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."
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.”
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.
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.”
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.