List of The Odd Couple episodes

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The Odd Couple is a television situation comedy broadcast from September 24, 1970 to March 7, 1975 on ABC. It starred Jack Klugman as Oscar Madison and Tony Randall as Felix Unger. The following is a list of episodes.

Series overview[edit]

All five seasons of this show have been released on DVD by Paramount Home Entertainment/CBS DVD.[1]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired Network
1 24 September 24, 1970 March 26, 1971 ABC
2 23 September 17, 1971 March 3, 1972
3 23 September 15, 1972 March 23, 1973
4 22 September 14, 1973 March 22, 1974
5 22 September 12, 1974 March 7, 1975
TV-movie September 24, 1993 CBS


Season 1 (1970–71)[edit]

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1 1 "The Laundry Orgy" Jerry Paris Jerry Belson & Garry Marshall September 24, 1970 (1970-09-24)
Oscar and Felix's (Jack Klugman and Tony Randall) first date with their neighbors the Pigeon Sisters is a total disaster... with poker, laundry night, and Felix's cleaning all getting in the way.
2 2 "The Fight of the Felix" Bruce Bilson Peggy Elliott & Ed Scharlach October 1, 1970 (1970-10-01)
After Oscar gets into a fight with a hockey player (Richard X. Slattery), Felix tries to stand up for his roommate, but ends up in the boxing ring instead.
3 3 "Felix Gets Sick" Hal Cooper Albert E. Lewin October 8, 1970 (1970-10-08)
Felix comes down with a 48-hour flu bug and guilts Oscar into taking care of him, ruining Oscar's weekend with a beautiful stewardess.
4 4 "The Jury Story" Hal Cooper Lloyd Turner & Gordon Mitchell October 15, 1970 (1970-10-15)
One night, Oscar and Felix tell the Pigeon Sisters how they first met. Oscar was the foreman on a jury and, sure enough, Felix was the lone holdout. Barney Martin guest stars.
5 5 "The Breakup" Charles R. Rondeau Ruth B. Flippen October 22, 1970 (1970-10-22)
After a big fight, Oscar kicks Felix out for good. And while Felix moves from apartment to apartment, Oscar can't help but notice that his life is going downhill. Alice Ghostley guest stars.
6 6 "Oscar's Ulcer" Bruce Bilson Bob Rodgers October 29, 1970 (1970-10-29)
When the doctor tells Oscar he has a stomach ulcer, Felix plays nursemaid for one week. His three rules? No stress, no poker, and no women!
7 7 "I Do, I Don't" Bruce Bilson Carl Kleinschmitt November 5, 1970 (1970-11-05)
During a wedding rehearsal, best man Felix recalls his own marriage and divorce, causing the groom to get cold feet and call off the wedding. Joyce Van Patten guest stars.
8 8 "Oscar the Model" George Tyne Jerry Belson & Garry Marshall November 12, 1970 (1970-11-12)
When a young ad exec sees a photo of Oscar, he claims to have found a fresh face, and orders Felix to use him in a big cologne campaign. Albert Brooks guest stars.
9 9 "The Big Brothers" Bruce Bilson Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant November 19, 1970 (1970-11-19)
After volunteering for the Big Brothers program, Felix tries to impress a little boy with his knowledge of the arts. But, the kid is more impressed with Oscar. Clint Howard guest stars.
10 10 "It's All Over Now, Baby Bird" Jerry Paris Dale McRaven December 3, 1970 (1970-12-03)
When Felix's beloved parrot dies, he has trouble finding a final resting place for it. But then, he and Oscar visit a pet cemetery, where a funeral is planned.
11 11 "Felix Is Missing" George Tyne Albert E. Lewin December 10, 1970 (1970-12-10)
