“World’s Greatest Dick” (November 10, 1996)

Sally Solomon is a straight, cis character, but for the first two seasons of the 3rd Rock from the Sun, there was this queer or trans aura around her. This episode dispels it, for the most part, and allows the writers to craft storylines and jokes that are no longer different versions of the “man trapped in a woman’s body” trope. Drew and Glen disagree on exactly what the gay man trying to date her thinks is going on with Sally, but for all that could go wrong with this kind of plot, it’s not that bad. The ending sucks, sure, but we point out how it could have played out better.

Watch the 3rd Rock promo starring our friend Sam Pancake here. I turns out it’s actually for the second season of the show, went it moved to Wednesday nights and not first it’s first season.

Here’s that Entertainment Weekly article (inaccurately saying that Sally Solomon redefines gender.

There is actually a relationship between salmagundi, a dish that is basically charcuterie posing as a salad, and Solomon Grundy, the Superman villain.

There are only two bits of She TV on YouTube today: this one and this one.

This episode’s art was designed by Ian O’Phelan. This is a TableCakes podcast.