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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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19 March 1996 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


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 Solomon: Well, here's my latest painting. It's a still-life.
Dr. Dick Solomon: That's very interesting, Harry.
Sally Solomon: And very dark.
Tommy Solomon: It's a bunch of rotten fruit.
Harry Solomon: Yeah, I've really got to learn to paint faster.
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29 December 2007 | by RiffRaffMcKinleySee all my reviews

"The Art of Dick" is one of the mediocre-to-good episodes of "3rd Rock," in which a stagnating Harry decides to take up a new hobby: art, prompting a jealous reaction from Dick (surprise, surprise). It's not that it's not good. In fact, it has its moments-- Sally explaining to Tommy why one of the bake sale moms "had to be broken for the sake of the unit"-- but it just isn't as clever as others before and after it. In fact, it mainly loses points for the fact that the B-storyline (Sally's command takeover of the bake sale) is more entertaining than the main plot.

-"I don't believe I've seen you before." -"I don't believe you're blond."

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