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  1. Lucy, The Good Skate Lucy’s Contact Lenses Lucy & The Ceramic Cat Lucy Goes to Vegas Lucy & The Countess My Fair Lucy Lucy & Arthur Godfrey
  2. Lucy, The Good Skate Lucy & The Plumber Lucy & The Great Bank Robbery Lucy, The Meter Maid Lucy Makes a Pinch Lucy’s Contact Lenses Lucy Gets Her Maid Lucy Gets the Bird Lucy, The Coin Collector Lucy & The Missing Stamp Lucy Meets Danny Kaye Lucy & The Ceramic Cat Lucy Goes to Vegas Lucy & The Countess My Fair Lucy Lucy & The Old Mansion Lucy & Arthur Godfrey Lucy, The Stockholder Lucy, The Disk Jockey
  3. Were there any Connecticut episodes shot without an audience? This could be a ticket to a screening. More likely, however, the episode was probably rescheduled for some reason. Illness?
  4. Wow... I really disagree with Season Two being the most consistent. In fact, I find it the least consistent of this series. It's far from the worst -- but there's such fluctuation in episodic quality. Not between great and awful, but between great and painfully blah. So many episodes, and I think this speaks to the burning out of Madelyn & the Bobs, just fail to leave me with a major impression. I think the first half of the season plays better than the second, and I like most of the installments you mentioned above, but for laughs... consistent is one of the last words I'd use for Season Two (though I'd take it over Seasons Four and Five any day)! However, I've gathered on past threads that my lack of favor for Season Two may put me in the minority. Especially since, I prefer Season Three, which certainly has more definite misses, but is never blah, and I think, makes me laugh more often. Harrison, did you change your mind? I personally prefer "Lucy's College Reunion" for its uniqueness, but I thought you picked "Lucy Is Her Own Lawyer" at first.
  5. I adore "Ricky Needs An Agent," and that line mentioned above is also my favorite moment from the episode.
  6. Again, nobody's knocking Lucy. On LucyLounge, why would we? And I completely understand and am in agreement with your point-of-view: Lucy's the best, no one comes close. My feeling is just that, to use Desi's quote, since Lucy IS the show, the better everyone else does, the better reflection that is upon her. (I think this is partially why we loungers tend to view the final two seasons of Here's Lucy as the best of that series -- because it opened up into more of an ensemble, allowing for stronger interplay and comedy between the regulars, as opposed to just Lucy and Guest Star X.) I love Lucy, but Ethel was an integral part of the series. She may not have been needed for Ball to showcase her personal genius (especially in a bit like Vitameatavegamin), but Vance always added something special to the proceedings, and I do miss her in the episodes of I Love Lucy in which her character does not appear. (Same for Bill Frawley.) As for "L.A. At Last!," I think it's one of the funniest -- or perhaps the funniest -- installment. But I think, between the two, I do have a slight preference for "Job Switching," simply based on the solidarity of the premise: the husbands and wives switch roles. Hilarity ensues on both ends, yielding an unforgettable (and chocolatey) television moment. And if I did have to pick one episode to REPRESENT the series, it would probably be this one.
