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Punk'd (TV)

"I mean, people are gonna be talking about that punking for years"

Before he married Demi Moore but after he got the floppy haircut on That 70s Show, Ashton Kutcher was famous for playing practical jokes on his fellow celebrities — including our own Kristen Bell — and catching it all on camera. If only Mr. Daniels was famous, his car could have been on TV! Oh, wait…

1.07 "The Girl Next Door"

"It was supposed to be funny, a punking, that's all."

Punk'd is a prank show similar to Candid Camera, only hosted by Ashton Kutcher. In it, Kutcher punks various celebrities, including our very own Kristen Bell. Jackie should have known better — not just that she shouldn't have punk'd Veronica, but in thinking that anything involving Ashton Kutcher could be funny. He ruined Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and he ruined my life. Okay, I lied about the last part. But only a little.

2.05 "Blast from the Past"

"No way. Ashton Kutcher is hiding somewhere, right? Ashton, come out! You can't get me that easy."

Trina's initial reaction to Veronica's revelation that Celeste Kane is the mother who left Trina in the girls' bathroom on Prom night is to believe that she is the victim of an elaborate prank a la those created and filmed on Ashton Kutcher's show Punk'd. Whether the line was instigated by Kristen Bell's own punking on that show, or simply as a neat indicator of how Trina would react positively to any chance to appear on screen, her delight at being so manipulated is oddly touching.

2.09 "My Mother, the Fiend"
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