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Sunday, November 15, 2021

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I must have been too busy ducking paraskevidekatriaphobia on Friday, or else I would have been all over this year’s November 13th observance of Odd Couple Day.

Lamentably, I was unaware of this dubious holiday, even though years of rerun-watching should have ingrained the show’s opening narration into my brain:

On November 13, Felix Unger was asked to remove himself from his place of residence; that request came from his wife. Deep down, he knew she was right, but he also knew that some day he would return to her. With nowhere else to go, he appeared at the home of his friend, Oscar Madison. Several years earlier, Madison’s wife had thrown HIM out, requesting that HE never return. Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy?

I’ll have to remember for next year. Hopefully, local TV station and traditional “Odd Couple” repository WPIX Channel 11 will repeat the marathon of episodes it ran late-night Friday/Saturday; or better yet, start showing reruns on a regular basis, and at saner hours. While they’re at it, they should come up with a better lineup of episodes than what they chose this time around. I’d love to see the Howard Cosell guest-spots again, so I could relive Cosell’s “inane drone” insult to Felix:

When Oscar asks Felix to explain the term, Felix searches for a meaning and says, “Well, it’s a dull bee.” Oscar agrees.

Drone on, dull bee, drone on. And you too, Oscar Madisoy.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 11/15/2009 02:00 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Pop Culture, TV
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