That '70s Show

Season 5 Episode 5

Ramble On (a.k.a. Promise Ring Redux)

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 12, 2002 on FOX
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Ramble On (a.k.a. Promise Ring Redux)
In a romantic moment, Donna presents Eric with a ring, much like the promise ring that he gave her, and caused their break up. For Donna, the ring symbolizes their enduring love and committment; for Eric, it symbolizes ugliness. To protect Donna's feelings, he decides not to say anything, but the secret gains a life of its own. Kitty is determined not to let menopause affect her life, but has a hard time living up to her committment.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Eric gets a man-ring from Donna

    I thought that this was a superb episode of "That 70s Show". The only thing I didn't about this episode was Jackie opening her big fat mouth about Eric not liking the man-ring that Donna gave him. It was very funny when Fez was admiring Eric's man-ring. Fez' plot was hilarious when he is getting a job interview. It was funny when Eric didn't want the man-ring after having that fantasy about Eric being Batman and the others being the rest of the superheroes was well. Red's part in that superhero fantasy was hilarious. Eric losing the man-ring and trying to look for it was also funny. It was also funny when Donna told Eric that he must be completely honest for now on and then Eric's honesty was that Donna has bad taste. Eric telling Donna that she has bad taste in the ear rings was funny. Kitty getting frustrated with that clicker or whatever was absolutely hilarious. Kitty yelling at Donna about the furniture in the house after she hears Donna that Kitty has bad taste in the furniture was absolutely hilarious. Hyde admiting that Jackie is his girlfriend was also funny. Overall, despite that one thing, this was a superb episode of "That 70s Show". 9/10moreless
  • ramble on

    Donna did not want to wear Eric's promise ring, but she wants Eric to wear her ring? Weird. This episode was not really that funny, in fact I hardly laughed, outside of one scene, which I will get too in a minute. The episode featured some scenes that were not exactly memorable, and a little too many Donna scenes for my liking, that almost never leads to enjoyable TV.

    But the one scene I did like was the Super pals scene, which was just pure genius. I could not stop laughing during Red's speech as Dr. Bald. He is always great in these parodies, remember the I Love Lucy one?moreless
  • Eric gets a man-ring.

    I really like this episode because it has 3 fantasies. First with the cheer leading, then with the Superfriends parody & finally Eric looking like Bob. This was so hilarious because it has so much plot development. It reminded me of the Season 3 episode, Promise Ring. I love in the end when the Superfriends are sitting in a circle & there all acting goofy. That was a highlight. And how Fez just got the job just cause he had Eric's man ring on. But out of all the people I think Kitty steals the show, let the hot flashes begin!moreless
  • A promise ring in reverse.

    This episode has it all: man rings, job interviews and a superhero fantasy. It has loads of laughs such as the plot crossovers with Fez getting the job because he wears Eric’s man ring and Hyde turning into Jackie as far as keeping secrets goes.

    The interview provides the most laughs with Fez trying to compare the DMV to all kinds of places and Kitty’s menopause is terrific (adopt a commie orphan, bad taste living room) and Eric shows a moral – lying in relationships is important for it to survive.

    All in all, this is yet another great episode of 70s Show with laughs, fantasies, and plenty of crazy moments.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The music used in this episode was:
      Me And Mrs. Jones (1972) by Billy Paul;
      Rikki Don't Lose That Number (1974) by Steely Dan;
      Baker Street (1978) by Gerry Rafferty.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Eric: Well... did you see that? I told you the truth and we got into a fight. My dad told my mom she's pleasant, a whopper of a lie, and they've been married 150 years.
      Donna: I don't care. I want you to tell me the truth all the time.
      Eric: No, no, you don't. It's like when women ask whether or not their outfit makes them look fat. How many men tell them they look fat? Zero. How many women look fat? Not zero.

    • Kelso: Man, that is one big bad-ass ring. Hey, maybe people will think that you won the Super Bowl.
      Hyde: Nah, nobody will believe that. But he could be the sick little boy that the whole team rallies around.

    • (Kitty is crying because she won't be able to have more kids)
      Red: Oh Kitty, it's okay. You've still got Eric. He's sort of a baby. I'll make him cry if you want.

    • Donna: How could you lose it?! I told you it was a symbol of our loving freakin' relationship!

    • Eric: Donna, maybe I'm just not a man-ring kind of guy. I mean, I like man... pants and man shirts.

    • Nina (to Fez): You're stubborn, you're under-qualified, and you hardly speak any English. Welcome to the DMV!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Charlie McDaniel (Re-recording Mixer), Craig Porter (Re-recording Mixer), and Vince Rohr (Production Sound Mixer) were nominated for an Emmy in the category of "Outstanding Multi-Camera Sound Mixing for a Series or Special" for their work on episodes 5 through 10 of this season.

    • Melina Root (Costume Designer) and Johnny Foam (Costume Supervisor) were nominated for an Emmy in the category of "Outstanding Costumes for a Series" for their work in this episode.


    • The scene in the basement, when Kelso fantasizes what it would be like if the ring gave Eric super-powers, is a parody of SuperFriends, a 1973 animated series. In the fantasy scene, Eric is Superman, Donna is Wonder Woman, Fez is Aquaman, Kelso is Batman, Jackie is Jayna, Hyde is Zan, and Red is Dr. Bald