3rd Rock from the Sun

Dick and Taxes

Season 4, Ep 12, Aired 2/2/99
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  • Episode Description
  • After three years on the planet, the Solomons finally learn about an organization called the IRS. They also learn that they owe it $9500. What to do? Dick's idea: "We can lie." Dick's never paid taxes, and after trying to fill out the forms himself, he enlists Mary's help. When he sees how much he owes, he decides to be the only American ever to think of the brilliant idea of cheating on his taxes. When Dick gets an audit notice, Tommy has to fudge an explanation for what each family member has been doing for the past six years. The auditor, however, doesn't buy any of it -- even the "we're aliens" defense, which he's heard before. The Solomons agree to pay their hefty tax bill, and thank their lucky stars their true identities are still a secret. As part of the tax deception, Sally pretends she had a failed home business -- a hair salon -- but when she puts up the sign, women start pouring in. Sally enjoys the camaraderie and the gossip, but never quite gets the hang of cutting hair, and with no repeat business, the salon fails for real.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 (2)

    • (Dick is filling out his tax form) Dick: Line 14, 'Other gains or losses'. Tommy: I gained two pounds. Sally: I lost my virginity.

    • Mary: You wanted to see me, Dick. Dick: Oh, Mary, thank God! I wanted to show you that if you mix up the letters in your last name, it spells 'lab right'! (pause Mary: Okay, but what was the emergency that couldn't wait another second, that made me... get off the phone with the Chancellor? Dick: Lab right!

    Allusions (1)

    • Episode Title The title is a pun on Death and Taxes.

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