The Odd Couple

Season 1 Episode 16

Lovers Don't Make House Calls

Aired Unknown Jan 29, 1971 on ABC
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Oscar falls for Dr. Nancy Cunningham, a fellow sports fan who is filling in for Felix's regular doctor.

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  • When Felix gets sick and Dr. Melnitz is out of town, who shows up but Dr. Nancy Cunningham, with whom Oscar hits it off with right away, and now Oscar has to try to get a date with her. After a series of missteps, it works out in the end.moreless

    This episode marks a signicant turning point in the series(besides the famous opening of Felix walking out the door to narration) as it introduces a love interest for Oscar who wasnt in the play or movie, and whos not just another stewardess. And there is some interesting byplay going on here, not just the tension filled arguments of the early episodes that seem right out of the movie.The scene where Oscar is making the sandwich for Felix is terrific, with Felix telling Oscar how to make his sandwich, not really nagging, but just trying to be helpful, and Oscar, while slightly annoyed seems to want to sincerely help Felix. And I love the way the tension builds when Oscar gives Felix the sandwich. You wonder if Oscar added mayo to it. Its seems like a small moment, but its quite telling. And this is one of first episodes in which one roommate seems to act of selflessness to help the other. Felix seems to be repaying Oscar for warning him about the sandwich. One of the things that I came to love was the little moments, because you learned about the characters motivations through these, and I think you have to give Tony and Jack alot of credit for that. And the romance added an element that helped make Oscar more likeable. I just cant understand why they dropped Nancy after only a year.moreless
  • this is a must see for any OC fans. it introduces the character of Dr Nancy Cunningham, which would be a recurring character, up until the middle of the 2nd season, at which point she simply disappeared without any explanationmoreless

    this has many many great moments in it. they were able to do a funny story, with some light romance in it, that at the same time was totally believable, and didn't take many plot leaps in order to advance it and make it fit the 25 minutes of show.

    also the scenes were majorly funny, particularly Nancy's examination of Felix, and the ones in the hospital with Oscar.

    it also has the return of one of my favourite recurring characters (Dr Melnitz). his reactions to Oscar's attempts to attract Nancy's attention are priceless. and the "dance" scene towards the end is very well performed

    also note that one of the things that Nancy and Oscar have in common is a messy bedroom/office.

    that's funny and sweet at the same time.

    the mayonese scene could have been a bit cruel on Oscar's part, but the quote that's singled in the box above makes it a funny moment.

    this is one of the greats. watch itmoreless
Nora Marlowe

Nora Marlowe


Guest Star

Bill Quinn

Bill Quinn

Dr. Melnitz

Guest Star

Joan Hotchkis

Joan Hotchkis

Dr. Nancy Cunningham

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Felix: Well, I never thought I'd see my own doctor cavorting!
      Dr. Melnitz: What cavorting? Two doctors put in a 14-hour day, stop in for a nice meal and all of a sudden, it's Peyton Place?
      Felix: I'm sorry if I jumped to conclusions, but the indications...
      Dr. Melnitz: The indications were hunger, Unger.

    • Felix: The woman almost got me 100% well, now you want me to lie to her?
      Oscar: What are you making such a big deal out of it for? Getting sick is as natural for you as breathing. You do it for nothing. What's wrong with doing it for a friend?

    • Felix: You had the stage all set. But then when you got your cue, you didn't say your line. You jumped into the orchestra pit.
      Oscar: I got stage fright, Mr. DeMille. It can happen, you know.

    • Oscar: Felix, you're sick and you need a doctor. Now you get into bed.
      Felix: Probably send a young punk fresh out of medical school. I want my doctor to be a kindly, gentle, grey-haired old man.
      Oscar: In the middle of the night, you can't get Marcus Welby!

  • NOTES (3)