The Odd Couple

Season 1 Episode 1

The Laundry Orgy

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Aired Unknown Sep 24, 1970 on ABC
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The Laundry Orgy
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Felix and Oscar's first date with the Pigeon sisters is a disaster, with a poker game, a laundry night, and Felix's cleaning cramping Oscar's style.

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  • this pilot episode was the basis for a well written/acted series, that featured the world\'s most disfunctional pair of friends

    7.0
    It\'s Incredible how many of the aspects that defined this series are present in this first episode. from Oscar\'s messy room, to the poker buddies, and the pigeon sisters, all have a central plot in this episode.

    the first few scenes establish the basic differences between Oscar and Felix, one just wants to get on living the life of an eternal bachelor, the other wants desperately to go back to his ex wife. furthermore, one is neat, the other is messy, one is more cultured, the other is more down to earth.

    what I like about this episode (and most of the others) is the ability that the characters have to settle their differences at the end of a day, despite all their differences. in fact, the reason Felix doesn\'t leave Oscar\'s apartment at the end of this pilot is the pact the duo forms out of friendship, to better the other\'s faults, thus complementing each other. in tearms of good jokes I have to highlight the scene in Oscar\'s bedroom, his monologue about Felix\'s neuroses is priceless and once again defines the differences between them. Tony Randall and Jack Klugman prove take the most out of two brand new characters, well suported by the recurring actors, that play a more central role in this episode. future episodes of the show would concentrate more and more on the disfunctional relationship of the duo, especially after the start of the second year.moreless
Monica Evans

Monica Evans

Cecily Pigeon

Guest Star

Carole Shelley

Carole Shelley

Gwendolyn Pigeon

Guest Star

Larry Gelman

Larry Gelman

Vinnie

Recurring Role

Ryan MacDonald

Ryan MacDonald

Roy

Recurring Role

Al Molinaro

Al Molinaro

Murray Greshler

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode we find out that Felix and Oscar's building's Doorman is named Harry, and that Oscar bribes him to tell pretty girls about Felix and himself.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Oscar: It's custom all over the world, man pursue woman. Except on a few Polynesian islands and a couple of bars in Greenwich Village.

    • Felix: My fifth birthday, my mother asked me what I wanted. I said a wastepaper basket.

    • Oscar: I belong in a slob hall of fame. I've always been sloppy. My mother said I used to throw my diapers all over the floor.

    • Felix: Look around this room. Looks like somebody blew up the Salvation Army. Your closet is a slum. Your clothes look as if they're wrestling. You put out your cigarettes in your coffee. Look at this. Look. There's a little, baby logjam in there! You ever look under your bed? There's stuff growing under there!
      Oscar: Will you stop exaggerating? That's a little dust.
      Felix: Lawrence of Arabia couldn't make it through such dust!

    • Felix: Reminds me of Hawaii.
      Cecily: Have you been there?
      Felix: Oh, yes. I caught cold there. Trade winds, you know.

    • Felix: Don't you compare everybody to your ex-wife?
      Oscar: Sure I do. And compared to Blanche, everybody looks good!

    • Oscar: Gwendolyn, where have been all my life? Gwen: Well, we lived in Brighton till I was eleven, and then we moved to London.

    • Felix: When I moved in here, your bathroom was filthy. It would have been condemned by most gas stations.
      Oscar: I like filthy. What I hate is you and your habits. I cringe every time you empty your pockets. You put your change in neat little piles. I'm not too crazy about that fact that you have shoe trees in your bedroom slippers. And I'm not exactly choked up about the fact that you hang your underwear on hangers.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Writers Jerry Belson and Garry Marshall provided DVD commentary for this episode.

    • For this season only, the apartment set was based on the set in the original 1968 movie starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. There was also a laugh track. In the second season, a new apartment was unveiled and the show began filming in front of a studio audience.

    • Of all the directors in this series, Jerry Paris directed the most episodes: 18 in all.

    • Show first seen on Thursdays at 9:30 P.M.

    • The only actresses to appear in The Odd Couple in all three of its stages (Broadway, movie, television) are Monica Evans and Carole Shelley (the Pigeon sisters.)

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