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9.01 -- The Philanthropists

 

On her deathbed in Indiana, Mrs. Dorothea Wolbert names Lucy and Ethel her successors as co-president of Ladies' Overseas Aid, bypassing long-time designated successor Mrs. Wilfred March (Doris Packer), a leader in Indiana society. Mrs. Wolbert reasons that since Lucy and Ethel raised the most money for the organization at any one time, they can really make the charity hit the heights. Incensed at being passed over, Mrs. March heads to Westport to do some digging and figure out just how Lucy and Ethel raised that money! Meanwhile, Lucy and Ethel try to figure out how to get out of taking over Ladies' Overseas Aid.

 

9.02 -- The Westport Winery

 

After the Munsons own arbours start producing bumper crops of grapes, Harry and Grace decide to open up the Westport Winery with some investment money up front from Ricky, Ralph, and yes, even Fred. Wanting to have something unique that would put their wine on the map and also introduce tourism, unbeknownst to Lucy, Grace decides to hire a stocky Italian woman from Turo to come and oversee the stomping. Things get out of hand when the woman spots Lucy in the little gift shop buying some wax tulips and demands satisfaction from the aborted fight in the wine vat.

 

9.03 -- The Wine Tour

 

Looking for new and innovative ways to keep the people flocking to the Westport Winery, Lucy, Ethel, Betty, and Grace take a girls' weekend touring the vineyards of the Niagara Region, but nobody tells the girls one's supposed to spit out the booze during the wine tasting and the girls are left stumbling drunk through the vines. Sobering up afterwards at the Hotel Jamestown on their way home, the girls gradually realise that during their carousing they inadvertently sold their stakes in the Westport Winery to a very wealthy but familiar fellow looking for a sure investment...but they can't remember who.

 

9.04 -- The House Guest

 

The girls hastily fly back to Westport to explain to the boys before the new owner gets there, although they still can't remember who it is. On arrival, it all comes back to the girls when they see Cary Grant on the cover of a movie magazine at the airport and they realise they have sold it to the movie star. What they don't know is Cary has already arrived and hit it off with the boys and they've come to an agreement on how to work together, so they spend the afternoon trying to convince them what a dud investment the winery actually is. Everyone is happy in the end as Lucy gets Cary to sign the extraordinary old tin can he once ran over with his left rear wheel.

 

Guest Star: Cary Grant

 

9.05 -- The Vigil

 

Cary decides to use the Ricardo House in Westport as his base for the next couple of days as he has some other business to attend to in the city. At night however, Lucy, Ethel, and Betty all gather at the house and tiptoe into the guest bedroom to watch him sleep. When Betty inadvertently slips to Diana about what they're doing at night, all of a sudden every woman in Westport wants to get in on the act. Cary gets the shock of his life when he gets up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, flicks on a light, and finds 15 townswomen huddled in a corner of his bedroom and two outside the window.

 

Guest Stars: Cary Grant, Barbara Eden

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These are so nuanced-layered that I have to read them a few times, but I love the reappearance of Mrs. Wolbert (although I think the episode should have been called "Indiana Dorothea Hangs On"), and her successor being Doris Packer is inspired casting. (Who ELSE?!)

And this--"Cary gets the shock of his life when he gets up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, flicks on a light, and finds 15 townswomen huddled in a corner of his bedroom and two outside the window".-- is an LOL sight gag!

 

 

 

9.01 -- The Philanthropists

 

On her deathbed in Indiana, Mrs. Dorothea Wolbert names Lucy and Ethel her successors as co-president of Ladies' Overseas Aid, bypassing long-time designated successor Mrs. Wilfred March (Doris Packer), a leader in Indiana society. Mrs. Wolbert reasons that since Lucy and Ethel raised the most money for the organization at any one time, they can really make the charity hit the heights. Incensed at being passed over, Mrs. March heads to Westport to do some digging and figure out just how Lucy and Ethel raised that money! Meanwhile, Lucy and Ethel try to figure out how to get out of taking over Ladies' Overseas Aid.

