"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
"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.
"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
"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
"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
"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