Season 2 Episode 8

Sweet Dreams

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 07, 1989 on ABC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Sweet Dreams
Roseanne tries to get a few minutes of relaxation in the bathtub, but she ends up getting constant interruptions from her family, and a fantasy about two hunks.

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  • Roseanne's family is driving her crazy and she needs some downtime.

    Suffering from a desperate need to relax, Roseanne tries to get ten minutes to herself so she can relax in the bathtub. Thus a fantasy sequence begins. Throughout the fantasy, we are treated to Roseanne killing her family in creative ways, Crystal's (real or imagined?) crush on Roseanne's husband Dan, and a musical number featuring Roseanne as the lead singer. While I am a huge fan of Roseanne (the show) and Roseanne (the actress) this is one of the worst episodes of the series. While I am not saying that it isn't entertaining--it is, it simple doesn't live up to the higher standards set by so many other episodes.moreless
  • I love this episode of Roseanne! I really liked the two different musicals they did, they obviously worked really hard on it and it showed how hard they worked! An excellent episode!moreless

    I could definitely tell the producers and the actors worked very hard on this. I cant even believe this episode was rated this low, i would think it would be rated at least a 9.1 or 9.2. Because i am sure that it was pretty hard to put this episode together and get it pretty close to perfect. I also really liked the song they had in the episode/ two songs they had, they were pretty good too! I just cant believe that this episode was a 7.8, like i said i would have thought that it would be at least a 9.1 or 9.2! Because it was put together well! You HAVE to watch this episode! Dont think the episode is bad because other people rated it low! You have to watch it yourself. Its an awesome episode! You HAVE to watch it!moreless
  • Not one of the best...but one that's enjoyable

    I have always found this episode one of the most refreshing examples the changes that "Roseanne" brought to television in the late 1980's. While it definitely not what one would classify as one of the series' classic moments, its still enjoyable as a fantasy. For anyone who's ever longed for a couple of hours to themselves, you'll get it immediately - if not, well then you won't. The musical sequence at the end is fun and was one of the first truly memorable moments in the early days of "Roseanne" - I still remember seeing this episode when it premiered on ABC in 1989 and it was a early examples of why the show became so successful.moreless
  • Dream sequence episode in which Roseanne murders her family in a desperate attempt to get some alone time.

    I really did not care for this episode, it was boring and full of really lame special effects (can't ask for much from 1989 I suppose.) I think they were trying to be kind of silly with this one, but it just was not very funny, even the studio audience was pretty quiet for most of this one.

    The only upside of this episode is John Goodman, his line "Roseanne.. I don't wanna die!" makes me laugh, something about the way he says it. Also, he's a good singer, even though the situation was pretty lame.

    This is in my opinion one of the worst episodes in the entire series, the same kind of attempt at humor that several Season 9 episodes smelled of. Don't go out of your way to see this one.moreless
  • A boring Dream Sequence

    I have never really cared for this one. I always felt Roseanne had this written to display her voice. As the judge said, she can’t sing. The idea of this one is cute, but it doesn’t seem to work. It almost feels with the writing and Roseanne’s acting is more like the last few seasons of Roseanne than the second one. Yet hearing John Goodman sing is always a good treat.

    Overall, I just wanted this one to be over, even in reruns, you don’t seem to see this one that often as in the other classic moments of Season 2,

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

Stephen Dorff

Stephen Dorff

Jimmy Meltrigger

Guest Star

Bert Parks

Bert Parks


Guest Star

Rebecca Schull

Rebecca Schull


Guest Star

Natalie West

Natalie West

Crystal Anderson Conner

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This is the first episode where we see the infamous chicken shirt. Becky is wearing the chicken shirt in the bathroom during the dream sequence and is the first person to be seen, on camera, wearing the shirt. Over the course of the show's run, the shirt is worn by various family members, mostly Roseanne. Roseanne thought that the shirt was the ugliest shirt she had ever seen, but she thinks that something that people consider ugly in real life, when perceived on television they see it as art. Additionally, Tom Arnold hated the shirt, and after their divorce, it has been said Roseanne tried to include the shirt in the show as much as possible.

    • We find out in this episode that Becky was born March 15, 1975.

    • At numerous times during the trial scene, a production camera is visible in the mirror behind the judge.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Roseanne: (singing)
      Frequently I'm nuts about my children.
      Frequently I love my husband Dan.
      But when I get overburdened and I need a little...
      What's the word I'm looking for?
      Dan: Emotional rejuvenescence.
      Roseanne: Shut up!
      I just need about 10 minutes with no clamor from my clan.
      Let 'em leave me alone.
      I'm not responsible for everybody.
      Why don't they just give me a break?
      Let 'em all eat cake.
      GET ME UP!!
      So when I seek (when I seek)
      a tub full of silence, (a tub full of silence)
      when I really need to
      soak my troubles away, (soak my troubles away)
      that's when they come right in and bug me! (Oh, they bug me!)
      Emotionally slug me! (Oh, they slug me!)
      All I get is "Where's my shirt, Roseanne?"!
      A load of laundry,
      a load of moppin',
      a load of workin',
      a load of shoppin'.
      "Do it, please." (Please.)
      "Do it now!" (Now!)
      "Do it, Mom!" (Mom!)
      "Do it, Rose!" (Rose!)
      "Do it right!" (Right!)
      "Do it good!" (Good!)
      "Do it fast!" (Do it fast, do it fast!)
      Everyone's coming at Rosie,
      and Rosie keeps coming in last.
      All: R-O-S-E-A-N-N-E.
      'Ternally grateful we'll be.
      Please, please, please, please set her free!
      We... love... ROSEANNE!!!

    • Becky: Mom, are you through in the bathroom yet?
      Dan: Honey, I'm through in there.
      Darlene: Mom, I did my homework but I still need you to sign here.
      D.J.: Mom, can you make me a sandwich?
      (Roseanne opens her eyes and sees them)
      Roseanne: Oh no! You're alive!

    • Roseanne: You can't put someone on the stand I already killed!
      Jackie: Allegedly killed, your Honor.
      Judge: Overruled.

    • Darlene: She killed me!
      Jackie: Allegedly, your Honor.

    • Ms. English: What country comes between Russia and Afghanistan?
      Darlene: Detroit?

    • Miss England: "Fred and me went to the movies." What's wrong with this sentence?
      Darlene: You're too ugly to get a date.

    • Roseanne: I love my children.
      Judge: Then why did you murder them!
      Roseanne: Your honor, All I wanted was 10 minutes alone in my own bathroom!

  • NOTES (0)


    • This episode is the same name of the 1983 song by Eurythmics.

    • When Roseanne is singing and asks "What's the word I'm looking for" and Dan fills in the blank, it is an Allusion to the music in the play Guy's and Dolls Where Adelaine sings and Nathan fills in the blanks when she asks the same question.