Roseanne: A Bitter Pill to Swallow

In light of the fact that Roseanne’s controversial new season recently finished its run and even more recently got canceled due to its creator’s penchant for racist tweeting, I thought I’d look back at a simpler time when Roseanne’s character was pretty much completely different from her updated version.

Back in the fourth season of the shows original run, Roseanne’s oldest daughter (original Becky not Becky from Scrubs) decides to talk to her mother about birth control.


It wasn’t until this past Fall when I was sick with a cold and baby-sitting for a demogorgon masquerading as a cat that I happened to catch this episode on TV.

Video footage of me cat-sitting, Fall 2017.

Becky’s original plan was to go to a clinic and get a prescription, but after talking with her Aunt Jackie, she decides to ask her mom to take her to the gynecologist. Roseanne holds it together while Becky is in the room, but then she totally freaks out when she leaves.

But like that’s good. I mean who wouldn’t freak out when their kid asked them for birth control for the first time? It’s good that she does this with her sister instead of her kid. And when Roseanne hears her friend’s baby crying in the next room, she realizes she can pull herself together and help Becky. It’s really a sweet episode where Roseanne perfectly encapsulates a healthy amount of compartmentalization, struggling privately with her shifting mother-role while expertly support her daughter when she needs her most.

Oh and by the way, this episode was written by Amy Sherman-Palladino, so it’s possible I am just an Amy Sherman-Palladino fan and not an original-run Roseanne fan…but I’m still very, very mad about the Gilmore Girls revival.

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