The Odd Couple: Season 1, Episode 21

Oscar's New Life (5 Mar. 1971)

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Felix gets Oscar fired and he ends up at a new magazine, Harem.



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Episode cast overview:
Beau Buffingham
Bill Donnelly (as Ed Platt)
Britt Leach ...
Art Director
Dee Gardner ...
Carolyn Stellar ...
Liv Lindeland ...
Beautiful Girl #1 (as Liv Von Linden)
Rena Horten ...
Beautiful Girl #2


Oscar comes home saying he was fired. It seems that he and his boss got into a fight. But Oscar assures Felix that this something that happens often and his boss will call him to ask to come back. Felix goes there and tells the man that Oscar deserves more respect but he feels that Oscar is not irreplaceable so he tells him Oscar is fired for good. So Felix tells Oscar and he breaks down. Felix tells him that he's better than that. But still he's without a job. Felix tels Oscar that he knows someone who might want to hire him. So Oscar goes to Felix's studio where he introduces Oscar to Hugh Hefner type who offers Oscar a job at his magazine and he doesn't take no for an answer. Oscar tries to do his best but he misses being a sportswriter. Written by

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Tony Randall and Jack Klugman hated the artificial laugh track and asked ABC to ether remove it or start filming in front of a live audience. ABC initially refused, but to keep their stars happy aired this episode "Oscar's New Life" without the laugh track as an experiment. At the end of the original broadcast Randall and Klugman appeared out of character to ask the viewers to write into ABC indicating if they like the show better with or without the laugh track. The results came in roughly 5 - 2 in favor of running the show without it. ABC disputed the results, saying someone against it would be more likely to take the time to write a letter than someone who didn't. Nevertheless, ABC decided to change to a three camera with live audience tape format beginning with the second season. When the show went into syndication in 1975 this episode was still broadcast without a laugh track, however ironically, a laugh track was added around the mid 90s when the episode was shown on cable stations such as Nick at Nite. See more »

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Oscar and Gomez
30 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode has Oscar getting fired from the newspaper, as he decided to skip a boxing or wrestling event that he was supposed to cover, and he might have gotten away with it if only the referee wasn't shot by one of the participants. Oscar tells Felix that this happens once a year and the paper will offer him the job back, but what Oscar doesn't know is that Felix went to the editor(Edward Platt)that fired Oscar and made some demands to defend Oscar and have the editor apologize to him also; it turns out that the editor was eventually going to re-hire Oscar, but Felix talked him out of it! After feeling bad, Felix introduces Oscar to Bo "Buff" Buffingham, played smugly by John Astin, and he almost forcefully hires Oscar to work for his magazine, which happens to be a girlie magazine; after thinking about it, Oscar takes the job but it's obvious that he longs for his old job as a sports reporter. He does look out of place with a sport jacket and turtleneck on, as he and Felix share a serious moment when Oscar tells him he wishes to be left alone watching a game on the tube at his new office, which has quite the view of the city. The editor hired his nephew in Oscar's place and it's been a complete failure, and eventually, Felix goes to talk to the man again, and helps Oscar get hired once more. The most notable aspect to me was Astin's appearance, but it was nice seeing a friend trying to help out his good friend when he was down.

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