That '70s Show

Season 6 Episode 3

Magic Bus

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 12, 2003 on FOX
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Magic Bus
It's Eric's 18th birthday and nothing is going the way he wants it. He expects a birthday breakfast and surprise party from his mom, but Kitty is too preoccupied with resuming her sex life with Red. Plus, it's Donna's last day before moving to Madison for college and Eric is struggling with letting her go. In the end, Donna manages to salvage the day with the gift she gives him at the bus station.moreless

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    It's Eric's 18th birthday, I guess the past 5 seasons have been one year? Since the first season was his 17th birthday? The continuity is laughable but I still love this episode. A setting stone in Donna & Eric's relationship. Donna gets ready to leave for college since in the last episode, he decided to stay to help his family. Eric manages to ruin his last day with Donna by throwing a toaster. Out of all of Eric & Donna's fights this would have to be the stupidest, but if you look in to the reason they were fighting. You see a double meeting, Eric only created that mess, because he was sad that she was leaving. Which is an awesome plot. Eric doesn't know whether to tell Donna to stay and there are many references to "Casablanca." I also enjoyed the premise of Eric's 18 birthday. Donna with the cupcake. One of the best Eric & Donna scenes ever. Donna is about to leave, and Eric doesn't stop her. She is about to get on the bus, and she doesn't. Another amazing Eric/Donna scene. Jackie & Hyde enjoy being together again, and Hyde's nickname surfaces around the group: "Pudding Pop." Kitty & Red getting ready to have sex since his heart attack while Eric thought they were planning a surprise party was a nice touch to this great episode. A classic episode that is one of my favorites of season 6.moreless
  • Happy Birthday Dumbass!

    While this episode is funny, it goes against the episode Eric’s Birthday where he can’t stand surprise parties and being babied, and for his 18th, I don’t think that he’d change his mind.

    That said, the episode is still entertaining, with scenes like Eric in a dress, the gang’s gifts, Red and Kitty’s night and Eric’s Casablanca fantasy. Overall, this episode is pretty good with turning points like Eric becoming an adult and Donna staying behind, but it seems out of character for Eric who doesn’t like parties and wants to be cool, though it is funny, which is the main thing to look for in a comedy.moreless
  • A pivotal episode. Donna is meant to be heading off the College, but she doesnt end up going. And everyone forgets Eric's 18th birthday (except for Donna).

    Its the day of Eric's 18th bday, he is expecting a surprise party, but no one has planned one (there is a flashback to his 19th bday which shows that its probably a good thing his mum didnt plan one!!) The reason that Kitty hasnt planned anything is that enough time has passed since Red's heart attack so she has planned a 'dirty night in' with red... she tells eric "for the first time since he's heart attack your father and i are having intercourse" - so funny!! red is unsure - "you know i love what we do, but am i willing to die for it"... but they end up doing it and apparently it went well.

    The episode has a casablanca theme (fez sings :)) as donna is meant to be leaving and eric tries to be good about it (like humphrey bogart) but he stuffs it up like normal. As donna is about to leave she gives eric a cupcake for his bday (and he wishes for her to stay). He drops her off at the bus, but makes an effort and doesnt tell her that he wants her to stay, but she stays anyway!! yay!!moreless
  • This is a great show, i watch it when i can, and love it. i wish they wouldn't cancel the show, but all good things must come to an end.

    from the beginning, the show was good. They tried to start that's 80's show.. which ruined this show for me. i eventually came back to it, and watch it often. I love the episode "Join Together" in season 6, which shows Mila Kunis (Jackie) stripping. Probably one of the best episodes ever.

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode, Eric turns 18, and the episode takes place in 1978. But in Eric's Birthday, he turned 17, and the episode took place in 1976. Since it's now two years later, he should be turning 19, not 18. Also, in this episode, Eric wants and expects a surprise party, which is opposite to the attitude he had towards his 17th birthday.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Eric: Oh, the big paw's on the 11, so it's almost time to take Donna to the bus station. This is it, you guys, she's really going away.
      Hyde: Forman, we have just the thing to make you feel better. (Kelso goes into a corner to get something. Kelso holds out a case of beer happily) Another case of beer!
      Eric: Oooooh, I'm just not in the mood to put on a dress. But thanks anyway, Puddin' Pop.

