'The Conners' Take On Their First Christmas Without Roseanne And Leave Some Fans Longing For Christmases Past

Victoria Miller

Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers from The Conners episode "Hold the Salt."

The Conners continued the Roseanne tradition of a Christmas-themed episode, but the family's first holiday season without their matriarch is already proving to be a difficult one.

Before she was fired by ABC earlier this year, Roseanne Barr had expressed excitement over future holiday-themed episodes of her sitcom revival, according to Us Weekly. But Barr's character was killed off via an opioid overdose in The Conners premiere. In this week's "Hold the Salt" episode, the family faced their first Christmas without her.

Rosie's widower husband Dan (John Goodman) was tasked with looking out for her sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) as she seemingly picked yet another wrong boyfriend, Peter (played by Matthew Broderick). The unemployed artsy guy with endless degrees in obscure subjects already had his name on Jackie's checking account, and she spent thousands on a retro motorcycle for him under the guise that they will both enjoy the ride.

Dan called out Peter to tell him he knows he's taking advantage of Jackie, and Jackie later confronted Dan, who explained that he was just trying to look after her the way Roseanne would have done if she was still alive.

The final Conner Christmas (on Roseanne, anyway), came in 1996 with "Home for the Holidays," when it was revealed that Dan was having an affair. Of course, that was also the season the family won millions on the lottery, and the whole thing turned out to be a bad dream.

The Conners airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.