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Jack to the Future

''Rules'' visits John Ritter's old ''Company.'' The former Jack Tripper takes his ''8 Simple Rules'' cast on a dreamy trip inside ''Three's Company''

John Ritter | BACK IN JACK Ritter relives his single guy days as swinging Jack Tripper, bringing his new cast with him
Image credit: John Ritter: Robert Trachtenberg
BACK IN JACK Ritter relives his single guy days as swinging Jack Tripper, bringing his new cast with him

Guess who's knocking on John Ritter's door? Hint: The ''8 Simple Rules'' star is taking a Tripper down memory lane. In the ABC family-com's Jan. 28 episode, Paul Hennessy (Ritter) falls asleep while watching television and dreams that he and his family members are spoofing characters from ''Three's Company.'' (Instead of Jack-ing himself up, though, Ritter will do his best Mr. Roper; look for a cameo by Don Knotts as well.)

''Every so often, I'd feel an army of tiny little goose bumps marching up the spine to my neck and back behind my ears,'' marvels Ritter about the retro-shoot. ''I'd look at this living room with the yellow rug and the orange stuff, and I'm going 'This is exactly it.''' He was equally impressed by his ''Rules'' costars, who prepared by boning up on ''Company'' episodes. ''The kids took it so seriously,'' he notes. ''It was like they were studying for finals.'' No word yet if a ''Hearts Afire'' dream sequence is next.

Originally posted Jan 21, 2003 Published in issue #692-693 Jan 24, 2003 Order article reprints
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