The Conners Season 3 Episode 16 Review: A Fast Car, A Sudden Loss, and A Slow Decline

There’s a lot to unpack withThe Conners Season 3 Episode 15 andThe Conners Season 3 Episode 16.

Dan’s future with the ironmongery shop, Darlene’s loss, and her wrestle to get what she wants will all have vital implications because the collection strikes ahead.

But essentially the most highly effective moments got here with Becky’s alcoholism. We’ll comply with that up tomorrow in our unique interview with Lecy Goranson, the place she talks about what led to Becky’s relapse and what she hopes to see for the character shifting ahead.

Let’s begin with Dan.

He and Ben got here to an settlement concerning the ironmongery shop, and it nearly felt too simple after their earlier blowup.

If Dan’s going to provide this enterprise his all, he desires to really feel like he is getting one thing in return. Ten p.c is not enormous, however it’s greater than only a paycheck, and Ben appeared to have underlying motives in serving to Dan out.

Ben desires the life he envisioned earlier than he and Darlene moved into the Conners home, and who can blame him? Ben believes that with ten p.c of the income, Dan will have the ability to atone for his payments in six months, and he desires him and Darlene to get their very own place.

But Darlene determined she would not fear about it, at the least not for six months, which had extra to do with Molly Tilden than Darlene’s therapist.

Molly was a blast from the Roseanne previous, and her introduction with Jackie was priceless…

Molly: What are you doing now? Last I bear in mind, you had been working on the Lunch Box.
Jackie: Still am.
Molly: Oh, are you married?
Jackie: Nope.
Molly: Do you continue to have that mother you had been all the time preventing with?
Jackie: Let’s lower to the chase. Nothing’s modified. 27 years. Zippo.

Molly’s return was attention-grabbing given Darlene and Molly’s sophisticated historical past as teenagers preventing over David. It may have been much more enjoyable if David had popped up so each ladies may have realized how little there was to battle over within the first place.

But one of many funniest moments was when Darlene went to Molly’s house, and Mrs. Tilden answered the door.

Mrs. Tilden: Molly, one among your little mates is right here to see you.
Darlene: I’m 44 years old, and I’ve bought youngsters, however yeah, that is tremendous.

Some individuals will all the time see us as youngsters, irrespective of how old we get or how a lot we have lived.

Molly was essential as a result of she made Darlene have a look at her life slightly otherwise.

Molly: You’re 44 years old. How for much longer are you going to attend to take pleasure in your life?
Darlene: I did not realize it was an possibility.

Darlene has regarded upon her life when it comes to survival for therefore lengthy that she has no thought the way to benefit from the second, and that is what Molly was there to alter.

Molly’s demise was surprising. She was so younger, and nobody in Lanford moreover her dad and mom knew she was sick. It was fairly a actuality test for Darlene, who was attempting to take Molly’s classes about doing one thing to make herself glad to coronary heart.

But Ben had totally different concepts.

It was heartbreaking to look at Darlene lastly converse up for herself and say Ben how a lot she wanted this journey to Hawaii, irrespective of how loopy it sounded, and have him squash that dream.

I stored hoping that Darlene would name the airline and discover out the tickets had been nonrefundable. Remember how Ben wished to start out some loopy podcast, and Darlene was supportive as a result of it meant a lot to him, and he stated he wanted it?

I do know the podcast by no means occurred, however that is as a result of Ben took over the ironmongery shop, not as a result of Darlene made Ben really feel like his wants had been frivolous.

It felt like Ben did not bear in mind any of that. I can not say Ben’s incorrect. Taking the refund and paying off payments is the sensible factor to do, however Darlene was near begging to go on this journey with him.

Darlene’s working on the manufacturing facility, worrying about her father, and having nervousness assaults; this trip may have been the psychological well being break she desperately wanted.

And when Ben instructed her they’d go to Hawaii sometime, I needed to surprise if Darlene was excited about Molly, who was expired at age 44. There are solely so many somedays, and none of them are assured.

What I truly anticipated did not occur. I believed Darlene was going to show in these tickets to assist pay for her sister’s rehab.

Beckys’ relapse was discouraging however not a whole shock. After so a few years of abusing alcohol, the truth that Becky was in a position to cease ingesting chilly turkey when she came upon she was pregnant was the larger shock.

We by no means actually heard about Becky getting assist or going to AA, so perhaps Becky finally taking that first drink was inevitable.

Her dialog with Mikey pushed her over the sting, and then she could not cease as a result of that is what occurs once you’re an alcoholic. As the saying goes, one drink is an excessive amount of, and a thousand aren’t sufficient.

When I used to be having dinner with Mickey, I used to be so impressed by the me I made up for him, I wish to be similar to her.


Becky wished a greater life for her and Beverly Rose, so she was working double shifts within the hopes of with the ability to return to varsity.

But as an alternative of seeing her laborious work repay, she ended up exhausted, no additional alongside financially, and lacking out on spending time together with her daughter.

When Beverly Rose cried for Lupe, it was heartbreaking. That kind of second would devastate any mom, so it made sense that it drove an already depressed Becky looking for the closest vodka bottle.

The hopelessness of Becky’s state of affairs was balanced out with the humor of Darlene drag racing a teen in her rented sportscar.

Dan: I believed I used to be carried out selecting you youngsters up after you’d carried out one thing silly.
Darlene: You instructed me that you’d give me a trip any time and that you just would not decide me.
Dan: You had been 14! That supply expires after you’ve got had your second child.

But the enjoyable instances had been over when Jackie walked in with a feverish Beverly Rose and the information that the child’s cries could not wake Becky, who was downstairs, handed out drunk.

You and your sister higher get your crap collectively. This night time may have ended lots otherwise with the child within the hospital and your automotive wrapped round a tree.


Even when confronted with the reality, Becky nonetheless fought towards admitting that she had an issue. She swore she may deal with her alcohol, despite the fact that the entire details clearly confirmed in any other case.

But addicts do not suppose clearly, and in that second, the power to have one other drink ranked larger than her sick baby. It was solely Jackie’s bluff that Beverly Rose’s life had truly been at risk that drove the purpose house.

Come on, Becky. Train wreck acknowledges practice wreck. Unless you all the time sleep in your garments together with your sneakers on?


One of the standout moments was when Becky tried to battle Jackie for her automotive keys, and Jackie bodily restrained her. It was a pleasant reminder that Jackie had truly been a educated police officer, even whether it is usually joked about.

The bodily battle was quick however dramatic and jogged my memory of when Jackie hit Darlene once they fought throughout The Conners Season 2 Episode 7. Perhaps that is as a result of the Conners really feel a lot like an actual household.

In the top, Becky agreed to go to rehab, however with 4 extra episodes left this season, I’m curious to see what number of extra obstacles will flip up in Becky’s path.

Check again in for our unique interview with Lecy Goranson, who performs Becky Conner, to search out out about these dramatic scenes and extra!

It’s your flip, The Conners (*16*)!

Was Ben proper to inform Darlene to return these tickets for a refund?

Should Darlene ditch Ben and take that trip anyway?

Were you stunned that Ben and Dan got here to an settlement so shortly in regards to the ironmongery shop?

Will rehab assist Becky get sober once more?

What do you hope to see for The Conners as we edge nearer to the season finale?

Hit that huge, blue, SHOW COMMENTS button down under to share your ideas, and test again tomorrow morning for an interview with Lecy Goranson!

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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.



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