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How ‘Roseanne’ addressed Johnny Galecki’s brief return

Johnny Galecki was only allowed one appearance this season on Roseanne — he’s got a hit CBS sitcom to star in, after all — so the writers had less than 25 minutes to explain where he’s been and why he can’t stick around the Conner household.

When the comedy first debuted in March, fans were led to believe Darlene (Sara Gilbert) had split from her husband David (Galecki) and was forced to move back into her childhood home with her kids Harris and Mark. In tonight’s episode, David shows up after working for some Habitat for Humanity-like organization to help celebrate Harris’ birthday and to tell Darlene (Gilbert) that he’s looking to return to Lanford for good.

There’s a catch, however: he wants to come with a girlfriend named Blue in tow. “Blue made me see so many things,” he tells Darlene. “I was in denial. I thought Harris and Mark were better off without me… when I left you and the kids, I rationalized it was okay because I was helping people. But my brother died and I was overwhelmed by the responsibility and I just ran.”

Somehow, his offer to sign the divorce papers becomes a turn-on for Darlene, who ends up sleeping with David and talking excitedly about a reconciliation. That doesn’t sit well with Roseanne (Roseanne Barr), who admits that she’s been secretly texting with David behind Darlene’s back.

“You guys are a disaster as a couple. It’s like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde — and David,” Roseanne tells her daughter. “He left because you guys were fighting all the time and he couldn’t handle it.”

A teary-eyed Darlene agrees and tells David that they will never make each other happy. He still plans to move to Lanford to be near his kids, so perhaps the writers are leaving open the possibility of a return in season 2. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, Estelle Parsons showed up to reprise her role as Roseanne and Jackie’s mom Beverly after her retirement home supposedly asked her to leave. “At my age, I’m not supposed to enjoy a healthy sex life with multiple partners in multiple parts of the facility,” she told them.

Roseanne airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

On Tuesday night’s Roseanne, two familiar faces returned to the Conner home: Johnny Galecki’s David and Estelle Parsons’ Bev. Fans couldn’t get enough of their return, but David’s storyline didn’t necessarily get the most positive reaction.


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Many fans were excited to see Bev back, especially after watching her interactions with Jackie and Roseanne.

Bev hasn’t changed! I’ve always loved when these three were together bc their scenes are so funny. #Roseanne

— Natasha (@Toshflynn) April 18, 2018

Thought for sure Bev was dead, to my surprise and delight there she was, she hasn’t aged a bit. LOL!

— Nivral (@Nivral1666) April 18, 2018

Bev is 90??!!! Looks amazing #Roseanne

— Mallory (@Mally_ChiHawks) April 18, 2018

One detail, however, made several fans confused after many of them realized that Bev was kicked out of her nursing home for having sex with men. In the final season, Bev came out as a lesbian, but this ended up being made up as part of the plot of novel that Roseanne was writing, along with the family winning the lottery.

@RoseanneOnABC disappointed that Bev isn’t gay in the reboot. Her coming out episode was hilarious. One thing they should of kept from the final season. #roseanne

— Dan (@drey528) April 18, 2018

Is Bev bi now or did Roseanne keep her not actually being a lesbian canon? Is Jackie a lesbian, they got rid of her son and Roseanne said she had been a lesbian the whole time so did they keep those parts of the “book” canon? #roseanne

— kari scorpio (@imaginarymargo) April 18, 2018

The biggest story line of the episode came from David’s big return, after it was revealed that he had left his family in earlier episodes this season. It turns out David went on a trip to South America to build houses after his brother had died, and he couldn’t cope with his new responsibilities.

A lot of Roseanne fans couldn’t believe that David would leave his family or Darlene, especially after seeing how strong their relationship had been over the years.

I have a really hard time believing that David, would ever leave Darlene, let alone be an absentee father. Maybe vice-versa. #Roseanne

— Aubri Rose (@AubriRose88) April 18, 2018

In the original, David stayed by Darlene no matter what and never wanted to leave her side after everything they’ve been through. Now he’s an absent father? I just don’t want to believe that. #Roseanne

— 𝔄𝔫𝔡𝔯𝔢𝔴 ℭ𝔬𝔩𝔩𝔢𝔱 (@AndrewCollet) April 18, 2018

David was one of my favorite characters and of course its the modern day so lets make him a horrible dead beat dad thanks #Roseanne

— thex552 (@THEN552) April 18, 2018

How could they seriously make David out to be a deadbeat dad? He was too nice to be a loser like that. 😞 #Roseanne

— Jessica (@Jessca05) April 18, 2018

Some fans were hopeful to see Darlene and David back together, but were disappointed when the couple broke up again during the episode.

