Three's Company

Season 1 Episode 1

A Man About the House

Aired Unknown Mar 15, 1977 on ABC
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A Man About the House
This crazy series begins when Janet Wood and Chrissy Snow, two attractive women, have a going away party for their roommate, Eleanor (who we'll meet in Episode 44). While trying to find someone to share the rent with, they find party crasher Jack Tripper in their bathtub. They have their doubts at first but when they find out that Jack is the only one that can cook (by going to cooking school), they want him to stay. The hardest part of this is trying to convince the landlords, Stanley and Helen Roper, that Jack is indeed good company. Stanley doesn't like the idea of a man living with two women, knowing what can go on behind closed doors. Jack pretends he is gay so that he can have a place to live. It works, and the rest is sitcom history.moreless

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  • This episode is just the beginning of a wonderful series. Even so, it is just as funny as the rest. I felt that it was a great way to kick off the show.moreless

    With Eleanor newly married and now a proud parent, Janet and Chrissy are in desperate need of of new roomate. Little do that know that it was actually a lucky thing to find a strange guy in their bathtub, that is, until they find out what a great cook he is. The only hard part left is getting Mr. Roper to allow a male roomate, or is it? Janet pulls it off by telling a lie... nothing too big... she just says that Jack is gay Jack reluctantly goes along with this because he currently lives at the YMCA and what guy wouldn't want to move in with two pretty girls? This episode is the beginning to one of the greatest sitcoms ever made.moreless
  • Chrissy & Janet's roommate Eleanor has decided to move out and when they come back to their place to see a strange man hiding in their bathtub, Jack Tripper, they decide to have him move in, but they have to get the consent of the Ropers first.moreless

    Three's Company is TV Sitcom perfection, and it is perfectly delivered and amplified in the series premiere. In just the span of the first episode, we the audience are able to gain all the knowledge we need to feel like we know each character. Chrissy Snow and Janet Wood are roommates who are looking for a third person to fill the void left by their last roommate. Chrissy is the prototypical southern california blonde bombshell that has about as much intelligence as she does natural blonde hair. She is the dumb blonde who dresses in tight clothes while Janet Wood is the mousy brunette who is the feminist and the one who has little to no fashion sense and is not very attractive. The two of them meet Jack Tripper who is the funny comedic slap-stick character, as his last names implies. But because of their landlord Mr & Mrs. Roper, the girls must tells them that Jack is gay, since it was not socially acceptable for a straight male to live with 2 women. We are also introduced to Larry, a neighbor in the apartment complex and Jack's nefarious lecherous friend who epitomizes the sleazy womanizer character.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The party thrown was Eleanor's wedding reception. Chrissy tells Janet that Eleanor had to leave the party because of labor pains and that she ended up giving birth to a baby boy that weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces.

    • Goof: The roommates cannot live above the landlords due to the amount of stairs.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Stanley: (after learing Jack was moving in with Janet and Chrissy) Not in my building!
      Jack: I swear, it will be completely platonic.
      Stanley: What's that mean?
      Helen: Like you and me, Stanley.

    • Jack: Do you mind if I eat in my boots?
      Chrissy: I'd rather you eat on the table.

    • (Jack brings his finished meal to the breakfast table)
      Chrissy: This breakfast looks good enough to eat.

    • Mr. Roper: That party upstairs kept me awake till three o'clock in the morning.
      Mrs. Roper: Oh really? I didn't think you could hear it over your snoring.

    • (Jack is cooking in the kitchen)
      Jack: Now for my special touch. I'll need some bread crumbs.
      Chrissy: I think I have some in my bed.
      Jack: Never mind. I'll make my own.
      Chrissy: Well that's silly. Nobody makes breadcrumbs; they just sort of fall off the bread.

    • Janet: Look, um, Patricia...
      Patricia: My friends call me Patti-kins.
      Janet: Okay, Patricia. The thing is, well we have a lot of other girls coming to look at the apartment.
      Chrissy: We have?
      Janet: We better have.

    • (Chrissy is scraping burnt toast with a knife)
      Janet: Oh boy, you really loused up that toast.
      Chrissy: It's not my fault; Eleanor didn't leave the recipe.

    • Chrissy: There's a man in there!
      Janet: A what?!
      Chrissy: A ma... a man; a guy, asleep in the bathtub.
      (Janet goes into the bathroom to check.)
      Chrissy: See?
      Janet: Yea.
      Chrissy: Is he a friend of yours?
      Janet: No. I never saw him before.
      Chrissy: Maybe he's a burglar.
      Janet: Oh sure, he came in to steal the bathtub and fell asleep on the job.

    • Three's Company Theme Song

      Come and knock on our door. We've been waiting for you.
      Where the kisses are hers and hers and his, three's company too.

      Come and dance on our floor. Take a step that is new.
      We've a lovable space that needs your face, three's company too.

      You'll see that life is a ball again and laughter is calling for you.
      Down at our rendezvous, three is company, too.

    • Mrs. Roper: I'm going down to the Regal Begal for some drinks, would you like to join me?
      Jack: Well, I've had a long day, not tonight.
      Mrs. Roper: Oh, yes, Not Tonight. That should be the title of my autobiography.

    • (About seeing Jack in the her bath tub)
      Janet: This might be a stupid question but...who are you?

    • Mr. Roper: Alright, which one of us is going to go up and complain?
      Mrs. Roper: Well I think it should be the head of the house.
      Mr. Roper: (heads for the door) Right.
      Mrs. Roper: I'll go as soon as my nails are dry.

    • Mr. Roper: ...Look what the party did to my ceiling.
      Mrs. Roper: Oh that wasn't the party stanley, that was the earthquake.
      Mr. Roper: Earthquake?
      Mrs. Roper: The big one, don't you remember. Oh, it was thrilling.
      Mr. Roper: Thrilling?
      Mrs. Roper: Yeah it was the first time our bed moved in years.

    • Mrs. Roper: If you go away, I would throw a party.

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