(Three's Company/Three's a Crowd)
Roper Apartment House
Santa Monica, CA
Jack is a chef in training at Los Angeles
Technical School. A graduate of San Diego
High School, Jack is single, 6 feet tall,
180 lbs., has a fear of flying and served a
tour in the Navy (a reunion of his Navy
buddies inspired a tattoo of a heart on his
behind. The tattoo reads: "The Love Butt.” )
Jack shares a $300 a month apartment with two
single female roommates: Chrissy Snow, a
secretary and Janet Wood, a florist shop
salesgirl. To secure his living arrangement with
two females so the landlords Mr. & Mrs. Roper
[and later Ralph Furley] don't object, Jack
poses as a homosexual.
Both Mr. Roper and Mr. Furley were very straight and Jack’s alleged
homosexuality always made them uneasy. They
frequently misinterpreted bits of simple dialog
as gay talk.
Jack first met Janet and Chrisy when he crashed
the girl’s going away party for their roommate
Eleanor Garvey. Consequently, Jack woke up in
the bathtub the next morning. In need of a new
roommate to help with the rent (and the
cooking), Janet and Chrissy agreed to let Jack
move into the apartment as long as he kept up
the gay ruse.
On occasion, however, Jack’s
hormones made him frisky, but overall, this
loveable ladies-man behaved like a gentleman and
the three happily co-habitated.
left and Jack had to share the apartment with
Chrissy’s cousin Cynthia “Cindy” Snow, a UCLA
student and then later with Terri Alden, a
Jack's favorite hangout is The Regal Beagle, a
local British pub. His close male friend is
Larry Dallas, a playboy and used-car salesman
who lives upstairs. Jack's dream girl is a
beautiful local called "Greedy" Gretchen. Jack's
favorite film of all times is Doctor Zhivago.
After Janet got married to her fiancé Philip
Dawson and Terri left for a job in Hawaii, Jack
moved into apartment #203 over “Jack‘s Bistro,“
his new opened French restaurant at 834 Ocean
Vista located a mile from the Roper’s
Jack received his early restaurant training
as a chef at Angelino’s Restaurant. He worked
along side Felipe, an Hispanic kitchen worker
who held a grudge that Mr. Angelino overlooked
his six years of service and hired instead
newcomer, Jack Tripper.
Jack shared his new living accommodations with
his flight attendant girlfriend, Victoria
“Vicki” Bradford whom he met on a business
flight on return to San Francisco. Fearful of
commitment ever since her own parents got
divorced, Vicki turned down Jack’s proposal of
marriage, but instead she agreed to live
together with him.
Jack, Chrissy, Janet and
Stanley and Helen Roper, the landlords
Ironically, Jack new landlord is Vicki’s wealthy
father, James Bradford, the owner of Allied
Waste Disposal who hauls away the Bistro‘s
trash. Now Jack’s challenge is to make his
business a success and prove to Vicki’s
disapproving father that he is a worthy suitor
for his daughter.
Mr. Bradford purchased the
building where Jack operated his bistro in an
effort to break up his daughter's relationship.
He now owned 10% of the Jack's restaurant.
Helping Jack run the bistro was his assistant
cook E.Z. Taylor, an eccentric beach bum.
Jack’s relatives included:
- His father Jack
Tripper, Sr., [mentioned as both a country
signer and later as an unemployed salesman going
through hard times]
- His mother [she naively
replies "Jack was always a happy boy," when
someone tells her Jack is gay]
- His brother, Lee
[Jack is jealous of Lee because he always does
everything better than him]
- Austin, [a make
believe twin brother in a cowboy hat who was
invented by Jack In order to date Furley's
- Jack's grandparents [who live in Saint
Louis - Jack pretended to be a doctor to
- Jack's Uncle Fremont [who gave Mr.
Roper a bogus check]
- Jack's Aunt Mae (from whom Jack and Vicky
tried to hide the fact they were living
Another member of Jack's childhood family was
his dog, Cocoa. Unfortunately, Cocoa ran away
when Jack was in the third grade.
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