After a politically-charged return to television and a hilarious trip down Nostalgia Lane, this week’s episode of Roseanne has the comedy take a back seat. While the episode still has its humor, this week’s story addresses Becky’s feelings about becoming a mother. For those who have not yet seen the episode, spoilers follow.
Titled “Eggs Over, Not Easy”, this episode begins with Becky (Lecy Goranson) excitedly preparing for her first doctor appointment after deciding to be a surrogate mother for Andrea (Sarah Chalke). As displayed in the season premiere, this doesn’t sit well with Roseanne, who feels that if Becky were to have a child, she should raise it as her own. The idea of surrogacy doesn’t sit well with Dan either, however he feels that he and Roseanne should not attempt to sabotage this opportunity for Becky, as she is set to receive $50,000 for the procedure. Meanwhile, Becky and Andrea are informed that Becky’s eggs are too old for the in vitro procedure and that her chances of becoming pregnant are slim to none. Andrea bids Becky farewell as Becky comes to terms with the fact that she will likely never be able to have children.
Later, Becky has a powerful, tear-jerking moment with her sister Darlene, revealing that she had previously wanted to have children of her own with her husband, Mark, but his untimely death made it impossible. While Mark’s death was briefly mentioned in the season premiere, this is the first time we as an audience see the real effect it has had on Becky. It is revealed that Becky never fully moved on after Mark’s passing and now she’s come to the realization that she waited too long to start a family. In true motherly fashion, Roseanne arrives and reminds her daughter that she had a child herself when she was in her 40s, so anything is possible.