"Somebody to Love", the second episode (although aired along with the first as one) of the 8th season continues in the style of the first as a promising start to a season of uncertainty.
First we start with Hyde in the kitchen, who has just learned of his drunken marriage to a Las Vegas stripper, this is the first sign of this season's steady decline. The drunken Las Vegas marriage plot is one of the biggest cliche's in comedy history, and the fact that he married a stripper makes it just that much dumber. This story also sees the introduction of one of the shows worst characters: Samantha the stripper. As ridiculous as this storyline is, the resolution of Hyde wanting to stay married for absolutely no apparent reason was the topper. (Especially since he has been anti-marriage in the last few episodes). The only thing good that came from this story was Kelso's reaction.
This episode also sees the introduction of the hands down undisputed WORST character in the history of series: Randy, played by the extremely untalented Josh Meyers. This character is so bad that I can't decide which I am more upset about, Topher and Ashton leaving or this dumbass joining.
But despite all of that, this episode did have a bright side. The main story of the record store was very entertaining (dispite the intro of Randy). Hyde and Kelso return to the record store, where Hyde left Leo in charge at the end of last season. They find that Leo has turned the place into a hippie hangout. Hyde, Leo and especially Kelso are all in top form in these scenes. Kelso trying to open the pickle jar was absolutely classic.
Unfortunately the other main story was only mildly funny. Jackie, Donna and Fez go out to a bar and nothing much really happens. We see Donna lose alot of interest in Eric very fast as she goes out with another guy (very sad). There is a very uninspired subplot with Jackie as she gets drunk and feels insecure and a somewhat funny plot with Fez hooking up with some swingers.
Overall this was a very bittersweet episode. It had some very bad plotlines, some disasterous characters intoduced and started the begining of a major decline in the shows quality, credibility and cleverness. But it also was one of the last very funny episodes of the show's run and sadly one of the last times we get to see Ashton Kutcher's amazing role as Michael Kelso.