Nancy Bartlett, later on the series known as Nancy Bartlett-Thomas is the girlfriend, then the estranged wife, of Arnie Thomas (played by comedian Tom Arnold, Roseanne Barr's husband at the time), one of Dan's poker buddies, on Roseanne. The part of Nancy is played on the series by stand-up comedienne and actress Sandra Bernhard.
Nancy is at first, introduced at the start of Season 4 as Arnie's fiancee. Nancy usually likes to talk about herself, but at the same time, is a very loyal and good friend to both Roseanne and Jackie. After a night of heavy drinking, Jackie discovers she slept with the newly engaged Arnie. In spite of this, the couple still marry, as Roseanne and Dan accompany Arnie and Nancy to their wedding in Las Vegas. At the end of the season, Lanford Custom Cycle fails, and Rodbell's Luncheonette closes. Nancy is left alone after Arnie is "abducted by aliens" at season's end. Jackie and Roseanne each get a check for $10,000 from their mother, Bev, after she and their father divorce.
They, along with Nancy, decide to open a diner, The Lanford Lunchbox, but can only get the money they need after Bev agrees to become a partner as well. Nancy comes out as a lesbian, and later, as bisexual. By Season five, Nancy has found new love, twice, first with another woman in a lesbian relationship, the lovely blonde Marla, played by actress Morgan Fairchild, then with the opposite gender, the refined, British Roger, played by Tim Curry.
When Roseanne curiously visits a gay bar with Nancy, she receives a surprise kiss from Nancy's new girlfriend Sharon, played by Mariel Hemingway. By Season 5, Arnie, who tries to return to Nancy unsuccessfully, by the time of the Season 9 finale, he has supposedly, landed a good job with the state of Illinois, became the best friend of the Governor of Illinois, and reconciled with her, although it is never seen on the show. This is later erased as Season 10 reveals that the Season 9 finale was a book written by Roseanne.
Twenty-One years later, she is currently single and has remained a close friend of Roseanne's and Jackie's.
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