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Season 8 is the final season of the American television series That '70s Show.

Synopsis Edit

Kitty tries to get Red to admit that he misses Eric, who is off teaching in Africa. Hyde returns after an extended absence. Complicating Jackie's attempts to make up with him, Hyde is now married to a stripper named Samantha who he met in a drunken stupor in Vegas. After learning about Sam's past, Kitty wants Red to kick her out of the house. Hyde tries to fire Leo, who has turned the record store into a hippie haven, but just ends up hiring new help, a guy named Randy, who starts dating Donna when her long-distance relationship with Eric proves too hard to maintain.

With Kelso in Chicago to be closer to his baby, Jackie moves into his old room in Fez's apartment. Fez gets a new girlfriend, while Jackie deals with a difficult new boss and starts to feel like maybe she should be in a relationship with Fez. Naturally, they end up feuding before she finally reveals her true feelings to him. Red retires and sells his muffler shop, and the Formans decide to sell their home. Finally, on the last day of the '70s, Eric flies home from Africa, just in time ring in the new decade with his family and friends... but will Donna be there to welcome him home?

StarringEdit

Mila Kunis as Jackie Burkhart 22/22
Danny Masterson as Steven Hyde 22/22
Laura Prepon as Donna Pinciotti 22/22
Wilmer Valderrama as Fez 22/22
Debra Jo Rupp as Kitty Forman 22/22
Kurtwood Smith as Red Forman 22/22
Josh Meyers as Randy Pearson 21/22
Don Stark as Bob Pinciotti 14/22
Tommy Chong as Leo Chingkwake 11/22

Special Guest Stars

Topher Grace as Eric Forman (uncredited cameo) 1/22
Ashton Kutcher as Michael Kelso 5/22
Tim Reid as William Barnett, Hyde's long lost father. 2/22
Isaac Hayes as Himself ("Spread Your Wings")
Don Knotts as The Landlord ("Stone Cold Crazy")
Mary Tyler Moore as Christine St. George (3 episodes)
Bruce Willis as Vic ("Misfire")
Dick Van Patten as Murph ("Sweet Lady")
Gavin MacLeod as Smitty ("Sweet Lady")
Tom Bosley as Dr. Hammond ("Crazy Little Thing Called Love")
Barry Williams as Jeff ("We Will Rock You")
Christopher Knight as Josh ("We Will Rock You")
Justin Long as Andrew Davis ("Love of My Life")

Recurring cast

Judy Tylor as Samantha Hyde 9/22
Lara Everly as Hilary 3/22
Allison Munn as Caroline Dupree, Fez's ex-girlfriend who re-enters his life. 2/22

Guest starring

Bret Harrison as Charlie Richardson ("Bohemian Rhapsody")
Yvette Nicole Brown as Sgt. Davis ("You're My Best Friend")
Barry Williams as Jeff 1/22
Christopher Knight as Josh 1/22
Tom Bosley as Dr. Hammond 1/22
Jim Rash as Fenton ("Who Needs You")

Format Edit

This season marked a major change in the series, as a new character was introduced to take Eric's place named Randy Pearson (portrayed by new cast member Josh Meyers). Also, Leo (Tommy Chong) returned as a main character following his return to the series in the seventh season (in a special guest role). Season 8 was also the shortest season of the show, only lasting for 22 episodes.

Trivia Edit

  • Season 8 was the first and only season without the show's main character Eric Forman, portrayed by Topher Grace, since he left the show at the end of Season 7 to star in "Spider-Man 3".
  • Ashton Kutcher, who portrayed Michael Kelso, actually quit the show at the end of Season 7 but remained on the series for five episodes during the season as a "special guest star".
  • Kutcher appeared in the first four episodes of season 8 to give closure to Kelso and appeared again in the series finale "That '70s Finale".
  • Topher Grace also returned for the final episode but his role was uncredited.
  • Unlike the other seasons, Season 8 received a ton of hate, as a lot of people thought it was a huge fan slap and that the Randy character played by Josh Meyers was a terrible replacement for Eric. This season also lost a lot of viewers compared to the other seasons.
  • This season is set entirely in 1979, with the final seconds of the series being the final seconds of that year.
  • All episodes of season 8, except the finale, are named after songs by Queen.
  • The opening sequence for season 8 features the cast sitting in the circle, lip synching the song as the camera moves around to show each character.

