Chuck and Bob on ‘That ’70s Show’

In the interest of leaving no part of the Soap-verse unexamined during the writing of this book, I submit the screen grab above. As I saw that Jay Johnson appeared on That ’70s Show (“Vanstock,” Season 2, Nov. 2, 1999), I naturally had to see how he was incorporated into the hi-jinks.

Though he only appears for a few seconds, he’s quite clearly portraying Chuck & Bob. (And yes, that’s not the same Bob we all know and love. He currently resides here.)

The setup: While the kids head off to “Vanstock” (like Woodstock, only with more vans), Red gets caught up in watching a soap opera. The very end of the episode is a straight-up homage to Soap; not surprising as executive producers Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner were instrumental in getting Soap on the air back in the day. Rod Roddy himself delivered the following closing narration:

“Will Red get a job? Will Jackie ever find out about Kelso and Laurie? Will we ever find out where Fez is from? Will Hyde ever find his topless Cinderella? And what ever happened to Midge’s daughter Tina? Will Eric and Donna ever consummate their illicit teenage love? And what about Chuck & Bob? Oh wait, they aren’t on this show. [Bob: See I told you we weren’t on this show! Chuck: Oh shut up, Bob!] Confused? You won’t be after the next episode of That ’70s Show!”

Note: This episode is currently available for streaming on Netflix, and you can also find it on YouTube until somebody gets a takedown notice….

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12 comments on “Chuck and Bob on ‘That ’70s Show’

  1. I remember this! I even have it on tape. After the ORIGINAL airings on FOX the SOAP music that was used in the segment was changed but it was great to see Jay and Bob and hear Rod.

  2. Aaron, I’m curious since MAD Magazine has done tons of parodies of TV Shows, Movies, and just about everything having to do with pop culture for [Can You BELIEVE it?] 60 years now, have they ever done a SOAP parody?

    • Funny you should mention that, Becky. Though I haven’t come across a Mad parody yet, I do remember asking Susan, Tony and Paul about whether they were at all inspired by it when it came time to do their frequent family breakfast/dinner table scenes with the Tates. There’s always been something about those that reminded me of those opening splash pages that Mad used to do for its TV/movie parodies. The only one who admitted to reading Mad was Paul.

      • I was a big MAD fan (the magazine) at the time the show was on and I remember hoping they would do a parody of it but they never did that I recall. Maybe it would’ve been redundant. But at least there was a Jack Davis TV Guide cover.

      • Oh man, that Jack Davis cover…. The only one who comes out halfway decent is Mulligan, and even that’s debatable. Now Mad’s Mort Drucker would’ve done the Tates and the Campbells proud.

  3. That is AWESOME – I had no idea they did that.

    Family Guy did a cool Soap ‘tribute/nod’ a few years ago too – even to the point they joked during the segment, wondering if their younger audience would even get what show they were referring to.

    I love stuff like that.

    🙂

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