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Inconsistencies

"Foolish consistencies are the hobgoblin of little minds."

-Felix, quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson in episode #107

The writers of the show certainly took the above quote to heart, as you can see by the vast number of inconsistencies in the show. It seems that they didn''t exactly keep track of certain details of Oscar and Felix''s lives, which has caused many episodes to contradict each other.

Alimony is Deductible

In "Scrooge Gets An Oscar" (12) Felix mentions that alimony is deductible, to which Oscar replies, "I have nothing to deduct it from". However, in "The Ides Of April" (63) Oscar says that he didn't know that alimony was deductible.

Episodes: 
012 "Scrooge Gets an Oscar"
063 "The Ides of April"

Army Buddies

"This is the Army, Mrs. Madison" (77) is a flashback to when Oscar and Felix were in the army together. Also, in "Fat Farm," Oscar mentions being in the army with Felix. In "The Odd Couple Meet Their Host" (35) Oscar mentions an award Felix won in the army in World War II, implying that he knew Felix then. But in "The Roy Clark Show" (111) an old army buddy of Oscar's, named Wild Willie Boggs comes to visit. If Felix was in the army with Oscar, he should have known Wild Willie too. And in "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" (113) Felix tells Oscar that he knew Richard Dawson in the army. If Oscar was in the army with Felix, he should have known Richard Dawson too. Also, "Let''s Make a Deal" (67) implies that Oscar and Felix were not in the army together. "Partner''s Investment" (43) also implies this.

Episodes: 
035 "Being Divorced is Never Having to Say I Do"
043 "Partner's Investment"
067 "Let's Make a Deal"
077 "This is the Army, Mrs. Madison"
111 "The Roy Clark Show"
113 "Laugh, Clown, Laugh"

Army Locations

'In "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" (113), Felix tells Oscar that he was stationed in England while in the army, and later in Greenland. But a flashback in "Partner''s Investment" (43) shows him in Guadacanal. In "The Roy Clark Show" (111), Felix tells Oscar about how he "had them rolling in the trenches at Anzio" with his imitation of Noel Coward. And in yet another episode, Felix mentions having picked up girls in occupied France. Either it''s an inconsistency, or Felix did a heck of a lot of traveling while in the army! Also, "This is the Army, Mrs. Madison" (77) shows both Oscar and Felix in Abnerville, Connecticut when they were in the army. In another episode, it is mentioned that Oscar was in Okinawa in the army.

Episodes: 
043 "Partner's Investment"
077 "This is the Army, Mrs. Madison"
111 "The Roy Clark Show"
113 "Laugh, Clown, Laugh"

Blanche's Maiden Name

Being Divorced is Never Having to Say I Do" (36) Blanche's maiden name is Jefferson, but in "This is the Army, Mrs. Madison" (77) it is Somers.

Episodes: 
036 "Surprise! Surprise!"
077 "This is the Army, Mrs. Madison"

Felix as a Best Man

In "I Do, I Don''t" (7) Felix tells Oscar that he has never been a best man before. But in "This is the Army, Mrs. Madison" (77) we see through a flashback that Felix was the best man at Oscar and Blanche''s wedding.

Episodes: 
007 "I Do, I Don't"
077 "This is the Army, Mrs. Madison"

Felix Flying

In "The Flying Felix" (86) Felix is afraid of flying in an airplane. But Felix must have flown before, such as in the flashback for "The Odd Holiday" (75) and when he was in the army (see the inconsistency "Army Locations").

Episodes: 
075 "The Odd Holiday"
086 "The Flying Felix"

Felix Taking Sleeping Pills

'In "The Insomniacs" (90) Felix tells Myrna that he can''t take sleeping pills because they don''t work on him. But in "The Ides of April" (63) he takes a sleeping pill, and it seems to work fine.

Episodes: 
063 "The Ides of April"
090 "The Insomniacs"

Felix's Brother

In "The Big Brothers" (9) Felix says that he was the youngest in his family, so he never got to be a big brother. In "Shuffling Off to Buffalo" (88) we meet Felix''s brother Floyd. Floyd refers to Felix as "Big F," while Felix refers to Floyd as "Little F." This implies that Felix is the older of the two brothers.

Episodes: 
009 "The Big Brothers"
088 "Shuffling off to Buffalo"

Felix's Kids

In "You've Come a Long Way, Baby" (19), Felix shows his children's pictures to a baby he is watching, and he says that Leonard is 11 and Edna is 9. But in "The First Baby" (56) a flashback shows us that Edna was born first.

