Spoilers below for The Conners premiere. Her character says Dan's actions have hurt her, that almost everyone in Lanford has started trading medication because no one has insurance, that she had no idea Roseanne had an addiction, and that she knows "what it's like to have that problem".
The first episode of The Conners, the spin-off series based around the same family, reveals the matriarch died from an opioid overdose.
The Conners was borne out of the sudden cancellation of the successful Roseanne reboot, following Barr's racist remarks about Valerie Jarrett on her Twitter in May.
One of TV's best-known characters was killed off in an accidental opiod overdose in the series premiere of ABC's "The Conners" on Tuesday night. His wife took the pills of her own free will, after all. John Goodman, who plays Dan Conner, even mentioned her death in an interview in August. But she agreed to step away from the show she created and will have no financial or creative involvement in The Conners. "The autopsy found that it wasn't a heart attack".
But when Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) learns from a coroner's report that she actually died of an opioid overdose, she tells Dan and he refuses to believe her. If you remember, Roseanne was popping pills in the original revival, but he thought she had it all under control and that she stopped. But as Marcy (played by surprise guest star Mary Steenburgen!) showed up at the Conners' doorstep, teary-eyed and drunk, begging Dan to take down the sign that had made her a pariah around town, Jackie revealed to Darlene that she'd found another stash of pills in the ice pack in the freezer.
The Conners did not begin with the immediate aftermath of former main character Roseanne Conner's death.
(L-R, Back Row) Executive producers Whitney Cummings and Tom Werner, actors Ames McNamera, Emma Kenney, Jayden Rey, executive producer Bruce Helford, (l-r, front row) actor Michael Fishman, executive producer/actress Sara Gilbert, actress Laurie Metcalf, executive producer/actress Roseanne Barr, actors John Goodman, Lecy Goranson and Sarah Chalke of the television show "Roseanne" speak onstage during the ABC Television/Disney portion of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena in Pasadena, California on January 8, 2018.
A prescription bottle reveals, however, that Roseanne had participated in an exchange of sorts with neighbors in order to get pain pills. He comes to terms with it and the show ends with Dan finally sleeping in their bed.