That '70s Show

Season 1 Episode 12

The Best Christmas Ever

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 13, 1998 on FOX



  • Trivia

    • Red: I sold a set of hot rollers, Bob. And a Pong game.

      Pong was one of the first home TV-video games released by Atari in 1976. However, the version that Red and Kelso are playing, with the individual, hand-held controllers, was not available until 1977.

    • The scene in the basement in which Kelso jumps over the couch to talk to Laurie, but crashes into the table almost knocking over the punch bowl was an accident. Kelso was supposed to jump over the couch, but crashing ito the table was an accident, and Ashton Kutcher hurt himself doing this. Lisa Robin Kelly is caught off guard at this moment and starts to laugh, but Kutcher just keeps going with the scene.

    • The music used in this episode was:
      White Christmas (1947) by Bing Crosby;
      Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (1970) by Jackson 5;
      The Little Drummer Boy (1958)
      Christmas Time Is Here (1965) by The Vince Guaraldi Trio.

    • Eric: Hey, what is it?
      Donna: It's a picture of me and Hyde.

      In the wide-shot that includes Donna, Hyde and Eric, Donna is holding the picture right-side up; when the angle changes to the shot of only Donna and Hyde, she is holding the picture upside-down.

  • Quotes

    • Hyde: Mrs. Pinciotti? Look, I was thinking about getting a present for... this girl. And, um, you know, she's about Donna's age, so I was kind of wondering what Donna likes?
      Midge: Perfume. Donna wears White Shoulders. It's not just for shoulders; you can wear it anywhere!
      Hyde: Really.
      Midge: Sure! Like your neck... or the mall.

    • Hyde: Look, Jackie, I know this girl, right, and I want to get her a Christmas present.
      Jackie: Oh my god, it's Donna!
      Hyde: It's not Donna.
      Jackie: Okay, it's not Donna. So, how much do you have to spend?
      Hyde: Six dollars.
      Jackie: You don't deserve a girl like Donna for six dollars!
      Hyde: I'm not trying to get Donna!
      Jackie: Good, 'cause you won't for six dollars.

    • Hyde: So what'd you get?
      Eric: ID bracelet.
      Hyde: Cool. Your name on it?
      Eric: Yeah. What'd you get?
      (Hyde opens his gift)
      Hyde: Tube socks.
      Eric: Good! I mean... Tube socks are good.

    • Eric: Ah, come on, Hyde, did you have to write your name in the snow so close to the tree?

    • (Donna is reaching up to trim the top of the Christmas tree)
      Donna: Guys, how does that look?
      (Hyde and Eric look at Donna's butt)
      Hyde: That's great.
      Eric: Yeah, that's fabulous, great.

    • Red: I want you to pick out this year's tree. And whatever you don't spend, you can use for your party.
      Eric: Look, Dad, you know how much I hate haggling with those tree...
      Red: Haggling is part of being an adult. Here's 40 dollars.
      Eric: I want 50.
      Red: Knock it off!

    • Fez: Nothing says Christmas like a big green Grinch ass!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Kelso: You know what my favorite gift of all time is? Lite Brite! It's fun making things with Lite Brite... (he looks around) Well, it is.

      "It's fun making things with Lite Brite" was the television advertising slogan for the toy.

    • The TV program that Red is watching while alone in Bargain Bob's on Christmas Eve is The Little Drummer Boy, a 1968 animated Christmas special, still shown every year.

    • Kitty: What are you guys doing watching cartoons? Holiday Inn is on.

      Holiday Inn is a 1942 movie starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire which features many Irving Berlin songs including "White Christmas".

    • Donna: Man, the Grinch has a big butt!

      The gang is watching How The Grinch Stole Christmas, a 1966 animated Christmas special based on the book of the same name by Dr. Seuss. It is still shown every Christmas.

    • Lisa (to Fez):You know who you remind me of? Freddie Prinze.
      Jenny: No! Ricardo Mottleblonde!

      Freddie Prinze was the star of Chico And The Man, a half-hour weekly sitcom that ran from 1974 to 1978. He was Puerto Rican American.

      Ricardo Montalban was the star of Fantasy Island, a one-hour weekly drama that ran from 1978 to 1984. He is Mexican.