That '70s Show

Season 5 Episode 17

The Battle of Evermore (a.k.a. Pioneer Days)

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 26, 2003 on FOX
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The Battle of Evermore (a.k.a. Pioneer Days)
Things are still bad between Red and Eric, so Kitty signs them up for the Point Place Paul Bunyan Pioneer Days Jamboree. The estranged men must work together in order to beat Charlie and Mitch, an obnoxious father/son team who have won the past two years. Meanwhile, Hyde doesn't understand why Leo hasn't called him back to work in a while. He takes the gang to the Foto Hut only to find the place has been completely cleaned out.moreless

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  • NOOOO... Leo is gone

    I thought that this was an excellent episode of "That 70s Show". The only thing I didn't like was that Red was mean to Eric in the beginning of the episode. Red and Eric have been arguing with each other and Kitty is sick of them fighting so Kitty signs both of them up at some pioneer competition in order for Red and Eric to bond. The subplot was when Hyde, Kelso, Fez, and Jackie were wondering where Leo left off and found out that he is gone without even telling Hyde good-bye. I love Tommy Chong as Leo and he always cracks me up but I'm so sad that Leo is gone. Unfortunately, he does return in the later episodes of "That 70s Show" so this isn't Leo's last time on the show (thank goodness). Fred Willard and Seth Green guest starring in this episode was absolutely hilarious and it couldn't get any better than those two bringing a ton of laughs. Fred Willard is Charlie (the father) and Seth Green is Mitch (the son). Eric knowing to milk a cow was hilarious. The last challenge was pulling the wagon was hilarious. It was funny when Hyde, Kelso, Fez, and Jackie broke into Leo's apartment and Leo' cousin Eli gave Hyde a letter from Leo that tells Hyde goodbye plus a film. Overall, an excellent episode of "That 70s Show"... also, I would've been disappointed if this was Leo's last time but thanks goodness he returns in the later episodes. 9.5/10moreless
  • pioneer days

    Fred Willard and Seth Green guest starring in this episode? It does not get much better than that. For a show that really did not utilize guest stars much during its run (outside of the dreadful eighth season) they brought in two great counterparts to the team of Red and Eric. These Eric and Red relationship-centric episodes are usually the formula for success and this was no different.

    Tommy Chong really helped this show grow with his name value and his timeless weed humor so it was sad to see him go. Unfortunately, when he returned the show was already beyond saving.moreless
  • The legacy of Mitch is born...

    I marked this "Not my favorite storyline" because a game in the pioneer days with the whole bunyun crap, it was really boring. Just for that I would of rated it a 4 but other things intrigued me in this episode. First of all a legendary guest star is introduced, Seth Green (Mitch)! I also love the B plot in which Hyde, Jackie, Kelso & Fez look for Leo & "film". It's so nice to see Hyde cares about someone like family & it's a dirty old hippie in Jackie's words. I love how Kitty accepted the marriage towards the end, it showed some hope.moreless
  • Leos gone!

    Eric and Red are still not too happy with each other with the things that have been going on, so Kitty signs them up for some father and son jamboree thing where bob dresses up as Paul Bunyan, Kitty gets drunk and Donna wants to work on the marraige to eric after seeing him handle that cow. And they END UP LOSING. also, leo goes missing and the stuff in photohut goes missing, except for a sign with leos picture that says "employee of the month, man!". It turns out that leo left point place to go back to his wife and family. great episode, but it could have been better.moreless
  • Leo's gone to a better place... out of Wisconsin!

    Leo was one of my favourite characters on That 70s Show and it’s a shame that he isn’t in any more episodes but his farewell was classic, as is the rest of this episode, Fez simply opening the door, Red and Eric temporarily bonding until Red teaches his son a moral that even he didn’t understand, and Kitty getting drunk and supporting Donna.

    The disturbing rival family was incredibly funny in both a pathetic and crazy way, and the competitions were also quite entertaining, like the wood chopping and cow milking. Overall, this episode is hilarious, and this review is dedicated to the character of Leo – we all love that old dirty hippy, and all his insanity.moreless
Fred Willard

Fred Willard


Special Guest Star

Seth Green (I)

Seth Green (I)


Special Guest Star

Bobcat Goldthwait

Bobcat Goldthwait


Special Guest Star

Mo Gaffney

Mo Gaffney


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In the scene where Eric and Red are supposed to be chopping logs, you can clearly see that the other team's logs are already vertically cut in half.

    • Jackie: If we had a credit card, I'd be butt-deep in Jordache right now.

      Jordache was the name of a popular designer brand of jeans in the 70s.

