Roseanne

Season 8 Episode 13

The White Sheep of the Family

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jan 09, 1996 on ABC
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The White Sheep of the Family
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After the Conners receive a small inheritance from their great Aunt Harriet, they decide to all go out to a nice dinner, with their limits already set, until Darlene unexpectedly pops in. Meanwhile, DJ is contemplating what to spend his own personal inheritance from great aunt Harriet on, since he received $500. Darlene spends her visit home alienating the family and hurling insults, until the family finally bites back.moreless

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  • I love the show Roseanne. I absolutely do not like this episode of Roseanne. It could have been a great show. It was disappointing to watch. It actually does upset me.moreless

    6.5
    The family inherits some money from the death of a relative (DJ inherits more - $500). The Conner family, the immediate family including Mark and David, goes out for a fancy dinner. The dinner becomes completely, oddly ruined by Darlene announcing that she was offered a $500 a week job which she had turned down. Darlene also had some typical comments about the family's views on money, not atypical of her character. The dinner seems ruined by this announcement. Another, what could have been, nice episode revolving around the family eating dinner together completely ruined by what appears, to me, to be nothing. Darlene doesn't want to take the job because she wishes to finish school. Dan, Roseanne, Jackie, & Becky's reactions all seem to be a little off character and not remotely developed enough. Additionally, the family doesn't seem to know how to handle the situation. I know Roseanne is based on a blue-collar working class family, but the point of the show has always been that they are intelligent, good, humorous people at the core. This episode seems to portray the family as dysfunctional which made me uncomfortable and upset, something I do not view the family as (other people do though). Amidst this, DJ spends half of the money he inherited on a trombone, an instrument he does not know to play, to impress a girl. What? Thus furthering the emergence of weird DJ whom also becomes portrayed as not a good person at times, example being, breeding mice. The heart of this show always was that at the core the Conners were good people whom love each other very much. The writing in this episode, I find, is not good. Home after the restaurant incident, which I assume to be the next day, Darlene continues making comments which I feel still are not atypical of her character and not over the line. Dan eventually reacts to her by saying something along the lines of why don't you go back to school. And, then later, Darlene replies about not coming back home until spring, and Dan says something like fine more $100 bills for us. This all unsettled me a great deal. The story line underneath all this was good exemplified by the title of this episode "The White Sheep of the Family." Darlene could be the first Conner to make it, graduate from college, have a high-paying job backed by a college degree. Why is this episode not about how proud they are of Darlene? I could see them not completely understanding how Darlene turned down a job offer, but where is the explanation from Darlene and superb writing as seen in earlier episodes of the show. This episode was too black and white. Life isn't black and white and Roseanne, you'd think, would be one of the first to point this out. Life is a whole gray area. There's this distinct separation between Darlene, the college girl with job offers and the Conners, a working class apparently, shown by this episode, ignorant and not soo smart worker bee family. That's not who the characters on the show are nor ever were. And, all of this is supposed to be shown by Darlene making these inappropriate comments and, like I said, I don't think any of her comments really were over the top. I love Roseanne and watching this episode upsets me as it is watching my favorite television show crumbling. The writing in this episode was not good, nor the acting. Dan also makes a comment to Darlene, along the lines of, I'm tired of you making comments about my family. This inevitably disincludes Darlene as a member of the family. This bothered me a lot. I don't like how Darlene was treated in this episode. At the base, this is Roseanne the show that it was in earlier seasons that many grew up with. Soo much needed to be fanned out in this episode though. The writing is not reminiscent of the level that it was at in earlier seasons.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

Lecy Goranson

Lecy Goranson

Rebecca "Becky" Conner Healy

Michael Fishman

Michael Fishman

David Jacob "D.J." Conner

Stan Freberg

Stan Freberg

Mr. Parkin

Guest Star

Linda Tran

Linda Tran

 

Guest Star

Johnny Galecki

Johnny Galecki

David Healy

Recurring Role

Glenn Quinn

Glenn Quinn

Mark Healy

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (6)

    • (D.J. used half the $500 he inherited to buy a trombone)
      Dan: Why did you buy a trombone?
      D.J.: I bought it cuz there's this girl I like.
      Dan: I'm not getting it.
      Darlene: Yeah, either do a lot of trombone players.

    • (Darlene comes home from school)
      Darlene: (to David) What's that you're wearing? (sniffs him) Oh, it's the couch.

    • (A relative of Roseanne's had died. The family has inherited some money)
      Dan: 382 dollars for doing nothing. Now I know how Regis feels.

    • (Roseanne and Darlene are in the middle of an argument)
      Darlene: Can't we discuss this like human beings?
      Roseanne: Arf!

    • Roseanne:(To Darlene) A Conner has never turned down that kind of money....for the same reason a drowning man doesn't flip off the lifeguard.

    • Darlene: What's wrong with this family!?
      Roseanne: Your father and I are really brothers!

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the term black sheep which usually refers to a "bad egg" in a family. The term is derived from a sheep being born with black wool, a recessive trait. Obviously, sheep are typically white. The title of this episode, white sheep, jokingly alludes to how Darlene stands out in her family and is treated negatively in this episode for being offered a high-paying job and soon graduating from college.

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