When Felix flies to Canada for work without leaving word, his poker buddies assume he's dead, and Oscar is accused of foul play.
12 12 "Scrooge Gets an Oscar" George Tyne Ron Friedman December 17, 1970 (1970-12-17)
Oscar refuses to act in a benefit performance of “A Christmas Carol,” then has a nightmare that he is the character of Ebenezer Madison (Scrooge) in the classic holiday tale.
13 13 "The Blackout" Charles R. Rondeau Bill Idelson & Harvey Miller December 24, 1970 (1970-12-24)
During poker night, there is a power outage and $50 is stolen. Oscar is the prime suspect, so he insists on recreating the crime to prove he is innocent. Cynthia Lynn guest stars.
14 14 "They Use Horseradish, Don't They?" Garry Marshall Jerry Belson & Garry Marshall January 7, 1971 (1971-01-07)
Even though Oscar divulged a secret recipe to a competitor at a cooking contest, Felix still needs his help. Felix's nerves have caused his arms to go stiff!
15 15 "The Hideaway" Dick Michaels Harry Winkler & Harry Dolan January 14, 1971 (1971-01-14)
An Alaskan football player (Reni Santoni) is a houseguest while Oscar negotiates his contract. But then, Felix discovers he is a cellist and urges him to give up sports. Dub Taylor guest stars.
16 16 "Lovers Don't Make House Calls" Bruce Bilson Ron Friedman January 29, 1971 (1971-01-29)
Felix needs a doctor in the middle of the night. So when pretty Dr. Nancy Cunningham arrives at the door, Oscar is smitten and asks her out.
17 17 "Engrave Trouble" Alan Rafkin Peggy Elliott & Ed Scharlach February 5, 1971 (1971-02-05)
When his ex-wife's watch is stolen from a jewelry store, Felix lets Oscar contact his shady underworld friends to try to get it back. Michael Constantine guest stars.
18 18 "Bunny Is Missing Down by the Lake" Jerry Paris Alan Mandel & Charles Shyer February 12, 1971 (1971-02-12)
Oscar brings a depressed Felix up to his cabin, where a pretty camp counselor and three girls seek shelter from the rain. But then, one little girl gets lost.
19 19 "You've Come a Long Way, Baby" Garry Marshall Albert E. Lewin February 19, 1971 (1971-02-19)
Oscar doesn’t want anyone ruining his big night at the sportswriters’ dinner. But then, Felix arrives home with a baby left behind at his studio.
20 20 "A Taste of Money" Alan Rafkin Lloyd Turner & Gordon Mitchell February 26, 1971 (1971-02-26)
When young Phillip (Eric Shea) next door is found with $2000 in cash, Felix is worried that it's been stolen, so he and Oscar have to find out where the money came from.
21 21 "Oscar's New Life" Alan Rafkin Jack Winter March 5, 1971 (1971-03-05)
After Oscar is fired from his job, Felix gets him a position on staff with a popular girlie magazine, where Oscar discovers he is no swinger. John Astin and Edward Platt guest star.
22 22 "What Makes Felix Run" Jerry Paris Bill Manhoff March 12, 1971 (1971-03-12)
In order to cure Felix of his neatness and win back his ex-wife, Oscar comes up with a plan to turn his finicky roommate into a slob.
23 23 "What Does a Naked Lady Say to You?" Hal Cooper Peggy Elliott & Ed Scharlach March 19, 1971 (1971-03-19)
Felix is dating a wholesome librarian (Marj Dusay) who looks familiar to Murray. Then, he remembers he busted her for indecent exposure — as an actress in a nude play!
24 24 "Trapped" Jerry Belson Charles Shyer & Alan Mandel March 26, 1971 (1971-03-26)
On their way to a costume party, Felix, Oscar, and Oscar's girlfriend Nancy are accidentally locked in the building's dusty basement, with no way out.

