3rd Rock from the Sun

Near Dick Experience

Season 4, Ep 22, Aired 5/18/99
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  • Episode Description
  • When Sally, Harry, and Tommy narrowly miss being crushed by a chandelier at a restaurant, their near-death experience fills them with a new reverence for life -- and fills Dick with jealousy that he wasn't able to share this deep experience. The newly enlightened trio volunteers at a soup kitchen for the homeless, and Dick signs up for a wilderness hiking trip with Mary, hoping like the dickens that he'll lose his footing and find serenity via a near-death experience of his own. While Dick is trying desperately to have his own near-miss with death, the others learn that their new appreciation for every leaf, every bird, and every fellow man is fading rapidly with the passage of every hour. Sally, Tommy, and Harry have just about returned to being their blasé, uncaring selves just as Dick joins them on the roof, bursting with news about how he's just managed to escape death's clutches in a car accident. Now Dick's found a new love for life, but he's still the odd man out.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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  • Quotes (3)

    • Mary: What, do you have some kind of a death wish? Dick: Actually it's more of a 'near death-wish' but if we rule out death I really think it undercuts the experience, you know?

    • Harry: Sally, listen up. If poor folks and losers are your bag then go out there and help them follow your dream. Sally: Ah-I've never heard you talk like this harry. Harry: Harry? Ah. Harry let other people define him. Harry let other people tell Harry who Harry was. Well a chandelier fell on Harry. Harry's dead. Tommy: Then who are you? Harry: Me? I'm AJ.

    • Sally: Look at the way that tree divides, two enormous trees coming from one. Harry: I believe they call that the crotch of the tree.

    Allusions (1)

    • Episode Title The title is a pun on Near Death Experience.

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