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Third Rock Episode Guide, Season 1

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Episode Guide for: Third_Rock_From_The_Sun
Copyright  1996 Bonnie Lynne Kretschmer, updated November 13th, 1996

Thanks to: Nathan Humbard and
	and Cal at
Special thanks to Tom Walsh for providing the text web page
	and to Ron Olshavsky for providing the HTMLized version.

This guide is available at:

An HTMLized version of this guide is available at:

This guide is also posted monthly in,
and monthly in alt.answers and news.answers.

Dick Solomon (John Lithgow): The High Commander
Sally Solomon (Kristen Johnston): 
               A Decorated Military Officer (a Lieutenant)
Tommy Solomon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt): 
               A Seasoned Intelligence Specialist 
Harry Solomon (French Stewart): They had an extra seat
Dr. Mary Albright (Jane Curtin): Anthropologist, officemate
               and obsession of The High Commander
Nina (Simbi Khali): Secretary for Dr. Albright & Dr. Solomon

Producers: Marcy Carsey & Tom Werner

<bios are available at the NBC web page for third rock:>

United States (NBC) Time slot (all exceptions noted): 
1996 Jan. 9th to April 16th: Tuesday, 8:30 EST/PT & 7:30 CST/MT
1996 April 23rd to May 21st: Tuesday, 8pm EST/PT & 7pm CST/MT
1996 August 11th to future: Sunday, 8pm EST/PT & 7pm CST/MT

In Germany, it airs on ZDF: Saturdays at 11:20 or 11:40pm (local
	time), 6 eps under the title "Hinterm Mond Geich links"
In New Zealand, it airs on TV3: Tuesdays at 8pm (local time)
In 1996 in the UK, it aired on British Sky 1: Fridays at 8pm 
	(local time), it is unknown when it will air in 1997.
In Australia, it airs ATN 7 in Sydney and HSV 7 in Melbourne.

For more information about foreign channels that air the show,
look at the official 3rd Rock page at

So far, I have no other information about foreign time slots.

Note about Nielson Ratings:
A show's rating is a percentage of all 95.9 million American 
TV's (in the first season) and 97 million American TV's (in the
second season), including those turned off, which are tuned into
that show for that week.  A rating of 1.0 would correspond with
1% or 959,000 homes tuned in in the first season, and 970,000
homes tuned in in the second season.  Thank-you Nathan Humbard.

Tues. January 9th, 1996 - Debut
Nielson Rating: 15.2, Ranking: 10th of that week
**Brains And Eggs**EP#101
Our four lovable aliens come to earth and assume the form of
humans, rent a 3rd floor apartment and Dick gets a job as a 
Physics professor.  Sally learns lessons about being female,
Tommy discovers the agony of puberty and Harry discovers the
joy of holding a flashlight.  At the last minute, it is Dick
who prolongs the 2 week assignment (much to the dismay of
Sally and Tommy), because they can't leave until they have
explored Feelings (the core of the human experience). In 
particular, those of his office mate Dr. Albright.    
Mrs. Dubcek: Elmarie Wendel
Leon: Ian Lithgow (Yep! John's son!)

Tues. January 16th, 1996
Nielson Rating: 15.2, Ranking: 8th of that week
**Post-Nasal Dick**EP#105
Tommy has his first make-out session and brings a bug home
to the entire household.  Sally & Harry discover that
sneezes are great, but every one finds out that the rest of
being sick is a real drag (if not a bonding experience).  In
spite of this, Sally develops an instinctual desire to take
care of everyone else, while Harry gets comforted by a
hallucinated image of Martha Stewart.  Despite being sick 
too, Dick goes to a wedding with Dr. Albright--after taking
an entire bottle of cough syrup.    
Martha Stewart Cameos

Tues. January 23rd, 1996
Nielson Rating: 15.0, Ranking: 11th of that week
**Dick's First Birthday**EP#106
Dick has his first birthday on earth and consequently has 
his first mid-life crisis.  Sally discovers that she is in
her prime and that everything is geared toward her.  Tommy
starts health class in school but can't get answers to the
mechanics of sex.  Harry discovers self-help info tapes.

