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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally the debut stage production of the female version of the play was going to star Nancy Walker and Creator/{{Joan Rivers}}, and be directed by Neil Simon himself. It ended up starring Rita Moreno (who was replaced with Brenda Vaccaro later in the Broadway run) and Sally Struthers, with Gene Saks directing the production.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally the debut stage production of the female version of the play was going to star Nancy Walker and Creator/{{Joan Rivers}}, and be directed by Neil Simon himself. It ended up starring Rita Moreno (who was replaced with Brenda Vaccaro later in the Broadway run) and Sally Struthers, with Gene Saks directing the production.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The movie begins with Felix attempting to get drunk at a bar... with go-go dancers.


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** One episode has Oscar working at a ''Playboy'' clone. This at a time the magazine was more associated with sophistication rather than porn.
** Another episode had Felix's date working at a nude play, a genre then in vogue.
** "The Pig Who Came To Dinner" has some references to the "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match.
** Felix once delivered a baby in Times Sq., dismayed that the first thing the baby saw was a marquee for an X-rated movie.
** Myrna's boyfriend Sheldn sports an afro, bushy mustache and sideburns and wears a leisure suit with rhinestones.


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally the debut stage production of the female version of the play was going to star Nancy Walker and Creator/{{Joan Rivers}}, and be directed by Neil Simon himself. It ended up starring Rita Moreno (who was replaced with Brenda Vaccaro during the Broadway run) and Sally Struthers, with Gene Saks directing the production.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally the debut stage production of the female version of the play was going to star Nancy Walker and Creator/{{Joan Rivers}}, and be directed by Neil Simon himself. It ended up starring Rita Moreno (who was replaced with Brenda Vaccaro during later in the Broadway run) and Sally Struthers, with Gene Saks directing the production.


* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally the debut stage production of the female version of the play was going to star Nancy Walker and ''Creator/{{Joan Rivers}}'', and be directed by Neil Simon himself. It ended up starring Rita Moreno (who was replaced with Brenda Vaccaro during the Broadway run) and Sally Struthers, with Gene Saks directing the production.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally the debut stage production of the female version of the play was going to star Nancy Walker and ''Creator/{{Joan Rivers}}'', Creator/{{Joan Rivers}}, and be directed by Neil Simon himself. It ended up starring Rita Moreno (who was replaced with Brenda Vaccaro during the Broadway run) and Sally Struthers, with Gene Saks directing the production.


** WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally the debut stage production of the female version of the play was going to star Nancy Walker and ''Creator/{Joan Rivers}'', and be directed by Neil Simon himself. It ended up starring Rita Moreno (who was replaced with Brenda Vaccaro during the Broadway run) and Sally Struthers, with Gene Saks directing the production.

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** * WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally the debut stage production of the female version of the play was going to star Nancy Walker and ''Creator/{Joan Rivers}'', ''Creator/{{Joan Rivers}}'', and be directed by Neil Simon himself. It ended up starring Rita Moreno (who was replaced with Brenda Vaccaro during the Broadway run) and Sally Struthers, with Gene Saks directing the production.


** WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally the debut stage production of the female version of the play was going to star Nancy Walker and ''Creator/{Joan Rivers}'' and be directed by Neil Simon himself. It ended up starring Rita Moreno (who was replaced with Brenda Vaccaro during the Broadway run) and Sally Struthers, with Gene Saks directing the production.

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** WhatCouldHaveBeen: Originally the debut stage production of the female version of the play was going to star Nancy Walker and ''Creator/{Joan Rivers}'' and be directed by Neil Simon himself. It ended up starring Rita Moreno (who was replaced with Brenda Vaccaro during the Broadway run) and Sally Struthers, with Gene Saks directing the production.

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** There was an alternate finale filmed that would have aired in the event that the show was picked up for a sixth season.


* WrittenInInfirmity: Klugman and Randall took on the roles again in a series of late '80s/early '90s commercials for Eagle brand potato chips, all of which had to be written around Klugman's nearly non-existent voice after his heavy smoking resulted in him losing a vocal cord. Later came 1993's ''The Odd Couple: Together Again'', by which time Klugman had regained some volume, but still spoke in an extremely raspy and wheezy voice, so Oscar is said to have recently had a throat operation.

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* WrittenInInfirmity: Klugman and Randall took on the roles again in a series of late '80s/early '90s commercials for Eagle brand potato chips, all of which had to be written around Klugman's nearly non-existent voice after his heavy smoking resulted in him losing a vocal cord. Later came 1993's ''The Odd Couple: Together Again'', by which time Klugman had regained some volume, but still spoke in an extremely raspy and wheezy voice, so Oscar is said to have recently had a the same throat operation.

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* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: Oscar's father (played by Creator/GarryMarshall) was killed off following Marshall's death.

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* InMemoriam: The season three episode "Taffy Days" served as one of these to Garry Marshall, who had played Oscar's father Walter and served as creative consultant on this iteration (and developed the 1970-75 series). The stars of Marshall's other series ''Series/HappyDays'', ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'' and ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' all made guest appearances, and the episode was dedicated to his memory (with a clip of the original series' theme song, as well as pictures of Marshall with the 1970s and 2010s ''Couple'' leads, playing alongside the dedication).

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: The writers weren't sure if the show would last beyond a single season and decided to compress Felix and Emily's WillTheyOrWontThey plot and brought about a definite conclusion so that the audience would at least get some sense of closure in the event of a cancellation.

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* ActorAllusion: When Oscar (Matthew Perry) is talking about marriage with Charlotte, he mentions leaving an Oscar-shaped hole in the door. When Matthew Perry was on ''Series/{{Friends}}'', his character, Chandler, mentioned leaving a Chandler-shaped hole in the door.

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