"The Goodbye Guy"
Season Four, Episode #24
#77 in Series
Series: Three's Company
Network/Country: ABC-TV / USA
Air date March 25, 1980
Production code
Written by Howard Albrecht and Sol Weinstein
Directed by: Dave Powers
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Cast Information
Starring: John Ritter
Joyce DeWitt
Suzanne Somers
Don Knotts
Richard Kline
Guest stars: Gloria LeRoy ... as Nancy
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The Goodbye Guy is the 24th episode of Season Four of Three's Company, and the 77th overall episode of the series.


Jack, Janet and Chrissy become convinced that Mr. Furley plans to kill himself after finding him depressed. In order prevent him from doing himself in, they shower Furley with praise and friendship. However, Furley begins to take advantage of their concern for his well-being. Then, to play a joke on him when it's revealed that he isn't considering suicide, they throw a lavish party and pretend to poison him.

Plot summaryEdit

The trio think Ralph is contemplating suicide because his brother embarrassed him in front of Nancy, a lady Ralph really likes. The trio are advised not to leave Ralph alone so Jack sleeps on Ralph's couch and tells Ralph that they know what he's thinking about. Ralph uses this to get the kids to wait on him hand and foot and finally tells them they should throw a party for him and invite Nancy. At the party, Larry tells Jack and Janet that Ralph is not going to kill himself, so Jack tells Ralph that he has just put poison in the wine and Ralph only has a few minutes to live. Ralph confesses that he never intended to kill himself. He only did it to get affection and attention. Nancy tells him that she likes men who can admit they need love.

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