S10.E09: Knee Deep

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And so we end where we began, in bed with the Top Gun CPAP'per.

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Props to Dan for getting on the smart phone train.

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  • SJ enjoyed the "We Watch Whiteness" episode of Still Processing (4/26/18). If you want the Roseanne part, skip to minute 12:00, but it's a good ep overall!
There’s a lot of that early part of [Roseanne] that’s about their familial bond and their commitment to each other and their commitment to their relationships despite all the hardships that’s going to propel them into the future. Versus this current iteration we’re seeing which is deeply defensive, deeply protective. It’s not a self-conscious awareness; it’s an extremely aggressive self-awareness that’s daring you to have a problem with it. Whereas I think in the earlier part of the show, they’re asking you to be a part of it.
— Jenna Wortham, Still Processing, 4/26/18
 The way to a woman's heart is through her diabetes.

The way to a woman's heart is through her diabetes.

  • SJ mentioned GLOW and Claws, which are outstanding, and we talked about The Comeback with Lisa Kudrow as well. Very, very good shows! Imagine if Jenji Kohan got her mitts on Roseanne....

SJ figured out what bell Drue Delio (casino weirdo #1) was ringing for her.

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 GURL WHO OVERDRAWING YOUR BROWS THO

GURL WHO OVERDRAWING YOUR BROWS THO

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Doing a live sitcom like that, it’s gut-wrenchingly fake. You’re doing a scene six to eight times in different angles and then you have a studio audience that’s coached to laugh even though they’ve just heard the fucking joke that’s not even a laugh out loud joke anyway. You’re like, “This is so phony”. That’s the medium. I was happy to do it cause I love Roseanne, but I don’t think I could ever do that for a living.
— Laclan Mitchell, The AU Review, 4/6/18
 Nana Mary is remembered this episode via haberdashery.

Nana Mary is remembered this episode via haberdashery.

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 We hate to be all POVERTY PORN, but enjoy details like the threadbareness of the family sofa.

We hate to be all POVERTY PORN, but enjoy details like the threadbareness of the family sofa.

 As the season goes on, Becky reminds us of Instagram fashion "influencers." Love the one-eyed teddy shirt, though.

As the season goes on, Becky reminds us of Instagram fashion "influencers." Love the one-eyed teddy shirt, though.

 And 32 seconds of French Stewart....

And 32 seconds of French Stewart....

 ...Before the basement floods.

...Before the basement floods.

 EXTREME YOU SAY?

EXTREME YOU SAY?

 Love Mary's reaction here.

Love Mary's reaction here.

 Harris has a superpower: 1000/1000 vision.

Harris has a superpower: 1000/1000 vision.

 First we're supping in bed....

First we're supping in bed....

 Then we're suddenly on the verge of knee surgery. And so Season 10 concludes.

Then we're suddenly on the verge of knee surgery. And so Season 10 concludes.

S10.E08: Netflix & Pill

These are the show notes for this episode!

 AS A LIFE COACH, GET IT WOMAN

AS A LIFE COACH, GET IT WOMAN

Q: On those Comedy Central roasts, your fellow comedians liked to joke about how you slept your way to fame. How accurate is that criticism?
A: If sleeping with people worked, I would be doing it. Do you know an example of anyone who’s ever slept with a producer or whatever that has gotten them anywhere?
— Andrew Goldman, New York Times Magazine, 9/16/11
 ARF!

ARF!

  • Debbie appreciated the generations represented in the opening kitchen scene and SJ recalled the maiden/mother/crone archetype (and noticed that Harris and Roseanne both wear leopard).
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 OFFICER HARRIS IS ON THE CASE!

OFFICER HARRIS IS ON THE CASE!

 Crystal loves her mother while she's setting back the women's movement with Becky.

Crystal loves her mother while she's setting back the women's movement with Becky.

 And so, the torch is passed from one generation to another.

And so, the torch is passed from one generation to another.

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 "I literally can't afford Chapstick."

"I literally can't afford Chapstick."

 Debbie applauds Laurie Metcalf's commitment to  Sparkle Motion .

Debbie applauds Laurie Metcalf's commitment to Sparkle Motion.

