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The Conners Season 7 Most Impossible Roseanne Return Is The Best Way To End Jackie's Story

Summary

  • Jackie’s growth in
    The Conners
    has been significant, but a reunion with Booker could show just how far she’s come.
  • Despite not being a part of Dan and Conner’s core family, Jackie has been an integral part of
    Roseanne
    ‘s original run up until
    The Conners
    ,
  • The Conners
    have tried to bring back George Clooney as Booker, but he has continued to decline.



The best way to wrap up Jackie’s arc in The Conners season 7 is to bring back a Roseanne character played by a high-profile actor. After much deliberation, ABC is officially wrapping up the Roseanne spinoff sequel during the 2024-2025 TV season. Born out of the ashes from the shortlived Roseanne revival, The Conners was kicked off by the death of Roseanne Conner in light of Roseanne Barr’s firing from her own show. Since then, it has fully embraced its ensemble nature, although there are still clear main players in the ABC family comedy.

While not officially part of the Conner clan, Jackie has been a regular character in the franchise since Roseanne premiered in 1988. Aside from how she fits into Dan and Roseanne’s family dynamics, she also has her own storylines, and sometimes, they are so much more exciting than what her sister is going through. In The Conners season 6, however, Jackie has finally settled in and retired from the Lunch Box to enjoy her days with Neville. This is a great way to leave the character, but there’s one way to make her overall arc so much more satisfying.



Jackie’s Reunion With Booker Will Show How Much She’s Grown In The Conners

From Roseanne To The Conners, Jackie Has Grown So Much

If Roseanne could see how far her sister has come in the last six years of The Conners she would be proud. That said, it’s difficult to notice the small things but improvements in Jackie’s life unless the show brings in someone who was embedded in her past, and among everyone she interacted with in the franchise before, none will have as much impact as see her reunite with George Clooney’s Booker Brooks. When Roseanne premiered, Jackie was dating the original foreman at Wellman Plastics where she and Roseanne worked.

Bringing Booker back into her life in
The Conners
season 7, albeit briefly, would crystallize how much Jackie’s character has developed.


There was no denying that Jackie and Booker’s chemistry was off the charts. They were fun and flirty but were also quite toxic. As handsome and charismatic as Clooney was in the role, Booker was a horrible boyfriend, and yet, Jackie tolerated him. Bringing Booker back into her life in The Conners season 7, albeit briefly, would crystallize how much Jackie’s character has developed. She can still be very overeager and reckless, but she’s now more mature and responsible. She is in a stable marriage with Neville and is content with her life.

By reuniting Booker with this new and better version of Jackie, The Conners can show his surprise at the life that she has made for herself. Granted that she remains in Lanford and continues to hang out with the same people, the fact that she has her own home, has a husband, and is now financially stable enough to retire is impressive, considering where she started in Roseanne. Booker can be the viewers’ perspective in all of this as the show does an in-retrospect of her life.


Why Bringing Back Roseanne’s Booker Will Be Very Difficult For The Conners Season 7

The Conners Have Been Trying To Recruit Clooney To Return As Booker

The Conners have brought back legacy characters from Roseanne as it helps the show establish a connection between it and its parent series, especially in light of the spinoff losing Roseanne. So, there’s a precedent when it comes to Booker returning. For what it’s worth, Booker still not returning in The Conners isn’t for lack of trying. Executive producer Bruce Helford has revealed (via The Wrap) that he has asked Clooney multiple times, but he always declines. However, considering Clooney’s stature, it may be virtually impossible to convince him to reprise his old small-screen role.

Clooney is now well-regarded as one of the biggest stars in showbusiness, and he hasn’t returned to network TV since his days on
ER.


His popularity in Hollywood has significantly changed since his stint on Roseanne. Clooney is now well-regarded as one of the biggest stars in showbusiness, and he hasn’t returned to network TV since his days on ER. He did star in Hulu’s Catch-22 from 2019, but he also directed and produced the project. In his proposed The Conners return, he will only be an actor playing a role. Because of this, it’s very difficult to imagine that he would seriously consider making a cameo in The Conners season 7, even though Helford supposedly maintains a good relationship with him.

How The Conners Can Convince Clooney To Return As Booker

The Conners Season 7 Being The End To The Roseanne Franchise Can Be A Factor

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While Helford has established that he has long been courting Clooney to return as Booker with no success, there are some factors at play this time that could finally convince him to join the show. Firstly, and perhaps the most important element to highlight is that The Conners is ending, and this may be the final send-off for the Roseanne franchise. Considering Roseanne‘s bizarre and unsatisfying finale, there’s motivation to make sure that they get it right this time. This might change Clooney’s mind. After all, Roseanne did play a role in the successful career that he now has.

If Clooney could reprise Bruce Wayne in
The Flash,
then he could play Booker again
The Conners
.


Secondly, Helford’s pitch can lean on how it can benefit Clooney’s advocacies — something that he has been focusing on for years now. His partnership with Nespresso helped him fund his activism, and while The Conners won’t be able to pay him the same fee as the coffee company, it may be helpful to lean into this element. Couple this with the actor’s history with the ABC family comedy/drama, and it may be enough for him to appear in just at least one episode. If Clooney could reprise Bruce Wayne in The Flash, then he could play Booker again The Conners.

What Else Needs To Happen To Jackie Before The Conners Ends

Jackie Needs To Reunite With Her Mother


At this point, there’s really no overarching narrative for Jackie that desperately needs to be addressed except one — the fate of Bev. Laurie Metcalf’s character has reached the point in her life where she is happy in the grand scheme of things. She still gets in trouble occasionally, but nothing so serious that would derail her life. While The Conners season 6 officially ended the decades-long conflict between Jackie and her mom, Bev’s fate remains uncertain after she left to go on her solo grand adventure.

Jackie let her and Roseanne’s mother leave despite her condition because she understood Bev’s need to do it before her inevitable death but promised the rest of the family that she is tracking her. It would be great if Jackie’s The Conners arc wraps up with them reuniting in any capacity. This way, no major lingering question about what happened to Bev and how Jackie copes with it haunts the Roseanne franchise.

Source: The Wrap


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Roseanne

Roseanne was a late 80s Sitcom created by Matt Williams and starring Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert. The show followed a character created by Roseanne Barr herself as she attempted to navigate her family life in a fictional town in Illinois.

Cast
Roseanne Barr , John Goodman , Laurie Metcalf , Sara Gilbert , Lecy Goranson , Michael Fishman

Release Date
October 18, 1988

Seasons
10

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