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A Nightmare on Dick Street: Part 1 

Dick experiences his first nightmare and the Solomons think he's gone mad.


Terry Hughes


Bonnie Turner (created by), Terry Turner (created by) | 6 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
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)
Wayne Knight ... Officer Don
Ian Lithgow ... Leon
Chris Hogan ... Pitman
Ileen Getz ... Judith
Kevin Scannell Kevin Scannell ... Dr. Goldberg
Jim Pirri ... Antonio
John A. Huoy John A. Huoy ... Rico
James Wellington ... Borskey


Mary tells Dick she's planning on going to Borneo for a year. Dick doesn't want her to go and plans to ask her to marry him. The anxiety leads to his first nightmare and he and the other aliens think he's gone mad. A psychologist gives him pills that make him mellow. Later Sally also has a nightmare and also ends up high on pills. Tommy and Harry desperately try to contact the Big Giant Head so they can go back to their home planet for emergency maintenance. Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi








Release Date:

18 May 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene Sally slaps Dick when he says that Sally is his sister/daughter is a spoof on the scene in the movie Chinatown (1974) where Jack Nicholson slaps Faye Dunaway and she says those lines. See more »


In Sally's dream sequence, after shooting "Donatello" she drops her hand with the pistol to her side. The next cut shows her empty hand and the following shot shows her with the gun again. See more »


Dr. Goldberg: [a psychiatrist is seeing Dick, who has just had his first dream causing him to doubt his sanity] Anything said in this room is absolutely confidential.
Dr. Dick Solomon: Really?
[He jumps on the couch and begins shouting]
Dr. Dick Solomon: I don't belong on this planet. I'm an alien from another galaxy. The warranty on my brain just expired, and I'm scared to get married.
Dr. Goldberg: That's a start.
Dr. Goldberg: The hour's up, we have to end this session.
Dr. Dick Solomon: So, I'm all better?
Dr. Goldberg: Well, I don't deal in a world of "better". I don't speak that language. ...
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References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »


Also Sprach Zarathustra
Music by Richard Strauss
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Great 3D episode
28 November 2019 | by Rattrap007See all my reviews

I remember back when this aired. It was one of several shows that did 3D episodes that year. 3rd Rock was the only one that put real effort into it and it shows. Home Improvement had Tim and Al doing a Tool Time 3D episode and sticking a 2x4 near the camera Back and forth till they smash into it. Drew Carey they just shot silly string and ping pong balls at the camera. Both were pathetic gimmicky bits that were cringy when you watch them now.

3rd Rock did it right. They used the 3D in dream sequences. It gives it an unreal experience. Some shots were amazing in 3D. Dick running through the flowers or trapped in the cage gave depth to the shot. In Sally's dream feathers float down and looked great. Every dream was very artistic. Sally's dream and Harry's in particular. Even watching it with out the 3D it still looks great. The 3D added to the experience and was done in a way that did not detract from the quality. It was the only one to not cheap out.

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