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Assault with a Deadly Dick 

The Solomons' car radio is stolen and Dick is being robbed. Dick pushes Tommy to take up basketball. Sally meets Officer Don for the first time.


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)
Elmarie Wendel ... Mrs. Dubcek
Ian Lithgow ... Leon
David DeLuise ... Bug
Chris Hogan ... Pitman
Danielle Nicolet ... Caryn
Shay Astar ... August
Michael Milhoan ... Coach Strickland
Ray Proscia ... Mugger
Lance E. Nichols ... Security Salesman


After a day of shopping, the Solomons find their car radio has been stolen. At the police station Sally meets officer Don and finds herself highly attracted to him. The radio however is not found. When Dick is being mugged at an ATM machine it's enough: He loses all faith in humans and the Solomons start looking for ways to secure themselves and their house. Meanwhile, Tommy has been forced by Dick to play basketball, even though he's not exactly cut out for it. Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi



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This is the first episode featuring Don. See more »


At 18:30, a Dick tackles the man who mugged him, the blue mat that they fall onto can be seen on the lower right edge of the screen. See more »


Dr. Dick Solomon: Tommy, look what I bought for you.
Tommy Solomon: A basketball?
Dr. Dick Solomon: I've decided that you should join your school's team.
Tommy Solomon: Why?
Dr. Dick Solomon: Because it's important that you experience the humiliation of adolescent boys at the hands of bitter adults trying to re-write the failures of their youth. It'll be fun.
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References NYPD Blue (1993) See more »


Another One Bites the Dust
Written by John Deacon
Performed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kristen Johnston, John Lithgow, and French Stewart
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Hey, it's Officer Don!
30 October 2019 | by gab-14712See all my reviews

"Assault with a Deadly Dick" is the seventeenth episode of the first season of the hit comedy series 3rd Rock from the Sun. It's a solid episode that introduces fan favorite Officer Don, played by Wayne Knight. After a day of shopping, The Solomons have their car radio stolen from them, which causes Dick to give up on his fellow earthlings. In all this hubbub, Sally meets Officer Don and falls for him. Meanwhile, Dick forces Tommy to play basketball. But, he may not be cut out for the sport.

I thought this was a good episode, if not a little forgettable. Officer Don will end up being one of my favorite characters, but he did make a good first impression here. I did like Tommy failing at basketball. That was pretty funny. While the rest of the episode is solid, there could have been better jokes and a tighter screenplay.

My Grade: B

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30 April 1996 (USA) See more »

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