That '70s Show

Season 1 Episode 17

The Pill

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 21, 1999 on FOX
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The Pill
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Since no one else is around, Jackie confides in Eric that she thinks she might be pregnant. Eric passes the news on to Donna, who tries to get Jackie to tell Kelso. The incident inspires Donna to go on birth control pills. Her decision inadvertantly causes Eric a lot of grief when Bob and the Formans find out.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Donna: When this ERA passes, I'm gonna be able to do whatever I want.

      The ERA, or Equal Rights Amendment, was passed by Senate and Congress in 1972 and given a seven-year deadline for ratification by the states. The deadline was extended from 1979 to 1982; it still did not meet the requirements for ratification, so the ERA has never become law.

    • The music used in this episode was:
      You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine (1976) by Lou Rawls.

    • In the drugstore scene, with Eric and Bob, Bob has a green bottle of cologne in one hand, while he's talking to Eric, and in the next shot, the bottle of cologne has changed shape, size and color into a blue bottle, and the original green bottle is back on the counter.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Eric: I had a nice discussion with Red and Kitty about foreplay.
      Donna: I'm really sorry Eric.
      Eric: Yeah, me too.

    • Kitty (to Eric): Foreplay is very important.
      Red: Oh, no it's not.
      Kitty (to Red): Yes, it is.

    • Jackie: So Donna, tell me more about this pill. Does it do anything weird to your hair?
      Donna: Only above your lip.

    • Jackie: Now I can forget about this whole ugly thing and never ever have to--
      Donna (while shaking her violently): Jackie, I am not gonna let you forget about this!

    • Eric: What could be so important that you'd give up a week of whoring around Fort Lauderdale? Oh, I know. It's your grades, right? You're flunking out. Bingo! Forman scores, right?

    • Donna: I have to go to the bathroom. Jackie?
      Jackie: Oh my God, Donna, you have never asked me to go to the bathroom with you before!
      Donna: Yeah, it's a big day.

    • Jackie: Look, I need to talk to someone. I can really use a friend right now.
      Eric: Okay then well, good luck with that.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Donna: You're fine. Red and Kitty are watching Bonanza.

      Bonanza was a weekly one-hour western that ran from 1959 to 1973, and then was syndicated.

    • Dick Clark's Voice: Coming up in the second half-hour of American Bandstand: Shields and Yarnell, Elton John and Kiki Dee.

      American Bandstand was a long-running music program that started in 1957 and continued to 1987, hosted by Dick Clark.

      Shields and Yarnell were mime artists, popular in the mid-70s, who regularly appeared on The Sonny & Cher Show, eventually getting their own short-lived show.

      Elton John and Kiki Dee would have been performing their 1976 hit "Don't Go Breaking My Heart".

    • Bob: Sanford thinks he's having a heart attack. It looks like the big one. Come watch.

      Bob is watching Sanford and Son, a half-hour weekly sitcom that ran from 1972 to 1977, starring Redd Foxx. The main character, Sanford, was always faking heart attacks to get his son to do what he wanted him to do.

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