 "This is not who I am," claims the apple-poaching woman who has stolen a dog, approached her neighbors' house for the first time at 2 a.m. with a baseball bat, and gotten into the shower naked with her granddaughter THIS SEASON ALONE. It's kind of who you are.

"This is not who I am," claims the apple-poaching woman who has stolen a dog, approached her neighbors' house for the first time at 2 a.m. with a baseball bat, and gotten into the shower naked with her granddaughter THIS SEASON ALONE. It's kind of who you are.

 Debbie spies with her little eye a Roseanne tattoo. 

Debbie spies with her little eye a Roseanne tattoo. 

S10.E07: Go Cubs

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 WHERE THE HECK IS ARMANI??

WHERE THE HECK IS ARMANI??

 "Nothing happened to you in the Army, did it? You can still see patterns, right?"

"Nothing happened to you in the Army, did it? You can still see patterns, right?"

The main problem with this show is that in order to achieve laughs in a family satire, there must first be an underlying feeling of love among all parties. Without that foundation, all that comes out is just plain hate. CBS has said it put this show on the air hoping that audiences will laugh at all sides, realizing that all the hate in today’s world is absurd. It doesn’t work. It just adds to the problem.
— Sue Cameron, Hollywood Reporter, January 1971
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 Jackie and Roseanne are on their typical themes, with buffalo plaid and hipster "Navajo" styles. 

Jackie and Roseanne are on their typical themes, with buffalo plaid and hipster "Navajo" styles. 

 We were happy to see Anne-Marie (Adilah Barnes)

We were happy to see Anne-Marie (Adilah Barnes)

 Dan is literally blue collar.

Dan is literally blue collar.

 Aunt Debbie remembered that there was an establishing shot of Becky's workplace and she was so right.

Aunt Debbie remembered that there was an establishing shot of Becky's workplace and she was so right.

 ME LLAMO BECKY!

ME LLAMO BECKY!

 Dean Hodes drops in to say "Smell you later, there was a lower bid."

Dean Hodes drops in to say "Smell you later, there was a lower bid."

 We would squish that precious baby face too!

We would squish that precious baby face too!

 We liked this little tent and the scene much better than the heavy-handed politics. We also enjoyed Roseanne's granny nightgown.

We liked this little tent and the scene much better than the heavy-handed politics. We also enjoyed Roseanne's granny nightgown.

 A page from the Sears catalog in the 70s reminded us that what is once youth fashion, later becomes grandma wear.

A page from the Sears catalog in the 70s reminded us that what is once youth fashion, later becomes grandma wear.

 Here's some college women in a dorm in the 70s wearing what are now mostly grandma PJs.

Here's some college women in a dorm in the 70s wearing what are now mostly grandma PJs.

 "Look, I'm Mom!"

"Look, I'm Mom!"

 "Yes, I did."

"Yes, I did."

S10.E06: No Country for Old Women (Estelle Parsons Ok Though)

Gorgeous Estelle Parsons welcomes you to the show notes for this episode!

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  • Your queens were pondering whether or not Estelle Parsons is actually 90. YUP.
  • “I’ve been running since I was 40. Running is my love. I love to run.” A video piece on Estelle Parsons on the OWN network. She talks about Roseanne, her grandchildren, shows off her amazing apartment complete with unmade bed ("My housekeeper keeps her own hours"), and having her Oscar reguilded.
  • Estelle wins the Oscar for Bonnie and Clyde. Bob Hope hosts and Walter Matthau presents the award. And wowsers, the Oscars have always been lame!
 Keeping the tradition of Conner generics alive, we have Value Save bran flakes for breakfast.

Keeping the tradition of Conner generics alive, we have Value Save bran flakes for breakfast.

 Queen Debbie admires the layers of clutter and "lived-in" feel of the house. A recipe taped to the cabinet, the pantry, the coat rack, the dish drain and so on.

Queen Debbie admires the layers of clutter and "lived-in" feel of the house. A recipe taped to the cabinet, the pantry, the coat rack, the dish drain and so on.

 Some quality grandpa-grandson time.

Some quality grandpa-grandson time.

