The third season of That '70s Show, an American television series, began October 3, 2000, and ended on May 22, 2001. It aired on Fox. The region 1 DVD was released on November 15, 2005. This season is set between 1977 and 1978.
Hyde returns from jail only to find Red beyond furious and ready to kick him out of the house. Afraid that he'll turn the other kids into dope fiends, Red asks Eric if Hyde has ever pressured him to do drugs in the past. Eric wonders if he should confess the truth to Red in order to keep him from forcing Hyde out. Elsewhere, Leo visits the Formans to speak on Steven's behalf while Donna uncovers the reason behind Jackie's new found obsession with Hyde.
As punishment for being "dope-heads", Red gives Eric and Hyde a curfew. Laurie is all for it until she discovers that it applies to her too. Red booby-traps the house so that he'll know if there are any escape attempts, and keeps increasing the discipline, despite Kitty's pleas for leniency. Jackie is still trying to convince Hyde that she's the woman for him, but he's not buying it.
The guys get into a bar without showing their fake IDs only to learn that the bartender is none other than Hyde's father, Bud. Kitty finds out about this and, against Hyde's wishes and Red's advice, invites Bud over in an attempt to set things right between father and son. Meanwhile, Donna is disgusted when she finds out that Eric keeps dirty magazines under his bed. And Fez tries to woo Donna and Jackie using suggestions he reads in Playboy.
A Halloween episode filled with parodies of Alfred Hitchcock movies: "Rear Window", "Vertigo", "The Birds", "North By Northwest" and "Psycho".
Jackie has wonderful news: there's a roller disco competition in Kenosha and she wants Hyde to be her partner. When she finds that he's more than unwilling, she's left with a choice between Kelso and Fez, and after seeing their moves, she chooses Fez. This leaves Kelso less than happy, and more than a little jealous. Red, meanwhile, is being sued by an ex-Price Mart employee for wrongful termination, and has to prove to the Labor Board that he's not "unnecessarily angry."
Donna finds a pair of panties in the Vista Cruiser and thinks that Eric is cheating on her with his lab partner. Everyone is in for a big shock when they find out who the panties really belong to. Red's doctor's appointment shows that he has high blood pressure, so Kitty puts him on a strict diet, which he finds inedible. Kelso gains a new nickname due to a mishap in the cafeteria.
Red is not happy when Kitty becomes obsessed with the idea of having another baby after bringing a friend's child home for Laurie to baby-sit. Laurie is completely at a loss on how to take care of a baby until her maternal instincts eventually kick in. Donna gets mad at Eric for thinking that she'll stay home with the children when they have their own. And Hyde and Fez mediate a mock divorce settlement between Jackie and Kelso after Jackie crashes Kelso's van.
It's Veteran's Day and the Formans are getting ready for their annual barbeque after the town parade. Trouble is that Bob, who was only in the National Guard and never saw any action, has inexplicably decided to throw his own barbeque in competition with the Formans. Hyde tells Jackie point blank that he's not interested, inspiring her to bring a date to the Formans' to make him jealous. This ploy causes Hyde to come to a horrifying realization about his true feelings for Jackie.
Living with Bud has some definite benefits; Hyde finds this out when he's having his first Christmas party at Bud's place, and Bud leaves the guys alone with a keg of beer. Eric suffers the consequences of being bad at quarters, and has to be carried home, where Red and Kitty decide that Bud needs a talking to about proper parenting practices. Meanwhile, Jackie is desperate for a boyfriend, and drags Donna out to a bar where they meet some interesting firemen.
Kelso's new master plan to get Jackie back is to copy all the lovey-dovey things that Eric does for Donna. To carry out this plan, he tricks the three of them into going to his uncle's ice shack for the weekend. But his plan hits a major snag when Fez tags along and does everything in his power to make Kelso look bad. Back in Point Place, Kitty orders Red to talk to Laurie about her future, while Hyde – who's on probation – gets pulled over while driving Leo and his suspicious brown paper bag.
After an argument, Eric and Donna decide to withhold sex to see who'll cave in first. Red is nearly killed by a falling tree and it changes his whole outlook on life. He starts being nice to people, even Fez, but he soon realizes that that's not who he is. Kelso claims to have seen a UFO.
