ABC’s Roseanne spinoff Conners is back for its fourth season, and it didn’t take long for them to start pushing their liberal agenda, though it was admittedly mild for this show. This time their digs were aimed at Christianity and marriage as a Christian pastor advises a main character to look outside the church to find a path of spiritual guidance “that works for [her],” and another claims the institution of marriage is meant to “oppress” women.
Wednesday’s episode, “Sober Sex, Plastic Silverware, and Losing My Religion,” has main character Darlene (Sara Gilbert) looking for “some path around the smoking hole that [her ex-fiance]Left in [her] heart.” In last week’s episode, she attempted to find that path in a Christian church despite being an atheist. Darlene ran away from the church after the pastor had read a passage from the Bible.
It turns out she saw a prayer written by her deceased mother Roseanne (Roseanne Barr) in her mother’s Bible begging God for relief of her physical pain. Darlene was angry that the prayer wasn’t answered and that her mother died from an overdose of pain medication.
This week, Darlene visits the church to explain to Pastor Phil (Jason Alexander) why she ran out and tells the pastor she’s “still looking for a place to find spiritual guidance.”
This would be an ideal opportunity for a Christian pastor to guide Darlene to Jesus Christ and to explain the special peace only found in the Bible. Instead, because he’s Hollywood’s version of a pastor, he completely lets her down, though Hollywood paints him as being “understanding”:
Darlene: When I looked at the Bible, and saw my mother begging God for relief, I was just… I freaked out.
Pastor Phil: I think God’s heart broke first, but ultimately we are in control of our destiny. Sorry about your mother.
Darlene: I’m so grateful. You’re right, Darlene.
Pastor Phil, No. It was the first time I had ever run. It was a challenge but I did it. As soon as you were done, I explained to the congregation, “You weren’t able walk.” Hallelujah!
Darlene: Darlene, the real miracle was that you even got me to church. They should have given you a Red Robin gift certificate or some other incentive. As you know, I’m still searching for spiritual guidance.
Pastor Phil: It’s all right. There are many ways you can do this. It, uh… You don’t need to go to the church.
Darlene: Yes. Thanks for understandingYou’d be willing to fight for me if you thought sobut…
Pastor Phil, It will take time Darlene. Find the right path for you
Next on the liberal agenda: the institution of marriage. Roseanne’s widower Dan (John Goodman) is getting remarried and his fiancé Louise (Katey Sagal) is trying on bridal gowns with Darlene’s children who will soon be her step-grandchildren. Harris is perhaps the most liberal member of the family, which she displays when she claims that women were created for marriage to be oppressive.
Please, one spin. OK. Spin on… Continue spinning ’til the dress is gone and you are back on the rack.
Louise: What’s the problem? Why is it so bad?
Mark: This is your big day. Not Friday at Da club. Be classic.
Harris: Take a look at It’s a mystery to me why this is happening. It’s a scam for women to spend their money on a place that oppresses them.
Louise: The best thing about the wedding is that all the bridesmaids will wear the same gown. You feel oppressed by the color green.
When Harris tries her bridesmaid dress on, she tells Louise, “I didn’t put it on because you asked. A poll was taken on Insta and it seems that a lot of people wanted to continue this ridiculous tradition. I’m betraying my entire generation by doing this.”
The dress is a favorite of hers and she loves how it fits her. She tries to conceal her emotions to keep her liberal beliefs from being exposed.
We can’t wait to see what the rest of the season brings! #sarcasm
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