 

9.02 -- The Westport Winery

 

After the Munsons own arbours start producing bumper crops of grapes, Harry and Grace decide to open up the Westport Winery with some investment money up front from Ricky, Ralph, and yes, even Fred. Wanting to have something unique that would put their wine on the map and also introduce tourism, unbeknownst to Lucy, Grace decides to hire a stocky Italian woman from Turo to come and oversee the stomping. Things get out of hand when the woman spots Lucy in the little gift shop buying some wax tulips and demands satisfaction from the aborted fight in the wine vat.

 

9.03 -- The Wine Tour

 

Looking for new and innovative ways to keep the people flocking to the Westport Winery, Lucy, Ethel, Betty, and Grace take a girls' weekend touring the vineyards of the Niagara Region, but nobody tells the girls one's supposed to spit out the booze during the wine tasting and the girls are left stumbling drunk through the vines. Sobering up afterwards at the Hotel Jamestown on their way home, the girls gradually realise that during their carousing they inadvertently sold their stakes in the Westport Winery to a very wealthy but familiar fellow looking for a sure investment...but they can't remember who.

 

9.04 -- The House Guest

 

The girls hastily fly back to Westport to explain to the boys before the new owner gets there, although they still can't remember who it is. On arrival, it all comes back to the girls when they see Cary Grant on the cover of a movie magazine at the airport and they realise they have sold it to the movie star. What they don't know is Cary has already arrived and hit it off with the boys and they've come to an agreement on how to work together, so they spend the afternoon trying to convince them what a dud investment the winery actually is. Everyone is happy in the end as Lucy gets Cary to sign the extraordinary old tin can he once ran over with his left rear wheel.

 

Guest Star: Cary Grant

 

9.05 -- The Vigil

 

Cary decides to use the Ricardo House in Westport as his base for the next couple of days as he has some other business to attend to in the city. At night however, Lucy, Ethel, and Betty all gather at the house and tiptoe into the guest bedroom to watch him sleep. When Betty inadvertently slips to Diana about what they're doing at night, all of a sudden every woman in Westport wants to get in on the act. Cary gets the shock of his life when he gets up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, flicks on a light, and finds 15 townswomen huddled in a corner of his bedroom and two outside the window.

 

Guest Stars: Cary Grant, Barbara Eden

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9.06 - Lucy's Italian Sequel

 

Vittorio Fillipi, while scouting in America for new talent, hears about the winery and is thoroughly impressed. He is delighted to find Mrs. Ricardo and give her a second chance: he casts her in his new movie which he decides to shoot on location in the Westport vinyard: Grappolo Pungente Due (with the proviso that she do NO grape stomping). Ethel is incensed that he overlooks her to reprise her role of the "typical American tourist", and tries to convince him to work her into the script: that she returned home and opened a winery out of her respect for Italy. He politely declines. But Ethel is determined to get into the film, and conspires with Teresa to stage a rematch with Lucy and get her to soak up a little more local colour.

 

9.07 - Mertz, Kurtz and Hertz

 

Barney Kurtz comes to Westport with great news for Fred: he's found an old fan of theirs who's now a successful producer and who wants to revive Mertz and Kurtz Off-Broadway. There's only one condition: this fellow's name is Ned Hertz and HE wants to get in on the act as well! It soon becomes clear after a few rehearsals that Ned may be a producer, but he's no entertainer. It's now up to Lucy, Ethel and Ricky, posing as rival producers, to make Ned change his mind and save Fred & Barney's act.

 

9.08 - Shrinking Violet's Comeback

 

Seeing Fred and Barney back onstage makes Ethel pine for her former career. Knowing that there's no room for her in the new act, Ethel calls up Billy Hacket with an exclusive scoop: she's returning to the Albequerque Little Theatre for a limited engagement. But she's disheartened when the theatre tells her they want "Ethel Mae Potter and Company", not just Ethel Mae. When Fred flatly refuses to leave NYC due to the success of his new show, she must settle for playing Patty to Lucy's Maxine and Betty's Laverne in an underwhelming trio act...until Fred, Ricky and Barney fly down to surprise them and save opening night.

 

9.09 - Ricky's New Movie

 

Between the vinyard, the off-Broadway show and the Albequerque act, not to mention the continued success of Club Babalu, Ricky's getting a lot of attention. So much so that Hollywood has again taken notice of him, and Dore Schary calls Ricky personally to tell him Don Juan is being revived after years of development hell. But now that everyone has settled so nicely into new routines, can the gang get excited about another trip to Hollywood?