Tues. January 30th, 1996
Nielson Rating: 13.5, Ranking: 13th of that week
**Dick is from Mars, Sally is from Venus**EP#103
Dick explores being the patriarch of the family by giving 
everyone cute nicknames.  Harry drinks liquids to discover 
which are toxic Tommy is officially commanded to attend 
High School, finds no motivation to be a jock and develops
an attitude.  The apparent solution is for Tommy, Dick and
Harry to bond as men, so they watch TV together.  When Sally 
goes on a date and he doesn't call, Dr. Albright and Nina
help comfort her & Sally learns to like being a woman.    

Tues. February 6th, 1996
Nielson Rating: 13.2, Ranking: 15th of that week
**Dick, Smoker**EP#107
The aliens go to a movie and Sally gets a kernel of popcorn
stuck in her tooth. Tommy reanimates a frog in a science
experiment (which develops a taste for human flesh) and Dick
takes up smoking.  When Dick locks himself in a stairwell
(trying to find a place to smoke indoors), Sally learns what
it would be like if Dick weren't around so much and she had
to be the high commander.  Harry finds Dick.  Two days later
the Janitor finds the both of them.  

Tues. February 13th, 1996
Nielson Rating: 11.7, Ranking: 18th of that week
**Green-eyed Dick**EP#109
Dick discovers the joys of cuddling (well at least he wants
to) and then jealousy when Dr. Albright's old boyfriend
(Jeff) comes to visit her.  A dog follows Harry home and 
he names it Scruffy.  Sally is sent to investigate what 
makes men attractive to women (and thus help Dick score).
When Harry must give Scruffy away (because of the lease), 
he stumbles onto an answer to Sally's quest.
Guest star Ed Begley Jr. as Jeff  

Tues. February 20th, 1996
Nielson Rating: 13.3, Ranking: 18th of that week
**Lonely Dick**EP#110
Dick misses Dr. Albright when she leaves town for a few days
and the rest of the aliens visit a mall and discover all new
worlds.  Tommy meets August and discovers the excitement and
confusion of being in a relationship.  Sally discovers soap
and the entire addictive world of cosmetics.  While Dick and 
Tommy try to cope with the women in their life, Harry gets a
facial and discovers that some men do fine without women.
Guest Star Phil Hartman as Phillip
August: Shay Aster

Tues. February 27th, 1996
Nielson Rating: 13.0, Ranking: 16th of that week
**Body & Soul Dick**EP#113
Harry (and the rest of the aliens) get cable. Tommy hangs
out with a cheerleader, but there's trouble:  something is
missing and it really ticks off August.  Dr. Leonard Hamlin 
(we don't know what he does, but everyone at the university 
has to kiss up to him) dies and asks Dick to deliver his 
eulogy, honestly.  Dick succeeds (at least in the eyes of
the humans).  The aliens contemplate the brevity of human
life and Tommy tries to make amends with August by bringing 
her to the Funeral (a nice place-you have to dress up).    
Guest Star John Mahoney (from Fraiser) as Dr. Hamlin

Mon. March 4th, 1996 - 8pm EST/MT & 7pm CST/PST
           (Night of 1,000 laughs)
Nielson Rating: 10.4, Ranking: 33th of that week
The Solomon's experience the annoyance of relatives and this
causes Dick to despair.  So Dick invites Dr. Albright and
her brother Roy over in order to study how she deals with
relatives.  There Roy reveals that he was abducted by aliens
(much to the dismay of Dr. Albright and causing panic among
the aliens).  While Dick is talking to Dr. Albright, Sally 
sneaks off with Harry in order to kill Roy.  Tommy warns
Dick of this and is then off with August to watch 'They Came
to Talk' with her.  Dick stops Sally before she kills Roy
and learns that you forgive your family 'even if they touch
your radio, refuse to make smoked chubb and disobey your
orders not to kill'.  
Guest Star Bronson Pinchot as Roy

Tues. March 5th, 1996
Nielson Rating: 11.7, Ranking: 19th of that week
A rerun of **Brains & Eggs**EP#101 the pilot (see Jan. 9, 1996).