Episodes: 
019 "You've Come a Long Way, Baby"
056 "The First Baby"

Felix's Stuffed Animals

In "This is the Army, Mrs. Madison (77) Felix tells Oscar that he was allergic to stuffed animals as a kid, so he never had any. But in "The Insomniacs" (90) Felix tries to overcome his insomnia by sleeping with a teddy bear that he''d had as a kid. (Of course, since he had kept the teddy bear in its original cellophane wrapping, his allergies wouldn't have mattered, but it doesn't negate the fact that Felix said that he hadn't had any stuffed animals.)

Episodes: 
077 "This is the Army, Mrs. Madison"
090 "The Insomniacs"

Gloria's Maiden Name

'In "Speak For Yourself" (40) Gloria''s maiden name is Schaefer. But in "The Odd Holiday" (75) Felix says that it is Fleener. (Coincidentally, Fleener is the last name of Felix's high school sweetheart, Mildred, whom he mentions in "The New Car" (76) and who appears in "Old Flames Never Die" (112).)

Episodes: 
040 "Speak For Yourself"
075 "The Odd Holiday"
076 "The New Car"
112 "Old Flames Never Die"

How Felix & Gloria Met

'In "Bunny is Missing Down by the Lake" (18) Felix says that his first paying photography job was for his high school, and later he started photographing for junior colleges, which is how he met Gloria. But in "Speak For Yourself" (40) a flashback shows us that Oscar introduced him to Gloria.

Episodes: 
018 "Bunny is Missing Down by the Lake"
040 "Speak For Yourself"

How Long Oscar Has Been Divorced

In "The Odd Couples" (54) Felix mentions that Oscar has been divorced for 3 years, which would be 1969. In "The Ides of April" (63) Felix mentions that Oscar has been paying alimony for 8 years, which means that he was divorced around 1964 or 1965. In "Cleanliness is Next to Impossible" (85) Oscar says that he has been divorced for 8 years, which by that time would be 1966. In "The Bigger They are" (105) Oscar still says that he was divorced 8 years ago, which would be 1967. So, while the writers were consistent in saying that Oscar had been divorced for 8 years, they forgot that what was 8 years in 1972 was 10 years in 1974, and 11 years in 1975.

Episodes: 
054"The Odd Couples"
063 "The Ides of April"
085 "Cleanliness is Next to Impossible"
105 "The Bigger they Are"

How Long Oscar Has Been Divorced

In "The Odd Couples" (54) Felix mentions that Oscar has been divorced for 3 years, which would be 1969. In "The Ides of April" (63) Felix mentions that Oscar has been paying alimony for 8 years, which means that he was divorced around 1964 or 1965. In "Cleanliness is Next to Impossible" (85) Oscar says that he has been divorced for 8 years, which by that time would be 1966. In "The Bigger They are" (105) Oscar still says that he was divorced 8 years ago, which would be 1967. So, while the writers were consistent in saying that Oscar had been divorced for 8 years, they forgot that what was 8 years in 1972 was 10 years in 1974, and 11 years in 1975.

Episodes: 
054"The Odd Couples"
063 "The Ides of April"
085 "Cleanliness is Next to Impossible"
105 "The Bigger they Are"

How Oscar & Gloria Met

In "Speak For Yourself" (40) a flashback from the early 1950s shows Oscar introducing Felix to Gloria. But in "Gloria, Hallelujah" (48) Oscar says that he has known Gloria for 10 years (which would be since the early 1960s).

Episodes: 
040 "Speak For Yourself"
048 "Gloria, Hallelujah"

How Oscar & Murray Met

In "The First Baby" (56), and "This is the Army, Mrs. Madison" (77) we see Felix introducing Murray to Oscar for the first time - under different circumstances. Since both episodes contradict each other (see "Who Got Married First"), there's no way to tell which one was supposed to have happened first, but if #56 happened first, then Oscar would have already known Murray in #77, and vice versa.

Episodes: 
056 "The First Baby"
077 "This is the Army, Mrs. Madison"

How They Met

In "The Jury Story" (4) Oscar and Felix tell the Pigeon sisters how they met on a jury seven years before, which would have been 1963. But in "Oscar the Model" (8) Felix says that he has known Oscar for 15 years, which would have been since 1955. Then in the show opening for the second season, a narrator says that the two were "childhood friends."* In "Speak for Yourself" (40) Oscar tells Murray that he met Felix in the early 1950s.

*In some of the later show openings, the word "childhood" was removed from the narrator''s speech.

