That '70s Show

Season 1 Episode 2

Eric's Birthday

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Aug 30, 1998 on FOX
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Eric's Birthday
Eric’s 17th birthday is coming up and he really doesn’t want a party. Unfortunately, it’s extremely obvious that Kitty is planning a surprise party against his wishes – she’s even invited his older sister Laurie home from college for the event. Eric enlists Laurie’s help in calling off the party while Kelso naively tries to attract her interest. And Donna, who’s unsure about the state of her relationship with Eric, gets advice from Jackie on what to get him for a gift.moreless

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  • Kitty throws a "suprise party" for Eric.

    It takes many shows a few years to really hit their stride and start banging out quality episodes. Not just the show, but the characters hadn't hit their stride yet either. After a strong pilot that set the tone for the legendary series, the second offering was incredibly weak and boring. Kelso was the only character that was funny and was enough to save the program from complete disaster. His interpretation of Laurie insulting him was a classic moment in the show's history.

    This weariful installment was horribly written and nothing but pure rubbish, or as British TV critics would say, "trite". It is amazing how That 70's Show evolved into a strong program after putting out shows like this. While all of the characters were well cast and several would later go on to successful careers, nobody could've expected any stars to be created when this episode first aired in 1998.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of that 70s show eriks birthday is today and his mom is trowing him a surprise party and he does not want one . but his mother insists and his sister lorie is coming home to spend the day. and danaa does not know what to get erik for his birthday but she gets help from jackie and gets him a candle while they plan the party and he gets 8 track player and at the end after the parents go to bobs house erik gets his gift from donna and they guys are waiting for erik to get a kiss from her. this was a good epmoreless
  • Eric's Mum throws a party for him, even though he dosen't want one.!

    So, it's Eric's Birthday and Kitty is throwing him a party, even though Kitty dosen't tell him that she is, but he repeatedly tells her that he dosen't want one. So then Eric goes out for breakfast the day before and his parents ask him what he wants for his birthday, and he says a casette player for the car, and he tells them NOT to get him an 8-Track, they take the wrong message. Then Jackie and Donna discuss what Donna is going to get Eric for his birthday, and she says that she is going to get something special, and Jackie finds out that Eric kissed Donna, then She says to get him a scented candle.

    So, at the party, Kitty and Red get Eric an 8-Track, and Hyde gets him Casette's. So the parents go over to Bob's and Donna gives Eric the candle, and the rest of the gang hide and want him to go for it.

    That is about it.moreless
  • Eric doesnt want a surpise party but guess what he gets one anyway!

    Erics seventeenth birthday is coming up and kitty really wants to surprise him but eric thinks diffrently.Meanwhile jackie finds out about the kiss donna and eric shared after the concert as seen on the pilot.Laurie, erics atractive sister comes to visit and kelso cant keep his eye off of her.Too bad laurie doesnt think the same way.Erics birthday comes up and he gets the unwanted suprise bithday as well as a unwanted 8 track player for the vista cruser.Meanwhile kitty gets worried about her "baby boy" and it takes kitty to get drunk to stop worrying. At tne end of erics birthday donna gets eric a romantic candle thus concluding the birthday.moreless
  • While Eric wants to celebrate his seventh birthday in peace, Kitty gives him an unwanted surprise party, and an unwanted 8-track player.

    This episode was good, but quotes in the future can be misleading. I do remember Eric sometime saying his birthday is in March, but this episode is recorded so close to the end of 1976, so I'm confused. But enough about that; Eric is celebrating his 17th birthday! Of course, he claims and MEANS what he says: he is too old for a surprise party, and doesn't want one. He tells his mother that, but she just ignores him. Red, her husband, even agrees that Eric is too old for a party. But she ignores him, too. She also ignores Eric, again, when he says he wants a cassette player for his car, the Vista Cruiser; not an 8-track. What does she get him? An 8-track. While Eric is dealing with 'all that crap', Donna, who remember, kissed him on the hood of the Vista Cruiser after the concert, is killing herself over what she should get for Eric's birthday. Soon, Jackie convinces her to get Eric a scented candle. Why? It's practical and romantic! Duh! Red takes Kitty to the Pinciottis' house while Donna privately gives Eric her gift. As soon as Eric starts to 'make a move' on Donna, or so it looks, drunk Kitty comes through the driveway, knocks over a trashcan, and embarasses Eric, as usual. Turns out the two can't get any privacy, as in the end, are being spied on by Hyde, Kelso, Jackie and Fez, and they know it; so they don't do anything. That we know of, though. In the end, I think Eric enjoyed his birthday. We see that he got a little closer to Donna, which is good; even though he wasn't able to kiss her with an audience. Honestly, the episodes in That '70s Show keep on getting better and better, if that is even possible. This was the second of about two hundred great ones.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • (looking out the Pinciotti's kitchen door window)
      Kitty: My lord, Laurie's leaving!

