Sara Gilbert appearance on The Roseanne Show (22/11/98)
The Roseanne Show on Friday 22nd November 1998 (screened Friday 27th
November in Australia) featured a special reunion episode for the cast
of her former sitcom Roseanne. The guests were John Goodman (Dan),
Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Sarah Chalke (Becky - The second actress),
Michael Fishman (DJ), Martin Mull (Leon), Fred Willard (Scott) and
of course Sara Gilbert (Darlene).
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It starts with a clip from Roseanne Episode 1.15 (015) Nightmare on Oak
Street - 14 Feb 89
[Roseanne, Dan and Darlene are sitting around the Conner's kitchen
Darlene: Everyone shut up about nightmares, I didn't have a nightmare.
Roseanne: Well then why then did you have trouble going to sleep?
Dan: What, were you worried about your basketball game?
Darlene: No, I wasn't worried about my basketball game.
Roseanne: Did you screw up in history again Darlene?
Darlene: No, I didn't screw up in history again.
Roseanne: Then what is the matter?
Darlene: |somewhat angry| I got my period OK.
|Darlene thumps table and storms out|
[Cut to Roseanne show stage. Applause. John and Laurie are seated on a
big couch like the Conner's old couch, Sarah Chalk and Michael are
sitting on chairs behind. Roseanne is in her own chair to the side. A TV
is between them]
R: My sitcom family would not be complete without the daughter who had
her first period, her first kiss and her first baby in front of millions
of viewers. Please welcome via satellite Chicago. Sara Gilbert.
|Roseanne turns the TV on, static appears. She fiddles with its antenna,
which does nothing. After she thumps it a couple of times Sara appears.|
[Sara is in a plain room with light blue walls. She is wearing a black
and gray top and has past shoulder length black hair with a purple
|Throughout the interview looks down a lot but is constantly smiling|
S: Hey. |Waves|
S: |Laughs| Hi Roseanne...
R: Hi. We wish you were hear with us.
S: I know. I wish I was there too.
R: What you doing? Some confounded movie or some stuff?
S: Yeah, I'm doing a movie here in Chicago and they wouldn't let me out.
It was the first day of rehearsal I guess...
R: Well that so nice of them...
S: And I tried to threaten to come there and they told me that they
R: Fire you...
S: There was absolutely no way. Yeah.
R: Well we're glad your here. You look real cute. You're on TV.
S: Thank you.
R: Everyone says hi. Tell us what it was like to have to get your period
[Faint Audience Laughter]
S: Ah... |Laughs|
R: Weren't you really embarrassed about that? You felt bad....
S: Yeah. I, I was really, actually |ahem| pretty mortified about it...
S: It was, |Laughs|, its ah, like, when I heard the clip now, it just,
it brings back a lot of memories. I, Can it was already so embarrassing
to be a teenager and have to go through all that stuff and then to go
through it in front of millions of people like you said, was pretty
awful and there's that feeling when you do those shows, like that show
or when you have to do your first screen kiss and stuff like that...
S: And you know your about to go to work and that the whole world is
going to see you doing that stuff and is going to be judging you and all
that kind of stuff so there is that feeling in the pit of your stomach
before you show up and that's kkind ahow I felt...
R: Well are you over it now?
S: Not really. |Smiles|
R: Did it like severely change your life to have to do that?
S: No, I mean in that, I think that it probably freed me up a little
bit. You know...
R: Yeah and then um...
S: Can tell how comfortable I am in my tin?
R: |Laughs| And then, um, then um we got Johnny Galecki to play your
boyfriend on the show, I didn't know but when we cast him, you know
after he came on, tell that story Sara.
S: OK. Ah...
S: |Laughs| Well basically I went to go visit a friend who was working
on, ah, the set of the show Blossom...
S: And I met this really cute guy there whose name is Johnny and he is
an actor who is living in L.A and who was like 15 and he rode a
motorcycles and played the bass and I thought he was like this really
rebellious kkind aguy, and, and so I kkind afound out all about him and a
while later I was talking to you, and, and, you said that you were
making a show, some kind of TV movie or something...
S: With this kid who was playing your son and his name was Johnny and I
was like "oh my god is it Johnny Galecki" and you were like "it is
Johnny Galecki" and I was like "oh my god he is so cute, his the cutest.
I have to meet him" So I think you kind of set us up at one of your
weddings or whatever...
|Laughter by everyone on stage and the audience for about 10 seconds|
S: And ah...
|More laughter still|
S: |Laughs| and we talked a little bit there...
S: And ah, and then he ended up being on the show and we dated for, for
ah, a split second, a teenage kkind adating thing and then...
R: Now was he was your first on screen kiss, on the show?
S: No I think, |Pauses| No I think you guys had somebody else in there
R: |Laughs| Do you feel like, we totally like, made you do all these
really horribly uncomfortable teenage things?
S: Yes. Its true...
[Faint Audience Laughter]
R: And tell them how we had that other kid in the pilot...
|John Goodman Laughing|
R: And then you beat him up till the welfare came down and that's how we
R: Tell about that.
S: Well, well I don't really remember it, quite like that. Ah...
R: No. She beat up the little boy whose name was Sal...
S: Sal. Yeah, Sal Brown. That's right. Um I don't know, we didn't get
along that well I guess and ah, you know, after the...
R: And they send the child welfare down there to complain...
S: Well I don't remember that part, but they |Laughs| I remember getting
some kind of warning from the producers that there would be like a new
son that you were getting like which is Michael. and that I was to try
to have a health relationship with him.
S: Which I'm not so good at I guess. |Laughs|
R: Well be back. We're going to take a commercial. Sara you bad, bad,
[Audience Applause and begin fade out to commercials]
R: What colour is your hair.
[NOTE: Sara says something at this point which is audible on the show. I
believe she says "purple"]
R: It looks good.
[NOTE: This word could also possibly be "cute". It was at the end of the