Aunt Martha
Aunt Martha and Janet
Mrs. Roper's Aunt Martha (Irene Tedrow) and Janet (Joyce DeWitt) meet in scene from "Three's Company".
Personal Information
Gender: Female
Retired, and in her seventies, presumed
Related to: Helen Roper (niece)
Stanley Roper (nephew in-law)
Cousin Barbara (daughter)
Character information
Appeared on: Three's Company in guest appearance in "The Older Woman" in Season 3
Character played by: Irene Tedrow
Three's Company Script

Aunt Martha was the aunt of Mrs. Roper who appears in the Three's Company episode titled "The Older Woman" in Season three. The character Martha was played by veteran film, stage and television actress Irene Tedrow, who is also the mother of actress Enid Kent, who played Nurse Bigelow on the CBS-TV sitcom/war drama series M*A*S*H.

The mixup concerning Aunt Martha's marriageEdit

When the Ropers meet with Helen's aunt Aunt at The Regal Beagle to discuss her wedding plans (it was going to be Martha's fourth marriage), Jack happens to run into them, and then meets Martha's daughter Barbara (Claudette Nevins), who is also Helen's cousin, and a pretty, successful archaeologist that's presumably in her late 30's, which is about ten years older than Jack. The whole gang, the Ropers, Jack, Martha and Barbara decide to leave the Beagle and soak up the sun at the beach.

When Aunt Martha meets Janet and Chrissy, seeking to give Jack his sandals, which he left at the beach, the confused roommates get the story that Jack told them and Larry about "the older woman he was seeing" confused, thinking that he was dating the much older, 70-something Martha, instead of Barbara! Anyways, Larry, in an attempt to lure the geriatric Martha away from Jack, and perhaps out concern for his best friend, Larry tries to "turn on the charm", making an advance on Martha, only to get slapped in the face! It takes the arrival of Martha's daughter Barbara, who was to meet Jack at the apartment to clear things up. Everybody laughs about the mixup, instead of the embarrassed Larry, and Mr. Roper, who thinks Larry is sick!

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