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"Streaking" is the third episode in the first season of That '70s Show, and third episode overall. It aired on September 6, 1998.

Synopsis

When Gerald Ford comes to Point Place on a whistle-stop tour, Hyde, Kelso, Eric and Fez decide to make a statement by streaking. Red is chosen to ask the President a question at the town meeting. Donna is mortified when her dad wants her to wear an American flag jump-suit.

Plot

Jackie's father Jack Burkhart, a city councilman, arranges for President Ford to stop at Point Place as part of his re-election campaign. The principal of Point Place High School makes a speech warning against any shenanigans, which of course gives Hyde the idea to "fight the power". Eventually, the boys decide to go streaking. Eric is apprehensive at first, but decides to go for it. Meanwhile, Bob wants Red to ask Gerald Ford a question in the Q&A. Red agrees, assuming that he will ask whatever he wants. However, Bob tells him that Jack's Committee which Bob is a part of wants him to ask "What has been your favorite parade?". Red thinks that the committee's question is stupid and is upset that his right to free speech has been taken from him.

Come the day of the Presidential visit, everyone decides not to streak, as there are too many guard dogs and Secret Service. However, when Red gets up to ask the committee's question, he stutters and starts to bomb. In desperation, Eric puts on a Nixon mask and streaks across the auditorium. This seems to motivate Red to say "Hey, Gerry. Here's my question." and asks "How the hell could you pardon Nixon?". Red receives applause from everyone except the committee, especially a furious Jack. At the end of the episode, Eric congratulates Red for his courage at the rally, to which Red replies "sometimes, a man's gotta' do what a man's gotta' do." As Eric starts to head upstairs to bed, Red reveals that he knew it was Eric who streaked at the rally, saying "next time, don't wear black socks. You looked like an ass."

Cast

Starring

Guest Starring

Also Starring

Quotes

Steven Hyde – Two women riding around in a phallic RV handing out things that blow? What a country!
Fez – My country invented -Not it!-
Kitty – My point is, all families are embarrassing. If they're not, they're dead
Kelso – You are so lucky I'm naked pal!
Eric, Hyde, Fez – Shut up!
Eric Forman – WEE WEE PEE PEE, WEE WEE PEE PEE!!!

Trivia

  • Jackie breaks the fourth wall in this episode when she arrives at the lunch table, with the rest of the gang and asks them why they're all sitting at one side of the table. This is a reference to how in live action TV shows, everyone always sits on one side of the table so the camera will have a shot of all of the characters and they only show it from that one angle so that they can keep the camera shot within the set.
    • The joke was later continued when it referenced to the famous painting The Last Supper. Showing all of the characters get into the same positions as the people in the painting and then have the background change into the Cenacle and for the colors and filters to look like the texture of the painting.
  • In this episode, we find out Red is left-handed. In "Holy Crap!" we find out Laurie is left-handed.

Music

  • Alice Cooper - "Elected"

Photos

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