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"That '70s Show" It's a Wonderful Life (2001)

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That '70s Show: Season 4: Episode 1 -- 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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Original Air Date:
25 September 2001 (Season 4, Episode 1)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
David Trainer 
Writing credits
Bonnie Turner (created by) &
Terry Turner (created by) &
Mark Brazill (created by)

Linda Wallem (written by)

Produced by
Dean Batali .... producer
Mark Brazill .... executive producer
Marcy Carsey .... executive producer
Rob DesHotel .... producer (as Rob Des Hotel)
Jackie Filgo .... co-executive producer
Jeff Filgo .... co-executive producer
Will Forte .... co-producer
Mark Hudis .... producer
Patrick Kienlen .... producer
Toti Levine .... associate producer
Caryn Mandabach .... executive producer
Gregg Mettler .... producer
Dave Schiff .... co-producer
Philip Stark .... co-producer
Bonnie Turner .... executive producer
Terry Turner .... executive producer
Linda Wallem .... executive producer
Tom Werner .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jeff Sudakin 
Ben Vaughn 
Cinematography by
Ronald W. Browne (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tim Ryder  (as Timothy Ryder)
Casting by
Cecily Adams 
Marc Hirschfeld 
Meg Liberman 
Production Design by
Garvin Eddy 
Set Decoration by
Tara Stephenson 
Makeup Department
Cindy Gardner .... makeup artist
Tracey Levy .... makeup artist
Gabriella Pollino .... hair department head
Gabriella Pollino .... hair designer
Production Management
Courtney B. Conte .... executive in charge of production
Courtney B. Conte .... unit production manager
Melanie Patterson .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Danny Filous .... second assistant director
Mavis .... first assistant director
Art Department
Rhonda DeMarc-Elliott .... on-set dresser
Mark Rich .... property master (as Mark Patrick Rich)
Amy Rost .... assistant property master
Henry Saine .... graphic artist
Tim Lehman .... paint gang boss (uncredited)
Sound Department
Todd Grace .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig Porter .... sound re-recordist
Vince Rohr .... production sound
Vince Rohr .... sound mixer
Wayne O'Brien .... m&e re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Dan Carrington .... titles compositor
Scott Milne .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Anderson .... key grip
David Colclasure .... assistant camera
Doug Dale .... gaffer
Steve Gilbert .... dolly grip
Donald L. Hartley .... dolly grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Johnny Foam .... costume supervisor
Chris Newlander .... costumer
Editorial Department
Clare France .... post-production assistant (as Helen Clare France)
Marc Wielage .... telecine colorist
Music Department
John McCullough .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Ray DeVally Jr. .... technical coordinator (as Ray deValley)
Alan Dybner .... assistant to writers
Jill Effron .... assistant to writers
Sallie Houston .... production assistant
Tricia Kangrga .... script supervisor
Derrick Littles .... production assistant
Sarah McLaughlin .... assistant to writers
Robyn Mesher .... production assistant
Bryan Moore .... story editor
Melodie Moore .... production assistant
Mona Nash .... production assistant
Kristin Newman .... story editor
Chris Peterson .... story editor (as Christopher Peterson)
Maria Picaso .... production assistant
Daliah Rogow Nichols .... production executive (as Daliah Rogow)
Catherine Lee Wright .... production assistant
Mike Doto .... production staff (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mark Brazill  creator
Bonnie Turner  created by
Terry Turner  created by

Produced by
Joel Madison .... producer
Chris Peters .... producer (2004)
Tim Ryder .... associate producer (pilot episode)
Casting by
Tara-Anne Johnson  (as Tara Johnson)
Makeup Department
Kim Ayers .... additional makeup artist
Nanci Cascio .... hair stylist
Selina Jayne .... assistant makeup artist
Julie Kristy .... makeup artist
Rosemary Lawrence .... assistant makeup artist (2003)
Rela Martine .... makeup artist
Melanie Mills .... makeup artist
Cheryl Ann Nick .... makeup artist (as Cheryl Nick)
Verina Schafer .... additional hair stylist
David Syner .... key makeup artist
Art Department
Richard J. Ramirez Jr. .... assistant art director
George Sartiano .... property creator
Sound Department
Mitch Bryan .... sound recordist
Yasmin Muniz .... boom operator
Brian Porlier .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Kevin Pike .... special effects supervisor
Dane Farwell .... stunt coordinator
Gene LeBell .... stunts
Diana R. Lupo .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
James M. Chizmar Jr. .... grip
Jim Chizmar .... grip
Howard Ford .... camera operator
R. Michael Stringer .... grip
Zak Walshon .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Cara Coslow .... vice president of casting: Carsey-Werner-Mandabach
Elizabeth Gentry .... casting manager: Carsey-Werner-Mandabach (as Elizabeth Druyun)
Lee A. Miles .... extras casting
Alex Staggs .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Guy Miracle .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Lenny Duge .... post-production duplication
Andy Lichtstein .... colorist
Music Department
Brett Perry .... composer: special music (2001-2006)
Other crew
James Anderson .... publicist
Sean Coyle .... production assistant (2003-2005)
Jason Guess .... production staff
Artemisa Gutierrez .... publicist
Joe Lampe .... production staff
Michael B. Louis .... production assistant
Neal Naito .... assistant to cast
Shaun Newton .... production assistant
Gene Oh .... production staff
John Rios .... production staff
Diann Shaw .... publicist (2003)
Edana Tisherman .... production staff
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Additional Details

22 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

In the alternate universe where Eric and Donna never dated, Kelso comes to Donna and Hyde's wedding as "Cedar Rapids' number one anchorman." Ashton Kutcher grew up in Cedar Rapids, IA.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?
See more »
Movie Connections:
References It's a Wonderful Life (1946)See more »
Don't Worry Be HappySee more »


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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Adding insult to injury, 11 November 2008
Author: el_monty_BCN from Barcelona, Spain

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

After the disaster that was the break-up at the end of season three, I felt that this episode sadly only made things even worse. Donna is supposed to have prompted the break-up because of her fear to a long-term commitment to Eric, but in this alternate world she has no qualms about tattooing Hyde's name on her body, and eventually marrying him. What are we to understand then? That she is only afraid of committing to Eric, but not to another, more adventurous man? This is extremely wrong, because a) it represents a savage humiliation of Eric's character, of the not-funny kind (Isn't this the main character? Aren't supposed to LIKE this guy?); and b) it is a betrayal to the love story we have been following for three years, because it implies that her love for him was never as deep or passionate as what she would be able to feel for another. Which, again, makes absolutely no sense, from what we have seen in previous seasons.

I know some might say "man, don't take it so seriously, the whole thing is just a Scrooge joke. Eric is BURNED! Ha ha". That is, obviously, a Kelso reaction. We are supposed to be above Kelso's level (or else how could we laugh at him?). The pain and the humiliation cannot be ignored so easily. It may be a comedy, but the writers had decided to introduce a very dramatic turn in the life of a character we care for, and they should have been more thoughtful about how they were going to deal with it. You cannot build a connection between a character and an audience for three years and then expect that same audience to laugh at his extreme misery as if it didn't matter.

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