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That '70s Show: Love of My Life / That '70s Finale (series finale)

by Joel Keller, posted May 18th 2006 9:51PM
That '70s Show(S08E21/S08E22) It's kind of weird that two shows that premiered at just about the same time are ending the same night. The other weird thing is that the first show to end its long run tonight, That '70s Show, couldn't be more different than the other one, Will & Grace. The other difference? That '70s Show didn't try to be any more than it was, which was just a fun half-hour. And the last two episodes didn't stray from that formula: they were light and funny without being overly sentimental.

I haven't followed this Topher- and Ashton-less season all that closely, so there were a couple of storylines that took me for a loop when I tuned in. Apparently, the Foremans decided to move to Florida where Red was going to open a bait shop with Bob. Donna was going off to college... finally. And Jackie and Fez almost got together, until something Jackie did made Fez tell her she was "as ugly on the outside as on the inside." And Donna and Eric-replacement Randy got together and split up.

But all that got settled, eventually. With the help of Fez' friend (Justin Long) -- who, even though he comes from the other side of the same island as Fez, he has an aristocratic British accent -- Jackie sees that Fez loves her and wants to be with her. So they get together. And Kitty realizes that she wants to stay in Point Place, and eventually tells Red that she wants to stay.

Meanwhile, Hyde freaks out in the circle (he sees everyone -- including Donna -- as a version of him... funny) and quits it. He takes up model-building and -- gasp! -- jogging. He gets so clean and responsible that Leo, Fez, and Donna stage an intervention to get him back on the weed. He then finds out that his dad William (Tim Reid), who sold the record store chain, decided to give him the Point Place store.

We *almost* find out at the end of the episode where Fez comes from but... not quite.

The second episode, the real finale, was a nice combination of plot and flashback that tied up the show nicely. It's FINALLY December 31, 1979, and everyone wants to end the decade with a bang. Kelso comes back from Chicago to visit, and acts like the same dope he always did. Eric is supposed to come back from Africa, getting Donna all excited -- even though she says she's moved on -- but the "dumbass" misses his plane. But as everyone gathers to ring in the Eighties, Eric comes back (nice to see Topher Grace come back for the finale) and expresses his feelings for Donna, who falls in love all over again.

The flashbacks were cool: the montages were of Red's "foot in ass" lines (he tells Kitty that he only actually put his foot in someone's ass "once. In Iwo Jima. I can't talk about it."), people falling off the water tower, and Donna's memories of her and Eric. All well-done and not intrusive.

We end with Red getting in two "foot in ass" remarks before the decade ends, one last circle, and a challenge where the "last one upstairs has to call Red a dumbass" (of course, Hyde makes sure it's Kelso). The countdown gets to zero, the license plate has an "80" sticker on it, and it's over.

The credits roll over the kids in the Vista Cruiser during Season One, singing "Hello, It's Me". God, they were all so young then; they actually looked like high school kids then. A nice way to show how everyone's grown up (or old?) over the years.

It was a nice ending for a long-running show that, because of its period theme, should rerun for a long time.

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anyone who would think fes was from turkey has an extremely limited knowledge of diversity. wow -- can't even tell a spanish accent from turkish. pity. why in hell do you think it was such a joke about where he was from? there's colombia, venezuela, mexico, costa rica , and then good old miami -- which was his birthplace, but he's a product of both colombia and venezuela. give me a break -- TURKEY? hahahahaha. ya needs to do some travelin' matey.

October 24 2011 at 8:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I love(d) That's 70's Show and have watched it all of these years, every day and more than once in a day LOL !! I have seen negative comments around the internet in regards to the show along with the good ones. As far as negative ones go, ya had to be in the 70's to feel as a part of the show as in to relive the past OR IF you were in the 70's and didn't like this show lol then ya were prolly one of those people that people like 'us' used to stomp your butt lol cuz ya were nothin but one of those stuck up prudes that we all hated ahahaahahahaaa LOLOL

We are from a very important era and back then we had no idea that we were in 'THE TIME' of our lives but now in our aged years we can look back and see we surely got to be kids at a most wonderful timeline. Kids today have no idea of the great inexpensive fun we got to have. Prudes lol well they missed out on all of the fun back then and have no real good memories of it and US that lived it to all its extremes may or may not remember it LOLOL but we know we had a blast !!!

