S01.E13: Bridge Over Troubled Sonny

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 Clooney chomps the apple of insensitivity. 

Clooney chomps the apple of insensitivity. 

 Wellman is bustling today!

Wellman is bustling today!

 Crystal is a pastel mosiac.

Crystal is a pastel mosiac.

Did people really get entombed in large construction projects? 

 Roseanne gingerly Bobbits her carrot.

Roseanne gingerly Bobbits her carrot.

 WE GOTTA GET SMOKES!!

WE GOTTA GET SMOKES!!

 Becky cute again in her power color: cats.

Becky cute again in her power color: cats.

We liked this little goof. Becky gets off the phone and then crosses into the living room as if she's going upstairs at the same time as Roseanne and Crystal are coming into the kitchen.

 Alicia finishes on the phone and crosses over to the living room after.

Alicia finishes on the phone and crosses over to the living room after.

 She doesn't go offstage upstairs, though, and instead peeks back into the kitchen at Roseanne and Natalie.

She doesn't go offstage upstairs, though, and instead peeks back into the kitchen at Roseanne and Natalie.

 This is the last appearance of Josh Williams as Lonnie, who will be recast later.

This is the last appearance of Josh Williams as Lonnie, who will be recast later.

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 Darlene, you're the worst!

Darlene, you're the worst!

 Something's fishy in here. Or buggy.

Something's fishy in here. Or buggy.

 These pipes look really crooked!

These pipes look really crooked!

 We were surprised to see Dan along the fourth wall of the utility room in a rocker we didn't know was there.

We were surprised to see Dan along the fourth wall of the utility room in a rocker we didn't know was there.

 When your dad lights your cigarette, it's kind of weird.

When your dad lights your cigarette, it's kind of weird.

 We liked this little tracking shot of Roseanne and Jackie walking at Wellman.

We liked this little tracking shot of Roseanne and Jackie walking at Wellman.

 Goodbye, Sonny.

Goodbye, Sonny.

S01.E12: The Monday Thru Friday Show

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 We remember how popular this shade of blue was.

We remember how popular this shade of blue was.

 The look on Darlene's face says it all. We both had paper routes and know this feel.

The look on Darlene's face says it all. We both had paper routes and know this feel.

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SJ was very excited about hi tops, but Debbie felt that Jumpin' Jack Flash made them seem played out.

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 SJ wore a lot of henley tops in this era also, but usually buttoned up all the way.

SJ wore a lot of henley tops in this era also, but usually buttoned up all the way.

 We just noticed the little hat typo: "dry wall."

We just noticed the little hat typo: "dry wall."

 Becky rockin' a bolo tie.

Becky rockin' a bolo tie.

 The return of Uncle Heyguy! and we love that Roseanne is sitting and cooking. Right on.

The return of Uncle Heyguy! and we love that Roseanne is sitting and cooking. Right on.

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Debbie makes note of the fact that "Jackie's hair came to visit."Shoulder pads and BIG HAIR were everywhere!

 Gettin' romantical at home on a budget.

Gettin' romantical at home on a budget.

 The Mist Queen gets her comeuppance with some champagne spray.

The Mist Queen gets her comeuppance with some champagne spray.

S01.E11: Canoga Time

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 Say "hello" to Dan's little fren.

Say "hello" to Dan's little fren.

  • Aunt Debbie has cracked the case for us! She had a memory of a monologue from an acting class that was veeery similar to the plot for this episode. Looks like Canoga Time was adapted from a play by Matt Williams, Between Daylight and Boonville, originally produced in 1980 off-Broadway.

From a synopsis of the monologue:

Trying to prove that she and Big Jim have bigger fights than Carla and Larry, Marlene describes one humdinger they had when they wound up throwing every stick of furniture out in the yard. Start: “This one time, before the kids were born, Big Jim was workin’ construction before goin’ to work for the company.” 

