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8.1 -- The Will

 

Ethel suspects Fred may have had a secret life when his showbiz past comes back to haunt him -- after he discovers he was named next of kin in Theda Bara's will two years previously.

 

8.2 -- Little Ricky's Gets Puppy Love

 

Lucy and Ricky have their hands full when Betty's sister Evelyn Bigsby comes to visit with her daughter Carolyn and Little Ricky falls in love. But it's nothing, when mother and daughter go back home to New Jersey. (Guest Star: Mary Jane Croft as Evelyn. This is her Emmy year)

 

8.3 -- Kids Aren't Funny

 

Incensed after Carolyn and Charley arranged for Little Stevie to do a cute bit with J. Fred Muggs on another network, Lucy schemes and pulls out all the stops to get Little Ricky on Art Linkletter's House Party, equipped with "spontaneous" material Lucy and Ethel have written for him. The plan backfires though when they find out Fred has been teaching Little Ricky some of his racier vaudeville routines behind the scenes.

 

8.4 -- The Chamber Eggstravaganza

 

After incorporating their egg business, the Ricardos and Mertzes join the Westport Chamber of Commerce and Lucy and Ethel volunteer to organize what's hoped to be the first annual Westport Home Show. When the girls have different visions on what their egg booth should be, the Ricardos and Mertzes split off and have rival booths across the aisle from one another. Come Home Show weekend, however, it turns into an all-out egg war.

 

8.5 -- Better Homes & Betty

 

Inspired by the Ricardo-Mertz newly incorporated egg business, Betty decides to make a go of her dream of having her own interior design firm. With business booming, she hires Lucy and Ethel as associates...but almost immediately regrets her decision when they secretly sign a contract to redecorate Graceland and insist on handling the Elvis file themselves. (Guest star: Elvis Presley)

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Again :marionstrong: :marionstrong:

 

Yours and "VBagley's" are mostly actual viable episodes. I have trouble coming up with something that's not outlandish, but mine would have fit right in for season 7 of here's Lucy.

 

 

8.1 -- The Will

 

Ethel suspects Fred may have had a secret life when his showbiz past comes back to haunt him -- after he discovers he was named next of kin in Theda Bara's will two years previously.

 

8.2 -- Little Ricky's Gets Puppy Love

 

Lucy and Ricky have their hands full when Betty's sister Evelyn Bigsby comes to visit with her daughter Carolyn and Little Ricky falls in love. But it's nothing, when mother and daughter go back home to New Jersey. (Guest Star: Mary Jane Croft as Evelyn. This is her Emmy year)

 

8.3 -- Kids Aren't Funny

 

Incensed after Carolyn and Charley arranged for Little Stevie to do a cute bit with J. Fred Muggs on another network, Lucy schemes and pulls out all the stops to get Little Ricky on Art Linkletter's House Party, equipped with "spontaneous" material Lucy and Ethel have written for him. The plan backfires though when they find out Fred has been teaching Little Ricky some of his racier vaudville routines behind the scenes.

 

8.4 -- The Chamber Eggstravaganza

 

After incorporating their egg business, the Ricardos and Mertzes join the Westport Chamber of Commerce and Lucy and Ethel volunteer to organize what's hoped to be the first annual Westport Home Show. When the girls have different visions on what their egg booth should be, the Ricardos and Mertzes split off and have rival booths across the aisle from one another. Come Home Show weekend, however, it turns into an all-out egg war.

 

8.5 -- Better Homes & Betty

 

Inspired by the Ricardo-Mertz newly incorporated egg business, Betty decides to make a go of her dream of having her own interior design firm. With business booming, she hires Lucy and Ethel as associates...but almost immediately regrets her decision when they secretly sign a contract to redecorate Graceland and insist on handling the Elvis file themselves. (Guest star: Elvis Presley)

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I just hope you didn't let them move us to Thursday, the night that CBS would send its Monday sitcoms to die. Examples: December Bride, Ann Sothern, and flashing forward 25 years: Designing Women.

 

If you take the divorce and Desi buying RKO out of the picture, I wonder just how long I Love Lucy would have run in the half-hour version on its own.

