'Roseanne' Spoofed Heavy-Handed Sitcoms With This Marijuana Episode

In the early 1990s, producers of sitcoms like "Blossom" (1990-1995) tried to scare up ratings with ads promising that the next episode was one "your family can't afford to miss," because it dealt with drugs or other issues concerning families with teenagers. At the same time, the outrageous comedy "Roseanne" (1988-1997) mocked the heavy-handed convention with a marijuana-themed instalment called, "A Stash from the Past" (1993).

The episode begins with Roseanne - played by Roseanne Barr - finding a bag of marijuana in her house and accusing one of the kids of using drugs. But instead of leading to one of the sappy heart-to-heart moments that made "Full House" (1987-1995) famous, the narrative gets flipped on its head with a surprise revelation.

Roseanne's husband Dan - played by John Goodman, who turns 64 today - reveals that the stash belongs to Roseanne herself. He explains that she asked him to get rid of it when she was pregnant with their first child years ago, but he couldn't bring himself to do it.

"I tried to flush it, but as I watched it float helplessly, I thought to myself, am I really ready for this part of my life to be over with? Next thing I know, I was down on my hands and knees with an aquarium net and your hairdryer."

For old time's sake, they decide to blaze a joint. And the results are...depressing. Turns out pot isn't as much fun as they had remembered. Of course, that might have something to do with the fact they're smoking old weed that once floated in a toilet. But you'll definitely get a giggle from their failed attempt to relive bygone good times.

h/t A.V. Club

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