Season 2 (1971–72)[edit]

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25 1 "Natural Childbirth" Hal Cooper Bill Idelson & Harvey Miller September 17, 1971 (1971-09-17)
Oscar's ex-wife's pregnant 18-year-old niece (Hilary Thompson), a runaway, turns up in New York minus her overseas Army husband, insisting she wants to deliver her child naturally… in a hotel room in the Bronx!
26 2 "Felix's Wife's Boyfriend" Jerry Paris Ron Friedman September 24, 1971 (1971-09-24)
With Felix away in Canada, Oscar and Nancy feel safe fixing up his ex-wife Gloria with Nancy's brother Raymond. Then, Felix returns early… First appearance of Felix's beloved ex-wife, Gloria. Fred Beir guest stars.
27 3 "Hospital Mates" Jerry Paris Garry Marshall October 1, 1971 (1971-10-01)
Oscar is looking forward to Felix's operations so that he stops honking his nose. However, when Oscar injures his foot, they end up sharing a hospital room.
28 4 "Sleepwalker" Jack Donahue Mickey Rose October 8, 1971 (1971-10-08)
Oscar has started walking in his sleep. But, while sleepwalking, he's also started to physically attack his roommate Felix!
29 5 "A Grave for Felix" Hal Cooper Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant October 15, 1971 (1971-10-15)
After he loses Felix's cemetery plot money on a horse, Oscar has to help his finicky roommate find an acceptable burial place.
30 6 "Murray the Fink" Jay Sandrich Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield October 29, 1971 (1971-10-29)
Taunted by Oscar for being weak, Murray gets tough with his poker buddies and has them all thrown in jail for illegal gambling.
31 7 "Does Your Mother Know You're Out, Rigoletto?" Jack Donahue Ron Friedman November 5, 1971 (1971-11-05)
Oscar gets opera star Richard Fredricks to appear in Felix's amateur production of Rigoletto. But when Richard is accidentally injured by Oscar, Oscar must perform the title role himself.
32 8 "The Fat Farm" Mel Ferber Albert E. Lewin November 12, 1971 (1971-11-12)
Oscar is encouraged by Nancy to try to lose a few pounds. So, Felix takes his roommate to a strict health spa, where he is caught sneaking in all manner of forbidden delicacies and junk food delights.
33 9 "The Odd Couple Meet Their Host" Hal Cooper Harvey Miller & Bill Idelson November 19, 1971 (1971-11-19)
When he goes on a talk show, Oscar ends up telling funny stories about his neurotic roommate to host David Steinberg. So, Felix demands equal airtime to get back at him.
34 10 "Win One for Felix" Jack Donahue Teleplay: Bill Idelson & Harvey Miller and Arthur Julian
Story: Arthur Julian
December 3, 1971 (1971-12-03)
Hoping to be a better father to his son Leonard, Felix replaces Oscar as the coach for the boys’ footballs team… and watches the players turn on him.
35 11 "Being Divorced Is Never Having to Say I Do" Bruce Bilson Rick Mittleman December 10, 1971 (1971-12-10)
When Oscar's ex-wife Blanche decides to remarry, Oscar is thrilled (no more alimony!). But, Felix objects to what appears to be a loveless relationship. First appearance of Oscar's ex-wife, Blanche.
36 12 "Surprise, Surprise!" Jerry Paris Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum December 17, 1971 (1971-12-17)
Felix holds his daughter Edna's 10th birthday party at the apartment, the same day that Oscar has a scheduled a big poker game.
37 13 "Felix the Calypso Singer" Jack Donahue Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant December 24, 1971 (1971-12-24)
When Nancy can’t go on their Caribbean vacation, a lonely Oscar convinces Felix to come with him. But once they're there, Nancy calls to announce that she's on her way down, making Felix a third wheel. Vito Scotti guest stars.
38 14 "And Leave the Greyhound to Us?" Hal Cooper Martin Cohan December 31, 1971 (1971-12-31)
When Oscar wins a racing dog in a poker game, he wants to take him to Miami and race him. But, Felix would rather treat him like a pet.
39 15 "Security Arms" George Tyne Jerry Belson January 7, 1972 (1972-01-07)
After Felix and Oscar are robbed, they move into a maximum-security building, which feels more like a prison than an apartment. John Fiedler guest stars.
40 16 "Speak for Yourself" Hal Cooper Peggy Elliott & Ed Scharlach January 14, 1972 (1972-01-14)
Oscar tells Murray the story of how he and Felix first met, and how he had to propose to Gloria when Felix lost his voice.
41 17 "You Saved My Life" Jack Donahue Bob Rodgers January 21, 1972 (1972-01-21)
Now that Oscar has saved Felix's life, Felix is killing him with kindness. So, Oscar decides to turn the tables on his roommate and even the score. This episode marks the first appearance of Penny Marshall as Myrna Turner, Oscar's secretary.
42 18 "Where's Grandpa?" Jack Donahue Albert E. Lewin January 28, 1972 (1972-01-28)
Insanely jealous of his wife, Felix's grandfather, Albert Unger (Tony Randall in a dual role) flees his retirement community and comes to stay with Oscar while Felix is out of town, and is just as annoying as his grandson.
43 19 "Partner's Investment" George Tyne and Bob Birnbaum Bill Idelson & Harvey Miller February 4, 1972 (1972-02-04)
Felix takes Oscar's gambling money and invests it in a successful Japanese restaurant. But, thanks to Felix's interference, the cook and busboy both quit, and the two, along with Murray the Cop, unsuccessfully fill the void trying to help out. Pat Morita guest stars.
44 20 "Good, Bad Boy" Hal Cooper Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant February 11, 1972 (1972-02-11)
Felix insists that a boy from the local reform school has changed… until the kid asks his daughter Edna to the school dance.
45 21 "A Night to Dismember" George Marshall Rick Mittleman February 18, 1972 (1972-02-18)
On the anniversary of their divorce, Oscar and Blanche reminisce about the New Year's Eve they split up, with both of them and Felix all telling their version of the big blowout. Arch Johnson and Joan Van Ark guest star.
46 22 "Oscar's Promotion" Jack Donahue Martin Cohan February 25, 1972 (1972-02-25)
Felix has been hired by Oscar to take photos of a champion Chinese wrestler. Then Felix advises the athlete to give up the sport, causing turmoil. Jack Soo guest stars.
47 23 "Psychic, Shmychic" Mel Ferber Ron Friedman March 3, 1972 (1972-03-03)
Whenever he comes down with a fever, Felix becomes highly accurate about predicting the future — even predicting that someone is going to murder Oscar at his sports banquet! Bernie Kopell guest stars.

