Season 1 Episode 20

Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Mar 28, 1989 on ABC
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Toto, We're Not in Kansas Anymore
As a tornado spins through Lanford, a storm is brewing inside the Conner house over the whereabouts of Jackie who hasn't returned from her trip to the market.

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  • Roseanne and her family try to survive a tornado when it hits their town.

    Often times to hard to balance comedy with drama, but in this episode they do it really well. with the kids to goofing around and Jackie being hysterical you get a lot of great laughs. There is also some great dramatic moment like when the mailbox goes threw the window and almost hits Rosanna and DJ and at the end where Dan it's telling how useless it is to prepare for everything and they should get overly worried. The great part is that none of the jokes are too forced. A lot of times when comedy shows do a special episode like this one the jokes are too force. But here a lot of them are one normal people might actually say. It all seems real natural you feel like you're just watching a family going through a terrible storm a weird sense of humor. this is one of my favorite episodes.moreless
  • A tornado bears down on Lanford, while Jackie is unaccounted for.

    This episode is a classic. In this episode, \\\"Roseanne\\\" dips into weather,when Lanford is threatened with a tornado. It has a solid plot, good writing, classic jokes, and the lighting is great for the power outage scenes. It\\\'s a perfect episode for late at night (as long as it\\\'s not too windy), with just enough dark scenes to make it seem like you\\\'re there. I also enjoy how there are certain precursors to the tornado, such as the fact that you can clearly see that the wind howling outside the windows. All in all, this an episode that you should try to catch when you see it listed.moreless
  • In this 1st season finale a tornado rips through Lanford and of course the Conner family is in chaos with Becky worried about her pets and Darlene's pranks and Jackie lost out in the storm.moreless

    This was a perfect perfect episode. This is indeed my favorite out of all of them. The plot for this was amazing and spectacular. We see Roseanne a bit serious in this one which shows she's not all jokes. I was surprised when Crystal showed up though they fit her in rather nicely. I was majorly impressed with the dialogue an humor in the episode. I loved this episode the most because of the sarcasam. This also sets up a foundation for the future episodes and leaves you wondering what will be coming up. This is indeed the best season ending out of all the series. 10/10moreless
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

Hal Rale

Hal Rale


Guest Star

Natalie West

Natalie West

Crystal Anderson Conner

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • This is the last we hear Becky speak of her pet hamsters "Pebbles and Bam-Bam"

    • As the Connors are watching the news on TV regarding the tornado afterwards, sirens are heard and Becky and Darlene run to look out the window. Becky looks towards the window before the sirens are heard.

    • The exact location of "Lanford, Illinois" was vague over the course of the series. But one scene during this episode offers the best clue when a radio announcer issues a tornado warning for eastern Fulton County (a real life place many miles from Peoria, Illinois), and Darlene exclaims, "That's us!".

    • Roseanne spends the episode wearing a noticeable pair of alligator shaped earrings.

  • QUOTES (32)

    • Becky: But I have to call Diane and tell her I'm not coming tonight.
      Roseanne: Well you can tell her later when her house flies by our window.

    • Dan: If I knew I wasn't going to get killed, I'd drive right out in the middle of this, this is too good to miss.
      Roseanne: Well so are you.

    • Dan: Nothing bad is ever going to happen.
      Roseanne: Oh yeah right. 'Roseanne Connor celebrated yet another birthday today, she was 264'.

    • (DJ rides in on his bike)
      Roseanne: Hey partner, I was just about to send out a posse.
      DJ: Sorry mom. (throws bike down in driveway and walks away from it)
      Roseanne: Oh good, I see you put your bike away.

    • Dan: Take a deep breath. You know what that smells like? (he puts a garbade can near Roseanne and walks away) What's the word I'm looking for?
      Roseanne: Garbage.
      Dan: There's nothing like the air before a storm. It's so stimulating.
      Roseanne: I feel the same way about laundry.

    • Dan: Look at that cumulonimbus.
      Roseanne: Took the words right out of my mouth.
      Dan: You know if that little baby hit's a vertical updraft goin', you know what we're in for.
      Roseanne: A bunch of little nimbuses?

    • (a trashcan blows by and crashes into the house)
      Darlene: What was that?
      Roseanne: That was God saying get your butt inside!

    • (Jackie is getting money from Dan)
      Jackie: Fork over the bread, Fred.
      Dan: Don't hurry back, Jack.
      Jackie: Thanks for the cash, stupid.

    • Becky: (referring to Darlene) Can't we have her put to sleep?
      Roseanne: Well, we tried, but the vet backed out.

    • (after Darlene took Becky's sweater)
      Becky: Mom, this is the sweater I was going to wear to Diane's tonight to do homework.
      Roseanne: Since when do they have a dress code at Diane's?
      Darlene: Yeah, bosom face!

    • (the tornado is loudly approaching and everyone is huddled together in the living room)
      Crystal: (shouting lightly over noise) I just want you all to know that I love you very much!
      Roseanne: (shouting loud) What?!
      Crystal: (shouting much louder) I love you!
      Roseanne: (still shouting) We love you too! Now, shut up!

    • (while talking to a frightened Becky)
      Roseanne: Oh, honey, you're going to make it. You'll survive this horrible moment and grow up and have horrible moments with your own kids.

    • (While toasting marshmallows)
      DJ: Want me to make you one, Aunt Jackie?
      Roseanne: Don't bother your Aunt Jackie when she's in the middle of a breakdown.

