3rd Rock from the Sun

Season 2 Episode 23

Fifteen Minutes of Dick

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Aired Unknown May 11, 1997 on NBC
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Sally becomes a pseudo celebrity when she beats up Mark Hamill in a restaurant, and Dick becomes jealous while Tommy's school life is affected by Sally's newfound fame. As Sally's assistant, Harry becomes obsessed with keeping Sally on top.

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Justin Urich

Justin Urich

Romano

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Rif Hutton

Rif Hutton

Bookstore Guy

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Michael Cervin

Michael Cervin

Reporter

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Shay Astar

Shay Astar

August

Recurring Role

Elmarie Wendel

Elmarie Wendel

Mrs. Dubcek

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Simbi Khali

Simbi Khali

Nina

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Dick: Lieutenant, as of right now, I order you to no longer be famous! Sally: You can't order that! Dick: But think of the mission. Sally: This is bigger than the mission! (starts acting dramatic) I didn't ask for this mantle. People of Rutherford need a Sally Solomon. And it just so happens... I am... Sally Solomon. So I will be their Sally Solomon. I can do no less. Play ball!

    • Tommy: Sally, they want you to appear on 'Good Afternoon, Rutherford'.
      Harry: That's my second-favorite show!
      Dick: What's your first-favorite?
      Harry: 'Good Morning, Rutherford'.

    • Sally: I can't believe we got bumped for Luke Skywalker. (Making fun of Mark Hamill) 'Ooh, look at me! I'm so important! My father is Darth Vader!'
      Dick: He is?!

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Following Sally's appearance on the talk show, the episode becomes an extended parody/reference to "Sunset Blvd"--Billy Wilder's classic 1950 film noir for Paramount. Sally's body language, costume, jewlery, hair style and mannerisms are all direct allusions to Gloria Swanson's iconic portrayal of faded film star Norma Desmond. Harry takes on the role of Norma's faithful servant (and husband and director) Max, played by Erich von Stroheim. Harry retains his own idiosyncratic body language, but his costumes are vaguely allusive to Max, especially when--in a striped vest that clearly recalls Max--he utters the line "She's still big. It's the PLANET that got small!". This is wonderful, comic allusion to the line spoken originally by Norma: "I'm still big; it's the pictures that got small"

    • Episode Title
      This is a pun on the phrase and concept of 15 minutes of fame. Sally has her 15 minutes in this episode.

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