That '70s Show

Season 1 Episode 11

Eric's Buddy

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 06, 1998 on FOX
9.0
out of 10
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205 votes
10

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Eric has a new friend and Steven and Kelso can't stand it. Steven doesn't like him because he's rich and Eric doesn't give him a ride home anymore because Buddy has a Trans Am. Kelso, on the other hand, seems like a worried spouse. Eric starts to feel uncomfortable around him however when Buddy makes a move on him. Buddy apparently thought that Eric was also gay. And Red makes his first sale.moreless

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  • Eric's Buddy

    10
    I don't know how I missed this series when it originally was broadcast!

    It's now my favorite sitcom and actually search the schedule to see when these are televised and make an "appointment TV" to see them.
  • this was really funny

    9.5
    Eric makes a new friend, and Hyde and Kelso do not like him, Hyde because he is rich, and Kelso just does not want to lose Eric. Eric and his new friend spend a lot of time together, and all is well, until his friend tries to kiss him. Turns out his new buddy is gay and he thought Eric was. Can they put this behind them and remain friends?



    Funny episode. When Eric's friend kissed him, I was ready to start laughing uncontrollably. Just because I did not see the 'he's gay twist, and it caught me a little off guard. The last few minutes are kind of boring but the first half was pretty decent, I would say, so overall my final grade is going to be an A- or so.moreless
  • Eric has a new friend and Steven and Kelso can't stand it. Steven doesn't like him because he's rich and Eric doesn't give him a ride home anymore because Buddy has a Trans Am. Buddy makes a move on him.moreless

    10
    Eric has a new friend and Steven and Kelso can't stand it. Steven doesn't like him because he's rich and Eric doesn't give him a ride home anymore because Buddy has a Trans Am. Kelso, on the other hand, seems like a worried spouse. Eric starts to feel uncomfortable around him however when Buddy makes a move on him. Buddy apparently thought that Eric was also gay. And Red makes his first sale. before writing this review, i laughed just at the title becasue this was hilarious...buddy thought eric was gay and tried to kiss him and he was so paranoid after that..laughing out loud as i speakmoreless
  • Homosexuality in the 70s.

    9.0
    This episode was actually pretty revealing cause homosexuality in the 70s, was a bit not common or so I thought, that really went there. I like how Kelso & Hyde act like total spouses of Eric, that is just hilarious, I love the end when Eric kisses Donna, and it looked liked Eric kissed back when Buddy kissed him, that was something I pondered about, that must of been a very awkward ride home and Hyde still likes Donna as he hints at the end, and Donna looks okay with it, the end was really funny, and Red's plot line, hilarious, trying to sell something, very funny.moreless
  • Eric starts hanging out with rich-kid, Buddy Morgan. They develop a good friendship until Buddy busts a move on Eric.

    7.2
    Just like the whole sexism storyline, every show has one of these storylines, too: a plot about one or more of the characters being gay I don't want to get into further detail about this, because people will just say I'm disrespectful of gay and or bisexual people, and lesbians. But this episode was kind of uncomfortable to watch because I hate seeing horrible things like this happening to Eric. It's good he decided to be friends, at least, with Buddy Morgan in the end, but that kiss was just too much. From Hyde and Kelso's standpoint, they get upset that Eric is not driving them home in the afternoons, and they freeze their...butts, off, but hey: maybe they should walk. Maybe Eric's tired of driving them around. Maybe they should get their own driver's license and their own car. Why not? They don't have the money? Well maybe they should get a job! In the end, this was probably one of my least-favorite episodes in Season 1.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (waiting for Eric and wondering where he is)
      Kelso: Maybe we should check the school morgue.
      Hyde: Kelso, the school doesn't have a morgue.
      Kelso: Then what do we pay all those taxes for?
      Hyde: You know what kills me? You do better in school than I do.

    • Kelso: I don't see why you can't just serve us our food, Frank. We are paying customers, you know?
      Frank: Hey, I did not lose a leg in Vietnam so that I could serve hot dogs to teenagers.
      Kelso: You have both your legs, Frank.
      Frank: Like I said, I did not lose a leg in Vietnam.

    • Hyde: So, Forman? Now that the scary kids are gone, is Buddy gay?
      Eric: Well, I don't think it's really my place to...
      Hyde and Donna: He's gay.

    • Donna: Where's Buddy?
      Eric: Oh, Buddy! Um. Well, Buddy got busy, so...
      Jackie: I mean, I'm sure he has a lot to do. He is "popular."
      Fez: Yes and so obviously gay!
      Jackie: Buddy is not gay!
      Kelso: Please, Fez. That's just stupid! If Buddy was gay he would have been all over me!

    • Kelso: I miss Eric.
      Jackie: Well, you still have me.
      Kelso: It's not the same Jackie! I can talk to Eric about things that…that I can't talk about with you.
      Jackie: Ok, well like what.
      Kelso: Well, for instance, the annoying things that you do.

    • (asking why Buddy thinks he's gay)
      Eric: Well, why would you think that?
      Buddy: Cause we've been spending so much time together...
      Eric: Because we're friends! I'm... I've been friends with Hyde for years and I never put the moves on him.

    • Fez: My God, with a car like that, you must be knee-deep in whores.

    • Eric: Are you gay?!
      Buddy: No, I'm not gay!
      Eric: But you just kissed me!
      Buddy: ...Okay, I'm gay.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode was nominated for a GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Award in the category of "Outstanding TV - Individual Episode."

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Donna (to Hyde and Kelso): Shaggy, Scooby, we've got company.

      This refers to the characters from The Scooby Doo Show, a cartoon which ran from 1976 to 1978 but was based on another Scooby Doo program, which had run earlier in the 70s.

    • Buddy: That was a great movie.
      Eric: Yeah. I mean, who would have thought working at a car wash could be so much fun?

      This refers to the 1976 Richard Pryor movie Car Wash.

    • (while watching TV)
      Fez: They're finally getting off the island.
      Eric: No, Fez, they're not getting off the island.
      Fez: But they have a coconut radio. What could go wrong?

      This refers to Gilligan's Island, a half-hour weekly sitcom that ran from 1964 to 1967; the characters were always devising wacky ways, many of which involved coconuts, to get off the island they were stranded on.

    • Hyde (to Kelso): Calm down, Lassie. I'm sure Timmy's just fine.

      This refers to the weekly, half-hour TV show Lassie which ran from 1954 to 1973; Lassie was a dog who always saved the day and Timmy was one of his owners (from 1957 to 1964).

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