Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In "The Good Son. My mom always said that a waffle iron was a luxury like pillow cases or not getting hit. Season seven even saw a shift of storylines focusing more on his Character Development than Eric's.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: An interesting case occurred in the Halloween episode "Too Old to Trick and Treat, Too Young to Die", where after Kelso made a comment that was actually the main idea of the episode namely being in an Alfred Hitchcock movie without knowing , a musical sting played, where with each beat that played, we cut to a closeup of each member of the gang staring at the camera.
In "Water Tower", after Eric tells Laurie that the reason he was acting weird was because he saw Red and Kitty have sex, the camera zooms in on Laurie's shocked face looking to said camera before she hugs Eric in comfort. Horribly subverted in one episode when the target of said booby trap is not the one intended Red, instead of Kelso.
Mercifully averted with Red, who is clearly an intelligent man, and hardly ever does anything foolish. Played straight with Bob and Kelso. The Thanksgiving episode in Season 5 used the "Baby, baby, baby, baby, oooo! A half-successful one in Season 7. Eric says, about Hyde and Kelso respectively, "No heart, no brain", then points to himself and says "No courage.
Kelso and Hyde play the Scarecrow and Tin Man. Calling the Old Man Out: Eric is typically intimidated by his father Red, but in one episode he finally has enough and bluntly tells Red to stop feeling sorry for himself and support Kitty, who's extremely distraught - first by believing she's pregnant and feeling not supported by Red, later by going through menopause and not being able to have any more children.
Subverted in one episode where Eric called Red out when he thought he cost him a good job at a bank, only to learn Kitty did it. Then Eric tries to buddy up to Red when it looks like he's going to kick his ass. Subverted even further in the episode where Red attempts to set up Eric with a co-worker only for her to fall for him instead. Eric decides to call out Red for having been too tough on him and therefore ruining his self-esteem.
Red then rather vehemently recounts what his father had in store for him right around Eric's age: Red then tells Eric to be thankful that he has a father who is trying to hook him up because if he wants, he can unleash hell from depths hitherto uncombed. Not surprisingly, this shuts Eric up. Fenton, the jewelry later department store, then Fez and Kelso's landlord salesman. He attempts to make the jewelry look more 'appealing' by wearing it to show how it looks. Eric asks if used the same sales technique while he worked at the lingerie boutique.
He doesn't deny it. After displaying some jewelry for Eric by wearing it Fenton: I used to work in a lingerie boutique Beat They fired me Played hilariously straight when the guys travel to Canada to buy beer and are detained by a couple of Mounties played by Joe Flaherty and Dave Thomas when Fez misplaces his Green Card oddly, they were attempting to enter the US, not Canada at the time.
They solve the situation by singing "O Canada". The mounties do, as one would imagine, of course, confiscate their beer. Cannot Talk to Women: In one episode, Eric can only say "Uh Any rant from Fez that ends with, "You son of a bitch!
To punish her for running away to California, Bob enrolls Donna in Catholic school. At first Eric tries to talk him out of it, but then he sees what Donna looks like in her uniform which in actuality looks distinctly unflattering on the well-built woman. The other male members of the group share his opinion: Geeze, what is it with you guys and this uniform? It makes us want to corrupt you. In an interesting variation the uniform itself is actually rather realistic with a skirt that's roughly knee-length, and a shapeless shirt.
Caught with Your Pants Down: Played straight for an entire episode with Eric But, you know, next time, be like a normal person. Go to your room, lock the door, light some candles, put on some Al Green and make an evening of it.
Wow, Donna, that was really detailed. You do it, too! Although nearly everyone goes through gradual character development over the period of the series, the most notable was Jackie when she started dating Hyde. The latter part of season six until the beginning of season eight turned out to be this for Kelso, as it showed his development as an expectant father season six , taking care of a newborn child season seven , and finding and getting the opportunity to work near and live with his new family season eight.