Playwright and television writer Matt Williams’s first professionally produced play, Between Daylight and Boonville, which premiered ten years ago off-Broadway, has all the hallmarks of an early work by a promising young writer. Certainly the play shows Williams’s keen ear for dialogue and good eye for character development, yet something is missing. His story unfolds so slowly it’s easy to see exactly where it’s heading long before it unfolds onstage.
— Jack Helbig, Chicago Reader, 10/25/1990
  • This episode also reminded Debbie of the classic George Carlin bit about "My stuff, your shit."
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  • Here's that prehistoric blow dryer. It was called "The Eskimo" and was produced during the 1930s and 40s. Unsurprisingly, they are HEAVY.
 Kudos again to the props department.

Kudos again to the props department.

 Becky looks darling with her braids and pink jumper.

Becky looks darling with her braids and pink jumper.

 We love it when Dan and Roseanne do silly shit with DJ.

We love it when Dan and Roseanne do silly shit with DJ.

 Who else wants to see Jackie's viper tattoo???

Who else wants to see Jackie's viper tattoo???

 Oh please no.

Oh please no.

 Even more no. Though this was an eyeroller, we don't think there's real problems in their marriage. Unless you consider the hack writers coming between them....

Even more no. Though this was an eyeroller, we don't think there's real problems in their marriage. Unless you consider the hack writers coming between them....

 " Cilla " rustles up some dinner.

"Cilla" rustles up some dinner.

 "I MOUSSED MY HAIR." Jackie's entrance and stomping in and out is very stagy, but her look is great.

"I MOUSSED MY HAIR." Jackie's entrance and stomping in and out is very stagy, but her look is great.

 SJ says: NO BOSSES IN BEDROOMS. Not even you, Cloonster.

SJ says: NO BOSSES IN BEDROOMS. Not even you, Cloonster.

 Little brothers are the WORST!

Little brothers are the WORST!

 And then this happens. The end!

And then this happens. The end!

S01.E10: Saturday

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 HYUP HYUP HYUP DOODS AMIRITE? We love this weird-ass shirt.

HYUP HYUP HYUP DOODS AMIRITE? We love this weird-ass shirt.

  • Episode writer David McFadzean talks about creating Home Improvement, his theatre, and being hired for Roseanne.
The next year, McFadzean’s former college roommate and now co-producer, Matt Williams, who had seen independent productions of two plays McFadzean premiered at Lamb’s—“Oklahoma Rigs” at the Kennedy Center and “Deep River” in New York—called to tell him he was writing a pilot and would like him to take a look at it.

The pilot was the fabulously successful “Roseanne,” and despite McFadzean’s lack of television experience, he was the first person Williams hired for his staff. A year later, they formed Wind Dancer Productions along with writer Carmen Finestra.
— Nancy Churnin, LA Times, 11/5/1995
 Dwight thinks that every man lives with his mommy and acts like a 6-year-old accordingly.

Dwight thinks that every man lives with his mommy and acts like a 6-year-old accordingly.

 CORN, SPOTTED!

CORN, SPOTTED!

 Bill Pentland, Roseanne's "first ex-husband" and father of 60% of her children.

Bill Pentland, Roseanne's "first ex-husband" and father of 60% of her children.

 Roseanne eye rolling so hard she might just pass out.

Roseanne eye rolling so hard she might just pass out.

 The pastel parade comes home from the mall.

The pastel parade comes home from the mall.

  • An ad for SeaTac mall featuring Lamont's at the end!
 Oh hai Dwight

Oh hai Dwight

  • If Crystal was making minimum wage in Illinois in 1989, she was making $3.35/hr, grossing $134 dollars a week. This slip would be about a third of her paycheck for the week. Pretty steep for a single mom.
 We think Crystal is wearing a cardigan with a ring or bracelet motif. It's aspirational--she wants to be part of a couple.

We think Crystal is wearing a cardigan with a ring or bracelet motif. It's aspirational--she wants to be part of a couple.

 We think Wet 'n' Wild would be more Becky's speed, rather than expensive mall blush. 