Fez has a crush on a girl but is too shy to approach her, so Donna sets them up together. Donna wins two tickets to see Led Zeppelin in concert but Eric can't go because he has to work so she gives one to Fez and the other to Caroline, the girl that Fez has a crush on, because Kelso, Hyde and Jackie keep fighting over who she's going to take. Eric is named Price Mart employee of the month and it goes to his head. Laurie uses Kitty as a hair model and Kitty doesn't like the job she did but won't tell her because Laurie wants to quit already after only two weeks in beauty school.
Kelso invites the gang to an expensive dinner but skips on the bill, leaving Eric and Donna in the restaurant with no money. The two of them decide to shed their "square" personalities and get back at the gang. Bob is upset that Red didn't offer him a job at Price Mart.
Donna gets a job at a radio station and Eric gets jealous because on the air she's known as Hot Donna and supposedly single. Red gets Earl fired from Fatso Burger but Kitty makes him get Earl his job back. Leo wants to sell his car to Kelso but then changes his mind and gives it to Hyde.
Eric pulls Donna's pants down in public and reveals her granny panties to everyone. So he tries to make up by giving her sexy panties on Valentine's Day. When Kelso finds out that Laurie cheated on him he realizes how Jackie must have felt when he cheated on her with Laurie; to Jackie's surprise he doesn't want her to feel sorry for him. Fez asks Caroline to go steady with him and only afterwards does he finds out that she has some strange ideas about romance.
Eric finds a brochure for a nice motel and plans a romantic weekend with Donna, who's glad for the chance to get away from her feuding parents. Both lie about their whereabouts to their parents. But the lie blows up in their faces when they learn who their neighbors are at the motel. Meanwhile, Kelso thinks that he's not a man any more because he can't perform with Pam Macy.
It's Kitty's birthday and the only one who remembers is Hyde. To make up for forgetting, Eric and Red agree to do the most horrifying thing imaginable. Meanwhile, Kelso plans to win Jackie back by being her friend, but it doesn't work the way he thinks it would. And Hyde learns something disturbing about Caroline when he drives her home in his new car.
Jackie tests Kelso to see if she should get back together with him. Fez, Eric and Hyde vandalize an opposing school's locker room because Fez was beaten up by their jocks. Kitty is angry at Bob and Midge for not inviting her and Red to their party until she finds out that Bob and Midge are nudists.
Kitty's sister visits and Kitty thinks she's only there to show off that she's more successful. After going to see an X-rated movie, Eric tries a new move on Donna but it freaks her out; Kelso learns that honesty is the best policy.
Kitty forces Red, Eric, Hyde and Kelso to help out at a church fundraiser. Red spends all of his time at the craps table, Kelso and Hyde cheat at bingo so they can win all the prizes. Eric is busy worrying about his relationship with Donna because a church member told him that his wife was nice too, when they first met, until they got tired of each other. Jackie and Donna tell Fez that Caroline is a psycho so he dumps her after she threatens him.
Fez and Donna pretend to date so Caroline will leave him alone, but she stalks him anyways, until Fez tells her he doesn't like her any more. Bob reads the deed to his house and discovers that he owns half of Red's garage but Red sets him straight by turning the deed around and proving him wrong. Eric and Hyde have a pool going on when Kelso and Jackie will fight.
After reading an entry in Donna's diary, Eric decides to get a tattoo, but things don't turn out the way he planned. Kitty has Pastor Dave over for dinner and he ends up in the hospital; Jackie tries to get Kelso to sleep so he can repeat something he said before when he was sleeping.
Eric, Hyde, Fez, Kelso and Leo go to Canada to get some beer. Unfortunately, they get stopped on their way back across the border because Fez lost his green card. Donna tries to convince Jackie that she's being scammed by a modeling agency. Red gets a bonus at work: a Beta Max so he can tape something now and watch it later, but he forgets a vital step in the process.
Eric gets upset at Donna when she goes backstage at a Ted Nugent concert and then forgets about him; Hyde and Fez get busted for selling counterfeit t-shirts; Kelso tries to be more romantic; and Red and Kitty can't remember how they first met.