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Episode #9.10 "The Diet, Latin-Style"

 

Ricky assures MGM that he's the same size he was 5 years ago during the original pre-production of "Don Juan", but when they send his costumes to Westport, he has to acknowledge that he has acquired a bit of 'suburban spread'. Lucy tries valiantly to cinch his tights but gives up: "Ricky dear, you can only pack so many frijoles into a tortilla" and privately says to Ethel: "The Don is wan!". With 24 hours to get Ricky into shape before Orry-Kelly comes over for a costume fitting, Lucy subjects him to a rigorous exercise regimen and spartan diet in between sessions in the steam cabinet. Meanwhile she uses her sewing kit to let out the seams. But with the thread being so old and Lucy's sewing skills sub-par, will the costume stay together for the inspection?

Lucy's back up plan: suggesting a remake of "Carousel" with the inclusion of the number "Ricky's Bustin' Out All Over"!

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Episode #9.10 "The Diet, Latin-Style"

 

Ricky assures MGM that he's the same size he was 5 years ago during the original pre-production of "Don Juan", but when they send his costumes to Westport, he has to acknowledge that he has acquired a bit of 'suburban spread'. Lucy tries valiantly to cinch his tights but gives up: "Ricky dear, you can only pack so many frijoles into a tortilla" and privately says to Ethel: "The Don is wan!". With 24 hours to get Ricky into shape before Orry-Kelly comes over for a costume fitting, Lucy subjects him to a rigorous exercise regimen and spartan diet in between sessions in the steam cabinet. Meanwhile she uses her sewing kit to let out the seams. But with the thread being so old and Lucy's sewing skills sub-par, will the costume stay together for the inspection?

Lucy's back up plan: suggesting a remake of "Carousel" with the inclusion of the number "Ricky's Bustin' Out All Over"!

 

 

:lucyhaha: !!

Great!

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9.07 - Mertz, Kurtz and Hertz

 

Barney Kurtz comes to Westport with great news for Fred: he's found an old fan of theirs who's now a successful producer and who wants to revive Mertz and Kurtz Off-Broadway. There's only one condition: this fellow's name is Ned Hertz and HE wants to get in on the act as well! It soon becomes clear after a few rehearsals that Ned may be a producer, but he's no entertainer. It's now up to Lucy, Ethel and Ricky, posing as rival producers, to make Ned change his mind and save Fred & Barney's act.

 

 

 

Love these, but who would you cast as Hertz? :)

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9.11 - Lucy Goes to Minnesota

 

Ethel's got gallstones again and must head back to Mayo Brothers. Ricky is preparing for his movie and Fred's still performing with Barney, so Lucy accompanies her. On the flight over Lucy experiences terrible pains and discovers she has kidney stones. She and Ethel soon get into a fight over which condition is more painful, and aren't speaking to each other when both are admitted into the clinic. Once the stones have passed, however, so have the hard feelings.

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Season 9 Ep. 12.

While helping Lucy look through some early momentos from The Ricardo's wedding anniversary party 3 years ago, Ethel discovers

she and Fred have only had 1 Anniversary party over the nearly 30 years they've been married.

After Ethel shrugs off the idea- Lucy insists on throwing The Mertz an anniversary party, but when Ethel and Fred have a fight two days before the party-over the guest list, Fred moves out into The Ricardo's den and refuses to participate.

Seeing that most of the guests are show people-Lucy,Ricky and The Ramsey's must try to keep the guests entertained with anniversary themed skits and games while they try to coax the brooding honorees to show up o the party-(Ethel is in the town house and Fred's still in the den)-They finally get a relunctant Fred and Ethel to the party by telling them all their old friends wants to see them do the number they were known for in their Vaudeville days "Hanabalookalaufadaufle"- at the beginning, and during the song, they fight, and tussle along the way but Finally make up by the end of it, and are finally able to enjoy their gifts and party.

