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"Roseanne: Season Eight"
Intro
Season: Season 8
Original
network:
ABC-TV
Country/Language United States
Original Run:
First episode: September 19, 1995
Final episode: May 22, 1996
Number of episodes 25
Created by: Roseanne Barr & Matt Williams
Executive producer(s): Roseanne Barr, Marcy Carsey & Tom Werner
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 This page lists the episodes shown in Season 8 of the ABC-TV series Roseanne.

Season summaryEdit

Season 8 (1995-96)Edit

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
174 1 "Shower the People You Love with Stuff" Gail Mancuso Lawrence Broch September 19, 1995

Becky and Darlene feud over Roseanne's baby shower.

Note:Lecy Goranson returned to the role of Becky Conner-Healey. Sarah Chalke made a guest appearance in this episodes closing tag which was a parody of The Patty Duke Showtheme, featuring the two Beckys. This tag does not appear on the DVD version of this episode. It was also the last appearance of Natalie West as Crystal. 

175 2 "Let Them Eat Junk" Gail Mancuso Teleplay: Matt Berry and Ed Yeager

StoryCarrie Snow

September 26, 1995
Jackie has a bee in her bonnet over Roseanne feeding Andy junkfood. Dan is upset since DJ's only perspective of him includes a can of beer. 
176 3 "Roseanne in the Hood" Mark K. Samuels Teleplay: Mike Costa and Drew Ogier

Story: Allan Stephan

October 17, 1995

When a new, more classy restaurant opens opposite the Lunchbox, Roseanne declares war. Pat Harrington, Jr. appears in this episode.

Absent:Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy 

177 4 "The Last Date" Gail Mancuso Eric Gilliland and Daniel Palladino October 24, 1995
The temptation to crash a stranger's bar mitzvah at a local hotel is too much for Roseanne as she drags Dan out on the town for a "last hurrah" before the baby is born. 
178 5 "Halloween: the Final Chapter" Roseanne Barr Roseanne Barr and Lois Bromfield October 31, 1995

On Halloween, Roseanne reigns as "Queen of the Gypsies, consort of wizards and seer of souls." A Ouija board sends a message from "The Dead" that portends an unexpected event: Roseanne goes into labor. She delivers a baby boy, Jerry Garcia Conner.

Absent:Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, and Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy; However, they appear in archive footage of previous episodes. 

179 6 "The Fifties Show" Gail Mancuso Allan Stephan November 7, 1995
The Conners find themselves going back in time in this spoof of 1950s sitcoms (shot mostly in black and white): Roseanne's a fussy hausfrau, Dan is a hapless businessman stewing over "the Anderson account", and Jackie's the wacky neighbor. 
180 7 "The Getaway, Almost" Gail Mancuso Cynthia Mort November 14, 1995

Jackie and Roseanne's shopping trip with Jerry turns into a version of Thelma and Louise when they pick up a teenage hitchhiker and run a trucker off the road. Jenna Elfman appears as the hitchhiker.

Absent:Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy 

181 8 "The Last Thursday in November" Gail Mancuso Ritch Shydner November 21, 1995

When DJ's teacher gives his students free rein, the class Thanksgiving pageant takes on a decidedly modern, Pulp Fiction twist that offends many of the parents, but not the Conners. Roseanne invites some new Native American friends over for their Thanksgiving celebration, and they do it their way.

Absent:Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey 

182 9 "Of Mice and Dan" Gail Mancuso Bob Nickman November 28, 1995

Dan's old bandmates (guest star John Popper) roll into Lanford to play, and Dan gets a dose of regret, infused with a tad of depression. Roseanne talks to the band and gets Dan a little stage time, which he fully enjoys.

Note: Blues Traveler, who guest starred in the episode, would compose the show's theme song next season.




AbsentSara Gilbert as Darlene Conner and Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey 

183 10 "Direct to Video" Gail Mancuso Michael B. Kaplan December 5, 1995

While Roseanne narrates a video time capsule for her unborn child, Becky and Darlene find old love letters of Dan and Roseanne's. DJ gets upset when he finds his parents did not fill out his baby book, and Mark cooks a 'special' dinner for the Conner clan.

Note: Last appearance of Michael O'Keefe as Fred. 

184 11 "December Bride" Gail Mancuso William Lucas Walker December 12, 1995

Scott and Leon have trouble planning their wedding until Roseanne offers to plan it for free. This includes dealing with Leon's cold feet/self-doubt about his sexuality.

Absent:Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner and Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey. 

185 12 "The Thrilla Near the Vanilla Extract" Gail Mancuso Ed Yeager January 2, 1996

Jackie realizes her hidden talent as a samplesperson as she and Roseanne take jobs at a grocery store. Meanwhile, Dan and David fight about Mark being DJ's role model.

Absent:Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner and Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey. 

