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Three's Company

Season 8 Episode 4

Out on a Limb

Aired Unknown Oct 25, 1983 on ABC
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Out on a Limb

A surprise visit from a food critic at the bistro seemingly ends in disaster, and Larry convinces Jack to send him a scathing letter. However, when the review unexpectedly turns out to be glowing, Jack is forced to take desperate measure to ensure the letter isn't delivered.


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  • A famous food critic comes to review Jacks restaurant. Jack thinks he's going to give him a bad review, so he writes a mean letter to him, but when he calls to say he loved the food, Jack must get the letter back!moreless

    Jack writes a bad letter to the food critic but has to get it back. So he goes down to his office and breaks in from the outside, and tries to get the mail before Mr. Townesend can read it. He comes in the window and gets his hand stuck, then steps on the couch and it sinks-my 2 favorite parts! He is about to get the mail when the critic shows up. He hides under a desk for a while until Janet shows up and saves him. He almost makes it, but then he drops the letter on his way out. On his way back in to get it, Mr. Townesend sees him and reads the letter. Turns out Janet wrote a nice letter, even though we were led to believe she wrote the mean one larry told her to write, but when they come out of the office, Mr. T holding a check, Terri grabs it and runs, thinking its the letter. Very funny!moreless
  • Dear sleaze bucket,

    It is slime like you that make this world stink. Only vermin would take advantage of their position to rob innocent people of their incomes. Here's hoping that all the scummy things you've done to others, will come back to you ten times over.

    Your friend,

    Jack Tripper

    That was the vengeful letter that Larry dictated for Janet to type and send to the food critic, and it seemed to meet Jacks approval... until later when he changed his mind. The postman couldn't be persuaded to give Jack government property, so he just went to the critics office to get the letter first. This leads to all the great scenes at LA Lifestyle Magazine, like Jack climbing outside along the window ledge and Terri's attempts to distract people. Even the final scene was great, just when it all seemed to be over, Terri ambushs the food critic and steals his check.moreless
Tom Lancaster

Tom Lancaster

Dan, Kitchen Helper (uncredited)

Guest Star

Ken Olfson

Ken Olfson

Patrick Townsend

Guest Star

Gary Grubbs

Gary Grubbs


Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • GOOF

      After Jack leaves Terri in Miss Fitsimmons to distract her. As jack is closing the door you can see him start to stoop down. then you can see him crawl past the window in the bushes.

    • TRIVIA: The typewriter Janet used is the same one Crissy used in earlier seasons.

    • GOOF: When Janet is sitting in Mr. Townsend's office, the camera eventually changes angles to show that the desk has an open front. This clearly shows where Jack is hiding. Yet, somehow Townsend and his secretary failed to notice Jack hiding in the clearly open recess during the scene when Jack puts the mail back on the desk after Townsend asks his secretary where it is.

    • Because this episode should have aired before the previous episode, The Money Machine, the couch in the apartment magically switches back to the old couch after Mr. Furley bought a new one. It switches back to the new couch in the next episode.

    • GOOF: After Jack convinces Janet to write a letter to the food critic, there's conveniently a typewriter on the desk that wasn't there in any previous or following episodes.

    • GOOF: How does Jack open up the window to Townsend's office from the outside? It seems rather impossible for a window to be made like that.

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    • One might recognise Tom Lancaster (Dan, the Kitchen Helper @ Jack's Bistro) from the Season 7 episodes, "Diamond Jack" where he played the Soda Jerk, and "Extra, Extra" where he played one of the leering guys at the Regal Beagle.

      When casting began for Season 8, Producer Bernie West reportedly demanded, "Get me that guy who did the Soda Jerk in 'Diamond Jack' (for the role of "Dan")!" Apparently, Mr. Lancaster was seen as a solid "straight man" for John Ritter's antics.

      Mr. Lancaster also appeared with a "Three's Company" favorite, Jeffrey Tambor years before at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky in such plays as "Tartuffe" and "Journey of the Fifth Horse".