3rd Rock from the Sun

Y2dicK

Season 4, Ep 17, Aired 3/16/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Dick, who's never figured out computers, decides it's time to get plugged in. He discovers e-mail and the internet, and withdraws completely from the physical world, relying on take-out food, chat rooms, and live video feeds, and shutting out people, fresh air, and sunlight. When Mary tries to drag him away, he knocks over a Big Gulp cup, shorting out his system. Venturing outside to find the fuse box, Dick realizes that his computer wasn't keeping him connected to the world -- it was keeping him separated. Sally and Tommy go to buy a new TV set, but the more they learn about the available technology, the less satisfied they are with each purchase they make, until they've upgraded themselves into near-bankruptcy. Sadder but wiser, they return their expensive audiovisual equipment to the store. Also, Harry's all for trying to have a baby with Vicki, until the whole medical-science part of it makes it impossible for him to get in the mood. He tells Vicki it's the natural way or no way, and, turned on by his primal-ness, she agrees.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Lithgow

    Dick Solomon

  • Kristen Johnston (I)

    Sally Solomon

  • French Stewart

    Harry Solomon

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Tommy Solomon

  • Simbi Khali

    Nina Campbell

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Mary: Look, every time this beeper goes off, I think you're dead, and I'm starting to get disappointed! (pause) No Mom, I'm kidding, I'm kidding! Bye! (She hangs up the phone) Mary: The hell I am.

    • (Repeated line every time the Solomons are unsatisfied with their new TVs) Tommy: Pack it up; this piece of crap is going back!

    • Tommy: (about their new TV) It's like watching Entertainment Tonight in Carnegie-frickin'-Hall!

    Allusions (1)

    • Episode Title The title of this episode is a pun Y2K, referring to the year 2000 bug.

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