"Like Father, Like Son"
Season Eight, Episode #8
#158 in Series
Series: Three's Company
Network/Country: ABC-TV / USA
Air date November 29, 1983
Production code
Written by Martin Rips and Joseph Staretski
Directed by: Dave Powers
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Cast Information
Starring: John Ritter
Joyce DeWitt
Priscilla Barnes
Don Knotts
Richard Kline
Guest stars: Dick Shawn ... as Jack Tripper, Sr.
Jordan Charney ... as Mr. Angelino
Marsha Haynes ... as Jennifer Gardner
Fran Ryan ... as Hilda
Steffen Zacharias ... as Henry
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Like Father, Like Son was the eighth episode of Season 8 of Three's Company, the 158th overall episode in the series. Written by Martin Rips and Joseph Startetski, the episode was directed by Dave Powers. It first aired on ABC-TV on November 29, 1983.


Jack's father visits unexpectedly and resumes his good-natured meddling. Jack explodes and tells him to stay out of his life, but when he learns his father has lost his job, Jack gives him the opportunity to be useful. Dick Shawn guest stars as Jack Tripper, Sr.


When Jack's father arrives for an unexpected visit, the girls learn that Mr. Tripper always interfered in Jack's life when he was a kid. Things haven't changed. Mr. Tripper tries to help Jack out at every turn but Jack resents his father's good intentions. After his father embarrasses him in front of a girl, and then at his restaurant, Jack explodes, telling his father to leave his life alone. But when Jack discovers his father has been let go from his job, he is devastated. Realizing his father needs to feel useful, Jack asks his dad's help in renegotiating his lease with Mr. Angelino. Not only does Jack's lease get renewed but so does his relationship with his father.

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