Earlier than Roseanne returned for its massive revival on ABC, star Roseanne Barr and the inventive minds crafting the brand new season—the present’s 10th, general—promised that, amid its discussions of the nation’s political divide and financial anxities, they’d even be addressing the opioid dependancy epidemic at the moment plaguing the county.
What they did not say was simply how that exact disaster would work its manner into the present’s narrative. However with tonight’s penultimate episode of the season, we now know. And boy is it bleak.
After a season’s price of mentions about Roseanne Conner’s dangerous knee and the Conners’ wrestle to cowl their rising well being care prices, it took Roseanne and Dan’s 45th wedding ceremony anniversary celebration—full with rosé and a free Honeybaked Ham—to lastly reveal that Rosie’s acquired herself a lethal critical dependancy to ache capsules.
“You are hoarding capsules, you despatched me out for extra, you blame the children. All lies,” Dan (John Goodman) shouted at her, beside himself. “45 years of marriage, you’ve got by no means lied to me like this earlier than. Or have you ever?”
“No. I simply did not say something as a result of we won’t afford the surgical procedure and I acquired these capsules as a result of I will be coping with this for a very long time,” Roseanne mentioned, making an attempt to justify her drug abuse. “You haven’t any thought how dangerous it hurts.”
As Dan assured her that his dangerous again let him know precisely what she was going via, he instructed her that he needed her to lastly schedule her surgical procedure, irrespective of the price. “Look, if it is between you OD’ing and me developing with the cash, I will determine one thing. Within the meantime, I will offer you one capsule each six to eight hours for post-operative ache,” he mentioned. “What the hell? Are you certain Marcy Bellinger does not want these?”
“Whenever you get new boobs, compliments must be sufficient,” Roseanne replied.
“I acquired to take a stroll,” Dan mentioned, after administering her medicine and kissing her on the brow. “I do know you are able to do this.”
Dan might think about his spouse, but it surely’s what occurred after he left her alone within the household kitchen that made clear this wasn’t one thing that will be simply tied up by the point the credit rolled. With Dan out of sight, Roseanne went to the freezer and acquired out her rubber ice pack. And as she sat there, icing her knee, she unscrewed the cap and rooter round inside, finally pulling out a plastic bag filled with capsules.
The place we go from right here is anybody’s guess, however one thing tells us subsequent week’s season finale will not be fairly.
Roseanne airs Tuesdays at eight p.m. on ABC.