The Odd Couple episode ‘Taffy Days’ is a tribute to the original show’s creator Garry Marshall who played Oscar Madison’s (Matthew Perry) father Walter before passing away at the age of 81 in July 2016. A handful of actors from Marshall’s previous sitcoms including Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days make cameo appearances as Oscar carries out his father’s wishes to have his ashes spread behind the candy factory he used to own.
[Penny Marshall’s memoir My Mother Was Nuts is available on Amazon]
Patty is portrayed by Garry Marshall’s sister Penny Marshall. As an actress, she’s best known for her role as Laverne DeFazio on Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days, and Mork & Mindy, and for her role as Myrna on the original The Odd Couple (Myrna). Marshall is also well recognized as a movie director — including two huge Tom Hanks hits (Big and A League of Their Own). The Odd Couple airs Mondays at 9:30pm on CBS.