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I'm not sure exactly when it happened, but it wasn't until watching season 4, episode 2, that I noticed that Sara Gilbert is now the executive producer for this show, which as much of television history has proven is the beginning of a show's downfall. MASH became a crashing bore once Alan Alda became executive producer, but I really don't want to see the same thing happen here. This episode was kind of all over the place, but had its moments. First of all, were we really supposed to believe that Becky is only three years younger than Patton Oswalt's character. And I really hate going here, but I don't believe for a minute that Roseanne kept a Bible in a kitchen drawer for nine seasons and I don't believe that when she was going through her knee pain and her addiction that she turned to God. This reveal just went against everything we know about Roseanne Conner...there, I said it. I hope Darlene doesn't give up her struggle for answers or her struggles with Ben. And I'll be the first to admit that I didn't understand Mark's statistics
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First of all, congrats to Michael Fishman (DJ) for making his directorial debut with ep 3, but my issue's with last night's episode had nothing to do with the direction. As a recovering alcoholic myself, I found the glossing over of Becky's recovery process offensive. I know it's just a sitcom, but even a sitcom has the responsibility to portray a program that millions struggle with on a daily basis with a modicum of accuracy. First of all, Becky has no sponsor and there has been no mention of her getting a sponsor...this process is impossible to do by oneself. Becky said she was working on step four, a fearless moral inventory and then she said she was up to making amends. Between the moral inventory and making amends are four other steps. I also don't think Becky working at the Lunch Box turned sports bar serving alcohol is a great ides for her recovery. I know it's just a TV show, but recovery is a serious thing for a lot of people and I am of the opinion that the only way to legitimize the mistakes in last night's episode is to have Becky relapse sometime before the season is out.



Ep 4 featured strong work by Katey Sagal and John Goodman as Louise began to crack under the pressure of wedding plans. Well, Becky did relapse, but the way they did it was a cop out, not to mention how it was all of a sudden conveniently mentioned that Becky has an invisible sponsor. We need to say Becky's sponsor work with her for this recovery process to be believable. Ben and Darlene acted like children, but I think they still love each other and that kid playing Mark really needs to eat a cheeseburger.



Ep 4 featured strong work by Katey Sagal and John Goodman as Louise began to crack under the pressure of wedding plans. Well, Becky did relapse, but the way they did it was a cop out, not to mention how it was all of a sudden conveniently mentioned that Becky has an invisible sponsor. We need to say Becky's sponsor work with her for this recovery process to be believable. Ben and Darlene acted like children, but I think they still love each other and that kid playing Mark really needs to eat a cheeseburger.

When Becky relapsed, it reminded me of the episode of "Mom" when they all ate Adam's brownies and got high. Marjorie explained to them that they didn't go back to "step 1" because they didn't intentionally get high, so it didn't really count as "falling off the wagon". It seemed like Becky did the same thing here because she didn't know that she was drinking alcohol, but here she said that she was back to step 1. So which one of these is accurate in this situation?

And about Ben and Darlene, I never thought that Darlene deserved Ben, so I'm kind of glad that they broke up, but the way they did it made it awkward for him to stay on the show. He's one of my favorite characters on the show, so I hope they find a way to work it out so he stays on the show without them getting back together.
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Ep 5 was kind of strange and not terribly funny...John Goodman provided the majority of the laughs in this episode. He's one of those actors who can read the phone book and be funny and he almost was here. The return of Emilio was a pleasant surprise but what happened with him and Becky was just kind of squirm-worthy and just seemed to put the kibosh on them ever getting back together. I hate the guy who owns the bookstore, hope we don't see anymore of him. I like Aldo, but not sure if I like him with Harris. And is it just me, or is Darlene starting to act a lot more like Jackie, while Jackie is starting to act a lot more like Bev? I hope this episode wasn't the beginning of the "star becomes the executive producer" curse that has plagued so many shows.



Ep 5 was kind of strange and not terribly funny...John Goodman provided the majority of the laughs in this episode. He's one of those actors who can read the phone book and be funny and he almost was here. The return of Emilio was a pleasant surprise but what happened with him and Becky was just kind of squirm-worthy and just seemed to put the kibosh on them ever getting back together. I hate the guy who owns the bookstore, hope we don't see anymore of him. I like Aldo, but not sure if I like him with Harris. And is it just me, or is Darlene starting to act a lot more like Jackie, while Jackie is starting to act a lot more like Bev? I hope this episode wasn't the beginning of the "star becomes the executive producer" curse that has plagued so many shows.

