"Ladies' Choice"
Season 5: Episode 8
(105 / 231 episodes)
Network ABC-TV
Air date November 10, 1992
Written by David Raether and Betsy Borns
Directed by Andrew D. Weyman
Episode Guide
Halloween IV
Stand on Your Man

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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