We think Wet 'n' Wild would be more Becky's speed, rather than expensive mall blush. 

 Bandana suspenders--look on fleek. Queen Debbie thinks she'd be right at home with the Fly Girls.

Bandana suspenders--look on fleek. Queen Debbie thinks she'd be right at home with the Fly Girls.

 Jackie and Roseanne spy on some drunk idiots and make a bet of their own.

Jackie and Roseanne spy on some drunk idiots and make a bet of their own.

 Jackie is open-minded at first...

Jackie is open-minded at first...

 ...and then you can see the exact moment Dwight blew it. We love the hunting permit detail.

...and then you can see the exact moment Dwight blew it. We love the hunting permit detail.

 Dwight moves on to his next victim. We predict this relationship will last the length of the car ride.

Dwight moves on to his next victim. We predict this relationship will last the length of the car ride.

 Queen Debbie thinks Bill Sadler might remind her of Tim Roth.

Queen Debbie thinks Bill Sadler might remind her of Tim Roth.

 Whereas Queen SJ is vibing on Gordon Ramsay

Whereas Queen SJ is vibing on Gordon Ramsay

 The day ends with the truck working and some sweet reminiscing. 

The day ends with the truck working and some sweet reminiscing. 

S01.E09: Dan's Birthday Bash

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 Darlene debuts her short hair.

Darlene debuts her short hair.

  • Leeeeeza Gibbons of Entertainment Tonight attempts to make hay out of Emmy-winner Peter Chaconas "scooping" Babs on Take a Break with Mr. Pete
 Roseanne's wearing this for the halibut...I'll show myself out. 

Roseanne's wearing this for the halibut...I'll show myself out. 

 We see you back there, Mr. Boom Mic!

We see you back there, Mr. Boom Mic!

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 Dan received more ship-related swag that we didn't see him unwrap.

Dan received more ship-related swag that we didn't see him unwrap.

 Jackie's sweater looks kind of 1950s abstract to us.

Jackie's sweater looks kind of 1950s abstract to us.

The son of two blue-collar parents in Evansville, Ind., Williams said what inspired “Roseanne” was the old adage “Write what you know.”

“That’s what I did,” he explained. “My father worked on an assembly line in a factory. My mother was a waitress who later became a beautician. Dan is an amalgamation of all my uncles, who were independent contractors.
— Matt Williams, Today, 10/18/2013
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 We forgot to bring this up during the show, but really excellent blocking when Dan circles away from Bobo, taking a long walk around the now-empty bar, and they keep the same distance from each other as Dan leaves.

We forgot to bring this up during the show, but really excellent blocking when Dan circles away from Bobo, taking a long walk around the now-empty bar, and they keep the same distance from each other as Dan leaves.

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  • We don't know if Chip's mom was at aerobics or Jazzercise. Either way, this reminded Queen SJ of Get in Shape, Girl! These commercials always made SJ feel slightly inadequate and like she should be doing...something? There was no parallel product for boys. There were just "footballs."
 Aww, Grunge Baby!

Aww, Grunge Baby!

 When your dad pops his top, it's scary.

When your dad pops his top, it's scary.

 We know this moment from being a kid and it is not a happy memory.

We know this moment from being a kid and it is not a happy memory.

 Looks like Dan travels with his own art. That's the prints from the Conners' entryway.

Looks like Dan travels with his own art. That's the prints from the Conners' entryway.

 Christ, what an asshole.

Christ, what an asshole.

 Bobo goes down hard! Yay!

Bobo goes down hard! Yay!

S01.E07: The Memory Game

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 Good thing there was a sale.

Good thing there was a sale.

  • Queen Debbie shared a weird docu-episode of an old show that featured "A Week in the Life of Roseanne" from 1992. It is a great watch!

