3rd Rock from the Sun

Dick's Big Giant Headache (1)

Season 4, Ep 23, Aired 5/25/99
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  • Episode Description
  • The Big Giant Head announces his plans to visit the Solomons in person to chastise them for their poor mission performance. Dick tells Sally to move back in, orders Harry to stop trying to father a baby with Vicki, and tries to prepare Mary for the arrival of his old "college chum," worrying privately that the supreme leader might not find her to have been a suitable use of his time. The family goes to the airport to meet the Big Giant Head (William Shatner), a drunken good-time charlie who's taken the name of "Stone Phillips," and who, in short order, moves in and takes over their lives. Dick quickly loses favor with Stone, who's unimpressed both by his choice of girlfriend and his leadership skills. Stone is, however, quite taken by everything about Sally, especially the length of her legs and the shape of her torso, and decides to make her the High Commander instead of Dick. Meanwhile, Harry keeps trying to avoid Vicki, but eventually he tells her that they need to cool the baby thing for a while, and she runs away from him in tears. Also, although he's initially unenthusiastic, Tommy plans to attend the junior prom because it's so important to Alissa. Vicki is sad to hear all the prom talk -- she never got to go to hers, and she's felt the lack ever since.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 (5)

    • Big Giant Head (Introducing himself to Vicki): Hello. Vicki: Well, hi there. Big Giant Head: I'm a rocket man, you know. Vicki: Really? Big Giant Head: Can I help you jettison your pants?

    • Dick: Families don't refer to each other by rank. They use more familiar terms like 'you' or 'bastard' or... 'you bastard'.

    • Big Giant Head: (to Tommy and Harry) You two... you're going to bathe me. Tommy and Harry: ...yes, sir. (Big Giant Head walks away) Harry: I call the top half. Tommy: Screw that.

    • Big Giant Head: The yelling will cease and the killing will commence!

    • Sally (to Big Giant Head): So how was your trip, sir? Big Giant Head: Horrifying, at first. I looked out the window and... I saw something on the side of the plane. Dick: The same thing happened to me!

    Allusions (2)

    • Sally: So how was your trip, sir?
      Big Giant Head: Horrifying, at first. I looked out the window and... I saw something on the side of the plane.?
      Dick: The same thing happened to me!?

      This is referring to "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", a story about a frightened airline passenger who sees a gremlin on the wing of the airplane he's flying on. William Shatner (Big Giant Head) played the lead role in that 1963 episode of the The Twilight Zone, and John Lithgow (Dick) played the lead role in that story in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983).

    • Big Giant Head: I'm a rocket man you know. This alludes to William Shatner's reading of Elton John's "Rocketman" during the 1978 Science Fiction Film Awards. The performance had a Kirk-like delivery.

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