Roseanne

Season 2 Episode 9

We Gather Together

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Nov 21, 1989 on ABC
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On Thanksgiving Day, Jackie finally spills the news of her new job to her mother. The two of them end up the main event in a series of bickering and snickering that flows through the holiday feast. After everone is finished eating, and complaining about everyone else, Dan gets a huge shock, when he finds his father romancing Crystal.moreless

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    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

    Ann Wedgeworth

    Ann Wedgeworth

    Audrey Conner

    Guest Star

    J.J. Johnston

    J.J. Johnston

    Jay Bryant

    Guest Star

    Stephen Dorff

    Stephen Dorff

    Jimmy Meltrigger

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    Ned Beatty

    Ned Beatty

    Ed Conner

    Recurring Role

    Estelle Parsons

    Estelle Parsons

    Beverly "Bev" Harris

    Recurring Role

    Natalie West

    Natalie West

    Crystal Anderson Conner

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • As we watch the episodes in retrospect, this is the first episode in which we get indication that Crystal and Ed have something going on.

      • This is the first episode where we see Roseanne wearing the infamous chicken shirt. It is the second time that the shirt appeared on the show. The shirt was first seen on the show worn by Becky in the previous episode, Sweet Dreams. Very fitting in the first Thanksgiving episode!

    • QUOTES (8)

      • Roseanne: And don't say a thing to mom about you being a cop.
        Jackie: Why not?
        Roseanne: Because I don't want her dropping dead of a heart attack at the dinner table!
        Dan: Why not?

      • Beverly: How could you DO something so impulsive, so wreckless! You could get killed or maimed! Roseanne, did you know about this?
        Roseanne: I guess so...
        Beverly: Well why didn't she say something to me about it?
        Jackie: I don't want to talk about this anymore! (Starts sobbing)
        Roseanne: Well that's one thing I love about this family, we don't want to talk about something, so we bring it up at the dinner table! Here! Have some turkey! (Slaps down a grotesquely carved turkey)

      • Roseanne: (looking at the eaten turkey carcass, in head) How you doin' birdie? You look how I feel.

      • Roseanne: (looking at her family Thanksgiving night slouched around sleepily in the living room) Look at 'em in there. Layin' around like a bunch of beached whales. And they're all mine. And for this, I'm truly thankful. (walking back in the kitchen, looking at the table of remnants of Thanksgiving dinner) Course I'd trade any one of them for a dishwasher.

      • (After Roseanne tells her unknowing parents that her and Dan booked them a room at a hotel for the night)
        Beverly: I would've packed a different nightgown.
        Al(Roseanne and Jackie's dad): She's like a ball player. She has home and away uniforms.

      • (Roseanne and Jackie's parents have just arrived and things have been iffy since 5:00 am. but everyone is trying to be nice...yet)

        Beverly: (To Jackie) So, you didn't invite anyone?
        Jackie: Uhh no, you know me, Mom, all my boyfriends like to spend Thanksgiving with their wives.

      • Bev: (talking about turkey in the oven) What did you buy? 25 pounds?
        Roseanne: 30.
        Bev: Looks small for 30.
        Jackie: Maybe you should climb in there and weigh it.

      • Roseanne: Here I am, 5 o'clock in the morning, stuffing breadcrumbs up a dead bird's butt!

    • NOTES (3)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • The title of this episode is an allusion to the Netherlands folk hymn, "We Gather Together" (1652), a song of adoration and praise typically sung at Thanksgiving.

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