Season 3 (1972–73)[edit]

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48 1 "Gloria, Hallelujah" Garry Marshall Rick Mittleman September 15, 1972 (1972-09-15)
Oscar tries a computer dating service recommended by his secretary Myrna. As fate would have it, he winds up getting matched with Felix's ex-wife, Gloria. Felix becomes jealous when the two of them start dating. This episode marks the first appearance of Elinor Donahue as Miriam Welby.
49 2 "Big Mouth" Jerry Paris Art Baer & Ben Joelson September 22, 1972 (1972-09-22)
While Felix is shooting an ad campaign for a soft drink with Howard Cosell at his studio, Oscar shows up and starts a feud with Cosell who is so incensed he walks away from doing the shoot. It will take some mending by the boys to get Cosell to return.
50 3 "The Princess" Jerry Paris Bill Idelson September 29, 1972 (1972-09-29)
Oscar falls for a Princess (Jean Simmons) that Felix is photographing for possible use for a stamp. They get along well, with Oscar's sloppy habits even charming her. Oscar is so smitten he's considering proposing to her.
51 4 "The Pen Is Mightier Than the Pencil" Bob Birnbaum Jack Winter October 6, 1972 (1972-10-06)
Felix, disturbed to learn that writers for the magazines he sells his photos to write unflattering captions, decides to learn creative writing to write his own copy. Oscar however, begins to question the integrity of the teacher of the writing class Felix is in. Wally Cox guest stars.
52 5 "The Odd Monks" Jerry Belson Garry Marshall October 13, 1972 (1972-10-13)
After a heavy day at the job for both of them, the boys take the advice of a monk who dropped out of society 10 years ago and joined a retreat. They decide to try the retreat for themselves, with Felix giving it his all and Oscar realizing he made a mistake the minute he gets there.
53 6 "I'm Dying of Unger" Mel Ferber Joe Glauberg October 20, 1972 (1972-10-20)
Oscar is trying to write a sports book entitled Knockout, from the point of view of the killer instinct. Murray the Cop gives Oscar the use of a friend's isolated cabin in the woods to try and help Oscar, who hasn't been able to write a single page. Felix tags along and accidentally helps Oscar solve the problem.
54 7 "The Odd Couples" Hal Cooper Harvey Miller October 27, 1972 (1972-10-27)
Oscar has never told his mother that he's divorced from Blanche, because she is against divorce. When she plans a visit to Oscar, he is forced to coerce Blanche, Felix and Felix's ex-wife Gloria to all pretend they are still married to appease his mom. Guest star: Brett Somers Klugman (Jack Klugman's real-life wife).
55 8 "Felix's First Commercial" Jerry Paris Albert E. Lewin November 3, 1972 (1972-11-03)
Felix directs a shaving cream commercial starring pro football star Deacon Jones, a friend of Oscar's who insists that Oscar be included in the commercial.
56 9 "The First Baby" Alex March Bob Brunner and Garry Marshall November 10, 1972 (1972-11-10)
A flashback shows the birth of Felix's daughter Edna and the events leading up to it.
57 10 "Oscar's Birthday" George Marshall Teleplay: Albert E. Lewin
Story: Bob Brunner
November 17, 1972 (1972-11-17)
Felix plans a This is Your Life surprise birthday party for Oscar.
58 11 "Password" Alex March Frank Buxton December 1, 1972 (1972-12-01)

After he's invited to be a celebrity contestant on Password, Oscar reluctantly brings Felix along to be his partner... and then regrets it. Guest stars: Allen Ludden and Betty White.

