That '70s Show

Season 8 Episode 22

That '70s Finale

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 18, 2006 on FOX
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That '70s Finale
December 31, 1979, and the gang is gathered at the Formans' house for one last New Year's Eve of the '70s. A party isn't a party unless the gang's all here... and some old friends return to celebrate the new decade, while some others get ready to leave.moreless

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  • Farewell "That 70s Show"

    I thought that this was an excellent series finale of "That 70s Show". Man, this show has always brought me so many laughs and it ended just like that. The good thing is that this show lasted 8 seasons so I am happy about that. I'm glad that Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) returned to celebrate New Year's Eve with the gang and I'm glad that Eric (Topher Grace) returned at the very end of the episode. Season 8 wasn't my favorite season but it wasn't bad either but I just wish that Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) and Eric (Topher Grace) weren't gon na all Season 8 long. Anyways, it's December 31, 1979 and the gang is getting ready for their last New Year's Eve of the 70s before it hits 1980. The flashbacks from all of the past "That 70s Show" episodes were great such as the flashbacks with Red saying those "I'll put your foot in your @$$" jokes and when Kelso was being punched in the shoulder so many times over the years. The flashbacks with Eric and Donna's relationship together over the past years was also very nice. Kitty telling Hyde to shave off his mustache because he looks like some kind of prostitute was absolutely hilarious. It was also funny when Eric said "Last one upstairs has to call Red "dumb@$$" and Kelso was the last one up there. The ending was also interesting when everyone counted down and then the episode ends. The ending went like this "10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1" (episode ends). Overall, it is sad to see this show end forever because I love this show so much and it always makes me laugh hard... Farewell "That 70s Show" and you will always be missed by millions of fans including me. 10/10moreless
  • perfect

    Kitty does not want to leave Point Place and go to Florida, because of all the friends and family her and Red have. She tries telling him this, and they both agree not to go (because Red does not care where they live, as long as they are together).

    Donna is excited for Eric to return, but he misses his flight. She is bummed because she wanted to see him. However, Eric eventually does show up, and they talk, and they even share a kiss.

    The gang gather round to The Circle one last time before the New Years'. Eric decides to make it interesting coming up the stairs; whoever is last has to call Red a dumbass (something he has called others consistently throughout the series). Kelso is last, grabs the "Stupid Hat", and the episode, and series, ends.

    Good. Not the best finale ever but it was handled pretty well. It had some humorous parts as well as emotional parts, like the talk between Donna and Eric near the end. Overall, satisfying end. A+moreless
  • This episode is the greatest, yet most hilarious episode to date. There are montages of famous scenes within this episode to make you remember why we all love this show!

    I know most people might think this is not the best episode from the series. And I agree to a certain extent. But this finale is a symbol of what the 70\\\'s really meant! To party and live life to the fullest. Whether it\\\'s climbing water towers and drinking boos, to coming home to meet old friends for one last night. Since Eric and Kelso were absent for most of season 8, they reprise their roles better than ever in this episode from the series. I\\\'m not saying this could possibly be the best episode from the series, but it lives up to all the fan\\\'s expectations of what a real series finale should be all about. I give it a 10 out of 10! Long live the \\\'70s!moreless
  • it was pretty clever that they brought back eric after 10 minutes, didn\'t give a preview with him in it, and left him uncredited, because it made me wonder if they would bring him back.moreless

    This episode really made you wonder if you would hear from eric and then he appears, and that was one of the good things about this episode. Another plus had to be that randy was pretty absent from here. this episode would be perfect if they only brought back erics sister and finally say fez\'s name and country. but this episode really felt like one of the classic episode\'s and not one with stripper brides, unfunny fez, or randy.moreless
  • a very dissapointing final episode. the basic story line to have the gang get together for new years eve and say good bye to the 70s is great...however the rest of it fails miserably.moreless

