"Ralph's Rival"
Season Four, Episode #12
#65 in Series
Series: Three's Company
Network/Country: ABC-TV / USA
Air date December 4, 1979
Production code
Written by George Atkins
Directed by: Dave Powers
IMDB Ralph's Rival
Cast Information
Starring: John Ritter
Joyce DeWitt
Suzanne Somers
Don Knotts
Guest starring: Roger C. Carmel ... as Merl Denker
Reb Brown ... as Elmo
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Ralph's Rival is the twelfth episode of Season Four of Three's Company.


In an attempt to impress an old friend, Furley pretends that he is married to Chrissy.

Plot summaryEdit

Ralph's old friend and rival, Merl Denker is coming to town and Ralph is upset because the friend has always been such a big success. Ralph, who wants to present himself as a big-shot to Merl when he arrives, asks the girls to come to his apartment to help him get through it. When the friend starts bragging about his pretty wife, Ralph introduces Chrissy as his own "trophy" wife. The friend decides to stay with Ralph, and Chrissy is trapped in the apartment, leaving her muscle-bound date Elmo (Reb Brown) stranded at the Regal Beagle. The date arrives at the apartment in time to hear Larry telling Jack and Janet that Chrissy is sleeping with Ralph. They all rush to Ralph's for a confrontation. Chrissy gets her date under control and the friend then admits that he's an absolute failure, and came to California to try to land another job, anyway.

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