Season 1 Episode 12

The Monday Thru Friday Show

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jan 24, 1989 on ABC
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The Monday Thru Friday Show
Dan and Roseanne disagree about where to spend a romantic 15th anniversary; Becky refuses to dissect a frog in biology class; Darlene finds her paper route more than she can handle.

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  • Dan and Roseanne have conficting ideas as they plan their long-lost honeymoon on their fifteenth wedding anniversary. Becky is adamant about having to dissect a frog in biology class.

    Another really, really comfy episode: Roseanne and Becky are still cultivating a close mother-daughter relationship, and each playful barb that Dan and Roseanne exchange oozes with how much they truly love and are committed to each other. Two examples:

    1) Roseanne: (to Dan about never having had a honeymoon) It's the one missing piece in an otherwise picture-perfect romance.

    2) Dan: I'm a hopeless romantic. Roseanne: Well, you're hopeless.

    I love how they remind viewers that humor is the glue that keeps a marriage (AND a family) together.

    And, this episode is one for the history books for me! It marks the birth of the fantastically funny "Roseanne" tag! (The previous installment, "Canoga Time," should probably be considered the actual birthday of the "Roseanne" tag, but watching Roseanne and Dan destroy their living room wasn't my idea of "entertaining" entertainment, so I'm going to have to discount it for that reason.): Trying to set the mood of the "honeymoon," Roseanne, at the kitchen sink, asks Dan if he would prefer a rippling stream or the waterfall effect as she turns on the tap. The "waterfall falls." "Watch out for the mist," Roseanne mischievously warns. Then Dan does something we'd all like to get the chance to do with a bottle of the bubbly. As I remember seeing this episode for the first time, as soon as he started to "think geyser," I was already excitedly anticipating what might be in store for the following week's tag. From that point on, I didn't know what I looked forward to more-- watching "Roseanne," or watching "Roseanne" tags.

    An episode truly worth watching, even for the tag, alone!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

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Conner

Lecy Goranson

Lecy Goranson

Rebecca "Becky" Conner Healy

Gary Bayer

Gary Bayer

Mr. Attleroy

Guest Star

Natalie West

Natalie West

Crystal Anderson Conner

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (9)

    • Darlene: (after eventually being fired from the paper route, Darlene is asked by Roseanne to discuss with her parents what happened) I figured a paper route was an easy way to make some money.
      Dan: Haha Darlene, there's no easy way to make money. If there was, your mother would've found it by now.

    • Dan: (taking a brochure out of his pocket) What's this in my pocket? It could be, it might be, it is. Holy cow, it's a honeymoon! (opening the brochure for Roseanne to look at) Why yes. It's paradise.
      Jackie: Ohh, another guy that thinks he's got paradise in his jeans.
      Roseanne: Yeah, paradise lost.

    • Jackie: You know what'd be my idea of a perfect honeymoon?
      Roseanne: Uh, Mel Gibson and a stick of butter.

    • Roseanne: Two customers have already started calling for their papers.
      Darlene: Damn!
      Roseanne: Well there's no need to cuss for hell's sake.

    • Becky: I still can't believe I got a C.
      Roseanne: Well Becky, if all you cared about was getting an A, you would've gone in there and chopped up that frog, but instead you did the right thing.
      Becky: If I did the right thing, how come I feel so lousy?
      Roseanne: Well...maybe it's your body rejecting the C.

    • Roseanne: Those frogs are already dead when you cut them up.
      Becky: But if I didn't have to cut it up, mine wouldn't have to die.
      Jackie: Sounds like you got it figured out.
      Becky: Yeah but if I don't do it, it'll bring my A average down to a C.
      Roseanne: Well if you feel that strongly about something, don't do it (the dissection).
      Becky: Won't you be mad at me?
      Roseanne: The only way I'd be mad at you would be if you did something that you absolutely knew was wrong.

    • Mr. Attleroy: Maybe you can tell me why Mr. Palmer only gets his paper every other day.
      Darlene: Well, his house is kind of hard to see from the road. Sometimes I forget.
      Mr. Attleroy: Did you forget about Mr. Johnson's altogether? Because he's never gotten a paper.
      Darlene: Mr. who?

    • (At breakfast)
      Becky: Hodges is going to make me rip the guts out of some frog.
      Roseanne: Yum, more cereal anyone?

    • Roseanne: Go wash up for dinner now.
      Becky: What are we having?
      Roseanne: Frog legs.
      Beck: You're demented.

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    • When Dan says: It could be, it might be, it is. Holy cow, it's a honeymoon!, he's making an allusion to Chicago Cubs late great broadcaster, Harry Caray. Harry Caray was known for his broadcasting antics, and used to use similar lines when a player came close to or hit a home run, especially "Holy Cow." The Conners lived in Lanford, Illinois.