    I really felt like the entire 8th season was forced. The fact that Ashton Kutcher was in several episodes softened the blow of this series jumping the shark...which I believe happened when they replaced Lori's character with another actress (a better solution would have been to just leave her out of the story line all together) and then they tried to fill the void of Kelso and Forman with the new Randy character...that just didn't work. Proof of this is that Randy's character is ignored at the end of the final episode...weird. The show just isn't the same without Topher Grace who wasn't in any of season 8's episodes...except for like the last few minutes of this final episode which was a major let down. The closure for Eric and Donna really isn't there, I think it would have been fine either way if they decided to be together or not but it should have been clear one way or the other because its the final episode. Fez and Jackie's relationship wasn't developed well enough for me to accept it, frankly its bizarre that she had relationships with 3 of the 4 main guys. And I thought Ashton Kutcher as Kelso in this episode was a little he forgot how to play the character or something, just not quite on the mark there. Its only noticeable because he is usually brilliant in this role. Sigh...what a shame. This show used to be really awesome. I doubt anyone will buy the final season on DVD cause it totally sucks.moreless
Topher Grace

Topher Grace

Eric Forman (uncredited)

Guest Star

Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher

Michael Kelso

Special Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • The first three flashback scenes (the "foot in ass" flashbacks, the water tower flashbacks and Hyde hitting Kelso flashbacks) have some flashbacks the persons shown as remembering them can't know as they didn't witness the event or it was imagined by someone else. Hyde's flashbacks (about falling off the water tower) feature a scene that he didn't witness in "Too Old To Trick Or Treat, Too Young To Die" (Donna and Eric alone on the water tower, and Eric falls; Hyde was sneaking at Pinciottis' at this moment). Red's flashbacks (about "foot in ass") feature a scene from Fez's dream sequence from "That 70s Musical" ("and don't let bed bugs put their foot in your ass"), and Kelso's flashbacks (about being beaten by Hyde) feature a Star Wars-themed scene from Eric's dream sequence from "The New Hope" (Han Solo, portrayed by Hyde, punches Chewbacca, portrayed by Kelso). The only entirely consistent flashback sequence is Donna's.

    • In this episode, Red gives Hyde a check; it's all the money that Hyde paid as rent. In Sleepover, Red said, after Hyde gave him money for rent:
      Red: You know, I'm going to take that money and open him a savings account.

    • Kelso: Speaking of hot chicks, what's going on with you and that stripper wife of yours?
      Hyde: Hmmm... not good, man. She's gone.

      Hyde shows up with a stripper wife in the eighth season episode Bohemian Rhapsody. He later finds out that she's already married, and she leaves, in the episode My Fairy King.

    • Kitty (to Hyde): Now that we're staying, maybe you could shave your mustache, because, Honey, you look like a forty-year old male prostitute.

      While Hyde spent most of the fifth season with facial hair, that was a beard and mustache. He shaved that off for Jackie in the episode Black Dog, and remained clean-shaven until the eighth season, when he appeared with the mustache in episode Spread Your Wings.

    • Kelso "falls" off the water tower for the final time in this episode, marking it as the fourth fall by him overall in the series. The first three falls occured in Water Tower (1 - 21), The Immigrant Song (5 - 24), and Bohemian Rhapsody (8 - 1).

    • The weather seems unusually warm (based on what everyone is wearing) for this episode to take place in Wisconsin in December.

    • The outfit that Kitty wears in the New Year's Eve party scene (red blouse, flowered skirt) in the final episode is the same outfit she wears when she is first seen in the party scene in That '70s Pilot.

    • Red (reading the newspaper): Just when I think I can't like Florida any more, they reinstate the death penalty!

      This is a goof, as Florida has had the death penalty since 1923, when electrocution became the officially sanctioned method of execution. On June 29, 1972, the US Supreme Court struck down death penalty statutes, but Florida revised its statutes in December 1972 and these were upheld by the Supreme Court in 1976. The first execution to take place in Florida subsequent to this was on May 25, 1979; Red would most certainly not be reading about an execution that took place 7 months earlier in the newspaper.

    • The music used in this episode was:
      When I Need You (1976) by Leo Sayer;
      Thirteen (1972) by Big Star;
      Hello It's Me (1972) by Todd Rundgren.

    • The end credits scene, with the gang in the car singing along with the Todd Rundgren song, is from the episode That '70s Pilot.

