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"Oh Boy!" - Phrase spoken by scientist Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) on the sci-fi series QUANTUM LEAP/NBC/1989-93 every time he discovered he had "time leaped" into the body of another person or when something went wrong.

"Oh, fiddle-faddle!" - The catchphrase of Beatrice Taylor (Frances Bavier), affectionately called "Aunt Bee" on the rural sitcom THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW/CBS/1960-68. When widowed sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) lost his housekeeper Rose to marriage, he asked his Aunt Bee (who raised Andy) to come and live with him and his little son Opie. Aunt Bee was a great cook, housekeeper and caregiver but when she got flustered she said "Oh, fiddle-faddle!"

"Oh, Lucy! You're not getting another idea, are you?" - Spoken by Ethel Mertz, (Vivian Vance) the friend and cohort of zany trouble-prone redhead Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) on the classic sitcom I LOVE LUCY/CBS/1951-57.

"Oh, Motherfather" - On the sitcom THE ROYAL FAMILY/CBS/1991-92, retired mailman, Al Royal (Redd Foxx) shouted this near vulgar expression when he got upset. One reason for being upset was the return home of his grown daughter (with her three children) who hoped to stay with him until she could get her life back together.

"Oh...my...God!" - On the sitcom FRIENDS/NBC/1994-2004 Chandler Bing's ex-girlfriend Janice used the phrase "Oh...My...God!" in a slow and deliberate manner whenever she was astonished or upset at something. Chandler's wife, Monica said that the shrill sound of those "three" words caused Chandler's balls to jump back up inside his body.

"They killed Kenny!" See - DEATH - MISCELLANEOUS: "South Park's Kenny"

"Oh, my Lord!" - Phrase of astonishment spoken by habitual liar Larry Appleton (Mark Linn-Baker) a Chicago discount store worker (later reporter) when something goes wrong on the "buddy" sitcom PERFECT STRANGERS/ABC/1986-93.

"Oh, my stars!" - Exclamation uttered by the beautiful blonde witch, Samantha Stephens (Elizabeth Montgomery) when things got out of hand. on the sitcom BEWITCHED/ABC/1964-72 Her other popular catchphrases were "Weeeeelllll" and "Witchcraft got you into this mess; I see no reason why witchcraft shouldn't get you out of it"; and "Mother!" (when Endora the witch interfered in Sam's home life).

"Oh, one more thing..." - Expression used by seemingly muddleheaded homicide detective Lt. Columbo (Peter Falk) on the police drama COLUMBO/NBC/ABC/1971-91. Dressed in a rumpled raincoat and often smoking a cigar, Lt. Columbo interrogated his suspects with a volley of questions. Then, inevitably he would leave them but suddenly turn back and say "Oh, one more thing." TRIVIA NOTE: Richard Levinson & William Link, who created the Columbo character, modeled him after Petrovitch, the detective who appeared in the Russian novel Crime and Punishment (1866) written by Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky.

"Ohh, Rob!" - Cry of exasperation made by Laura Petrie, (Mary Tyler Moore) a former dancer who married comedy writer Robert Petrie on the sitcom THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW/CBS/1961-66. Mary Tyler Moore freely admits that she patterned her trademark "Ohh, Rob!" sob after the characters created by actress Nanette Fabray who often looked skyward and anxiously vibrated when she was upset.

"Ohh, Mr. Gra-a-a-nt!" - Exasperating phrase spoken by WJM-TV newsroom producer, Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore) on the sitcom THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW/CBS/1970-77 when she was upset or overwhelmed with emotion. Ed Asner played Lou Grant, her grumpy but softhearted supervisor. TRIVIA NOTE: Years later, Mary Tyler Moore appeared as Ellen Richmond's Aunt Mary on the sitcom ELLEN/CBS/2001-02. During a Christmas visit, while thinking she knew the man, Aunt Mary grabbed the butt of a shopping mall Santa Claus as a joke. The person in the Santa suit turned out to be a stranger played by Ed Asner. When she discovered her mistake, an embarrassed Aunt Mary whined "Ohh, Mr. Cl-a-a-a-us!"

"Okay, mother, that's a hammerlock!" - This exclamation became a national catchphrase when announcer Dennis James shouted it out while narrating televised wrestling events in the 1950s. Soon mothers all over America were baking him cookies and knitting him argyle socks. Dennis James died June 3, 1997 at the age of 79.

"The old_____trick" - On the spy spoof GET SMART/NBC/ CBS/1965-70 Control agent Maxwell Smart (Don Adams) was fond of saying "The old____trick" when he discovered an enemy agents plan. Here are a few of his best lines "The old spy-in-the-dog-suit trick"; "The old gas-mask-in-the-false-nose trick"; The old drug-his-prunes, fake-the-fight, ransack-the-apartment, and switch-places-with-the-Admiral trick"; "The old poison-needle-on-the-phonograph trick"; The old-finger-in-the-gun trick"; The old communications-equipment-in-the-French-bread trick"; and "The old Kaos-killers-dressed-up-like-cops-in-order-to-follow-Control-agent-and-old-army-buddy trick"

"One of these days, Alice...POW!, right in the kisser!"
- One of the mean-spirited catchphrases spoken by Jackie Gleason in his role of blustery bus driver Ralph Kramden on the sitcom THE HONEYMOONERS/CBS/1955-56. When Ralph didn't approve of something his sharp-tongued wife, Alice (Audrey Meadows) said, he responded "One of these days, Alice...POW! Right in the kisser!", "BANG!, ZOOM!, right to the Moon!" or "Alice, you're askin' for a knuckle sandwich." Alice, however, was no babe in the woods when it came to put-downs. Once after Ralph burned himself, he asked "Isn't there any lard around her. Alice's rejoinder: "Only about 300 pounds of it." Despite their bickering both characters truly loved each other. At the end of each episode, Ralph apologized for his behavior and said "Baby, your the greatest." TRIVIA NOTE: The "Bang! Zoom!" phrases were never written in the script but rather inserted judiciously by Jackie Gleason when he deemed them appropriate.
 

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