4th Episode of ‘Roseanne’ Is Best So Far

The Washington Post
Friday, April 13, 2018

When ABC announced that Roseanne Barr would once again be live-tweeting the latest episode of her sitcom’s successful reboot, the internet braced itself for another round of politically tinged musings from the comedian who is pals with President Donald Trump.

Instead, the fourth episode of Roseanne dug deep into the show’s crates as a family sitcom that leaned more on punchlines than politics. In “Eggs Over, Not Easy,” the Conners’ oldest child, Becky, learns that she can’t conceive children, derailing her “moving on up” plans to become a surrogate and cash a check for $50,000.

Gone were the debates about women’s bodies (of course it’s Dan who tells Roseanne that they can’t interfere in Becky’s decision) or the exposed class rifts between Becky and the well-off woman she planned to have a baby for. In its place was the relatable story of a girl (albeit a 43-year-old one) going nowhere fast in a town she can’t put in her rear view — and the parents who wished they could do more to pull their kids out of economic quicksand.

With the political plotlines put away, the fourth episode seemed like the first throwback to the old Roseanne, and critics agreed.

“In its first three episodes, the Roseanne revival has often felt more like a megaphone for Roseanne Barr and conservative talking points than an organic continuation of the Conner clan’s story,” observed Vanity Fair. The magazine called Tuesday’s episode the show’s best thus far.

The Daily Beast called the episode the season’s “strongest,” describing the story as “salty, sweet, cohesive, and true to the characters as we knew them 20 years ago and yet believable in their advancement today.” And Vulture pointed out that “Mama Roseanne, in the surprise of all surprises, is evolving.”

While it remains difficult to separate the show from the politics of its star, episodes like Tuesday’s should remind folks of why Roseanne got the green light in the first place.