  • Queen Debbie had a lot of interesting stuff to say about how hard it is to shoot and set up for even a short "around the table" scene. She worked on a web series called Puppy Love that featured this exact scenario, except with salad and wine instead of weenies and tops.
 Ladies' poker!!

Ladies' poker!!

 Good to see you, Crystal!

Good to see you, Crystal!

So I get a phone call and I guess they were really down to the wire for casting the ‘Roseanne’ pilot,” she says. “I know they had auditioned a whole bunch of actresses for Crystal and there I was in LA. They call and I was on the set the next day. It’s a classic case of ‘right place, right time’.”

She had never met Roseanne but knew Chicago stage colleague Laurie Metcalf, who was to play Roseanne’s sister, Jackie.

“Just having Laurie involved made it very appealing and safe,” says West, whose character Crystal had been Roseanne’s best high school friend and was her coworker along with Jackie at Wellman Plastics.
— Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune, 5/4/2018
 Sorry, but Bev is right about mustard vs. ketchup on weenies.

Sorry, but Bev is right about mustard vs. ketchup on weenies.

 Serving cocktails wieners at a poker game made us think of the treasure trove of 50s recipes out there.

Serving cocktails wieners at a poker game made us think of the treasure trove of 50s recipes out there.

 And hello Nancy! Enjoy this cameo now, because we have a sneaking suspicion Sandra won't be back for Season 11.

And hello Nancy! Enjoy this cameo now, because we have a sneaking suspicion Sandra won't be back for Season 11.

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 We know what bird this house would attract....

We know what bird this house would attract....

 A Pee-Wee!

A Pee-Wee!

 Roseanne was just trying to relax with some generic beer and mustard weenies when she is called away.

Roseanne was just trying to relax with some generic beer and mustard weenies when she is called away.

We think there's a lot going on in Becky's apartment, design-wise:

  • We don't think she would be the type to hang up her work uniform
  • It is very odd that there is a restaurant warmer with decaf/regular carafes on her counter for one single lady
  • Rabbit ears, probably indicating Louise Belcher cosplay
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  Great Scott ! It's always great to see Christopher Lloyd!

Great Scott! It's always great to see Christopher Lloyd!

 We enjoyed that Becky is still a music fan, but like many people her age, did not make it out of the 90s. Her apartment definately reflects her "forever young" attitude.

We enjoyed that Becky is still a music fan, but like many people her age, did not make it out of the 90s. Her apartment definately reflects her "forever young" attitude.

 "You're freaking me out, Mom."

"You're freaking me out, Mom."

 As a life coach, let's hug it out!

As a life coach, let's hug it out!

 On second thought, maybe not.

On second thought, maybe not.

S10.E04: Eggs Over, Not Easy

 
 Educational fetal cutaway duckface selfie Becky welcomes you to Show Notes!

Educational fetal cutaway duckface selfie Becky welcomes you to Show Notes!

These are the Show Notes for this episode of QFADD!

Norm Macdonald plays a literal blob of slime

From their site:

"Willa Paskin, TV critic for Slate, and Jared Yates Sexton, professor and author, most recently of The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage, talk about whether "Roseanne" has anything meaningful to say about the working class, Trump voters and politics 20 years after its original run, and take your calls on what you've been thinking as you've been watching."

 Becky enters with Armani

Becky enters with Armani

We thought it would be fun to take a look at the modern entryway of the Conner home vs what we could see in Season 1. 

  • The lamp is very similar and we assume it's meant to be the same one. Same with the curtains, similar color and style.
  • The chair has the same dot pattern, but the old one was a recliner and the new one appears to be a regular wingback(?) and has more wood detailing.
  • The beloved dogs playing pool duo by Arthur Sarnoff have been replaced by more tasteful landscapes. Also, what looks like two bronze plates have been added.
  • The walls have gone from tan to green.
  • Of course we expected the family photos to update over time.
  • Roseanne never got the shelf she wanted built next to the front door.
 Season 1, Ep 6, Lovers' Lane

Season 1, Ep 6, Lovers' Lane

 This is a Fah-berj egg, you plebe.

This is a Fah-berj egg, you plebe.

