Roseanne

Season 5 Episode 3

The Dark Ages

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 29, 1992 on ABC
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The Dark Ages
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The power company cuts off the Conners' power. Dan and Roseanne must look at Darlene in a new light after David spends the night in her room.

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  • Becky has left the building ...

    8.0
    ... and Darlene has to suffer the consequences. After David has slept over in Darlene's room at the Conner's home secretly, Dan goes ballistic but Darlene angrily responds that she won't have it because he really is angry at Becky for leaving. In the end, Dan gives Becky a call...



    Lots of good stuff in this episode, especially with Sara Gilbert giving another impressive performance.



    Very funny ending with Roseanne Arnold and Laurie Metcalf and even John Goodman fighting all around the studio for Laurie's Emmy.moreless
  • roseanne 100th episode!

    9.5
    This episode was the 100th episode.And it was a great one!I thought it was funny that the power went out when they had not payed there bills.I also liked the scene in the living room in the dark and dj tell a very "interesting" story.I also like the scene in darlenes room between david and darlene.And roseanne catches him spending the night!And darlene says she is nothing like becky.Then roseanne calls darlene "becky".My favourite part of this episode was at the end when laurie metcalf is cleaning her emmy and roseanne and john goodman chase her because she was the only one that year that won an emmy!moreless
  • The connors lose their electricity for not paying the bill.

    10
    One of the funniest Roseanne episodes I have ever seen. Truly evokes how hard up for money teh Connors actually were when the electricty was shut off for not paying up, enforcing the blue-collar spirit of the show. Also shows Jackie's flakiness, adding to the pure hilarity. It was definitely my favourite episode!



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

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In this episode, when Roseanne and Darlene are talking in Darlene's bedroom, behind Roseanne on Becky's bed you can see a mannequin wearing the dress that Becky wore in the season 4 episode Breakin' Up is Hard to Do on her date with Dean.

    • DJ says his flashlight battery is dead, Darlene tells him to get the battery out of the smoke detector, and Roseanne says that's dangerous because she might need it for the remote. But she can't use the remote anyway because there's no electricity. Even as a joke, this doesn't make sense.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Darlene: I am not living some gynecological bonding moment you had with Becky!
      Dan: Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! What are we talking about here?

    • Roseanne: We're going to sit here and we're gonna visit.
      Darlene: Can we visit someone else?

    • Roseanne: They said they'd get around to it on Monday and then they'll turn the electricity back on whenever the hell they feel like it.
      Jackie: No! There's got to be something we can do. How do we get the power back on?
      Roseanne: Mmmm, you pay the bill?
      Jackie: Okay, I'll do that...I'm going to call them...did you tell them you have children?
      Roseanne: Yeah, they don't want them.

    • Roseanne: It's from the electric company. They're shutting us off at 5.
      Dan: Didn't you pay the bill?
      Roseanne: Well it was either that or water and you can only live 2 days without water.
      Dan: Oh sure, I can take a bath but I can't throw the toaster in.

    • Roseanne: I've got a story. Uh, once upon a time there were these four princesses who lived in a palace and just spent their days yammering and yammering and yammering. And they killed every man who came to the palace except for one that they kept as a pet. Then one days these two princesses left and these other two princesses came in and they really stunk and...
      Darlene: Mom, that's Designing Women.
      Roseanne: You figured it out.
      D.J.: I want to make one up.
      Dan: Go for it.
      Darlene: I'm in hell.

    • David: This is weird. When are you going to have light again?
      Roseanne: Oh, just as soon as the earth spins back around towards the sun!

    • Dan: Where are you going?
      Darlene: Upstairs to work on the comic.
      Dan: Alone, with no lights? I don't think so.
      Darlene: Why, what do you think we're going to do?
      Dan: If I think about it, you're grounded!

    • Roseanne: If anyone has anything to do this weekend that involves electricity, you've got about two minutes.
      Darlene: Oh rats, and it was my turn to vacuum the house.

    • Dan: Any luck with the job hunt?
      Roseanne: Yeah, one place actually offered me an executive position; unfortunately, I'm allergic to corn dog batter.

    • D.J.: I'm bored.
      Darlene: And stupid. Don't forget stupid.

    • Darlene: I don't believe this, you guys are treating me like I'm Becky. I'm not Becky. I don't go to the mall like Becky, I don't do great laundry like Becky, I don't love school like Becky and I'm not going to sleep with my boyfriend like Becky!
      Roseanne: So what's your point, Becky?
      Darlene: My point is, Mother, that I'm stuck here so I'M paying for how SHE screwed up. If you're going to be angry, be angry at her, I'm out of here.

    • Darlene: How about we get me birth control tomorrow?
      I'll go have sex with David and we can celebrate at the mall, it'll be the perfect day for you."

    • Roseanne: Well, middle class was fun.

    • Darlene: Mom wants me to go on the pill 'cause Becky had sex.
      Dan: I don't think that'll work.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Owing to her brief appearance at the end of this episode, Lecy Goranson narrowly managed to appear in all of the first 100 episodes of the series.

    • Becky's apartment is the same as Darlene's college dorm.

    • This is the show's 100th episode; the coda shows Laurie Metcalf polishing her Emmy as Best Supporting Actress. In syndication the scene is removed and the episode ends with the scene where Dan is on the phone talking to Becky.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

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