Season 8 Episode 23

The Wedding

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 07, 1996 on ABC
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The Wedding
Darlene's wedding day brings unexpected tears, joy and tenderness as Dan is finally able to express his love to Darlene and the young couple's wedding vows bring Roseanne to tears.

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  • This was one of the best episodes. The conversations between Dan and Darlene and David and Mark were touching. This episode did well portraying the feelings of the family members on such an important day and ended in a tearful and memorable way.moreless

    This is one of the most memorable episodes for me. I still remember the way I felt at the end of this episode the first time I watched it. I felt that this show had one of the best portrayals of a heart attack that I have seen in any television series.

    This episode was foretelling about the ending. One of the main things I noticed when watching this was the way Roseanne was trying to joke with Dan during the ending of the episode and her jokes weren't really getting through to him. Dan barely acknowledges anything being said at that point. I felt that this showed how no jokes could mask the fear the family was about to go through.

    This episode had one of my favorite moments between Dan and Darlene, when Dan gives Darlene a key to a safety deposit box. That moment alone brought tears to my eyes, because it was one of the most noticeable of the many times that Dan and Roseanne had unselfishly put their children before themselves.

    I also loved how this episode showed the closeness between the female characters in the family. Everyone was there helping Darlene prepare for her wedding, especially Roseanne. The event was kept light with the usual bickering between the characters.

    The moment between David and Mark was very memorable, when Mark made David realize that he didn't need his parents there. Mark helped David with his tie, and told David that it was the only thing their father could have helped with. I found it touching when Mark referred to the Connors as their parents, which I thought was a very true statement about the involvement of Dan and Roseanne with them.

    Another of my favorite moments during this episode is David and Darlene's vows. I loved their acknowledgment of what great parents Dan and Roseanne had always been.

    The ending was one of the most tearful I have seen in a show. After seeing Dan through every episode of the show and seeing him as such a likable character, the ending was very suspenseful. I got chills and teared up during the ending scene between Dan and Roseanne, when Dan says "Call somebody", then collapses. The ambulance noises added to the suspense as the credits rolled.moreless
  • Darlene and David get married.

    Its Darlene and David's wedding day. David is sad his parents arent there, but Mark reassures him they wont worth the fuss. During the wedding, all the Conner women talk. Darlene gets jitters, but Dan talks to her and her and David get married. After the wedding, Dan is talking to Roseanne when he starts feeling bad. Then he has his heart attack...
  • I do..... heart attack.

    I watched this episode and knew that it would be a great one with Darlene and David getting married. I knew something was up when Dan was having major heartburn. The scene where all of Darlenes friends are sleeping in the living room and they're looking all over for Nana Mary and they find her asleep with a bottle of somesort of alchol. The wedding was great especially the touching father daughter moment where Dan realizes he was wrong to be so angry and gives Darlene a key to an offshore bank account just incase she needed extra money during her life. Then the tearjerker, Dan collapses of his heart attack.moreless
  • Wow! So much happens.

    First of all, this was a wonderfull episode! The wedding of David and Darlene, was something I had long awaited to see happen and it finally did. It was a beautiful wedding, with vows that brought. Roseanne and Dan to tears.

    David and Darlene have a great father duaghter moment. It was really great how Dan talked to her about everything. It was something that I waited to happen, and it all happend becuase Darlene had to throw up from being pregnant. It was great.

    Mark and David also have a great moment when talking about how David wanted there parents to be there. It was great how Mark told David that they shouldn't be there becuase they did nothing for them, how the Conner's were his parents now, and how Mark tuaght David how to tie the tie, the only thing their father ever tuaght Mark, and now Mark had tuaght it to David.

    And then, Dan says that he doesn't feel well, and that he needs an ambulance. I didn't see that coming. How sad, that on his duaghter's wedding day, he has a heart attack.

    Like I said, so much happens in this episode. It was really great.moreless
  • This is one of the greatest Roseanne episodes.

    This episode deals with the wedding of Darlene and David. It begins with all of the generations of women up in Darlene's old room talking about their pasts and dreams. The wedding takes place later on in the episode. Darlene and David's vows bring Roseanne to tears. In the end, Dan falls down, holding his chest. The camera fades out and sirens are heard. This leads to the second part in the season (should have been series) finale.

    I think this would have been a perfect first part to a two parter finale. This originally was going to be the finale, part one, but the network picked it up for one last season.moreless
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

Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Rebecca "Becky" Conner Healy

Kymberly Newberry

Kymberly Newberry


Guest Star

Sandra Bernhard

Sandra Bernhard

Nancy Bartlett Thomas

Recurring Role

Fred Willard

Fred Willard


Recurring Role

Shelley Winters

Shelley Winters

Nana Mary

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Bev talks about Darlene's wedding dress being her dress. Nana Mary interjects saying originally it was her dress. But, in the season 7 episode Bed and Bored, Jackie admits/implies to her mom that it wasn't the dog that ruined her dress, but Jackie. The dress supposedly should no longer exist.

