After ready all of season 3 to see Dan (John Goodman) and Louise (Katey Sagal) lastly get engaged, The Conners wasted no time in seeing the couple get married in season 4. Government producers Bruce Helford and Dave Caplan clarify to ET why they needed to see the 2 get hitched, why the massive day was something however good, and the way they filmed that twister scene.
[Warning: Spoilers for episode 3, “The Wedding of Dan and Louise,” which premiered Wednesday, Oct. 12 on ABC.]
Whereas the workforce usually “goes by really feel and let the connection of our characters dictate when and the way we do issues,” Caplan says when it got here to the marriage, “it simply felt like time.”
Not solely that, however Helford reveals that one surprising good thing about Sagal’s collection, Insurgent, getting canceled was that the actress all of a sudden turned obtainable. “As soon as that turned clear, we knew that we actually needed to get that going,” he explains, including that they had been all “rooting for her present” to proceed.
That stated, “suspending [the wedding] any additional would appear synthetic,” Caplan says. “It appeared like Dan and Louise had been in the suitable place the place they only needed to be married. And who’re we, the mere writers, to argue with that?”
Whereas getting the couple hitched felt proper, the producers admit they couldn’t simply have an ideal day. Over the course of the episode, Louise has a meltdown after so many issues go improper, and earlier than both of them can say “I do,” a twister hits Lanford.
“We knew it was going to be metaphorical for the lives of the Conners, which simply don’t appear to go that easily. So, once we began interested by a storm, that basically felt like an ideal, symbolic thought for us,” Caplan explains. “As a result of the Conners, with the financial struggles they’ve each day, type of dwell in the midst of a storm. And so, it felt like if the marriage had been simple, it wouldn’t have felt like our present.”
Nevertheless, as a result of it’s the Conners, “they had been going to persevere and make it occur and discover some type of happiness,” he provides.
For Sagal, particularly, it was an opportunity to see her actually pull again the layers on Louise, who’s all the time been portrayed as this robust rock-n-roller kind. “I feel she even stunned herself, talking from the character’s standpoint, that she needed a white costume, the marriage cake and all these accoutrements, you realize?” Caplan says, including it was a very fascinating approach to check her.
In terms of filming the twister scene, which sees the church home windows exploding as Dan and Louise cling to one another on the altar, the producers say it was an intense second on set. “It was undoubtedly scary to Katey,” Caplan says, explaining that she thought they had been going to make use of stunt doubles through the scene. After which, on the final minute, she discovered she and Goodman had been really going to be on set. “And she or he stated, ‘Is that OK?’ And we stated, ‘We’re assured it’s protected.’”
That stated, “it was a violent stunt,” Caplan admits. “It was very loud and really highly effective… however it enabled us to have some superb reactions.”
“It was actually efficient,” Helford provides. “It’s very surprising, however I like the picture of him holding her.”
Whereas Dan and Louise needed to navigate a far-from-perfect stroll down the aisle, different members of the Conner household had been examined as effectively, together with Darlene (Sara Gilbert), who was sad that Ben (Jay R. Ferguson) was attending regardless of their breakup, and Becky, (Lecy Goranson) who has a momentary relapse when she by accident has a sip of champagne.
Final season, the EPs stated Becky’s restoration could be a protracted one and this episode is the primary main check of her sobriety in season 4. Regardless of solely taking a sip, the belief leaves her in tears, and Helford says that response is one thing primarily based on what occurred to his spouse. “She actually believed she had violated her sobriety and was anxious that that was going to set off all these horrible issues,” he says. So, what Becky went by means of “was fairly practical.”
As for Darlene, by the tip of the episode, she realizes that Ben isn’t going away, particularly between his enterprise with Dan and his relationship with Darlene’s son, Mark (Ames McNamara). “She has to take care of the truth that Ben has change into a part of the household,” Caplan says, including that “making an attempt to determine the established order” goes to end in “some fascinating tales.”
However love will not be fully misplaced on Darlene. “She goes to discover another romantic relationships past Ben,” Helford teases.
The Conners airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.