1049 Park Avenue: An Odd Couple Podcast
”A Different Drummer”

”A Different Drummer”

November 15, 2021

Monty Hall returns and Felix tries to get his band on Monty’s new TV show but needs Oscar’s help to make it happen in S4E19 “A Different Drummer”.  Topics covered include: 1) the many songs from the 1920s that are sung in the show and the multiple music cuts 2) the firing of Julius LaRosa 3) another debate about whether is Oscar is 40 or 50 given that Monty, who is 53, and Oscar were in college together, 4) and the fact a clip from a prior episode is shown.

”Shuffling Off To Buffalo”

”Shuffling Off To Buffalo”

November 7, 2021

Felix moves to Buffalo to work with his brother at his bubble gum company in S4E18 “Shuffling Off To Buffalo.” Discussion includes the following topics: 1) Oscar’s wearing 74 on his jersey and our assumed reference to Merlin Olsen 2) The career of the main guest star William Redfield 3) the resume of some of the other guest stars 4) the early deaths of some of those guest stars 5) the use of telegrams in 1974 6) the fact that William Daniels was originally sought to play Floyd 7) and the impressive sets in the episode.       

”Vocal Girl Makes Good”

”Vocal Girl Makes Good”

October 31, 2021

A shy but talented woman whom Oscars works with has a crush on him while Felix wants her to sing Carmen in his opera in S4E17 “Vocal Girl Makes Good”.  Topics discussed:  The career of Marilyn Horne; the gullible and moronic nature of her character; the amount of singing in the episode; the timeline problems caused by an unnecessary prop that is very visible; and several oddly or incorrectly said lines.

”The Flying Felix”

”The Flying Felix”

October 24, 2021

Oscar helps Felix get over his fear of flying in S4E16 “The Flying Felix.”  We discuss the numerous guest actors in the show including Teri Garr in one of her earliest roles; the state of air travel and air travel advertising in the early 1970s; the episode’s reference to the movie Patton; the higher budget of the episode given multiple sets and large number of guest actors and extras; the classic “I much fear there is serious trouble in the fuselage Frederick” line; two pronunciations of the word “annex”; and the Broadway writing background of guest actor George Furth.

”Cleanliness Is Next To Impossible”

”Cleanliness Is Next To Impossible”

October 10, 2021

Oscar is hypnotized in order to become neat for his new girlfriend in S4E15 Cleanliness Is Next To Impossible.  We discuss: 1) whether Felix said “specialty” or “special” when discussing Oscar’s crane operator date 2) the wonderful psychiatrist scene with Richard Stahl and the connection of the actress who plays the secretary to I Love Lucy 3) the famous Shakespeare quote used in the episode 4) the two mistakes that Jack Klugman makes 5) guest star Allan Arbus 6t) the period setting of the flashback to Young Oscar here vs. the one in Our Fathers and the appearance of Adam Klugman.  

”The Moonlighter”

”The Moonlighter”

October 3, 2021

Oscar moonlights at a greasy spoon in order to pay back money Felix gave him for Yankees tickets that Oscar lost gambling.  Among the many details we discuss are: 1) The tricky list of guest cast especially Sam Nudell 2) the return of Bella Bruck and Phil Leeds 3) the implausibility of having a cow, alone, in a NYC building zoned for commercial use, 4) non-dairy creamer 5) and how Tony Randall breaks the 4th wall which leads to one of Garrett’s all-time favorite lines.

”A Barnacle Adventure”

”A Barnacle Adventure”

September 20, 2021

Oscar want Felix to invest in a new invention created by his dentist – barnacle glue in S4 E13, “A Barnacle Adventure”.  Topic covered include the careers of the multiple guest stars including Val Avery who plays Dr. Elmo Most; Ted’s naïve wonderment at how they did the bowling ball / pencil gag; how Oscar wants to invest in the glue without using any of his own money; how Felix becomes President of the company when Elmo has the most money invested; the great presentation scene; and how barnacles are inspiring use of adhesives in the medical field in 2021.

”The Exorcists”

”The Exorcists”

September 12, 2021

We discuss S4E12 “The Exorcists” in which Felix thinks the air conditioner is haunted.  Ted really doesn’t like the episode and makes that clear early, Garrett is much more generous. Topics:  1) how Herbie Faye played the super in multiple episodes and seemed to always have a different name 2)   guest star Victor Buono, 3) the jingle for Italian Swiss Colony wines 4) the similarities of the tag scene to other episodes.

”Maid For Each Other”

”Maid For Each Other”

September 6, 2021

Felix hires a Nanny for Oscar in S4E11 “Maid For Each Other”.  Topics discussed: 1) The mystery of  writer Marlene Barr who has no other major credits 2) The IMDB error crediting “Crony 1” as the noted acting teacher Robert Lewis instead of the character actor Buddy Lewis and how Garret determines this is a mistake 3) how much the audience enjoys the episode 4) the great casting of Reta Shaw as Clare Frost 5) the multiple connections to the Honeymooners.

“The Pig Who Came To Dinner”

“The Pig Who Came To Dinner”

August 28, 2021

Oscar loses “everything”, including Felix, to hustler Bobby Riggs in “The Pig Who Came To Dinner.” We discuss the historical significance of this episode because of its timing just weeks after the “Battle Of The Sexes” Primetime tennis match, the fact Ted thinks Billie Jean King is a horrible actress while both Ted and Garrett agree Bobby Riggs is good, Ted being confused by the exact nature of the temperature bet, Riggs’ prowess at all the events show in the episode, and the lack of clues to the passage of time in the ping pong scene.  

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