‘The Conners’ Recap: Season 4, Episode 18 – Darlene and Ben [Spoiler]

Warning: The following contains spoilers from the May 4 episode of: The Conners

Resembling The Conners is on her way to another marriage.

On Wednesday’s episode, Darlene and Ben buried the hatchet and got engaged! So, how did the blinker pair go from never, ever getting back together to happily ever after?

Leading up to the impromptu proposal, Darlene kept biting Ben’s head off whenever he offered an idea about building her new home. One of his suggestions was for the master bathroom to have two sinks — you know, for resale value. But as Ben soon confessed to Becky, he imagined that second sink for someone who loves Darlene and wants to live with her — “someone who has a railroad spike through his head and can’t feel any dignity anymore,” he said dryly.

When Becky told Darlene that Ben was still interested, Darlene shot her. She had finally reached a place where she could live just fine with just one sink, and she wanted to leave well enough alone.

That all changed, of course, when an argument between exes culminated in the roof collapsing beneath Darlene’s feet. Ben ran downstairs to make sure she was okay and then kissed her. “I’m so glad you’re not dead,” he said.

Later in the emergency room, Ben donated Darlene a teddy bear from the gift shop. After learning it was $50, Darlene insisted he return it — but first, he ripped the label off and turned it into a makeshift engagement ring. He got on one knee and slipped it around her finger.

“When you fell through the roof, I thought I lost you,” he said. “And then all those things about who was doing what to whom in the relationship just became… meaningless.”

But before Darlene said yes to Ben’s proposal, she needed the assurance that he would no longer hold a grudge against her for past indiscretions. “All is forgiven,” he told her. “I just want us to spend the rest of our lives together.”

Elsewhere in the episode, Christopher Lloyd resumed his (short) roseanne role as Bev’s former flame (and Mark’s new contrabassoon teacher) Lou. Unfortunately, Estelle Parsons, last seen via FaceTime in Season 3, didn’t go with him. Mark called his great-grandmother, but the 94-year-old did not appear on the other end of the line.

What did you think about The Conners Season 4, Episode 18: “The Best Plans, a Contrabassoon and a Sinking Feeling”? Leave a comment with your full review.

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