Another promo has been released for the upcoming Roseanne revival, this one providing our first look at the return of Johnny Galecki as David Healy.
Granted, it is only a quick peak set between other scenes from the upcoming nine-episode season. In it, David is looking around Darlene’s old bedroom and comments, “They kept everything exactly the same as it was when you guys were kids.”
“That’s a decorating choice called ‘poverty,'” Darlene (played by Sara Gilbert) quips in response.
As fans of the original airing may remember, David was Darlene’s longtime boyfriend and eventually husband. An artsy and intelligent (if somewhat lazy) guy, he was also the younger brother of Mark (Glenn Quinn), who dated and eventually married Darlene’s older sister, Becky (Lecy Goranson and Sarah Chalke).
These days, Galecki is probably better known for his part on The Big Bang Theory, where he plays Leonard. There was some concern that he would not be able to appear in the revival due to his commitment to the show, but it has since been announced that he will appear for one episode. Due to his dearth of appearances, David and Darlene are possibly broken up by this point in this series.
As the revival begins, Darlene has recently lost her job and been forced to move back in with her parents; along the way are her and David’s two kids, daughter Harris (apparently the only aspect of the show’s ninth season still canon in the revival) and Mark II, named for his now-deceased actor. (Glenn Quinn died in 2002, making him the only main character/actor not to return).
David’s apparent nostalgia for the Connor home makes some sense; he and Mark had a dysfunctional family, and after living with their girlfriends’ clan were more or less Roseanne and Dan’s adopted children. Which makes their relative absence from the new season kind of sad, if you think about it.