The revival of ABC’s Roseanne tonight referenced the death of a character from the original series, Becky Conner’s (Lecy Goranson) boyfriend and later husband Mark. Introduced in Season 3 as a guest star, Mark, played by Glenn Quinn, recurred for the remainder of Roseanne‘s original 9-season run, which ended in 1997. Five years later, in 2002, Quinn died of an accidental drug overdose at age 32.
Tonight’s episode of Roseanne tackled the topic of infertility through Becky, who was revealed to have a slim-to-none chance of getting pregnant. As she struggled to come to terms with the news, Becky revealed that she and Mark had been trying to have children and lamented the fact that she could never find “anyone as good” as him after he died.
The episode ended with a card that paid tribute to Quinn. Additionally, Roseanne co-star Michael Fishman, who plays D.J. Conner, remembered his late friend on Twitter.