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    My biggest concern is the research the actors did or did not do. I hope more was involved than primarily binging on ILL. Its the actors and production team time to do their jobs. We the public will do our jobs once it's released and judge for ourselves whether it's a hit or a turd. I hope it will be fantastic. Lucille and Desi deserve a well-acted and accurate portrayal especially after the previous attempts.
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    The AFI has created a Robert Osborne webpage that includes highlights of his TCM intros. https://www.afi.com/robert-osborne/
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    My three guesses——she predicted fan backlash and thought it was a lose/lose proposition; or truly didn’t care for the finished script; or pre Covid there was a true scheduling conflict that was no longer the case by the time filming happened—but she had already withdrawn.
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    I believe they’ve stated there will be flashbacks to the past, sprinkled within the “production week”—the extent and length of these remains to be seen, of course.
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    That is its first on camera appearance. Lucy previously wore it to the Ethel Merman-Ernest Borgnine wedding. If that outfit could talk! Chris and Jerry were originally featured at the beginning before Mooney showed up, but were cut from the episode.
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    Some more thoughts (and a few questions): What was up with that bizarre purple convertible Lucy and Viv took on their stakeout? And where did they get such a vehicle? Did the Vegas episode mark the first appearance of the pink dress and jacket she later wore in Lucy in London? Coin Collector may be a little on the slow side, but considering how manic so many episodes could be, one that took its time isn’t unwelcome in my book. I also love what a great showcase it is for Vivian; she appears in every single scene and gets some truly funny moments (picking up and cleaning the pennies one at a time, etc.). Missing Stamp is a well-made show with some great physical comedy, but illustrates the problems with not having a permanent writing staff. Lucy suddenly went from being an overconfident, power-hungry policewoman to a blubbering, inept saleslady. The Lucy Carmichael as written just a few episodes prior would’ve been a stellar salesperson. And Viv’s back to her haughty bore schtick in this one, a characterisation I never found appealing. Danny Kaye is a headache inducer. That restaurant scene is like the Brown Derby one on crack! I want to like it, because their routine at the end is good, but it’s just too obnoxious. However, that World’s Fair ensemble is stunning to behold. I’m guessing the kids filmed scenes for this one that wound up cut; Candy Moore talked about being on-set that week. The ever-changing bedroom sets seem to come full-circle this season. Lucy’s bedroom in Monsters looks just like Viv’s did all the way back in the first episode. I think there should’ve been at least one more episode detailing the consequences of having a fully visible shower installed in a boys bedroom. Maybe a “Very Special Episode“ where Sherman gets in trouble peeping at Chris and learns a lesson about privacy? Or one where Mooney inadvertently keep walking in on Lucy and/or Viv towelling off. Had this not been the 60s, there would’ve been many plots opened up by that.
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    The show was very similar to her mother’s Let’s Talk to Lucy. Carol Burnett was the second guest.
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    I’ve currently seen the first 13 episodes of season 3, the first time in more than a decade I’ve watched many of these. Here are some thoughts: Even though the Volunteer Fire Dept. was done away with along with all of Lucy and Viv’s girlfriends, it’s nice a few of these new writers did at least attempt to provide some continuity, what with numerous references to Audrey Simmons and Ralph Bagley. As well, Viv mentioning the TV antenna they installed was a nice reference back to season one. It’s odd that given how often Audrey is mentioned, this is the only post-1962 “Lucy” season not to feature Mary Jane Croft in any episodes. Maybe she was busy with other projects? I like how Viv is well-incorporated into most of the episodes that feature her, at least during the first half of this year. One issue with season 2 is that too many episodes treated her as background while making way for Mr. Mooney, while here both characters were more equally regarded. It’s also nice to see less of Bagley’s bitchy side and more of her fun, playful nature. The episodes where she does get to do snark tend to justify it better. Jimmy Garrett must’ve been the most remembered of the child actors by these writers, as you see a lot more of him than Chris and Sherman. Sherman essentially vanishes this season, for whatever reason. Even when he does turn up, he never has much to say or do. This makes Ralph’s deepening voice all the more noticeable, given the infrequency of his appearances. Also, they seem to have been much more heavy-handed with Candy Moore’s makeup this year. Ether she got tanned during her summer hiatus or they went with a darker shade of foundation, but a few times she appears to rival Tammy Faye Bakker what with the overdone blush and eye shadow. At least she finally snagged a laugh line in the bank robbery episode (“I’m not here, either!”). A recurring theme I’ve just noticed this season is the tendency to give Gale Gordon humorous exits. Rarely does he leave a room without doing some great reaction bit, which the studio audience clearly loved as he always received exit applause. In “Lucy Gets the Bird,” he received three of them. I’m sorry “Lucy Gets Her Maid” marked Kathleen Freeman’s final appearance, as she was always excellent. Could’ve made a great addition to many later episodes, no matter the character.
