The Conners Premiere Recap: Roseanne's Tragic Fate Revealed

TVLine | 10/16/2018 | Ryan Schwartz
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The premiere picks up fewer than three months after the events of the revival, and just three weeks after the death of Roseanne Conner. The family is gathered in the kitchen, still in mourning after Roseanne’s supposed heart attack. We’re told she died in her sleep, and Dan’s been sleeping on the couch ever since. Bev mentions that a mother should never have to bury one of her children, while Jackie, who just can’t help herself, tells her still-thriving, 92-year-old mother that she’ll likely stick around long enough to bury the entire family, before she’s buried by a robot. Amid the discussion, D.J. enters with his wife Geena (new series regular Maya Lynne Robinson), who’s home from Afghanistan on a five-day leave.

Shortly thereafter, Jackie receives a phone call from the morgue and asks Dan if they can speak in private. She reveals that Roseanne didn’t die of a heart attack: She overdosed on opioids. Dan is gobsmacked, believing Roseanne stopped taking prescription pain killers following her successful knee surgery. Becky and Darlene join Dad and Aunt Jackie outside to discuss the not-so-shocking coroner’s report, at which point Becky reveals that she found a pill bottle prescribed to a Marcy Bellinger in Roseanne’s closet. (If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Dan previously found pills belonging to Marcy when he confronted Roseanne about her addiction in the revival’s second-to-last episode). Dan confiscates the pills and heads back inside, then Becky says, “That was the only thing from Mom’s closet that I wanted.”

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The next day, Becky and Darlene are dealing with Dan and Roseanne’s many past-due bills. They consider using Mom’s death as an excuse, then remember that Roseanne has already used a death in the family as an excuse far too many times. The sisters share a chuckle, then Darlene asks...
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