Now the plant where Red worked is closing down, the grumbler tries to keep himself occupied with useless domestic 'repairs', which Kitty finds irritating and badly on top, while blaming everyone, especially Eric. The boys laugh at Eric because his girl Donna keeps beating him at basketball and other games, even Jackie and Midge warn her a boyfriend's ego can't take that, while Kitty claims scores are meaningless in a lifelong relationship like her marriage to Red. Kelso has his own dilemma, between being more manly or Jackie's female charms, only he can shut the others up 'getting some'. Red's drill version of basketball training till you drop has literally that effect on Eric. Written by
The sound of the car burn out is used while the "That '70s Show" logo shakes into view during the intro. This is one of only a few episodes to differentiate from the normal version of the intro used later. See more »
Jackie tells Donna that if Maria and Tony from West Side Story had played basketball one-on-one and Maria had won, they never would have fallen in love. Donna retorts "And then Tony would never have been killed in that knife fight." Actually, Riff and Bernardo were killed in the knife fight, while Tony was shot by Chino later. See more »
[Watching Kelso and Jackie argue]
She will crush him, yes?
Like the spirit of your Mayan forefathers.
My forefathers were not Mayan.
Like anyone cares.
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With Red Forman low on work hours due to cutbacks, he drives his wife crazy with his incessant household fix-it spree. Meanwhile his son Eric is being driven crazy by the fact that the girl he loves has beaten him in one-on-one basketball. For the first time in the show's short history, there are no extravagant extra details (concerts, birthday parties, political rallies) going on in the lives of our favorite television family. In truth, that makes it hard to remember this is indeed a simple sitcom and not an every day slice of American life seen through comical goggles.
Every member of the cast plays at least a semi-integral role in the development of major situations, giving them all opportunities to shine instead of having one or two standouts among the crowd like the initial episodes. More depth is given to Jackie Burkhart (Mila Kunis) and Steven Hyde (Danny Masterson) during the episode's subplot which focuses on the annoying-but-comfortable relationship between Jackie and Kelso. More validity is given to the budding relationship between Eric and Donna. There's even more room for Wilmer Valderrama to expand on the mannerisms of his foreign exchange student personification, Fez. It's nice to see such intricate detail being woven into the fabric of these characters' interactions with one another and it was easy to see that the show would keep solidifying itself from here. Overall, "Battle of the Sexists" might not be one of the most memorable installments from the first season, but you could do a whole lot worse with other television tidbits from the same era.