#Roseanne I’m seriously sad about David and Darlene. I feel like my childhood friends just told me they can’t make it work and are getting divorced.

— JAK (@Plizu19) April 18, 2018

I don’t know if I accept David and Darlene not being together #Roseanne

— Michelle Witzki (@istolethecatspj) April 18, 2018

Why do they want to ruin my favorite couple!!? I’ve always loved David and Darlene since I can remember. I don’t care what they write Darlene and David were always meant to be together. #Roseanne

— Whitney Dalton (@wahwhitney) April 18, 2018

Parenting also became a hot topic among viewers, after Dan told David that he would not be able to see his children until after he officially moved back to Langford, despite David being there for Harris’ birthday.

Dan could have at least let David stay for Harris’ birthday. #Roseanne

— Cynthia Garton (@gartonca) April 18, 2018

It is NOT Dan’s place to tell David he can’t see his kids. Especially on his daughter’s birthday. Dan was wrong for that. @therealroseanne #Roseanne

— Dexter Disapproves (@DexDisapproves) April 18, 2018

I’m sorry but Dan does not get to make that decision for Darlene and tell David he can’t see his kids. #roseanne

— Liz Ann (@elizard25) April 18, 2018

Another great episode of @RoseanneOnABC @therealroseanne, not sure of how to take the last comment by Dan. I know he was being a dad for Darlene when he told David he will see his kids in two weeks when he has the apt. Should he make that decision w Darlene now parenting?

— Scott 🧀🍺🦌 (@sbkjendlie) April 18, 2018

New episodes of Roseanne will return on May 1. On that episode, viewers will get to see Jackie and Roseanne fighting over who has to take care of Bev, while Dan and Darlene get into a disagreement after Mark’s creative skills end up being too much for Dan. Stay tuned …

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NEW YORK (TODAY) – Cue up the saxophone, order a pizza and get ready to celebrate! As if we weren’t excited enough about ABC’s “Roseanne” revival, here’s more good news: Johnny Galecki, who played Darlene Conner’s boyfriend David Healy in the original series, will reprise the role in 2018.

Up until now, it was unconfirmed that Galecki would return to the show — especially given his starring role on the CBS comedy series “The Big Bang Theory.” But as Galecki explained in an Instagram post, his “Big Bang” colleagues understood the draw to his TV sitcom roots.

21 YEARS LATER…! Apart from being born, possibly the most surreal experience of my life. Deep thanks to my Big Bang Theory family for knowing the importance of visiting one’s roots and loaning me out for a quick minute. Much ❤️.

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“21 YEARS LATER…! Apart from being born, possibly the most surreal experience of my life,” Galecki captioned a photo of his name card at what appears to be a reading on set. “Deep thanks to my Big Bang Theory family for knowing the importance of visiting one’s roots and loaning me out for a quick minute. Much ❤️.”

Deep thanks, indeed.

Other cast members already confirmed for the revival include Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), John Goodman (Dan), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Michael Fishman (D.J.) and Lecy Goranson (Becky). Sarah Chalke, who played Becky in later seasons, will appear in a different role.

Now we’re even more pumped to return to Lanford, Illinois!

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Last summer it was confirmed the family sitcom Roseanne (1988-1997) would be getting a 2018 revival, more than two decades after the original series wrapped. What’s more, most of the original cast members, including Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Lecy Goranson, Sara Gilbert, and Laurie Metcalfe, signed on to star.

But hang on, what about David, aka, Johnny Galecki, who played Darlene’s (Gilbert) sweetie pie boyfriend from 1992-97?

Galecki wasn’t able to commit to the reunion series at the same time as the rest of his TV family, due to scheduling conflicts with the hugely popular The Big Bang Theory. But, it appears in December 2017, Galecki got it all sorted and made the announcement he would be back in the fold.

And, he gave a shout-out to his BBT family, too, for allowing him some time off:

21 YEARS LATER…! Apart from being born, possibly the most surreal experience of my life. Deep thanks to my Big Bang Theory family for knowing the importance of visiting one’s roots and loaning me out for a quick minute. Much ❤️.

A post shared by Johnny Galecki (@sanctionedjohnnygalecki) on Dec 1, 2017 at 4:48pm PST

It seems the folks over at ABC we’re holding onto the footage of David until the last minute, but in the new clip we see him reunite with Darlene at the Conner house.

And, not much has changed… including Darlene’s dry, slightly rude, sense of humor:

We’ve become so accustomed to seeing Galecki as Leonard on The Big Bang Theory (2007-2018), it’ll be fascinating to see how he slots back into the role that made him a household name. As of now, he’s only confirmed for one episode… but, we’ll take it.