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8.6 "Lucy and Ethel Install a Septic Tank"

 

With the additional "output" from the guest house, Westport city officials force the Ricardos to install an additional septic tank. Ricky gives Lucy the check to give the workers, but Lucy figures she can talk them down and pocket the balance by threatening the return of 'socialized sewage'. Her plan backfires and the crew walks off the job in a huff leaving her and Ethel to finish it before Ricky gets home. The girls read the blueprints wrong and direct the overflow pipe in the direction of the Ramseys. Then Ethel puts the lid on backwards trapping them inside. Ethel knows the time is coming for Fred's beer and salami sandwich lunch to make its exit. (Ethel: "I set our clocks by it!"), so the girls scurry to escape through the pipe and pop up in Betty's flower garden just as the flower show judges are scrutinizing Betty's prize-winning crop of chrysanthemums.

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8.6 "Lucy and Ethel Install a Septic Tank"

 

With the additional "output" from the guest house, Westport city officials force the Ricardos to install an additional septic tank. Ricky gives Lucy the check to give the workers, but Lucy figures she can talk them down and pocket the balance by threatening the return of 'socialized sewage'. Her plan backfires and the crew walks off the job in a huff leaving her and Ethel to finish it before Ricky gets home. The girls read the blueprints wrong and direct the overflow pipe in the direction of the Ramseys. Then Ethel puts the lid on backwards trapping them inside. Ethel knows the time is coming for Fred's beer and salami sandwich lunch to make its exit. (Ethel: "I set our clocks by it!"), so the girls scurry to escape through the pipe and pop up in Betty's flower garden just as the flower show judges are scrutinizing Betty's prize-winning crop of chrysanthemums.

 

:marionstrong: Love the socialized sewage.

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8.7 -- Lucy Meets Grandma Hanson

 

Wanting to become more involved in their community, Lucy and Ethel decide to volunteer at the Westport retirement home. After feeling sorry for one poor, lonely old soul (Ruth McDevitt as Grandma Hanson. She's been in the home ever since the car wreck) who spends all her time alone in the arts and crafts room, the girls buy a couple of her paintings at take them home. When Betty invites an art critic friends of theirs over to Lucy's to be a guest speaker at the bi-weekly meeting of their women's club, he is immediately taken with the work and vows to make Grandma Hanson a star -- all the while battling with the girls to make sure she is fairly represented, and with the boys who want to snap up every available piece of art before the critic gets to it. (Guest star: Vincent Price as the Art Critic)

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8.8 - East 68th Street Memories

 

While dining with Ethel and Carolyn at 21 during a visit to New York, Lucy starts to pine for her former city life. They pay a visit to the Mertz's building and knock on the door of 3D to see who's now living there, and Lucy is shocked to find that Marion Strong and her husband have moved in. Ethel explains she and Fred were apprehensive to tell Lucy Marion had their old apartment, and Lucy can see why...Chinese modern everywhere! Disgusted at what Marion's done to the place, she has it out with her, and coerces the Mertzes into a plot to evict her.

 

8.9 - Lucy Plays Landlord

 

Lucy's still determined to get Marion Strong out of her former apartment, despite the protests from Ricky and the Mertzes that it's none of her business what Marion does with the place now that it's hers. But Lucy's determined, and pays a visit to the Rappahannock School for Girls to try to dig up some dirt on Marion that could be used against her.

 

8.10 - Tenant Testimony

 

It's Strong vs. Ricardo in the battle of the bad furniture! Marion takes Lucy to court for harassment, where Lucy pleads her case and demands her old apartment back. It's up to Ricky, Fred and Ethel to save the day with clever testimony to make both women kiss and make up. In the end, Lucy admits her selfish motives, so she and Marion make up, and Lucy says one last goodbye to her former home.

 

8.11 - Lucy's Cabin Hideaway

 

Lucy & Ricky get into one of their biggest fights yet, and Fred and Ethel have it out as well. Determining the best thing for them is some time apart, Lucy and Ethel arrange to spend a few days in Grace Foster's cabin in the woods in New York state. However, Bill Foster promises the same cabin to Ricky and Fred. Soon both couples are spooked out of their wits, alone in the dark woods, until all becomes clear and everyone kisses and makes up.

