That '70s Show

Season 1 Episode 21

Water Tower

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jun 14, 1999 on FOX
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Episode Summary

Water Tower
The guys paint a pot leaf on the water tower and Kelso falls off trying to fix it because everyone thinks it looks like the finger. Instead of going to the hospital they go to Eric's cause his mom's a nurse. When Eric goes to get her he walks in on his parents having sex. Having trouble sleeping and not being able to look his parents in the eyes leads his parents to believe he's on drugs.moreless

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  • superb

    what i liked- Hyde telling Kelso about when he was younger, he tried to get into Kelso's house, but his dog attacked him and bit his butt, and Kelso starts laughing really hard, the end credits with Fez trying to fix the leaf on the tower, Eric not wanting to admit he saw Red and Kitty in the act and so he says he is doing drugs, amongst other things.

    good, funny episode. kind of boring in some parts but overall pretty enjoyable. B+ as my final grade.moreless
  • 121

    Hilarious installment of That 70s Show. Definitely will go down as one of my favorites. Also a series classic and the beginning of a running gag that lasted throughout the series' run. In which everyone falls off the water tower.

    We got a lot of great scenes with Topher Grace tonight. I'm really impressed with this actor. This was his first acting role yet he did an outstanding job in this episode. On the other hand, Laura Prepon's acting was pretty bad. It was almost painful at times to watch her.

    Nevertheless, we got some really great story lines here. A setting stone in the Michael & Hyde friendship, some really hilarious back-and-forths from Red & Kitty, and even some amusing Laurie scenes in which she's nice for a change (something a bit out of character, but it worked). Superb episode overall: these really were the golden days of the series.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show that 70s show erik and the gang paint a pot leaf on the water tower and turns out that it does not look that good till kelso falls off the water tower and breaks his arm and jakie gets kelso to think that hyde should apolzie to kelso and then they go home and eriks sees his mother and dad having sex and turns out its adramic event and he starts to act weird and then he gets help from his sister and donna and they think erik is on drugs and he final tells them about it this was a good epmoreless
  • Kelso falls off the water tower while the gang is painting a potleaf on it, and Eric encounters the scariest thing of his life when he walks in on his parents having sex.moreless

    Jackie gets upset when her beloved Michael Kelso falls off the water tower. Who does she blame? Hyde. But why would she blame Hyde? Because, he forced Kelso to climb up higher on the water tower to improve the potleaf the gang had painted on it. Kelso slips, falls, and takes a hard landing on the ground below him. Hyde's not upset, though. He's worried about the potleaf looking like a hand giving him the finger. Jackie turns Kelso against Hyde, too, while he is recovering. But in the end, Hyde reminds Kelso of a time that he was in pain and Kelso just laughed. So they're all even. Jackie doesn't think so, though. Meanwhile, before Kelso gets to the hospital, Eric goes up to his parents' bedroom to get his mom, a nurse, to help him. But he quickly backs away when he opens their door and walks in on them having sex. Eww, gross! They don't even notice Eric as he runs off, and just takes the gang to the hospital himself. During the episode, Red and Kitty are suspicious that Eric is doing drugs because of his loss of appetite and just flat out, loss of mood to Red or Kitty. He can't even look at them without their clothes "being off"! (This is just a fantasy, of course) In the end, Eric and his parents have a talk about drugs, and Eric says that's he's not on drugs. When Red asks him what the hell is wrong, he can't say it, and just admits to being on drugs. But Laurie butts in and says it for him: "Eric walked on you guys having sex!" So Red and Kitty share a laugh over it, and Red confirms that Eric has learned his lesson: Always knock. Even if it is in the middle of the afternoon.moreless
  • Funniest episode ever!

    "Ha! And also, hee-hee!" (Steven Hyde).

    Who would have thought that one would find it surreal to catch his or her parents "doing it"? I only had a couple of seconds to recover from each laugh! I was literally guffawing the entire 30 minutes! Even commercial breaks didn't stop me from rolling my ass becaus of the extreme hilarity.

    The best part was that there wasn't an act wasted because each line was freaking hilarious!

    This episode, in my view, displayed the trademark humor of the show.

    Excellent script writing, outstanding punch line delivery, and oh so hilarious antics!

    I vote funniest episode ever!!!

    And best Water Tower fall of the century!moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • At the beginning of the episode, Jackie is wearing a T-shirt with a picture of herself on the front; this type of t-shirt with iron-on pictures were quite popular in the 70s, although most people did not wear one with a picture of themself on it.

    • The music used in this episode was:
      A Place in the Sun (1977) by Pablo Cruise;
      Tell Me Something Good (1974) by Rufus & Chaka Kahn;
      The Things We Do For Love (1977) by 10CC;
      The End (1967) by The Doors.

    • When Eric and his family are eating dinner and he starts imagining Red and Kitty naked, you can see that Kitty is wearing a tube top, and is not actually naked.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (Eric has just walked in on his parents having sex)
      Eric: Okay, uh, we need to get to the hospital now.
      Kelso: But what about your mom?
      Eric (shouting): Don't you dare talk about my mother!

    • (sitting atop the water tower)
      Jackie: Oh my god. From up here, Point Place looks just like Paris.
      Donna: You think that looks like Paris? No wonder you think Kelso could be a model.
      Kelso: Whoa! I could so be a model.

    • Hyde: Okay. All right. Do you remember that time when I was climbing your fence, and I hit my forehead on that tree branch, and I fell into your yard, and your dog Yogi came out of the house and bit me twice on the ass?
      Kelso (laughing): Yeah, you bled and you cried.
      Hyde: I bled. I didn't cry.
      Kelso: Yeah, you did. You bled and you cried.
      Hyde: And you laughed, man. A lot. While I was bleeding... You see my point?
      Kelso: Yeah, it's funny when friends get hurt.
      Hyde: Close enough.

    • (after Eric tells Donna he saw his parents having sex)
      Donna: I could remember like little bits of naked skin peeking through the holes of the hammock.
      Eric: Wow. It's weird but knowing what you went through just makes me feel so much better 'cause you're like totally over it, aren't you?
      Donna: And later they came inside and they had like this checkerboard pattern all over their arms and legs! And my dad laughed and said they fell asleep on the hammock. But I knew it was a lie. I knew what he did to my mom!

    • Red: Are you on dope? Are you?
      Kitty: Because, because, we can help get you clean. There's counseling, hospitalization--
      Red: My foot kicking your ass.

    • Red: I was driving home from the plant and I saw the water tower. It looked like it was giving me the finger.

    • (after painting a pot leaf on the water tower)
      Hyde: I don't know. It kinda looks like it's giving the finger.
      Kelso: No way, man. That is definitely a pot leaf!
      (Kelso falls off the water tower)
      Hyde: Hey Kelso, what's it look like down there?
      Kelso (in pain): It looks like it's giving me the finger!

  • NOTES (0)


    • Kelso: No, wait, Jackie, that's crazy. Hyde's like my best friend.
      Jackie: No. Brian Piccolo and Gayle Sayers were best friends.

      This refers to the 1971 made-for-TV movie Brian's Song, starring James Caan and Billy Dee Williams as two football players who become best friends; Sayers eventually helps nurse Piccolo through his cancer.

    • Fez: Boy, these After School Specials are thrilling. I mean, who knew it takes only one beer to turn a cheerleader into a whore?

      After School Specials were made-for-TV movies aimed at teenagers that ran from 1972 to 1992 and featured popular teen actors. They dealt with social problems affecting teens, such as teenage drinking, drug use, sex, divorce, bullying and sexual abuse.