John Getz appears as Lee Tripper, Jack's "perfect" brother in the episode titled "Lee Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" in season 4.
|Culinary cuisine/wine critic|
|Related to:||Jack Tripper (brother)|
Jack Tripper, Sr. (father)
Mrs. Jack Tripper, Sr. (mother)
Grandpa Tripper (grandfather)
Fremont Tripper (uncle)
|Appeared on:||Three's Company appearance in "Lee Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" episode in Season 4|
|Character played by:||John Getz|
Lee Tripper is the older brother of Jack Tripper who visits him and the roommates in the Season four episode of Three's Company titled "Lee Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother". The part of Lee is played by actor John Getz.
More about Lee
Lee was the "perfect" big brother of Jack, who was always apparently, at least as depicted in the Season seven episode, in some sort of sibling rivalry with him. Lee, who starred on their high school football team, would always finish "first" in everything in which the brothers competed or participated together in. Jack always felt "incompetent" when around him, as if he could never measure up to Lee.
When Lee, now a successful restaurant cuisine critic who travels all over the world, visits the roommates to see Jack still going through cooking school, the old same feelings Jack had growing up with Lee creep up again, as he stammers to get the proper words together when Jack, Lee and Chrissy, whom Lee goes out on a date with beforehand, go out to a swanky French restaurant together. Jack, who knows French cuisine, but only a few words of the language, struggles a bit in ordering their dishes; it turns out that the well-traveled Lee has learned how to speak fluent French! When Jack clumsily spills wine accidentally on Lee's pants, Chrissy is able to predict that Lee will say about his suit "Don't worry, I've got another suit like it at home!"
Chrissy consoles Jack in saying that guys like Lee are "all icing", but "You're all cake, with a lot a layers!"