    • Kelso (to Hyde): Remember that time you shot me with a BB gun? I still have the BB stuck under my skin.

      Hyde shot Kelso in the season 5 episode Black Dog (a.k.a. Ow, My Eye) in a fight over Jackie.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Eric: I wish there was just some way to take the edge off.
      (in the next scene, stoned)
      Eric: Edge, you're officially off.

    • Kelso: Hey, guys. Look, I'm a rhino! WOOF! WOOF!

    • (after Hyde gets Packers tickets for Red)
      Randy: My grandfather was on the Packers waiting list for 30 years. When the tickets finally came, he was 90 years old. He ate them.

    • Kelso: I got this four foot bottle rocket, and I'm gonna tie it to my arm, and light it, and just blast into the future!

    • Kelso: Yeah, things are going great in Chicago. I even taught my baby daughter how to say "Burn." She doesn't use it right though. I get her a lot more than she gets me.

    • Hyde: What the hell man! I thought you left for school like three hours ago.
      Donna: I just want to see Eric one last time, you know? Show him that even though he broke up with me I'm fine.
      Hyde: Uh-huh. Or maybe it's cause (mockingly) you love him.
      Donna: You are so off.
      Kitty: He's here!
      Donna: Oh my God, how's my hair?

    • Red: Steven, Here's a check for you. It's all the rent you've paid over the years. I put it into a savings account so you'd have something to get you started.
      Hyde: Whoa! This will buy me a monster bag of... marshmallows.

    • Donna: Wow, the last day of the seventies. Thinking back it's like one big blur.
      Hyde: You're welcome.

    • Eric (to Donna): And you know what? It turns out that Red was right... I am a dumb ass!

    • Red: Everybody, we have an announcement: we've decided not to sell the house. We're going to stay in Point Place.
      (everyone claps and cheers)
      Leo: Hey, that's so weird, man. I was just thinkin' of movin' to Point Place!

    • (Fez and Jackie kiss)
      Jackie: That was really nice.
      Fez: Yeah... you have a really strong tongue.
      Jackie: Yeah, it's from all the talking.

    • Red: I circled the airport so many times that my finger actually hurts from flipping people off!

    • Kitty: I can't wait to see my Eric! I wonder what he'll look like?
      Hyde: I'm going to go out on a limb and say... skinny.

    • Kelso: Man, c'mon! I'm not going to spend New Year's Eve without my friends,... c'mon! Besides, it's, like, the turn of the century!

    • Kelso: You know, it makes total sense for Jackie to end up with Fez. She started out with me, a Ferrari, then she went to Hyde, a Mustang, and now she's with Fez, who's like a donkey pulling a cart full of brightly colored Mexican blankets.

    • Eric: Last one up the stairs has to call Red a dumb ass.

    • Kelso: Hey Red, can I light this off in your house?
      Red: Sure, then I'll light my foot off in your ass.

  • NOTES (5)

    • In Latin America, there weren't ending credits. After the gang went upstairs to count down, just when they were going to say "zero!", the license plate that says "'80" appears.

    • That '70s Finale did well for FOX garnering 10.02 million viewers.

    • Although there were hopes that Fez's real name and/or homeland would be revealed in the finale, neither one was. Over the years, there were hints dropped about where Fez is from, but no confirmation of any one place.

    • Even though the finale was separated into two separate episodes, there was no title sequence for part two. Instead, the actors names just appeared on the screen and a transition like music played over the license plate as they went to commercial.

    • The license plate at the end of the ending credits finally switches from '79 to '80.


    • (after a montage scene of Red threatening to put his foot in various people's asses)
      Hyde: Did you ever actually do that... with your foot?
      Red: Once. On Iwo Jima. I can't talk about it.

      The Battle of Iwo Jima was a fierce fight in the Pacific Theater near the end of World War II. It took place from February 19 to March 26, 1945. The Americans suffered numerous losses, but eventually took the Japanese island. Red has previously mentioned other battles that he was involved in in the Pacific Theater during World War II, most notably, Guadalcanal, in the episodes Drive-In and Long Away.

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