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  1. Men Are Messy and Fred & Ethel Fight were featured on the latest episode of Dynasty. They inspired Fallon to have retro-sitcom style “dream sequences” where she gained inspiration from the plots to solve some family problems. Concept was better than the execution, but...they tried.
  2. No, they’re bare bones. Just the episodes. Apparently they weren’t sold into later syndication packages due to music licensing. The Volume 2 DVD mentions that some music has been changed, so the edit must’ve occurred on that non-syndicated episode.
  3. Arden of Eden: “Our Miss Brooks” star signs on for biblical teleplay Desilu Playhouse Sponsor Feud! Tennessee Ernie runs down Betty Furness in new Ford! “It came back?” - Furious Vance quits after Desilu paycheck bounces Less is Moore: Exclusive details about Candy’s new zero-episode contract!
  4. That’s interesting. I wasn’t aware of any examples of her other shows being watched by fictional characters. It’s almost always I Love Lucy.
  5. Ken Levine wrote an interesting piece about this list. He argued I Love Lucy should’ve been number one, given its enormous influence, even though it isn’t his personal favourite. http://kenlevine.blogspot.com/2021/05/top-100-sitcoms-of-all-time-really.html
  6. https://www.bolde.com/chocolate-covered-dill-pickles-snack/?fbclid=IwAR3HOCqg1DpmqFgqck-yi9yeleuxvU8buudwf-aSvKzacAGJsMrBoA9Mbxw https://malleys.com/pickles/
  7. Thanks to a VPN and Tubi, I’m able to watch this show for the first time in nearly a decade! Lucy & Lawrence Welk - Viv gets some of her funniest ever lines in this instalment. And it’s wonderful seeing her and Mary Jane together again. That hadn’t happened since the Danfield/Audrey Simmons era, and even MJ gets to do more comedy than usual. God bless Lawrence, but the wax sculpture has more personality than the real one. Lucy is Really in a Pickle - It’s no Vitametavegamin, but the faces she makes when attempting to eat the pickles are very funny. I know her filling them with fudge is played for comedy, but it also shows an intelligence that’s often lacking in her later characterisations. She found a solution which allowed her to perform as expected. Effective advertising, too - I cracked open a jar of pickles midway through. No fudge required. Lucy’s Big Break - I’d completely forgotten Lloyd Bridges was in this one. And I never realised before that the “mhmm” lady was Dorothy Konrad of the barbershop quartet. Mary Wickes is a total scene stealer as the nurse. Alan Oppenheimer’s role must’ve been compensation for Lucie’s pilot not selling.
  8. Thanks for clarifying. It’s interesting, given Lucie’s disdain for “Before the Laughter”, that this film may be taking a similar structural approach: A limited timeframe in the present with periodic flashbacks to the past. However, I’m guessing these flashbacks will be briefer and far less salacious than the TV movie ones.
  9. Ah, thanks for confirming that! It’s a pity there wasn’t time for that scene to be used, given the infrequency of the kids’ appearances that season. And if that outfit could talk, indeed!
  10. Very true. It’s not so much about appearance (Jessica Lange looked/sounded nothing like Joan Crawford but still gave a good performance) but more about commitment. None of Nicole’s interviews so far have given the impression she’s truly committed herself to this, but perhaps that’s a misleading take. I don’t want to jump to conclusions without seeing the finished product. Of course, the Debra Messing trolls are in full force on Twitter. SHE doesn’t really look like Lucille either, and she got her chance with that W&G episode. However, I will admit I wish Cate Blanchett had been available. Not only is she a stronger physical and vocal match, I personally prefer her as an actress. Not to cast aspersions, but Kidman’s never been a draw for me; I’ve never seen a movie just because she’s in it. But I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt. (Max was briefly a teacher of hers back when she was in school, believe it or not.) What I’m curious about is all these 1940s set scenes. What happened to “one production week”? Unless they’re doing recreations for on-set photographs, this implies there will be flashbacks, which is entering “Before the Laughter” territory. But I’m sure if that’s the case, they’ll be better written here.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Not meaning to necropost here, but I don’t know how I missed this one before. A RIOT from start to finish! I’m sure some other members could appreciate a good laugh right now and boy did this provide it! Lucy Visits Grauman’s: After swiping John Wayne’s block, a nervous Lucy loads up on Dulcolax to help ease her tension. Unfortunately, Ricky losing his temper causes her to lose her stool during the attempted return. “You scared me!!!”
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. What I find interesting about her taped specials is that they illustrate how her “Lucy Show” appearance was a fairly accurate (albeit tamer and truncated) representation of how her show was conducted. It may have been obvious Lucille and Gale were deliberately clowning around, but she really did have people do little sketches like that.
  19. The joke comes around the 4:50 mark. It’s not too bad, she meant it in good fun. I get the impression her act might’ve become bawdier as time went on. Note her opening joke about applause making her boobs grow - Lucy probably wouldn’t have hired her if her act was like that circa 1966.
  20. Only the official one. It seems to be intact on most of the public domain releases. Really the only reason to keep one of those nowadays. I'm not sure if there were any other music edits on other episodes.
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