Howard Cosell joins the boys for S2E2 "Big Mouth". Cosell plays himself of course and he is a pitchman for an ad campaign Felix is working on but Oscar insults him and then Felix insults him. They have to apologize so Felix can keep his job. We discuss Cosell's rise to fame, the odd addition of a boy scout character, the random little lines that dot this episode and the hilarious "play-by-play" coverage Felix gives as Oscar.
In this extra long episode we analyze the 19 out of 24 S1 episodes that we can watch on streaming and address the 5 we could not watch (we don't own the DVD of S1 because we don't like S1). Each episode gets 2-7 minutes of our attention as some are too painful to discuss while others have some noteworthy moments.
S2E22 - "Oscar's Promotion" - Oscar is assigned to be the editor of a new sports supplement at his newspaper and his first assigned is a Chinese v USA exhibition wrestling match. And he needs a photographer!
We discuss guest star Jack Soo, the state of Chinese-US relations & the time and the specific event that triggered this episode, and the fact that China's best wrestler is aged 55 according to this episode.
We divert from our normal format this week and cover four episodes of the show from S2 that we think are not very good. We call then "Oddballs" and we give each one about 20 minutes of time to discuss why we don't like them but also the funny moments that do exist (plus a clip). The episodes are "Natural Childbirth", "A Grave For Felix, "Does Your Mother Know You're Out Rigoletto" and "Where's Grandpa".
This week we cover S2E21 "A Night To Dismember" -- a Rashomon-style episode depicting the New Year's Eve episode that led to Oscar and Blanche's divorce. Among the details we discuss are 1) the timeline inconsistencies this episode create 2) the origin and use of Rashomon in pop culture 3) Ted's search for the restaurant depicted in the opening scene and 4)guest star Joan Van Ark
S2E20 "Good, Bad Boy" is our topic this week. Oscar and Felix help out a reform-school teen ager who asks Edna to the school dance. We discuss the KLM building in NYC, the career of guest actor Johnny Silver and the careers of Lew Alcindor/Kareem Abdul-Jabar, Walt Frazier and Earl The Pearl Monroe.
In our Podcast this week we analyze S2E19 "Partner's Investment". In this episode Felix invests his money, and money he has stolen/secured from Oscar, in a Japanese restaurant. The topics we address include 1) the biography of guest star Pat Morita 2) the racist undertones of this episode 3) the absurd moments of this episode 4) and the history of Japanese food popularity in the U.S. in the 1970s. Enjoy!
In this installment we discuss S2E17 "You Saved My Life" in which Felix becomes a pest by constantly thanking Oscar who saves him from falling out a window. Oscar tries to get Felix to save HIS life so they can be even. We discuss the introduction of Penny Marshall as Myrna Turner, the location of Oscar's office building and the bizarre Japanese grenade scene.
Here is the picture of Felix we discuss in the episode: https://static.wixstatic.com/media/5db718_bdcc28fc357444e29e9462e6855c347a~mv2.png