FEEDING THE MONSTER

  • It features Chuck Lorre, who was the "second-in-command" in 1992 on Roseanne. On this show, Lorre mentions that a season was like "writing 25 plays in 40 weeks;" which may give us some idea about the production and shooting schedule.
  • Lorre talks about how he got his start in TV and how he was fired from popular 80s cartoons on Conan. We also like his story about how and why he changed his name to "Lorre:"
My first wife was the one who suggested I change my name to remedy the situation. In fact, it was she who came up with the name Lorre, complete with the fancy spelling. I thought it sounded great. Chuck Lorre. Charles Michael Lorre. Finally a name that did not make me squirm. It didn’t occur to me that in England my new name translated into Chuck Truck. Nor did I realize that the famous actor, Peter Lorre, was mostly famous for playing smarmy, closeted gay guys (not that there’s anything wrong with it).
  • We also enjoyed Roseanne's first(?) TV interview, on public access cable in Arizona. Roseanne gives the interviewer a solid "MEH" when he asked if she was influenced by Elayne Boosler and Joan Rivers, but lights up when Rusty Warren comes up.
  • Rusty Warren was a very bawdy comedian and singer who produced albums in the 1960s and 70s, and we imagine Roseanne was exposed to them at home via her comedian-loving father. Rusty wants the ladies to Bounce their Boobies.
  • Roseanne notes that Rusty lived in Sun City, AZ at the time of this show, and says, “If she’s watching, hey come down, I’m doing a lot of your stuff.”
  • Queen Debbie and Queen SJ speculate about how old Roseanne Barr and John Goodman look versus how old they are supposed to be if it's their 15 year reunion (about 34). Barr and Goodman were both born in 1952, making them about 36 when this episode aired.
  • Queen SJ would like to remind you what you should and should not put down a portapotty.
  • We discuss the end of the "period tax," which has been in the news recently.
  • Queen Debbie may be right about the "show pony-ness" of Roseanne's outfit this episode. As a fun comparision, here is Roseanne's portrait dress from the episode, and an outfit she wore to The People's Choice Awards in 1989. It looks like left to her own devices, Roseanne would get much wilder!
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 Nothing completes a formal look like a giant astral vulva.

Nothing completes a formal look like a giant astral vulva.

 Of course Sylvia, who is THE BEST, notices there's no paper towels.

Of course Sylvia, who is THE BEST, notices there's no paper towels.

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 Ladies having some real talk at work.

Ladies having some real talk at work.

 A little practice is in order before the photo. Ft. the jacket from D-I-V-O-R-C-E.

A little practice is in order before the photo. Ft. the jacket from D-I-V-O-R-C-E.

 Well, if it isn't Auntie Meddlington wearing Asian clip art (?!)

Well, if it isn't Auntie Meddlington wearing Asian clip art (?!)

 Steve Vinovich, a classic " Hey, it's that guy! "

Steve Vinovich, a classic "Hey, it's that guy!"

  • Queen SJ did some hard looking at what Roseanne's holding in the last scene and believes she was reading her lines off of it, not kidding. It has to be a prop remote.
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CORNSPOTTING!!!

 CREAM STYLE!

CREAM STYLE!

S01.E06: Lovers' Lane

Queen Debbie sez: THIS EPISODE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY CRYSTAL ANDERSON’S YELLOW HAIRCLIP!

 Even Jackie is mirin' it.

Even Jackie is mirin' it.

  • We have discovered through careful research that "based on a character created by Roseanne Barr" has been in the credits from the beginning. You're welcome, and now you can sleep tonight
  • Please note that our discussion contains a major spoiler for S1 Stranger Things. If you haven't seen it yet...what are you doing with your life?
 We wonder if this is one of the "tacky show pony" outfits Roseanne disliked.

We wonder if this is one of the "tacky show pony" outfits Roseanne disliked.

 Jackie's pants probably should have had their own lane.

Jackie's pants probably should have had their own lane.

 Chip is a cutie but Becky will move on quickly.

Chip is a cutie but Becky will move on quickly.

