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"Lear's Lucy!"

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When Here's Lucy ended in 1974, Broadcast Magazine reported about it saying that Lucy's show has "not kept up with the times, still relying on old-school slapstick while shows like All in the Family and Maude deal with relevant social issues".  Were they suggesting Here's Lucy be more "relevant" in the way that Lear's shows were?  

So what if Norman Lear had taken over when Milt Josefsburg left in 1972, changing the title and titillating up the plots.   (Desi Jr: "Where was he when we did the Ann-Margaret episode??") I'm sure MOT will chime in with possible racy "Lear's Lucy" episodes, but in the meantime here's my contribution:

"No Nudes is Good Nudes"
The marina raises her rent so Kim scans the classifieds for a 2nd job and answers an ad looking for "liberal-minded" models.  Kim had recently watched a TV interview with her lookalike Lucille Ball, who advised aspiring actors to "take anything that comes along like I did.  Don't turn anything down. "   When the photographer turns out to be working for "Hustler", Kim heeds Lucille Ball's advice and does what she is told, assuming no one she knows will see "the spread". 
But Kim's aghast when the issue comes out and she finds she's on the cover, prominently displayed at every newsstand in Encino, prompting all her former one-episode suitors, except Wayne Newton and Jim Bailey, to seek to rekindle their romances with her. 
 Kim  confesses to Uncle Harry and they both panic when Harry realizes that he has had his Hustler subscription sent to the office (so he can write it off as business expense).  The two try in vain to keep the magazine from Lucy who, when she takes one look, does her "spider".  
Steaming mad,  Lucy Carter then sets out to punch special guest star Larry Flynt in the nose.  (and also give "Miss Ball" a piece of her mind).  
The name Lucy Carter is well known in the celebrity world so Flynt has been expecting a visit. It seems Flynt has the negatives from an old nude photo shoot attributed to Lucille Ball, though the name on the negative sheet is that of "Lucy Hinkley".    When Miss Ball got wind of it, she sued Flynt claiming "that's not me.  It's the lookalike contest winner: 'that motor-mouthed, scatterbrained Carter woman'".   Meanwhile Cynthia Duncan claimed the pics were of her. "Wanna see proof?", said Duncan when she showed up at the Hustler photography studio in a very revealing negligee ready to pose for a sequel spread. 
Just as Lucy Carter's winding up for a punch, Flynt confronts her with one of the more provocative stills from the old black-and-white shoot, and Lucy does her 2nd "spider" of the episode. 
 
Episode promo: "So who is the young nude model? Is it Lucy Carter, Lucille Ball or Cynthia Duncan?  Tune in tonight on CBS for the premiere of 
"Lear's Lucy" and find out!"
(followed by the season premiere of another show Lear has taken over, making its Monday night debut, now called "The Nude Dick Van Dyke Show" pronounced the same way as the series title from the previous season.)
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