Season 1 Episode 19

Workin' Overtime

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Mar 14, 1989 on ABC
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Workin' Overtime
The Wellman Plastics group is growing tired as Booker continues to lengthen the worker's shifts due to quotas, factory mistakes, etc. Roseanne, queen of the group, cannot take it any longer. When Roseanne completes another long day of work and comes home to the everyday craziness, she must escape and take a breather.moreless

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  • This episode is definitely a series classic! This was one of the best episodes, for me, of the first season.

    I thought this was a very very interesting episode. It was really good for me because it was probably the one main episode that happens in mostly every familys' houses with 3 kids. It it quite realistic too because it is what happens when you have too much stress. this episode also tells what a regular mother's life is like; between doing overtime at work and just regular working and making supper every night and making breakfast every morning and just plain keeping the house running. this episode is very original, which is good, and one of the main episodes of what this show is mainly about. You HAVE to watch this episode!moreless
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

Royce Wallace

Royce Wallace


Guest Star

Zoaunne LeRoy

Zoaunne LeRoy


Guest Star

Anne Faulkner

Anne Faulkner

Sylvia Foster

Guest Star

Natalie West

Natalie West

Crystal Anderson Conner

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Roseanne calls home, we see Becky pick up the phone before it rings.

    • For most of the episode, the kitchen cabinets are solid wood. When Roseanne returns home after "taking refuge" at the diner, Dan is busy scrubbing the paint spot on the carpet. If you look past Dan, you can see that the cabinets are now the two-tone ones that remain for most of the series.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Pete: This overtime is gonna be rough.
      Roseanne: Yeah, tell me about it.
      Pete: Yeah it's really gonna mess up my lovelife.
      Roseanne: Don't worry Pete, hookers work late.

    • Roseanne: There's more things to life than just money.
      Jackie: I know, I can't afford any of them.

    • Jackie: (when 'somebody's' error at Wellman's causes overtime for everyone) I suppose you're going to point the finger at me.
      Roseanne: Yeah, and you know which one.

    • Roseanne: Becky, I asked you to do one thing and you didn't do any of them.

    • Roseanne: Yeah, but you gotta keep swimmin,' right? 'Cuz that's what all us women do, keep swimming'.

    • Roseanne: Let me ask you somethun,' did you ever work overtime?
      Waitress: Honey, my whole life is overtime.

    • Roseanne: (complaining to an overworked waitress) I gotta check in a hospital just to get a vacation.
      Waitress: As long as it isn't a maternity ward.

    • Roseanne: You've got to learn some responsibility. You're the oldest daughter, the second in command, you're the heiress to my throne here.
      Becky: All right, I'll go fold the royal underwear!

    • Jackie: (about overtime pay) It's gonna add up to a nice piece of change for you guys.
      Roseanne: Yeah, we'll finally be able to afford that stone lion for our villa in France.

    • Booker: Listen up, I have an important announcement.
      Roseanne: You're a woman trapped in a man's body?

    • Dan: I thought you were kidnapped.
      Darlene: I wish I was.
      Roseanne: Well, open your bedroom window and you might get lucky.

    • Booker: (to Roseanne, Jackie and Crystal, arguing with each other on the factory work floor) Hey, knock off the yelling in there!
      Roseanne: We're just practicing the company cheer, Booker!

    • Roseanne: Why is it that a guy can hoist a three-ton truck to check for an oil leak but he can't lift a two-ounce toaster to clean up crumbs?

    • Jackie: We get up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?
      Crystal: There's no wrong side of the bed when there's a man in it.
      Roseanne: Well, there is if he's stealin' the quilt and snoring like a big, old hog.

    • Roseanne: (Looks at a picture) This is a pretty picture. Is this the one for school? (D.J nods) There's daddy and me, and Becky and you... where's Darlene?
      D.J: Right there. (Points at the picture)
      Roseanne: That looks like a bunch of flowers.
      D.J: I know, that's her grave.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Roseanne: (to DJ after Dan agrees to buy him finger paints) Alright, Rembrandt, go wake up your sisters.

      Roseanne is making an allusion to Dutch painter and etcher, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijin (1606-1669), generally considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history.

    • Dan: (on the phone hurriedly ordering a last-minute dinner for the disorganized Conner household) What d'ya want on your pizza?
      DJ: Pineapple.
      Dan: Pineapple? This ain't a luau, 'Don Ho'.

      Dan was referring to the most famous Hawaiian lounge singer, Don Ho (b. Donald Tai Loy Ho 1930 - d. 2007)

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