We’ve written previously about Decades’ marathons of The Odd Couple, but this weekend’s edition starts and ends with a rarity: The Odd Couple: Together Again, a 1993 CBS movie with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall reprising their roles as Oscar and Felix from the 1970-1975 ABC series.
The plot: To avoid getting in the way of his daughter’s wedding arrangements, Felix temporarily moves in with Oscar, who is still living in the same apartment and recovering from vocal surgery. Guest stars include Penny Marshall as Myrna.
Decades’ 43-hour, 80-episode binge of The Odd Couple starts this Saturday, January 9, at noon ET, and runs through Monday, January 11, at 7 am.
Some of our favorite episodes include:
Sunday, 3:30 am, “Sleepwalker” – In an effort to be nicer to Felix, Oscar suppresses his anger. This results in sleepwalking episodes in which Oscar smacks Felix over the head with a rolled-up newspaper.
Sunday, 4:30 am, “Murray the Fink” – Tired of being teased about his poor arrest record, Murray the Cop arrests his friendly poker game group, resulting in a memorable courtroom showdown in which Felix comes to his aid while embarrassing Oscar.
Sunday, 5:30 am, “The Fat Farm” – Felix takes a skeptical Oscar to a health resort. Felix adheres to the letter of the fat farm’s laws, while Oscar flouts them every chance he gets. If Oscar quits, well, it’s no skin off Dr. Berger’s apple.
In the scene below, Oscar discovers that dining at the fat farm is not to his liking:
Sunday, 7:30 am, “Surprise, Surprise” – Felix holds a birthday party for his daughter Edna in the apartment at the same time Oscar is running his poker game. The clown Felix has hired to entertain the kids is soon lured away by the poker action, ruining Edna’s special day.
Sunday, 8 am, “Felix the Calypso Singer” – When Oscar’s girlfriend Nancy is forced to work, Oscar talks Felix into joining him on his Caribbean vacation. Once there, however, Nancy is able to join Oscar after all, making Felix an unhappy third wheel.
Below, to make amends for his disastrous vacation, Oscar secures a quick singing gig for Felix:
Sunday, 10 pm, “The Subway Show” — When Oscar is fed up with New York City, Felix tries to show him it’s a fun place, only to have them end up trapped in a stalled subway car.
Monday, 1 am, “Your Mother Wears Army Boots” — Felix helps Oscar get a job with Howard Cosell.
What are some of your favorite episodes of The Odd Couple? Feel free to add them to the comments section at the end of the article.
(The above is an updated version of a previously published article)
(Top photo: Jack Klugman and Tony Randall. Source: Wikimedia )
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