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Recap / The Odd Couple 1970 S 3 E 19 My Strife In Court

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Oscar scores four tickets to Kiss My Face, the hottest musical in town. Unfortunately, he can't find a girl to go with him. When Felix tries to dispose of the spare ticket, a misunderstanding results in him and Oscar being arrested for ticket scalping. Can Felix successfully defend himself and his roommate against the charge?

This episode includes examples of the following tropes:

  • Accidental Bargaining Skills: Felix tries to give away an extra ticket, but the woman believes he's trying to sell it to her and offers him money. His stunned silence is interpreted as "holding out for more".
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  • A Fool for a Client: Played with. Felix insists on representing himself and Oscar. Despite his roommate's fears, Felix does much better than usual. However, he doesn't know when to quit before he has angered the judge enough for him to fine both of them for contempt of court.
  • Courtroom Episode: Felix and Oscar have to appear in court to answer a charge of ticket scalping. Felix manages to prove their innocence by getting a witness to admit that he didn't ask for money; she only assumed he wanted to sell her the ticket. Unfortunately, he doesn't quit while he's ahead.
  • Gilligan Cut: Felix questions if Oscar plans to take Crazy Rhoda Zimmerman to the play, but Oscar wants to make the most of the opportunity he has in inviting a girl. He starts at the best of the names in his little black book...and makes it all the way to Rhoda without getting a date.
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  • Unflattering ID Photo: After Felix and Oscar have been dragged to the police station, Oscar gripes about Felix taking half an hour rearranging the cameras for the police before their mug shots were taken. Felix retorts that if he hadn't, the photo would have made Oscar look a decade older.
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