Metcalf has previously referred to herself as a workaholic, but when I asked her if this was true, she amended: “I can’t even call it work. I’m a creative-a-holic. I love the tearing into new material.” She recalls filming a three-person scene during the first season of “Roseanne,” in which she didn’t have much dialogue. During a break, the director came over and said to her, “You know, you don’t have to be acting during this part, because you’re not on camera.” Recalling this moment three decades later, she still can’t keep the outrage from her voice. “That’s the strangest thing I’ve ever heard! What would I do, just drop out? Just pull the plug and go dead for a while as they’re sitting two feet away from me?
— Willa Paskin, Laurie Metcalf Was Hiding in Plain Sight, NY Times Magazine, 2/21/18
  • Dan wants to see "Snake Man take on the Human Clamp." Surely this is a nod to how popular Wrestlemania and the WWF was at the time.
 Jake the Snake Roberts spends some quality time with Damien.

Jake the Snake Roberts spends some quality time with Damien.

 "PLEEEEEZ!" These goofballs.

"PLEEEEEZ!" These goofballs.

  • Queen Debbie says Jackie's bowling look is reminiscent of some kind of old thymey skier.
  • Danny Jacobson, episode writer, allegedly referred to his stint on Roseanne as the "Vietnam of his career."
  • The internet likes to debate and discuss the origins of "Katy bar the door," but seem to agree it's an American idiom.
  • This week, Queen Debbie thinks that Dan's slow-mo bowling style reminds her of Jackie Gleason's graceful dancing. 
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But Dan compares himself to the ICEMAN!

 The most embarrassing mother in the world

The most embarrassing mother in the world

 We have no idea what Becky was worried about!

We have no idea what Becky was worried about!

 Corn: SPOTTED!

Corn: SPOTTED!

S10.E05: Darlene v. David

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 Harris, the Queen of this Damn Day, greets you and welcomes you to show notes!!!  Harris: Hmmph.

Harris, the Queen of this Damn Day, greets you and welcomes you to show notes!!!

Harris: Hmmph.

We have a funny feeling that indignant cake-smashin' Harris is wearing a vintage Raggedy Ann and Andy sweater. But maybe that's crazy talk.

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 It is surprising that Granny Rose was shoplifting bacon after all the folderol with Harris and the stolen clothing.

It is surprising that Granny Rose was shoplifting bacon after all the folderol with Harris and the stolen clothing.

 Are those facial massagers?

Are those facial massagers?

  • SJ remembers Jane Fonda for the VHS workout videos her mother owned in the 80s, but learned much more about her in last summer's Jean and Jane, which was a look at Jane Fonda's and Jean Seberg's life and career.
  • Debbie recalls that Roseanne tweeted she was unhappy with her performance for this episode:
  • We follow @Big_Shug who is making Roseanne-themed dinners! Delightful and a man who is after our gluttonous hearts.
 AS A LIFECOUCH--I mean, coach--Jackie spends a lot of time on her sister's couch still.

AS A LIFECOUCH--I mean, coach--Jackie spends a lot of time on her sister's couch still.

 "Hello Jackie, you look tired!"

"Hello Jackie, you look tired!"

 Return of the OG--Outdoor Galecki

Return of the OG--Outdoor Galecki

 Here's some realism we liked. An old married couple very dressed the next morning after sex. No foofoo lingerie. Because it is cold, ok?

Here's some realism we liked. An old married couple very dressed the next morning after sex. No foofoo lingerie. Because it is cold, ok?

 A Mary and a beer

A Mary and a beer

 Are Becky's roots a little extra or did Goranson just let them go for her character?

Are Becky's roots a little extra or did Goranson just let them go for her character?

S01.E05: Radio Days

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 From Season Nine no doubt!

From Season Nine no doubt!

