Season 4 Episode 19

The Commercial Show

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Mar 03, 1992 on ABC

Episode Recap

While D.J. was sleeping over at Todd's, Kathy and Jerry Bowman had a fight that could be heard outside the house. Jerry's job at Wellmans was in danger, and Kathy thought they should move back to Chicago, and accept employment with her father. Though Jerry firmly asserted that they were not going to move, he came over the next morning to request that Dan clean his yard, to make selling the house easier.

The previous night, Todd had slept over at D.J.'s, and did not get to bed at the Bowman's preferred bedtime. When Kathy Bowman confronted Roseanne at Rodbell's, Roseanne's parting comment made reference to a big stick stuck in her butt.

As moving day approached, Todd and D.J. got into a fight about the relative merits of Lanford and Chicago. D.J., unpersuaded, concluded that the only benefit of Chicago was that Kathy could have an operation to have that stick removed.

When Kathy and Todd came over to say their good-byes, the boys remained mad at each other. Roseanne and Kathy, speaking vicariously through their silent sons - Kathy confronting Roseanne about the "big stick" comment, Roseanne apologizing, and Kathy accepting the apology. As Kathy said "good-bye" to the rest of the family, the family warmly said "good bye" to Todd.

At Rodbell's, a commercial was beig filmed, and the Conner family was selected to be a typical household, playing the customers. The dry run went smoothly: Roseanne, Dan, Darlene in pigtails wearing a bright patterned dress eating a french fry, Becky sipping on a soda, and D.J. stealing a french fry. Between takes, Roseanne insisted Jackie join them. Ken, the Director and later Leon's date, preferred Jackie over Roseanne, and Roseanne was removed from the commercial.

When the commercial aired, all that showed of the restaurant scene was a humiliated Darlene, dressed irreconcilably out of character, munching on a french fry.

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