‘The Conners’: What Did You Think of the Live Season 4 Premiere?

The Conners Live Episode Season 4
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[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for The Conners, Season 4, Episode 1, “Trucking Live in Front of a Fully Vaccinated Studio Audience .”]

The Conners gave viewers a special treat by kicking off their fourth season with a live episode, offering fans around the country to chance to experience the cast’s performances as they happened.

The episode opened with the Conners in the kitchen preparing plates for themselves before convening in the living room. As they chatted, Darlene (Sara Gilbert) worried aloud about the status of her relationship with Ben (Jay R. Ferguson). Throughout the episode, Darlene’s relationship woes are explored as she presents Ben with paperwork for a down payment on a shared apartment.

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While giving him time to think the gesture through, Ben finally decides he wants to make it work and seeks out Darlene at Wellman Plastics where he runs into Jeff (Brian Austin Green). As Jeff gets to talking, Ben is upset to learn that Darlene invited him to travel to Hawaii, and despite her pleas to explain the situation, Ben storms off and she’s left wondering what she can do to fix it all.

Thankfully, Louis (Katey Sagal) has an idea and has Darlene visit a psychic for a reading, during which she learns that she needs to get in touch with her spiritual side. Whether the atheist’s attempt at praying will work to reunite her with Ben will remain to be seen.

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Other episode highlights include Mark (Ames McNamara) calling other Conners from around the country to get their input on a school project he’s working on. And Dan (John Goodman) and Louise talk about wedding planning. But the biggest surprise of the episode came in its final moments as the cast honored the late Norm Macdonald who had written a few episodes of Roseanne during its original run.

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The 'Seinfeld' star teases his character's 'self-deprecating humor' and hints at the 'somewhat tortuous path he took to the pulpit.”

So, what did viewers think of the live episode? Below, see how fans are reacting to the format and let us know what you thought of the special installment in the comments section, below.

The Conners, Wednesdays, 9/8c, ABC