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    A little Vitametavegamin would be handy right now.
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    I have so many words and yet at the same time none. I also don't know if I need a straight scotch or an anxiety pill.
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    Some forums frown upon posting on threads that have been dormant for a number of years, but I haven’t seen that be an issue here before.
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    The article is right, they are unrecognizable...if I said in what way, I'm afraid another post from Miss A. would result.
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    I enjoy the John Wayne episode for the reasons you mentioned. Those bits are brilliant. The more I see of season six, the more I concur with your opinions. There’s a different feeling to it. Missed opportunities to make more use out of Mary Jane and Mr. Cheever.
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    I guess I'm the only one (except for Lucy herself, apparently) that enjoys the John Wayne episode. Each summer when CBS ran The Lucy Show from 68 to 71, it was shown. Yes, it's a bit overboard that Lucy would get "carried away", but I think it's one of her best free-wheeling performances. I'm continually amazed that these shows were put together in 4 days. By this time of TLS, SO MUCH relied on Lucy herself carrying the whole show: "Lucy Flies to London" is a perfect example. I've always wanted to see the John Wayne script because I've assumed it was one of the few times where Lucy seemed to ad lib, brilliantly IMO. I love her swiping the sponge from Bennett Green and jerking John's face back and forth as she adjusts his make up, all the while lamenting how he's always ganged up on in his movie scenes. Oh, well....it's not the first or last time I've been out on my own with my opinions. The 6th season is by far my least favorite. "Phil Harris" has grown on me even though it's not The Lucy Show as I wanted it to be. Missing scene: Lucy getting drunken Phil our of his clothes and into that bathrobe! (which might have been quite funny). By this time, TLS was a two-character show set in a bank. Roy Roberts added nothing and Mary Jane, through no fault of her own, was no Viv and was given little to do other than react. You have to give Phil Harris scribe Bob O'Brien some credit for trying to expand the premise beyond that stodgy bank. Though impoverished, the Lucy Carmichael of the first two seasons had class. 6th season Carmichael was, much of the time, more annoying than funny. I detect a change in the character from the 5th season. What is missing? Her sweetness and vulnerability, maybe. Though it had more than its share of duffers, there are many 5th season shows I like. No so, the 6th. I enjoy "George Burns" but the routine is lifted verbatim from Burns and Allen. You can have your Rose Nylan and Connie Stevens' Wendy. No one else could do Gracie. Not even Lucy.
