Season 6 Episode 12

White Trash Christmas

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Dec 14, 1993 on ABC
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White Trash Christmas
Roseanne and Dan snub the neighborhood association by putting up gaudy Christmas decorations, and become furious with Becky when she gives the check they have given her for college to Mark and takes a job as a waitress in a tacky bar.

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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

    Roseanne Barr

    Roseanne Barr

    Roseanne Conner

    Sarah Chalke

    Sarah Chalke

    Rebecca "Becky" Conner Healy

    Glenn Quinn

    Glenn Quinn

    Mark Healy

    Recurring Role

    Johnny Galecki

    Johnny Galecki

    David Healy

    Recurring Role

    Estelle Parsons

    Estelle Parsons

    Beverly "Bev" Harris

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • At the end of this episode, when Roseanne delivers her comeback about Dan's relationship with Mark, she nearly flubs the line:

        Roseanne: Dan finally found himself a little playmate that knows all about, ah... (stammers) double-socket wrench... (stammers again, then improvises) thingies! (shakes her head in disbelief that she made it through the line at all)

      • Mid-episode, as Roseanne stands at the kitchen window clad in an obnoxiously decorative Christmas outfit, a jack-o-lantern can be seen monumentally perched on the laundry room shelf, right at her head level: a subtle reminder that Halloween, and NOT Christmas, is Roseanne's favorite holiday.

    • QUOTES (8)

      • Beverly: A hundred and nineteen dollars! Where did you get all that money!?
        D.J.: (grinning at Darlene) I earned it!

      • D.J.: Grandma, I want to go shopping.
        Beverly: Why, D.J. I thought you didn't want to go shopping.
        D.J.: I changed my mind, I want to spend my money. All one hundred and nineteen dollars of it. (Darlene rolls her eyes as that was hers and David's savings amount)

      • Becky: (clad in new Bunz uniform, a play on the "eating establishment" Hooters) I am not a little girl! Why can't either of you take me seriously?
        Roseanne: Because you got words on your butt.

      • Dan: (as Bev and DJ leave to go visit Darlene) Are you gonna tell Darlene they're coming?
        Roseanne: No, I want her to be there.

      • DJ: (wondering why David is living with Darlene) No, REALLY, why is he here?
        Darlene: Because we want to be together.
        DJ: Why?
        Darlene: Because we do. When you have a girlfriend, someday, or, a really good blow-up doll, you'll understand.

      • DJ: (after learning Darlene and David are living together) So, do you use birth control?
        Darlene: Yes, DJ, we keep a picture of you right next to the bed.

      • Mark: (talking about wives always getting their way) Yeah-- will it always be like this?
        Dan: Nah. Nah. Because, eventually, like water to a man crossing the desert, comes sweet, sweet death.

      • Bev: Roseanne, your Christmas decorations outside were appalling. The wise men are supposed to be adoring the baby Jesus, not leering at Mrs. Claus.
        Roseanne: Of course they're leering at her. She's wearing one of those Bunz outfits.
        Bev: And what on Earth are those shepherds doing to the flock?
        Dan: Grazing them. Well, it's time to turn our simple white lights. [He puts on sunglasses and opens the door] Mother Harris, won't you join us?
        [Dan, D.J., and Bev go outside. Roseanne hangs the "beer can" wreath on the door, turns the lights off inside, and joins them. The lights are turned on as a very bright light pours into the house.]
        Bev: What is Santa Claus doing?
        Roseanne: Well, he's just telling the whole neighborhood that Christmas is number one. Hit the music, Dan.
        [Dogs barking "Jingle Bells" plays.]

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    • ALLUSIONS (5)

      • Becky: (accepting a check for college from Dan and Roseanne) Can you guys afford this?
        Dan: Well, the funniest thing happened the other day-- I was out shooting at some food, when up through the ground come a bubblin' crude.

        Dan is making an allusion to the theme song from the 1960's television comedy series, The Beverly Hillbillies, which tells the story of Jed Clampett (actor Buddy Ebsen) whose stray bullet hits oil when he's shooting at some "food" for his hillbilly family.

      • Darlene: (hearing a knock at the door) Who is it?
        Bev: DJ's in town to see The Nutcracker, and he's brought you a "Singing Gramma-gram"!
        Darlene: (trying to hide David) Oh my God!
        Bev: (singing) Your Gramma and DJ are at your door! Your Gramma and DJ are at your door!

        Bev is making an allusion to the "Singing Telegram" developed by the Western Union Company in the 1930's. Typically, a singing telegram is a humorous message delivered by an artist in musical form; sometimes the artist is in costume or formal clothing.

      • Dan: (holding up two life-size, bedded baby Jesus figurines he's planning to use as outdoor Christmas decorations) Two mangers!
        Roseanne: Well, "Dueling Saviors", hah-hoo!

        Roseanne is making an allusion to "Dueling Banjos", a scene from the 1970's movie, Deliverance. The scene depicts a mentally retarded, inbred, extremely gifted banjo player playing the instrumental, "Dueling Banjos", opposite actor Ronnie Cox, on guitar.

      • Dan: (showing Roseanne a life-size, cardboard cut-out he plans on putting outside as a Christmas decoration) And, that's not all-- Liberace!
        Roseanne: Because there was no room at the Desert Inn.

        Roseanne's distorted biblical quote is an allusion to the Desert Inn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, once owned by billionaire, Howard Hughes. Almost every major star of the last fifty years (Liberace, included) played at the Desert Inn.

      • The title of this episode is an allusion to the Irving Berlin song, "White Christmas", introduced by Bing Crosby in the 1940's musical film, Holiday Inn.