  7. I remember having this very discussion a few months ago on here. I do feel that Vitameatavegamin is Lucy's best bit, but "Lucy Does A TV Commercial" is structurally flawed in that, not only is it sans Ethel Mae, but nobody else besides Lucy really gets the chance to be funny. In contrast, "Job Switching," as was noted above (and months ago), gives everyone something. The script is perfect, with an unbelievably simple, and yet rich, premise that allows for sharp dialogue and SEVERAL bits of physical comedy. (My opinion is in the minority, but I think Ricky and Fred in the kitchen is almost as funny, if not just as funny, as the conveyer belt scene.) My sentiments regarding the other two episodes often cited as Lucy's best are similar. While I feel that Lucy's individual bit in the grape vat in "Lucy's Italian Movie" is absolutely brilliant, "L.A. At Last!" is undoubtedly the much better episode -- more consistently funny, with a stronger script, and as was stated above, multiple climaxes. It's superb. I think what makes a great Lucy episode into a great Lucy episode is that it's funny from start to finish, and usually that means that all the characters must be firing on all cylinders. Fortunately, this happens quite often on I Love Lucy (why it's the best sitcom of all time). Though none may be as sharp and slapstick-ingly satisfying as "Job Switching," there are dozens of episodes that I think are similarly so well-constructed. Off the top of my head: "The Gossip" "Pioneer Women" "The Operetta" "Lucy Hires An English Tutor" "The Matchmaker" "Redecorating The Mertzes' Apartment" "The Diner" "Ethel's Birthday" "Lucy Learns To Drive" "First Stop" "Ethel's Home Town" "Ricky Needs An Agent" "Staten Island Ferry" "Lucy Gets A Paris Gown" "Deep Sea Fishing" (structurally) "Lucy Wants To Move To The Country" "Lucy's Night In Town" "Country Club Dance" "Lucy Raises Tulips" (excellent in that Ricky's responsible for the ultimate goof)
  8. Lucy’s College Reunion Lucy is Her Own Lawyer
  9. Oops, didn't see the second page. Lucy Gets Locked in the Vault Lucy Decides to Redecorate Lucy’s College Reunion Ethel Merman and the Boy Scout Show Viv Moves Out Lucy is Her Own Lawyer
  10. Lucy Plays Cleopatra Lucy Gets Locked in the Vault Lucy & The Safe Cracker Lucy & The Bank Scandal Lucy Decides to Redecorate Lucy’s College Reunion The Loophole in the Lease Lucy Conducts the Symphony Ethel Merman and the Boy Scout Show Viv Moves Out Lucy is Her Own Lawyer Lucy Meets a Millionaire Lucy Goes Into Politics Lucy Is a Process Server Lucy Enters a Baking Contest
  11. Lucy Plays Cleopatra Kiddie Parties Inc. Lucy Gets Locked in the Vault Lucy & The Safe Cracker Lucy Goes Duck Hunting Lucy & The Bank Scandal Lucy Decides to Redecorate Lucy Puts Out a Fire at the Bank Lucy & The Military Academy Lucy’s College Reunion The Loophole in the Lease Lucy Conducts the Symphony Lucy Plays Florence Nightingale Lucy Teaches Ethel Merman to Sing Ethel Merman and the Boy Scout Show Lucy Takes a Job at the Bank Viv Moves Out Lucy is Her Own Lawyer Lucy Meets a Millionaire Lucy Goes Into Politics Lucy Is a Process Server Lucy Enters a Baking Contest
  12. Lucy Puts Up a TV Antenna Lucy & Her Electric Mattress Lucy Buys a Boat
  13. Lucy Buys a Sheep Lucy Puts Up a TV Antenna Lucy Builds a Rumpus Room Lucy & Her Electric Mattress Lucy & Viv Put in a Shower Lucy & Viv Become Tycoons Lucy Buys a Boat
  14. Lucy Waits Up for Chris Lucy is a Referee Lucy Buys a Sheep Lucy Is Kangaroo for a Day Lucy Puts Up a TV Antenna Lucy Builds a Rumpus Room Lucy & Her Electric Mattress Lucy & Viv Put in a Shower Lucy & Viv Become Tycoons Lucy Buys a Boat
  15. Lucy Waits Up for Chris Lucy is a Referee Lucy Buys a Sheep Lucy Becomes an Astronaut Lucy Is Kangaroo for a Day Lucy Puts Up a TV Antenna Viv Sues Lucy Lucy Builds a Rumpus Room Lucy & Her Electric Mattress Together for Christmas Lucy & Viv Put in a Shower Lucy & Viv Become Tycoons Lucy Is a Soda Jerk Lucy Buys a Boat