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    I’ve been having an impromptu marathon the past few nights, including a few episodes I’ve never gotten around to watching before now. Lucy and the Ring-A-Ding-Ding: The Burton episode may be more famous and share the same basic premise, but I find this one to be far funnier. Mooney helping tranquillised Lucy Into her apartment is a tour de force. Lucie’s cameo (“And they worry about our generation!”) was the cherry on top. Lucy & The Submarine: I wouldn’t call this a standout episode but it is quite amusing. I’ve always loved the “Club, Auto” gag. The supporting cast is top notch and the “fire one” routine is terrific. It’s nice to see episodes where Mooney gets intimidated and knocked down a few pegs; it helps humanise the role and make him funnier. Viv Visits Lucy: If only all planes could land and deboard as fast as Viv’s! The reunion scene is incredibly heartfelt and touching, though it’s odd to learn that Lucy left Danfield prior to Viv’s wedding and hasn’t even met her new husband. Judging by Viv’s description, Lucy’s never even seen a photo of him. I’ve always found the bank scene funnier than the Sunset Strip segment, but it’s certainly a great late 60’s time capsule. Lucy & John Wayne: This one’s a bit loud and obnoxious for my tastes, though seeing Lucy immediately take over the set was quite amusing and well done. I love the Milton Berle cameo. Lucy With George Burns: A truly fun outing. This premise could’ve made for a fun format change, with Lucy touring alongside various celebrities and Mooney acting as her agent. Love Jack Benny’s voice appearance. Lucy & Phil Harris: And here is one I’d never seen before last night! After the madcap John Wayne episode, it was a bit jarring for me to shift gears into slower-paced, sentimental territory. It’s a bit schmaltzy at times but undeniably touching, and it’s good to see episodes which calm Lucy down a little and show what a good person she is. Harris tearing up during his song got me a little emotional, too. Oh, and Vanda’s waitress getup was great! Lucy & Sid Caesar: Here’s another brand new one for me, one I wanted to like more than I ultimately did. I think two “celebrity plays their own lookalike” episodes in one season was excessive. Nice to see Carole Cook return a “Gladys.” It’s a pity they couldn’t have found a steady recurring role for her like Mary Jane Croft. She was so often wasted in these bit parts. And Sid’s line about the boys winking at him...a gay joke on 1968 network TV??? Lucy Helps Ken Berry: Yet another never seen it before episode. I enjoyed this one a lot more than I thought I would. Ken Berry was fantastic; hard to believe this was the same man who’d go on to play dimwit Vinton Harper. Lucy enrolling a bunch of burly truckers into dancing school was a hoot. I’m not a big fan of “song and dance” episodes, but at least it didn’t take up the entire show, and this routine was very well done. Also nice to see the full Ralph Story scene after years of enjoying those bloopers. (Was it common for secretaries to alternate as tellers as frequently as Lucy does this final season? Or did they just need an excuse to get her and Gale out into the lobby more often?) Lucy Meets the Berles: The genuine laughter during the salad scene makes it all the funnier. Watching Ruta trying to keep it together is especially great. I wish Miss Lee had appeared more often. She could’ve made a good girlfriend for Lucy, perhaps another neighbour in Glenhall. As Lucy and Mary Jane seem to be the only tenants season five onwards, a few more faces would’ve been nice to see.
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    Interesting. All this talk of Pat Collins piqued my interest and I rewatched the episode yesterday, the first time in years I’ve seen it. The music edits were more extensive than I realised, most of them instrumental. This resulted in lots of little moments getting cut, such as everyone laughing at the movie and the bulk of Lucy’s wax museum pose, along with Pat’s accompanying line. Her entrance was also scrapped, cutting to her already onstage. I’m not entirely sure how all of this works from a technical standpoint, but a few of those moments definitely could’ve had the underscoring replaced instead of cut entirely.
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    Oh thank you so much for finding that. And that audience laughed knowing what it was.
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    A hypnosis show that talksxabout gang-bangs. Now that's something I got to investigate for the sheer lunacy.
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    "Lucy & Pat Collins". For a California bank episode, it's pretty good....up to the disappointing last scene, made all the worse because everything that preceded it was good stuff. The fur salon is the highlight. The woman playing the saleswoman put a lot into a part that could have been a nothing. And Lucy is great throughout. Her 1967 Emmy was well-deserved (much more than the 1968 win IMO). Note that Lucy's look to Mary Jane after MJ says of the $30,000 coat Lucy's trying on "Why don't you buy it?" is the same look she gives Ethel when E suggests to Carolyn that she might be able to change her Hawaii reservations to come to Lucy's "party". But what were they thinking with the hypnotism scene? The nadir of which has Lucy and Mooney doing a Laurel and Hardy bit--under hypnosis (?!). Pat Collins, aka "Miss Pat" with her cat-eye glasses and piled-high cotton candy blonde hair, wins The Lucy Show's "Don Loper Award" for the most stilted, but somehow endearing performance by a non-actor in a Lucy show. (The Here's Lucy recipient: Lawrence Welk?). I never noticed before that Pat croons some of Edie Adams' "That's All" to end her act. I would guess Miss Pat's "The Hip Hypnotist" was an actual club act.