That's 70's Show did get very boring once Topher and Ashton left as they were in the main group and once the group began busting up, the show began to bust up. The 'Randy' guy truely barfed me out. I personally relate to the 'Donna' character. A Donna character would have never had any boyfriend with the character of Eric or Randy although I liked Eric in the show, for the show. I liked the 'Jackie' character for the show but in real life my 'Donna' character wouldn't have been caught dead with a 'Jackie' character type of friend and more caught beating the crap out of such girls lol same as for the 'Lorrie' character. I stomped many butts like the 'Jackie and Lorrie' characters back in those days. In real life, a 'Donna' character would have had nothing to do with either of these characters. A 'Donna' character would have had a 'Hyde' character type of boyfriend and no way an 'Eric' type lol 'Donna's don't date 'sissy boys' !

I love(d) That's 70's Show because it had a character to play each character based on our real life characters in that time frame.

I will still watch the reruns and my heart feels and emptiness that the show itself has actually ended. WOW I am gettin old LOLOLOL 'ROCK ON'

The 1960s and '70s were a trip: bad as in good, heavy as in deep, cosmic as in far-out, high as in clean out of sight. It was a time to get down, get back, get with it, get it on, get it together, get naked, get real, and get stupid - if you get my drift
In retrospect, the phrase that most accurately defines the 1960s and '70s: Astral plane.

May 30 2006 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Fez + Jackie = ran out of storylines so came up with this crappy one. It makes no sense after the preceding 3 seasons. Fez was not pining for Jackie he was pining for tootsie rolls and porn. I guess they thought it was time to showcase Fez dramatic range. If they didn't force this romantic pairing the end would be fine. I thougjt the end of season 7 with the scene between Red and Eric and Red catching the boys in the circle was better though.

May 22 2006 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The only time Fes, (if it stands for foreign exchange student, it would have to be spelled Fes, right?)said the name of his homeland, it was covered up by the school bell ringing. Actually he was saying the names of the actors on the show any way. Another unanswered question was, what ever happened to Donna's little sister, She was only in one show, and she was a little slut, flirting with Fes as she did, being only 14. It can be those type of unanswered things that make shows more memorable, things like what was "Quincy Me's" name, was Quincy his first or last name, never answered. As for me, I loved it that Eric made it back. They really did a good job hiding that, showing the previews and him not being in the final line bow. I was really hoping they brought him back, and I was happy when they did. When he said "Happy New Year" to Donna, it was all I could do not to cry, just as I did when Racheal came back to Ross in the Friends finale.
I fell in love with That 70's Show in the first episode, when thay were in the circle for the first time. And then Eric had to sit there having his dad tell him about how to treat the Vista Cruiser with the wall swirling behind him, priceless stuff. Almost every show they had the circle and yet, never actually showed them smoking the stuff, just the smoke swirling around. It was also one of the only shows that showed the family actually sitting around their kitchen table eating in almost every episode. Either that or cooking. Loved those grater light covers over the counter in that kitchen.

May 19 2006 at 6:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Turkey isn't much of an Island, is it chl1? I didn't realize there were two parts to the finale ... time to head back to the viewer!

May 19 2006 at 5:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Despite how the last season was the two last episodes were better than I expected, I will surely get some DVDs of the series and watch the reruns.

May 19 2006 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"fes (fez) is from turkey"

I don't think they ever mentioned where he was from, chl1. That was the big running joke of the entire series. If we knew where he was from, why would they throw in all those jokes about it in that first episode?

May 19 2006 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

fes (fez) is from turkey. and fez stands for foreign exchange student.

May 19 2006 at 2:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I liked seen Warren (Ed) on there as Fez's friend. He was good.

May 19 2006 at 1:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

so where the hell is Fez from??!?!?!

May 19 2006 at 11:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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