That '70s Show

Grandma's Dead

Season 1, Ep 23, Aired 7/12/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Red's mother Bernice has once again managed to make everyone miserable during one of her visits. While driving his grandmother home, Eric lashes out and tells her that it wouldn't kill her to be nice once in a while. Bernice promptly drops dead, leaving Eric to think he killed her. The entire Forman family (including Laurie and Red's brother Marty) comes together for her funeral while Eric gets drunk at a bar with the guys.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Terry Turner

  • Mila Kunis

    Jackie Burkhart

  • Pat Skipper

    Marty Forman

  • Mark Brazill

  • Buckley


  • Fan Reviews (10)
  • This episode was extremely funny

    By barahitas, May 23, 2006

  • this was a good ep

    By cube2k8, Jun 12, 2010

  • You would think Eric would be celebrating that his dad's mother has died, but not when he's guilt-ridden after he has told her it wouldn't kill her to be nicer.

    By pudgebyrd722, Nov 28, 2009

  • Grandma Foreman bites the big one.

    By Canogaparkcindy, Jul 11, 2008

  • I hated her anyway

    By krazy4crack, Mar 07, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Eric: You mess with Eric Forman, you mess with me.

    • Eric (to Grandma): I don't think being nice for a whole day would kill you! (Grandma falls over dead)

    • Fez: Mister Red, always remember: a mother's goodness is carried on forever by her sons. (Marty starts crying.) Red: Have you met my sister, Marty?

    • Hyde: Red, I'm sorry your mom died and I'm sorry Kelso's an idiot.

    • Jackie (to Red): I'm really sorry your mom died. It's like... sad and stuff.

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    Notes (1)

    • The opening theme song is not played at the beginning of this episode; the cast names are shown during the opening teaser. There is no license plate showing the year in the opening credits, however, the end credits show the plate with a 1976 validation tag; this episode was production number 1-12, and intended to be shown earlier in the season.

    Trivia (4)

    • When Kitty, Red, and Laurie are eating, the eggs disappear from Laurie's plate when the camera cuts from her front to her side.

    • During the funeral, Red calls for the pastor to close Bernice's eyes. However, in the beginning of the episode, she dies with her eyes closed.

    • The music used in this episode was: (Don't Fear) The Reaper (1976) by Blue Oyster Cult; Ain't Nothin' But A Houseparty (1973) by J. Geils Band.

    • When Eric's Grandmother dies and falls on his shoulder she can be clearly seen blinking after she is supposed to be dead.

    Allusions (1)

    • Kitty: I don't think you're really mad at Marty. I think you're just going through one of the five stages of dealing with death... denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. Kitty is referring to the five stages of death or grief, made famous by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in her 1969 book On Death And Dying.

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