While The Conners season 1 finale on ABC Tuesday night delivered a good bit when it comes to content, it also certainly left some story open when it comes to the future.
Not only that, but this finale was surprisingly emotional as Jackie was left heartbroken, Darlene was left to make a big decision, and Harris was left with egg on her face after burning her hometown to the ground (metaphorically) within an article in favor of heading to Chicago.
With Jackie, this felt like an episode where almost everything hit her at once, whether it be the realization that Roseanne wasn’t coming back or that her relationship status suddenly changed. That’s why she found herself drunk in public, causing a scene and needing Darlene and Dan to come and rescue her. We’ve never felt for Jackie more than in this moment, and this scene did justify further why we need a second season of this show. Laurie Metcalf is such a great actor for her ability to constantly move between comedy and drama on this show.
Meanwhile, Darlene seems to be staying put for now rather than heading up to Chicago — what her heart originally wanted. Some of that may be to look after Dan, but another part of it may be David showing up and deciding that he’s ready to actually be a stable presence in her life. Johnny Galecki was the big “surprise guest star,” and kudos to The Big Bang Theory for allowing him to come back. Given the end of that show over on CBS, it certainly does open the door for him to come back and have a larger role here in the event that the network does renew the show.
While Becky is preparing to get her life on track (for the sake of her future family and herself), Dan remains at the center of it all, trying to be a stable presence even though he has his own fair share of problems.
The Conners kicked things off this season with a fairly-emotional episode and they did the same with the finale — a funny half-hour that also showed that life sometimes is far from easy. You often get hurt and things don’t turn out like you expect, but you have to keep on truckin’ if you want them to ever get better. This episode was a good reminder of everything that is great when it comes to this show, and also what it’s capable of with a full off-season of planning and preparing for the future. Remember, a lot of the first season was done on-the-fly, largely due to the timing of Roseanne Barr’s firing.
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