(heart closes)

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S9 Ep.13 or LDCH

 

Lucy has cooked the meals, done the dishes, made the beds, dusted the house and it's only 10:45 a.m. and she's bored, she tells Ricky and he suggests a few things, but nothing really helps

Not knowing what to do, and having a late morning that day, Ricky asks Ethel what he can do to make things better for Lucy during the day.

 

She tells him that Lucy usually occupied her time with the club activities, but doesn't get a chance to go into the Wed. Afternoon Fine Arts League meetings because the time to commute wouldn't bring her home in enough time to welcome and be with little Ricky when he gets home from school.

 

Seeing that some new members come from the country, they've been thinking about adding a Connecticut chapter,before Ethel suggests the Ricardo home as a meeting place- Ricky isn't too happy about the idea and shrugs it off.

 

Later,that day Lucy sees Betty before she goes into the city with Ralph and tells her of her lil boredom- Betty tells Lucy she's had it wrong all of these years helping Ricky on the stage- she should be helping behind it-meaning- in the office, at the club -running errands answering phones and doing paper work as she does with Ralph at times.

 

When Lucy goes down to the club to try things out, and after convincing Ricky that it might be a good idea, she tries things out for the day, and You guessed it, things go haywire.

After a day full of mayhem, Lucy declares the "next day to be her last day as Club Babalu's assistant...to the assistant."

 

That night, After seeing Lucy's disappointment, and seeing her fear she may grow apart and distant from her friends- Ricky calls Carolyn and gives her the okay with making Lucy the club chairwoman having the Connecticut chapter of the Wed. Afternoons Fine Arts League meetings held at their home in Westport (imagine Ricky saying that lol)

 

The next day, Instead of being her last day, Lucy is met that afternoon, at the club, by the entire Wed. Afternoon Fine Arts League with beautiful decoration, pretty table spreads, sandwiches, punch, live music from the band, and a cake that says "Welcoming Our New Chapter & Chair Woman-Lucy Ricardo"

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Wow....that sounds like a full hour show all right!

 

S9 Ep.13 or LDCH

 

Lucy has cooked the meals, done the dishes, made the beds, dusted the house and it's only 10:45 a.m. and she's bored, she tells Ricky and he suggests a few things, but nothing really helps

Not knowing what to do, and having a late morning that day, Ricky asks Ethel what he can do to make things better for Lucy during the day.

 

She tells him that Lucy usually occupied her time with the club activities, but doesn't get a chance to go into the Wed. Afternoon Fine Arts League meetings because the time to commute wouldn't bring her home in enough time to welcome and be with little Ricky when he gets home from school.

 

Seeing that some new members come from the country, they've been thinking about adding a Connecticut chapter,before Ethel suggests the Ricardo home as a meeting place- Ricky isn't too happy about the idea and shrugs it off.

 

Later,that day Lucy sees Betty before she goes into the city with Ralph and tells her of her lil boredom- Betty tells Lucy she's had it wrong all of these years helping Ricky on the stage- she should be helping behind it-meaning- in the office, at the club -running errands answering phones and doing paper work as she does with Ralph at times.

 

When Lucy goes down to the club to try things out, and after convincing Ricky that it might be a good idea, she tries things out for the day, and You guessed it, things go haywire.

After a day full of mayhem, Lucy declares the "next day to be her last day as Club Babalu's assistant...to the assistant."

 

That night, After seeing Lucy's disappointment, and seeing her fear she may grow apart and distant from her friends- Ricky calls Carolyn and gives her the okay with making Lucy the club chairwoman having the Connecticut chapter of the Wed. Afternoons Fine Arts League meetings held at their home in Westport (imagine Ricky saying that lol)

 

The next day, Instead of being her last day, Lucy is met that afternoon, at the club, by the entire Wed. Afternoon Fine Arts League with beautiful decoration, pretty table spreads, sandwiches, punch, live music from the band, and a cake that says "Welcoming Our New Chapter & Chair Woman-Lucy Ricardo"

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9.14 - Ricky & His All Knight Band

 

MGM is moving forward with Don Juan, and begins planning a promotional tour. They arrange for a bus to transport Ricky and his band to California free of charge...if they make scheduled stops across the country to play at various venues all dressed in the period attire of the film. Ricky agrees. Lucy, concerned that this trip won't include her and the Mertzes, goes to the costume shop to rent suits of armour and show Ricky they can play in the band. Unfortunately, it's a little hard to play saxophone, piano and violin while wearing full body armour and Ricky is not amused. He's even less amused when Lucy's armour rusts shut and she can't get out of it.

