That '70s Show: Season 5, Episode 1

Going to California (17 Sep. 2002)

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Eric goes to California to express his love for Donna, meanwhile Kelso tries to talk Annette into bed.



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Eric sleeps till noon and then concentrates on his bowl movements, till Kitty reports Donna has phoned. In California Donna bitchily tries to ruin Michael Kelso's sweetly picking up dumb blonde Malibu surfers girl Annette by nagging about Jackie. Eric's parents forbade him to go, but Hyde bought a ticket from his secretly stashed-away money and promises to cover for him, but actually hooks up with Jackie, who rats on him. Once reunited, the love-birds, wanting to go straight back home, commandeer poor Kelso and his van, but Annette wouldn't put out anyway. Written by KGF Vissers

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The opening credits used from this episode no longer feature Tommy Chong as Leo. The same opening sequence was used, but the scene with Leo and all the guys was replaced by the scene with only Kitty, Donna and Jackie. This version of the opening sequence is the one that lasted the longest. It was used until the season 7 finale. See more »


When Eric is talking with Hyde, Fez and Jackie in the basement, Jackie's sun dress strap is off-the-shoulder in her closeups, on her shoulder in the distant shots. See more »


Annette: So, all you care about is sex. I thought that there was more to you than that.
Michael Kelso: But there isn't.
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Definitely one of the weakest episodes of the series run
11 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

By the time That '70s Show reached in its fifth season in the fall of 2002, it had already begun to show signs of old age. The Eric/Donna relationship fights were getting old, the number of jokes missing the target were increasing, and Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) had started going from funny to annoying. What the season premiere to the fifth season needed was something to make the show fresh, a plot twist, a major change, or the return of a previously seen character. What was supplied instead was Jessica Simpson in her acting debut. I love Jessica Simpson as much as the next guy in the 18-25 demographic, but it just wasn't right to bring her in while the show was in the middle of a slump for the first time. There is nothing wrong with her performance in the episode, she has the dumb blonde routine down and looks drop dead gorgeous as always, though the material she and the rest of the cast are given to work with isn't up to the standards of the previous seasons other than the opening scene with Eric (Topher Grace) in the bathroom. It's definitely one of the weakest episodes of the series.

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