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Recap / The Odd Couple 1970 S 1 E 8 Oscar The Model

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Felix must recruit Oscar as a model for a campaign ad when Rudy the executive announces that his face is "happening." Can fussy Felix and his reluctant roommate keep from fighting long enough to finish the shoot?

This episode includes examples of the following tropes:

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Against Felix's protests, Oscar moves a lamp because he doesn't want a shadow getting in the way of his face. He burns one of the female models' backsides. He also keeps Felix from taking the shot for three hours because he can't get the "feel" of the moment. While begging Mr. Whitehouse to give Felix back the job, he admits he got a little swelled-headed.
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  • Dirty Old Man: Mr. Whitehall gets very flirtatious with the female models. Felix outright calls him a dirty old man after finally losing his temper.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Oscar ruins an entire day's work when he opens the darkroom door while Felix is developing the film. To make matters worse, one of the models explicitly told him he shouldn't.
  • Opinion Flip Flop: Oscar resists all Felix's attempts to convince him to do the ad...until Felix mentions modeling would allow him to spend the day around three beautiful girls.
  • Rump Roast: Oscar accidentally burns one of the other models' rear ends when he moves a lamp. Fortunately, Felix keeps ointment on hand for such situations.
  • Shame If Something Happened: A nonviolent example; Rudy tells Felix that he'd hate for him to lose the advertising contract. Felix calls him on it and says he dislikes being threatened by a teenager.
  • Shout-Out:
    • After Felix tells him that his "ordinary" face is like James Cagney's, Oscar tries his hand at imitating Rick from Casablanca.
    • When accepting the position, Oscar tells Felix "Just whistle" if he wants him at the studio.
  • Yes-Man: Mr. Whitehall says that he likes spirited men, but not in his employ. He gives this as one reason he hired Rudy, who proves it by thanking him for the compliment.