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Season 5 of the American television series That '70s Show aired on FOX from September 17, 2002 to May 14, 2003.

Synopsis

Despite his parents' forbidding it, a determined and lovestruck Eric decides to go to California and find Donna so he can declare his love to her face-to-face. The consequences of the trip include Eric losing his car and Donna being sent by Bob to Catholic school. Jackie and Hyde begin messing around, much to Fez's shock and Kelso's chagrin. Though Kelso is back on the prowl and dating a new girl named Annette, Jackie is ultimately torn as to who whether she should be with him or Hyde. Fez gets a job at the DMV and pursues a relationship with Nina, his neurotic new boss (and finally loses his virginity!), while Kelso decides to become a cop.

Kitty announces that she is pregnant—but it turns out to just be menopause, which sends her into a tailspin. Jackie's city councilman father gets sent to prison and her partying mom has no intention of coming home to take of her, leaving Hyde at a loss as to how he can help. Eric and Donna get engaged and decide to move together to Madison, which enrages Red. Fez discovers that his student visa has expired and he has to leave America, leading Laurie to take the drastic step of marrying him. The news of their nuptials causes Red to have a heart attack.

Cast

Main

Special Guest Appearance by

  • Tom Poston as Burt Sigurdson (3 episodes)
  • Bobcat Goldthwait as Eli ("The Battle for Evermore")
  • Jim Gaffigan as Roy (3 episodes)
  • Sam Levine as Lance Crawford ("Trampled Under Foot")
  • Chilli as Hot Nurse ("You Shook Me")

Special Guest Cast

Special Appearance by

Recurring Cast

  • Joanna Canton as Nina (8 episodes)
  • Mo Gaffney as Joanne (5 episodes)
  • Jim Rash as Clerk (3 episodes)

Guest Stars

  • Reid Scott as Ted ("Over the Hills and Far Away")
  • Jack Osbourne as Andy ("Misty Mountain Hop")

Trivia

  • Note: All episodes are named after songs by Led Zeppelin.
  • This season is set entirely in the year 1978.

Episodes

Image Title Original Airdate No. in season Production Code
Imgres 33 Going To California September 17, 2002 5.01 501

Desperately wanting to reveal his love for Donna, Eric disobeys his parents and heads to California to find her and Kelso. Kelso has an affair with Annette, a blonde California girl. Meanwhile Jackie and Hyde become closer than ever before.

S5E2 2 I Can't Quit You Babe September 24, 2002 5.02 502

As punishment for running away, Bob sends Donna to attend the Catholic school Our Lady of Perpetual Sorrow and Red takes away Eric's keys to the Vista Cruiser. To their surprise and disgust, Eric and Donna find out about the secret fling between Jackie and Hyde.

S5E3 3 What Is and What Should Never Be October 29, 2002 5.03 503

Red isn't too happy when Kitty announces she's pregnant, while Eric and Donna try to get Hyde to tell Kelso about his relationship with Jackie. Friendships may break after Kelso finds out about the relationship.

169877 Heartbreaker October 29, 2002 5.04 504

Kitty's parents, Burt and Bea, come for a visit to hear about her pregnancy, but Kitty has some news regarding it. Kelso must come to terms with Hyde and Jackie's new relationship.

Tumblr mtrbdiCBre1szhmk0o8 400 Ramble On November 12, 2002 5.05 505

Donna gives Eric a promise ring of her own, much to Eric's dislike for the ring's appearance. Fez applies for a job at the DMV, Hyde is bothered with Jackie's gossiping and Red must deal with Kitty's temper over the discovery of her menopause.

Hqdefault (1) Over the Hills and Far Away November 19, 2002 5.06 506

Red and Kitty go with the guys on a weekend visit to UW–Madison, but Bob won't let Donna go with Eric. Jackie is afraid Hyde will cheat on her while he is at Madison.

T7S702 Hot Dog November 26, 2002 5.07 507

Eric buys Donna the most unexpected present and decides to ask her a question that could change their lives, but the rest of the gang disowns him for even thinking of doing such a thing. Red buys a new dog, Schatzi, to keep Kitty company.

Images (1) Thank You December 3, 2002 5.08 508

It's Thanksgiving, and to keep Red from finding out about his failing math grade, Eric forges his signature on a failing notice, and he and Donna decide to reveal their engagement during dinner. Laurie returns home after a long absence.

Black Dog Black Dog December 10, 2002 5.09 509

Jackie's father gets arrested for bribery, but Hyde doesn't know how to respond to her. Kelso accidentally shoots Hyde with a BB gun in the eye and Fez tries to gain some affection from his new boss, Nina. Meanwhile, Eric, Donna, Red and Kitty have a disagreement over comforting loved ones.