Episodes: 
000 Opening/Closing Credits
004 "The Jury Story"
008 "Oscar, the Model"
040 "Speak For Yourself"

Oscar & Blanche's Wedding

In "I Do, I Don''t" (7) Oscar says that Blanche scheduled their wedding at the same time as a baseball game that he wanted to see. In "Scrooge Gets an Oscar" (12) Vinnie says (and Oscar confirms) says that the two of them were married on Christmas day. In "This is the Army, Mrs. Madison" (77) a flashback takes us back to when Oscar and Blanche were married while he was in the army. If the wedding took place during a ball game, it is not mentioned, and it certainly does not seem to be Christmas day

Episodes: 
007 "I Do, I Don't"
012 "Scrooge Gets an Oscar"
077 "This is the Army, Mrs. Madison"

Oscar & Blanche's Wedding 2

'In "The Odd Couples" (54) Oscar and Blanche are looking at their wedding photo, and Oscar remarks that he never returned the tuxedo. But in "This is the Army, Mrs. Madison" (77) we see that because Oscar married Blanche while he was in the army, he wore his army uniform at the ceremony, not a tuxedo. Also, Oscar had get back to camp in time for inspection, and rushed off before any pictures were taken. So Blanche had her picture taken with Felix, as a gag.

Episodes: 
054"The Odd Couples"
077 "This is the Army, Mrs. Madison"

Oscar & Felix's Address

In the show opening, the number of Oscar and Felix's apartment building is shown to be 1049, and a few episodes mention them living at 1049 Park Avenue. But in "The New Car" (76) Felix says that he and Oscar live at 74th and Central Park West.

Episodes: 
000 Opening/Closing Credits
076 "The New Car"

Oscar Getting Thrown Out

In the opening monologue to the show, the narrator says, "Some time earlier, Madison's wife had thrown him out, requesting that he never return." This implies that Oscar left the apartment, and that his current apartment is a different one. But all flashback episodes from before and during Oscar and Blanche's marriage show the same apartment that Oscar and Felix still live in.

Episodes: 
000 Opening/Closing Credits

Oscar's Age

'In "Vocal Girl Makes Good" (87) Oscar celebrates his 40th birthday, which would mean that he was born in 1933. But in "Our Fathers" (102) a flashback shows us that Oscar and Felix were both children during prohibition (which was from 1919 to 1933) which meant that both of them were born sometime during the 1920s. Also, Oscar couldn''t have known Felix in World War II ["The Odd Couple Meet their Host" (33)] if he was born in 1933 because he would have been too young to be in the army. And according to the script of the original play, Oscar was 43. So, if he was 43 at the start of the series, he should have been 46 in "Vocal Girl Makes Good." (Note: Jack Klugman was born in 1922, making him 51 during "Vocal Girl Makes Good.")

Episodes: 
033 "The Odd Couple Meet their Host"
087 "Vocal Girl Makes Good"
102 "Our Fathers"

Oscar's Mother

'In "The Odd Couples" (54) we find out that Oscar never told his mother that he and Blanche were divorced (his mother finds out at the end of the episode). But in "The Oddyssey Couple" (68) Oscar mentions that his mother has been bugging him to get a new girlfriend ever since the day he became divorced, when he had been standing on the steps at City Hall.

Episodes: 
054"The Odd Couples"
068 "The Oddyssey Couple"

Oscar's Office

In "Felix Directs" (79) the address of Oscar''s office is 235. However in "Vocal Girl Makes Good" (87) it is 1501.

Episodes: 
079 "Felix Directs"
087 "Vocal Girl Makes Good"

Owning a Car

In "Password" (58) Felix says that he has a home version of the Password game in his car. But in other episodes, it is clear that he does not have a car, because he always takes a bus, subway, or taxi. And in "The New Car" (76) it is apparent that neither Oscar nor Felix have have owned a car in a long time, because they had no idea how much trouble it was.

Episodes: 
058 "Password"
076 "The New Car"

Riding on the Subway

In "The Pen is Mightier Than the Pencil" (51) Oscar mentions having been on the subway with Felix "yesterday." However, two years later, in "The Subway Show" (100) Oscar says that he hasn't been on the subway in 5 years.

Episodes: 
051 "The Pen is Mightier than the Pencil"
100 "The Subway Show"

Take My Furniture...Again

In "Take My Furniture, Please," (69) Oscar and Felix change their furniture not once, but three times. After painting the apartment in "Flaming Peach," Felix decides it needs new furniture to go with the new color. Oscar hates what Felix buys, so he gets rid of it and buys new furniture himself. In the end, the guys compromise by getting yet more furniture - things that they both like. Yet, in the next episode, "The Murray Who Came to Dinner," (70), not only is the old furniture back, but the apartment has reverted back to its previous paint color. This was the last episode of the third season, and by the start of the fourth season ("Gloria Moves In," 71), the furniture has changed yet again, although the paint color is still Flaming Peach. It's possible that "Take My Furniture Please," was originally intended as the last episode of the season and somehow got switched with "The Murray Who Came to Dinner." But it still doesn't explain why the furniture changed yet again for season 4.

