The Odd Couple Recap: Pilot [WATCH VIDEO]
“The Odd Couple” Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot” aired on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at 8:30 p.m. on CBS. It’s the series premiere of the re-adaptation of a much-loved story about two bros who are so much different in character. Find out what happened in this episode in the recap below.
Radio talk show host Oscar Madison (Matthew Perry) opens the series, as he’s working in the comforts of his home. He’s actually in his boxer briefs while working. His assistant Dani (Yvette Nicole Brown) casually reminds him of his other itinerary. Oscar is divorced and is looking to set himself up with the hottie Casey (Leslie Bibb) who lives next door. Oscar is also a slob who lives in a swanky apartment.
Casey rings his doorbell to give him his mail. For some reason, it got “mixed up” in hers, and she gets a glimpse of his messy living room. He’s about to ask her on a date, but then his old college buddy Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon) drops in saying his wife is asking for a divorce. Is it alright to stay over? Realizing this is an emotional time for Felix, Casey leaves, and Oscar is irritated that this has to happen. Then the credits roll.
They are sitting at a bar while Felix tries to hide the fact that he’s been crying. From what has been discussed by the two, he’s been into couple’s therapy for a long while now. In the last few years, Felix has been going at it alone, so Oscar isn’t actually shocked about the divorce. Their ex-wives are apparently good friends, and when Oscar divorced with his, Felix’s wife implored on him to spend more time with Oscar’s wife than Oscar. Although newly divorced as well, Oscar is pretty much in a better place than Felix — or so it seems.
The next day, Oscar returns to his apartment and gets surprised when it is so clean. Felix, the neat freak, has made a lot of changes, and he’s preparing an elaborate dinner in the kitchen because Oscar has friends coming over. They’re going to watch the game at this apartment because Oscar’s got a wall with several flatscreen TV’s and a ticker. They meet Felix and wonder if he’s gay (he’s not, of course).
But because Felix is very much a stickler for order and neatness, he’s messing with the whole vibe, ruining the mood for game watching. The guys decide to leave Oscar’s crib, which irritated him yet again. He basically tells Felix that he’s very annoying. Plus, what’s with the F.U. notes scrolling on his ticker? Oscar took two days to figure out that this meant Felix Unger.
Felix shots back at Oscar in a more constrained manner, saying that his friend, while acting as if he’s okay with being divorced and single, is still actually in denial about his current state. Just then, he receives a text message from his wife, whom he thought is taking him back. But the message reads that she’s getting a lawyer. Yep, Felix’s divorce is really happening.
Casey knocks on the door to tell Oscar that her sister is at her house, and she’s very much upset. She can’t go on their date. But seeing Felix breaking down, Casey thinks it would be better if she and her sister come over. It might be good for the depressed.
They’re on a date with the girls, and Felix and Emily (Lindsay Sloane) instantly bond. Meanwhile, Casey talks to Oscar in the kitchen to tell him that she’s not ready for any relationship. She only wants to have sex. Of course, this works for Oscar!
They return to the living room and find Felix and Emily talking about their exes. They even show pictures to each other. Felix, who is a photographer, even has pictures of Oscar and his ex-wife. They switch the slides on to the big screen TV on the wall, and Oscar starts to reminisce about his proposal to his ex and ends up crying. Casey realizes he may still be hung up on her, so they leave his place with Felix. But not after Oscar and Felix get into a big fight about the way Oscar is processing his divorce.
In the morning, Oscar wakes up in his couch as Felix returns from his night out with the girls. The two talk about what happened the night before, and Oscar admits that even if he finds his friend annoying, it looks like he needs someone in his life to take care of things. He realizes that yes, he’s still a wreck because of the divorce. Felix, on the other hand, thinks he needs Oscar right now to teach him how to loosen up and not be too affected by his divorce. The prospect of living together excites them both.
There you have it for the very first offering of “The Odd Couple” Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot,” which premiered on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at 8:30 p.m. on CBS. Did you like it? Are you going to keep watching the show? Sound off in the comments! Let’s discuss. In the meantime, check out the video from the episode below.
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