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….