There was more uncertainty for fans surrounding the return of Roseanne’s husband Dan (Goodman), who died at the end of the original series.

But, his return is cleverly handled in the new clip.

We can also look for Michael Fishman, who played Roseanne’s youngest son D.J. and Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), who took on the role of eldest daughter Becky in later seasons. Chalke will be back for the new series, but she’ll be playing a different character. Lecy Goranson, who played the original Becky, is taking back the reins.

The nine-episode new season will premiere on ABC, Tuesday, March 27.

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It looks like Darlene Conner’s old boyfriend will still be in her life on the second season of the “Roseanne” spinoff “The Conners.”

Actor Johnny Galecki, who played David Healy on “Roseanne” as well as the first season of “The Conners,” hinted on Instagram Sunday that he may be back for a few episodes now that his other hit show, “The Big Bang Theory,” has ended its run.

“I may be putting the (literal/figurative) pants of #davidhealy back on for one or two more stories on @theconnersabc this year,” he captioned a slapstick photo of Darlene (Sara Gilbert) and Jackie Harris (Laurie Metcalf) wrestling with his pants from the show.

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“Twenty some years later I’m still in awe of this freakass carnie group who adopted me early on and still learn so very much from them whenever in their presence. ❤️ ❤️❤️@thesaragilbert #lauriemetcalf”

ABC announced in May that it was renewing “The Conners” for a second season of 19 episodes. Galecki, 43, played David on “Roseanne” from 1992 to 1997 and in one episode of last year’s reboot.

The rebooted “Roseanne” was then abruptly canceled last year in the wake of racist tweets by star Roseanne Barr.

Johnny Galecki has played Sara Gilbert’s on-again, off-again boyfriend on “Roseanne” and “The Conners” since the early 1990s. Walt Disney Television via Getty

Galecki then appeared in two episodes of “The Conners,” a spinoff without Barr as part of the cast.

He told TV Line earlier this year that while he may appear on the show again as David, he doesn’t have plans to be a regular after being a permanent cast member of “The Big Bang Theory” for its entire 12-season run.

“I think I need a little bit of space from being a series regular again,” he said. “I certainly hope to visit as (‘The Conners’) as much as possible. That’s kind of my second home…I still have a bit of a high school crush on that character.”

Gilbert also hoped to have him back as her old boyfriend.

“That’s something I’m very hopeful about,” she told TV Line. “I know he loves doing the show. I love having him. We have a magical time together.”

David is back. We’re getting the first look at The Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki reprising his role as Darlene’s (Sarah Gilbert) high school beau David in a new teaser for ABC’s Roseanne revival.

In the clip, David enters the Conner house (through the window, just like he did as a kid) and notes everything looks the same.

“It’s a decorating choice called poverty,” Darlene deadpans.

It’s not clear how that storyline will develop since Galecki, due to scheduling conflicts with Big Bang, is scheduled to appear in one episode only.

The teaser also answers a major question — How is Dan (John Goodman) still alive after he was declared dead in the final season following a massive heart attack?

In the reboot, Dan wakes up in bed, alive. “I thought you were dead,” Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) jokes, to which Dan replies, “Why does everybody always think I”m dead?”

The reboot will feature the original cast – Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), John Goodman (Dan), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Michael Fishman (D.J.) and Lecy Goranson (Becky). Sarah Chalke, who played the character Becky in later seasons, will also appear in another role.

The Roseanne revival premieres Tuesday, March 27 on ABC.

David Healy is the boyfriend, and then later, the husband of Darlene Conner-Healy. He appears in 93 episodes of Roseanne from Seasons 4–10. The part of David is played by Johnny Galecki, who currently co-stars in the CBS-TV sitcom series The Big Bang Theory. Twenty-One years later, He reprised his role for one episode of Season 10 and again in the spin-off series entitled The Conners.

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David is the husband of Darlene, as well as the father of Harris Conner Healy. He is the younger brother of Mark Healy and the brother-in-law to Becky Healy, D.J. and Jerry Conner. He is the son-in-law to Roseanne and Dan Conner. David’s first appearance was in “The Bowling Show”, when he is asked to babysit D.J., who David sent to bed because he was being annoying; initially, his rather ragged outfit and surly attitude make him seem similar to Mark, though his tone changes entirely when he meets Darlene. His first name is believed to be Kevin, that Darlene made up the name “David”.

