That '70s Show

Season 4 Episode 8

Donna's Story

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 20, 2001 on FOX
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Donna's Story
Eric is upset when Donna writes a story in the school newspaper that sounds exactly like events that happened in their relationship; he decides to write his own story. Red and Kitty have dinner with Bob and his new girlfriend. Red doesn't like her because she's taught Bob how to stand up for himself. Kelso invests in a pinball machine but loses out when Fez persuades the owner to get rid of it and bring in Space Invaders instead.moreless

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  • When Donna writes a short story for the school newspaper, Eric doesn't approve the short story because it sounds exactly like the events that happened in their relationship

    I thought that this was an excellent episode of "That 70s Show". It was very funny and the plots were very good. The main plot was very good when Eric doesn't like the short story that Donna wrote for the school newspaper because the events that happened in their relationship sounded exactly like that. It was very funny when Fez got an arcade game for the diner and took away Kelso's pinball. The most funniest plot in this episode was Red/Kitty/Bob plot when Bob has a new girlfriend and he invites Red and Kitty to over to his house to eat and meet his girlfriend. It was hilarious when Bob had the fake tuxedo apron and the hairy chest apron. It was hilarious when Bob "The hairy chest apron is her favorite" and then Red says "That's because she has a hairy chest" (or something close to that). It was very funny when Red was arguing with Joanne and then Red burns the steaks. Eric writing a short story to get Donna back was funny. Donna writing the end of her short story was also good which made Eric feel bad and he apologized to her. The very ending was also funny. Overall, an excellent episode of "That 70s Show". 10/10moreless
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    This is definitely one of my favorite episodes of season four, at least it was when I first watched it. We've got great interactions between Kelso & Fez, not to mention the hilarious chicken and frogs line, just a great tie in to Kelso's insult in the beginning of the episode.

    Also how great were the fantasies here? I loved to see the similarities in the story and the references to past installments. My favorite line was told by Donna (surprisingly!) in this episode, when she told Eric how his story ended. "Eric, you're story ended with 'And he never saw that crazy b-tch again!'" Just a hilarious line that just made the episode what it was.

    Red was also great here with Joanne, the "shut it" line was just great. Overall, a great episode of That 70s Show, we got great one liners from each and every 70s character.moreless
  • Well, I gotta admit. It's a well writtin episode.

    Donna, after the breakup, starts taking granted and writes a story about a couple named Derek and Wanda(they fit their names, lol)Eric then finds out its actually based off of his life! So, being the pric he is, he writes his own version, one where Wanda turns into a witch (heh, that's kinda funny)

    Meanwhile, thousands of miles away (translation; a few feet) Kelso pretends to use Jackie's money to buy a pinball machine. Having to waste hard, cold, cash, he must earn it back. And, well, Fez's chickens and ducks arent' worth it.

    Finally, some lucky lady named Joanne gets with Bob, and Red gets, not once, but double the luctious hate. Oh..!

    I just love this episode. No comment whatsoever!moreless
  • Fez isn't just frogs and chickens

    This is a very entertaining episode as it shows both Donna's creative spark, her attitude towards the relationship and Eric's revenge story, all which were written very well.

    Kelso buying the pinball machine was a hilarious plot with some great lines about and from Fez. The ending couldn't be funnier as Fez gets his revenge on Kelso.

    Bob and Joanne begin to become a couple in this episode which of course means there is a replacement Midge to bother Red, though Joanne seems to annoy him even more which is a great development.

    Eric and Donna once again having a post-breakup fight but still managing to be believable was a great accomplishment by the show and the story flashes were terrific.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Jackie is wearing a t-shirt with the initials "JSB" on it; however, her initials are J.B.B. (Jackie Beulah Burkhart) as we found out in Halloween (season 2, episode 5).

    • The events in Donna's story refer to the events from the following episodes:

      Wanda gives Derek back the "promise ball and chain": Donna gave Eric his promise ring back in the season 3 finale "Promise Ring", which led to their breakup.

      Derek says he killed Wanda's cat Sir Bonkers: Eric accidentally ran over Donna's cat Mr Bonkers with his Vista Cruiser in the season 2 episode "Kiss Of Death".

      Wanda found a chastity belt in Derek's carriage: Donna found a pair of panties (which turned out to be Midge's) in Eric's car in the season 3 episode "Eric's Panties".

      Wanda found scrolls with "lewd renderings of naked serving wenches" under Derek's bed: Donna found a stash of Playboy magazines under Eric's bed in the season 3 episode "Hyde's Father".

    • Jackie enters the basement and say: "Oh my God Donna, great story!" while she is holding the newspaper by the sides. In the next shot, while the gang is laughing, she is now holding it by the bottom.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Fez: Okay. I'd like someone to explain it to me.
      Hyde: Oh, that's easy, Fez. You see, Donna, as an artist, wrote her story to get some perspective on her life. And Forman, as a vindictive ass, wrote his story to be a vindictive ass.
      Fez: Oh Eric. I think you just consummated yourself.

    • Fez: Um, guys. I don't know what "consummate" means.
      Hyde: It means to have sex.
      Fez: Really? I now have two words for that!

    • Eric: It's time to hear the Eric Forman part of the story. I'm throwing down the gauntlet!
      Donna: Okay, smarty. What's a gauntlet?
      Eric: Huh? What's a gauntlet? What's a gauntlet... what's a gauntlet? (pause) I don't know what one is, but it's going down!

    • Joanne: I can't believe that you're so threatened by something as trivial as me grilling chicken.
      Red: It's not trivial. Men grill. It's been that way since the first caveman bonked the woolly mammoth on the head, and threw it on the barbeque. And his cavewife made the salad.

    • Kelso: All right guys, it's time to make a withdrawal from the First National Bank of pinball.
      (opens the pinball machine)
      Kelso: Oh man, no one's playing.
      Fez: Well, I would have played but my frogs and chickens wouldn't fit into the slot.

    • Girl #2: Cat killer.
      Girl #1: Bastard.
      Girl #2: Porn freak.
      (Girl #1&Girl #2 walk away)
      Donna: Okay, they can be talking about anybody.
      Hyde: Hey, we're all porn-freak bastards, but [Eric]'s the only one who killed the cat.

    • Kelso: Jackie, listen. There's an old saying: "You buy a girl a dress, she looks pretty for one night, but you buy a boyfriend a pinball machine and she looks pretty for life."
      Jackie: Okay, there's another old saying, Michael, "You're dumb as dirt."
      Eric: That's true. That was in the year book.

    • Kitty: Well Joanne, it is so nice to meet you. Right, Red?
      Red: We can't stay long.
      Joanne: Ah Red. Bob warned me you could be a pain in the ass. Well, I'll tell you what, we'll just have dinner and if turns out you don't like me, we'll never invite you over again.
      Red: Really? I like you already.

    • Fez: Uh, actually, Kelso, I think that's a 50% loss.
      Kelso: Fez, I know it's hard for a foreigner to understand our complicated capitalist system. But we're dealing with quarters here, not frogs or chickens.
      Fez: Well, I'm not going to dignify that with a response, because I can't think of one. But when I do, a good day to you.
      Kelso: All right, Fez...
      Fez: I said kiss my ass!

  • NOTES (0)


    • Joanne: I'd love to make a salad.
      Red: Great!
      Joanne: As soon as Red admits he's not asking me to make a salad, he's trying to put me in my place.
      Red: You are woman, I hear you roar.

      Red is referring to the female anthem "I Am Woman" (1972) by Helen Reddy. The song begins, "I am woman, hear me roar in numbers too big to ignore..."