The Odd Couple

Season 1 Episode 12

Scrooge Gets an Oscar

Aired Unknown Dec 17, 1970 on ABC
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Episode Summary

In a parody of A Christmas Carol, Felix and the poker players become Dickens characters in a dream after a miserable Oscar refuses to be Scrooge in a children's play.

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  • Felix is producing A Christmas Carol and the other poker players are involved, but Oscar refuses, though he would make a great Scrooge. But like the real Scrooge, Oscar is haunted in his dreams until he agrees to do the play.moreless

    The only Christmas episode produced by the series in the 5 years it was on. Although Oscar seems to be over the top in his Scrooge-like mode, it actually makes for a decent episode. You can almost understand Oscars feelings, though throwing Felix out seems to be a bit of an over-reaction. But I love the dream sequence. This series could do a dream sequence as well as anyone( the one in "What makes Felix Run?" is a classic). Murray as Tiny Tim is priceless. Its probaly the first time that Al Molinaro seems to stand out from the other poker players. While its not the best episode from the 1st season, it keeps up the theme of the friendship coming through in the end, and I think Felix is actually very restrained in this episode.moreless
  • Not one of my favorite Christmas episodes of any series

    The episode overall was a little to forced. Oscar wasn't acted like a mean miser. He was just cranky and if you lived with Felix wouldn't you. One thing I will give it is I like when they reference past episodes (Oscars Ulcer). The dream sequence was short and fast, Oscar was was Ebenezer Scrooge, and Felix played the ghost of Christmas past present and future. He was also Bob Cratchit. Murray was funny as Tiny Tim but very annoying in the episode. Oscar is happy at the end after his dream. Overall it wasn't bad, but it didn't have the impact for me as some of the other episodes of the series.moreless
  • this is the first and only Christmas Special of the show, a play on Charles Dicken's "Christmas Carol".

    once again a very good episode, that's part dream season, part present time.

    Oscar is feeling moody in the festive season, so he refuses to play Scrooge on the play Felix is rehearsing. as a result of his bad mood he has a nightmare where he's shown the ghosts of X-mas past and future, and that he might end up alone if he keeps that rotten atitude towards his friends.

    other than this great scene there are other good moments on this one. the poker buddies auditioning to play Scrooge (and Vinnie doing it very well. great performance) but Felix wants the part to himself and rejects all his buddies.

    other great moment is the singing telegram from Blanche and Felix and Oscar's exchange of gifts in the end. all in all a very good episode.moreless
Odgen Talbot

Odgen Talbot


Guest Star

Ryan MacDonald

Ryan MacDonald


Recurring Role

Al Molinaro

Al Molinaro

Murray Greshler

Recurring Role

Garry Walberg

Garry Walberg


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Contradiction: This episode says Oscar was married on Christmas, but in "I Do, I Don't," Oscar says Blanche scheduled their wedding on the same day as an All Star baseball game, which is usually in July.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Felix: Well, Merry Christmas. Goodbye forever, old buddy. Peace on Earth.
      Oscar: After that speech, I thought you'd leave by the chimney.

    • Felix: Look, I pay alimony, too, and I don't take it out on all the guys. Besides, it's deductible.
      Oscar: I've got nothing to deduct it from!

    • Oscar: Don't talk to me about Christmas, willya? All that sticky, phony good will. I'd like to get a giant candy cane and beat the wings off a sugar plum fairy.

    • Murray: (about Blanche) You mean she and that retired general split? Wow, what happened?
      Oscar: Last weekend, she took him home to meet her folks. Monday morning, he put his uniform back on, he volunteered for combat duty.

    • Vinnie: Oscar, just because you and your ex-wife were married on December 25th is no reason to hate Christmas.
      Oscar: Well, it's a pretty good start, though, huh?

    • Messenger Boy: (singing)
      "Season's greetings, Oscar boy
      My alimony's due
      If you don't pay up right away,
      I'll get the cops on you
      And you'll spend Christmas in the clink,
      With other bums like you."
      Signed, your former wife, Blanche Madison. (holds out hand)
      Oscar: You expect a tip from me for that?
      Messenger Boy: What tip? She sent it collect.

    • Felix (quoting Orson Welles): "The theatre is a collaborated effort, not a vehicle for the talents of an individual."

  • NOTES (3)