    • Eric (to Red): Well, let's see... you took away my keys, so I can't drive, and you took away my job, so I can't afford a new hubcap. You also took away my self-esteem, so I have no pride in my job or my possessions.

      Red took away the Vista Cruiser in I Can't Quit You Baby as a punishment for Eric going to California; he fired Eric from his job at Price Mart in Whole Lotta Love.

    • Hyde: Man, I don't know what the hell the deal is with Leo. He told me to take a week off from the Foto Hut two weeks ago, and I haven't heard from him since.

      This is the first time that the show addresses Leo's absence. His last appearance in an episode was in season 4, in Eric's False Alarm. In reality, Tommy Chong was arrested and in September 2003 was sentenced to 9 months in jail for distributing drug paraphernalia.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Charlie: You let me down, Son. I thought you were better than that.
      Mitch: Oh, what are you gonna do, lock me in the closet again? (to everyone) He locks me in the closet!
      Charlie: It's a walk-in!

    • Charlie: Mitch, they're winning! What happened to your magic fingers?
      Mitch: Get off my back, old man!

    • Red: So, I guess this is the way an immature, engaged, high school dumb-ass with no car, no job, and no money trims the hedges.
      Hyde: That was, like, eight burns in one sentence.
      Donna: An octoburn! Let's get the hell out of here.

    • Charlie: Well, howdy, newcomers. I'm Charlie Miller. You can call me Charlie. This is my son, Mitch.
      Mitch: You can call me Ladies' Man.
      Charlie (laughs): Ladies' Man.
      Mitch: Did somebody call me?
      Red: I'm Red Forman. This is my son, Eric. You can call him dumb-ass.

    • (when they find someone lying on Leo's apartment floor)
      Kelso: I'm going to kick him, see if he's okay.
      Hyde: No!
      Kelso: Well, at least throw something at him. If he's asleep, he'll wake up, and if he's dead, you can say you threw something at a dead guy.

    • Kitty: Well, I found out how much cider is too much cider.
      Donna: A barrel?
      Kitty: Shut it!

    • Kitty: For gosh sakes, you've been arguing for two weeks! Now stop it! Help me with this crossword puzzle. I need a four-letter word for 'disappointment'.
      Red: Eric.
      (she looks at the puzzle and gasps)
      Kitty: It fits! (Eric stares at her) Well, now, that can't be right!

    • Jackie: You know, one time, I heard Leo talking on the phone, and he was speaking Chinese. So, I said, "Leo! Stop speaking Chinese!" So he turned around, and it wasn't Leo! It was a Chinese guy!

    • Fez: I'd like to do it with Nina in an alley. My bare ass... pressed up against a cold dumpster....

    • Eric: I don't care what my dad says. I am more committed to this marriage then ever.
      Donna: Well, after seeing how you handled that cow, so am I.

    • Kelso: Leo never liked phones. He said he could hear voices in them.

    • (after Eric wins a cow-milking contest)
      Eric: So, Dad,... what do you say now?
      Red: (suspiciously) Why are you so good at that?

    • Joanne: Babe the Blue Ox needs lots of calcium to carry Paul Bunyan's lumber, or his brittle bones will snap and he'll die. The first team to fill their barrel with milk and save Babe from osteoporosis wins.

    • Kelso: Hey, if I can't use words I don't understand, this is going to be one quiet afternoon.

    • Eric: Alright, Dad, they have a catchphrase. What's ours?
      Red: Shut up, Dumbass.
      Eric: Yeah, 'Shut up, Dumbass.' Okay, yeah!

    • (Eric is wearing a coonskin cap)
      Donna (to Eric): I'd kiss you, but I'm afraid your hat will wake up and scratch my eyes out.

    • Kelso: [Red]'s a total hard ass.
      Fez: Hard ass? Take another look, my friend, it jiggles when he wiggles.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Bobcat Goldthwait was credited as "Special Guest Appearance", and his name was listed as 'Bob Goldthwait'.

    • Garvin Eddy (Production Designer) and Tara Stephenson (Set Decorator) were nominated for an Emmy in the category of "Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series" for their work on this episode.


    • Red: You know, we're getting killed here thanks to you screwing up that last event. All you had to do was build a cabin out of Lincoln Logs!
      Eric: Well, I thought I'd score some extra points by building the Millennium Falcon. Red: The Millennium what? If that's a Star Wars thing, I'm going to kick you in the ass.
      Eric: It's not a Star Wars thing. It's a very rare falcon... that can do the Kessel run in under six parsecs.

      Star Wars (1977) comes up many times in this series, and Eric is an avid fan of the movie. However, in the movie, Han Solo brags to Luke Skywalker and Obi Wan Kenobi that the Millennium Falcon can make the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs.

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