I think this show is just going down. With the exception of Dan moving on with his life after losing Roseanne, and getting together with Louise, I don't like what they're doing with most of the characters. While there are a few laughs left, most of the episodes just aren't very funny. I'd like to see the show find its footing again and get back on the right track, but I don't have high hopes for it. I think it's running on the reputation of the original show right now.



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In 4 seasons, I finally heard a good line. Mark asks Dan why their insurance won't cover tornadoes.


"I didn't read the fine print, because the insurance doesn't cover vision, which I didn't know, because I couldn't read the fine print"



Ep 6 was a little better than ep 5...bringing Mark and Logan together and having them both be gay just seemed a little pat and contrived, but why do it all if Logan was only going to be here for one episode? It was nice to see Darlene gain a little perspective regarding her relationship with Mark and I have to wonder why Ben is still hanging around the house so much if he and Darlene are over? They need to bring Darlene and Ben back together or give Ben a new girlfriend. Jackie continues morphing into Bev as she continues to throw cold water on Backy's dreams. On the other hand, I would have preferred to see Becky working on her recovery than a college degree. I also need to say that I'm not feeling John Goodman and Katey Sagal being reduced to glorified extras.



Ep 7 opened my eyes up to where Sara is going wrong with this show...this episode worked because, for the most part, it concentrated on the Conner family unit. For months now, the show has been introducing tons of new characters for single episodes who disappear as quickly as they appear. Whatever happened to Brian Austin Green? Sara had some viable chemistry with the guy and he just disappeared with no explanation. Or how about the black guy who Becky lied to about her recovery? They gave Mark a love interest for one episode. They changed the title from Roseanne to The Conners, so let the show be about the Conners. Everything that happened between Darlene and Harris was wonderful and long overdue. Loved the post-it scene, but not feeling this new character Nick at all. As executive producer, Sara needs to go back to the basics, go back to the Conners. If she wants to introduce new characters, go back to the treasure trove of characters from the original show that could be brought back, like Fred or Darlene's little brother, Jerry, or now with her relationship with Ben over, why not bring back Johnny Galecki as David?



Yeah, this whole storyline with Darlene and these new age, "self-help gurus" is becoming tedious.



The Xmas finale featured a big goof in continuity that I just couldn't let slide. In this ep 8 Dan decides to sell his bedroom furniture and there's a big discussion about how everything in that bedroom was bought right after Dan and Roseanne got married. Apparently Sara forgot that Dan and Roseanne bought a new mattress in season 4 of the original series. And when did Becky start mentoring single mothers? Talk about the blind leading the blind. I really can't stand this Nick guy and I hate the way he talks to Darlene, like he is such a superior human being to her. And I also hate the way Jackie still seems to be turning into Beverly...annoying and slightly insane.



I really can't stand this Nick guy.
Ha, I hear ya. He smiles like a goof ball all the time and has no personality. He's boring just to watch imagine dating someone like him. Bring Ben back!



Thanks to some clever writing and yes, some surprisingly smart direction from Michael Fishman, ep 9 provided some solid entertainment value, beginning to get this show back on the right track. Glad Sara and Michael figured out that Darlene and Nick won't working and broke them up. The scene with Darlene, Ben, Nick, and Heather showed flashes of brilliance and I loved that Nick and Heather's brains weren't removed for the sake of keeping Darlene and Nick together. And I guess I must have missed something somewhere, because I don't remember Neville having a son, not to mention his hottie mother (Andrea Anders), but I loved the way it brought the Alex Forrest out of Jackie. Loved Dan's sorting of the bills and how to pay them and now that Ben and Darlene might be on their way to reconciliation, can we please clean up that beard? Jay R Ferguson looked like a drunk Santa Claus.



Ep 10 was surprisingly good. This thing with Mark seemed to come out of nowhere but it made for some pretty compelling scenes between Mark and Darlene. Interesting that Dan kind of stayed on the sidelines, considering what happened to Roseanne and that mentioning what happened didn't seem to phase Darlene. Apparently, Mark has been burying some feelings for a long time and watching them all bubble to the surface in one episode was a little startling, but this is the kind of edginess that I've always expected from this show. Ames McNamara really needs to eat a cheeseburger though, that kid looks dangerously thin. Laurie Metcalf was very funny as Jackie finally decided to be honest about Helen...loved when she was searching the cabinets in the doctor's office. And it's nice to see Harris finally suffering some consequences for her actions, but now that Dan and Becky know, I hope it doesn't stop. Good show.