Political correctness was the big scare in the Halloween delivery of ABC's "The Conners," since almost all the costumes chosen for Mark's school carnival were considered off limits.
The episode, "There Will not Be Blood", continued the long tradition of "Roseanne" of Halloween episodes without Roseanne, whose character died when "The Conners" rose from the ashes of the revival of the canceled comedy.
The costumes were fun: Roseanne's husband, Dan, was dressed as Napoleon Blown-apart; his sister jackie as a disemboweled cheerleader; Darlene's sister, Becky, as Shark-swim O & # 39; Connor; Darlene's daughter, Harris, as Lizzie Boredom; and Roseanne's granddaughter, Mary, as Scary J. Blige.
A debate about freedom of expression and respect for others seemed a good fit, given the Conner tradition of direct directness, and faced Dan's opposition to overly sensitive rules against daughter Darlene's desire not to perpetuate offensive stereotypes .
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The family is dressed to scare on the Halloween Tuesday episode of The Conners & # 39; of ABC. (Photo: Eric McCandless, ABC)
Unfortunately, the cunning director of the school was just a man of straw, and not the dreadful scarecrow, because his excessive rigidity turned a potentially intriguing argument into a big "Boo!" – Again, not the scary guy. Surely there are unofficial types that are subject to rules, but it would not be fun to argue with them either.
Mark (Ames McNamara) dressed for the first time as a Fortnite character, but that was forbidden because it is based on a violent video game and the school would not allow costumes that "perpetuate negative ethnic stereotypes or be frightening, bloody or anything that is sad" .
Mother Darlene (Sara Gilbert) was on board for the prohibition of stereotypes, but found that the "sadness" was a bit too broad. "Our whole family is sad, does that mean we can not go out anymore?" He asked, dropping one of the funniest lines of the episode.
Mark's solution was to dress like a woman he admired, the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo: "Introducing one of the great artists of the 20th century!" Her attire was shown to her proud mother and grandfather, Dan (John Goodman), who had said that he and his late wife, Roseanne, would have fought at school for what he called "PC shit."
Matthew Broderick, on the right, is a guest star as the possible love interest of Jackie, Peter, a snob who immediately repels Dan in Tuesday's Halloween episode of ABC's "The Conners." (Photo: Eric McCandless, ABC)
Unfortunately, Mark's Frida did not pass the exam either, since the director rejected the disguise "because it is subject to cultural appropriation."
"No, it's cultural appreciation," Darlene said. "He loves Frida Kahlo."
"He has not experienced what a person of that ethnic group has experienced," said the director. "Therefore, he does not have a legitimate right to use or use any element of his ethnic identity."
When Darlene and Mark returned home, she explained the situation to her less sensitive father. "You were still mostly wrong, but this guy was also wrong, so what have we learned? Men are wrong."
"Uh, mom, I'm a man," said Mark.
"Yes, you are, son, welcome to Wrong Island," Dan replied, clearly knowing his place.
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Dan (John Goodman), on the right, welcomes his neighbors (Alain Washnevsky and Anne Bedian) to a Halloween party on Tuesday's episode of "The Conners". (Photo: Eric McCandless, ABC)
Previously, Dan organized a Halloween gathering at Conner's house, which featured an appearance as a guest of Matthew Broderick as the love interest of Jackie, Peter, a stiff and overly polite guy, did not like Dan.
Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) asked Dan for his evaluation, saying that Roseanne used to keep her away from big romantic mistakes.
"He seems to know a lot and is not afraid to share it," Dan began. Then: "He's the kind of person that, even though you have not spent much time with him, you feel like you've spent a lot of time with him." Finally, the coup de grace: "I think I could hate him. But I really need more time." This Dan-Peter ceremony could work well if Broderick returns.
Conner's Muslim neighbors, introduced during the "Roseanne" revival of last season, stopped at the party at the invitation of Dan, with reservations.
"We were not so excited about Halloween, because last year you destroyed us," said one.
Dan had a ready answer. "We did it to everyone." We talked about not making his house, but we thought he might feel discriminated against, "he said.
Welcome to the Conners neighborhood.
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