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Josh Steinberg

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Season 5 has a lot of gems. They really hit their stride at that point.

Amazing that they’d do anywhere from like 26-39 episodes a year then. That must be unthinkable to younger audiences today that are used to 6-13 episode seasons with two year breaks between them.
 

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My Season 5 and 6 sets arrived today too courtesy of Bull Moose, both faster and cheaper than Amazon, and now my new go-to source for physical media purchases going forward!

As I jump from my season 3 viewing into a few season 5 viewings, I want to thank @Josh Steinberg and @Gary OS for their eloquent summations of why this show is so appealing, and one of my personal favorite series of all time. Josh hit the nail right on the head. I find Ozzie’s fallacies, schemes and need to do the right thing to be very recognizable with my own tendencies as a parent of teenagers, as a husband, and as a friend and neighbor. I identify with and relate to many of Ozzie’s situations that he finds himself in, and on occasion even ask myself “What would Ozzie do?” 😆. I find the show to be very therapeutic in that regard just as others do, and a perfect way to de-stress from the things life throws my way.

I love hearing everyone’s feedback about the series and their own personal experiences with it. Please keep them coming!
 

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From Season 5, I really enjoyed so many - The Balloons reminds me of the senior prank I played in high school.

My high school had a tradition of seniors being allowed to get away with a good natured prank during the last week of school. Since it was an unofficial thing, there were no written rules, but if you didn’t hurt anyone, didn’t cause any property damage, didn’t break any laws, etc., they’d let it slide. It’s one of those things where you probably couldn’t define the rules anyway - it’s like that old saying about pornography, “I can’t define it but I know it when I see it.” The absolute best prank had been done by a group of seniors the year before I graduated. The automotive/shop class kids banded together, disassembled the car used for teaching auto mechanics, and reassembled it on the roof of the building. I have no idea how they got it done overnight without anyone noticing. It’s an achievement that’ll never be topped.

So I didn’t bother trying for something that big.

My favorite teacher, Mr. H, who doubled as the AP English teacher and drama director, had been trying all year to find a student to execute a prank against another teacher he had a good natured rivalry with. He thought it would be brilliant to fill the classroom from head to ceiling with balloons so that there’d be no way for anyone to fit into the classroom. But that’s a lot of balloons. And on the last day of class, not really that impactful. I did think the idea had potential.

Mr. H, due to his dual role, actually had a small office of his own rather than a desk in the teachers’ lounge like everyone else. There was a bit of good natured jealousy over that among other teachers. For whatever reason, the school skimped on unique locks, so any teacher’s key would open any door for any room in the same department. It wasn’t hard to find another teacher willing to loan me their key for the weekend. As soon as I saw Mr. H leave the building, I brought in the biggest helium tank I could get my hands on, and started filling balloons. By the end of the weekend, every inch of that room from floor to ceiling was filled with balloons. (My fingers still ache at the memory of tying that many!) Monday morning comes around, he’s long since forgotten this idea, he puts the key into the office door..and it won’t even open. Tries to push the door open. No dice. Tries again. He hears the sound of pop-pop-pop, and eyes me in the corner of the hallway trying not to react. Like a cartoon, I could literally see the lightbulb above his head going off as he put the pieces together.

He spent the next hour popping enough balloons just to get in the door. By that time, his boss had shown up and was wondering what all of the noise was. He opens the door to see Mr. H sitting at his desk with thousands of dead balloon remains at his feet and asks, “Why does your office smell like a damn condom factory?!”

I don’t often play pranks, but when I do, I try to make them count!
 

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I just placed my order for Seasons 7 & 8. Bull Moose not only doesn't charge for shipping (on orders over $35.00), but both times they didn't even charge me sales tax. That's a rarity these days....l-o-v-e Bull Moose!!
 
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My new volumes didn’t arrive today, but that’s okay because I haven’t finished the last round yet.

I just finished season 3’s The Pajama Game.

That’s never happened to me.

And yet.

I’m not good at waking up at 5:15am. I probably would try to go to bed early, fail, and wind up all night. I’m not good at mornings. I probably could lock myself out of the house accidentally that early. If I sat down in that car in that state, I’m out. (I can fall asleep very easily in cars, moving or otherwise. When I used to commute on public transportation, my body just seemed to know how long I could catnap for before my stop. I swear, I could get on the train, close my eyes, and wake up one stop before mine, like clockwork. A coworker who boarded the train the stop after mine has seen me do it multiple times and taken photos and cannot believe that I’ve never overslept my destination.)

I can absolutely imagine doing the first part of this episode. And the second part is absolutely along the lines of what I would fear would happen if I did the first part. This entire episode feels like a true story that just hasn’t happened to me yet. That’s what I love about this show!
 

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I just finished watching S3’s “The Piano”, and I think we have another contender in my top 5 favorites. The sight of an insanely cackling Thorny with a mouthful of cigars haunting Ozzie’s nightmares was one of the funniest bits I’ve seen on the show so far! 😂 The fact that their latest feud started over a chicken pot pie is icing on the cake. Other highlights include Ozzie’s numerous clever and biting put-downs of Thorny’s piano skills, and Thorny’s groupies in that hysterical dream sequence.

Highly recommended!

On a side note: As I preview some of the Season 6 episodes, I’m marveling at how often Ozzie’s passion for ice cream plays into the storytelling in numerous episodes 😆
 

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I just finished watching S3’s “The Piano”, and I think we have another contender in my top 5 favorites. The sight of an insanely cackling Thorny with a mouthful of cigars haunting Ozzie’s nightmares was one of the funniest bits I’ve seen on the show so far! 😂 The fact that their latest feud started over a chicken pot pie is icing on the cake. Other highlights include Ozzie’s numerous clever and biting put-downs of Thorny’s piano skills, and Thorny’s groupies in that hysterical dream sequence.

Highly recommended!

On a side note: As I preview some of the Season 6 episodes, I’m marveling at how often Ozzie’s passion for ice cream plays into the storytelling in numerous episodes 😆
The homemade ice cream episode is a good one! It won't be long before i get to the tutti frutti episode,.
 

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