"The Driver's Seat"
Season 6: Episode 11
(133 / 231 episodes)
The Driver's Seat
Network ABC-TV
Air date November 30,1993
Written by Michael Borkow and Mike Gandolfi
Directed by Phillip Charles MacKenzie
Episode Guide
Thanksgiving '93
White Trash Christmas

The Driver's Seat was the 11th episode of Season 6 of Roseanne, also the 133rd overall series episode. It was written by James Berg and Stan Zimmerman and was directed by Phillip Charles MacKenzie. It originally aired on ABC-TV on November 30, 1993.


Roseanne's suspicions that Leon is trying to usurp her position as head of the Lunch Box are cast aside by others but ultimately prove to be true. DJ steals Roseanne's car, and her violent response has her questioning whether she is repeating her pattern of childhood abuse onto her kids.

Plot summaryEdit

Leon manipulates Nancy and Jackie into voting to serve breakfast at the diner, among other changes, without consulting Roseanne. Starved for attention, D.J. steals and wrecks the family car while joy-riding, causing a stressed-out Roseanne to lash out in a violent way that she quickly regrets. The power-play between Leon and Roseanne escalates, prompting Dan to have a talk with Leon about backing off. When Dan realizes that Roseanne is not just being paranoid where Leon is concerned, he steps aside, leaving Leon to Roseanne's mercy.

Roseanne: Season Six (Season 6)

Two Down, One to Go|The Mommy's Curse|Party Politics|A Stash from the Past|Be My Baby|Halloween V|Homeward Bound|Guilt by Imagination|Homecoming|Thanksgiving '93|The Driver's Seat|White Trash Christmas|Suck Up or Shut Up|Busted|David vs. Goliath|Everyone Comes to Jackie's|Don't Make Room for Daddy|Don't Ask, Don't Tell|Labor Day|Past Imperfect|Lies My Father Told Me|I Pray the Lord My Stove to Keep|Body by Jake|Isn't It Romantic?|Altar Egos

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