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    Every afternoon after high school then most mornings before class in college. And SO many Broadway shows.
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    Desi does a voiceover promo for Billy Hinsche’s online show. It’s great to hear him. Hopefully he can be a guest with Billy.
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    Oh that would be wonderful if he could do Billy's show. I got into watching them last spring. Billy seems like such a nice guy. Given his post DDB years he went really far his music.
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    Interesting “Arrested Development” theme for the writers. Maybe Jason Bateman and Will Arnett will play the other Bobs if a sequel is made.
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    big event occurs that I think most people don't know about when they think about Lucille Ball." Is the Communist thing really that unknown? The number one thing that makes Nicole the right person for this part is she's a world-class actress," Well that's sort of a low bar. We just threw all the A list actresses in a hat and kept picking until one said yes and we thought could win us an Oscar.
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    Today a kind of crummy looking public domain print of "Jack Benny's Bank Account" was recommended to me on YouTube, so I decided to watch it. For one thing, it's been awhile since I've had to see any public domain Lucy episodes, so this was not only a little nostalgic, but it also made me realize how good we have it today with such affordable high quality releases. Episodes from seasons 5-6 of TLS always seem to go by really fast. Not that any of her other shows dragged at all, but this era is lighter on plot and the episodes always end sort of abruptly. Isn't it amazing how Jack Benny could be so engrained in the public consciousness that a majority of this episode's motivations and laughs come from his persona that exists outside of the series? Take his very first gag, for example: Jack is seen playing the violin, and when the doorbell rings, he walks over and stops his record player, revealing that he was just miming playing the whole time. He then says "I'll be right back, Yascha." It gets mega laughs, but I can't imagine many people today would have any idea why it's so funny. The same goes for Jack's JELL-O tattoo and his line about "tripping over Phil Harris". Lucy's shows usually have pretty timeless humor without many cultural references; even when a popular personality guest stars it usually comes down to "this is a celebrity and Lucy is star struck", which is understandable in any era. However, this Jack Benny episode seems so unique.
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    I adore Frank Nelson in everything he's done. He's fine with his little scene in "Buys New Furniture" but I don't think his interpretation of Ralph Ramsey is good in the "Country Club" episode. He doesn't bring his usual zest to the character. He's merely serviceable but it really wasn't written to his talents. I don't know what actor would have been better, though. (probably a little too early for RG Brown). When reference books that listed cast members started being published, Frank and Mary Jane were listed as regulars in 1957. This was before we had ready access to episodes so I assumed he was in more than TWO, hardly what you'd call a "regular". ("Housewarming"---'Where's Ralph?" "Still away on a trip!". In other words: "we didn't want to pay Frank Nelson for a cameo!") Bobby the Bellboy appeared in more! Ditto Charles Lane in the Lucy Show. I was SHOCKED SHOCKED SHOCKED to learn later that he only appeared in FOUR. Don Briggs and a host of others did more than that. Same with Dick Martin's paltry six episodes. I think the show lost a little something by getting rid of next-door put-upon neighbor and sometimes Lucy-date Harry Connors. "No More Double Dates" implies there was more going on between he and Lucy Carmichael than him being roped into helping the mechanically-challenged ladies with household projects. I've never seen the "Lucy and Viv Fight Over Harry" script. Has anyone else? Lucy Show first season cast of regulars and semi-regulars included Lucy, Viv, Harry, Barnsdahl, Jerry , Sherman, Chris, Thelma Green, Dorothy, Audrey Simmons, Viv's beau Eddie, Alan Harper (and more? I can't think of any right this very minute). The Lucy Show's 6th season premiere ("Meets the Berles") had 1/12th of those: only Lucy. Just LUCY. Never has a hit show gone through so many metamorphoses. "The Doris Day Show", you say? Yes, but that was never a bona fide HIT. And never the LOL sitcom the underrated, under-appreciated "Lucy Show" was. ILL purists disagree with me (but when I say they're wrong, THEY'RE WRONG!). You youngsters don't realize what comedic-tepid fare was being offered at the same time as TLS (and HL, for that matter). "The Lucy Show" even in its less than stellar offerings was usually good for a laugh and better than 80% of what else was on. At its best it was well-structured comedy. Maybe they weren't producing the classics ILL did (though I think they came close with many eps through the 5th season). I really don't appreciate the way TLS is given the also-ran treatment in discussions of Lucy's TV career. And I will defend "The Lucy Show" until my dying day. After that, it's up to one of you younger ones to carry the torch.
