Ladies' Choice was the eighth episode of Season 5 of Roseanne, also the 105th overall series episode. Written by David Raether and Betsy Borns, the episode was directed by Andrew D. Weyman. It originally aired on ABC-TV on November 10, 1992.


Roseanne and Jackie are both shocked to learn that Nancy is a lesbian. Roseanne starts to think that she is growing old when Bev decides to move into a retirement community.

Note: Lecy Goranson, who plays the part of Becky Conner-Healy, does not appear in this episode.

Plot summaryEdit

Nancy takes Roseanne and Jackie by surprise with the announcement that she and Marla are lovers; Bev announces she is moving into a Lanford retirement center, which leaves Roseanne feeling over the hill.


  • Jackie: Nancy's gay? Who would've thought? She was married to Arnie.
  • Roseanne: That explains it, being married to Arnie would make any woman gay.

  • Bev [after she learns Nancy is a lesbian]: Of course she's a lesbian! I'm a lesbian! You're a lesbian! We're all lesbians!

  • Roseanne: I feel like I'm 16, with an 18 year old married daughter, 2 mortgages and a mother going into a retirement home. I wish I was old enough to drink!

  • Roseanne: [pointing to Nancy's girlfriend, Marla]: Tell me Nancy, how come when you date guys, they look like Arnie, but when you date girls they look like her?

  • Roseanne: We'd react the same way we react when you tell us something personal. We make fun of you until it gets old and then move on.

  • Roseanne: How old do you feel, Mom?
  • Bev: I'm 63 years old.
  • Roseanne: No, I know how old you are, how old do you feel?
  • Bev: 63, I'm 63.
  • Roseanne: Mom, stop saying that.
  • Bev: What do you want me to say?
  • Roseanne: That you feel 16, or 24, or 35, just anything but 63, it's old.
  • Bev: I'm not old.
  • Roseanne: Being in this place will make you old.

  • Roseanne: That would be the last place she would ever live, Jackie. That'd be where we'd go to get her stuff after she died.
  • Jackie: Why're you worrying about that? That's a long time away.
  • Roseanne: You don't know that. I can't believe it, we're planning Mom's death.
  • Jackie: We've been planning her death for years.
  • Roseanne: Plotting, not planning.

Roseanne: Season Five

Terms of Estrangement, Part 1|Terms of Estrangement, Part 2|The Dark Ages|Pretty in Black|Mommy Nearest|Looking for Loans in All the Wrong Places|Halloween IV|Ladies' Choice|Stand on Your Man|Good Girls, Bad Girls|Of Ice and Men|It's No Place Like Home for The Holidays|Crime and Punishment|War and Peace||Lanford Daze|Wait Till Your Father Gets Home|First Cousin, Twice Removed|Lose a Job, Winnebago|It's a Boy!|It Was Twenty Years Ago Today|Playing with Matches|Promises, Promises|Glengarry, Glen Rosey|Tooth or Consequences|Daughters and Other Strangers

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