The second season of Roseanne
allowed for a lot less financial stability in the lives of the Conners, beginning with Roseanne's unemployment. She tries out several jobs this season, including telephone sales, computers, Chicken Divine, the Lobo Lounge, and the beauty salon. Dan's (John Goodman
) future bike shop is foreshadowed when old friend Ziggy (Jay O. Sanders) rides into town on his motorcycle. The reoccurring character of Arnie is introduced, played by Tom Arnold
, Roseanne's future husband and also one of the show's writers. Becky (Lecy Goranson
) starts getting more defiant against her mother, while Darlene (Sara Gilbert
) shows some signs of a talent for poetry, even though she desperately conceals it under a thick layer of cynicism. Jackie's (Laurie Metcalf
) various couplings rage on, with one guy actually proposing to her. But the big deal for Jackie this season is her acceptance into the police academy. This leads to one of her many fights with her mother, featured in the same Thanksgiving episode in which Dan's father first puts the moves on widowed Crystal (Natalie West). The season ends with Dan building Roseanne an office to pursue her interest in writing.