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Eric's Burger Job ****1/2
berringercross from United States
26 June 2010
Original Air Date: September 27th, 1998
When her parents go away for the weekend there's a party at Donna's
house, but the only person she really wants to attend is stuck working
late at his new job. This fifth episode of "That '70s Show" derives
much of its humor from the familiarity principle: everyone's been in
similar situations to what Eric Forman is going through. Let's face it,
who hasn't begun their working life with a menial job such as being
employed by a fast food restaurant (or a retail outlet, or a grocery
store, or a video store, etc.)? It really hits home for a lot of us and
that's what makes this piece so funny.
Fatso Burger in itself is another testament to that sense of
familiarity with its scarily generic set design and recognizably
mundane color schematic. There's even a cookie cutter employer molded
out of guest star Danny Bonaduce (who found fame in the actual
seventies by appearing on another popular sitcom, "The Partridge
Family"). Throw in a goofy, mock informational training video, replete
with grainy black-and-white, and the scenario is concluded.
Things are also coming together nicely cast-wise for this installment.
Danny Masterson has started to imbue more sincere (and sincerely
endearing) sarcasm into his role of Hyde while Topher Grace (as Eric)
has finally found the balance between indecisive square and altruistic
centerpiece. Even Ashton Kutcher has expanded his dim bulb routine for
Kelso; paying particular attention to the crafting of the job interview
sequence using understated gestures and vocal patterns for maximum
effect. There's still room for Kurtwood Smith to steal the one liner's
spotlight as well with his slaughterhouse joke near the beginning of
the program (though the introduction of Wilmer Valderrama's trademark
catchphrase "it gives me needs" deserves an honorable mention, too).
Last but not least, this is the episode that features Donna's famous
disappearing sister Tina (played by pretty jailbait Amanda Fuller), who
would never be seen again in the series' run. Overall, "Eric's Burger
Job" hits almost as many high notes as one chapter of a sitcom can,
making it a wonderful addition to the incredible first season.
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