Man, I LOVE LUCY! This show is definitely one of my all time favs, and I never tire of watching episodes I've seen countless times. One aspect of this vintage series that is mentioned in critiques is the fact of the strong sexual chemistry between Ball & Arnaz, which is bang on the money. In my opinion, Lucy & Ricky Ricardo are, hands down, the sexiest TV
couple that ever was.
In terms of 'Second Bananas', there will never be a better, funnier supporting cast of characters than Fred & Ethel Mertz. It's amusing to watch Vivian Vance and Bill Frawley interact with one another, when it's a well known fact the two detested each other.
Anyhoo, 2 episodes I love come to mind (episode descriptions taken from the website:
Episode #43 - "REDECORATING"
Airdate: November 24, 1952
Filmed: August 15, 1952
A visit to the "Home Show" prompts Lucy and Ethel to dream of households with new furniture. A contest, in which they each entered one hundred cards, will award the lucky winner with five rooms of new furnishings. All the wives have to do is wait for a phone call from the "Home Show" the next day; but Ricky has managed to obtain four tickets to the "new Rodgers and Hammerstein musical." Temptation notwithstanding, Lucy opts to wait for the all-important phone call. So he can attend the musical, Ricky asks Fred to make a phony phone call informing Lucy she has won. Naturally, when the call comes through Lucy is elated and immediately summons a secondhand furniture dealer.
For seventy-five dollars, she sells dealer Dan Jenkins all her furniture and promptly spends the cash on new paint and wallpaper to brighten the apartment. The scene depicting Lucy and Ethel wallpapering the Ricardo bedroom is priceless. When Ricky arrives home and learns that Lucy has sold all their furniture, he chases after Jenkins to buy it back. The price-after dealer adds on for "overhead, electricity, advertising…" - five hundred dollars. Ricky manages to wheedle Jenkins down to three hundred and ninety-five dollars, but only because "I like the way you sing 'Babalu.'" After viewing the new striped wallpaper in the bedroom, Ricky learns from Fred that he never made the phony "Home Show" phone call, which means that Lucy really did win the furniture.
This episode was prompted by Miss Ball, who said of the existing stage furniture, "I just got tired of it." This episode is based on lucy's radio show, My Favorite Husband Episode #36 ("Giveaway Program").
And, an episode that is rarely if ever mentioned as a memorable "I Love Lucy" classic, but this one cracks me up every time I watch it.
Episode #159 - "OFF TO
Airdate :: November 12, 1956
Filmed :: September 13, 1956
When Lucy misplaces two train tickets to Florida, she and Ethel consult the classified section, hoping to "share a ride" with someone who's driving south. They team up with a peculiar middle-aged woman, Mrs. Grundy (played by legendary actress Elsa Lanchester) who's bent on getting to Florida in record time. The health-food fanatic even refuses to stop for meals, preferring to dine on watercress sandwiches while she drives. Lucy and Ethel are famished, and the prospect of one of Grundy's gastronomical delights does not overhelm the two tag-along travelers. Lucy: "Very tasty, if you like buttered grass." While traversing the back roads of South Carolina, Mrs. Grundy's convertible develops a flat tire, and Lucy and Ethel are called upon to fix it. Grundy: "You'll find everything you need in the trunk." Ethel: "I hope we find a mechanic in there."
Exhausted after their tire-changing travails, the girls fall asleep, only to be awakened by a radio broadcast: "Evelyn Homby, the famed hatchet murderess, has escaped from a New York State prison and is believed to be heading south in a cream-colored convertible." The gals panic-they're riding in a similar car and they found a hatchet in the trunk while searching for the jack. Before they have time to escape, the lady driver, having slept a few hours in a sleeping bag, reappears and continues driving toward Miami. While the girls are dozing, Mrs. Grundy hears a radio report that leads her to believe that Lucy and Ethel are the wanted criminals. Hoping to get help, the trio finally stops at a roadside café. Instead, Grundy slips out and quickly drives off, leaving the New Yorkers stranded. The café owner then informs Lucy and Ethel that the hatchet murderess has already been captured in Kentuky.
Defeated, tired, and broke, they hitch a ride on a poultry truck and arrive at the North Miami train station in order to make it appear they came by rail. When they are met by Ricky and Fred, who have been enjoying a fishing vacation, the girls try to explain how they arrived two hours before the train … and without tickets, which were safely tucked away in Little Ricky's wallet.