Cookies help us deliver our Services. By using our Services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Donna And Eric's Cute Callback Moment On That '90s Show Was Completely Unscripted

Netflix's "That '90s Show" serves as the perfect sequel series to the beloved "That '70s Show." While that series ended on New Year's Eve 1979, "That '90s Show" picks up 15 years later. Eric (Topher Grace) and Donna (Laura Prepon) are married now, and they have a 15-year-old daughter, Leia (Callie Haverda). While they've moved to Chicago, they return to Point Place for the Fourth of July, where Leia meets some of the new local kids and wants to spend the summer having adventures. 

It captures the heart of family and carefree spirit that encapsulated much of "That '70s Show" while setting the stage for future seasons. However, the show also paid tribute to what had come before, especially when it came to including the original cast members. While there was a good reason Hyde didn't come back, Eric, Donna, Fez (Wilmer Valderrama), Kelso (Ashton Kutcher), and Jackie (Mila Kunis) all make cameos. And, of course, Red (Kurtwood Smith) and Kitty (Debra Jo Rupp) are there for every episode. 

But the show managed to bring elements of the past more than just having the original cast come back. There were other subtle shoutouts and nods, including one particularly sweet moment between Eric and Donna.

Topher Grace and Laura Prepon instinctively pushed each other

Eric and Donna were the emotional core of "That '70s Show," so it was great to see the two of them finally make it work in "That '90s Show." While the two only pop up together in a single episode, they make the most of it, and we're treated to one of the sweetest moments in the entire season when the couple appears on the hood of a car. It's reminiscent of the pilot of "That '70s Show" when the two of them got back from a concert and just hung out. But that wasn't the only callback within that particular scene. 

The creators of "That '90s Show" did an interview with Buzzfeed where they broke down all of the various minutiae of the new series, and Terry Turner revealed that in the first episode of "That '90s Show," the little push they give each other was completely unscripted. He explained, "[Topher and Laura] did it without even thinking. It was fun to watch people come back from the original cast and drop so easily into the characters. They just put them on like an old shirt."

The moment really cements how much the two of them have been through and how much they still love one another. Hopefully, Netflix picks up "That '90s Show" for more seasons so that those two can keep coming back.

Numerous callbacks featured throughout That '90s Show

Across the 10 episodes of its first season, "That '90s Show" managed to pay tribute to "That '70s Show" many times. Some of these shoutouts were fairly obvious, like when Kelso first enters the Forman residence to shout, "Burn!" This is a reference to his famous catchphrase in "That '70s Show," but others required a bit more intricate knowledge of "That '70s Show" to catch onto. 

For instance, the opening scene of "That '90s Show" has Kitty in the kitchen making food. She's dancing and singing along to "Groove Is in the Heart" by Deee-Lite, which is reminiscent of her first scene in "That '70s Show." In that pilot episode, she's once again in the kitchen making food, dancing, and singing "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille. Both scenes set up the decade the show takes place in by featuring a song from the time period and exemplify Kitty's personality. 

But the pilot of "That '90s Show" takes even more from its parent series. In the episode, the kids stumble upon a keg, but they need to go to a liquor store to get a tap to use it. It's eerily reminiscent of an early episode of "That '70s Show" when Eric and his friends found themselves in a similar predicament. It just goes to show that when it comes to Point Place, some things never change.