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Recap / The Odd Couple 1970 S 2 E 9 The Odd Couple Meet Their Host

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While taking photos for David Steinberg, Felix volunteers Oscar for an appearance on that night's show. Despite Oscar's nervousness, Felix badgers him into it, only to regret it when Oscar earns massive attention by describing Felix's more unusual habits.

This episode includes examples of the following tropes:

  • Big "SHUT UP!": After Oscar comes home and fails to notice that Felix is angry about the interview, Felix yells at him to shut up.
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  • Chekhov's Skill: Felix knowing old-fashioned radio theme songs (specifically "Little Orphan Annie") comes up multiple times before David uses it to put him at ease after he loses his nerve on the air.
  • Couldn't Find a Lighter: Oscar, being rather careless and laissez-faire, uses the stove to light his cigar. Felix, who's trying to convince him to go on the show, tries to play it up as lovably quirky.
  • Gilligan Cut: When he hears David calling his staff and asking them to get Oscar for the show, Felix offers to get him, going so far as to guarantee it. The moment Felix gets home, Oscar tells him "no."
  • I'll Kill You!: The fuming Felix threatens his roommate after he comes home from the studio.
    Felix: The whole world thinks I'm a neurotic madman, and I'm going to kill you for that!
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: When David introduces Felix, he says that many people assumed Oscar had made up his super-finicky roommate. He then brings Felix onto the show, demonstrating that he's quite real.
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  • Original Position Fallacy: Felix tries to push Oscar into doing a show about his own messiness, assuring him that people will think it's funny despite Oscar's fear of looking foolish. When Oscar does a sketch about his roommate's neurotic habits, Felix is furious at being humiliated.
  • Over-the-Shoulder Carry: Stacha Wozniak, a Polish athlete, carries David Steinberg on her shoulder effortlessly while spinning in circles. David has to ask her to put him down.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: After Oscar's appearance, Felix has to take more photos for David Steinberg. In retribution, he behaves coolly and criticizes the look of the set.
  • Spoonerism: Freaking out from the pressure and the lack of response, Felix mixes up several anecdotes about Oscar.
  • Stage Fright: Neither Oscar nor Felix deals well with being put on the air initially. Luckily, David knows how to coax them out of their shells.
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  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine: Oscar reluctantly agrees to do the show, but ends up earning great ratings by telling anecdotes about Felix and his quirks. David talks Felix onto appearing on the show by offering him a chance to make jokes about Oscar.