      The window in the Pinciotti's kitchen door looks out onto the back yard, which is fenced in with a board fence. The Forman's house is on the opposite side of the Pinciotti's house and can't be seen from the kitchen.

    • The music used in this episode was:
      The Rubberband Man (1976) by The Spinners;
      Laughter in the Rain (1974) by Neil Sedaka.

    • Donna has another sister named Valerie who is off at college mentioned in this episode.

      When Kitty and Midge are in the kitchen and Kitty is upset, Midge gives her a book of poetry and tells her that she used it to get through a tough time when Valerie went off to college.

      Valerie is never mentioned again. Donna has another sister named Tina that is mentioned in the episode Eric's Burger Job. So apparently Bob and Midge had three kids.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Eric: (with Kitty's voice over) Please, guys. My parents have coasters for a reason!
      Hyde: (with Kitty's voice over) I am going to put my glass directly on the table, that way it will leave a ring.
      Eric: (with Kitty's voice over) But that's immoral!

    • Donna: (with Kitty voice over) The adults are all gone, we're alone!
      Jackie: (with Kitty voice over) Who wants to give Eric a venereal disease!?

    • (Laurie is folding clothes in the basement; she bends over)
      Fez: Holy Mother!
      Kelso (nervously): Hello, Laurie.
      Laurie: Hello, Kelso, Hyde.
      Fez: Who's the goddess?
      Kelso: The goddess is Eric's sister.
      Hyde: She's not a goddess, she's more the earth mother whore type, which works for me.

    • (Laurie comes to the basement to do laundry, wearing only a long t-shirt)
      Laurie...I want you to stay off my case, it will only take me a minute.
      Eric: I don't think Kelso's gonna last that long.
      Laurie: Too bad. It's not like I'm completely naked under this. I'm wearning underwear. (she lifts her shirt) See? If we were at the beach you wouldn't even notice me.
      Hyde: If we were at the beach, Kelso would be in the water right now.

    • Red: Oh and uh, here's a 20.
      Laurie: Will that cover for gas?
      Kitty: Oh well, honey, give her another 10 just in case.
      Eric: You know, I could use some gas money.
      Red (laughs): Yeah... and if a frog had wings, it wouldn't bump its ass when it hops.

    • Kitty: So, what do you want for your birthday?
      Red: Whatever you want. Money is no object, as long as it's reasonable.
      Eric: I want a cassette player for the car. A cassette player, not an 8-track. Not an 8-track, okay?
      Kitty: Why don't they put record players in cars?
      Red: Okay, Eric, if you don't want an 8-track, you won't get one.
      Kitty: Oh, but Red, he wants one.
      Eric: No, I don't. I don't want an 8-track.
      Red: We'll get you a Delco. A genuine GM part for a genuine GM car.

    • Kelso: Hey, Eric, maybe she's going to give you the big gift. You know, the big gift. You guys know what I'm talking about, right?
      Hyde: Yes, Kelso. We got it. Then, we got it.
      Fez: I'm not even from here, and I got it.

    • Red: So, how's your friend, Janice?
      Laurie: Pregnant.
      Kitty: Oh, she was such a nice girl, how would that happen?
      Eric: Well, first the egg travels down the fallopian tube to the uterus, where it attaches to the wall--

    • Eric: Oh, Laurie, I remembered I can't loan you the Vista Cruiser on account of I hate you.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Donna: It's still three naked women with a dog.
      Fez: I want to be the Hooterville dog.

      The gang is watching Petticoat Junction, which was a weekly half-hour series that ran from 1963 to 1970. The opening sequence of that TV series showed three women bathing in the town water tower with a dog.