Tues. March 12th, 1996
Nielson Rating: 13.3, Ranking: 16th of that week
**Truth or Dick**EP#102
Sally & Harry are assigned the mission of getting Drivers'
Licenses and eventually succeed due to Sally's ability to
lie.  Dick goes to the rules committee on behalf of Dr.
Albright and there he tells the truth (to the dismay of Dr. 
Albright).  Tommy gets a pimple and finds out that teenagers
hang out at the mall.  While Sally is very good at lying,
Dick just can't get the hang of it.   

Tues. March 19th, 1996
Nielson Rating: 11.7, Ranking: 18th of that week
**The Art of Dick**EP#111
Sally commands the Bake sale at Tommy's school and she does
it with success, but not without casualties.  Dick and Harry
go to an art class.  There Harry discovers that he is good
at this, but Dick is not.  This gets Dick's goat until he
realizes that if he cannot create art, he can at least be
the inspiration.  His attempt to do so both amuses and amazes
Dr. Albright and Nina.

Tues. March 26th, 1996
Nielson Rating: 12.6, Ranking: 17th of that week
**Frozen Dick**EP#117
Harry gets a job at a video store and really takes charge.
Tommy has to write a book report on Dickens' David 
Copperfield so he rents the video (what a magician!).
Dr. Albright and Dick go to Chicago to receive awards and 
Dick tries to make it a stress-free experience for her.  He
gets them kicked off the plane and then they try to drive
there in the snow.  Suffice it to say, they never arrive in
Chicago.  Sally fears the end of the world at the hands of 
albino brain chiggers (snow) and almost has to repopulate
the world with Leon.  
Guest Star John Raitt as Trucker Gil

Tues. April 2nd, 1996
Nielson Rating: 11.7, Ranking: 16th of that week
**Angry Dick**EP#104
The aliens move from watching humans to trying to interact
with them.  Harry goes with the old stand-by (watching TV).
Dick meets Frank (their neighbor)and Sally meets his wife. 
Sally learns about cooking and talks about being a woman
with Frank's wife.  Dick's relationship with Frank is
strained by a 3am visit and the practice of parking the
car over the property line (and a little snobbishness as
only Dick can do it).  When Dick learns to resort to 
violence, mutual respect is achieved and the relationship
is mended (though we have yet to see them again).

Tues. April 9th, 1996
Nielson Rating: 12.2, Ranking: 12th of that week
**The Dick's They Are A-Changin'**EP#108
Dick's evasiveness causes Dr. Albright to mistake him for
60's activist Manny Rosenburg, but this is not all bad-it's
a real turn-on for Dr. Albright.  We also see many amusing 
flashbacks involving a young, hip Mary Albright. Harry joins
a CD club and finds it more of a burden than a deal.  He
gets a grab bag of music then eventually passes on the
curse.  Tommy creates and documents some colorful pasts for
the entire family and things return to normal (well sorta).

Tues. April 16th, 1996
Nielson Rating: 10.9, Ranking: 20th of that week
A rerun of **Post-nasal Dick**EP#105 (see Jan. 16th, 1996)

Sun. April 21st, 1996 - Air time 8pm EST/MT & 7pm CST/PST 
Nielson Rating: 9.4, Ranking: 32nd of that week
**I Enjoy Being Dick**EP#116
Harry has some unusual reactions to several consecutive
blows to the head.  Sally wants to have her own money to
spend, so she and Harry (she will not go unaccessorized)
get jobs in a pancake house. Dick dresses in women's 
clothing to infiltrate a women's study group that Dr.
Albright and Nina attend.  Tommy wants to tell August the 
truth about his being an alien, but never quite gets it out.
The first time August gives him a hair cut, the second time
she see Dick in a dress.

Tues. April 23rd, 1996
Nielson Rating: 11.2, Ranking: 24th of that week
**Dick Like Me**EP#115
The aliens discover that every human has some ethnicity,
and they have no clue what they are.  Sally has an imminent
date with Mr. Randall and is mortified by the fact that she
can't dance.  Dick decides that they are Italian (because
Dr. Albright thinks that they are sexy) but that doesn't
work.  However, it all works out.  Sally finds out that
there is some dance she can do and Mrs. Dubcek tells them 
that they are Jewish (at last, now they know!).
Mr. Randall: John D'Aquino

