That '70s Show: Season 4, Episode 1

It's a Wonderful Life (25 Sep. 2001)

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Eric is absolutely devastated over his and Donna's break-up, and spends all day in bed wishing they never had kissed. But asleep an angel comes to show Eric, how his and the gang's lives had turned if he and Donna had never been together.



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Episode cast overview:
Bob Pinciotti (credit only)
Leo (credit only)
Rhonda (as Cynthia Lamontagne)


Eric and Donna are miserable after their break-up, so he spends all day in bed wishing they never had kissed. Then an angel appears to show 'God's favorite cherub' Eric how his and the gang's lives had turned if he and Donna had never been together. Hyde is a drop-out and with Donna who gets a tattoo, getting married. Kelso can't make up with Jackie, but becomes a TV anchorman. Eric stays just Red's slave, as only Donna gave him the courage to stand up for himself, ending up with Rhonda and a workaholic, terrorized by his spoiled little brother Jake. Fez becomes a rock musician. Ten years later, things are even worse... Written by KGF Vissers

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There are repeated references to Ashton Kutcher's role in Dude, Where's My Car? (2000). In the Hitchcock episode, Kelso (played by Kutcher) tells the paper boy, "This is a case of mistaken identity", a phrase he used many times in "Dude...". In the episode "It's a Wonderful Life", Kelso's future wife says she'll be waiting in the LeCar. Kutcher's character in "Dude..." also drove a LeCar. Ashton also uses the line, "LeCar for LeZak," in Just Married (2003). See more »


Eric: You're not an angel. You don't even float. Everyone knows angels float.
The Angel: Fine.
[starts floating above the floor and glowing brightly]
The Angel: Eric Forman, God's favorite cherub. Come with me, and I will release you of your suffering. Don't be afraid, little one.
Eric: No offense, but are you coming on to me?
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Written by Frank Maudsley, Paul Reynolds, Ali Score and Michael Score
Performed by Wilmer Valderrama
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Funny, but one of the weakest of Season Four
28 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

In the end of Season Three of "That '70s Show", Eric (Topher Grace) broke up with Donna (Laura Prepon) when she refused to wear the promise ring that he gave her. A dumb move by Eric and a dumb move by the writers. The beginning of Season Four found Eric whining and being depressed over the break-up, a plot line that got old real fast. Trying to turn something that could have been overly dramatic comical, 'It's A Wonderful Life' takes the idea from the title movie and attempts to get laughs from seeing what life would be like had Eric never kissed Donna. Some of it is sort of funny although it is only semi-amusing and the concept has been done to death not only in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, but also in several other films and television series. As in most episodes in Season Four, Fez (Wilmer Valderrama) and Kelso (Ashton Kutcher) have the best moments.

This episode was one of the weakest of Season Four, one of my least favorite seasons of the show. By this time time, the program was beginning to show its age. It's obvious the writers were trying to find ways to change the show and keep it going, most of which didn't work for the better. The show should have ended after Season Six. 5/10

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