Episodes: 
069 "Take My Furniture, Please"
070 "The Murray who came to Dinner"
071 "Gloria Moves In"

The "Thanks" Picture

In "You Saved My Life" (41) Felix gives Oscar a big picture of him saying "Thanks!" as one of many thank you gifts for saving his life. But at the beginning of "Two on the Aisle" (106) Oscar is seen throwing darts at the same picture, and he says that he got it as a thank you from Felix for letting him stay at his apartment when he got divorced.

Episodes: 
041 "You Saved My Life"
106 "Two on the Aisle"

The Apartment

The layout of Oscar and Felix's apartment is different in the first season than in the later seasons. This is, of course, because after the first season, a different set was used because the show started being filmed in front of a live studio audience. No explanation is ever given for the change. So apparently, according to the show, it''s still the same apartment. In fact, the "new" apartment set is used in all subsequent flashback episodes, some of which take place before Oscar was first married. The apartment is also slightly different in the episode "You Saved My Life" (41). In this episode, the two windows that are facing the direction of the audience were replaced by one large window in the middle, because a window figured prominently in the story. In the 1993 reunion TV-movie "The Odd Couple: Together Again" the set once again has the layout from the first season.

Episodes: 
041 "You Saved My Life"
999 "The Odd Couple: Together Again"

The Building Super

In "The Blackout" (13) the super in Oscar and Felix's building is named Lambredi. In "Felix's First Commercial" (55) the super, still played by the same actor, is now named Harvey Faffner. In another episode, a character named Monroe Hernandez appears. Monroe is said to be the super''s son, except Monroe is Puerto Rican and Lambredi/Faffner is not. Also, Oscar refers to Monroe''s father (the super) as Hector.

Episodes: 
013 "The Blackout"
055 "Felix's First Commercial"

The Front Door

In "The Insomniacs" (90) when Myrna arrives for a visit, Felix inadvertently locks himself out. Oscar instructs Myrna to let him in which implies that the door locks automatically. Later in the same episode, Murray is seen using his credit card to open the same door which confirms the automatic lock theory. But in "The Odd Monks" (52) Brother Ralph is able to let himself in with no assistance.

Episodes: 
052 "The Odd Monks"
090 "The Insomniacs"

Where Miriam Lives

A few episodes (plus the Odd Couple play) mention that Oscar and Felix live on the 11th floor of their apartment building. In "Gloria, Hallelujah" (48) Oscar mentions that Miriam lives upstairs from them. And in "The Exorcists" (82) Miriam asks Felix if he is "coming up later." But in "New York''s Oddest" (91), while Oscar and Felix still live on the 11th floor, Miriam says that she lives on the 8th floor. (Of course, it's always possible that she moved to another apartment in the same building.)

Episodes: 
048 "Gloria, Hallelujah"
082 "The Exorcists"
091 "New York's Oddest"

Where Oscar Grew Up

In "The Subway Story" (100) Oscar says that he has lived in New York City all his life. But in "Oscar''s Birthday" (57) he says that he was born in Philadelphia, and then in "Our Fathers" (102) a flashback shows us that both Felix and Oscar lived in Chicago when they were children. (Of course, since Felix was the one telling the story in the flashback, it could be possible that Oscar just didn't remember having lived in Chicago when he was very young.)

Episodes: 
057 "Oscar's Birthday"
102 "Our Fathers"

Who Got Divorced First

According to the play/movie, Oscar was the first of the two to get divorced (the script says he had been divorced for 6 months). While Oscar, Murray, Vinnie, Speed and Roy were playing poker, Felix came to the apartment, having just been thrown out by his wife, and not knowing where else to go. This is even mentioned by Murray in "Gloria Moves In" (71), and by Vinnie in "Where''s Grandpa?" (42). But in "The Odd Holiday" (75) a flashback tells about a vacation that Oscar and Felix went on with their wives, during which Gloria told Felix that she wanted a divorce. This contradicts the entire premise of the play in which Oscar, who was already divorced, invited Felix to stay with him, because he couldn''t stand living alone. (How could Oscar have invited Felix to live with him if he was still married to Blanche?!)

Episodes: 
042 "Where's Grandpa?"
071 "Gloria Moves In"
075 "The Odd Holiday"

Who Got Married First

"The First Baby" (56) is a flashback to when Gloria was pregnant with her and Felix's first child. Oscar is still single, so it seems that Felix was the first of the two to get married. "This is the Army, Mrs. Madison" (77) is a flashback to when Oscar and Felix were in the army, and Oscar married Blanche. Gloria is not seen or mentioned in this episode (Blanche is seen saying goodbye to Oscar as he and Felix leave for the army, but Gloria isn't there), implying that Oscar was the first to get married.

Episodes: 
056 "The First Baby"
077 "This is the Army, Mrs. Madison"