The Odd Couple

Season 1 Episode 21

Oscar's New Life

Aired Unknown Mar 05, 1971 on ABC
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Oscar's New Life
When Oscar is permanently fired because of Felix's meddling, he gets a new job at Harem, a men's magazine.

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  • this is another great example of OC comedy. after being fired from the New York Hareld (again) Oscar finds a job on a playboy type magazine, with all of it's perks and luxury. but his heart soon goes back to sports...moreless

    After a little disagreement with his editor, Oscar's fired. of course he knows it's temporary, and they'll call him to come back very soon. well they would have if Felix didn't stick his nose in it and annoyed the editor with his usual funny ways.

    that really puts Oscar out of work, which leads him to find work for a Playboy/Hugh Hefner type of magazine, with a false bookshelf that opens into a bedroom, a 5 tv panel, a big office and beautiful girls. of course this episode is dated by the ancient technology, today it would have to be done with a different degree of technology around the office. nevertheless it has some nice moments, for instance the scenes in the editor's office (played by the chief of "Get Smart". the fact that he put his painter nephew writting on Oscar's column is very funny :D

    it's also nice to see Felix Enjoying the lavish party, and Oscar being miserable for a change, normally it's the other way around. funny episodemoreless

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Beau Buffingham: (giving orders over the phone) I'd like to do something that's more important, more significant. What about nude astronauts? No, better yet -- now this is beautiful, listen to this -- nude astronettes.

    • Felix: This is Beau Buffingham, the editor of Harem magazine.
      Oscar: Hey, I am glad to meet you. I read your magazine all the time. Even the articles.

  • NOTES (3)

    • When this episode first aired on ABC, Tony Randall and Jack Klugman did a voiceover during the closing credits asking viewers if they preferred the show without the canned laugh track and, if they did, to write to the network about it.

    • John Astin, who played Bo Buffingham, had already established himself in television history by playing Gomez Addams in "The Addams Family". He was married to Patty Duke from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s. Oscar's editor at the newspaper is played by Ed Platt, who played the Chief on "Get Smart".

    • This episode aired without a laugh track frequently, but not always, in syndication. It is the only one from the first season (which was not shot in front of a studio audience) to do so.