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A Hilarious Sci-Fi Comedy!
on September 1, 2005
When a group of four extraterrestrial aliens assumed human form in order to study humanity, the results were hilarious on NBC's 1996-2001 sitcom "3rd Rock from the Sun". The unrelated traveling extraterrestrial foursome takes up residence in the fictional midwestern college town of Rutherford, Ohio. The "High Commander" (John Lithgow) takes on the identity of a father and college physics professor named Dick Solomon. The "Security Officer" (Kristen Johnston) takes on the female identity of Dick's sister Sally. The "Information Officer" (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) takes on the identity of Dick's son Tommy. The fourth alien (French Stewart) takes on the identity of Dick's brother Harry. Having never experienced life as human beings, the alien foursome quickly find that dealing with strange human feelings and senses can be very challenging. This was especially true for Sally, who, as a woman, experiences a greater array of emotions. Then, there's the human woman that inadvertently captures Dick's heart: a college professor by the name of Dr. Mary Margaret Albright (Jane Curtain). Dick falls madly in love with Mary, who for a long time has little interest in Dick's advances and thinks that Dick is a bit odd. Then there's Dick's human secretary Nina Campbell (Simbi Khali), who also thinks he's very odd. Other humans that the Solomon's frequently interact with are their eccentric landlady Mrs. Dubcek (Elmarie Wendel) and Police Officer Donald 'Don' Orville (Wayne Knight). Don becomes quite infatuated with Sally. Other humans that Dick interacts with frequently are the students in his physics classes. As regularly appearing guest actors, these include Leon (Ian Lithgow, John Lithgow's son), Bug Pollone (David DeLuise, the son of Dom DeLuise), Aubrey Pitman (Chris Hogan), Caryn (Danielle Nicolet) and Judith Draper (Ileen Getz).
The second season of "3rd Rock from the Sun" features the following 26 episodes:
1. "See Dick Run (2)". While Evil Dick hatches a plan to impregnate all women in Ohio, the original Dick remains trapped in the basement.
2. "See Dick Continue to Run, Continued (3)". After the real Dick is freed and overcomes Evil Dick, Dennis Rodman (who turns out to be an alien) escorts Evil Dick back to their home world.
3. "Hotel Dick". Aghast with how humans portray aliens in films, the Solomons attend a sci-fi convention to set the record straight. Sally gets hooked on room service.
4. "Big Angry Virgin From Outer Space". While Sally fights with Mr. Randall (John D'Aquino), Harry goes on a blind date after making a video and August (Shay Astar) tests Tommy's loyalty to her.
5. "Much Ado About Dick". Mary is afraid to let others know about her relationship with Dick, Sally wants to be a cop after meeting Don again and Tommy wants a car.
6. "Dick the Vote". Complications arise when Harry decides to run for city councilman.
7. "Fourth and Dick". While Dick learns about obsessions with football and Sally makes Nina her best friend, Tommy gets a crush on his glee club teacher.
8. "World's Greatest Dick". After Dick enrolls Tommy in a school for gifted children, Sally gets mistaken to be a drag queen.
9. "My Mother The Alien". Dick accidentally kills Mary's fish while taking care of her home.
10. "Gobble, Gobble, Dick, Dick". After Dick invites Mrs. Dubcek and her daughter Vicki (Jan Hooks) over for Thanksgiving dinner, sparks fly between Harry & Vicki.
11. "Dick Jokes". When Mary asks another professor to emcee an event she's organizing, Dick gets very jealous and tries to prove how funny he can be.
12. "Jolly Old St. Dick". For Christmas, Sally wraps presents at the mall where Harry gets a job assisting Santa while Tommy bemoans finding the perfect present for August.
13. "Proud Dick". Dick quits his university job after being denied a parking space, then works serving burgers to his former students. Harry gets amnesia and thinks aliens are taking over the world.
14. "Romeo & Juliet & Dick". Things go awry when Tommy asks Dick to direct their school production of "Romeo & Juliet".
15. "Guilty as Dick". After Dick sprains his ankle while helping Mary, he really plays it up. In the meantime, Harry moves into a tree house.
16. "Dick on One Knee". Sally accepts when a Frenchman (Jim Pirri) asks her to marry him so that he can stay in the country.
17. "Same Old Song and Dick". Dick thinks that he & Mary are getting into a rut.
18. "I Brake for Dick". Dick becomes a crazed animal rights activist after accidentally running over a chipmunk and Tommy gets into trouble with August.
19. "Dick Behaving Badly". Everyone accuses Dick being in Mary's control, but Harry offers to make him a man.
20. "Dickmalion". Dick becomes disillusioned after being accepted into high society when Mary isn't.
21. "Sensitive Dick". While Dick is forced to take sensitivity training, Don tries to teach Tommy how to drive and Harry takes Vicki to her high school reunion.
22. "Will Work For Dick". When Nina quits, Harry takes her secretarial job.
23. "Fifteen Minutes of Dick". Sally and the family learn what it means to be a celebrity after she beats up Mark Hamill (himself) in a restaurant.
24. "Dick and the Single Girl". A shy librarian (Christine Baranski) is attracted to Dick and Sally realizes that she's attracted to Don for his uniform.
25 & 26. "A Nightmare on Dick Street (1 & 2)". When Dick suffers a nightmare after asking Mary to marry him because she wants to go to Borneo for a year, the rest of the family returns home for maintenance.
Overall, I rate the second season of "3rd Rock from the Sun" with a resounding 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it.