 We wonder how much swag Dan owns commermorating the Cubbies' win

We wonder how much swag Dan owns commermorating the Cubbies' win

 Why is Dan contemplating salsbury steak when he could be tucking into a gallon jar of pickled eggs?

Why is Dan contemplating salsbury steak when he could be tucking into a gallon jar of pickled eggs?

In 1854 the idea came to me, in one of my solitary hours, to try the effects of living exclusively upon one food at a time. This experiment I began upon myself alone at first…. I opened this line of experiments with baked beans. I had not lived upon this food over three days before light began to break. I became very flatulent and constipated, head dizzy, ears ringing, limbs prickly, and was wholly unfitted for mental work. The microscopic examination of passages showed that the bean food did not digest.
— Lisa Bramen, Salisbury Steak: Civil War Health Food

"Bean food did not digest..." Yes, it's called "fiber," you bonkers maverick. 

 Becky holding an egg in a clinic covered in orchid imagery. Could this be a lady parts clinic??

Becky holding an egg in a clinic covered in orchid imagery. Could this be a lady parts clinic??

 Here's a good shot of Becky's young old person style that we've noticed since episode one.

Here's a good shot of Becky's young old person style that we've noticed since episode one.

Being subjected to Zips as a child earned Queen SJ at least six more months in therapy.

 We give this episode a sticker grade of: scratch n sniff pickle

We give this episode a sticker grade of: scratch n sniff pickle

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S10.E03: Roseanne Gets the Chair (or, Kids are Stupid)

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 Sassy criminals get rewarded with a half nelson.

Sassy criminals get rewarded with a half nelson.

  • "Weird old blankets" on TV.
  • We mention "gabby" or "mouthy" wives, which will come up in Friday's episode (S01.E03), stay tuned!
  • Queen Debbie mentioned the books How to Be a Woman and Hillbilly ElegyQueen SJ has not learned how to read yet.
  • Death, Sex, and Money: Why I Steal--a look at one woman's experience "boosting" from local chains and then selling the goods online to support her family.
  • John Goodman interview in New Orleans.

Queen Debbie has changed position on who John Goodman looks like this week. Now it's Thurston Howell III:

 I like it.

I like it.

  • SJ thought of Baby Jessica when the "falling down a well" line happened:
 All your favorite players are talking to each other on the Twitter.

All your favorite players are talking to each other on the Twitter.

Will we end up liking Harris? When Roseanne's kids were snotty, there was usually some kind of resolution that made us like them again, or see their side. Here, the most heartfelt resolution of the conflict seemed to be with Darlene and her parents, like in the old days.

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 Nowadays Dan is a classy gentleman and drinks his beer in a glass. We like how his look has evolved--sleek wristwatch, nice leather shoes. He looks modern without looking fancy.

Nowadays Dan is a classy gentleman and drinks his beer in a glass. We like how his look has evolved--sleek wristwatch, nice leather shoes. He looks modern without looking fancy.

 It's nice seeing more of the stove side of the kitchen. "Don't fence me in."

It's nice seeing more of the stove side of the kitchen. "Don't fence me in."

 There appears to be a letter in the freezer?

There appears to be a letter in the freezer?

 We were so happy to see Godzilla lives.

We were so happy to see Godzilla lives.

 We love the detail of the four unmatched pillowcases.

We love the detail of the four unmatched pillowcases.

 "TAKE OUT THE TRAAAASH!"

"TAKE OUT THE TRAAAASH!"

 Even though Harris is appallingly rude to her grandmother and throws her coat at her...

Even though Harris is appallingly rude to her grandmother and throws her coat at her...

 ...Roseanne notices it's dirty and spot cleans it for the little ingrate.

...Roseanne notices it's dirty and spot cleans it for the little ingrate.

 Granny's looking pretty spry now.

Granny's looking pretty spry now.

Perhaps one of the most exciting parts of the episode came at the beginning--THE CONNORS HAVE AN UPSTAIRS HALLWAY!! Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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S10.E01: Twenty Years to Life & E02: Dress to Impress Show Notes

SAY, DID YOU KNOW THAT I'M A LIFE COACH?

 As a life coach, Aunt Jackie welcomes you to this episode's show notes.

As a life coach, Aunt Jackie welcomes you to this episode's show notes.