Tues. April 30th, 1996
Nielson Rating: 10.3, Ranking: 28th of that week
**Assault with a Deadly Dick**EP#114
Dick gets an ATM card, so they go to the mall and The car
radio is stolen.  Dick orders Tommy to join the Basketball
team, but he just isn't cut out for it.  But Tommy can live 
with that and as a bonus, so can August.  Reporting the 
crime to the police doesn't get the radio back, but Sally 
does find some common ground with a police officer.  Then 
Dick gets mugged at the ATM machine.  When he confronts the
mugger (and beats him senseless) it makes him feel better.
Guest Star Wayne Knight as Don (the police officer)

Tues. May 7th, 1996
Nielson Rating: 8.7, Ranking: 45th of that week
**Father Knows Dick**EP#119
Harry is in search of his purpose on this mission.  In order
to help guide him, Dick decides to be his father.  Sally 
continues her mission to study/relationship with Mr. Randall
by meeting his mother.  Harry runs away (for a while) when 
he is unable to find a purpose and Dick tells him he has a
receiver chip to 'THE HEAD' in his brain.  Editorial note: 
Harry's running away is the funniest scene they've shot yet.
Sally's meeting with Mr. Randall's mother is far from
tranquil, but this isn't all bad news, Sally holds her own.
A brush with death causes Harry to realize that it is not
your purpose that matters, but the search.  They also give
up the Father-Son relationship (to the relief of them both).
Guest Star Naomi Judd as Francis Randall

Tues. May 14th, 1996
Nielson Rating: 8.8, Ranking: 42nd of that week
**Selfish Dick**EP#120
When Sally passes out at the sight of blood, Tommy, Harry and
Mrs. Dubcek take her to the emergency room.  When a great 
office opens up Dr. Albright and Nina move into it, without 
Dick.  Sally is going to be fine, but Dick is not.  Dick 
decides to become selfish in a ruthless campaign to get Dr. 
Albright back.  Tommy, Harry and Sally take lab coats and 
impersonate doctors in a take off of medical shows.  Dick 
tells the university powers that Dr. Sutor (75 yrs old) 
deserves the big office.  In the end, the campus priest gets
the office (while  Dr. Sutor gets forced retirement).  Dr. 
Albright and Nina move back into Dick's office, but they 
aren't very happy.  Dick realizes that selfishness doesn't 
work very well.  The others get caught and thrown out of the
hospital, but not before they see babies.  Sally likes them.
Guest Star Harry Morgan as Dr. Sutor 

Tues. May 21st, 1996 - Season Finale
Nielson Rating: 8.9, Ranking: 33rd of that week
**See Dick Run** Part 1 (Part 2 to air next Fall)EP#118
Tommy has Harry send a status report to the big giant head
which paints a rather stagnant picture of Dick.  Dick asks 
Mary out, and Nina persuades her to say yes.  Dr. Albright 
has fun with Dick on their date and ends up in bed with him.
The Big Giant Head actually reads this report, sees the 
mission as a failure and is sending replacements.  This makes
Tommy and Sally ask August and Mr. Randall how much they need 
them.  Dr. Albright is upset when Dick breaks their second 
date because of a an upsetting call from "a friend with a big
head" and she goes out to talk with Dick on the roof.  Harry 
discovers that the only replacement that came was for Dick, 
so the others are staying.  Dick is dragged away from Mary to
meet him.  The replacement (also John Lithgow) has the same 
human body as Dick but acts very differently.  He traps Dick 
in the basement, makes a bad impression on the others in the 
group and sweeps Dr. Albright off her feet. 

Tues. May 28th, 1996 (8:30pm CST/MT, 9:30pm EST/PT) 
Nielson Rating: 8.9, Ranking: 27th of that week
rerun of **Lonely Dick**EP#110 (see Feb. 20th, 1996)

Sun. June 2nd, 1996 (10pm CST/MT, 11pm EST/PT)
Nielson Rating: 6.7, Ranking: 50th of that week
rerun of **Dick, Smoker**EP#107 (see Feb. 6th, 1996)

Tues. June 4th, 1996
Nielson Rating:  8.7, Ranking: 31st of that week
rerun of **Dick Like Me**EP#115 (see April 23rd, 1996)

