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Roseanne

Season 7 Episode 26

Sherwood Schwartz: A Loving Tribute

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 24, 1995 on ABC
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Sherwood Schwartz: A Loving Tribute
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A Gilligan's Island fantasy plays into the season finale, which finds Dan torn between pleasing Roseanne and building a boat for a future adventure. Dan becomes the Skipper, Leon becomes Mr Howell, Bev becomes Mrs Howell, Jackie becomes Gilligan, Darlene becomes Mary Ann, and Roseanne becomes Ginger, and then just the opposite.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • weird but funny.

    10
    In this classic tribute to writer and director, Sherwood Schwartz, David considers going to Europe but loses it to Darlene and Dan considers his boat and wins it from Roseanne. And Roseanne gains some new wisdom when she fantasizes the Connors as the cast of Gilligan Island, which gets out of control when they face lava, earthquakes, and head-hunters. Also, at the end of the episode, we see the original Gilligan's island cast as the Connors. All except for Skipper, who's to old, and the Howls, who're probably dead by now. All in all, one of my absolute favorite Roseanne episodes.moreless
  • The Connors turn into the Castaways from "Gilligan's Island."

    8.0
    The best part of the episode was seeing the surviving castaways as characters from "Roseanne."



    Jackie did an excellent job of imitating Gillian. While I found it hard to believe that Mark would take over the part of the professor. Other casting was fine.



    There really isn't much to this episode, but it is clever in a tired sort of way.
John Goodman

John Goodman

Dan Conner

Laurie Metcalf

Laurie Metcalf

Jackie Harris

Sara Gilbert

Sara Gilbert

Darlene Conner Healy

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Conner

Michael Fishman

Michael Fishman

David Jacob "D.J." Conner

Russell Johnson

Russell Johnson

Mark (uncredited)

Guest Star

Tina Louise

Tina Louise

Roseanne (uncredited)

Guest Star

Bob Denver

Bob Denver

Jackie

Guest Star

Johnny Galecki

Johnny Galecki

David Healy

Recurring Role

Estelle Parsons

Estelle Parsons

Beverly "Bev" Harris

Recurring Role

Glenn Quinn

Glenn Quinn

Mark Healy

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • This tag of this season 7 finale, features actors and actresses from the show Gilligan's Island playing the reverse roles of Roseanne characters. Jackie as Gilligan and Gilligan as Jackie, etc.

    • In the Gilligan's Island fantasy, Becky does not play a character from the television show Gilligan's Island, nor is she in this episode. The cast members portray Gilligan's Island stars except D.J. who becomes a headhunter and David who plays David.

    • David tells Roseanne that he is graduating High School, but in the previous episode, Dan tells the Neilson employee that David has graduated high school already.

    • When Darlene and David first meet in season four, David says he's a sophomore, therefore he should have graduated in season six.

    • In the Gilligan's Island fantasy, Mark's Irish accent slips when he was explaining about his Glass Sheet invention, right before Jackie runs into it.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • (Darlene doesn't want David to go to Europe.)
      Roseanne: Come on, you've got to give a guy his dreams. Then he won't notice that you control his reality.

    • Roseanne: (about David) Someone from this house graduating high school... Man, I just never could have seen that coming.

    • Darlene: (when David tells her that going to Europe is something he's got to do) Here's something else you gotta do: learn the French translation of, "No, this is my full height".

    • Dan: Hey, David, I thought your graduation ceremony was great. I really loved that part where everyone threw them square hats with the tassels up in the air.
      David: I just wish Mrs. Conner would have asked me first. I kinda wanted to do it.

    • David: (changing his mind about going to Europe) It's just that, ya know, Darlene and I are finally back together again.
      Dan: Oooh...
      David: Yeah, and I'm starting to think spending a month apart would be a mistake.
      Dan: Well, being together is important, but a man needs time to be alone with his own thoughts-- that's why I put a lock on the bathroom door.

    • Roseanne: (when Dan says he can't get rid of the boat he's building) It's amazing what you can do once I set my mind to it.

    • Dan: (as the Skipper) I got problems of my own, Ginger. Last night, Mr. Howell asked me for a romantic stroll on the beach.
      Leon: (as Mr. Howell) Hi, ho, everybody! Commodore, how are you and your little buddy?
      Roseanne: (as Ginger) You better be talkin' about Gilligan!

    • David: (coming from the shipwreck and referring to the television sitcom, 'Gilligan's Island') What am I doing here? I don't even like this show. I wanted to be on Friends.

    • David (on the island): Where's the basement? I can't find the basement!

    • Dan: (as the Skipper, when Cannibal DJ begins eyeballing Ginger and him) Ginger, I think the only theater he's interested in is (loud gulp) DINNER THEATER!

    • Roseanne: (as Ginger, when a volcano erupts on the island) Hello, Club Med-- I want my deposit back.

    • Darlene: (about her character in the 'Gilligan's Island' spoof) Alright, here's a question: how come I'm Mary Ann, anyway? I've never been to Kansas, I've never been on a farm, and I'm tired of everyone thinking you're prettier than me!
      Roseanne: (as Ginger) Deal with it, Dorothy, or else I'll use those pigtails to steer while I ride your hillbilly ass all over this island!

