"Bird is the Word"
Season 3, Episode 9
Number (#56) in series (222 episodes)
Network ABC-TV
Air date November 13, 1990
Written by Joel Madison & Don Foster
Directed by John Whitesell
Episode guide
PMS, I Love You
Dream Lover

Bird is the Word was the 9th episode of Season 3 of Roseanne, also the 56th overall series episode. Written by Joel Madison and Don Foster, the episode was directed by John Whitesell. It originally aired on ABC-TV on November 13, 1990.

Plot summaryEdit

Becky is suspended after allegedly making an obscene gesture in her class photo which makes her suddenly popular at school, but Roseanne is the one called into the principal's office.


  • In the beginning scene, Darlene stumbles off the step in the kitchen as she asks Becky about her school picture.
  • When Jackie and Roseanne are looking at Becky's class picture (when it is placed on the table), it is shown that they are looking at it upside down.
  • Actor Dan Florek, who plays "Principal Hiller" in this episode will later play Darlene's sympathetic OB-GYN doctor in two consecutive episodes of the final season: "Second Chance" and "The Miracle."


DJ (to Roseanne): Mom, how come Becky's got three hands in this picture?
Roseanne: Three hands...?
DJ: Yeah, look.
Roseanne: Lem' me see. (looks through DJ's magnifying glass and gasps) She didn't do it. I'll kill her!

Roseanne: We can't control everything thing our kids do. Sooner or later they're just gonna do what they're gonna do. They're like people that way.

Becky: I can't believe this! You guys weren't mad when you thought I did do it. Now you're mad because you know I didn't? God! Maybe next year I oughta moon the class photo so you guys are proud of me.
Roseanne: Make sure it's your own butt.

Dan: (while explaining the middle finger to DJ): Here's the church, here's the steeple, open the door, and... you see that big guy sitting third from the left? Don't wave him at anybody.
DJ: But Mom did it in the car.
Roseanne: Hey, the idiot cut me off.

Jackie: Hey, guys. Your son just gave Gilligan the finger.
Dan: Well, he's the reason they're stuck on that island!
Roseanne: Dan!

Roseanne (as she speaks to the other mothers at the principal's office about the picture): Ah, do your kids do this in the family pictures?
Mother: No way.
Roseanne (to Principal Hiller): No, they do it here.
Annemarie: That's right.
Principal Hiller: Oh I see, following that logic, Mrs. Conner, as long as they're not stealing anything out of your living room, it's not your fault if they hold up a convenience store.
Roseanne: Hey, we're not talking about armed robbery here, OK? We're talking about some teenagers flipping the bird. I think we should get over it.
Principal Hiller: Maybe you're right but I don't think so. And neither do all these parents who have called in to complain about the photo. They want us to reshoot it at our cost and quite frankly, Mrs. Conner, this is not within our budget. So, what would your have me tell them about what your daughter did?
Roseanne (remembering her own teenage years with Annemarie): Ahh, that it's a political statement?

Roseanne: Season Three (Season 3)

The Test|Friends and Relatives|Like, a Virgin|Like, a New Job|Goodbye Mr. Right|Becky, Beds and Boys|Trick or Treat|PMS, I Love You|Bird is the Word|Dream Lover|Do You Know Where Your Parents Are?|Confessions|The Courtship of Eddie, Dan's Father|The Wedding|Becky Does not Live Here Anymore|Home-Ec|Valentine's Day|Communicable Theater|Vegas Interruptus|Her Boyfriend's Back|Troubles with the Rubbles|Second Time Around|Dances with Darlene|Scenes from a Barbecue|The Pied Piper of Lanford

Season episode guides

Season 1|Season 2|Season 3|Season 4|Season 5|Season 6|Season 7|Season 8|Season 9

Becky (in a sugar-coated voice): Look, everybody. Daddy's home! Oh, hi, Daddy!
Dan (to Becky, DJ, Darlene, and Roseanne): Hi, Princess, Bud, Kitten, Margaret.

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