Roseanne

Season 1 Episode 5

Radio Days

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 29, 1988 on ABC
8.6
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Radio Days
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When a local radio station offers a country western song writing contest, Dan digs through trash to find Roseanne's treasure. Dan finds one of Roseanne's poems that could be the perfect fit for the contest. In the meantime, Becky and Darlene fight over their room space, while Booker chases down Jackie.moreless

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  • "There's A River High in the Mountain" isn't valued high enough to win the Conners two tickets to the tractor pull, but it may bring the family closer together.

    10
    A classic Roseanne episode that shows the true love of the family and the Conner's attempt at anything to make a buck, or in this case, 100 bucks. Dan hears that a local radio is having a country western song writing concert. After considering the grand prize of one hundred dollars, Roseanne & Dan think writing a song might be worth their while. Dan rummaging through the garage finds Roseanne's old possessions including a poem in which he turns into a song. Roseanne and the kids feel that the song is perfect however the radio station has other opinions. After learning that the song was a bust, Dan performs the song and the family gathers together. I loved how the kids had such a strong appreciation for their parent's hard work and they so cared for their success. Definitely, an awesome episode.moreless
  • This is the absolute best episode in the whole first season! and is in my top 5 most favorite episodes of Roseanne!

    9.9
    I think the main reason i like this episode so much is because of the song Dan writes; i thought his song was very very very good! Another thing that is happening in this episode is that Jackie is embarrassing Booker, her/Roseanne's supervisor. and Booker says that stuff like that can make her lose her job. and i thought that that was really really funny. I also liked how Dan used one of Roseanne's old poems to write his song for the radio station contest. One thing that kind of sucked was that Roseanne and Dan got last place (fourth) and Roseanne says that people who never try are the ones that get last place. You must watch this episode! its awesome!moreless
  • When a local radio station holds a songwriting contest, Roseanne convinces Dan to enter.

    9.8
    "There's a river high in the mountains, that's been flowin' since who knows when..."



    Boy, if I had a dollar for everytime I catch myself singing this song, I'd be pretty comfortable, by now. It's the song Dan wrote in this episode. Roseanne talks him in to entering a songwriting contest. He finds an old poem of hers that he's kept since their high school days, and puts music to it. When I first heard Dan sing it, I thought it was pretty cornball. I thought the episode was cornball, too. But, I kept catching myself singing the song, or humming the song, or thinking the song. It makes me feel good, so, I decided to go back and take a closer look at the episode.



    It's not cornball at all. It's about dreaming, and the importance of having dreams, no matter how big or small. It's about people caring for people, whether it be by giving them encouragement, or by giving them praise, or just by letting them know that what they do matters-- that they matter. And, it's about family; it's about knowing that your family will always be there for you. Kudos! to the writers-- they really nailed this episode!



    Dan (the multi-talented John Goodman) delivers two fine performances of his untitled song: to Roseanne, in the beginning of the show, and then, at the closing, with his family all gathered around. It is a special song and a very, special moment for the Conners as the kids raise their arms and sway to the music (like at big concerts) and Roseanne holds up a lighter in tribute to Dan. This is an exceptional installment of "Roseanne". I hope you, too, catch yourself singing Dan's song after you watch it!moreless
  • Dan writes a song for a radio contest.

    8.8
    I loved this episode too. I loved Dan's song and i loved the fact that he used one of Roseanne's old poems from the garage. It was a really good song and i was disappointed when they didn't win the contest. i loved when the girls were in the factory talking about what type of songs they thought would win and Crystal starts talking about all the bad things that have happened in her life.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

Kris Stevens

Kris Stevens

Dave

Guest Star

David Hall

David Hall

Bill

Guest Star

Chris Tucker

Chris Tucker

Himself

Guest Star

George Clooney

George Clooney

Booker Brooks

Recurring Role

Evelina Fernandez

Evelina Fernandez

Juanita Herrera

Recurring Role

Anne Faulkner

Anne Faulkner

Sylvia Foster

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Another reference is made about Roseanne's love for writing. We see this through the poem she wrote which Dan put into a song. It's possible that this may be one of the artifacts she found when searching for her writing samples in the season 2 season finale, Happy Birthday.

    • When the kids ask to hear Dan sing the song it would seem that they hadn't heard it before, though DJ (Michael Fishman) sings along the entire time.

    • In this episode, Dan writes a song using some of Roseanne's high school poems. The lyrics to his untitled song are as follows:

      There's a river high in the mountains
      That's been flowin' since who knows when.
      No one's sure just how it started,
      But it's never gonna end.

      Our love is like that river,
      Flowin' through all time.
      Heaven knows I need you,
      And/but* I'll never change my mind!

      Heaven knows how I love you, and I'll never change my mind.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Roseanne: Gather round youngins, Pa's going to sing us a little ditty.

      Dan: Well Shuckens!

    • Roseanne: (regarding Dan considering one of Roseanne's poems for the song writing contest) I can't believe you saved it.
      Dan: Yeah, I've saved everything you've ever written. Except for a few notes on the refrigerator door.

    • (As Darlene and Becky fight over a hairbrush)
      Roseanne: The next person who uses the word "hairbrush" is getting their head shaved off bald!

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Jackie: ...like that song, "Take This Job and Shove It..."

      "Take This Job and Shove It" is a classic country song recorded by Johnny Paycheck and enjoyed by many frustrated workers.

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