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Ask TV Squad: What happened to Tina Pinciotti?

by Keith McDuffee, posted Dec 6th 2005 9:19AM
tina pinciottiEvery so often we get questions from you, our faithful readers, and we do our best to provide the answers. This latest question comes from "sugar", and it's quite a curious one:

"I just caught an early episode of That 70's Show - Donna had a younger sister. What the heck happened to her, later on?"

Ah yes, this is the sort of strange phenomenon that has happened in other shows as well -- the suddenly and abruptly missing character. This phenomenon is more commonly known as the Chuck Cunningham syndrome, named after the mysteriously missing older brother to Richie on Happy Days. It's something I almost thought happened in Desperate Housewives this season with Lynette's twin boys, though they finally turned up.

Donna Pinciotti's little sister, Tina, was first and last seen in episode five of season one, titled "Eric's Burger Job". Tina was played by Amanda Fuller, who was more recently seen playing a guest role as Karyn Reynolds on Threshold. Another strange fact: it was mentioned at one time that Donna had an older sister, Valerie, though we never did get to see her or hear her mentioned again. Sadly, there's no other information as to why Donna has remained suddenly sisterless, though the show has made menion of Tina in passing on one occasion, during a voiceover.

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Supposedly Marissa's sister is being brought back as the new teen slut in town...with a dollop of soap-opera aging to boot, apparently.

December 06 2005 at 4:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jerry also mentioned he has a sister in a early episode of Seinfeld and was never mentioned again.

December 06 2005 at 3:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In the pilot episode of "The King of Queens," Carrie had a sister who also lived in the house with them before her father had to move in with them. Never mentioned again, as far as I know.

December 06 2005 at 2:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Aha! I thought it most likely a case of Chuck Cunningham Syndrome. I just wanted to be sure that I didn't miss other episodes with this annoying little sister in the Dorothy Hamel hair.

December 06 2005 at 1:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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and who could forget Marissa's younger sister seen in Season One of The O.C. for a couple episodes and then only mentioned in passing in season two.... ~wC

December 06 2005 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Toby OB

President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet mentioned a brother as well on 'The West Wing', who apparently was in charge of searching for the right property in New Hampshire on which to build the Bartlet Presidential Library. What a rich role that could have developed into, even on a recurring basis! I even had a suggestion for who to play the role, based on somewhat similar looks. (Doesn't have to be eerily twin-like, just a close resemblance.) So, TPTB, here's my suggestion, just in case you're reading: John Dye, who played Andrew on 'Touched By An Angel'.

December 06 2005 at 12:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Married with Children. There was a child "7" that came into the family. Who was later dropped from the series. The kids face was seen on a milk carton.

December 06 2005 at 12:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patrick R

I remember in an early Seinfeld episode, George talked about his brother. However, I don't think this brother was ever seen. For that matter, I don't think he was ever even mentioned again.

December 06 2005 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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