Season 3 Episode 9


Aired Tuesday 8:30 PM Dec 11, 1996 on NBC
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Episode Summary

When Beth comes into some money, she turns to Jimmy James for investing advice. Advice that Bill desperately wants to hear. Meanwhile after returning from vacation Matthew's new obsession for all things Japanese drives everyone crazy, while Lisa is shocked to hear that the staff thinks she can trade on her sexual relationship with Dave to get office supplies.moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Matthew says that he gave Dave a katana, which is a Japanese long sword, but if you look at the sword closely it is actually a wakizashi, the short sword which is often paired with a katana.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Matthew: Oh, Dave, oh my, you would have loved it... a week in a foreign place, strange people, strange customs.
      Dave: I know exactly what you mean, I've been to Canada.
      Matthew: Trust me, Japan is even more exotic.
      Dave: Clearly you've never been to Winnipeg.

    • Bill: Lisa, I need some thumbtacks and Dave doesn't seem to respond to my backrubs, so . . .

    • Joe: A chair can squeak for many reasons. Just listen and she'll tell you where she hurts.
      (Joe spins Lisa's chair around and it squeaks)
      Lisa: Excuse me Dr. Dolittle, could you translate for those of us who don't speak office chair?

    • Jimmy: Be careful, Beth, because the market can be a cruel mistress.
      Beth: Well, so can I, but that's not how I want to make my money anymore.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Lisa: Excuse me Dr. Dolittle, could you translate for those of us who don't speak office chair?

      Dr. Dolittle is a fictional character well known for his ability to speak to and translate for animals. Created by Hugh Lofting, he appeared in a massive series of books describing his adventures around the world. The character and his world were adapted into a lavish movie musical starring Rex Harrison in 1967, while Eddie Murphy also played Doctor Dolittle in two movies although these retain little of the original character save for his name and his unique talent.

    • Dave: If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine, Vader.

      While playing with the sword Matthew gave him, Dave channels the spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars.