That '70s Show: Season 3, Episode 25

The Promise Ring (22 May 2001)

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Eric gives Donna a promise ring. Donna doesn't respond the way Eric thought.



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Eric and Kelso buy promise rings for Donna and Jackie. Eric gives Donna the ring but she doesn't react the way Eric thought. Kelso is unsure Jackie would want a ring and hesitates to give it. Meanwhile, Jackie heard Kelso got her a ring and can't wait to get it. Hyde and Fez go cruising for girls. Written by Marco van Hoof <>

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Hyde is playing a pinball machine in The Hub and we hear the sounds of it playing, but there are no lights on and the flippers don't move when he hits them. See more »


Fez: Hyde, when I see a girl, how long do I have to wait before she wants to french me?
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A badly scripted turn of events
11 November 2008 | by (Barcelona, Spain) – See all my reviews

Don't get me wrong please: I'm not giving this episode 1 solitary star just because I'm angry about the break-up itself. As much as I hated the fact that Eric and Donna broke up, I could understand that some problems in the characters' relationships are necessary for any story to maintain its momentum and not become boring. But what I really, REALLY hated was the unnecessarily painful and implausible way in which it was done. Eric's initiative might have been a little bold for someone so young, but Donna's reaction was a total betrayal to her character, because for much of the show she had been completely committed to the relationship. Knowing her as we know her by that point, her sudden fear of commitment just doesn't make any sense. Why the hell does her dream of an exciting life have to be incompatible with being with the man she loves? Like Eric says, how can she possibly love Eric if she can imagine a more attractive future in which he is not present? Eric's indignation is justified, and Donna's attitude made me hate her; but I realised she is just a fictional character, and I should be hating the writers for mangling her character in such a disgraceful way for the sake of a plot twist. A real pity.

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