One of my favorite sitcom of all times has to be “Three’s Company”. The show first aired before I was even born, but I grew up watching the reruns. I still catch the reruns now and then, and never get sick of watching them. I love watching the shenanigans those kids get into because of a misunderstanding. It reflects a parody of how jumping to conclusions about any matter can make a fool out of a person. Various characters on the show have come and gone throughout the years, but the late John Ritter’s character, Jack Tripper, has been on the show since the first episode until the last, continuing into a spinoff, “Three’s a Crowd”. And I can’t help but to wonder where the girl-crazy-pie-baking-mischievous character, Jack Tripper would be today.
In the late 70’s~ early 80’s, I‘d imagine that the “chef-ing” profession was anything but a glorified as it seems to have become today. There were no Iron Chefs, the term “celebrity chef” was probably unheard of, and cooking was known to be a humble profession. It still is, but the media seems to have turned it into something more glamorous than it really is.
In the earlier episodes, Jack is attending “cooking school” at the Santa Monica Technical College. They didn’t even refer to it as culinary school, but cooking school (there is a significant difference). As the show moves on into the later seasons, Jack becomes head chef, then the owner of Jack’s Bistro. His position continues in to the spinoff, Three’s a Crowd. When I watch reruns of those whacky kids living in that Santa Monica apartment, the familiarity makes it feel like they are our neighbors and old friends. We can’t help but to want to see more of these friends that we have grown to love. We wonder what happened to them, where they’re at. For me, I wonder mostly about Jack. Maybe it’s because he is the one that has been around the longest while others have come and gone. What would be of Jack Tripper in 2013?
Jack’s Bistro has had its ups and downs. It has hit rough times like any others business, not unaffected by the recession in the previous years, even came near bankruptcy at one point. But they made it through, and are stronger than ever. Jack has made a name for himself as a renowned chef. He has become somewhat of a culinary legend in the greater Los Angeles area.