Tumblr mvnrwhtO8k1sk3o9co1 400 The Crunge December 17, 2002 5.10 510

Eric gets an unsatisfactory score on his SATs and wants to retake the tests, to prove he's worthy of marrying Donna. Jackie thinks Hyde's SAT score will bring the two of them fortune, while Kelso flaunts his score around.

Tumblr mnuw2tmJUL1s8dr8qo1 500 The Girl I Love January 7, 2003 5.11 511

Fez introduces Nina to the gang, and Kitty invites them to a dinner party, but the guys and Red want to spend time doing other things.

Misty Mountain Hop Misty Mountain Hop January 22, 2003 5.12 512

Jackie asks the Formans to help clean out her family's ski cabin, after the bank forecloses it, while Hyde convinces Kelso and Fez to go party all weekend at a particular place. Eric wants to do new romantic things with Donna, but it doesn't go as planned for both of them.

513 Your Time Is Gonna Come January 29, 2003 5.13 513

Kelso's girlfriend from California, Annette, comes to visit, stirring Jackie's jealously, which could lead to problems between her and Hyde. Kitty's parents also arrive, bearing bad news, and tragedy strikes, as a member of the Forman family ends up in the hospital, or worse.

Babe I'm Gonna Leave You February 5, 2003 5.14 514

Jackie tries to explain her actions to Hyde, in order to make up with him, but he believes otherwise. It's Valentine's Day and Annette forces Kelso to get rid of Jackie, or else she'll break up with him. Meanwhile, Kitty's mother, Bea, is giving her and Donna a tough time.

1 (1) When the Levee Breaks February 12, 2003 5.15 515

Eric and Donna use her house to practice being a married couple while Bob is out of town, but it doesn't go so well. Meanwhile, their friends are angry at them for not letting them throw a party at Donna's and Kitty buys Hyde an embarrassing jacket.

2 (2) Whole Lotta Love February 19, 2003 5.16 516

After Eric reveals his engagement to Red, he gives Eric the silent treatment and undermines his future, in order to call it off. Kelso gives Jackie a birthday gift, with ulterior motives, and Fez finally loses his virginity to Nina.

059 The Battle of Evermore February 26, 2003 5.17 517

Kitty signs Red and Eric up for a jamboree to help patch up their relationship, while Hyde, Fez, Jackie and Kelso search for an absent Leo.

077 Hey, Hey What Can I Do? March 12, 2003 5.18 518

The gang goes to a job fair, as Eric needs money to pay for his college tuition. Hyde is reluctant to get a job, until an old acquaintance of his offers him a position. Kelso chooses a future job no one else from the gang likes.

039 (1) Bring It on Home March 26, 2003 5.19 519

The Formans discover Jackie has been sleeping in their basement with Hyde, and Bob volunteers to have Jackie over at his place, much to Donna's dismay. Fez realizes Nina is reluctant to introduce him to her family.

520 No Quarter April 2, 2003 5.20 520

Jackie moves in with Bob and Donna, but the things she does in the Pinciotti house don't go down well with Donna. Eric has to pay for Donna's engagement ring with Red taking all his money from him on purpose, and Fez meets someone he knows and hates.

036 Trampled Under Foot April 9, 2003 5.21 521

Nina breaks up with Fez because he is "too needy". After realizing they have nothing to talk about anymore, the gang decide to add another member to their group, but don't know whom to invite. Kitty uses their situation to her advantage, only to discover how bad her candidate for a new member is.

001 You Shook Me April 16, 2003 5.22 522

Fez has an erotic dream about a certain member of the gang, which greatly disturbs him. Kelso questions his own sexuality after hearing about Fez's dream, leading him to seek comfort in Jackie. Joanne offers Eric a job at a local dog food factory.

003 Nobody's Fault But Mine April 23, 2003 5.23 523

Hyde is caught with another woman, as revenge for seeing Jackie with Kelso. Red hastens Eric and Donna's wedding day, until Laurie, who has returned home, offers an alternative for the couple to get out of the situation.

That70sshow 003 The Immigrant Song May 7, 2003 5.24 524

Red takes a day off to think of Eric and Donna's plan to move away to Madison, Hyde and Kelso continue to bicker about one another over Jackie, and a certain prank could result in Fez's deportation. Kelso falls off the water tower (again).

CelebrationDay Celebration Day May 14, 2003 5.25 525

The gang go camping the night before their high school graduation. Jackie decides to let Hyde and Kelso fight it out over her, to see who she'll choose in the end, and as Eric and Donna get ready to leave Point Place, some shocking news will be too much for a certain person to handle, both emotionally and physically.

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