Three's Company

Season 6 Episode 24

Janet Wigs Out

Aired Unknown Apr 06, 1982 on ABC
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Janet Wigs Out

Janet decides to change her appearance by wearing a blonde wig. However, it soon begins to change her personality as well, much to the disdain of her roommates and friends.

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  • It's no wonder.

    This was the worst Three's Company episode because not only Janet was out of character but she was cruel especially to Ralph Furley. Comedy is supposed to be funny. Janet buying a blond wig is a poor imitation of the I Love Lucy episode where Lucy buys an Italian wig to test Ricky. The writers used every blond stereotype. Chrissy, Cindy and Terri was lovable blonds but when Janet wore the wig she became a bitch. It is no wonder Joyce DeWitt hated this episode cause she felt it betrayed the fans.moreless
  • Although most people hated this episode because Janet is out of character, I actually thought that made it more interesting. All 6 cast members also play important roles.

    What impressed me about this episode was that all 6 cast members were used effectively--a rarity in Season 6. It's true that Janet is a bit out of character, but her insecurity without the wig reminds us that the old Janet is still there--she's just relishing the experience of being sought after. And we can understand that because she's been living in the shadow of Chrissy and Terry.

    The other five people were in character and I thought the writers used them effectively. Larry's attraction to blonde Janet and her flirtation with him show how confident, bold (and sleazy) the wig has made her. Mr. Furley and Cindy are generally agreeable and nice. So when Janet treats them the way she does, we can really feel just how badly she's changed for the worse. And finally, Jack and Terry are the concerned friends who try to help Janet realize she's changed for the worse. The most powerful moment is when Janet sees Jack's silly makeover and instantly knows that he's only trying to help her. And instead of getting defensive, she reacts with humility and gratitude. The old Janet is back--and it's a relief and I feel like we can forgive her for the way she acted with the wig on.moreless
  • This is the episode everyone hates. Especially Joyce DeWitt. Here's why it is rather well done.

    (a) The premise is good.

    People all have their quirks. The Janet character may well be ultra-reliable, ultra-sensitive, ultra-straightforward almost all the time. But she also gets tired of all that, more than once. Might she go for a blonde wig, one day, just to see what happens? -- Of course. I have known people to do that.

    (b) The development is acceptable.

    Again, back to reality for a moment. Is it possible, DeWitt's search for character truth notwithstanding, for a character to change? Yes, definitely, for a moment at least. So Janet becomes a desperate flirt. No big deal. The real question is, what would happen once Janet became a desperate flirt? That we see all too quickly.

    (c) The consequences are realistic.

    And, obviously, deeply alienating. Furley is furious, Cindy is irrevocably alienated and vanishes... Exactly as expected of casual aquaintances. Meanwhile, Jack and Terri are deeply, deeply worried. What more can be expected of close friends?

    (d) The conclusion is inevitable.

    Janet would not be Janet if she did not notice herself in the mirror at the end.


    Granted, all this takes place at dizzying speed. But in a 25-minute scenario! And the acting is irreproachable, DeWitt especially: she may have been in tears, but she came through.

    It is, to be sure, an unsettling episode within the jolly universe of Apartment 201. But it reveals much, and stays with the viewer.moreless
  • Janet is totally out of character.

    Janet (Joyce DeWitt) is out of character in this episode. She is forever sensible and rational. This episode does not fit. This is the one Three's Company episode I will flip the channel if this one is on TV. Jack's scene at the end was pretty funny, however. Its disappointing to see Jenilee Harrison in her last scene on Three's Company as a sad, negative one. It would have been better for the show if they made some formal, happy goodbye at a future scene. Its almost as if she was told in advance that this was her last show and displayed her feelings as she walked away. This is the last episode that has a character with the name, Snow in it.moreless
  • Janet turns blonde to try a new hair style. She starts to worry when her friends start to walk away

    I have to agree with Joyce DeWitt. The charicter, Janet Wood, would of never acted in such a way although she has surprised us before. I have to mention a blooper that I have caught. When Cindy calls Jack outside near the beginning of the episode, in the upper left, a microphone can be clearly seen. Intentional or a mistake?
Robert Swick

Robert Swick

Bill Rogers

Guest Star

Brad Blaisdell

Brad Blaisdell

Mike the Bartender (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: During the opening scene when Cindy presents Janet, you can see a boom microphone briefly.

    • Goof: In the scene where Jack gets his hand stuck in the wig, if you look carefully, it clearly isn't stuck. When both Janet and Terri each try to pull it off Jack's hand, you can see Jack's hand turning into a gripping fist to hold on to the hair.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (3)

    • This was the final appearance of Jenilee Harrison as Cindy Snow.

    • The producers had run out of ideas for Cindy's character by this point; thus leading to her dismissal from the show. Originally Cindy was going to stay on for one more season. They use the excuse that Cindy was so furious at Janet for mouthing off at her that she never visited the apartment again.

    • Joyce DeWitt hated this episode, and the fact that Janet would never do something like this. The producers would not let the cast have input on the plot or the cast changes, so she would have to go along with it. During rehearsals, Joyce DeWitt would often break down and cry.


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