  • This is a good link to lead with in light of Jackie's look: Hipsters Who Dress Like Jackie
  • Excerpt from the "town hall" Sandra Bernhard did with the Roseanne cast. Roseanne and Michael Fishman reveal who the network wanted for the part of D.J.
  • “It’s funny because Roseanne and I have talked for years, and we always talked about D.J. potentially being in an interracial marriage," said Fishman. "And I think that’s really important because that’s what families look like now. They’re diverse. They’re really complex. It’s not this static thing that you see on most shows on television, so I was really excited for that. And I think it’s a good callback to the show. I feel so lucky to be gifted that from the writers because I think it gives us so much depth to play with and a whole new series of interactions and complex character traits."
  • WNIC talks to Michael Fishman, who is super good at promotion as it turns out.
  • NPR's Eric Deggans talks about the return of Roseanne.

 

 

 Fox and Friends talks about the reboot

Fox and Friends talks about the reboot

  • Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino (creator/writers for Gilmore Girls and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) briefly discuss Roseanne's character as a Trump supporter. Fast forward to 13:00.
  • Oh good, Tom Arnold weighs in *poop noises.* "(I just flashed back to a long-ago writers room with head writer Danny Jacobson lecturing us about story points and me staring enviously across the table at fellow writer Joss Whedon's beautiful flowing red hair.)" Ok, Tom.
  • Who's Jill Stein?
  • Correction: Dennis Hopper's line in Blue Velvet is "Baby wants to fuck." Not, "Daddy wants to fuck." SJ regrets this error.

 

 Dan lives. AND THERE'S THE CHICKEN SHIRT!

Dan lives. AND THERE'S THE CHICKEN SHIRT!

 Shades of  Newhart ? Or....

Shades of Newhart? Or....

  SUUUUUCKING NOISE

SUUUUUCKING NOISE

 Dennis Hopper? Maybe a little of both.

Dennis Hopper? Maybe a little of both.

 Debbie thinks John Goodman looks like John Houseman in  Paper Chase.  I see it!!

Debbie thinks John Goodman looks like John Houseman in Paper Chase. I see it!!

 We love to see that adorable grandbaby Mary is wearing Dan's classic #06 shirt in the credits.

We love to see that adorable grandbaby Mary is wearing Dan's classic #06 shirt in the credits.

 Becky has become her mother, terrible uniform, low-paying job, and all.

Becky has become her mother, terrible uniform, low-paying job, and all.

 Through-the-Looking-Glass Becky believes in the diplomatic power of organic pears.

Through-the-Looking-Glass Becky believes in the diplomatic power of organic pears.

 Darlene's children are great and we love the name homage to Uncle Mark. Notice the stairs lift, that's new. Presumably for Roseanne's bad knee?

Darlene's children are great and we love the name homage to Uncle Mark. Notice the stairs lift, that's new. Presumably for Roseanne's bad knee?

 Well, look who still teaches at Lanford Elementary. Ms. Crane the Pain. <3 Her desk reads "Ms. Crane" so no name change, even.

Well, look who still teaches at Lanford Elementary. Ms. Crane the Pain. <3 Her desk reads "Ms. Crane" so no name change, even.

 We're going to hide away our past here. I'm not quite buying this "I'm 33" storyline. Wouldn't any surrogate have to show ID and submit to a background check??

We're going to hide away our past here. I'm not quite buying this "I'm 33" storyline. Wouldn't any surrogate have to show ID and submit to a background check??

 Darlene has inherited the fine art of embarrassing her children from her parents.

Darlene has inherited the fine art of embarrassing her children from her parents.

 "I DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE!" ...Foreshadowing???

"I DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE!" ...Foreshadowing???

 I gotta do some CORNSPOTTING here. Notice the original bundle of ceramic corns in the background. Also the very authentic stain on Sara Gilbert's shirt.

I gotta do some CORNSPOTTING here. Notice the original bundle of ceramic corns in the background. Also the very authentic stain on Sara Gilbert's shirt.

 Now we have a ceramic bundle of mixed veg. But still a giant can of creamed corn.

Now we have a ceramic bundle of mixed veg. But still a giant can of creamed corn.