That '70s Show

Season 1 Episode 5

Eric's Burger Job

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 27, 1998 on FOX
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Eric's Burger Job
With her parents going to the Playboy Club over the weekend, Donna drops Eric some unsubtle hints that she wants to hang out alone with him. Unfortunately, Eric is so preoccupied with getting a job at the new Fatso Burger that he completely misses her signals. Kelso gets the idea to throw a toga party at the Pinciotti house, but Donna’s less than enthused about the prospect. As for Eric, he quickly finds that work eats up a lot of his free time.moreless

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  • Eric gets a Job!

    So, to get money, Eric searches for a job and the gang follows along. They end up getting an interview for Fatso Burger, the local burger joint. Eric is the only one that gets the job.

    The Job occupies all of Eric's time and doesn't let him spend time with Donna, when on the verge of quitting, Red says that "Only Quiters Quit" which makes him not quit. Then the gang decide to host a party because Donna's parents are away for the weekend, but Eric can't make it because of Fatso Burger, Donna visits him and he decides to quit.

    Special Guest Star: Donny Osmendmoreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show that 70s show erik wants to get a tast of the work force and so he goes looking ofr jobs meanwhile donna is going to be home alone with her little sister. well she is 14. well anyway she wants to have erik over alone to spend some time with him thing is he misses all the signals becasue he wants to work. and so the job ends up eating up all of eriks free time and he does not spend much time with donna and so he decides to quit his first job at the end of th ep. this was a good epmoreless
  • Eric gets a job at Fatso Burger, but it soon becomes a negative effect on his relationship with Donna.

    Most of the gang is 17 now, except for Jackie, who is a sophomore. It's that time where the guys should start looking for a job now. Eric needs the money more than anything - he needs it for gas money, and well, he's how everybody gets everywhere, since he's currently the only one who drives and has his own car. So he and the three other guys apply for jobs at Fatso Burger. The management for the restaurant is associated somehow with Jackie's father, and Jackie is upset when the fast food business chooses Eric instead of the other three guys; her boyfriend, Kelso, especially. Red thinks it's good for Eric that he got a job. Kitty doesn't. In my opinion, I think it's great that Eric got a job. He needs the money, so I think he has the right to get the job. Meanwhile, he has to work so much that he hardly has any time to spend with Donna, who is throwing a party at her house with the gang while her parents are gone on vacation. She invites Eric, but he politely declines, because he has work. Boy! Eric needs to skip work once in a while! If I was him, I'd just...say, well, hell with work! Why work when I can fool around with the hot neighbor girl while her parents are gone? And then, there is an occasion when she asks Eric to see if a bikini she bought fits her, but he still has to decline because of work. How lame! I'd skip work, or at least decide to be late! Donna is hotter than she is given credit for; it's mostly by Jackie, but whatever. So Eric eventually quits the job when it becomes too much on his social life, which is a good decision, if he wants to have hope with a relationship with Donna. But, by the time he gets to her house, Bob and Midge come back early; if I were him, I'd be pissed. That would have to be aggravating, to Eric. FINALLY! I have quit my job! Now I have time to spend with Donna alone! And then her parents are there. *bangs head against brick wall*moreless
  • Eric gets a job.

    This episode was simply amazing. A classic because it develops in the Donna/Eric relationship, everyone already knows that Donna likes Eric so this episode was pretty much Donna trying to get his attention, but he can't fulfill anything because he has to work, my favorite scene is when Donna asks him to go to all sorts of places but he rejects him cause of work. Another memorable moment is when Jackie starts to pay attention to Kelso's idiot remarks, on how he is a doofus. I love when he puts the needle in the water bed from his toga & dis inflates it, and then the goodnight scene at the end, so sweet! Amazing episode overall!moreless
Paul Kreppel

Paul Kreppel

Mr. Burkhart

Guest Star

Amanda Fuller

Amanda Fuller

Tina Pinciotti

Guest Star

Darren Cicerone

Darren Cicerone

Boy at Restaraunt

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The music used in this episode was:
      Do You Feel Like We Do (Live Version) (1976) by Peter Frampton;
      What Do You Want From Life? (1975) by The Tubes;
      More than a Feeling (1976) by Boston;
      Yours Is No Disgrace (1971) by Yes.

    • Fez hits on Donna's younger sister Tina. He is told that she is only 14. When he said "In my country," he was told that it is illegal here. What is illegal? They were all 17 except for Jackie who was a year younger. Since when can't a junior in high school date a freshman?
      Reponse: I doubt he wanted to date her, he probably wanted more. And more is illegal with a 14 year old, no matter how old Fez may be.

    • Kelso imitates Animal House when he yells, "Toga! Toga! Toga!" However, this episode was set in 76, while Animal House wasn't released till 78.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Ricky: Hey! Foreman, who told you you could take a break?
      Kitty: Oh, I did.
      Ricky: And who are you?
      Kitty: (snappy) I'm his mother.
      Ricky: Okay then. (walks away quickly)

    • (after Jackie calls Eric stupid)
      Hyde: Well, this is a first. I actually agree with Jackie.
      Eric: What? You're saying that I'm stupid?
      Hyde: Donna just put on the full court press, man, and you dropped the ball.
      Eric: What are you talking about? All she said was she'd be alone on Saturday night with a pizza... Oh God, I'm so stupid.

    • Ricky: Tell me, what do you consider your best quality?
      Eric: Well, I'm a real people person.
      Hyde: I don't answer stupid questions.
      Fez: I speak Dutch.
      Kelso: My eyes. Oh, and I guess my butt too.

    • Ricky: Hey, how's that mopping coming along?
      Eric: Well, I'm just happy to be a part of the Fatso Burger family. (Ricky walks away) You dumb ass.

    • Ricky: Where do you see yourself in five years?
      Eric: Fatso Burger.
      Fez: Covered in gold chains!
      Kelso: Rock star. No, a movie star No, wait. Yeah. Rock star.
      Hyde: Prison.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Guest starring Danny Bonaduce, which sets a trend of using '70s TV and music icons as guest stars. That was used throughout the run of the show, from Alice Cooper to Jamie Farr. This trend could ultimately be one of things the series will best be known for.

    • This is the only episode in which Donna is noted as having a younger sister.

      Donna's lost sister is also mentioned at the end of an episode in season two, when they show a soap opera-type cliffhanger where Midge wonders what happened to Tina.


    • The Doofus and Diligent section, showing Kelso as Doofus and Eric as Diligent, is modeled after the Goofus and Gallant comics in Highlights magazine, depicting the difference between "bad" and "good" for young readers.

    • In "Red's New Job", Eric gets a job at Price Mart. But before Red agrees to it, he's dead set against Eric getting a job. In fact, he used a similar line that Kitty used in this episode that it was his job to get good grades, graduate and move out. In this episode, Kitty doesn't want Eric to get the job, but Red is okay with it.

    • Jackie: I just want to hear the guitar solo one more time.

      The guitar solo that they're all listening to is from the Peter Frampton album, Frampton Comes Alive, released in 1976. Kelso also mentioned that Jackie liked Frampton in That 70s Pilot.