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Season Three "Mini Marathon"

  1. Lucy Meets the Burtons
  2. Lucy the Skydiver
  3. ...Sammy Davis Jr.
  4. ...Drum Contest (Buddy Rich)
  5. ...the Crusader (a personal favorite as it never gets old! Charles Nelson Reilly's hilarious guest star warranted a repeat visit, wonder why it never happened??)
  6. ...the Coed
  7. ...the American Mother 
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I've been putting together little videos for Carole Cook, moments from her career, to keep them entertained while confined.

I put together all her  episode intros and God! she's funny.  Most of the intros done by others are entertaining but are usually straight-forward plot descriptions with a little trivial.  Carole goes off-script.  About "Part-Time Wife", she says "Lucy pretends to be pregnant", then pauses and adds "That's what we call a stretch".   She does the intro to "Crusader" and mentioned it's the best of the series (I believe that opinion was scripted and on prompter).  Fidelman said that too.  Do others think so?   I don't hate it but I don't particularly like it either.  I like CN Reilly in it.   HE should have been on Life with Lucy!

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Really?? It's (IMHO) one of the funniest of the entire series, Charles Nelson or not! (and I'm partial mostly to those once B&M came back!) Wow... kinda caught me off guard here! :HALKING:

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On ‎7‎/‎7‎/‎2020 at 8:17 PM, Neil said:

I've been putting together little videos for Carole Cook, moments from her career, to keep them entertained while confined.

I put together all her  episode intros and God! she's funny.  Most of the intros done by others are entertaining but are usually straight-forward plot descriptions with a little trivial.  Carole goes off-script.  About "Part-Time Wife", she says "Lucy pretends to be pregnant", then pauses and adds "That's what we call a stretch".   She does the intro to "Crusader" and mentioned it's the best of the series (I believe that opinion was scripted and on prompter).  Fidelman said that too.  Do others think so?   I don't hate it but I don't particularly like it either.  I like CN Reilly in it.   HE should have been on Life with Lucy!

The "Part-Time Wife Mother-To-Be" episode would have been better suited for the Kim Carter character as she was of child-bearing age. Moreover, that would have made a great comedy bit/episode for Lucie Arnaz to do. Too bad when the writers wrote this episode they didn't have Kim Carter/Lucie Arnaz in mind. What a missed opportunity!

"Crusader" was a very good episode. I would definitely include it in the "Best of Here's Lucy" list. Great script all the way around! I remember being very impressed and entertained during my first time of watching it.

 

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In the last week or so ago:

"Lucy Gives Eddie Albert the Old Song and Dance" (#128) ... awesome to see old Lucy players in this one; however, the writing is not so great. So much of this episode gets built up that leads to a climax of just a song and dance number that Lucy and Eddie Albert do. That's about it. Nothing spectacular.

"Lucy, the Peacemaker" (#122) ... this episode could easily be a Lucy-less one. The plot literally revolves around the guest stars and it's Lucy who is the one that plays second fiddle. Not to mention that no one in the Here's Lucy cast (besides Lucy) is in the episode.

"Lucy, the Shopping Expert" (#20) ... fun viewing. The birds and bees talk is a riot. And Lucy trying to show Kim how to shop is hilarious!

"A Date For Lucy" (#18) ... not too bad. It is nice to see Cesar Romero, a former Lucy guest, return to a Lucy program. 

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1 hour ago, Harrison said:

In the last week or so ago:

"Lucy Gives Eddie Albert the Old Song and Dance" (#128) ... awesome to see old Lucy players in this one; however, the writing is not so great. So much of this episode gets built up that leads to a climax of just a song and dance number that Lucy and Eddie Albert do. That's about it. Nothing spectacular.

 

I recently watched this one as well.  I wonder if Lucy's "Mame" costar Robert Preston was ever considered for Albert's part. During the ladies' discussion at the office, it is mentioned Albert had appeared in "The Music Man," for which Preston was well known.

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I watched a handful of fourth season episodes yesterday including a favorite, "Kim Moves Out."  I wanted to watch "Lucy's Replacement," but it's among the batch of episodes that no longer "free" on Amazon Prime.  These episodes appear to be viewable for an additional fee.  The fee episodes appear to be randomly selected.  

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On 9/13/2020 at 8:48 AM, RodMcK1 said:

I wonder if Lucy's "Mame" costar Robert Preston was ever considered for Albert's part. 

That would have been a GREAT idea.  I have nothing specific to back this up but I always got the impression that Lucy & Preston didn't see "eye to eye" during Mame. In Mame interviews, I don't ever remember her mentioning him. 

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"Lucy Gives Eddie Albert the Old Song and Dance" (#128) ... awesome to see old Lucy players in this one; however, the writing is not so great. So much of this episode gets built up that leads to a climax of just a song and dance number that Lucy and Eddie Albert do. That's about it. Nothing spectacular.

I saw this episode today, and it wasn't that great either. But to be honest, I think they did way too many of these musical episodes in the later years to begin with. Aside from a handful episodes (i.e. Lucy and the Generation Gap, which is really only interesting because of the sets and because Lucie and Desi are in it too,) I tend to skip past them. 

