That '70s Show

Season 8 Episode 16

My Fairy King

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 27, 2006 on FOX
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My Fairy King
Hyde finds out that his marriage to Samantha isn't quite what he thought it was when a man from her past shows up. Jackie makes a list of all the qualities that her dream-man should have and is surprised to find that he's been in front of her all along; Red decides to retire after an automotive shop opens nearby and takes away his customers.moreless

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    Were the That 70s Show writers stoned when they wrote this episode? Honestly, what are these people on? So they expect us to believe the ridiculous notion of the possibility of Jackie & Fez ending up together? I mean, I'm going to be honest, in the past, the writers did hint at the relationship. But now, this late in the game, it's just out of the blue and there really was no good development for this story arc. Maybe then, I'd be happy with it.

    The things I did like about the episode was the sendoff of the mistake of a character: Sam. The fact that these 2 split up made the Jackie & Hyde split up seem just as pointless and contrived. We got a really nice moment between Red & Hyde though that really salvaged the entire episode.

    I think this is the episode that set the rest of the season in it's place, what with Red retiring, Sam leaving, Randy & Donna, and Jackie liking Fez. This was still pretty weak though, since when does Fez get girls? Have the writers completely forgotten this quality of his?moreless
  • Divorce, retirement and love is in the air.

    This was the first episode of the eighth season that I saw on television, so I was very confused, given that there were three characters I'd never seen before, Donna's boyfriend, Hyde's wife and Fez's girlfriend, but the episode was still entertaining, though I did notice a dip in the quality that comes with dropping the funniest character and the main character.

    Jackie going on to the next guy in their gang definitely shows a pattern, and with Fez constantly hitting on her, she'll probably eventually say yes. The beauty and the beast fantasy is pretty funny, as is Jackie's slow reaction to figuring out who her list pointed to. As for Red retiring and Hyde divorcing the wife I didn't know he had, the plots are both funny and also have pivotal moments, as Red stops working, Hyde becomes single, Fez has a girlfriend and Jackie gets a crush on Fez. The show may not be as good as always but the ideas haven't run out yet.moreless
  • Hyde and Samantha's marriage hits a major complication. Red's muffler shop is threatened by a new chain store moving to town. And Jackie may just be developing feelings for Fez.

    Finally, some direction!

    This season has been floundering, but now as we approach the finale, the writers are starting to point everyone towards a conclusion, and that means this episode contains three big events.

    First, Hyde and Samantha: since it looks like Hyde and Jackie are not getting back together, I wouldn't have minded if these two were able to reconcile their differences. But I didn't really expect them to do so. Anyway, the resolution fit well with Hyde's personality.

    Second, Red: this was the high point of the episode. Red decides to retire. We get some great funny Red moments and a really warm moment between Kitty and Red after he sells his business to the chain store for big bucks ("You fought in two wars, you've been working hard your whole life, you deserve this.")

    Third, Fez and Jackie: I'm not sure what I think of this. This would be the third main character Jackie would date in the series, so I'm not sure if I like that. I also don't know if I like when two characters are put together just for the finale (because there isn't time for the show to convince us that these two can really work). One the other hand, they would be an all right couple and I do want the characters to have a happy ending. At least this is more interesting than Donna & Randy.

    Since, this episode ran as part of an hour-long block, I'd like to give away some of what happens in the next episode.

    The Jackie-Fez plot was made to feel very contrived. First, Fez's girlfriend leaves him with no forshadowing whatsoever (it really made no since, and felt like the writers didn't even try). Also, when Jackie is about to share her feelings with Fez, he announces he's going to quit looking for a meaningful relationship and just play the field. Why does he want to do that? Why, to make sure he and Jackie don't get together until the end of course! I'm still interested, but I just hate this sort of "will they, won't they?" crap, because it's all been done a thousand times before.

    Oh, and finally, both of these episodes were pretty funny, and had alot of good chuckles if nothing else. They both were above average for this season (although still not as good as the first 5 seasons).moreless
  • Very Good Episode

    This episode was very well written. Red retires from the Muffler shop when a larger autoparts store comes into town and threatens to shut him down.They give him lots of money to retire and Hyde finds out he has a husband in law and he says goodbye to Sam.Jackie makes a list of qualities she would like in a man and discovers the man she wants is Fez! Very good episode.moreless
  • Great episode!

    This episode was really cool because Hyde finally finds out that his "wife" is married to another man that is actually a total old and loser man that is shut up by Samantha every time that she wants to, which causes Hyde to doubt about Sam if she really loves him or it was just another trick from him in order for her to have more fun. When Hyde tries to make it out from luck it doesn't turns out, so he makes a really tough decision and in the end both of them become good friends. Also, Red gets in trouble after Muffler I don't remember what installs themselves on the street and Red tries to make it through in order to win them, but in the end the Muffler helps him in order to finally get retired and with that finally quit from work after two wars. While, Jackie makes out a list of the perfect man and coincidentially it turns out to be Fez, when she tries to deny it, she discovers that every single of her perfect man list Fez has them and she, at the end of the episode, finally discovers that she is in love with Fez, but he is currently with another woman. This episode was really, really cool!moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode, Jackie says that Elton John would be a perfect guy to date because she has never seen him with girls. But in the season three episode Radio Daze, Donna tells the whole gang, including Jackie, that Elton John is gay.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (after the gang finds out Samantha already has a husband)
      Donna: Wow, Hyde. I bet when you married a stripper this wasn't the threesome you were expecting.

    • Kitty (to Hyde and Red): This should cheer you up: my secret seven-layer casserole. The secret is layer three and six are bourbon. (laughs)

    • (Jackie and Donna have been insulting each other)
      Donna: Okay, truce... let's just stop this and call it even.
      Jackie: Okay.
      Donna: (sighs and starts singing) You like Fez, you like Fez.

    • Donna: So if she was married to him before she was married to you, that means you guys aren't legally married, which means... this is freakin' hilarious.

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