  • We finally did the math on Chris Tucker and his mysterious uncredited appearance in this episode. He must be in the background at Wellman Plastics. Turns out he was born in 1971, so he would have just cleared the adult bar as a background extra, and had just moved to Hollywood from Georgia after high school in 1988.
  • Queen Debbie hears "Woodsy Guthrie" as an echo of "Woodsy Allen," who Homer misnomers on "A Milhouse Divided" from 1996, and does not seem to be written by Laurie Gelman. We're not saying she would be recycling jokes or anything. DO @ us.
  • Roseanne's mother was very into Fascinating Womanhood when Roseanne was growing up, which bore fruit in the form of Roseanne's Domestic Goddess routine:
We discovered it one day in a restaurant. I remembered my mom and all the neighbor ladies reading Fascinating Womanhood’ when I was young, and how there was a chapter on manipulating your old man by becoming a “Domestic Goddess”…Perfect Wife, Homemaker, etc. I said, “What if I say ‘Domestic Goddess’ as a term of self-definition, rebellion, truth telling?” My sister stood up in the restaurant and screamed: “My God, Rose, it’s Millions, no, it’s Billions!
— "Roseanne's Story," People, 10/2/1989
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A woman need not be well-educated, or possess high intelligence to follow a clever man’s discourse. In his pleasure at having himself admired the man seldom notices that his conversation is not understood.
— Helen Andelin, Fascinating Womanhood, 1963
  • Queen Debbie has also been enjoying Stealing the Show: How Women are Revolutionizing Television by Joy Press, a look at "the rise of the female showrunner." There is a chapter on Roseanne.
There was no cultural cred in being a married housewife with three kids — not in feminist activist circles and definitely not in the testosterone-drenched stand-up comedy world. Yet Barr bult her uncool reality into the core of a her act… It coalesced around the persona of a ‘domestic goddess,’ a travesty of housewifery inspired, she says, by Helen Andelin’s Fascinating Womanhood, a book her mother admired, designed to show readers how to get what they want out of men.
— Joy Press, Stealing the Show: How Women are Revolutionizing Television
  • Queen SJ received her copy of Roseanearchy while Debbie was visiting! Yay!
 Now hopefully someone will read it to her.

Now hopefully someone will read it to her.

 Jackie leads the charge before break with both sass and frass.

Jackie leads the charge before break with both sass and frass.

 Break time, and the ladies come in for some exposition and a heaping helping of Crystal Anderson.

Break time, and the ladies come in for some exposition and a heaping helping of Crystal Anderson.

 Pain. Misery. Trailers full of cats.

Pain. Misery. Trailers full of cats.

Did your mom have a laundry rack like that when you were growing up? (Upper left.)

 Moms can fix anything!

Moms can fix anything!

 The future called, and they want Jackie to know that shirt is a Xani-don't. Featuring DJ Recently-Spanked Clooney Tushie

The future called, and they want Jackie to know that shirt is a Xani-don't. Featuring DJ Recently-Spanked Clooney Tushie

CORN, SPOTTED.

 Congratuations to Frank and Toby Cutler!

Congratuations to Frank and Toby Cutler!

 Everybody sing! Wait, not you, DJ!

Everybody sing! Wait, not you, DJ!

S01.E04: Language Lessons

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  • We don't want to put Jackie in front of a firing squad, but maybe we do want to put the leaping fish earrings there.
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  • The whole 2011 Ken Levine feud can make your head spin. Ken Levine is a writer, editor, and producer for tv and film. Like everyone on the internet, he has an opinion.

Here's what happened:

First, Roseanne writes an article for New York Magazine

Complaining about the “created by” credit made an enemy of Matt. He wasted no time bullying and undermining me, going so far as to ask my co-star, John Goodman, who played Roseanne Conner’s husband, Dan, if he would do the show without me. (Goodman said no.) That caused my first nervous breakdown.
— "And I Should Know" by Roseanne Barr, May 15, 2011

Then, Ken Levine, unprovoked commentator-at-large, responds on his blog. Then Roseanne replies on her blog. Whew!

THEN Levine replies again, and calls on some people for backup, including Laurie Gelman, writer of this episode. 

