In the first episode, Dan (John Goodman), Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) and Roseanne's children have three weeks to deal with the consequences of his sudden death for what they believe is a heart attack.
However, it is not long before the truth comes out: Roseanne died as a result of opioid abuse.
Initially, Roseanne's family is in disbelief, particularly Dan, who says defensively that he had thrown away his pills.
However, a prescription bottle reveals that Roseanne had participated in a type of exchange with neighbors to obtain pain pills. And then, her family finds Roseanne's little caches of medications in the house.
When Dan later confronts the woman (Mary Steenburgen) who exchanged pills with Roseanne, she is distressed. She says that uninsured neighbors are used to helping each other.
"I would never have given them to her if she knew I had a problem," she says. "I know what it's like to have that problem, so I'm sorry."
This conversation helps Dan, who has not been able to sleep in the bed he once shared with his wife since she died, finds an ounce of peace.
"She was going to do what she was going to do," she says at one point. "She never heard a damn person in her life."
It is a strange line considering the real life circumstances of the single star of the program, but it is also effective.
At the end of the episode, "The Conners" makes it clear that the presence of the matriarch is still important to the family, but that the reset button has been pressed. In the new opening credits, Dan, his daughter Darlene (Sara Gilbert) and Jackie occupy a central place.
Now that Dan can sleep on the floor above, the show is eager to seem that the drama that led to the disappearance of "Roseanne" also went to bed.