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The Art of Dick 

After failing everything he has tried so far, Harry turns out to be a good painter.


Robert Berlinger


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Lithgow ... Dr. Dick Solomon
Kristen Johnston ... Sally Solomon
French Stewart ... Harry Solomon
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Tommy Solomon
Jane Curtin ... Dr. Mary Albright
Simbi Kali ... Nina (as Simbi Khali)
Ian Lithgow ... Leon
David DeLuise ... Bug
Chris Hogan ... Pitman
Danielle Nicolet ... Caryn
Charlotte Booker ... Grace
Kimberly Scott ... Emily
Lorna Scott ... Mrs. Walters
Peggy Billo Peggy Billo ... Mrs. Hartzinger
Heather McPhaul ... Mrs. Duvall


Tommy has enlisted Sally in the school bake sale and Sally takes it just a bit too serious. Meanwhile, Harry feels bad about himself because he has failed everything he has tried so far. When Dr. Albright tells Dick she paints, Dick takes Harry to a class and Harry turns out to be a good painter. Dick on the other hand is lousy at it and for the first time experiences what it is to be less good at something than Harry. Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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While Dick attempts to draw a still life of an apple on the chalkboard, he places the apple on a book entitled "The Calculus." Sir Isaac Newton was the developer of calculus and according to legend, was supposed to have been inspired to describe gravity by having an apple fall on his head. See more »


[Harry is going through the newspaper looking for a job]
Harry Solomon: Oooh, look at this. Here's a job I can do: "Police seek third gunman." Well, tomorrow I'm gonna march right down to the police station and tell them I'm the man they're looking for.
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Harry Is Actually Good At Something!
11 September 2019 | by gab-14712See all my reviews

After two solid, but not spectacular episodes, 3rd Rock from the Sun comes roaring back to life with "The Art of Dick." So far on Earth, Harry has spectacularly failed at everything. That is about to change! When Mary takes Dick to an art class, Harry tags along. He turns out to be a great artist-even better than Dick! Of course, Dick becomes jealous. Meanwhile, Tommy signs Sally up for a bake sale at the school. Sally takes a rather militant approach to the proceedings.

I really liked this "Harry-centric" episode. It is refreshing to have an episode focused on Harry. I am not the biggest art fan, but I think the subject matter works well within the episode's screenplay and character moments. I also like how both plotlines were as equally good. Having Sally take such a hands-on approach to the bake sale is fantastic humor.

My Grade: B+

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19 March 1996 (USA) See more »

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