Third Rock from the Sun Easter Egg - Twilight Zone Reference

This occured in the episode of Third Rock in which William Shatner guest stars (4th season premiere, I believe). Early in the episode he complains about the flight in, saying that he saw a strange creature on the wing of the plane, and Dick Solomon (John Lithgow) exclaims that the same thing happened to him once.

Both actors had previously been in the Twilight Zone episode "Terror at 20,000 Feet" (well, some altitude; does anyone know what it was?) Shatner was the main character in the original, Lithgow had the same part in the remake, and the episode was about a guy on a plane who saw - you guessed it! - a strange creature on the wing!

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Dedparrot writes:
There's a the same joke in an earlier episode when the High Commander takes his first trip on an airplane. He looks out the window and exclaims to Mary Albright,"My God! There's something on the wing!"
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gyork99 writes:
No, in the episode where Mary thinks Dick is Manny from the 60's, Tommy finds a picture of the real Manny and shows it to them and Dick yells "Damn! I specifically mentioned that I wanted an original body, those guys always screw it up!" or something of that nature. Which, in turn, means that they had made new bodies, not took control of someone else's.
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ApHeX writes:
Also in the Simpsons Halloween episode where the students are on the bus and the gremlin attacks the bus, and goes on to attack Flanders
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EvilCordelia writes:
It's the same thing, actually. Simpsons was paying tribute to the Twilight Zone episode staring Bill Shatner, much like the writers of Third Rock were doing in the episodes with the Big Giant Head. Just a thought.
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DUSTBIN writes:
"Nigthmare At 20,000 Feet" TZ(123) TZMV(4) reference to shows TZ(123) = 11 Oct 1963 William Shatner was Bob Wilson Story by Richard Matheson. Dir = Richard Donner. Remade by George Miller in The Twilight Zone : The Movie (TZMV(4)) Warner Bros 1983. John Lithgow as Valentine
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avschick writes:
And then there's the halloween episode where extras walk by in the background dressed as Coneheads. This must have been a surprise to (former Saturday Night Live Conehead) Jane Curtin as she tries to stifle a laugh.
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vanessa writes:
This egg has nothing to do with the whole twilight zone movie thing,and a few of you guys who "know it all"will tell me that it's not an egg, but I think it's great how the guys names are Tommy, Dick, and Harry as in "Every Tom ,Dick and Harry"
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MrPrez writes:
I thought they took control of human bodies? If i recall correctly, dick and sally were talking about it in one of the first eps.
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Allan writes:
The first line of 3rd Rock is "Is everyone fully formed?"
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In reply to the "Every Tom, Dick and Harry" comment, . Tom, Dick, Harry and Sally were all names used in the OOOLLLDDDD school readers back in the 40's or so. (You know the "See spot run. Run spot run." readers.)
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The Kid writes:
I've never heard of Harry being a woman, I know Sally was a man, and Dick was a man, but Tommy was most definetly not a woman. Remember his endless ranting complaints of being an old man having to relive puberty?
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P. Giglio writes:
This Twilight Zone chapter has also been spoofed on a Johnny Bravo episode... except that, instead of a Gremlin, the creature on the wing is a clown.
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tomgreen writes:
That's not an egg. That was their attempt to appear like normal Americans, you know, by having regular names. They even touched on this in one episode, Officer Don brings it up, if I remember correctly.
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jaeffe writes:
No, they had the bodies "custom made". The episode that you're probably talking about had Mary thinking that Dick was some hippy guy. Dick then was mad because the bodies were supposed to be an original design. Or something like that.
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What does "The Simpsons" have to do with "Third Rock"? Have you missed the concept here?
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