Here's a conversation that happened today:
(work phone rings)
LogopolisMike: Hello, Mike McNamara
PunkAndy: Am I awake?
LogopolisMike: (knowing the answer since I'd just talked to him a few minutes earlier) Yes.
PunkAndy: So I'm not dreaming?
LogopolisMike: (only slightly worried, sensing their was a punchline coming) No.
PunkAndy: Okay, because I thought I might be.
PunkAndy: Because I walked into the bedroom and the TV was on and French Stewart is on Days of Our Lives and I don't know what's happening.
Now my dear Andy is much bigger Third Rock from the Sun fan (at least a little) than he's ever been a Days-watcher. But I realized that this would be a weird turn for anyone. So I did a quick Google search (made all the quicker by Google Instant) and found this:
When Days of Our Lives needed someone to play the funeral director at a pet cemetery, they handed the part to French Stewart. The former 3rd Rock From the Sun funnyman will appear on the NBC soap September 27 and 29 in scenes involving Brady (Eric Martsolf) and the theft of his mom's remains.
See, it turns out that somebody's stolen Brady's mom's Isabella's remains. And for some reason he goes to a pet cemetery to dig up an orangutan to find them.
Isabella has been dead for 15 years....actually more... and it was actually one of Days few "so touching so we won't bring them back from the dead" deaths so God knows what this storyline is about. (And it's not like Isabella's ghost hasn't shown up many, many times over the years to give advice, help with exorcisms, etc.
But yes, Andy, that was French Stewart squinting in Salem today. And if you happened to hear him talking about the remains of a orangutan... that was real too.