Note- In 2009 TV Guide ranked this episode number 58 on it's '100 Greatest Episodes of All Time' list.[2]
59 12 "The Odd Father" Jack Donahue Michael Leeson and Steve Zacharias December 8, 1972 (1972-12-08)
Felix is afraid that he's losing contact with his daughter Edna, and resolves himself to become a better father.
60 13 "Don't Believe in Roomers" Jack Donahue Peggy Elliott & Ed Scharlach December 22, 1972 (1972-12-22)
Oscar brings home a homeless and penniless girl who faints on his shoulder in a restaurant. When Felix meets her, HE winds up becoming attracted to her and it winds up becoming the only time he and Oscar have fought over a girl.
61 14 "Sometimes a Great Ocean" Hal Cooper Dennis Klein January 5, 1973 (1973-01-05)
When Oscar's ulcer acts up, Felix becomes nursemaid to him. Unable to control Oscar's habits to eat junk food, he recommends that they go on a cruise to escape such temptations. Oscar thinks there certainly will be temptations on the cruise when it turns out to be a cruise for senior citizens.
62 15 "I Gotta Be Me" Mel Ferber David W. Duclon and Joe Glauberg January 12, 1973 (1973-01-12)
Felix and Oscar's constant fighting is driving their friends away from them. They try to resolve the situation with group therapy and get kicked out, but not before the therapist suggests that they try role reversal.
63 16 "The Ides of April" Bob Birnbaum Lowell Ganz & Mark Rothman January 19, 1973 (1973-01-19)
Felix is summoned to the Internal Revenue Service because he forgot to sign his check, and winds up convincing them to audit Oscar, much to Oscar's chagrin.
64 17 "Myrna's Debut" Jerry Paris Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield February 2, 1973 (1973-02-02)
Felix sees Oscar's secretary Myrna's tap dance routine at a party at Oscar's job and decides that she should turn pro, much to Oscar's chagrin. Bob Hastings guest stars.
65 18 "The Hustler" Jerry Paris Lowell Ganz & Mark Rothman February 9, 1973 (1973-02-09)
Felix's opera club is doing Madame Butterfly and needs to raise money for new costumes. He decides to throw a Monte Carlo night. All goes well until Felix greedily keeps the tables open and the house begins to lose money. It turns out that the one who won all the money from the house owed Oscar that money. Now Felix comes to collect to regain the money for the costumes. But Oscar has a little detour with a bet at a pool hall first.
66 19 "My Strife in Court" Jerry Paris Lowell Ganz & Mark Rothman February 16, 1973 (1973-02-16)
Oscar gets four tickets to the hottest new Broadway show in town, Kiss My Face. He invites Felix and his girlfriend Miriam, but can't find a date for himself. Deciding to give away the ticket, the plans go awry as he and get Felix get arrested for scalping. It'll take a trial in court to get the boys out of this mess. Curt Conway guest stars.
67 20 "Let's Make a Deal" Frank Buxton David W. Duclon and Joe Glauberg February 23, 1973 (1973-02-23)
Oscar smokes a cigar in bed and falls asleep, thus ruining the bed, which is Felix's. Oscar's old college pal, Monty Hall, gives him tickets to his game show Let's Make a Deal. Oscar and Felix try to go on to win back the money for the bed Oscar now owes Felix. Guest star: Monty Hall.
68 21 "The Odyssey Couple" Jerry Paris Bob Brunner and Dennis Klein March 2, 1973 (1973-03-02)
Oscar's mother is coming for a visit. He's told her that he's met the girl of his dreams. Now all he has to do is find that woman. Felix helps him, and winds up introducing Oscar (after a few failed attempts) to a Greek woman who winds up showing the boys belly dancing.
69 22 "Take My Furniture, Please" Jack Winter Harvey Miller March 9, 1973 (1973-03-09)
While Oscar is preoccupied with writing a new sports book, Felix uses the opportunity to repaint the apartment and redecorate in ultra modern. Oscar, hating all the new changes, decides to start over by redecorating with his own ideas. Charles Lane and Bubba Smith guest star.
70 23 "The Murray Who Came to Dinner" Jerry Paris Ron Friedman March 23, 1973 (1973-03-23)
Murray the cop is assigned to guard a Roller Derby queen, and his wife becomes jealous. Murray holds his ground of innocence and leaves his wife. He shows up at Felix and Oscar's place and it doesn't take long before he completely exasperates the two of them.

Season 4 (1973–74)[edit]

