3rd Rock from the Sun

Season 3 Episode 22

Just Your Average Dick (1)

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Aired Unknown Apr 28, 1998 on NBC
8.9
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John Cleese puts his zaniness to good use in a two-part guest shot as a new professor who's even nuttier than Dick. And smarter. He's hotshot Dr. Liam Neesam, and he's a little too good at everything he does. He makes his first appearance in Part 1, as Albright (Curtin) is getting fed up with the fact that Dick -- and the rest of the Solomons, for that matter -- are "weird." "It's like being around the Addams Family," she moans. So Dick sets out to make his brood "average," and succeeds so completely that Albright finds him boring. Enter the off-kilter Dr. Neesam, who she thinks is kind of charming.moreless

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  • The Solomons try to become "like everyone else" and succeed better than anyone wanted them to. Ultimately, they realize that nothing is weirder than being completely normal.

    9.6
    This episode is one of my favorites from the entire series. It's so different to see them acting like "normal" people. This, of course, means that they try to fill every stereotype that they can. Sally buys only the best-selling products at the grocery store. Dick takes Mary to the #1 movie in America, and refuses to have any opinion about it. They all discover John Grisham novels. Harry and Tommy put together an entertainment center. Sally, who usually struggles to fit in, thrives here as a dictatorial member of the Tenants' Association. She makes sure that all of the rules are followed, down to the approved doormat colors. I guess one of the reasons I like this episode so much is because I don't understand the appeal of being "normal." The Solomons come to understand that they are who they are, and trying to pretend they're like everyone else makes them even more different. It's better to be genuinely weird than falsely normal. Aside from that, it's just funny. The dialogue is, at times, reminiscent of a 1950s commercial: "Who wants to do something completely crazy?...Let's go get some frozen yogurt! You won't believe it's fat-free!"moreless
Amanda Carlin

Amanda Carlin

Flora

Guest Star

John Hillner

John Hillner

Steve

Guest Star

Carey Eidel

Carey Eidel

Jeff

Guest Star

Shay Astar

Shay Astar

August

Recurring Role

Ian Lithgow

Ian Lithgow

Leon

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David DeLuise

David DeLuise

Bug

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Nina: What's wrong with being black?
      Dick: Let's face it, Nina, most white people aren't.
      Nina: But they want to be.

    • (August tosses a coke can in the trash)
      Harry: Hey, don't throw that away!
      (Harry takes the can out of the trash)
      August: Oh, why? Do you recycle?
      Harry: (holding the can) No, I'm trying to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for the world's biggest can collection.
      August: How many do you have?
      Harry: So far... just the one.

    • Harry: Hey, I've seen this before! This is stain-resistant carpet, watch. (Harry pours the entire contents of a coke can on the carpet and wipes it with his foot, but nothing happens) That's a good place for a chair.

    • Sally: I'm part of a community. A community that embraces wholesome, American values. And if you cross us... we will destroy you.

    • Sally: It says here the average American uses 4.1 pounds of butter a year.
      Tommy: Orally?

    • Tommy: Statistically, at least one of us should be divorced by now.
      Harry: Oooh! Can I have that one?
      Tommy: And 10% of us should be gay.
      (Everyone looks at Harry)
      Harry: That's not why we got divorced.

    • (Tommy enters the room with his hair cut short)
      Sally: Who are you?
      Tommy: It's me, Tommy.
      Dick: You can't be Tommy, Tommy looks like a girl.

    • Mary: I'm having a nice time.
      Dick: That's true, you've never screamed nor cried all evening. This calls for celebration, uh, waiter! A bottle of your most... average champagne.

    • Mary: You and your family... I know you mean well, but sometimes it's like being around the Addams Family.
      Dick: Well, I admit John Adams' views of a strong central government may have been ahead of their time.
      Mary: That's not who I meant!
      Dick: John Quincy Adams?! You're comparing me to that freak show?!

    • August: Okay, my family came to America in 1852 on a Dutch schooner. How about yours?
      Tommy: Well, um, my great-grandfather, uh... escaped from the Nazis through the Alps with his family and their singing nanny.
      August: Uh, Tommy.
      Tommy: Yeah.
      August: That's 'The Sound of Music'.
      Tommy: Yeah, I know. And don't think that we're not suing!

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