The Odd Couple Recap: The Ghostwriter
“The Odd Couple” Season 1 Episode 2 “The Ghostwriter” aired on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. on CBS. Oscar is helping out a famous baseball paper with his autobiography, but Felix suggests they go with the different direction with the book. Find out what happened in the episode in the recap below.
Oscar’s assistant, Dani (Yvette Nicole Brown), is spending her day off at her boss’ house because there’s free wi-fi, when she overhears someone making sex noises. It’s coming from the kitchen and it’s Felix (Thomas Lennon). He’s working on a product shot and explains the intricacies of food styling to Dani. She finds this interesting and offers her services for the day.
Oscar (Matthew Perry) returns from Atlantic City with his buddy Roy (Dave Foley) and his agent Teddy (Wendell Pierce). Teddy reminds him that he has to get started on that new book for Marcus Murphy (guest star George Stultz), the baseball player. Roy asks Oscar if he can take a nap in his room first. He doesn’t want to go home yet and Felix senses that there’s something going on with him. Wouldn’t his other friends want to know what’s bother Roy? Oscar tells Felix to let it be. He’s sure not everyone wants to open up about their lives and share their feelings. Felix disagrees. Has he not heard of Facebook?
Marcus arrives at Oscar’s apartment and he’s ready to discuss the details of his book with him so that Oscar can begin writing. He meets Felix, too, and upon seeing that he’s a photographer, he wonders if he can do his profile shots for the book. Oscar briefly leaves them to grab their lunch at the local sports bar and as Felix begins taking photo of his subject, he’s able to break him down and learns a sensitive side to him. Apparently, the sports guy used to love writing poetry, but his father pushed him to baseball instead. Felix encourages Marcus to discuss his feelings about this in his “tent of unconditional emotional support.”
Meanwhile, Emily (Lindsay Sloane) brings Oscar the food he ordered from the bar. She tells her neighbor she’s waitressing now. It was because her jewelry business isn’t taking off yet and she needs to get her life on track. She’s not doing a great job at it (both at waitressing and life, in general).
Returning with their food, Oscar finds Felix having “therapy” with Marcus. The baseball player declares he’s going with a new angle for his book, one that will feature his work as “poem guy.” He asks Felix to also join his writing team and give inputs. Oscar is pissed at Felix for bringing out this side of Marcus, when he knows what the publisher wants to sell. But since its Marcus’ book, he doesn’t have any choice and so the three of them start working together. As expected, Oscar is easily annoyed by Felix and his nitpicking of the former’s writing process that they end the night with Felix taking over. It’s already late in the night, but because Felix is still painlessly detailing Marcus’ birth, that’s all they were able to finish.
Once Marcus leaves, Oscar argues with Felix. Somehow, their bickering ends with Felix pointing out that Oscar isn’t living up to his full potential as a Pulitzer-winning writer. Would he like to go inside his tent of unconditional emotional support to talk about it? Oscar walks out on his friend.
At the bar, Oscar tells his agent that he may not be able to finish Marcus’ book because, among other things, he feels he’s a hack writer. Felix follows Oscar to the bar. Teddy talks to the publisher for an extension, Felix apologizes to him. He’s not any different from Oscar when it comes to their creative outputs. They both dreamed of making a difference with their talents and skills back in college. They gave this all up because making money seems quicker by selling out.
Overhearing their conversation, Emily yells at Oscar and Felix to stop with the pity party. They both are still able to have jobs they love while he’s stuck doing what she’s doing because there’s nothing else for her. They both should be grateful.
Teddy returns with good news: Oscar gets an extension with the book and fired up after Emily’s breakdown, he gets back to writing, this time more centered and focused.
Meanwhile, Dani, who has been perfecting the burger Felix had her styled for the product shoot, ends up regretting working with him. She realizes he’s such a stickler for detail. She leaves the photo-perfect burger with Felix, which Teddy ends up eating. It’s not even real food, but he doesn’t care. He’s been on a meatless diet far too long, the fake burger looks good enough to eat.
That’s it for the recap of “The Odd Couple” Season 1 Episode 2 “The Ghostwriter” which aired on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at 8:30 p.m. on CBS. For more about this series and other entertainment stories, tune to Movie News Guide (MNG).
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