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71 1 "Gloria Moves In" Garry Marshall Lowell Ganz & Mark Rothman September 14, 1973 (1973-09-14)
Oscar is looking forward to a big marathon poker game he's throwing, but Felix throws a monkey wrench in his plans as he announces that his ex-wife Gloria is coming to stay for the weekend while her house is being painted.
72 2 "Last Tango in Newark" Jay Sandrich Ron Friedman September 21, 1973 (1973-09-21)
When famous male ballet star Edward Vilella is late for a children's performance of "Swan Lake", Felix realizes he must dance the lead role himself.
73 3 "The Odd Decathlon" Jay Sandrich Jack Winter September 28, 1973 (1973-09-28)
After Felix's insurance premiums go up, he challenges Oscar to a mini-decathlon to prove his physical superiority.
74 4 "That Was No Lady" Jerry Belson Lee Kalcheim October 5, 1973 (1973-10-05)
Felix meets a perfect match for him but she doesn't let on that she's married to a pro football linebacker, played by former pro football star Alex Karras.
75 5 "The Odd Holiday" Mel Ferber Phil Mishkin October 12, 1973 (1973-10-12)
In a flashback to a time when the boys were still married, the Ungers and the Madisons go on a two-week trip to the Caribbean. While Oscar and Blanche seem to be fighting the most during the trip, Felix and Gloria are having problems of their own, which culminate in her asking him for a divorce.
76 6 "The New Car" Garry Marshall Teleplay: Lowell Ganz & Mark Rothman
Story: Michael Elias
October 19, 1973 (1973-10-19)
With Felix's help, Oscar wins a new car in a radio contest. But when Oscar decides he wants to sell it, Felix won't let him. Dick Clark makes a cameo appearance as the DJ of the radio contest. John Byner guest stars.
77 7 "That Is the Army Mrs. Madison" Mel Ferber Bob Brunner and Garry Marshall October 26, 1973 (1973-10-26)
In a flashback, Oscar is enlisted in the Army Reserves and misses his girlfriend back home, Blanche. With encouragement from one Lieutenant Felix Unger, he proposes to her, and a wedding takes place at the Army base. Liam Dunn guest stars.
78 8 "The Songwriter" Mel Ferber Buz Kohan & Bill Angelos November 2, 1973 (1973-11-02)
While Oscar is dating singer Jaye P. Morgan, Felix sees it as a golden opportunity to pick up songwriting again, something he hadn't done since the army. His next goal is to try and sell Jaye P. his latest tune, "Happy and Peppy". Wolfman Jack guest stars.
79 9 "Felix Directs" Jerry Paris Harvey Miller November 9, 1973 (1973-11-09)
Murray The Cop is sick of self-righteous Felix, who pompously denounces movies. He challenges him to do better. Felix makes a documentary of Oscar, entitled Mondo Filth. Oscar brings a film producer to see the film and the producer offers Felix a directing job which becomes way over his head. David White guest stars.
80 10 "The Pig Who Came to Dinner" Jack Donohue Mickey Rose November 16, 1973 (1973-11-16)
Tennis star Bobby Riggs comes to see his buddy Oscar. Riggs is a hustler, and manages to gamble Oscar out of his money, clothes, the lease to the apartment and even the services of Felix! Riggs gives Oscar one more opportunity to win back everything he lost, by way of a ping-pong game between the two of them, winner take all. Female tennis star Billie Jean King, Riggs' tennis rival, makes a cameo appearance challenging Riggs to a game of ping-pong at the end of the episode.
81 11 "Maid for Each Other" Norm Gray Marlene Barr November 23, 1973 (1973-11-23)
Oscar's ulcer acts up so badly, he is forced to go to the hospital. He's allowed to go home after some examination, but only if someone other than Felix takes care of him. Leave it to Felix to try and find a suitable replacement for him in the guise of a nanny.
82 12 "The Exorcists" Jack Donohue Frank Buxton and Michael Leeson December 7, 1973 (1973-12-07)
Felix hears noises in the air conditioner and insists the apartment is haunted. He hires an exorcist but he charges too much so Felix buys a book on "how to exorcise at home". Oscar figures out the problem in the end, however. Victor Buono guest stars.
83 13 "A Barnacle Adventure" Bob Birnbaum Lowell Ganz & Mark Rothman December 21, 1973 (1973-12-21)
Oscar's dentist, has invented a new kind of glue, made from barnacles. Oscar wants Felix to invest in it.
84 14 "The Moonlighter" Frank Buxton Phil Mishkin and Mickey Rose January 4, 1974 (1974-01-04)
Felix entrusts Oscar with $400 to buy Yankees season tickets for a client of his. Oscar bets the money on a losing horse instead. Instead of telling Felix what he did, he moonlights as a short-order cook down by the docks. Felix discovers him and makes Oscar work in his studio to pay off the debt.
85 15 "Cleanliness Is Next to Impossible" Frank Buxton Lowell Ganz & Mark Rothman January 11, 1974 (1974-01-11)
Oscar is serious about his new girlfriend, serious enough actually, to undergo hypnosis to try and stop his sloppiness. Alan Arbus guest stars.
86 16 "The Flying Felix" Jack Donohue Lowell Ganz & Mark Rothman January 18, 1974 (1974-01-18)
Felix is due to fly to Houston to shoot an ad for "Buckaroo Barbecue Sauce", but he's afraid of planes. Oscar lends a hand. Teri Garr guest stars.
87 17 "Vocal Girl Makes Good" Dan Dailey Buz Kohan & Bill Angelos January 25, 1974 (1974-01-25)
Felix stumbles upon a perfect choice for Carmen for his Opera Club's upcoming production of it. Only trouble is, she's self-conscious about her weight and can only feel comfortable singing when in the presence of her unrequited love, Oscar.
88 18 "Shuffling Off to Buffalo" Frank Buxton Lowell Ganz & Mark Rothman February 8, 1974 (1974-02-08)
Felix's brother Floyd arrives for a visit. He thinks Felix should get away from dirty, grimy New York City, so he offers Felix a general manager position at his Unger Gum bubble gum factory in upstate Buffalo.
89 19 "A Different Drummer" Mel Ferber Frank Buxton and Michael Leeson February 22, 1974 (1974-02-22)
Monty Hall is hosting a new nostalgia variety show, and Felix and his band "The Sophisticados" are dying to be on it. Oscar however, becomes a roadblock as he is mad at his old friend Hall, who is rerunning Felix and Oscar's Let's Make a Deal segment (episode 67), which turned out to be a disaster.
90 20 "The Insomniacs" Jack Donohue Mickey Rose March 1, 1974 (1974-03-01)
Felix can't sleep. Oscar, Murray and Myrna all try to help Felix get to bed.
91 21 "New York's Oddest" Harvey Miller Art Baer & Ben Joelson March 8, 1974 (1974-03-08)
Felix and Oscar sign up with the Civilian Reserves, and both begin to patrol the apartment building they live in. Felix takes his job a bit seriously and soon has the entire building hating him.
92 22 "One for the Bunny" Jerry Paris John Rappaport March 22, 1974 (1974-03-22)
A flashback episode as one of Felix's earliest photo jobs, is for Playboy magazine. Felix has to photograph six girls, one of which will be chosen as the centerfold. Gloria, his fiancee at the time, turns out to be one of those six girls. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner makes a cameo appearance.