With regard to the Eddie Albert episode: I know 1973 was a different time, but did anyone else think it was weird that Lucy just went up to Eddie Albert's front door to ask him to be in the show? I know Lucy interacting with celebrities had been a staple on Ball's shows since the I Love Lucy days - but at least back on I Love Lucy, Ricky was in show business, so it  made sense that the Lucy character might have interactions with his co-workers. I couldn't imagine Lucy Ricardo ever walking up to a celebrity's front door to ask them for a favor, the way Lucy Carter does with Eddie Albert, unless she actually lived next door to them (i.e. Tallulah Bankhead in The Celebrity Next door.)**

** = And at that point, Lucy and Ricky lived in a relatively affluent suburb in Westport, and one might expect that a Broadway stage actress, such as Bankhead, might actually move in next door. And to Desi and the writers' credit, Lucy Ricardo invited Tallulah over for dinner, established a friendship, and *then* asked her to be in the PTA benefit. It didn't seem as illogical or out of the blue. 

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I needed a break from work today (I've been working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic,) so I watched Lucy, The Matchmaker from the first season. This is one of my favorite episodes from the early years. Particularly during the first few seasons, Lucy and Harry were often written as being at each other's throats - so anytime the show got away from that, it was a nice change of pace. And this was a pretty funny script, too, by Milt Josefsberg's standards. 

Vivian Vance looked a little "off," facially, in this episode. I remember reading that Vance had a second facelift in the late '60s, and I wondered if it might have been before this episode. She still looked beautiful, but her face definitely looked pulled/tightened compared to how it looked in The Lucy Show. Nonetheless, I never would have guessed that Viv was pushing 60 at the time this episode was filmed - she easily could have passed for a decade younger. 

The final scene at the dinner party was fun, even though it seemed odd that Viv would ever be attracted to a miserly tightwad like Harry. Even more so since the Vivian Jones character was written to be more like Vivian Bagley than Ethel Mertz here. I could imagine Ethel Mertz putting up with Fred/Harry's foolishness, but Vivian Bagley certainly wouldn't. 

All that being said, I would definitely put this in the top 15-20 episodes of Here's Lucy that I've seen, for sure. 

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Yes, it's likely Viv had another facelift before that episode. She was on Virginia Graham's Girl Talk show around that time talking about it. Both Vivian and Mary Jane were remarkably open about cosmetic surgery for the time period. That combined with the black eyeshadow she wore in the episode and a different shade of hair color gave her a slightly different look. 

 

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I watched "Lucy at the Drive-In Movie" from the second season today. 

I'm not a fan of a lot of the Milt Josefsberg penned episodes, but this one was fun, albeit very unrealistic. The Lucy Carter character, as written by Josefsberg, is very tacky and dumb.** (For example, it's hard to believe that Lucy wouldn't know how to use a speaker at a drive-in movie. Or that Kim wouldn't have recognized Lucy and Harry in their hippie costumes.) But once I moved past all that, the script itself was amusing. The "twist" ending, where Lucy is upset that Craig's date's parents followed *him* to the drive-in movie as well, was funny. 

If Vivian Vance was still around, I almost think this could have been a fun plotline for them to do together, with Viv taking on Harry's role as Lucy's co-conspirator at the drive-in. 

Overall, I'd give this one a 6.5/10.

** = When I watch the later episodes, penned by Bob and Madelyn, it's like night and day in terms of Lucy's characterization. I don't know if Bob and Madelyn did as well without Jess or Desi around to coax them into better rewrites, but Lucy Carter is much more like Lucy Ricardo in the later episodes. 

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I recently watched a few first season episodes that I had not watched in a long time including "Lucy and the Ex Con" and "Lucy Goes on Strike."  Now I remember why I have passed over these so many times.  They are not ridiculously bad like "Lucy's Safari" or "Lucy and the Gold Rush," but they have very few good moments.  I believe "Strike" was the only script from Mel Diamond and Al Schwartz.  I suppose it was another one of those cheap, uninspired "off the market" scripts used 

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Sometime in the Fall 2020:

"Lucy Goes on Strike" (#16)

"Lucy's Safari" (#22)

"Lucy Helps Craig Get His Driver's License" (#24)

"Lucy and the Indian Chief" (#27)

"Lucy Runs the Rapids" (#28)

"Lucy and Harry's Tonsils" (#29)

"Lucy, the Cement Worker" (#34)

"Lucy and Johnny Carson" (#35)

"Lucy and the Generation Gap" (#36)

"Lucy, the Crusader" (#51)

"Lucy and Ma Parker" (#56)

"Lucy Stops a Marriage" (#59)

 

 

December 26th, 2020:

"Lucy and the Great Airport Chase" (#11). (Followed by The Lucy Show episodes, "Lucy Is a Kangaroo for a Day" & "Lucy Buys a Sheep" ). A favorite of mine. Watched it with my niece. She seemed to enjoy it.

 

Last night (12/31/20):

"Lucy's Bonus Bounces" (#86)

"Lucy and David Frost Go Night-Night" (#87)

The first one was great watching Lucy, Kim and Mary-Jane all plotting together "against" Harrison. The second one was just so-so. I would say it's almost a remake of The Lucy Show episode, "Lucy Flies to London", with David Frost taking the role of Mr. Mooney on the airplane. However, it had a weak ending and just wasn't done well here.

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