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At idle, and since you have the oil vapor hose from the valve cover to the intake manifold, you will get suction from the oil cap.
And when the oil cap is removed, excess air gets to the intake manifold (without being counted by the MAF), so you have a lean mixture, causing the erratic idle.
In short, yes this is normal.
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