Roseanne

Season 4 Episode 12

Santa Claus

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Dec 24, 1991 on ABC
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Roseanne talks Leon into letting her play Santa Claus at the mall -- and hears something she wishes she hadn't from one of the kids' mothers, who turns out to be Darlene's new friend and confidante.

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  • The relationship between Darlene and Roseanne takes centre stage

    10
    One of my favourite scenes in the entire series, takes place in the book story of Karen, Darlene's 'friend'. Once again this scene demonstrates the shows ability to mix drama and comedy into the perfect blend. Darlene's character in season 4, is very relatable to any teenage of that age, and serves as a catalyst for her creativity. Roseanne becomes Jealous when she finds out that Darlene shares her writings with Karen and is embarrassed to show them to Roseanne because she resents her parents lack of understanding and appreciation for her writings. Upon confronting Darlene about why, they fight and Darlene confessess she may not believe in God. Which angers Roseanne, who tells Darlene that she and her are very similar, pointing out Darlene's need for the last word. Which brings one of the funniest moments of the episode. With both Darlene and Roseanne attempting to end the conversatoin with a bye', Roseanne subsequently walks out of the store yelling 'bye' repeatedly. Very strong episode.moreless
  • Roseanne talks Leon into hiring her to play Santa and Jackie to play Mrs. Claus at the mall. While on the job, she gets the chance to meet Karen, Darlene's new friend-- who's not exactly what she expected.moreless

    10
    This episode opens with an incredibly dark and moody Darlene (Sara Gilbert at her best) being interrogated by Roseanne and Dan about her new friend, Karen. Meanwhile, Leon tries to hire Walter, a restaurant customer and "Seinfeld Wannabe" (comical!) to be Rodbell's Santa Claus. Roseanne soon convinces him to let her play the part instead, and to cast Jackie as Mrs. Claus. Warm and tender scenes, Roseanne-style, that is, follow as a steady stream of children bring "Santa" their lists. Viewers are treated to a Classic Jackie Moment when "Mrs. Claus", enraged with someone tampering with the store camera, rushes the TV screen leaving us with a still of a giant Jackie face, her eyes ablaze and her mouth wide open! I howl everytime I see it! (It's one of my guilty pleasures to play this scene over and over, again, on the DVD player!) Laurie Metcaff (Jackie) is brilliant! Roseanne unexpectantly meets Karen, Darlene's new friend, when she brings her 5 year old son to visit Santa Claus. She is shocked to find that not only does Karen own the bookstore that Darlene frequents, but she's the same age as herself! A reluctant Roseanne goes to the bookstore to talk to her. (In the scenes that follow, Roseanne Barr proves to the audience what a fine dramatic actress she is, too.) It is painful to watch as Roseanne comes to realize Darlene has a new confidant; she hardly knows her daughter anymore. It will put a lump in your throat! Roseanne feels sad and left out, but glad Darlene has someone to talk to. I'm happy when she finally comes to terms with the relationship. This episode has a simply wonderful ending as Darlene surprises Roseanne with a truly special Christmas gift. Bravo!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

Lecy Goranson

Lecy Goranson

Rebecca "Becky" Conner Healy

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Conner

Lee Garlington

Lee Garlington

Karen Miller

Guest Star

Walter Jacobson

Walter Jacobson

Walter

Guest Star

Stephen Taylor Knot

Stephen Taylor Knot

child

Guest Star

Martin Mull

Martin Mull

Leon Carp

Recurring Role

Bonnie Sheridan

Bonnie Sheridan

Bonnie Watkins

Recurring Role

Natalie West

Natalie West

Crystal Anderson Conner

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • One of the children, a boy named Jason, visiting Santa Claus (Roseanne) is holding a stuffed animal. This was Darlene's stuffed animal. You can see her holding it in bed in the season 1 episode, Nightmare on Oak Street. Roseanne uses it as a pillow in that episode.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Jackie: (As Mrs Claus) Alright! Listen up! This is the procedure. When you reach the front of the line, you will approach and sit in Santa's lap. You will then state your Christmas wish, after which you will have your picture taken and receive your candy cane. Any deviation from this procedure will result in the loss of candy cane!

    • Karen: We're a perfectly normal couple that happens to dress up like Romulans a couple of times a year.

    • Roseanne: So I met Karen today.
      Dan: Darlene's Karen? What's she like?
      Roseanne: Well, she has a five year old kid.
      Dan: So... she's a senior then?

    • Dan: (after finding out Darlene has made a new friend) She's finally got a friend. And, her name is Karen!...Karen!...Hi, Karen! (waves to an imaginary Karen) Come on in, Karen! Darlene's upstairs, Karen! Love your nose ring, Karen!
      Roseanne: Say, are you naturally bald on one side of yer head, there, Karen?
      Dan: Hold your gun for you, Karen?

    • Roseanne: (referring to Darlene) It's like she's living some kind of double life.
      Dan: It's two more than we thought she had.

    • Jackie: Where do you keep your spices?
      Roseanne: In the salt shaker.

    • (waiting for Jackie to finish dinner)
      Roseanne: We just have to get our minds off food, and think of something else. Oh, I know! I think I might be getting my Christmas bonus tomorrow.
      Dan: Hope it's spaghetti.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Roseannne: (debating with Leon about equal pay for women) Well, but, that's discrimination! I mean, why did we, ya know, burn our bras? Wha-why did we march on Washington? Why did Mary Tyler Moore take her hat and just toss it up in the air?

      Roseanne is making an allusion to the 1970's television sit-com, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, considered a breakthrough for leading female characters in TV due to the single, career-minded title character played by Mary Tyler Moore. As the opening theme music played before each episode, Mary could be seen stopping in the middle of a busy, downtown Minneapolis street and tossing her hat in the air, signifying her liberation and independence.

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