That '70s Show: Season 1, Episode 23

Grandma's Dead (12 Jul. 1999)

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When Grandma Forman dies unexpectedly the Formans have to deal with the loss. Eric goes to a bar, Kitty cooks, Laurie thinks of her inheritance, and Red has to deal with his over-emotional brother.

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After Eric tells her it wouldn't kill her to be nice day for one day, his paternal grandmother Bernice, who always bags on Kitty, drops dead on his shoulder. Eric feels he killed her by this and doesn't dare tell Red, even though Donna thinks he should. Meanwhile, Red's very emotional brother Marty has arrived and is a millstone around Red's neck. Laurie doesn't mourn but sees the advantages of her grandma's death. Eric and the guys go to a bar pretending to be soldiers, get hit on by some girls and end up in a fight. Kitty hides her mixed feelings by cooking. Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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When Grandma dies while Eric is driving home, grandma falls against Eric's shoulder and is clearly still blinking when she is supposed to be dead. See more »

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Eric Forman: I killed her. She was old, and the shock of her grandson telling her that she was nasty killed her.
Donna Pinciotti: Have you talked to Red about this?
Eric Forman: I'm not talking to my dad about this. Do you remember how angry he got when I didn't rake the yard? And this is like, twice as bad.
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Sitcom deals with a serious topic.
29 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This show deals with the topic of death, which is unexpected for a sitcom. Surprisingly, the show deals with the subject in an effective manner, without becoming sentimental. Repression, denial, and projection are dramatized as each character deals in their own way with the loss of a relative, in this case Red's mother. Kurtwood Smith gives the best performance. His character, the droll and cynical head of the household, Red, struggles the most to maintain control, repress his emotions and frowns on others who express theirs. That doesn't mean he is unfeeling, it just means that he is afraid to let loose because he believes that showing feelings is a sign of weakness and will undermine his position as an authority figure. Yet he too eventually succumbs as he reminisces with his son, who blames himself for his grandmother's death. All in all, this sitcom manages to deal with a complex and sensitive topic at a level that transcends the the usual low level of potboiler pulp to which we have become accustomed.


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