 

8.12 - Over Budget, Under Fed

 

Lucy's over her budget again, thanks to the unsuccessful efforts of the lousy Susan, so Ricky intends to teach her a lesson by cutting off all allowances and utilities until the first of the year. Living in the dark eating cold cans of beans gets old pretty fast, until Ricky calls a truce for one night to entertain a new act from the club. Only Lucy & Ethel have a surprise for him... (based in part on MFH episode Over Budget)

 

8.13 - Senora Ricardo's Boyfriend

 

Ricky's widowed mother pays her first visit to Lucy & Ricky's Connecticut home, but seems to Lucy as if she's rather lonely. After hearing about a lonely hearts centre from Betty (who met Ralph at one years before), Lucy and Ethel scheme to set Senora Ricardo up...but the unexpected arrival of Mr. Potter, who is smitten with Senora Ricardo, makes the lonely hearts centre man think Lucy's his date! (based in part on MFH episode Mrs. Cooper's Boyfriend)

 

8.14 - Lucy is Matron of Honour

 

Mr. Ritter has finally proposed to Miss Lewis after 7 years of courting her, and nobody but Lucy will do for Matron of Honour as she got them together. Lucy puts everyone through their paces preparing for the wedding, but she and Ethel have to act quickly when Miss Lewis gets cold feet and runs away. Ricky and Fred are equally busy trying to keep the girls from finding out Mr. Ritter's run away!

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8.8 - East 68th Street Memories

 

While dining with Ethel and Carolyn at 21 during a visit to New York, Lucy starts to pine for her former city life. They pay a visit to the Mertz's building and knock on the door of 3D to see who's now living there, and Lucy is shocked to find that Marion Strong and her husband have moved in. Ethel explains she and Fred were apprehensive to tell Lucy Marion had their old apartment, and Lucy can see why...Chinese modern everywhere! Disgusted at what Marion's done to the place, she has it out with her, and coerces the Mertzes into a plot to evict her.

 

8.9 - Lucy Plays Landlord

 

Lucy's still determined to get Marion Strong out of her former apartment, despite the protests from Ricky and the Mertzes that it's none of her business what Marion does with the place now that it's hers. But Lucy's determined, and pays a visit to the Rappahannock School for Girls to try to dig up some dirt on Marion that could be used against her.

 

8.10 - Tenant Testimony

 

It's Strong vs. Ricardo in the battle of the bad furniture! Marion takes Lucy to court for harassment, where Lucy pleads her case and demands her old apartment back. It's up to Ricky, Fred and Ethel to save the day with clever testimony to make both women kiss and make up. In the end, Lucy admits her selfish motives, so she and Marion make up, and Lucy says one last goodbye to her former home.

 

8.11 - Lucy's Cabin Hideaway

 

Lucy & Ricky get into one of their biggest fights yet, and Fred and Ethel have it out as well. Determining the best thing for them is some time apart, Lucy and Ethel arrange to spend a few days in Grace Foster's cabin in the woods in New York state. However, Bill Foster promises the same cabin to Ricky and Fred. Soon both couples are spooked out of their wits, alone in the dark woods, until all becomes clear and everyone kisses and makes up.

 

8.12 - Over Budget, Under Fed

 

Lucy's over her budget again, thanks to the unsuccessful efforts of the lousy Susan, so Ricky intends to teach her a lesson by cutting off all allowances and utilities until the first of the year. Living in the dark eating cold cans of beans gets old pretty fast, until Ricky calls a truce for one night to entertain a new act from the club. Only Lucy & Ethel have a surprise for him... (based in part on MFH episode Over Budget)

 

8.13 - Senora Ricardo's Boyfriend

 

Ricky's widowed mother pays her first visit to Lucy & Ricky's Connecticut home, but seems to Lucy as if she's rather lonely. After hearing about a lonely hearts centre from Betty (who met Ralph at one years before), Lucy and Ethel scheme to set Senora Ricardo up...but the unexpected arrival of Mr. Potter, who is smitten with Senora Ricardo, makes the lonely hearts centre man think Lucy's his date! (based in part on MFH episode Mrs. Cooper's Boyfriend)

 

8.14 - Lucy is Matron of Honour

 

Mr. Ritter has finally proposed to Miss Lewis after 7 years of courting her, and nobody but Lucy will do for Matron of Honour as she got them together. Lucy puts everyone through their paces preparing for the wedding, but she and Ethel have to act quickly when Miss Lewis gets cold feet and runs away. Ricky and Fred are equally busy trying to keep the girls from finding out Mr. Ritter's run away!

 

 

These are the inspired. I love that you brought back the NY apartment and incorporated some MFH material!

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8.15 -- Lucy Gets Blackballed

 

Busy with both their egg and interior design activities, Ricky and Fred decide to share expenses on a housekeeper that would divide her time between the big house and the little house (back of the big house) and can't understand why employment agencies are sending no one their way. When Lucy overhears from Eleanor Spaulding's cleaning lady that Mrs. Porter has been spreading rumours about the Ricardos, she and Ethel vow to track her down and take her to task.

