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"Janet Shapes Up"
Season Eight, Episode #12
#162 in Series (172 episodes)
Series: Three's Company
Network/Country: ABC-TV / USA
Air date 3 January 1984
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Written by Martin Rips and Joseph Staretski
Directed by: Dave Powers
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Starring: John Ritter
Joyce DeWitt
Priscilla Barnes
Don Knotts
Richard Kline
Guest stars: Victoria Carroll ... as Tina
Douglas Alan Shanklin ... as Ron (Tina's boyfriend)
Jacque Lynn Colton ... as Plump Lady
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Janet Shapes Up is the twelfth episode of Season 8 of Three's Company, and the 162nd overall episode in the series. Written by Martin Rips and Joseph Staretski and directed by Dave Powers, it first aired 3 January 1984 on ABC.


Janet is thrilled when she is offered a part-time job as an aerobics teacher. However, Janet's boss, Tina, is more thrilled with Jack. Tina blackmails Jack into being at her beck and call by threatening to fire Janet if he doesn't. Jack goes along with it, after Janet is fired from the flower shop and goes to work full-time for Tina. Janet finds out about Jack's predicament and confronts Tina, telling her if she doesn't leave Jack alone, Janet will quit. Tina agrees, saying she'd rather have Janet than Jack, especially now that her boyfriend, Ron, is back in town.

In the meantime, Larry tries to take Tina off Jack's hands, but Tina, not liking a man who comes on strong, leaves Larry dangling upside-down from a gravity machine. Jack is now convinced that the solution to turning Tina off is to come on strong to her. However, Jack picks the wrong moment to make his move, since he unknowingly does so in front of Tina's boyfriend, who is obviously stronger than Jack.