"An Anniversary Surprise"
Season Three, Episode #20
#51 in Series
TC episode 3x20 - Stanley breaks the news of selling the buliding
Mr. Roper breaks the news to all of his selling the apartment building before Mrs. Dawson, who drops by the Roper's place.
Series: Three's Company
Network/Country: ABC-TV / USA
Air date March 13, 1979
Production code 0320
Written by John Baskin & Roger Shulman
Directed by: Dave Powers
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Cast Information
Starring: John Ritter
Joyce DeWitt
Suzanne Somers
Norman Fell
Audra Lindley
Guest stars: Ruta Lee...Mrs. Dawson
Paul Ainsley...Jim the Bartender
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An Anniversary Surprise is the 20th episode of Season 3 of Three's Company, also the 51st overall series episode. Directed by Dave Powers, the episode, which was written by John Baskin and Roger Shulman, originally aired on ABC-TV on March 13, 1979.

Note: This episode marked the departure of the Ropers to their own self-titled spin-off series, The Ropers, whose pilot premiered after this episode on the same night.


The gang believes that Mr. Roper is having an affair. The "other woman" is actually a real estate agent who is helping Mr. Roper sell the building and find a new home in Cheviot Hills.

Plot summaryEdit

Mr. Roper has a real surprise in store for his wedding anniversary -- he plans to move himself and Mrs. Roper out of the apartment house and into a ritzy town house in Cheviot Hills. To that end, he begins hinting to Jack and the girls that "someone will be moving out." Then he arranges a secret meeting with attractive real estate agent Mrs. Dawson. The result: Mrs. Roper and the roommates are convinced that Roper is having an affair.  

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