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8.15 -- Lucy Gets Blackballed

 

Busy with both their egg and interior design activities, Ricky and Fred decide to share expenses on a housekeeper that would divide her time between the big house and the little house (back of the big house) and can't understand why employment agencies are sending no one their way. When Lucy overhears from Eleanor Spaulding's cleaning lady that Mrs. Porter has been spreading rumours about the Ricardos, she and Ethel vow to track her down and take her to task.

 

 

HA! :lucythrill:

 

I can just see them tying Mrs. Porter to a chair and force-feeding her peanut butter sandwiches.

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LOL!

 

8.16 -- A New Ethel

 

After the latest scheme Lucy has roped Ethel into disqualified from joining the United Daughters of the Confederacy with Betty, Ethel decides to take an assertiveness training course at the local high school.

 

:D

 

8.17 - Lucy Ricardo, Second Banana

 

Bowled over by the new, confident and assertive Ethel, soon Lucy finds herself bending to Ethel's every whim for a change, until she plots to turn the tables back.

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:D

 

8.17 - Lucy Ricardo, Second Banana

 

Bowled over by the new, confident and assertive Ethel, soon Lucy finds herself bending to Ethel's every whim for a change, until she plots to turn the tables back.

 

Great!

 

8.18 -- Mrs. McGillicuddy, the Stockholder

 

After Ricky's business takes a big nose dive with the sudden popularity of that Elvis...whatshisname, the newly wealthy Mrs. McGillicuddy becomes the (anonymous) minority shareholder in Club Babalu. Ricky welcomes the new flow of cash...until Mrs. McGillicuddy reveals herself...wanting to stage a musical adaptation of her book. (Guest Starring Our Miss Brooks' Jane Morgan as the actress Mrs. McGillicuddy hires to play herself)

 

8.19 -- The Toast is Back in Town

 

With business improving, Ricky is booked to perform on the following week's Ed Sullivan Show. Trouble ensues when a novelty sister act from Tennessee is added to the bill at the eleventh hour. (Guest Stars: Will Wright, Roz Borden, Marilyn Borden, Aaron Spelling)

 

8.20 -- Just One of Those Thins?

 

After Ricky's on-stage brawl between Ricky, the Sheriff, Teensy, Weensy, and Teensy's husband/manager Zeke, gets Ricky on the front page for all the wrong reasons, Lucy and Ethel scheme to meet Ralph Edwards and surprise Ricky with "This Is Your Life". Things take a nasty turn for Lucy, when Ricky is presented on air with an endless stream of women from his past including Diosa Costello, Little Renita, Rosemary, Carlotta, the four other Romero Sisters, and the Don Juan starlets, all arranged by Jerry. (Featuring: Jerry Hausner)

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Great!

 

8.18 -- Mrs. McGillicuddy, the Stockholder

 

After Ricky's business takes a big nose dive with the sudden popularity of that Elvis...whatshisname, the newly wealthy Mrs. McGillicuddy becomes the (anonymous) minority shareholder in Club Babalu. Ricky welcomes the new flow of cash...until Mrs. McGillicuddy reveals herself...wanting to stage a musical adaptation of her book. (Guest Starring Our Miss Brooks' Jane Morgan as the actress Mrs. McGillicuddy hires to play herself)

 

8.19 -- The Toast is Back in Town

 

With business improving, Ricky is booked to perform on the following week's Ed Sullivan Show. Trouble ensues when a novelty sister act from Tennessee is added to the bill at the eleventh hour. (Guest Stars: Will Wright, Roz Borden, Marilyn Borden, Aaron Spelling)

 

8.20 -- Just One of Those Thins?

 

After Ricky's on-stage brawl between Ricky, the Sheriff, Teensy, Weensy, and Teensy's husband/manager Zeke, gets Ricky on the front page for all the wrong reasons, Lucy and Ethel scheme to meet Ralph Edwards and surprise Ricky with "This Is Your Life". Things take a nasty turn for Lucy, when Ricky is presented on air with an endless stream of women from his past including Diosa Costello, Little Renita, Rosemary, Carlotta, the four other Romero Sisters, and the Don Juan starlets, all arranged by Jerry. (Featuring: Jerry Hausner)

 

BRILLIANT! I love bringing Teensie and Weensie back!