 

9.15 - Lucy & The Tuba Trifle

 

Fred and Barney have closed off Broadway and Ricky's made arrangements for the Ramseys to run the vinyard. The Ricardos and Mertzes board the bus with Ricky's band and they're off to California again. They arrive in Philadelphia and begin preparing for the first concert the next night, when the tuba player is dismayed to find a dozen hat boxes packed where his tuba was supposed to be, thanks to the girls. Now Lucy & Ethel must hitchhike back to Westport to get the tuba they took out and make it back in time for the concert.

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9.16 Lucy and Ethel Thumb A Ride

 

Ethel and Lucy are in a jam and have to hitchhike their way to Westport and back to Philadelphia. Acting as bus attendants, they get a ride to Westport and put the rest of their monies together for a cab to the house. they do-Once they've gotten the tuba, they're on their way back, but haven't found a ride yet , due to Lucy's constant mistaken judgment in drivers- Ethel insists she can't go any longer without calling the fellas for assistance- in order to save the show and their lives, Lucy promises to take the next ride that comes along despite her better judgment. With hesitation Lucy, Ethel and the tuba's first ride becomes unbearable in a truck with a guy Lucy thinks is a masher. Lucy asks the truck driver to take them to the nearest city where they'll be fine. From there, every ride given only becomes a ten to fifteen 15-20 minute journey with Lucy insisting that it'd be better to find a different ride- As time goes on, city by city the girls incidentally car hop back to Philadelphia, getting rides from A doctor, who Lucy believes is mad scientist, a young boy who just got his license, who Lucy can't trust behind the wheel (Lucy becomes the MAJOR back-seat-driver lol) And finally, an old woman who enjoys country drives with her cats...all 17 of them. Finally reaching Westport, the girls make it in enough time to bring the boys the tuba without the boys knowing nothing.

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9.17 -- Fred's Home Town (alt. Hertz & Mertz)

 

When the gang passes through Indiana, they pay a call on Fred's weasel-like mother who has pulled out all the stops, including a reunion with all the guys from Fred's WW1 outfit, and a comeback performance at the local movie palace. While Ethel is momentarily thrilled that she will be able to show off her talent for Fred's friends and family, Mother Mertz immediately brings her down to earth, telling her to step aside for Fred's orginal Vaudeville partner, Sophie Hertz, who has been rehearsing all week.

 

Guest stars: Sophie Tucker (Sophie Hertz), Estelle Winwood (Mother Mertz)

 

9.18 -- Another Week in Oklahoma

 

When the bus stops for the night in Oklaholma, Lucy is faced with a curious reaction when she and the Mertzes check into their hotel. Soon, it becomes all too clear just what young Lucy McGillicuddy was DOING during those early, mysterious two weeks in Tulsa.

 

Guest Star: Alfred Drake

 

9.19 -- Texas Tryouts

 

On an MGM-sponsored whistle-stop appearance in Abilene, Texas, Ricky is asked to judge a talent competition at a local county fair. Ricky is faced with an appalling prospect. The clear winner is a young, redheaded comedienne by the name of Mildred Frances Cook ("Who cares?"), but also a down-on-his-luck Tennessee export in a creative rut, trying to start a new life for himself on the run after aiding in the jailbreak of four cousins of his'n.

 

Guest Stars: Tennessee Ernie Ford, Carole Cook (Themselves)

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9.17 -- Fred's Home Town (alt. Hertz & Mertz)

 

When the gang passes through Indiana, they pay a call on Fred's weasel-like mother who has pulled out all the stops, including a reunion with all the guys from Fred's WW1 outfit, and a comeback performance at the local movie palace. While Ethel is momentarily thrilled that she will be able to show off her talent for Fred's friends and family, Mother Mertz immediately brings her down to earth, telling her to step aside for Fred's orginal Vaudeville partner, Sophie Hertz, who has been rehearsing all week.

