That '70s Show

Season 1 Episode 21

Water Tower

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • (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

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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