"Roseanne" Season Finale Recap: People Got Extremely Emotional Over Dan’s Big Speech

John Goodman's monologue will give you chills.

John Goodman as Dan Conner on Roseanne

Roseanne wrapped up its first revival season Tuesday night, and the season finale was a rollercoaster of emotions. The episode, titled “Knee Deep,” finds the Conners with a basement that’s flooded due to a severe storm, and the family doesn’t have flood insurance.

Meanwhile, Dan has had to hire undocumented immigrants to keep his contracting bids low, alienating his friend and business partner, Chuck, played by James Pickens Jr., because he needs the money to pay for Roseanne’s knee surgery.

As he wades around his flooded basement, Dan, played by John Goodman, gives a dramatic monologue about dealing with tough economic times:

"I got three extra mouths to feed since Darlene moved in. Roseanne started popping pills because we didn't have the money to fix her knee. And now I've got 20 grand in water damage. I spent my whole life hanging on by my fingertips, telling everyone not to worry, that everything was going to be okay, because that's my job. Well, now I can't promise that anymore, so yeah, it makes me sick but I'm going to do whatever I've got to do to take care of my family because I'm old, I'm tired, and I'm not sure how much longer I can hold on."

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Goodman’s performance was emotional and raw, impressing Goodman’s fans and castmates.

As the episode aired Tuesday night, Roseanne Barr tweeted Goodman’s praises, calling him “a great actor.”

John Goodman is a great actor-

— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne)

And lots of fans agreed, saying his monologue was expertly handled. Some called for Goodman to win an Emmy for his portrayal of Dan. Shockingly enough, Goodman never won an Emmy for the original run of Roseanne, though he was nominated seven times. He won an Emmy for a guest role on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and despite his impressive film career, he’s never been nominated for an Oscar.

John Goodman’s scene last night in the flooded basement moved us to tears. So realistic.

— Linda Jacobellis (@JacobellisLinda)

John Goodman is the best, PERIOD! Well, except maybe for you, Roseanne.

— Not a bully... (@FrankFFurter)

John Goodman’s performance last night on the season finale was incredible. Thank you Roseanne!

— Chris Douglas (@CMcGuireD)

John Goodman is a versatile, talented actor. is also a talented comedienne, actress, too.


Who among us has not gone to antique shop with a treasure, only to be told item is worthless? Very realistic, and tapped into the panic & desperation to raise funds. John Goodman was brilliant--the basement scene: his finest work as Dan Conner.
Beautiful episode

— Helen Rose (@Division1Yankee)

Watching the finale of and balling my eyes out. SO happy it’s coming back! 😭 also, can we talk about the strength of a good man? John Goodman was awesome this episode (and all others) 👏🏽👏🏽

— Chenoa ♡ (@ChenoaCoviare)

From Matinee, to Punchline, to Stella all the way to the Big Lebowski !! How memorable becomes Unforgettable, a character actor and hopefully Best Comedy Actor of 2018, John Goodman deserves an Emmy for Dan Conner !! The series deserves the win finally too.

— Don Everson (@SUPERHERO1)

Actor Michael Fishman, who plays D.J. Conner on the show, tweeted a behind-the-scenes view of the basement scene, noting he loves “watching the incredible talents of John Goodman each week.”

Watching the incredible talents of John Goodman each week is among the things I cherish most about working on

— Michael Fishman (@ReelMFishman)

The Conners’ fortunes go up when the government declares a state of emergency in Illinois, giving them enough money to fix the basement and pay for Roseanne’s surgery. As for what happens next? We’ll just have to wait until Roseanne comes back for its next season later this year.

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