Really???? People actually broke into their minds and took [their ideas]???? I was on the show from the rewriting of the pilot in New York all the way through the first season. There was never any point where Matt Williams did not include Roseanne in the creative process and actually want her input. In fact, I have never worked with an EP more inclusive or fair ( or nicer) than Matt Williams. He bent over backwards to please her. We made it a point to bring her into the room and get her take on every idea before we laid out the stories. Obviously, we also accommodated her notes on all the drafts. Additionally, Matt permitted her husband Bill Pentland to sit in on all the rewrite tables, thus giving her additional insurance that the Roseanne take on things was being adequately addressed.
— Laurie Gelman on Ken Levine's blog, 5/31/2011

We need a nap after that!

We were interested to see that Gelman accuses Roseanne of "class bigotry" and pondered what she meant. Queen SJ wondered if it was because of the sometimes unflattering representations of the characters as unsophisticated ("hillbillies"). Queen Debbie wondered if it was because Roseanne was living a different life than the one portrayed on her show.

Parked outside her dressing room is Ms. Barr’s chocolate-brown Mercedes. But the glitzy trappings of Hollywood stardom add up to little, she insists. ‘’I’m still a working-class person, but with money now,’’ she says.

Since arriving in Los Angeles from Denver three years ago, money has bought her a house in the San Fernando Valley - and a maid. ‘’Boy, that solves a lot of family problems,’’ she says, as if some angel of mercy has now entered her life. Then she launches into a tirade about women who exploit their domestic help. ‘’My mom used to clean houses, so I know.
— "June Cleaver without Pearls" by Joy Horowitz for the New York Times, 10/16/1988

Also of note from the above article, Roseanne pushed to have more people of color appear on the show:

I go, ‘O.K., now did you get the racial breakdown on the town?’ They said, ‘We will, we will.’ It comes back 30 percent black and 15 percent Hispanic and 40 percent white and there were some Jews there and everything else. And I go, ‘O.K., let’s see you re-create it.’ So they just hired a whole bunch of black people to stand in the background in the factory. All those things will change,’’ she hopes.
— "June Cleaver Without Pearls"

JESUS CHRIST DECANT IT INTO A RAMEKIN, YOU ANIMAL. This empty container is what we would put Dan's leftover chili into in 1988.

  • CORNSPOTTING! Roseanne declares the exercise from the teen mag "corny" in this scene.
 Things go Three Stooges really fast. "Come ON, you guys!"

Things go Three Stooges really fast. "Come ON, you guys!"

 Wee Fishman and his adorbs mugging telegraphs even under a sweater.

Wee Fishman and his adorbs mugging telegraphs even under a sweater.

  • We couldn't help but notice Roseanne's denim-on-denim (dark and acid wash!) and were reminded of the Canadian tuxedo.
 Darlene rocks the barette plus banana clip combo, a must for an 80s girl with a big mane.

Darlene rocks the barette plus banana clip combo, a must for an 80s girl with a big mane.

 "No Manners" Harris puts her boots on the WALL! TSK!

"No Manners" Harris puts her boots on the WALL! TSK!

 Queen SJ takes issue with the room temperature orange juice. That stuff doesn't grow on trees, you know!

Queen SJ takes issue with the room temperature orange juice. That stuff doesn't grow on trees, you know!

 Stressed, and similarly dressed.

Stressed, and similarly dressed.

Queen SJ nibbles Tom and Lorenzo's steez vis-à-vis their amazing costuming deep dives.

S01.E03: D-I-V-O-R-C-E Show Notes

Air date November 1, 1988. These are the show notes for this episode. Follow us on twitter for the newest episodes and so you can catch these visual aids.

 The infamous home perm welcomes you to SHOW NOTES!!

The infamous home perm welcomes you to SHOW NOTES!!

