Playing with Matches was the 21st episode of Season 5 of Roseanne, also the 118th overall series episode. Written by comedian Robert Borden, the episode was directed by Andrew D. Weyman. It originally aired on ABC-TV on March 23, 1993.


Roseanne tries to set her mother up with a friend from the retirement home; Molly puts the moves on David.

Plot summaryEdit

Red Buttons guest stars as Jake, Bev's (Estelle Parsons) new friend from the retirement home. Roseanne and Jackie interfere and try to get a romance started between them. Meanwhile, Darlene gives David (Johnny Galecki) hell after Molly (Danielle Harris) kisses him.

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