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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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