 

8.21 - Our Mrs. Ricardo

Avid PTA member Lucy Ricardo is tapped to substitute in Little Ricky's class after the teacher falls ill for a few days. She does pretty well in all subjects but mathematics, and soon Lucy is chastised for teaching students that every arithmetic problem has 2 answers (one if you add from top to bottom and one if you add from bottom to top). Lucy gets defensive and is determined to get her "new math" class added to the curriculum.

 

8.22 - The Picker Caper

Ethel is bored to tears tending to chickens all day and decides to get a real job. She persuades Lucy to join her working in the potato fields so Fred won't be able to con her into doing Ethel's usual tasks. Things go pretty well, until Miss Allman, the former forewoman at Kramer's Kandy Kitchen is revealed to be overseeing the pickers...

 

8.23 - Is There a Hatchet in the House?

 

Lucy & Ethel are out shopping when Mrs. Grundy walks in. Still convinced they're hatchet murderesses, she schemes to catch them. Lucy & Ethel, unable to convince her otherwise, lead a high speed chase to the border with the maniacal Mrs. Grundy in hot pursuit, and Ricky & Fred behind her.

 

8.24 - Lucy & Susie

Long-time friend Susie McNamara finally visits Lucy after many, many years away. The two pick up right where they left off, and soon Ethel is left out. Chumming up with Betty again, Ethel has a new gal-pal, and soon Lucy & Ethel are competing to one-up each other by lavishing their new/old friends with gifts and praise, each trying to prove that SHE is the better friend...until Susie and Betty chum up and Lucy & Ethel get left out.

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:marionstrong: :marionstrong: :marionstrong: Love 8.23 and 8.24 particularly!

 

8.25 -- The Hedda Hopper Story 2: Son of Hopper

 

After actor William Hopper moves to Westport to have better access to Broadway, his tomboy daughter joins Little Ricky's class, and the two don't exactly hit it off. When the two come to blows over a little league game which leads to one black eye apiece, her grandmother Hedda begins a smear campaign against the Ricardos and the only one who can intervene is her good friend Mrs. McGillicuddy.

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8.26 -- Lucy Thinks Pete Has Murdered Gladys

 

In this one-hour I Love Lucy/December Bride cross-over spectacular -- which garnered the cover of TV Guide -- Pete Porter (Harry Morgan)comes to Westport with the rest of the December Bride gang to celebrate the 30th wedding anniversary of his Uncle Fred and his wife Ethel. Thrilled by the prospect of finally being able to host Pete (his favourite relative) and Gladys (his least favourite relative), Fred uncharacteristically plans a series of lavish events around Town and in New York in their honour. While Gladys begs out of each and every one of their engagements claiming sickness, Lucy and Ethel begin to suspect Pete has murdered Gladys, covered it up, and they scheme to get past Pete and into the hotel room by any means necessary.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Trumbull has been in Town for a couple of weeks hitting the surprisingly active Seniors Social Scene with Mrs. McGillicuddy. When Lily Ruskin (Spring Byington) and Hilda Crocker (Verna Felton) hit the scene as well, their beaux up and leave them, determined to make the vivacious Lily and Hilda their next conquests. In retaliation, the girls turn to Grace's cousin Diana (Barbara Eden) to teach them how to put a little more pep in their step and bag a couple of younger fellas to make them jealous.

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8.27 -- Call Me Madam Lady

 

Lucy recives a telegram that her third cousin, Baroness Morag McGillicuddy of Kildonan has died childless, and Lucy has inherited the title! So, the gang packs up and heads to Scotland to see their new digs, only to find another distant Lucy McGilliuddy has received the same telegram and now it is a race against time to see which Lucy can prove herself to be the closest heiress.

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8.28 "Lucy Conducts a Mass"

Between the shop on the boulevard that sells deity masks and her Mother Carroll trunk, Lucy's ready when the Pope includes Westport in his American tour. Because sure enough,devout Catholic Carolyn Appleby reminds Lucy of her offer to arrange for an audience and have him do a papal-cure of her situational myopia. Seems Lucy claimed to Carolyn she got 'very chummy' with the pope when the Ricardos visited the Valitcan during their Europe trip and further claimed the Pope promised he would look them up should he ever get to Connecticut. But first: how to dispose of their local priest.

Pope John XX111: Himself. Father Bundy: Jay Novello. Giddy Nuns: Jesslyn Fax, Madge Blake, Mary Wickes, Judith Lowry, Merie Earle. Pope's Assistant, Father "Spike": William Lanteau.

