1049 Park Avenue: An Odd Couple Podcast
“Felix Directs”

“Felix Directs”

August 21, 2021

Felix sets out to make a documentary about Oscar and ends up almost directing a porno film in “Felix Directs”.   Items of discussion include: the use of prunes for breakfast, the multiple NYC location shots, the career of guest actors David White and how he and character actor Louis Guss have a unique scene in the episode, how PBS’s American Family and the movie Mondo Cane are referenced, the differences in Super 8 & 16MM film, and what exactly is a XX rating.

“The Songwriters”

“The Songwriters”

August 8, 2021

Jaye P. Morgan and Wolfman Jack guest star on “The Songwriters” as Felix writes the classic song “Happy and Peppy and Bursting With Love” for Morgan. Topics covered include 1) the biographies of Jaye P. Morgan and Wolfman Jack 2) the clever way the song come together 3) where the piano comes from and 4) is Tony Randall playing the piano?

“This Is The Army Mrs. Madison”

“This Is The Army Mrs. Madison”

August 1, 2021

We flashback to Oscar and Blanche’s wedding night at an army base in This Is The Army Mrs. Madison.  Topics examined include 1) the dizzying amount of continuity issues in this episode 2) the attempts and non-attempts to make the actors look younger 3)  the odd names in this episode and the fact Blanche’s maiden name in this episode is the same as the actress that plays her 4) and Richard Stahl’s guest appearance.

“The New Car”

“The New Car”

July 25, 2021

It’s our one year anniversary and 50th recorded episode! Oscar and Felix win a new car which ends up causing more problems than benefits in “The New Car”.  We discuss 1) the geographic inconsistencies this episode causes regarding where Felix and Oscar live 2) the many external street scenes 3) John Byner and 4) Bella Bruck who plays Pushover Page  

“The Odd Holiday”

“The Odd Holiday”

July 18, 2021

In “The Odd Holiday”, a flashback episode, Felix and Oscar go to the Caribbean with their wives and Felix tries to help Oscar’s marriage while not realizing his in jeopardy.   

“That Was No Lady”

“That Was No Lady”

July 10, 2021

Felix falls for a football player’s wife but doesn’t know she is married in S4E4 “That Was No Lady”. Topics covered include: 1) Listener feedback to our question about the line “Every body loves pizza and beer” in our last episode 2) The biography of guest stars Alex Karras and Patricia Harty 3) phrases we are not familiar with such as “good offices”, “honky tonk”, “red dog”.  4) the way this episode celebrates romance in NYC 5) how the episode tells an emotional story in a short period of time 6) the significance of a “Chicano” musical named Lettuce 6) how this episode proves Miriam means nothing to Felix 

“The Odd Decathalon”

“The Odd Decathalon”

July 3, 2021

Felix and Oscar compete in athletic events to prove who is the better insurance risk in S4E3 “The Odd Decathlon”.  Topics discussed include 1) Our confusion as to why the studio audience applauds at the line “Every body needs Pizza and beer”, 2) Murray's terrible refereeing skills and 3) The state of employment insurance in the 1970s 

“Last Tango In Newark”

“Last Tango In Newark”

June 25, 2021

World-renowned ballet dancer Edward Villella guest stars in S4E2.  We discuss 1) the selling of orange and orange beverages at theaters 2) the potential skittishness of ABC regarding the assumption that ballet implies lack of manliness 3) the resume of Dan Dailey and 4) the physical humor of Jack Klugman in this episode.

“Gloria Moves In”

“Gloria Moves In”

June 19, 2021

Gloria stays at Felix and Oscar’s apartment while her house is being painted in the 4th season premiere “Gloria Moves In”.  Topics covered include 1) When this episode was filmed vs aired and how that impacts the living room furniture which had just been changed in the prior aired episode 2) The directing flourishes of Garry Marshall 3) Tony Randall’s great performance of Felix playing cards while drunk 4) the glimpses we get as to why Gloria divorced Felix 5) how sex is discussed in this episode 6) another cut musical scene 7) 1970’s mores regarding a single man being alone in a hotel 8) the inside references to the play 9) and a major continuity error involving luggage

“The Murray Who Came To Dinner”

“The Murray Who Came To Dinner”

June 14, 2021

Murray has a fight with his wife and moves in with Felix and Oscar in the season three finale The Murray Who Came For Dinner.  We discuss the fact this episode was the third filmed for the season but the last to air and speculate about why this was.  We also cover in-depth that the actress who plays Murray’s wife also played Oscar’s mother this season.  Other topics include: McGuffins vs red herrings; how good Al Molinaro is in the episode; rollerderbys; and the unnecessary use of recycled outdoor footage and establishing shots.

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