  16. Lucy Waits Up for Chris Lucy Digs Up a Date Lucy is a Referee Lucy Buys a Sheep Lucy Becomes an Astronaut Lucy Is Kangaroo for a Day Lucy Puts Up a TV Antenna Viv Sues Lucy Lucy Builds a Rumpus Room Lucy & Her Electric Mattress Together for Christmas Chris’ New Year’s Eve Party Lucy’s Sister Pays a Visit Lucy & Viv Are Volunteer Firemen Lucy & Viv Put in a Shower Lucy & Viv Become Tycoons Lucy Is a Soda Jerk Lucy Buys a Boat
  17. Lucy Waits Up for Chris Lucy Digs Up a Date Lucy is a Referee Lucy Misplaces $2,000 Lucy Buys a Sheep Lucy Becomes an Astronaut Lucy Is Kangaroo for a Day Lucy, the Music Lover Lucy Puts Up a TV Antenna Viv Sues Lucy Lucy Builds a Rumpus Room Lucy & Her Electric Mattress Together for Christmas Chris’ New Year’s Eve Party Lucy’s Sister Pays a Visit Lucy & Viv Are Volunteer Firemen Lucy Becomes a Reporter Lucy & Viv Put in a Shower Lucy & Viv Become Tycoons No More Double Dates Lucy & Viv Learn Judo Lucy Is a Soda Jerk Lucy Drives a Dump Truck Lucy Visits the White House Lucy is a Chaperone Lucy & The Little League Lucy Buys a Boat
  18. Finished the entire series on Friday. I liked Season Five about as well as I had during my first viewing. There's more consistency, and unlike the first four seasons, there aren't really any unwatchable BOMBS. (Though there are definitely a handful for which I don't care -- like "Lucy And Petula Clark," which, though not without its amusing moments, has Lucy acting the pest, much like the Hollywood Carmichael incarnation of the character.) I know this seems to be many fans' favorite season, for those who cite the broken leg as a benefit to the series. I definitely think this unfortunate development helped to establish the series as a slightly more ensemble effort, and contributed to the softening relationship between Lucy and Harry -- essentially making it more realistic. Both of these are major blessings. But, I simply don't think the leg episodes are very funny. Gale gives some of his best performances, but script-wise... meh. The better episodes, for me, come close to the middle and end of the season -- where there are definitely some gems. As for Season Six, we're back to getting some disappointments (or, yawners, like "The Carters Meet Frankie Avalon"), but I think several of the series' funniest installments come from this collection of episodes. In addition to the excellently cooled relationship between Lucy and Harry, Mary Jane FOR THE FIRST TIME since Betty Ramsey plays a multi-dimensional character. And while Lucie is the funniest and most natural that she's ever been (and used appropriately), Lucy seems to be enjoying herself -- knowing that this will actually be the last year --- she's looser, and very funny. The same can be said of the scripts: looser and very funny. All in all, the series is better than I remembered. Season Two, in particular, was much stronger than I anticipated. As I expected, however, Season Three was my least favorite -- too many blah episodes. Although, I think Season Four may actually have the worst episodes. (What an uneven year!) Meanwhile, Seasons One and Six have several of the FUNNIEST installments, and Season Five is the most consistent.
  19. Yeah, definitely not one of my favorites either! Y'all were sneaky and did this list while I was sleeping!
  20. Yeah, it's got an interesting structure -- a climax in the middle of the episode. The only Connecticut one that I can take or leave is "Ragtime Band."
  21. I was rooting for either "Dance" or "Tulips." On the whole, I adore the Connecticut episodes (of I Love Lucy, that is)!
  22. Lucy’s Night in Town Country Club Dance Lucy Raises Tulips
  23. Off to Florida Deep-Sea Fishing Lucy & The Loving Cup Lucy Wants to Move to the Country Lucy Hates to Leave Lucy Raises Chickens Lucy Does the Tango Lucy’s Night in Town Housewarming Building a BBQ Country Club Dance Lucy Raises Tulips
  24. Little Ricky Learns to Play the Drums Off to Florida Deep-Sea Fishing Desert Island Lucy & The Loving Cup Lucy Wants to Move to the Country Lucy Hates to Leave Lucy Misses the Mertzes Lucy Gets Chummy With the Neighbours Lucy Raises Chickens Lucy Does the Tango Lucy’s Night in Town Housewarming Building a BBQ Country Club Dance Lucy Raises Tulips
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