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Best I Love Lucy

Sun May 22, 2005 9:30 pm

Most of you will say the usual like Lucy does a commercial or the Candy Factory. But for me it's got to be Episode#38, THE OPERETTA.

For those of you who don't know this one; As treasurer of her women's club, Lucy admits to Ethel that there is a problem. She had borrowed and paid back money between the club treasury and her household account for so long that now, there was no money in either account. For the club's upcoming operetta, Lucy believes she can save money by writing it herself and casting the Mertzes and Ricardos in it. Ricky, not being pleased with Lucy's singing voice, confers with Ethel. She ensures him that the chorus will join in whenever Lucy tries to sing. During the performance of the musical, wherein Lucy plays the queen of the gypsies (while struggling to sing her predictions through "MY song!"), finds out that her post-dated cheque as payment for costumes and scenery, has bounced. As the sets (and costumes) are literally removed by the persons they were rented from, Lucy then gets to sing her solo, as the curtains close on her during the premature, unexpected striking of the set.
Songs: "We're the Pleasant Peasant Girls", "I Am Lily of the Valley", "Queen of the Gypsies", "We are the Troops of the King (We Like to Drink)", "I Am The Good Prince Lancelot (All I Want is You, Lily)", "Inn on the River Out"
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RE: Best I Love Lucy

Sun May 22, 2005 10:49 pm

That episode is a good one, agreed! But I guess I'm a traditionalist...by far my favorite is the Vitameatavegamin commercial. It really shows off her comedic talent!

This was filmed in front of a live audience, of course. The guy playing the director, sitting in front of her facing her while she was doing it, said that it was so funny he had to keep biting the insides of his cheeks to keep from breaking out in laughter and ruining the shot. It seems that Lucy didn't exactly follow the script, that she actually did a lot of improv and ad lib as she did the scene, and the "director" never knew what was coming next. He was just as amused as the audience seeing it for the first time.

What an incredible talent she was!
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RE: Best I Love Lucy

Mon May 23, 2005 10:56 am

Vitameatavegamin rocks my world. It is timeless. Pretty much every other episode is amazing as well though.

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RE: Best I Love Lucy

Mon May 23, 2005 11:52 am

Oh wow I love LUCY!!! The operatta is my funniest and favorite show EVER! I absolutely loved.

and they are sinigng the conversation so ti doesnt lok out of place haha

"it bounced? it bounced...it bow-bow-bow-bow-bowunced.."
"it came back?"
"it was post daaaaateeeeed"
"i knoooooooow thaaaaat"
"well what do we doooo?"
"tell them to wait a minute..."
"but they wont do it..."
"well then take a stab at it.."
HAHAHAH funniest show ever! I love all of the episodes!
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RE: Best I Love Lucy

Mon May 23, 2005 12:51 pm

"hello, friends! I'm your vitametavegamin girl!"
"Do you pop out at parties? Are you unPOOPular?"
"So, everybody get of bottle of…this stuff."
Plus who can forget when she just gives up spooning it to herself and drinks it straight out of the bottle...  drunk 

Also... the episode in which she and Ethel are working in a chocolate factory and the conveyor belt speeds up. They start stuffing chocolates everywhere : in their mouths, hats, bras...  rotfl 

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RE: Best I Love Lucy

Tue May 24, 2005 3:13 pm

I've got to go along with most people and vote for Vitameatavegamin. While most of the I Love Lucy shows were funny, this one was hysterical. None of her other series were ever as funny as this series was.

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RE: Best I Love Lucy

Tue May 24, 2005 3:20 pm

The Candy Factory and the salve driver boss . . . Lucy and Ethel get a job packing candy, remember . . . and the belt gets faster and faster and faster . .  laughing 

RE: Best I Love Lucy

Tue May 24, 2005 10:31 pm

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.

Special Notes:
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 FLORIDA"
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.
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RE: Best I Love Lucy

Tue May 24, 2005 10:37 pm

The episode when she made an A$$ out of herself with William Holden at the Brown Derby restauraunt....and later, upon hearing he's coming to pay a visit later, she attempts to disguise herself from him by way of adding clay to her nose to make it larger ( and ugly glasses ) which seems to change shape with each time she rubs it, as Ricky looks incredulously on. It actually catches fire as Bill Holden lights her cigarette for her, and looks like it was planned that way....It wasn't.
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RE: Best I Love Lucy

Tue May 24, 2005 10:38 pm

What ever happened to the type of acting talent displayed in shows such as I Love Lucy? Most sitcoms today are lame and smell to high heaven of forced acting. There is no originality. Is it just me, or do today's shows pale in comparison to TV in the '50's and '60's?
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RE: Best I Love Lucy

Tue May 24, 2005 10:43 pm

That "I Love Lucy" programme scares me, and nowadays I only associate it with the film Rat Race:


RE: Best I Love Lucy

Tue May 24, 2005 11:00 pm

Quoting UAL Bagsmasher (Reply 9):
Is it just me, or do today's shows pale in comparison to TV in the '50's and '60's?

You're not alone. Sitcoms of the 80's/90's and today (the vast majority of them) have the intelligence level that cater to a 6 year old mind/mentality. An example of this is "Everybody Loves Raymond". I have only caught 4 episodes of this overrated piece of trash, and I cannot comprehend as to how anyone could laugh at the script/dialogue/storyline - how anyone finds this tripe even remotely funny. The characters are cardboard, one-dimensional and annoying as hell.

I rarely, if ever watch contemporary television with the exception of the Discovery and History channels.

Aah, I think of such old classics as "Burns & Allen" (George Burns & Gracie Allen), which had incredible comedy writing and performances; "Your Show of Shows" with the legendary Sid Ceasar and Imogene Coco, and of course,
the great writing and performances of "The Dick Van Dyke Show".

It is now time to sing the "I Love Lucy" theme song. And a one, and a two....

I love Lucy and she loves me
We're as happy as two can be
Sometimes we quarrel but then
How we love making up again

Lucy kisses like no one can
She's my Mrs. and I'm her man
And life is heaven you see
'cause I love Lucy
Yes I love Lucy
and Lucy loves me

Note: The book, "Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz", written by
Coyne S. Sanders &Tom Gilbert is a brilliant account of the founding and history of Desilu studios, the history of "I Love Lucy" and the subseqent demise of both the Desilu empire (at one point the most powerful television studio in the world) and the Arnaz marriage. The book also pays rightful homage to Desi Arnaz as one of television's most innovative and powerful producers. Highly reccommended.

And remember, "I Love Lucy" is a DESILU production!

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