3rd Rock from the Sun

Collect Call for Dick

Season 4, Ep 4, Aired 10/21/98
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  • Episode Description
  • After Dick almost bites into a "Fuzzy Buddy" in a fast-food restaurant burger, he becomes obsessed with the collectibles. Meanwhile, Tommy goes overboard on school spirit when he becomes the basketball team's mascot. The Solomons confront the collector mentality when they discover Fuzzy Buddies -- highly collectible small plush animal toys. Sally enjoys the thrill of the hunt and the prospects for financial rewards, Harry just thinks they're cute, but for Dick it's deeper -- he enjoys the sensation of collecting until it gets to be like a drug for him, and his family and friends have to do an intervention. In an effort to instill "pep" into Tommy, the basketball coach forces him to become the team mascot, "Hootie the Owl." Initially contemptuous, Tommy finds that folks (especially cute cheerleaders) dig him when he's in costume, and the power goes to his head. When the team loses, Tommy, high on school spirit, tackles the coach, landing him in the principal's office.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Lithgow

    Dick Solomon

  • Kristen Johnston

    Sally Solomon

  • French Stewart

    Harry Solomon

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Tommy Solomon

  • Simbi Khali

    Nina Campbell

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Nina: (about Fuzzy Buddies) I have two drawers of these! Dick: I have two drawers of underwear, but I don't brag about it. Nina: Yes, you do.

    • Coach Strickland: (taking a textbook from Tommy) Give me this book. That's not what school's about!

    • Harry: Dubcek's threatening to make me work it off, and I don't think she's talking about mowing the lawn.

    • The Columbian: Oh, I got top dollar--I got better than top dollar. Dick: Well then, by default, wouldn't that become top dollar?

    Allusions (1)

    • Beanie Babies The Fuzzy Buddies bear a striking resemblance to Beanie Babies, which were incredibly popular at the time this episode aired. They were also available in McDonald's Happy Meals.

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