NCIS star Wilmer Valderrama teases references to his That ’70s Show role in an upcoming episode. The actor portrays NCIS Special Agent Nick Torres, a character that’s a far cry from his breakout performance as Fez. Valderrama recently reprised the That ’70s Show performance as a recurring guest in the spinoff That ’90s Show, but that won’t be the only time Fez is a factor in Valderrama’s on-screen presence this year.
As the actor reveals to TV Insider, an upcoming episode of NCIS will include references to Fez from That 70’s Show. Valderrama is asked by an NCIS viewer whether he’d pay homage to his past, and if it would be possible to hear Torres speaking in Fez’s accent. In response, he admits he included some nods to the sitcom character in this latest season:
I can tell you there are a few little Easter eggs this season where I did an homage to a dream sequence from That ’70s Show. So the answer is yes! You will have to dig, but you will find it!
What’s Fez Doing In That ’90s Show?
Fez appears in three episodes of That ’90s Show season 1, which streams on Netflix, and it’s revealed he’s a successful businessman and a bit of a local celebrity. But despite his popular status, he carries some heartache. In his first full appearance on the spinoff, he tells Kitty about what happened between him and Jackie and how she ended up back together with Kelso. Still, even with the demise of Jackie and Fez, Valderrama’s character bounces back nicely.
He gets to steal a few scenes with Sherri, a new addition to the cast played by Andrea Anders, though their relationship is not the healthiest. While it’s played for laughs, as a bit of a secondary plot away from the main teenage group, they seem to make each other happy. That ’90s Show season 2 has already been ordered by Netflix, which means there’s a chance that more could be revealed about Fez’s life.
But for the time being at least, That ’70s Show enthusiasts may have to brush up on their history and keep their eyes peeled for any references in upcoming episodes of the long-running NCIS. The procedural is often a little more serious in its tone, so it’ll be interesting to see how the homage works out in practice.