    • Jackie: What difference does it make if he goes out or stays in? If the tornado is going to get ya, it's going to get ya. When your number's up, your number's up. All gotta go sometime.
      Roseanne: Try not to look on the bright side.
      Crystal: Don't joke about this. It's bad luck.
      Jackie: Bad luck, good luck. What difference does it make? We're powerless. When I was on my way back over here, I saw that thing.
      Roseanne: The tornado?
      Jackie: Yeah, and I had my camera with me, so I though I'd move in on it and snap a few.
      Roseanne: How could you do something that crazy?!
      Jackie: Well, Dad used to put us all in the Buick and go chasing storms.
      Roseanne: (screaming) Well, Dad was a lunatic!
      Jackie: You can't believe the power of that thing. It wipes out one house and it leaves the next one untouched. There's absolutely no rhyme or reason. It's beyond our control. (almost hysterical) Nothing means anything!
      Roseanne: Have you been talking to Mom?

    • (both Roseanne and Dan are walking around in the dark and they bump into each other, making both of them scream)
      Crystal: (yelling) Oh, what is it?!
      Dan: Nothing.
      Roseanne: (fake upset) I just bumped into my future and it was hideous!

    • (after telling the kids to get away from the window)
      Darlene: What good's a tornado if you can't see it?
      Roseanne: Oh, yeah, you're right. Why don't you guys go out and play?

    • Crystal: It's like the end of the world out there.
      Roseanne: Great! No more Geraldo!
      Dan: Let me take your coat.
      Crystal: No, no, no. I better keep it on. You never know, the wind might break the roof off.
      Roseanne: That's the way. Think positive.
      (something bangs on the side of the house)
      Crystal: Lord, have mercy.
      Roseanne: Come on, Crystal, why don't you sit down and relax?
      Crystal: I can't relax.
      Roseanne: Alright, then, clean my house.

    • Roseanne: Dan, I'm scared. I'm scared about Jackie. I'm scared about everything.
      Dan: It'll be okay.
      (Dan pats her quickly and walks away)
      Roseanne: Well, thank God you always know the right thing to say.

    • (while preparing their disaster supplies)
      DJ: What about food?
      Dan: Good idea, DJ. Food, uh, canned goods, fresh water.
      Roseanne: Now, Dan, this is an emergency. We need real food like caramel corn and cheese puffs.

    • (Roseanne raises the hypothetical situation if she had been killed in the tornado)
      Roseanne: I'm just asking you a serious question. What would you have done? A single father, three kids.
      Dan: Probably go out and look for Florence Henderson.

    • (while watching the devastation on TV)
      Dan: Looks like we lucked out again, huh, kid?
      Roseanne: Yeah. Well, think about it. If you were a tornado, would you want to come in this house?
      (Dan pauses to think)
      Dan: What is that, one of them zen riddles?

    • DJ: Mom, is it safe to watch TV?
      Roseanne: No safer than before.

    • Crystal: Look what we found. Your lawn chairs were over on Glendon Avenue.
      Darlene: Our stuff was lying all over the neighborhood.
      Roseanne: Why'd ya bring it back for? This was my big chance to get rid of it.

    • Dan: A tornado is wild, untamed power. What's the word I'm looking for?
      Roseanne: George Bush?

    • Crystal: How do you like your marshmallows, Roseanne?
      Roseanne: Like my men, crispy on the outside and stuck to the end of a fork.

    • (after listening to the tornado report on the radio)
      Becky: Aren't we supposed to be doing something?
      Roseanne: Well, what's the worst that could happen? Okay, the tornado picks up our house and slams it down in a better neighborhood.
      Becky: Mother, this is no time to kid around.
      Roseanne: Yeah, you're right. Okay, everybody, panic!

    • Roseanne: "That tornado was a sign. A really big sign, more like a poster, no, more like a billboard and it says in big letters--"
      Dan: "What? "Repent, the end is near"?"
      Roseanne: "No, 'Sorry we missed you, will call again for another appointment', and it's signed the Tornado Man."

    • Roseanne: That's not funny! You're grounded 'til menopause.
      Darlene: Yours or mine?
      Roseanne: Your father's.

    • Roseanne: Becky! Get in here!
      Becky: But I have to get Waffles, she needs her medicine.
      Roseanne: I don't care if Pancakes needs a pacemaker, get in here!

    • (After Dan realizes he shouldn't use the phone during the storm)
      Becky: But I gotta call Diane and tell her I can't come tonight!
      Roseanne: Well, you can tell her later when her house flies by our window.

    • Jackie: Roseanne, I want to LIVE!
      Roseanne: Think it over!

    • (Roseanne walks through the dark house)
      Roseanne: Who did I just step on?
      D.J.: Me!
      Roseanne: Well, that's one.

  • NOTES (2)

    • In the first season DVD, Roseanne mentions that this episode would be one of the first disclosures of DJ's full name, David Jacob. But the episode never actually mentions it.

    • In the ending segment that aired on ABC, photos of the devastation of Landford caused by the tornado were shown during the credits, underscored by "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Like many of the show's endings for the first few seasons, this scene has been cut out of syndicated prints of the episode.


    • Dan comes home and says to Roseanne "June, I'm home". June Cleaver is the name of the mother on the '50s TV show, Leave It To Beaver that aired from 1957-1963.

    • The episode title is a clear reference to The Wizard of Oz. When Dorothy's house gets swept up in a tornado and lands in Oz, she looks at her little dog and says, "Toto, I guess we're not in Kansas anymore."