He is shown as a main character in the seasons to come. David’s character is gradually shown to be shy, sweet, very polite and witty, although at times quite passive and can be completely dominated like with Darlene and his brother Mark. He has had trouble with women in the past, because he is a milquetoast, which usually ends up with Mark getting the girl instead of David. In contrast to Mark’s tough-guy image and dim-wittedness, David is sensitive and quite intelligent; he is a talented graphic artist, although he ultimately never made it to college and barely graduated from high school. David found it odd when he found out that Darlene’s sister was married to his brother, meaning he was dating his brother’s sister-in-law. A running gag was that the other characters would tease David for his sensitivity and interests outside the traditional masculine sphere, especially his brother Mark and the more masculine women.

He is also regularly teased for the fact that Darlene easily dominates him in their relationship. However, David has shown great strength of character in the few occasions where he shows Darlene righteous anger; she and Roseanne are also protective of him because they know that before he came to live in the Conner house, his mother would hit and verbally abuse him. After three unpleasant splits spanning seasons 6-7, Darlene and David finally reconcile for good, realizing they are right for one another but must deal with some occasional separation due to Darlene’s college. During Season 8, David got Darlene pregnant while they were vacationing at Disney World with the Conners; since David had recently gotten an artistic job in Chicago, Darlene decided to keep the baby and they got married. His efforts to protect and console Darlene after she gave birth to their premature daughter deeply impressed Dan. Of Darlene’s family, David was definitely closest to Roseanne.

Although both her parents reacted apprehensively the first time they met him (knowing he was Mark’s brother) Roseanne was impressed by his respectful conduct on later occasions. When she realized the extent of the verbal and physical abuse David was suffering from his mother on a daily basis, she allowed him to move in with them without consulting Dan. David was mindful of both the Conners and accepted his workload within the house without complaint, in contrast to Becky and Darlene; in return, Roseanne often covered for him when he got into trouble or gave him advice. Dan, D.J. and Mark often teased David for his less masculine personality and interests, but Dan recognized that David’s good character and gave him advice when he needed it- except when it involved Darlene. As Darlene was Dan’s favorite, Dan was more protective of her and he was enraged when he learned David had been secretly living in her apartment for three months; however, he eventually forgave him, although he cold-shouldered David for a while when he learned of their engagement (even angrily remarking Fred should sue Jackie for custody of their child).

When David was emotionally overwhelmed by their decision to remove his daughter Harris from the incubator, Dan consoled him. Becky seldom interacted with David, except on a few occasions after his third split with Darlene; she was very sympathetic and their suspiciously close friendship angered both Mark and Darlene. D.J. was usually verbally dismissive of David and actually beat him up on one occasion; they were never truly hostile but D.J. tended to look at Mark as a role model, but not David. As for David’s own family, he is clearly closest to Mark, despite his elder brother often arguing with and insulting him. Despite having dealt with years of abuse from his mother and probably his father (who apparently helped calm down Mrs. Healy when she was in her rages), David was closer to his parents than Mark was and expressed some regret at not being able to have them at his wedding to Darlene. Mark told him that he was too good for them and that if they did not have the decency to respond to the invitation, David was better off without them. He and Darlene went on to have a son Mark Conner Healy, named in his brother’s memory and later separated from Darlene.

Twenty-One years later, he has separated from Darlene and left his family behind in order to help the poor. After being involved intimately with a woman called Blue, he becomes to realize his importance to Harris and Mark and decides to move back to Lanford within two weeks. Although Darlene refuses to give him a divorce and attempts to win him back, she gives up for the children. David comes back to be a full-time dad, but his romance with Darlene is over and he returns to Blue as a lover. But later on Blue insists on having children with her. David refuses and runs back to Darlene just as she is about to leave Lanford with her children and start a new life in Chicago.


  • When he first appeared, David was called “Kevin” but it was later changed to David.
  • In the Season 9 final episode—the original series finale—Roseanne reveals that real-life inspiration for “David” is actually married to the real-life inspiration for “Becky”, rather than the real-life inspiration for “Darlene”. The David and Becky characters hanging out together, may thus have been a reference to their real-life inspirations.
  • Of all the recurring characters, David appears in the most episodes.
  • Due to his involvement in The Big Bang Theory, Johnny Galecki only made one appearance in the Season 10 revival.
  • Galecki and Gilbert both appeared on The Big Bang Theory playing different characters. While David and Darlene are such opposites, the characters they play on Big Bang are much alike.


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5 Memorable Darlene & David Moments From the Original ‘Roseanne’ (VIDEO)

Since the Roseanne reboot’s premiere, fans have been anxious to see what familiar faces would pop-up alongside the original returning cast and in this week’s episode — “Darlene v. David” — they’re in for a treat.

