Darlene Fades to Black was the fourth episode of Season 4 of Roseanne, also the 76th overall series episode. Written by Jeff Abugov, the episode was directed by Andrew D. Weyman. It originally aired on ABC-TV on October 8, 1991.

Plot summaryEdit

Darlene slips into a depressive state, wanting to only wear black, watch TV and be left alone which concerns Roseanne & Dan. Meanwhile, Dan gets a moped as a trade-in at the bike shop, and Becky has her sights set on having it. Dan and Roseanne have something different in mind.


  • Darlene is now a vegetarian.


Roseanne: What are you going to do this weekend?
Darlene: Nothing.
Roseanne: But that's what you did last weekend.
Darlene: Yeah, well, I'm not finished.

but hey, who needs a future?

Roseanne (to Darlene): At least when you had basketball...
Darlene: Again with basketball. (gets up to leave)
Roseanne: Get back here, I'm not telling you to play basketball, I think it's the stupidest sport in the world and I spent all 4 years of high school pretending I had cramps so I didn't have to play.

Becky (to Roseanne): I'm sorry you had to have that fight with Dad.
Roseanne: It's all right. I won.
Becky: Great, so I should probably wait a couple of days to get the scooter, you know, let it sink in.
Roseanne: You're not getting the bike.
Becky: Why not?
Roseanne: Because it's dangerous!
Becky: Oh, yeah, right for a girl. If DJ was 17, you'd let him have it, right?
Roseanne: No, I wouldn't, but I'd let Darlene, so figure that one out.

DJ: What am I?
Roseanne: We don't know yet.

Roseanne: Season Four
A Bitter Pill to Swallow|Take My Bike ... Please!|Why Jackie Becomes a Trucker|Darlene Fades to Black|Tolerate Thy Neighbor|Trick Me Up, Trick Me Down|Vegas|Vegas, Vegas|Stressed to Kill|Thanksgiving '91|Kansas City, Here We Come|Santa Claus|Bingo|The Bowling Show|The Back Story|Less is More|Breakin' Up is Hard to Do|This Old House|The Commercial Show|Therapy|Lies|Deliverance|Secrets|Don't Make Me Over|Aliens
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