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    The plethora of fifth season Lucy Shows is odd, considering those are in the public domain and therefore some of the most widely available. You'd think they'd have gone for some of the non-PD shows, as this release seems to be aimed at more casual fans, and casual fans are more likely to own those bargain sets. Many of the episodes they've picked are great choices, but some are truly head scratchers. I'm with Joey, I'd love to know who gets to choose what and why.
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    "Substitute Secretary" run by Decades the other day, commemorating 1967 50 years ago. (Was it??) Even though I've got it in at least 5 different forms from 5 different sources (including those "Lost" episodes), I couldn't resist watching it again. They do a little intro and in it, the hostess said of this season that "'The Lucy Show' was the 2nd highest rated show on the air, confusing this season with the next. And if we're talking about the 1967 part of the 67-68 season, "The Lucy Show" was the #1 show on the air. "SS" is great fun. Lucy's 5th season hoarseness is actually kind of cute but you can tell she's not doing herself any future favors by straining her voice. I think this season's vocal straining, more than anything was the cause of her later-in-life gravely voice. (Not "Wildcat", no drinking or smoking). I've said this before but I'll say it again: "Margo" is one of Lucy's most enjoyable dress-up character creations in her entire television career. The sustained laughter that greets her entrance is long and genuine as Lucy/Margo sways her hips back and forth waiting for it to die down. Everything she says is hilarious. She's in complete control without overdoing it. Even "Where?" gets a laugh. (To Audrey's "And over there...."). I love the way Margo laughs at her own jokes. I don't think we've seen this characterization in any form in the past (or since). Have we? For this episode alone, her 5th season Emmy was well-deserved (though she's good in others too). Why does Mooney pronounce "bar" and if it was "bah"? Apparently Juan Jose did his drag act the night before because he's forgotten to take his eye make up off (and of course nobody notices). Someone needs to tell "Esta" about his double life. Is her Juan Jose a racist portrayal? I don't think so, but I can't tell for sure. Juan's machine overflowing with suds immediately after he turns it on was an unnecessary bit of business. And yes, Lucy looks and sounds nothing like Barbara Morrison, but the rest of the episode is so good, I can forgive that. I like that they at least give a nod as to why Lucy would have these outfits. This sort of early-in-show set up of something that happens later is too often overlooked in the post Bob-Madelyn years. Mary Jane brought these "kooky" outfits from the studio including Margo's wig. "You can be a brunette one night just for kicks"....and apparently you can be a Mexican man and a buxom dowager for one night too--if you want! This script has the word "kooky" in it THREE times, said by 3 different people (I think). Just something I noted. A shining Bob O'Brien script. Practically all of my favorite Lucy episodes post 63-64 were written by Bob O. So many that I can forgive him for "Safari".
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    You know how it is with Ducolax. You take it. Things happen and you think you're done...but then comes another one! Though the ratings for the Lucy-Desi hours are high, Westinghouse is disappointed with the anthology and bows out as sponsor SOOO..... "Tonight the debut of "The Ducolax-Desilu Playhouse" with Lucille Ball starring in "K.O. Pectate", a woman's struggle to cure a boxer of his pre-bout constipation."
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    You'll have to 'flesh out' this plot for me. Not sure I get it! And that Joan Blondell is so SENSITIVE! She thought Lucy pulling the toilet chain after her speech was a comment on her acting when Lucy was just doing a lead in to the Ducolax commercial!
