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Dick, who's never figured out computers, decides it's time to get plugged in. He discovers e-mail and the internet, and withdraws completely from the physical world, relying on take-out food, chat rooms, and live video feeds, and shutting out people, fresh air, and sunlight. When Mary tries to drag him away, he knocks over a Big Gulp cup, shorting out his system. Venturing outside to find the fuse box, Dick realizes that his computer wasn't keeping him connected to the world -- it was keeping him separated. Sally and Tommy go to buy a new TV set, but the more they learn about the available technology, the less satisfied they are with each purchase they make, until they've upgraded themselves into near-bankruptcy. Sadder but wiser, they return their expensive audiovisual equipment to the store. Also, Harry's all for trying to have a baby with Vicki, until the whole medical-science part of it makes it impossible for him to get in the mood. He tells Vicki it's the natural way or no way, and, turned on by his primal-ness, she agrees.

Episode Info


Episode number: 4x17
Production Number: 417
Airdate: Tuesday March 16th, 1999



Guest Stars
David DeLuiseDavid DeLuise
As Bug
Recurring
Ian LithgowIan Lithgow
As Leon
Recurring
Jan HooksJan Hooks
As Vicki
Recurring
Larisa OleynikLarisa Oleynik
As Alissa
Recurring
Richard McGonagleRichard McGonagle
As Dr. Howard
Recurring
John A. HuoyJohn A. Huoy
As Salesman
Main Cast
John LithgowJohn Lithgow
As Dick Solomon
Kristen JohnstonKristen Johnston
As Sally Solomon
French StewartFrench Stewart
As Harry Solomon
Joseph Gordon-LevittJoseph Gordon-Levitt
As Tommy Solomon
Jane CurtinJane Curtin
As Mary Albright
Simbi KhaliSimbi Khali
As Nina Campbell
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