    • In this episode, once again this season, Sarah Chalke came on to play the role of Becky as Lecy Goranson could not appear in this episode due to conflicts with school. In the season premiere of this 8th season, Lecy Goranson had returned to take back over the role of Becky. Initially, she left early in the 5th season to attend college. At a point in the 6th season, Sarah Chalke took over the role of Becky. Intending on appearing in all the episodes the character Becky appeared in this season, Lecy Goranson signed on for the 8th season working around her school schedule. When conflicts with school arose during the season, Sarah Chalke came on to play the role when it was necessary for Becky to appear as in this respective episode, Darlene and David's wedding, and the Disney World episodes. Lecy Goranson appeared as Becky in only 1 episode between those, Springtime for David and will appear once more this season in Heart and Soul.

    • When Darlene is trying on her wedding dress, Nana Mary says that "all of us dames got knocked up before getting married". Becky however is in the room, but she wasn't pregnant before she got married. Roseanne, also in this scene, was not pregnant with Becky before she was married.

      Although Nana Mary most likely is only referring to herself, Beverly, Jackie, and Darlene the remark still comes across as not completely fitting.

    • When Mark is telling David their dad only ever did one thing for them, Glenn Quinn is slipping into his Irish accent.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • (Dan is about to walk Darlene down the aisle. Darlene, suddenly having to throw up, runs away.) Dan: (to the wedding guests who are staring) What's the matter? She's pregnant, she had to barf. Ain't none of you ever been to a wedding before?

    • Jackie: You tell everybody how you feel about being the ring boy. Okay? You tell everybody what Mommy taught you to say.
      Andy: Grandma's crazy

    • David: I, David, promise to always love and respect you, Darlene, my fellow traveler on this planet, as we tread lightly and replenish what we have taken from this earth.
      Roseanne: (to Dan) I guess we'll have to return the deer rifle we got him. Did you hear that, did you hear what I just said?
      Dan: Deer rifle.
      Darlene: And I, Darlene, promise to love and respect you, David, as we strive not for material possessions, but for contentment and peace of mind.
      Roseanne: I think she's got marriage mixed up with a nap on the porch. How come you're not laughing? Did you hear that?
      Dan: Deer rifle.
      Darlene: And we know the best way that we can make it is to rely on each other, the way our parents, Dan and Roseanne Conner, have.
      David: No matter how good or bad life has been to them, they always found the humor in it. We hope we can do the same.
      Roseanne: I didn't even see that coming. Did you hear that?
      Dan: Yeah, I heard that.

    • David: Listen, Mark, I know you're probably sick of hearing about this, but it just feels weird that Mom and Dad aren't here.
      Mark: You still on that?
      David: Well, they're our parents. I thought maybe for my wedding day...
      Mark: Would you shut up about them already? They never did anything for us. They kicked me out of the house when I was 16, and they treated you like a dog. The Conners are your parents now, okay? You and me both. They saved our asses.
      David: Well, Mom and Dad gave us life, okay? One of us maybe a little more than the other, but still...
      Mark: Hey, hey, it's a slap in the face to the Conners for you to be all hung up on a couple of jerks who haven't even bothered to call in the last four years.
      David: Mark...
      Mark: I don't wanna hear it!
      David: Choking! Where did you learn to tie a tie like that?
      Mark: Dad. It was the only thing he ever taught me. Now I've taught you. And since it's the only thing he could have done for you today, you don't need him anymore.
      David: Okay. Thanks, Mark.

    • Bev: Why did it have to be an outdoor hippie wedding?
      Dan: Because the moon's in the seventh house?

    • Roseanne: (waking everybody up) Oh look! It's Nana Mary!
      Nana Mary: Hi, Rosie! (looks under her blanket) Who's wearing my pants?

    • Darlene: Do you think Dad's going to walk me down the aisle or you think he's just going to give me a big push?
      Roseanne: Oh, you know he loves you.
      Darlene: Yeah...
      Roseanne: Okay, just try to remember that when he gives you the big push.

    • Roseanne: (putting flowers in Darlene's hair) Just enough to make you beautiful but not enough to attract the bees.

    • DJ: Hey dad I think I just saw a skunk!
      (DJ runs off and Mark looks at Dan for approval)
      Dan: Go.
      Mark: Hey DJ wait up!
      (Mark runs after DJ)

    • Roseanne: Why are they not standing up?
      D.J.: Oh, the guy at the rehearsal said they only stand up for the bride.
      Roseanne: Well, I really don't care what the guy at rehearsal said. The hell with tradition. (to the other people) EVERYBODY UP! I WANT YOU STANDING UP!!
      (everyone stands up)

    • Roseanne: What's wrong, You got butterflies?
      Darlene: No...a child.

    • (after they are pronounced Husband and Wife)
      Darlene (kidding to David): Wow, I can't believe you fell for that whole pregnancy thing.

    • Darlene: David's not allowed anywhere near my car.
      Roseanne: Already talking like a married woman.

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