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    !!! A seasonal arc: "Lucy Drives a Dump Truck" -- Lucy gets a job as a door-to-door Ducolax salesman. "The Loophole in the Lease" -- Lucy threatens to raise Viv's rent after Sherman ODs on Ducolax and floods the upstairs bathroom. "Lucy & The Plumber" -- With the Carmichael & Bagley families reunited, Jack Benny comes over to assess the damage. "Lucy, The Bean Queen" -- A raucous fight of the Danfield Volunteers leads Audrey Simmons and Thelma Green to recommend beans as a Ducolax alternative to Danfield's high society. Lucy tries to corner the legume market. "Lucy & Viv Become Tycoons" -- After a short stint in hospital due to an intestinal blockage, Lucy and Viv give Grandma Sutton a basket of Ducolax-laced brownies and they are the hit of the Danfield Seniors' Centre. "Chris Goes Steady" -- Lucy and Viv try to help Chris become regular. "Lucy Becomes an Astronaut" -- The Ducolax corporation selects Lucy to test out the effects of Ducolax in zero gravity. "Lucy & Viv Play Softball" -- Lucy & Viv sponsor a local sports team to promote their product thinking stool SOFTeners and SOFTball are a natural fit. "Lucy Gets Locked in the Vault" -- Lucy and Mooney get locked in the bank vault and the only thing Lucy has to consume is a box of Ducolax. "Lucy & The Safe Cracker" -- Lucy hires a former safe cracker to get Mooney out of the vault before he has to use all that beaufiful money as toilet paper. "Lucy & The Bank Scandal" -- Lucy starts a rumour that Mooney is an embezzler as a revenge for investing her trust fund in Milk of Magnesia stock. "Lucy Is Her Own Lawyer" -- Lucy defends herself after Mooney sues her for defamation and aggravating his IBS. "Lucy's Contact Lenses" -- Vision impaired, Lucy accidently slips Grandma Sutton a brownie with kaopectate. "Lucy, the Stock Holder" -- Lucy discovers her Milk of Magnesia stock actually gives her some sway in the company. "Lucy Saves Milton Berle" -- Lucy comes to the rescue after Milton's bowels stop moving. "Lucy Bags a Bargain" -- Lucy sells her Philips Milk of Magnesia Stock to John and Michelle Phillips in exchange for replacing Mama Cass. "Lucy In The Music World" -- Lucy negotiates a sponsorship deal between Ducolax and the hit TV series Hullaballoo. The latter is renamed Ducolax Presents: Helluva Poo. "Lucy & Bob Crane" -- Lucy discovers that her new boyfriend Bob Crane has an unusual fetish. "Lucy & Mickey Rooney" -- Lucy finds out that Mickey Rooney in and of himself is a natural stool softener. "Lucy Flies to London" -- Ducolax gives Lucy a one day trip to London as a reward for coming up with a company jingle. (Lucy In London interlude) "Lucy & Pat Collins" -- Lucy tries to sabotage some mod with a beehive who is treating bowel problems with hypnotherapy. "Lucy & The Return of Iron Stool" -- When Lucy discovers that Ducolax is no match for Pat Collins' new-age quackery in California, Mr. Mooney offers her a job at the bank.
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    Mr. and Mrs. TV Show: Ricky: It’s so soft! Lucy: it’s thanks to Duculax Stool Softener. Stool always feels different when they fix it – I don’t know what they do with it! Oh, girls! I just wanted to tell you something that happened to me, it was so exciting yesterday. I got out of bed feeling rather drab and dull... you know, sort of errrhhhh... and then I took a Duculax! And I had the most adorable bowel movement and the DREAMIEST feeling of relief and I got the full treatment with the Duculax Colonic Irrigation system. Well, I just FELT like a NEW WOMAN! If you’ll excuse me, I’d like to show you with Duculax did for me! Will you excuse me?
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    What is the story behind this proposed TV movie? I wish it would have been done. Called Two Lucies in this article https://worldradiohistory.com/hd2/IDX-Business/Magazines/Archive-BC-IDX/82-OCR/1982-05-10-BC-OCR-Page-0036.pdf#search="lucille ball" Called here “I Never Loved my Daughter” at 13:37
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