3rd Rock from the Sun

Season 1 Episode 8

Body & Soul & Dick

Aired Unknown Feb 27, 1996 on NBC

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  • The aliens learn two important Earth customs: ass-kissing and death.

    Dick and the family attend a party in honor of a pompous professor, Dr. Henlin, who is rude and condescending to everyone. They fail to understand why everyone is so nice to him, yet when his back is turned they badmouth him. Henlin actually takes a liking to Dick due to his unabashed and unbiased opinions on Henlin and his works, calling it something "potential high schoolers would find interesting". Then Henlin dies at the party.

    Dick is shocked to learn that he's been chosen to give the eulogy at Henlin's funeral, but learns that he cannot give an honest opinion of the man without it being insulting. Despite his best efforts, Dick can't find anything nice to say about him, despite asking everyone around him, and he can't lie, as his honesty was the reason Henlin picked him before he died. Despite all, Dick manages to give a beautiful eulogy, equating Henlin's death to the idea of matter turning into energy. Despite Mary's tearful praise, the other Solomons ask him why he didn't just phone it in?

    Some of the best scenes in this involve Henlin dropping dead, followed immediately by Dick loudly congratulating Mary for getting her wish. As the medics move Henlin's body, Harry and Sally mistakenly believe that Sally actually killed him, as he died moments after Sally threatened him. Dick accuses Sally of not being a lady, pointing to Mary as a better example, since she simply wanted Henlin dead but didn't act on it. And, of course, Mary is chugging down vodka. The culminating, hilarious scene of the episode, has Harry actually stealing Henlin's corpse before the funeral and having a conversation with it in the Solomons kitchen.