Roseanne

Season 6 Episode 3

Party Politics

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 28, 1993 on ABC
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Party Politics
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Tired of David and Darlene's separation, Roseanne plots to reunite them, bringing Darlene home for the weekend. Once she finds that Roseanne had this planned, she teams up with DJ, to help him master ditching school, Darlene style.

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  • I loved this episode! It was so well written, i couldnt believe it!

    9.8
    I thought this episode was the absolute best episode in the sixth season! I thought it was very well written because it had several different times when you really did not expect that that was going to happen. I really liked the end part when Darlene is on the phone with "the school" (but it is really Fred) and finally Roseanne figures out that D.J. is really skipping out on school. and at the ending Roseanne wants to get revenge so she dresses up like a weird person and says she is taking D.J. to school dressed up like that and so she gets her revenge back.moreless
  • Roseanne vs. Darlene & D.J.

    10
    In season six, the focus of 'Roseanne' had shifted somewhat from the Conners as a family unit and instead to the Lunch Box, or to the unconventional and troubled relationship of Jackie and Fred. Fortunately, those storylines took a backseat here, as the show returned to one of its original themes: the parents vs. the kids. Make no mistake, this theme of 'party poltiics' is one the show had certainly mastered in past seasons, and here the show revived and extended that track record wonderfully, as we find Darlene and D.J. teaming up to scheme against Roseanne: Darlene wants revenge against Roseanne, and D.J. is driving Roseanne crazy with his sneaky behavior -- so, seeing D.J. as the enemy of her own enemy, Darlene joins in to prolong this game. Worth noting: previously we had seen occasions where Darlene and Becky unite, as sisters, in efforts to manipulate or deceive the parentfolk (See, for example, episode #62 - the girls work together to cover Becky's secret date with Mark, or episode #96 - the girls hatch a plan to get permission to attend a rock concert by way of buttering up Roseanne). Here, however, the show brings Darlene home from college to create a new, united front: brother and sister -- a rare (and well-executed) twist on that theme. Roseanne's struggle to lure D.J. away from the wielding influence of party-leader Darlene (a "professional" at this game, as Roseanne observes) is downright amusing. The game intensifies as the siblings use Bev against Roseanne, and in turn Roseanne uses Fred against them. All in all, another strong episode in season 6, and in my opinion seasons 1-6 are the golden years of this show.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

Michael O'Keefe

Michael O'Keefe

Fred

Recurring Role

Johnny Galecki

Johnny Galecki

David Healy

Recurring Role

Estelle Parsons

Estelle Parsons

Beverly "Bev" Harris

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In the opening kitchen scene, Laurie Metcalf, who plays Jackie, looks very pregnant. At the time this episode aired, Metcalf was pregnant with her second child, Will Theron Roth, who was born on November 20, 1993.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Darlene: Yes, this is Mrs. Conner. Oh no, D.J.'s still really sick.
      Roseanne: (After Fred hands her the phone) Don't mess with the master. You guys are in so much trouble, I'm gonna make you wish I was never born! Oh, and by the way, I know that you and David made up too.


      Darlene: How did you find out?


      Roseanne: You just told me! (Slams down the phone)

    • Roseanne: (on the phone trying to drop hints for presents for Jackie's housewarming party, Jackie turns her wrist) Maybe Jackie would like a...(misreading Jackie's hint) A car? ...No, of course not, a car would be silly...a...a mustache comb? No...oh yeah, she'd love that, you can never have too many 3D pictures of Jesus. Bye.
      Jackie: (turns her wrist again) THIS is a tea kettle!
      Roseanne: That is not a tea kettle, (does the teapot dance) THIS is a teakettle.
      Jackie: No, THIS (does the same dance) is a teaPOT!

    • D.J.: I've missed a few days at school and now they're calling for me.
      Darlene: How many days did you skip last week?
      D.J.: Five.
      Darlene: If you skip the whole week they're going to call.
      D.J.: I didn't know! (phone rings again and he screams)
      Darlene: (answering the phone) Hello? Yes this is Mrs. Connor. D.J. hasn't been in school all week because he's sick. Oh yeah, it's some kind of stomach flu, we've all got it...well I feel like I could puke right now...no it's a cordless, you can come along.

    • Jackie: What's with D.J.?
      Roseanne: Well I knew this was coming, he's 12, he's cranky, he's becoming a woman.

    • Jackie: (To Fred) I was ready for the sex and now I am done with it.

    • David: (referring to Darlene) What's she doing here?
      Darlene: (To Roseanne) I thought you said David wouldn't be here.
      Roseanne: I thought you meant David Cassidy. I know how much you hate him.

    • Darlene: (explaining to D.J. why she's being nice to him) Ah, you see... the enemy of my enemy is my friend, Grasshopper

    • D.J.: (on the phone) Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. 'Kay, bye.
      (runs away)
      Roseanne: Aww, isn't that cute! D.J. just made his first drug deal.

    • Jackie: What's with him?
      Roseanne: I guess DJ's taken over for Darlene since Satan transfered her to Chicago.

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  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the term, 'party politics,' which is related to the machines that work to get someone elected.

    • In the diner, Rosie mentions 'David Cassidy.' Mr. Cassidy was a pop star in the 1970's. He starred in the TV series, "The Patridge Family." He co-starred with his step mother, 'Shirley Jones'.

    • Roseanne alludes to George Peppard's character, Col. John "Hannibal" Smith in The A Team, when she says: "I love it when a plan comes together".

    • By addressing D.J. as "Grasshopper," Darlene alludes to the 70's show Kung Fu in which the main character was called "Grasshopper" by his martial arts mentor.

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