186 13 "The White Sheep of the Family" Gail Mancuso David Raether January 9, 1996
After the Conners receive a small inheritance from Great-Aunt Harriet, they decide to go out for a nice dinner, with their limits already set, until Darlene unexpectedly pops in. Meanwhile, DJ is contemplating what to spend his own personal inheritance, $500. Darlene spends her visit home alienating the family and hurling insults, until the family finally bites back. DJ buys a trombone. 
187 14 "Becky Howser, M.D." Gail Mancuso Sid Youngers January 16, 1996
Mark tries to help a depressed Becky, by inviting family and friends over for a surprise get-together. Roseanne talks to her at the party, as everything is going wrong, and she admits that she wants more out of life. Roseanne supports that decision, unaware that Becky's plans for change include her marital status. 
188 15 "Out of the Past" Gail Mancuso Drew Ogier and Mike Costa February 6, 1996
While Nana Mary amuses Roseanne and Jackie with a box of their childhood treasures, they take a walk down memory lane & discover that Roseanne has always been the queen to Jackie's minion status. Jackie finds her long-lost doll, "Mrs. Tuttle," that she thought had been 'doll-napped', Roseanne tries to pin the disappearance on a napping Nana Mary. But Nana Mary reveals the truth.... 
189 16 "Construction Junction" Gail Mancuso Daniel Palladino February 13, 1996

When Dan's buddies show up with a great new job prospect for the old crew, Dan is confused: Should he continue on at the garage or make a bid on a huge construction job that would make him & his friends a lot of money? Meanwhile, Jackie gets hooked up to the Internet: her initial reluctance doesn't last and soon David needs to intervene.

Absent:Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey and Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner. 

190 17 "We're Going to Disney World" Gail Mancuso Matt Berry February 20, 1996

The family goes hog-wild with excitement and with plans to travel to Disney World when Dan brings home his final paycheck from the Lanford City Garage.

Note: Sarah Chalke returned to the role of Becky Conner-Healey. This is the first of three episodes she appeared in this season. 

191 18 "Disney World War II" Gail Mancuso Allan Stephan February 27, 1996

Fireworks and fanfare accompany the Conners on a whirlwind tour of the magical kingdom of Disney World, when Darlene finds she's actually happy in the presence of Winnie the Pooh.

Note: This is the second of three episodes to feature Sarah Chalke as Becky Conner-Healey. 

192 19 "Springtime for David" Mark K. Samuels Garland Testa and David Forbes March 12, 1996
After strict orders from Dan, David finally moves out and works at a not-well-known theme park in Lanford, where he's transformed into an eerily smiling automaton. The episode's name is a reference to Springtime for Hitler. The episode itself was a satire of the Walt Disney Company, who, after having recently acquired the American Broadcasting Company, had made the network's shows (including Roseanne) film and air Disney-themed episodes, including the immediately preceding episodes "We're Going to Disney World" and "Disney World War II". 
193 20 "Another Mouth to Shut Up" Mark K. Samuels TeleplayJanet Leahy and Richard Kaplan

Story: Eric Gilliland

March 26, 1996

Just weeks after their hot night in Disney World, Darlene proposes to David and announces that she's pregnant.

Absent:Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey 

194 21 "Morning Becomes Obnoxious" Gail Mancuso Leif Sandaas April 9, 1996

After an impromptu interview at the diner goes spectacularly well, Roseanne prepares to "Wake Up Chicago" on a morning TV talk show (with Jackie as her manager) with a news commentator who has a unique and "opinionated blue-collar outlook". Meanwhile, David plans for the wedding, but offends Bev as well.

Absent:Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey 

195 22 "Ballroom Blitz" Gail Mancuso TeleplayCathy Ladman and Carrie Snow

Story: Cathy Ladman

April 30, 1996

Bev's smitten with her passionate ballroom-dance instructor, but—Drama on the Dance Floor alert!-he starts flirting with the newly divorced Jackie. When Jackie agrees to have dinner with him, Bev's claws come out!

Absent:Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey 

196 23 "The Wedding (Season 8)" Gail Mancuso Michael B. Kaplan and Lawrence Broch May 7, 1996

Dan suffers a heart attack at Darlene and David's wedding.

Note: This is the final of three episodes to feature Sarah Chalke as Becky Conner-Healey. She returned full-time in season 9. 

197 24 Heart & Soul" Gail Mancuso Daniel Palladino and William Lucas Walker May 14, 1996

Roseanne tries—in vain—to be cool at the hospital. We learn that DJ performed CPR on Dan to keep him alive. Dan's hospital room is the venue for Darlene and David's scaled-down reception.

Note:Last appearance of Lecy Goranson as Becky Healey-Conner.

198 25 "Fights and Stuff" Mark K. Samuels Teleplay: Cynthia Mort and Sid Youngers

Story: Eric Gilliland

May 21, 1996

Dan returns home to strict diet regime and other rules, but he goes against it behind Roseanne's back. When she finds out, it leads to a huge argument during which old resentments are brought up and the house is trashed due to their anger at each other. In the end, Roseanne walks out as her marriage to Dan looks on the verge of complete collapse.

Absent:Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner-Healey and Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healey. 

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