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In a special screening for the first episode of the "The Conners" spin-off, stars Lecy Goranson, Michael Fishman and Maya Lynne Robinson talk about Roseanne Barr's departure from the original program. (October the 17th)
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It's politics, religion and the ever-present ghost of Roseanne in the late episode of "The Conners," themed on Tuesday's midterm elections.

"The Separation of the Church and Dan" saw the favorite working-class family in the United States go to church, dad struggling with his faith in the wake of the death of his wife and Darlene's son, Mark, navigating political lines fractured in the urns. The heavy topics with security, sprinkled with the usual jokes to prevent things from getting dark.

Darlene (Sara Gilbert), Becky (Lecy Goranson) and Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) were worried about Dan (John Goodman), who opened this episode like a zombie sleeping on the front porch, and then spent the rest of the show trying very hard to be single. Not even a night of improvised poker organized by his daughters could increase his mood.

"I do not need my friends sitting around feeling sorry for me," Dan said before breaking in.

Meanwhile, Mark (Ames McNamara) counted on Aunt Jackie's help in a survey task for the school and discovered how volatile politics can be.

"As a pollster, your job is to remain neutral and only record the answers," Jackie said calmly, but could not resist jumping for joy before a Democratic voter. "Blue Wave 2020!"

Jackie found herself in a heated debate with a Republican over funding the arts, who became part of them by shouting at each other: "Obamacare," "the Wall," "Benghazi," "collusion," and, of course, ,, "false news."

"I try very hard to pay my property taxes," said the man, "and there are many more important things to spend money on than the city wasting my taxes on a giant mural of a polar bear crying under an umbrella. Beach".

Jackie then went to chase a man wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat, letting Mark decide to write an essay about how heated politics are.

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The episode also saw D.J. (Michael Fishman) dragging the whole family to church when his wife, Geena (Maya Lynne Robinson), discovered that she had not taken her daughter in the two years she was overseas with the military. Mary (Jayden Rey) just wanted to go if her cousins ​​Harris (Emma Kenney) and Mark also left, leaving D.J. to beg his atheistic sister Darlene to come.

"Oh God," sighed Darlene.

"Yes, just like that", D.J. exclaimed "Only stronger and as you think".

Cue, the Conners minus Dan, sitting on the benches of a predominantly black church, while they break into a chorus of "This little light of mine." The deacon with an ironic smile suggested that they stop so that the congregation could recognize them before adding: I am joking. We know who you are. "

Dan was still struggling with his faith, but a conversation with his daughters and a trip to a support group for pain left him in a better position. Becky spoke about her own grief for losing her husband, a moment of union for father and daughter.

And as he has a middle-aged crisis in his 60s, Dan decided to drive his motorcycle for the first time in years. At the end of the episode, he was playing poker with his friends and singing a song.

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