Sun. June 9th, 1996 (9:30pm CST/MT, 10:30pm EST/PT)
Nielson Rating: N/A, Ranking: N/A - May not have aired!
rerun of **Ab-Dick-ted**EP#112 (see Mar. 4th, 1996)

Tues. June 11th, 1996 (7pm CST/MT, 8pm EST/PT)
Nielson Rating: 8.3, Ranking: 34th of that week
rerun of **Body & Soul Dick**EP#113 (see Feb. 27th, 1996)

Tues. June 18th, 1996
Nielson Rating: 7.6, Ranking: 35th of the week
rerun of **Green-Eyed Dick**EP#109 (see Feb. 13th, 1996)

Tues. June 25, 1996 
Nielson Rating: 8.0, Ranking: 26th of the week
rerun of **Truth or Dick**EP#102 (see Mar. 12th, 1996)

Tues. July 2nd, 1996
Nielson Rating: 8.4, Ranking: 13th of the week
rerun of **Angry Dick**EP#104 (see April 2nd, 1996)

Thurs. July 11th, 1996 (8:30p CST/MT, 9:30p EST/PT)
Nielson Rating 12.6, Ranking: 3rd of the week
rerun of **Brains & Eggs**EP#101 (see Jan. 9th, 1996)

Tues. July 16th, 1996				
Nielson Rating: 7.9, Ranking: 25th of the week
rerun of **Lonely Dick**EP#110 (see Feb. 20th, 1996)

Thurs. July 18th, 1996 (8:30pm CST/MT, 9:30pm EST/PT)
Nielson Rating: 11.6, Ranking: 5th of the week
rerun of **The Art of Dick**EP#111 (see March 19th, 1996)
(this was the ep. actually aired, despite the fact
that NBC announced it was to air **Frozen Dick**EP#117)

Tues. July 23rd and 30th no 3rd Rock eps due to the airing 
of the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Mon. August 5th, 1996 (8:30 CST/MT, 9:30 EST/PT)
Nielson Rating: 12.8, Ranking: 4th of the week
rerun of **Dick, Smoker**EP#107 (see Feb. 6th, 1996)

Thurs. August 8th, 1996 (8:30 CST/MT, 9:30 EST/PT)
Nielson Rating: 13.8, Ranking: 2nd of the week 
rerun of **Assault with a Deadly Dick**EP#114 
(see April 30th, 1996)

Sun. August 11th, 1996 (regular time, 7 CST/MT, 8 EST/PT)
Nielson Rating: 8.4, Ranking: 26th of the week
rerun of **Dick's First Birthday**EP#106 (see Jan. 23rd, 1996)

Thurs. August 15th, 1996 (8:30 CST/MT, 9:30 ET/PT)
Nielson Rating: 10.8, Ranking: 3rd of the week
rerun of **Frozen Dick**EP#117 (see March 26th, 1996)

Sun. August 18th, 1996 (regular time, 7 CST/MT, 8 EST/PT)
Nielson Rating: 7.8, Ranking: 23rd of the week
rerun of **The Dicks They Are A' Changin'**EP#108
(see April 9th, 1996)

Thurs. August 22nd, 1996 (8:30 CST/MT, 9:30 ET/PT)
Nielson Rating: 14.8, Ranking: 2nd of the week
rerun of **Dick Like Me**EP#115 (see April 23rd, 1996)

Sun. August 25th, 1996
Nielson Rating: 7.7, Ranking: 33rd of the week
rerun of **Ab-Dick-ted**EP#112 (see Mar. 4th, 1996)

Sun. September 1st
Nielson Rating: 6.7, Ranking: 38th of the week
rerun of **Selfish Dick**EP#120 (see May 14th, 1996)

Sun. September 8th
Nielson Rating: 8.3, Ranking: 30th of the week
rerun of **Father Knows Dick**EP#119 (see May 7th, 1996)

Thurs. September 12th, 1996 (8:30 CST/MT, 9:30 ET/PT)
Nielson Rating: 14.8, Ranking: 3rd of the week
rerun of **I Enjoy Being Dick**EP#116 (see April 21st, 1996)

Sun. September 15th
Nielson Rating: 11.6, Ranking: 12th of the week
rerun of **See Dick Run**EP#118 (see May 21st, 1996)

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