Season 1 Episode 2

We're in the Money

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Oct 25, 1988 on ABC
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We're in the Money
They're in the money. Dan brings home some extra cash which leads the family to consider how they will spend the cash. After considering being responsible, the couple secretly make purchases based on their own desires. 

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  • When Dan Conner comes home with an extra $500.00 what will the rest of the family think. Roseanne & Dan tackle the issue of how they are going to spend the money.moreless

    I have to say, I really enjoyed watching this episode simply because it is one of those episodes that is so believable. In this episode Dan Conner comes home with an extra five hundred dollars and the problem is that nobody knows what to do with it. Roseanne at first wants to spend the money on something fun while ignoring the bills (stating that they never came). Dan, on the other hand sees the advantage of being finally debt free for a while. When the two decide that the money is burning a hole in their pockets, they decide to splurge on their own desires. Roseanne buys Submission perfume, while Dan buys a new brass captains bell. The couple must try and hide their new purchases but in the end the truth comes out. Again, a fantastically believable episode.moreless
  • The first episode.About how dan needs to take more house hold responsibilities

    I feel this episode was oone of the best it opened us up to this family who brought laugheter to just about everyone to this day it is 20 years later and lkids are still discovering and loving this show and i watch it every night and will never forget it even though im just 13 i just started watching the show 2 years ago and still have lots of seasons to go.

    When you first watch this episode i think you just want to keep watching untill yoe seen them all its not some fake family that u see saying o honey how was school it real life like a real family with fights and worries and alot of funny along the way!

    by chasity smithmoreless
  • Everyone at the Conner house has their own idea as to how an unexpected $500.00 should be spent.

    What a terrific 2nd episode from the groundbreaking sitcom, Roseanne-- it definitely snags viewers into wanting to come back for more. The "It doesn't pay to lie" storyline is simple, but cleverly written so as not to ram a life lesson down your throat, so to speak, entertaining you into wanting to do the right thing. But, it's the painting of Dan Conner that I REALLY soaked up and enjoyed in this episode-- one which easily could have been titled: "Dan, Dan, the Drywall Man: An Intimate Portrait."

    ***very subtle spoilers ahead***

    The Father~~~ His advice (Lying leads to fighting stray dogs off in alleys for cold french fries.) is dismissed with the less than subtle, but oh-so-funny, "Carry the six."

    The Husband~~~ He and Roseanne's banter and playfulness, and her teasingly pumping him up with commentary about his capabilities (Roseanne: (about the Spikeman job) "Oh, you're not gonna get it... They're all better than you.") seems to be just the fuel Dan needs to bolster his self-confidence (Dan: "I'm The Drywall Master Of The Universe!!!").

    The Big Teddy Bear~~~ He dabs invisible perfume behind her ears and all over Roseanne, which only upsets her stomach, but her heartwarming grins and laughter allow us to see just how loved Dan truly is. (It's funny, too, when Roseanne suggests Dan deserves a kiss for getting the drywall job, and calls on Becky to deliver.)

    Inspector Gadget~~~He is obsessed with batteries, battery chargers, radios, stereo speakers, the "sure thing" ($19.95 Handi-Wrench," or that electric fish scaler, etc., etc.)

    Fun-lover~~~ * His idea of hardcore festivities are pork rinds and beer.

    * He merrily (but, with ulterior motives) chases adorable, little DJ out of the garage.

    * He kids, in his seriousness, like a modern day W.C. Fields (Dan: (to a nosy Darlene)

    "Right, it's a bell. Now, scamper along."

    And, John Goodman's perfectly-timed physical comedy (bodybuilder poses as he transforms into Drywall Master of the Universe, and butt-twitchingly prancing out the kitchen door to start work on the job he outbid the other contractors for) complete the total Dan Conner character.

    I could go on and on, but you get the drift. This show belongs to Dan: "The Man Behind the Woman."

    An outstanding episode, to say the least.moreless
  • The Conners come into some extra money and spend it irresponsibly.

    This is a revealing episode as it sets the standard for what happens every time the Conners are handed money. They are regularly in desperate need of funds and, at one point, even face foreclosure. However, they only talk about using it to pay bills. Inevitably, rather than stabilize themselves financially, they blow it.
  • Dan gets an advance for a job he wins and he and Roseanne decide to use the money to pay off the bills but they both spend the money without talking to the other first.moreless

    Just a comment. Dan buys a Brass Captain\\\\\\\'s bell behind Roseanne\\\\\\\'s back for the boat he is building in the garage. I may be wrong on this but I don\\\\\\\'t remember any mention of the boat after season one. This is one of my favorite episodes I like many of them but I can remember my parent\\\\\\\'s going through similar financial struggles.
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

Ron Perkins

Ron Perkins

Pete Wilkins

Recurring Role

Natalie West

Natalie West

Crystal Anderson Conner

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode the Conner's garage is entered from the left as opposed to many of the other episodes in which the door is on the right side of the garage. You can see Darlene entering the Garage from the left of the garage.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Jackie: You're problem is that you and Dan don't know how to manage your money and that's why you're always broke.
      Roseanne: We're always broke cuz we live with three little moochers that are sucking us dry.

    • Roseanne: (to Dan as she is holding and looking over the $500 that he has brought home) Aww. You deserve a kiss. (to Becky) Becky kiss your dad.

    • Jackie: You gotta learn to treat yourself once in a while Roseanne, buy yourself something, take a vacation.
      Roseanne: Spoken like a true single woman.

    • Roseanne: If there's any money left, we were thinking about spending it on you kids.
      Kids: Allright!
      Roseanne: I don't think we should tell them.
      Kids: On what?
      Roseanne: We were gonna build you your own swimming pool!
      Kids: Yay!
      Roseanne: With a 50 foot water slide!
      Kids: Yay!
      Roseanne: And a pet shark!
      Dan: Hurray!

    • Dan: Ask not for whom the bell tolls.
      Roseanne: It tolls for thee, butt head!

    • Perfume Counter Saleswoman: Do you know what the fastest way to a man's heart is?
      Roseanne: Yeah...through his chest.

    • Dan: (About a drywall job) Be a lot of money if I get it.
      Roseanne: You're not gonna get it.
      Dan: There'll be a lot of guys puttin bids in.
      Roseanne: And they're all better then you, I bet.
      Dan: Hey, I'm pretty good.
      Roseanne: You're not either.
      Dan: I'm the best!
      Roseanne: You're the worst
      Dan: I am drywall master of the universe! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    • Dan: We have to handle this money like adults.
      Roseanne: Fine. We'll be adults. But I don't wanna.
      Dan: Roseanne, you will act like an adult!
      Roseanne: You can't make me!

    • Roseanne (to Darlene): What did I tell you about killing your brother in the living room?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Due to the cast change in the role of D.J., there is now a slightly different opening credits that will continue to be the opening credits for the first two seasons.


    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the song, "We're In The Money" (or "The Gold Digger's Song"), from the 1933 musical, The Gold Diggers of 1933, written by Warren and Dubin for Ted Lewis and the Band.

    • (Roseanne learns that Dan has bought a bell for his boat even though he promised not to)
      Dan: Ask not for whom the bell tolls.
      Roseanne: It tolls for thee, butthead.

      These are lines from the John Donne poem "No Man Is An Island." Except for the word "butthead", of course.