    • Eric: I can't freakin' believe that my mom didn't plan a freakin' party on my 18th freakin' birthday! The only party that's going on this house is in their bedroom, and that's all ablobloblo!

    • Jackie: So I heard Eric threw a toaster.
      Hyde: It's almost as bad as the time he called you a poodle head.
      Donna: Which he brought up again today.
      Kelso: He's not good!
      Jackie: Well I'm just surprised that Eric was able to lift a toaster.

    • Hyde(after Eric's daydream that he's Rick Blaine): Now I want a Baby Ruth.

    • Eric: You know, Bogie and I have more in common than you think. (has a daydream of him as Rick Blaine) Out of all the teenage burger hangouts, and all the towns, and all the world, she walks into mine, only to walk back out again. (drinks a drink, and walks over to Fez, who's supposed to play Sam) Play it, Fez.
      Fez: It will cost you a Baby Ruth. (Eric takes out a Baby Ruth from his pocket, and drops it on Fez's keyboard. Fez starts playing and singing.) "Hold the line, love isn't always on time! Oh no no! Hold the liiiiine! Love isn't always on time! OOOOOW! Love isn't always on time! Hold the liiiiine! Love isn't always on time!"

    • Hyde: How'd it go with Donna?
      Eric: I ruined it. And I knew I was ruining it, while I was ruining it. I just kept on ruining it. Now Bogie, ya know that...that guy knows how to let a woman go, "Here's lookin' at you kid." I threw a toaster.

    • Eric(sees Hyde watching TV): Oh man, Casablanca, this is the part Humphery Bogart tells Ingrid Bergman he'll always have Paris.
      Hyde: What's his problem? The guy owns a bar! He's been beating those French sluts off with a stick!

    • Eric: Oh, so you're taking the toaster.
      Donna: Wait.
      Eric: Yeah, it's just, you know, we bought it together, so I guess I kind of thought it was like our toaster. What do I know, I'm not the one that's going to college, right. (nervously laughs) You are, with my toaster.
      Donna: Ok, Eric, if it's a problem-
      Eric: Oh it's a problem, you thought you could just sneak it out of town without telling me, because you knew it was wrong, didn't you, lady?
      Donna: Ok, Eric, I don't know what your deal is, but you're ruining our last day together.
      Eric (takes the toaster): I wouldn't be me if I didn't ruin it! (about to leave, but goes back, and drops the toaster in a box) You know what?! Enjoy your toast! I hope it burns! (then leaves)

    • Kitty (sees Eric pranked by using a dress and having black paint on his face): Oh, good lord.
      Eric(wakes up): Huh? What?
      Red: Happy birthday, dumbass.

    • Fez: Eric, long distance don't work, just like my girlfriend back home.
      Eric: Fez, you have a girlfriend back home?
      Fez: No, don't you listen? Long distance relationships don't work.

    • Eric(Eric,Hyde,Kelso and Fez in the basement): And.......midnight! So long 17, in the words of Alice Cooper, I'm 18 and I like it!
      Hyde: Happy birthday, man.
      Kelso: Let's get him his present! (Hyde and Kelso go to the washing machine and open it.) A case...of 23 beers!
      Hyde: Kelso...
      Kelso: What? I deserved one, I carried it.

    • Kelso: Well I guess I must be Eric's best friend, 'cause I'm the only one took the trouble of getting him a birthday cake. (he lifts up a piece of cake and eats it) It's good too.
      Fez: Maybe we should think about getting him something else. What do you think, Puddin Pop?
      Hyde(laughing uncomfortably): Why does everybody keep calling me that? My name's not Puddin' Pop, I've never heard that name before in my life. Forman's dead.
      Jackie: Hey, if you guys think that's funny, you should hear what Steven calls me. He calls me his... (Hyde's hand shoots out and shoves a piece of cake in Jackie's face) Hey! Oh hey, that's some good cake.

    • Jackie: Steven I am so glad we're back together. I thought I'd lost my little Puddin' Pop forever.
      Hyde: Wanna hear something sick? I actually missed you calling me Puddin' Pop.

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