Season 5 (1974–75)[edit]

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93 1 "The Rain in Spain Falls Mainly In Vain" Harvey Miller Rick Mittleman September 12, 1974 (1974-09-12)
Oscar's secretary Myrna is heartbroken that her boyfriend Sheldn (a clerk left the "o" off his birth certificate) has run off. Felix sets out to find her a new beau, and enlists a reluctant Oscar's help. Undaunted, Felix attempts to turn Myrna, a typical New Yorker, into a "woman of elegance" to win Sheldn back. Sheldn is played by Rob Reiner, Penny Marshall's husband at the time. Myrna's brother is played by Penny's brother Garry. Garo Yepremian guest stars.
94 2 "To Bowl or Not to Bowl" Jay Sandrich Mickey Rose September 19, 1974 (1974-09-19)
Felix's bowling team is about to compete in the finals of a bowling tournament when his back goes out. Everybody else on the team rides Felix's coat tails and feels doomed about losing the finals. Leonard Barr guest stars.
95 3 "The Frog" Mel Ferber Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield September 26, 1974 (1974-09-26)
Felix's son Leonard's (Leif Garrett) frog is in the frog jump semifinals. The frog goes missing the night before the race and Felix and Oscar are forced to get a new frog until the old one turns up again.
96 4 "The Hollywood Story" Mel Ferber Al Gordon & Hal Goldman October 3, 1974 (1974-10-03)
A group of sportswriters has been invited to Hollywood for bit parts in a movie, and Oscar is one of them. Felix is non-plussed about the idea until Oscar invites him along. Guest stars: Bob Hope, George Montgomery, Allan Arbus, and Leonard Barr.
97 5 "The Dog Story" Frank Buxton Art Baer & Ben Joelson October 10, 1974 (1974-10-10)
While Felix is photographing Silver the Wonder Dog for a dog shampoo commercial, he becomes incensed at the treatment of the dog by the hands of its owner. Felix kidnaps the dog but eventually gets caught and the whole situation will now have to settle itself in court. Guest stars: John Fiedler, Rona Barrett, and Bill Idelson.
98 6 "Strike Up the Band or Else" Jay Sandrich Rick Mittleman October 17, 1974 (1974-10-17)
Oscar owes Billy Joe Babcock (Pernell Roberts), who is throwing a square dance at a fancy hotel in town, $500, and coerces Felix to change his band's style of music (they are called "The Sophisticados" and change their name to "Felix 'Red River" Unger and his Saddle Sores) and play the square dance, as the original band meant to play cancels out at the last minute. By doing so, Oscar's debt to Babcock will be wiped out.
99 7 "The Odd Candidate" Garry Marshall Lowell Ganz & Mark Rothman October 24, 1974 (1974-10-24)
The incumbent Councilman in the 34th Council District, plans to tear down neighborhood playgrounds and put up office buildings. Felix objects and, without Oscar's knowledge, decides to run him against the Councilman on the playground issue. Howard K. Smith guest stars.
100 8 "The Subway Story" Norm Gray Lowell Ganz & Mark Rothman October 31, 1974 (1974-10-31)
Felix has been upset with Oscar putting down New York City in his column. It takes a subway ride in which the two of them take, which breaks down, where New Yorkers come to the aid of a pregnant guide dog to renew Oscar's faith in New Yorkers. Scatman Crothers guest stars.
101 9 "The Paul Williams Show" Harvey Miller Rick Mittleman November 7, 1974 (1974-11-07)
Edna wants to camp out overnight on the sidewalk to be first in line to get tickets to see Paul Williams in concert. Felix balks at the idea, and Edna runs away from home.
102 10 "Our Fathers" Harvey Miller Martin Donovan November 21, 1974 (1974-11-21)
A flashback to the Roaring Twenties Chicago, where the boys' fathers are. Oscar's father runs a speakeasy for the mob and Felix's dad is an optometrist. Little Oscar and little Felix meet for the first time as well. Elisha Cook, Jr. guest stars.
103 11 "The Big Broadcast" Frank Buxton Frank Buxton November 28, 1974 (1974-11-28)
Oscar loves radio and gets a chance to host his own radio sports talk show, Oscar Madison Talking Sports. Of course, Felix can't seem to butt out when this opportunity arises for Oscar. Tina Andrews guest stars.
104 12 "Oscar in Love" Mel Ferber Carl Gottlieb December 12, 1974 (1974-12-12)
Oscar becomes involved with a widow with two children. He desperately wants the kids to warm up to him, which they do, which is a main factor in Oscar proposing to the widow. Oscar's poker buddies lay odds that on whether Oscar will chicken out of the wedding or not. Dina Merrill guest stars.