 

 

Inspired by this Oct. 5, 1965 New York Times article I just found:

"Crowds Jam Streets for Glimpse of Pope".

And I'm not making this up. The last paragraph goes like this:

"John Nardoza, 11, was one of 12 children chosen to receive communion from the Pope at the papal Mass at Madison Square Garden Monday. Said John, "I'm excited but I usually spend Monday night watching "The Lucy Show"".

 

Having to choose between a visit with the Pope and an episode of The Lucy Show would make any boy switch religions and become a MOONIE.

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and have him do a papal-cure of her situational myopia.

 

Pope John XX111: Himself.

 

Giddy Nuns: Jesslyn Fax, Madge Blake, Mary Wickes, Judith Lowry, Merie Earle.

 

 

Pope's Assistant, Father "Spike": William Lanteau.

 

:hlLOL: ! ! ! ! ! God, every single line had a laugh-out-loud moment.

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8.29 -- Fred's Miracle

 

While Lucy and Ethel are busy organizing the Papal visit to Westport, the boys are left to fend for themselves. Left to their own devices, Ethel insists that Fred start helping with the housework and puts him on laundry detail. When Fred accidently scorches Ethel's brand new virginal white dress mere hours before the mass, he hastily covers up the burn with some white shoe polish before Ethel leaves for the big event. During the outdoor event, however, where Lucy and Ethel are standing on the dais beside the pontiff, there is a sudden downpour of rain which washes away the shoe polish revealing a scorched image of Jesus across Ethel's backside. ("Girl, you should see how you look from behind in your knit suit!") When the Pope wants to whisk Ethel back to the Vatican to see if she is the chosen one, Fred goes overboard trying to claim his proper credit for the "miracle."

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8.29 -- Fred's Miracle

 

While Lucy and Ethel are busy organizing the Papal visit to Westport, the boys are left to fend for themselves. Left to their own devices, Ethel insists that Fred start helping with the housework and puts him on laundry detail. When Fred accidently scorches Ethel's brand new virginal white dress mere hours before the mass, he hastily covers up the burn with some white shoe polish before Ethel leaves for the big event. During the outdoor event, however, where Lucy and Ethel are standing on the dais beside the pontiff, there is a sudden downpour of rain which washes away the shoe polish revealing a scorched image of Jesus across Ethel's backside. ("Girl, you should see how you look from behind in your knit suit!") When the Pope wants to whisk Ethel back to the Vatican to see if she is the chosen one, Fred goes overboard trying to claim his proper credit for the "miracle."

 

Now there's something I never thought I'd see: "Ethel" and "virginal" in the same sentence! lucythrill.JPG

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8.30 "Gold Frankincense and Mertz"

 

With Ethel whisked off to the Vatican, local believers start coming around, which annoys Fred until he hears about the tax-exempt status of religious business income and hits on the idea selling "Saint Honey Bunch" artifacts. He makes off with a bundle offering "Heavenly Hostess Pants" and "Lame Jacket Tarnished by the Chosen One". But when he coverts the guest house into The Little Chapel of Big Ethel and starts holding regular services (with liberal passing-around of the collection plate), the Ricardos have had enough!

 

8.29 -- Fred's Miracle

 

While Lucy and Ethel are busy organizing the Papal visit to Westport, the boys are left to fend for themselves. Left to their own devices, Ethel insists that Fred start helping with the housework and puts him on laundry detail. When Fred accidently scorches Ethel's brand new virginal white dress mere hours before the mass, he hastily covers up the burn with some white shoe polish before Ethel leaves for the big event. During the outdoor event, however, where Lucy and Ethel are standing on the dais beside the pontiff, there is a sudden downpour of rain which washes away the shoe polish revealing a scorched image of Jesus across Ethel's backside. ("Girl, you should see how you look from behind in your knit suit!") When the Pope wants to whisk Ethel back to the Vatican to see if she is the chosen one, Fred goes overboard trying to claim his proper credit for the "miracle."

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8.30 "Gold Frankincense and Mertz"

 

With Ethel whisked off to the Vatican, local believers start coming around, which annoys Fred until he hears about the tax-exempt status of religious business income and hits on the idea selling "Saint Honey Bunch" artifacts. He makes off with a bundle offering "Heavenly Hostess Pants" and "Lame Jacket Tarnished by the Chosen One". But when he coverts the guest house into The Little Chapel of Big Ethel and starts holding regular services (with liberal passing-around of the collection plate), the Ricardos have had enough!

 

 

:marionstrong: :marionstrong:

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