It takes many shows a few years to really hit their stride and start banging out quality episodes. Not just the show, but the characters hadn't hit their stride yet either. After a strong pilot that set the tone for the legendary series, the second offering was incredibly weak and boring. Kelso was the only character that was funny and was enough to save the program from complete disaster. His interpretation of Laurie insulting him was a classic moment in the show's history.
This weariful installment was horribly written and nothing but pure rubbish, or as British TV critics would say, "trite". It is amazing how That 70's Show evolved into a strong program after putting out shows like this. While all of the characters were well cast and several would later go on to successful careers, nobody could've expected any stars to be created when this episode first aired in 1998.