“I had a song called ‘I L-O-V-E-Y-O-U (Do I Have to Spell It Out for You)’ and hit kind of a snag,” Braddock told Rolling Stone Country in 2015. “I got the idea of a couple that spells in front of their kid so the kid won’t hear all this disturbing stuff about his parents getting a divorce. Months went by and nobody recorded it. I asked Curly Putman why nobody was recording the song. He said the melody for the title line was too happy. The melody I had for the song was sort of like a soap commercial.”
— Flashback: Watch Tammy Wynette Spell Out 'D-I-V-O-R-C-E'
  • "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" (the song) was written by smash-hit writer Bobby Braddock, quoted above. If you want to take an interesting deep dive about what makes old country music so darn sad, we recommend "The King of Tears" from Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History podcast.

Queen SJ did some vaguespeculating about a "Western" trend surging in the late 1980s, spurred by a discussion of Jackie's style and based on her memories of what was happening at that time in popular culture. 

  • At the movies in 1988, we had Lonesome Dove, Young Guns, Billy the Kid, and The Milagro Beanfield War. On TV, there was Lonesome Dove (again) and The Young Riders. A quick eyeball shows there weren't substantially more westerns released in the late 80s than the early 80s.
  • Proto/alt country singer kd lang releases her first album in 1988.
  • Cowboy Curtis sang for us on Pee-wee's Playhouse.
  • But not much on the clothing front. Anyone know what the deal was with Jackie's wardrobe? We're dying to know!

So, Queen SJ was probably writing a check her ass couldn't cash with that one, not an unusual occurrence. But we still love the Rodeo shirt

 The appearance of Laurie Metcalf's real hair! BUNK! Jackie mooching a beer off Dan! We love this opening.

The appearance of Laurie Metcalf's real hair! BUNK! Jackie mooching a beer off Dan! We love this opening.

 HUBBY GLUES GABBY WIFE'S MOUTH SHUT!

HUBBY GLUES GABBY WIFE'S MOUTH SHUT!

 This tabloid article is repeated on the fridge. Props again to the props department! Meanwhile, Dan whines about romance because he hasn't been thinking about the alternative!

This tabloid article is repeated on the fridge. Props again to the props department! Meanwhile, Dan whines about romance because he hasn't been thinking about the alternative!

 Date night Roseanne looks like a flammable bedspread at your great aunt's house.

Date night Roseanne looks like a flammable bedspread at your great aunt's house.

 The Great Big Kirk Cameron Trivia Quiz!!!

The Great Big Kirk Cameron Trivia Quiz!!!

Welcome to the Alicia Goranson Appreciation Corner!

 Preppy Becky tells her mom she's doing it all wrong!

Preppy Becky tells her mom she's doing it all wrong!

 Roseanne wanted something with an umbrella in it, and her wish is Chuck's command.

Roseanne wanted something with an umbrella in it, and her wish is Chuck's command.

 You know it's classy when there's men looking uncomfortable in jackets, a ship's wheel, and plastic menu covers. AND DANCING!

You know it's classy when there's men looking uncomfortable in jackets, a ship's wheel, and plastic menu covers. AND DANCING!

S01E01: Life and Stuff

 

These are the show notes for the podcast for Season 1, Episode 1.

 "See it, And BE IT!"

"See it, And BE IT!"

 The offbrand "Oaties" and fighting courtesy of Method Acting for Sal Barone and Sara Gilbert.

The offbrand "Oaties" and fighting courtesy of Method Acting for Sal Barone and Sara Gilbert.

 John Goodman hams for you.

John Goodman hams for you.

 At least take that poor chair out to dinner first.

At least take that poor chair out to dinner first.

 Sara NAILS the stinkface as her TV dad teases her.

Sara NAILS the stinkface as her TV dad teases her.

CORNSPOTTING! #1

 "OH WE CAN'T HAVE A BIG CAN OF CORN FOR DINNER!"

"OH WE CAN'T HAVE A BIG CAN OF CORN FOR DINNER!"

The interstitial music for our technical hiccup has the following credits:

"Happy Happy Game Show" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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