EpisodesEdit

Image Title Original Airdate No. in season Production Code
BohemianRhapsody
Bohemian Rhapsody November 2, 2005 8.01 801

Kitty, Fez and Donna record a tape for Eric, summarizing what happened since he left. Red is ashamed of Kitty's experiment with something their son did prior to leaving. Hyde and Jackie argue about their relationship after Hyde punches Kelso, and it worsens when a stripper named Samantha finds the Formans' house and reveals her marriage to Hyde. Charlie dies when he falls off the water tower & names it after him.

T7S802 Somebody to Love November 2, 2005 8.02 802

After Leo leaves an ambiguous note on Grooves' front door, a teenager named Randy Pearson applies for a non-existing job. Hyde hires him while he is intoxicated, and after sobering up, wonders if it was a good decision. Jackie, Fez and Donna go to a bar so Jackie could hit on guys and then break their hearts to make her feel better. Red and Kitty try to get Hyde's wife, Samantha, to leave.

YoureMyBestFriend You're My Best Friend November 9, 2005 8.03 803

Randy wants to throw Hyde a belated bachelor party and puts Kelso and Fez in charge of getting Hyde to the Formans' house without him knowing. But Kelso forgets his part of the plan and the guys end up in jail. Meanwhile, the Formans are furious when Leo has the strippers at their house and Jackie is shocked when Donna befriends Samantha.

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Misfire November 16, 2005 8.04 804

Kelso makes one last move on Jackie, but is offered a job at the Playboy Club in Chicago. Red and Kitty celebrate their anniversary, and Donna feels bad when Eric calls Kitty much more often than he calls her. Randy tries to console Donna. At the end of the episode, Kelso joins his friends in one last circle before he moves to Chicago.

T7S805 Stone Cold Crazy November 30, 2005 8.05 805

Kitty feels neglected by Red, so Samantha helps her improve her image. Now that Kelso has moved to Chicago, Jackie moves in with Fez, who has to deal with his crazy ex-girlfriend Caroline. With some help from Samantha, Donna takes nude photos to send to Eric; unfortunately, he is not the first one to see them.

Long Away December 7, 2005 8.06 806

Donna starts spending more time with Randy, much to Fez and Jackie's suspicion, and the latter decides Eric has to know about this mingling. Red hires Leo to be his photographer at a Veterans' Reunion, as Red is now the most decorated veteran and wants to show off, but Leo steals the spotlight when he reveals his military past. Unfortunately, it is revealed that Eric had broken up with Donna and that's why she is now hanging out with Randy.

Fun It December 14, 2005 8.07 807

Randy gets himself and the gang in trouble after they steal the Fatso Burger mascot and upset the whole town. Jackie lets out her fear of clowns, Fez unsuccessfully tries to hate Randy and Donna gives in to her dark side.

Good Company January 12, 2006 8.08 808

Jackie discovers Donna's crush on Randy, while Kitty is angry at Fez after he begins dating one of her friends. Donna's birthday is approaching and her friends don't know what present to give her.

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Who Needs You January 19, 2006 8.09 809

Kitty and Red get annoyed with Hyde and Samantha's constant fighting. After Jackie floods Fez's apartment and almost gets them evicted, she decides to save the day in the most feminine way. Donna tries to get people to donate money for a children's library and is in for some disappointment about the fans of "Hot Donna".

