Just before a masquerade ball, Felix, Oscar and Nancy get trapped in the basement.



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Episode cast overview:
Felix Unger
Oscar Madison
Joan Hotchkis ...
Dr. Nancy Cunningham
David Ketchum ...
The Cop
Lenny Kent ...


Felix and Oscar are suppose to go to a costume party where Felix's ex-wife will be attending but Oscar forgot his costume. Felix knows of something he can wear in the basement so they go to get it but they get locked in. And Felix is desperate to get out. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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26 March 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This was the final episode to be filmed with a recorded laugh track. Beginning with the first episode of the second season the show would be filmed in front of a live audience. See more »


There's apparently only one dumb waiter so how could it access all apartments on any given floor? Case in point is Felix and Philip's encounter. Philip lives next door to Felix and Oscar while Felix mentioned that the dumb waiter is boarded up behind the ice box. See more »

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The last and one of the best of Season 1
7 September 2017 | by (New York USA) – See all my reviews

Felix,Oscar and Nancy are on their way to a costume party and get locked in the basement.

This is one of the funniest episodes in a frequently used type of story in sitcoms, as cast members are stuck in a locked room. It starts off with Felix in a devil costume and Oscar doesn't have a costume for the party. One of the funniest lines as Oscar looks around his room for an idea and says "I can wear the bedspread and go as a germ" Felix-"Why don't you wear the whole room and go as the plague?" There are some good direction by Jerry Belson and funny scenes in the basement as Felix goes into a dumb waiter and tries to get help from other tenants. He has funny encounters with an elderly couple (the husband is jealous of his wife) and Phillip who is trying out his chemistry set.This was the last of the laugh track episodes, but this is a very good one, and the later seasons in front of a live audience increased the hilarity.

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