The Odd Couple: Season 4, Episode 15

Cleanliness is Next to Impossible (11 Jan. 1974)

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Oscar is called a slob by his current girlfriend and decides to take after Felix.



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Oscar is called a slob by his current girlfriend and decides to take after Felix.

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The title is based upon the proverb: Cleanliness is next to godliness. See more »


Dr. Bates: [Felix and Oscar are sitting in a psychiatrist's waiting room] Could you make me another cup of coffee? This coffee is too sweet.
Receptionist: Well, I made it the way I always do.
Dr. Bates: I know... but it's too sweet. It's ALWAYS too sweet.
Receptionist: Well, if you don't like the way I make the coffee, why don't you make it yourself?
Dr. Bates: I don't make it myself because it's not my JOB to make it myself. I already have a job.
[Pulls diploma off wall]
Dr. Bates: See? I'm a doctor.
Receptionist: Well, I have a job, too. I have to type.
Dr. Bates: Let me show you what I ...
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References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

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Oscar Decides to Reform, Hilariously
20 July 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Hilarious entry. Oscar is getting serious about lovely Phyllis. Trouble is his sloppy habits prevent her from reciprocating. Now he's got to decide which is more important, Phyllis or his personal habits. Surprise—he decides to reform, but how's he going to break a lifetime of being a slob. That feuding scene in the doctor's office is a hoot, when the doc and his secretary start trading insults. And how about the hypnosis that works for about ten seconds, before Felix has to reapply it. The supporting cast is outstanding, with a nicely ironical ending. All in all, it's one of the funnier episodes.

(Looks like there was some editing in version I saw since names appear in cast credits who are not on screen. But no story harm is done.)

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