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Arsenic and Old Mom 

Dan's estranged mother heads straight to Lanford for a visit after she's released from the hospital. However, Dan suspects she's far from cured and is afraid she's trying to kill him.

Director:

Mark K. Samuels

Writers:

Matt Williams (created by), Carrie Fisher | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Roseanne Barr ... Roseanne Conner (as Roseanne)
John Goodman ... Dan Conner
Laurie Metcalf ... Jackie Harris (credit only)
Sara Gilbert ... Darlene Conner-Healy (credit only)
Michael Fishman ... D.J. Conner
Sarah Chalke ... Becky Conner-Healy (credit only)
Debbie Reynolds ... Audrey Conner
Lawrence Broch Lawrence Broch ... Doctor
Heather Matarazzo ... Heather
Cole Roberts Cole Roberts ... Jerry Garcia Conner
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Dan's estranged mother heads straight to Lanford for a visit after she's released from the hospital. However, Dan suspects she's far from cured and is afraid she's trying to kill him.

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

During the fight scene between Roseanne and Audrey, Roseanne landed on Debbie Reynolds so hard that Debbie actually broke a rib. Debbie Reynolds kept performing and didn't even tell her costar about the accident until years later. See more »

Goofs

In this episode, Dan's mother (Audrey) is played by Debbie Reynolds but was previously played by Ann Wedgeworth in an earlier Thanksgiving episode in 1989. A far more glaring plot hole is that it is mentioned in this episode that Dan was responsible for committing his mother to a mental hospital 20 years earlier which defies the character's complete normalcy and her Thanksgiving appearance less than 10 years earlier. See more »

Quotes

Roseanne: [Dan's mom is back from the mental hospital and is trying to kill Dan for putting her there. Roseanne is wrestling her on the ground] Audrey, what happened to you out there in California? Did you have one too many frozen mocha frappachinos?
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Connections

References Arsenic and Old Lace (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Danny Boy
Written by Frederick Edward Weatherly
Performed by Debbie Reynolds
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Totally Excellent!
1 February 2007 | by corky63See all my reviews

This was one of the best shows in the latter seasons. I cant believe how superb the writing for this show was. It was brilliant from beginning to end.

Debbie Reynolds was the best I've ever seen in all her acting. This is one episode NOT to miss.

Just when you think there cant possibly be anything else left to portray, the writers dig up another hunk of meat to really chew.

This episodes title is perfect.

Comedy rises through the seriousness of this show. It is a laugh a minute, then a thought provoking scene, followed by more laughs. It is comic genius.


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Release Date:

13 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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