 

Guest stars: Sophie Tucker (Sophie Hertz), Estelle Winwood (Mother Mertz)

 

9.18 -- Another Week in Oklahoma

 

When the bus stops for the night in Oklaholma, Lucy is faced with a curious reaction when she and the Mertzes check into their hotel. Soon, it becomes all too clear just what young Lucy McGillicuddy was DOING during those early, mysterious two weeks in Tulsa.

 

Guest Star: Alfred Drake

 

9.19 -- Texas Tryouts

 

On an MGM-sponsored whistle-stop appearance in Abilene, Texas, Ricky is asked to judge a talent competition at a local county fair. Ricky is faced with an appalling prospect. The clear winner is a young, redheaded comedienne by the name of Mildred Frances Cook ("Who cares?"), but also a down-on-his-luck Tennessee export in a creative rut, trying to start a new life for himself on the run after aiding in the jailbreak of four cousins of his'n.

 

Guest Stars: Tennessee Ernie Ford, Carole Cook (Themselves)

9.17 - Sophie "Hertz" Tucker: inspired! :D

 

"Mysterious two weeks in Tulsa" -- dontcha really mean Manhattan?? ;)

Who else could work Ernie Ford and our own Carole Cook in the same episode! Clever! professor.JPG

 

 

 

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9.20 - Tennessee Ernie Hitches a Ride

 

Mildred Frances is the clear winner of the talent contest, but Lucy & Ricky feel an obligation to aid Ernie after he helped them out. So they allow him to board the bus and head off to Hollywood with them. They no sooner make it to the Texas border, however, when the Ricardos, Mertzes and Ernie all must hide in the luggage racks to avoid being spotted by a certain Tennessee Sherrif and his two watermelons in a patch, who are searching all departing vehicles for any signs of that no account hound dog.

 

9.21 - Viva Las Lucy

 

The bus makes a pit stop in Nevada, and Lucy and Ethel are determined to hit the slots to try and win Ernie some startup money for when they arrive in Los Angeles. It isn't long before Lucy is caught cheating at blackjack (Ethel accidentally kicked the wrong leg under the table) and they have to make a break for it, disgusing themselves as chorus girls in a drag revue across the street. Ricky, Fred, Ernie and the band are none to thrilled to join them, but everyone eventually makes it back to the bus and hauls ass, still in Vegas drag.

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9.17 -- Fred's Home Town (alt. Hertz & Mertz)

 

 

 

Guest stars: Sophie Tucker (Sophie Hertz), Estelle Winwood (Mother Mertz)

 

9.18 -- Another Week in Oklahoma

 

 

 

9.19 -- Texas Tryouts

 

 

 

Guest Stars: Tennessee Ernie Ford, Carole Cook (Themselves)

 

I love all three of these.....Especially finally getting to meet that lint collecting weasel-faced Mother Mertz and Sophie Tucker still alive, kicking, and performin' in 1960 (which is where the 19th episode into the 9th season would put us) would be PERFECT as Sophie Hertz.

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9.22 -- Eve'n Lucy Get The Blues

 

Keen this time to play up the domestic angle, instead of putting the Ricardos and Mertzes up at the Beverly Palms, MGM has leased a spacious Beverly Hills mansion for them to live in, complete with guest house, swimming pool, tennis court, and movie/television star neighbour for the girls to hang out with (new semi-regular guest-star Eve Arden as a fictional version of herself). The only problem is, Eve is down on her luck. Frances Bavier, the devious co-star of her last failed sitcom attempt, The Eve Arden Show, has had her successfully blacklisted for saying the word "underwear" on the air and now has lots of time on her hands while her husband Brooks West tours the country in theatrical productions to support the family. So, Eve is grateful for the company. When one of the girls Don Juan is supposed to be in love with drops out of the production to get married, Lucy and Ethel see a vacancy and a golden opportunity to get Eve back on the top of the Hollywood heap. Lucy magnanimously informs Dore Schary (since re-cast for obvious reasons) that she will not be able to fill the spot -- not that she was asked to -- but tells him he has the perfect girl for him. The girls immediately start putting Eve through a brutal beauty program to turn her into the next-best-thing to Joi Lansing.

