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Recap / The Odd Couple 1970 S 3 E 2 Big Mouth

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Oscar comes to Felix's studio to borrow some money and happens on his latest project — a soda commercial starring Howard Cosell. The pair quickly resort to a volley of insults, ending with Cosell storming out. Felix, afraid his career will flop without this big break, begs Oscar to apologize.

This episode includes examples of the following tropes:

  • Hypocritical Humor: Even after Oscar's apology, Cosell refuses to come back to the photo shoot because Felix annoyed him with talk about helping his sinuses. Oscar suggests Felix apologize, which he rejects. When Oscar asks what the difference is, Felix answers that before, it was Oscar's pride at stake, not his.
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  • Irrevocable Message: Oscar writes an insulting article titled "An Open Apology to Howard Cosell" and gives it to Myrna to take to the editor. Later, after apologizing to Cosell, he phones his editor to kill the article. Unfortunately, Myrna convinced the editor to keep it. Oscar runs down to the studio to make sure Cosell doesn't read it.
  • Morality Pet: Invoked by Oscar when he's begging Cosell to give Felix the big break. He brings near Charley, the Boy Scout who won a contest and is spending the game with Cosell, and urges him to do it for the wonderful Scouts who look up to him. Cosell reproaches Oscar for the low blow, but concedes.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: In-Universe, Cosell isn't offended by Oscar's insulting article because having his name in the papers, even in a negative way, will help make him even more famous.
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  • OOC Is Serious Business: Oscar takes note when Felix throws the torn-up copy of his insulting article about Cosell on the floor, given that Felix cleans messes up rather than making them.
  • Ordered Apology: After Cosell storms out, Felix reasons, begs, and bribes Oscar to apologize so he'll return.
  • Your Favorite: Felix makes Oscar's favorite dinner and dessert (lasagna with French fries and Boston Cream pie, respectively) to wheedle him into apologizing to Cosell.
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