talks about this in the bonus features on the DVD in season 5. Roseanne said that it wasn't like Shelly Winters to do that herself, but she got so into her character of Nana Mary that she would have trouble getting out of her character as falling asleep would've been something Nana Mary would've done.

    • Oscar nominee Sally Kirkland ("Anna") had a part in the Roseanne and Tom Arnold movie "The Woman Who Loved Elvis".

  • ALLUSIONS (7)

    • Roseanne: (finding out Darlene has to help David babysit his sisters on Christmas Eve) Okay, but, you be home by eight-- for every minute you're late, that's another time you got to listen to It's A Jim Nabors Christmas.

      Roseanne is making an allusion to actor/singer, Jim Nabors, best known for his portrayal of the good-hearted but naive Gomer Pyle on the 1960's sit-coms, The Andy Griffith Show and its spin-off, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Known for a goofy, high-pitched voice on the show, he surprised many when he came forward with a strong, baritone singing voice, and turned it into a successful singing career.

    • Roseanne: (on the telephone, finding out Becky won't be able to make it home for Christmas) Oh, Dan, you know Becky could be here if she really wanted to-- did you tell her we have "Stove Top"?

      Roseanne is making an allusion to General Mills' "Stove Top Stuffing", an instant stuffing sold in super markets that can be prepared in a pot on the stove.

    • Roseanne: (as Nana Mary follows Bev to the restaurant kitchen) You're not leaving me alone with "The Judds", tonight, Jackie.

      Roseanne is making an allusion to Naomi and Wynonna Judd, the mother/daughter, Country and Western singing duo.

    • Roseanne: (finding out that snowbound Darlene must spend the night at David's) Well, "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Crap!"

      Roseanne is making an allusion to the popular Christmas carol, "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas".

    • Dan basting the turkey as he asks Nancy to explain, without being specific, how lesbians can conceive a baby is an allusion to the "turkey basting method" of conception: a self-administered method of conception using donated sperm.

    • Roseanne: (after finding out that Nancy and Marla were kissing under the mistletoe) Well, ya know what they say: everytime lesbians kiss another angel gets her wings.

      Roseanne is making an allusion to the final scene in the movie, It's A Wonderful Life, where character ZuZu Bailey is heard to say: "...everytime a bell rings, an angel gets his wings."

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the popular Christmas carol, ("There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays".

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