105 13 "The Bigger They Are" Harvey Miller David W. Duclon December 14, 1974 (1974-12-14)
For his work on the Fat-A-Way Diet Pill ad campaign, an association of advertising and commercials is presenting Felix with the 100th annual "Dink Award". But via a flashback, it is discovered that Felix may have won the award dishonestly.
106 14 "Two on the Aisle" Jay Sandrich Lowell Ganz & Mark Rothman December 19, 1974 (1974-12-19)
Oscar is assigned to cover the New York theater scene while the regular critic is on vacation. Afraid that he's out of his league, he gives all the tickets to Felix, and after each performance secretly takes notes on Felix's remarks. It doesn't take too long before the whole situation snowballs. John Simon guest stars.
107 15 "Your Mother Wears Army Boots" Frank Buxton John Rappaport January 16, 1975 (1975-01-16)
Martina Arroyo, Howard Cosell, Jack Carter and Roone Arledge all wind up in this episode in which it's Cosell vs. Madison, round two. Jack Carter plays a comedy writer who writes jokes for Oscar to use against Cosell.
108 16 "Felix the Horse Player" Jerry Paris Jack Winter January 23, 1975 (1975-01-23)
Oscar owes Felix a fortune, yet he keeps gambling anyway, betting on horses in particular. Felix is appalled by Oscar's horrible behavior, until Oscar wins on a 40–1 shot horse that he bet on, and is able to pay off Felix in full with the winnings. Seeing this quick road to a lot of cash, suddenly, Felix becomes interested in playing the ponies!
109 17 "The Rent Strike" Norm Gray Martin A. Ragaway January 31, 1975 (1975-01-31)
The new building manager, Mr. Lovelace, isn't providing services to the tenants, because he's too busy tending to his beloved house plants. Felix, angered and annoyed like the rest of the folks in the building, calls a rent strike.
110 18 "Two Men on a Hoarse" Charles Shyer Martin Donovan February 7, 1975 (1975-02-07)
Oscar is scheduled to be on The Dick Cavett Show to uncover a race track scandal when he loses his voice screaming at Felix. Oscar gets a correctable operation, but he is not allowed to talk for two days after it. Between Felix and the apartment getting robbed, it will be a true test of Oscar's mettle to see if he doesn't have a reason to speak in those two days.
111 19 "The Roy Clark Show" Frank Buxton Bob Howard and David W. Duclon February 14, 1975 (1975-02-14)
Country musician Roy Clark plays Oscar's old army buddy who thrives on playing practical jokes on everyone he encounters. Felix wants him to take his music more seriously and sets him up with an impresario. Albert Paulsen guest stars.
112 20 "Old Flames Never Die" Frank Buxton Buz Kohan & Bill Angelos February 21, 1975 (1975-02-21)
Felix learns that his high school girlfriend Mildred Fleener has become a grandmother and he begins to convince himself that he's an old man. Oscar gets influenced by Felix's anxiety and he too begins to feel old.
113 21 "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" Norm Gray Frank Buxton February 28, 1975 (1975-02-28)
Richard Dawson is doing a new variety show, and Oscar has been chosen to be his co-host. Felix however, holds a grudge against Dawson; they were in the army together and used to be part of a song and dance act, and Felix feels that he taught Dawson everything he knows about show business. Dawson sees it the other way around.
114 22 "Felix Remarries" Jack Donohue Larry Rhine & Sidney Reznick March 7, 1975 (1975-03-07)
When Felix discovers that his ex-wife Gloria has been dating another man, he starts taking drastic measures to win Gloria back such as sleeping in Oscar's ultra messy bedroom. Gloria is convinced that Felix has changed somewhat from being a finicky pest and agrees to remarry him. The wedding takes place in the boys' living room in what is the final episode of the series.

CBS TV-movie: 1993[edit]

Title Directed by Written by Original air date
"The Odd Couple: Together Again" Robert Klane Robert Klane September 24, 1993 (1993-09-24)
Felix and Oscar are temporarily roommates again while Felix's daughter prepares for her wedding.


  1. ^ DVD release info at
  2. ^ TV Guide Book of Lists. Running Press. 2007. p. 186. ISBN 0-7624-3007-9. 

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