Three's Company ran for eight seasons, from 1977 to 1984. Almost every show had some sort of misunderstanding where someone in the cast misheard something and would think something bad or naughty was happening and then wackiness would ensue. For example:
Jack brings home a puppy, even though Mr. Roper doesn't allow pets in the building. When Chrissy and Jack fawn over the little guy in the kitchen, Janet, who doesn't know about the dog yet, overhears them and thinks they are having sex.
Huh? See? Wacky. But there's more. Oh, so much more...
Janet spends the night with Mrs. Roper when Mr. Roper is out of town, but Janet worries that Jack will make a pass at Chrissy when she's not there. The next day when she returns to the apartment and sees Jack happy and Chrissy sad, she thinks they did indeed have sex. Turns out, Jack is happy cause he didn't make a pass and Chrissy is sad for the exact same reason.
You wouldn't think that a wacky sitcom from the late '70s would have such emotional complexity, but it does. It. Does.
When Chrissy needs to cook a meal for her new boyfriend, she enlists Jack to do it. When Jack discovers that her boyfriend knows a renowned chef, he bonds with Chrissy's beau and monopolizes the entire night. Meanwhile, Mr. Roper realizes that Jack is not gay and decides to kick him out of the apartment. But when he barges in and sees Chrissy yelling at Jack for "stealing her boyfriend," Mr. Roper once again thinks Jack is gay and doesn't give him the boot.
I guess this is the one case where insensitivity and political incorrectness actually pays off.
Chrissy gets a job typing out an X-rated diary for a client. Mr. Roper, thinking it is Chrissy's diary, sneaks a peak at it and when he reads the section about a "secret lust for the older gentleman upstairs," he thinks it's about him.
"Diary," "typing," "lust," "gentleman" ”” those words sounds so old that they need a walker to remain upright.
Mr. Roper has an argument with his old friend, Jerry. In an effort to patch things up, Mrs. Roper asks the kids if she can use their apartment to meet with Jerry and talk. The kids think Mrs. Roper is having an affair with Jerry, and things get even more complicated when Jerry actually thinks Mrs. R. is interested in him.
Poor Jerry. He's just searching for validation and everyone is hating on him.
New roommate Cindy's co-worker is pregnant by a guy who wants nothing to do with the baby. Jack and Janet think she's the one who is preggers and is going to have to raise the child alone. So, Jack proposes to her.
...But, when he realizes that it was Cindy's co-worker who was pregnant, does he go and marry her? No. And does he take back the original proposal to Cindy? Yes. That Jack is a d-o-g.
13. Season 5, Episode 21: "The Case of the Missing Blonde"
Janet's boss wants his wife to take Chinese cooking lessons from Jack. New roommate Terri thinks that they are "sex lessons" and decides to move out.
The bigger question: Why Chinese cooking lessons? Jack is obviously trained in the more French vein of haute cuisine. He even named his restaurant "Jack's Bistro." Honestly, I wouldn't trust him to teach cuisine from the Far East.
15. Season 6, Episode 7: "Two Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
A psychiatrist from Terri's hospital is feeling stressed, so Terri invites him over for dinner at the apartment, where Jack and Janet confuse him for a mental patient.
The above photo is of Jeffrey Tambor. whom you may know from Arrested Development and Transparent. He has 188 acting credits on IMDB, three of which were on Three's Company, where he played three completely different characters. Because when you have a hit show, there are no rules and nothing has to make sense.
When a building inspector insists on a payoff from Jack or he will close his new restaurant, Jack records their next conversation and then takes it to the police...only to discover that he accidentally recorded a conversation between him and Mr, Furley where Furley mentions a "pot from Mexico."
I'm pretty sure by the title alone you could see where this was going. I mean, it's Three's Company, not Twin Peaks.
Janet agrees to give dating advice to Mr. Furley's shy 18-year-old nephew in exchange for him fixing her bedroom stereo, which she plans to use as a surprise gift for her roommates. Jack and Terri become convinced the two are dating.
In what world is dating advice an appropriate replacement for cash when services are rendered? I'll tell ya what world. TV world.
Janet and Terri mishear Jack and think his restaurant is going out of business. They give Jack some money, telling him that he actually won it in a contest so as not to embarrass him. Jack spends the money on a brand new leather jacket and the girls are not pleased.
I think they should be more upset about the style of the jacket than the buying of it. I mean, Mr. Furley wouldn't even be caught dead in that.
Jack goes out with some of his old navy buddies, gets drunk and gets a tattoo on his butt. Terri arranges for Jack to go to the hospital to get it removed. So, naturally, Janet and Mr. Furley think he is getting a vasectomy.
Honestly, getting the vasectomy would have been waaaay cooler.
Jack uses Janet's car without her permission and totals it. In the hospital, Terri overhears the wrong diagnosis and thinks that Jack has amnesia. Jack just goes with it so Janet won't get mad about him wrecking her ride.
I once pretended to have amnesia...I don't remember much about it.