Johnny Galecki returns as David Healy in the highly anticipated installment which will see him reunite with the Conners for better or worse. Clearly things aren’t perfect between Darlene (Sara Gilbert) and David, but their onscreen connection isn’t lost on the audience.

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Of course, offscreen there’s certainly no love lost between the pair, who remain good friends today.

In recent social media posts, Gilbert shared some sweet behind the scenes details about how their characters’ son was named — they decided over text message. Darlene and David’s son is named Mark (Ames McNamara) after David’s brother Mark who was portrayed by the late Glenn Quinn.

Johnny Galecki and I naming our son via text back in June. See you on tv tomorrow David ❤️ 8pm ABC #roseanne #namedforglennquinn

— sara gilbert (@THEsaragilbert) April 16, 2018

The actress also shared a clip from their impending reunion on Twitter, writing, “David’s back tonight, and not much has changed.” Whereas Galecki has shared touching tributes to his longtime costar via Instagram writing, “@thesaragilbert has a true heart that over the years has probably kept me from losing my mind in this industry / town. I love you, Soap.”

Just came across this. @thesaragilbert has a true heart that over the years has probably kept me from losing my mind in this industry / town. I love you, Soap.

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Since it’s always nice to look back on the series that started it all, we’re taking a look back on the best moments between the former TV couple in celebration of “Darlene v. David.”

1. The first kiss.

“Lies” (Season 4, Episode 21)

2. Darlene asks if David can move in with the Conners.

“It’s a Boy” (Season 5, Episode 19)

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Also fans can look forward to a Darlene-David reunion soon.

3. When they pulled a Halloween prank on Roseanne

“Halloween V” (Season 6, Episode 6)

4. Darlene and David’s wedding.

“The Wedding” (Season 8, Episode 23)

5. David comforts Darlene after their baby is born prematurely

“The Miracle” (Season 9, Episode 19)

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Although the creative forces behind the Roseanne reboot have promised that much of what you loved about the original series will still be there, the new episodes are also getting a modern update. In addition to tweaking major storylines — pretending the “death” of Conner family patriarch Dan (John Goodman) never happened and figuring out a solution to that whole Becky problem, for instance — the revival will address Donald Trump’s presidency and also throw a wrench in the marriage of Darlene (Sara Gilbert) and David (Johnny Galecki). Of all the updates the Conners are undergoing, the latter seems like the most heartbreaking.

As anyone who watched the sitcom during its original run knows, the 1997 series finale upends the timeline when it reveals much of what’s happened on the show has been a figment of the titular Roseanne’s imagination. In the new timeline, Dan dies of a heart attack, and it’s as if David and Darlene’s relationship never even happened; instead, she ends up with Glenn Quinn’s Mark Healy, David’s brother. Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) explains that what we’ve been watching for the last few seasons was actually the story from a book she’s written — she had Darlene end up with David and Mark end up with Becky because she thought they suited each other better. It appears the reboot will be ignoring the odd detour season nine took altogether.

In the new episodes, Darlene and David have two children together: teenager Harris (Emma Kenney) and her younger brother, Mark (Ames McNamara), who is named after his late uncle. Unfortunately for any Darlene and David shippers out there, the reboot begins with Darlene moving back in with her parents after she and David separate.

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It’s a sad fate for the longtime couple, but we have to admit that it’s a realistic one. The core of Roseanne has always been about portraying the lives of everyday Americans, and what’s more American than divorce? The choice to have the pair split could be chalked up to Galecki’s role as a series regular on The Big Bang Theory, which is why he was only able to appear in one episode of the reboot. Having his character out of the picture with Darlene would certainly explain away his absence from the show. That being said, Gilbert, who was a part of the show for its entire nine-year run, told Entertainment Weekly that the reboot is the cast’s “most emotional season yet.” Could some of that emotion be tied to Darlene and David’s potential reconciliation? Maybe.

“We want everybody to see something that doesn’t really exist on TV anymore, which is an honest family,” executive producer Bruce Helford further explained to EW. “There’s not much of that. Everything is higher-toned or more niche. These people are very much in the core of what’s going on in the country right now.”

We still have a lot of lingering questions about the reboot, but fortunately it looks like it’s in good hands. Not only is the entire cast of Roseanne returning (with the exception of the late Glenn Quinn), but the star-studded writers room is stacked: Whitney Cummings, Wanda Sykes, Norm McDonald, and Barr herself are all contributing. Here’s hoping they decide Darlene and David deserve their happy ending. For real this time.

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