Dear David Inman: We caught on to “That ‘70s Show” a little late. We love the show but have no idea whatever happened to Donna’s little sister. She wasn’t in very many episodes. So where did the young Pinciotti go? – Connie, via e-mail
Dear Connie: This may surprise you, but Hollywood producers are kind of cynical. They think that if they drop a character from a TV series, most viewers won’t notice or care and are therefore owed no explanation!
This callous disregard of the audience’s sensibilities and contempt for their intelligence has resulted in the unexplained loss of Chuck Cunningham from “Happy Days” (the oldest Cunningham son, who was dropped when Fonzie became the oldest son in all but name); or of Judy Winslow from “Family Matters” (dropped when the series switched to an all-Urkel format). Also, not many people realize that “Eight Is Enough” was originally titled “Twenty-Seven Is Enough” until the producers decided that more than a dozen children would never be seen again.
All right, that last one didn’t happen, but the other two did.
The point is, little Tina Pinciotti (played by Amanda Fuller) appeared only once on “That ‘70s Show” (episode six, “Eric’s Burger Job”) and then went away.