Sweet Lady January 26, 2006 8.10 810

Donna is suspicious of Randy's intentions when he invites her to a cabin under questionable pretenses. Jackie wants to work for Christine St. George, a talk show host for What's Up, Wisconsin?. Hyde meets Red's older friends and questions his marriage.

Favscene Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy February 2, 2006 8.11 811

Jackie needs Kitty's help to get Christine St. George to like her. Leo has a crush on someone quite unexpected and asks the other guys for help.

Killer Queen February 9, 2006 8.12 812

It's Valentine's Day and Red has trouble finding Kitty a gift when his present stash is found empty after he lets Hyde pick one for Samantha. Fez and Jackie fake a relationship for Christine St. George on What's Up, Wisconsin? when a guest fails to appear. Donna helps Randy plan out his Valentine's Day and is surprised to learn who his date is.

Spread Your Wings March 16, 2006 8.13 813

Donna unsuccessfully tries to keep her relationship with Randy a secret. Fez tries to impress a co-worker named Hillary at all costs, while Jackie gets a new job, but finds it quite disappointing. Kitty and Red clean Eric's old bedroom with Randy's help. Things take a turn for the worse when Kitty catches Randy and Donna kissing in the room.

0d9c6881bff3d173b66f71af30e09cb1 Son and Daughter March 23, 2006 8.14 814

Hyde has to watch over his father's house when he goes out of town. A subsequent party goes out of control and only Leo can fix the damage. Kitty is still furious at Donna for kissing Randy in Eric's old bedroom and tries to ridicule her. After defending Randy, Red stays at Bob's to avoid further fights with Kitty.

Keep Yourself Alive April 13, 2006 8.15 815

Fez loses Kitty's wedding ring and the gang spends their night in the woods looking for it, with Donna and Randy trying desperately to be alone, but unable to due to Jackie and Hyde's fighting. Red is uncomfortable when Bob says too much about the same ring in front of Kitty.

5075cdadacda8e42752465829 My Fairy King April 27, 2006 8.16 816

Hyde finds out a terrible truth about Samantha that causes their marriage to end. A rival muffler shop might force Red into retirement. Jackie makes up a list of qualities she needs in a man and is overwhelmed when she realizes who her perfect match is.

Crazy Little Thing Called Love April 27, 2006 8.17 817

Jackie discusses her feelings towards Fez with a therapist, who tells Jackie she is only interested in unavailable men. Hyde keeps a retired Red busy, but regrets it later. Meanwhile, Fez is dumped for a very unusual reason.

We Will Rock You May 4, 2006 8.18 818

The gang meets a variety of people at a "Disco Sucks" bonfire. Jackie unsuccessfully tries to use the occasion to get closer to Fez. Kitty and Red have a visit from new neighbors, but there is just something about them that makes them uncomfortable: they're gay.

Tumblr mpuo9sVxdu1sukj3xo1 500 Sheer Heart Attack May 4, 2006 8.19 819

After numerous amorous adventures, Fez decides to stay with only one girl, and returns to ex-girlfriend Caroline, much to Jackie's dismay. Red and Hyde try to sell unneeded heart pills without Kitty's consent.

5 Leaving Home Ain't Easy May 11, 2006 8.20 820

Bob wants Red and Kitty to move to Florida with him, while Randy suggests Donna move in with him. Jackie messes with Fez's car when he rejects her, thus Fez takes revenge in the most harmful way.

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Love of My Life May 18, 2006 8.21 821

Red and Kitty try to sell their house, while Jackie must choose if she wants to be with Fez or not, as he considers returning to his home country. Randy tries to figure out what went wrong in his relationship with Donna and Hyde tries to stop using marijuana after a bad experience.

T7S822 That '70s Finale May 18, 2006 8.22 822

In the series finale, it is December 31, 1979, the final day of the 1970s. Eric is coming back from africa, Hyde helps a hesitant Kitty and Red decide about moving. Fez searches for the perfect time and place for his first kiss with Jackie while Kelso returns to spend the last night of the 1970s with his friends.

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