    • Roseanne (as Ginger watching Jackie run around wild in Gilligan character): Here comes ANOTHER Emmy.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This is the last time Sarah Chalke is officially credited in the title sequence until Season 9, although her picture does appear in Lecy Goranson's morphing shot in the Season 8 opener.

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • Ginger: (Ginger bemoaning the fact that Denny Dillon is playing her in a TV movie) Four words: Denny Dillon as Ginger!
      This is a reference to Denny Dillon portraying Roseanne in an unauthorized Roseanne & Tom biography aired on Fox.

    • Roseanne: (to Dan, working on his project in the garage) If you EVER really finish this boat, and if it EVER floats, I'll tell you just what's gonna happen: we'll get lost, in say, the first three hours, then, we'll run into a rock, then we'll end up shipwrecked on some deserted island in the middle of nowhere.

      Roseanne is making an allusion to the storyline of the 1960's TV sitcom, Gilligan's Island, the premise for this episode.

    • Dan: (when David thinks going to Paris to be inspired by its great artists is stupid) It's not stupid. Some of the greatest paintings of all time have come from there. Like that woman sitting in the chair, or, them kids crying with the big eyes.

      Dan is making an allusion to the 1800's oil painting by James McNeill Whistler titled, "Arrangement in Grey and Black", better known as "Whistler's Mother". He also alludes to the 1950 and 1960's artwork of flamboyant artist, Walter Keane, best known for portraits of sad, doe-eyed children that became a worldwide sensation.

    • Roseanne: (to Dan about the boat he is building) Yeah, and what is it gonna cost by the time you get it finished? And, you better figure that in bananas cuz by that time, apes will be running the world.

      Roseanne is making an allusion to the 1960's film, Planet of the Apes, about four astronauts who crash on a far-off planet and discover a culture gone awry: the dominant form of primates are apes and gorillas, and man is reduced to a beast of burden.

    • David: (coming from the shipwreck and referring 'Gilligan's Island') What am I doing here? I don't even like this show. I wanted to be on Friends.

      David is making an allusion to Gilligan's Island, the 1960's television sitcom about the comic adventures of seven castaways stranded on a desert island. He also alludes to Friends, the popular 1990-2000's TV sitcom about a group of six friends living in the Manhattan borough of New York City.

    • Roseanne: (as Ginger talking to the other castaways about her voyage on the S. S. Minnow) That was sure one nice Carnival Cruise, huh? As soon as we're rescued, I'm gonna strangle that bitch, Cathy Lee.

      Roseanne is making an allusion to Carnival Cruise Lines, a cruise line that pioneered the concept of cheaper and shorter cruises whose ships are known for their Las Vegas decor and entertainment. In the 1980's, singer and television personality, Cathy Lee Gifford appeared in the TV advertisements for Carnival Cruises.

    • Roseanne: (as Ginger hearing the radio announcer say the castaways' search party has been called off) Lost and forgotten. I should have known better than to sign with William Morris.

      Roseanne is making an allusion to the William Morris Agency, the largest diversified talent and literary agency in the world. It was responsible for the Roseanne television sitcom, and, at the time this episode aired, Roseanne Thomas was involved in frequent skirmishes with Carsey-Werner, the William Morris producers of the program, a fact she also alludes to in this quote.

    • Darlene: (about her character in the 'Gilligan's Island' spoof) Alright, here's a question: how come I'm Mary Ann, anyway? I've never been to Kansas, I've never been on a farm, and I'm tired of everyone thinking you're prettier than me!
      Roseanne: (as Ginger) Deal with it, Dorothy, or else I'll use those pigtails to steer while I ride your hillbilly ass all over this island!

      Roseanne is making an allusion to the L. Frank Baum children's classic book, "The Wonderful Wizard of OZ", about a young girl, Dorothy Gale, and her dog Toto's quest to return home after a tornado sweeps them over the rainbow to the land of Oz.

    • Jackie: (as Gilligan talking about an approaching typhoon) The filling in my mouth picked up a radio signal from the Coast Guard. Listen. (opens mouth and leans toward Ginger)
      Roseanne: (as Ginger) Hey, I once did a love scene with Abe Vigoda, but I'm NOT going near your mouth!

      Roseanne as Ginger is making an allusion to the dour-faced and slouched character actor, Abe Vigoda, best known for his role as Sgt. Phil Fish on the 1970's sitcom, Barney Miller and its spin-off, Fish.

    • Roseanne: No, face it, Dan. We're marooned in this house and nobody's ever gonna rescue us. That goes for me, DJ, the new baby, (begins singing) "and the rest!"

      Roseanne is making an allusion to the lyrics from the theme song of the 1960's television sitcom, Gilligan's Island.

    • In the closing credits, Bob Denver, who played Gilligan on Gilligan's Island, alludes to the show, saying, "So I'm glad you decided to let Dan keep working on this little project in the garage. I mean, how much trouble can you get into on a boat?"

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