Hyde has a crush on Donna, making him the third of the love triangle the creators were writing at the time. This went nowhere, and in later seasons, Hyde doesn't even act like he sees Donna as anything more than one of the guys. Eric turns into a Star Wars fan who is a huge geek about it; and the other characters easily get tired of his habit of constantly making irrelevant references to the movies. However, an early episode has the characters watching Star Wars: A New Hope , and all of them like it, with no hint that Eric is especially enthralled by it; if anything, Kelso is the one who is too obsessed with it.
Hyde, Donna, or Jackie show no sign that they feel it's a Guilty Pleasure or that "only a geek would like it" certainly their stance in the later episodes, when making fun of Eric. Red's attitude, however, is consistent, with no need for any Retcon at all; he has only scorn for Star Wars in both the early episode and the later seasons. In an early episode, Red, who supported Nixon, was shown to have criticized Ford for pardoning Nixon.
Then again, some Nixon supporters criticized Ford because they wanted to see Nixon exonerated and a innocent man shouldn't need a pardon. This didn't really change that much, but he did start developing real flaws beyond a lack of assertiveness later on.
Fez, of all people, calls Kelso "stupid" after listening to a tape they made of themselves talking while high. In later seasons, it would be Hyde, or even Eric, and Fez would jump to his defense.
Fez's original character was that of a Funny Foreigner who misunderstood American culture. He didn't develop his constant desire to do it and love of candy for quite a while. When she hits menopause in Season 5 onward, Kitty, of all people, becomes a lot bitchier. Remember when Kitty was just a regular housewife and occasional Straight Man to the others, instead of an alcoholic who was obsessed with her son to a creepy degree?
A few of them, including one with a Christmas remix of the theme tune. After Hyde meets his real father, William Barnett, who's black, Hyde mentions his mother must have been pretty relieved when he came out white. Donna has a younger sister for exactly one episode. She is never seen again. They lampshaded this in the credits of one episode which was parodying the "tune in next time to find out" ending from Soap.
Valerie was described as being away at college. This was the only time Valerie was ever mentioned, and nearly immediately after that, the three Pinciottis Bob, Midge and Donna were described by Bob as "the whole family. It's not explained when or how Eric and Hyde stop working in the restaurant.
At the end of the sixth season, they're still employed, then at the beginning of the seventh season, Eric starts his "year of doing nothing", and Hyde later starts working at his dad's record store.
They're never shown actually quitting or getting fired from the restaurant, though Eric says in season 7 episode 1 that he quits. Laurie completely vanished after season 6, with Kitty mentioning she moved to Canada. Her absence is referenced in the series finale, when Kitty wonders out loud where she is. Donna, most of the time, is more mature than Eric.
Only by comparison between Kelso and Jackie, and inverted with Jackie and Hyde. Also Gender Flipped by Kitty and Red, who occasionally has to deal with his wife's emotional meltdowns due to her menopause. Lots of characters have moments of this especially when they're in the circle , but Fez and Kelso have the most. The show starts in May and ends at the stroke of midnight on December 31st , but lasted eight seasons. Despite taking place over 3.
In Season 3, episode 4 is Halloween October , episode 8 is Veteran's Day November , episode 9 is Christmas December and 15 is Valentine's Day February but the license plate indicating the year remains as until episode Red after he decides to let Hyde stay at his house.
I'm tired of being fucking Santa Claus! Steven, you get your shit together, and you get your ass in the Goddamn car! You are just the sweetest man alive. Fez also has quite the potty mouth, if we consider all of his "son of a bitch" moments. Especially his rant when he's about to be deported. Where am I going to go?
Kitty dropped one on Red when he encouraged Eric and Donna to move away. After ranting about missing her last summer with Eric, Red has suggested a car show in Kenosha for the 4th of July A car show?! I don't wanna go to a Goddamn car show in fucking Kenosha! I want three more fucking months with my baby boy, and now they're gone because of your bullshit!! Subverted; Red accepts the sexuality of his neighbors, but despises them for being Minnesota Vikings fans.
We were born this way! A few of them, including this gem in late season seven: