Three's Company

Season 5 Episode 3

A Hundred Dollars a What?

Aired Unknown Nov 18, 1980 on ABC
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A Hundred Dollars a What?
Chrissy is visited by a good friend she hasn't seen since high school who has become successful and wealthy. Janet finds out that she is a high priced call girl, but makes a critical mistake when she decides not to tell Chrissy.

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  • Of all the episodes of Three's Company, this is the most unoriginal, flawed, and unpleasant. It is crucial nevertheless. Hail Chrissy, thank you, Suzanne; hail and farewell.

    The plot. Chrissy as the false whore has been seen already in "Chrissy's Night Out". There her predicament was real, her anguish palpable, the support of her friends uplifting, and the resolution satisfying. Here, in the company of a real call girl, her motivations are inappropriately childish, and her mannerisms only annoy. She appears to have lost her convoluted but sure path to the truth.

    The setting. Apartment 201 has met with unhappy times. Jack and Janet, for the last time her roommates, are unable to contain their resentment and disgust. They go through their predictable motions of help as a duty, with gritted teeth and nary a smile. Does Chrissy realize it? Perhaps, but from animal instinct only; if so, it is her last, unsure, anchor to reality.

    The fourth wall. There are no laughs here, even under force. But this episode is our one glimpse behind the scenes of production. Whatever the cause and whoever the culprit of Suzanne Somers' departure, here is proof of the wretchedness felt all around. Somers acts as though she knows she will walk out tomorrow. And it is difficult to credit that the awkwardness exhibited throughout by John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt was scripted. For to script it under the rigours of weekly turnaround would have been genius quite monumental.

    The evolving production. In effect, the show runners had developed themselves into a corner. Chrissy had become fully devolved. A change was in order; that Somers herself, higher wages demanded, provided the impetus, was serendipitous. Her character's utter stupidity had to come to an end.


    And so it is the end of Christmas Snow, blonde #1 in Apartment 201. Not a pleasant departure at all. The imminent, lingering fade of minute-long phone calls would be execrable. But it had to be, and it was. Real-life breakups are rarely depicted so accurately.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Janet: How can you just sell yourself to any guy?
      Darlene: Any guy? What do you think I am, a hooker?
      Janet: Hooker, call girl, what's the difference?
      Darlene: Hookers don't drive Ferraris.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This is Suzanne's final episode appearing with John and Joyce on camera. In all subsequent episodes, Chrissy will be seen only in tags on a different set due to her ongoing salary dispute.

    • One of the final lines in which Darlene, Chrissy's high school friend who now works as a call girl, says that Chrissy is "priceless" had a response from Jack saying "and she's gonna stay that way". That line was originally to come from Janet, but Joyce DeWitt thought it too catty since she had the previous scene with Darlene discussing this. Joyce refused to say the line and John Ritter said he'd take it.

    • John Ritter noticably looks agitated with Suzanne Somers especially when they have any dialogue together in this episode.

    • By this time, John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt were not speaking to Somers because of the contractual dispute she started.

      There is a rumor that, in the scene where Janet and Jack carry Chrissy out of the apartment, they dropped her to the ground purposely after the scene ended (Joyce DeWitt and John Ritter deny this).