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Body & Soul & Dick 

An obnoxious professor dies and his will says he wants Dick to speak at his funeral.


Robert Berlinger


Bonnie Turner (created by), Terry Turner (created by) | 2 more credits »


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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
William Bogert ... Dean Sumner
Jennifer Rhodes ... Mrs. Sumner
Anna Slotky Anna Slotky ... Cheryl


At a party given in his honor, an obnoxious professor dies. While the crew starts thinking about what will happen with their earthly bodies when they go on to explore other worlds, it turns out the will of the professor states he wants Dick to speak at the funeral because Dick has always been honest with him. However, Dick doesn't want to speak bad about him and tries to find something good about the universally detested professor. In the meantime, Tommy spends time with some cheerleader instead of with August. Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi








Release Date:

27 February 1996 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Big Giant Head is mentioned for the first time. Apparently, the group can speak every Human language. See more »


Dr. Leonard Hamlin: And I admire your courage, Mrs. Sumner. A framed Audubon print over the mantel posing as art - *that* takes courage.
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References Hamlet (1990) See more »


Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries
Written by Lew Brown
Music by Ray Henderson
[Plays at the end of the episode.]
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Meanie Professor Eulogy!!
25 August 2019 | by gab-14712See all my reviews

How does Dick encounter death for the first time? In this episode, "Body & Soul & Dick," we shall see! Dr. Leonard Hanlin (played by John Mahoney) is a disliked snobby professor. As his own party, he has a heart attack and dies. Dick was an honest man with him and in his will, he requests Dick to deliver a eulogy at his funeral. Coming up with nice words for the man may not be the easiest thing to do. Meanwhile, Tommy does have a hard time staying loyal to August-as cheerleaders arouse his interest.

Compared to the last few episodes, this is a better and funnier episode. John Mahoney delivers the goods as the detested professor in his brief appearance. Watching Dick try to write a eulogy is some good comedy work. John Lithgow continues to amaze me as Dick. When the eulogy is spoken, that is what we need-a good ol' belly laugh. Also, the Big Giant Head is finally spoken about for the first time here. Many laughs = great episode.

Quote of the Episode:

Sally Solomon: When *are* we going to leave this planet? Dr. Dick Solomon: When we know everything there is to know about life. Harry Solomon: Whoa, good thing we have cable.

My Grade: A

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