From time to time, members of the cast of TV shows or movies can decide some crucial aspects of the project they are working on.
That’s the case of Darlene Conner (Sara Gilbert) and David Healy (Johnny Galecki), the fan-favorite Roseanne couple. Gilbert and Galecki are so influential in the revival of Roseanne that they had the privilege of choosing their on-screen son’s name.
According to Pop Culture, Gilbert set that clear with the post she uploaded to her Twitter account on April 16, 2018. It was a screen capture of a conversation she and Galecki had on June 11, 2017.
In it, she asked him what their baby boy’s name should be and suggested ‘Mark.’ Galecki didn’t even hesitated and replied that Mark was definitely the best option.
Ames McNamara is the actor in charge of portraying Mark, Darlene and David’s son. She posted the same photo on her Instagram account, where Galecki showed up to comment that it was the first time they agreed on something that quickly.
His comment also set clear that they chose that name to honor Glenn Quinn, who worked in the original version of Roseanne and played Galecki’s older brother, Mark Healy.
In December 2002, he was found dead after a heroin overdose. The show even acknowledged his passing during the episodes of the 10th season, which might suggest that the name was also chosen by the revival’s characters to honor Mark.
The most recent episodes set clear that his passing affected major characters, including Darlene’s sister and Mark’s widow, Becky Conner (Lecy Goranson).
She confessed that they planned to have kids and that she has never met someone who has made her feel that way after Mark’s death. Darlene asked if she never met anybody or if she never tried to do it.
Becky pointed out that she has high standards, so anybody was as good as him. Darlene finally told her that moving on was not betraying Mark, especially after all the time that has passed already.