 

Guest Stars: Eve Arden ("herself"), Gale Gordon (Dore Schary), Ross Elliott (Ross Elliott)

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9.22 -- Eve'n Lucy Get The Blues

 

Keen this time to play up the domestic angle, instead of putting the Ricardos and Mertzes up at the Beverly Palms, MGM has leased a spacious Beverly Hills mansion for them to live in, complete with guest house, swimming pool, tennis court, and movie/television star neighbour for the girls to hang out with (new semi-regular guest-star Eve Arden as a fictional version of herself). The only problem is, Eve is down on her luck. Frances Bavier, the devious co-star of her last failed sitcom attempt, The Eve Arden Show, has had her successfully blacklisted for saying the word "underwear" on the air and now has lots of time on her hands while her husband Brooks West tours the country in theatrical productions to support the family. So, Eve is grateful for the company. When one of the girls Don Juan is supposed to be in love with drops out of the production to get married, Lucy and Ethel see a vacancy and a golden opportunity to get Eve back on the top of the Hollywood heap. Lucy magnanimously informs Dore Schary (since re-cast for obvious reasons) that she will not be able to fill the spot -- not that she was asked to -- but tells him he has the perfect girl for him. The girls immediately start putting Eve through a brutal beauty program to turn her into the next-best-thing to Joi Lansing.

 

Guest Stars: Eve Arden ("herself"), Gale Gordon (Dore Schary), Ross Elliott (Ross Elliott)

 

I love the idea of Eve Arden appearing regularly. It's a shame she and Lucy didn't work together more often.

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9.23 -- Graces Under Fire

 

After about a month back in town, Brooks West is due to have some of his paintings featured in a special exhibition at the Getty museum. Everyone is excited for opening night and Fred even got his best suit dry cleaned. All of Hollywood is out for the occasion, including Hedda Hopper doing special spot coverage for her radio station. Everything is going just fine and Lucy and Ethel are practically dying from hobbing with every nob is worth hobbing with until it is time for the unveiling of the centrepiece unveiling. When Eve joins Brooks on the dais to lift the veil on the work, gasps up in the room -- Brooks has painted his own version of the Three Graces...bearing the likenesses of Lucy, Ethel, and Eve. The painting is critically received and the three women are instant media sensations but when the excitement dies off, Eve suspects Brooks has a thing for their two new female neighbours, Ricky is jealous because Lucy seems just a little bit too flattered by all the attention from Brooks (and Hedda), but things are worse for Fred. There was a poorly placed thumb print on the canvas that just happened to be in the exact location of Ethel's birthmark leading him to suspect that his charming child bride of 1934 may have been a live model. Naturally, Ethel plays it to the hilt.

 

Guest Stars: Brooks West, Hedda Hopper (themselves), Hazel Pierce (gasping society matron)

 

9.24 -- The Girls Hire a Maid

 

MGM seems to have thought of everything with their new digs for the Ricardos and Mertzes. Everything that is except for domestic help. By their fourth week in Hollywood, Lucy and Ethel have lost about 15 pounds between them doing the dustin' and swippin' every day. Although happy with their new svelte figures, the exhaustion is just too much so they make another pitch to the boys to hire a maid. That, of course, goes over like a lead balloon, so that's the end of that. Or is it? Turns out Eve is just as fed up too. Ever since Frances Bavier sabotaged her career, things haven't been going so great and she had to let their couple go. The girls discuss their problem with Eve over morning coffee and they decide between the they have enough money to share a maid, so quickly cobble together an ad for their afternoon paper. Having casually mentioned Our Miss Arden's name in the ad, the response to the ad is tremendous. WHile there are several more qualified applicants, Lucy, Ethel, and Eve decide to hire a prim woman named Katy fresh off a stint working for Louella Parsons...they figure she's got all the dirt.

 

Guest Star: Ruth Perrot (Katy)

 

9.25 -- Katy, the Moonlighter

 

When the girls notice their houses aren't as clean and sparkling as they have been over the last couple of weeks, the three of them decide to confront Katy. She finally confesses that she's been moonlighting, doing the midnight shift at the Howard Hughes compound. Intrigued by the mysterious Hollywood power player, Lucy and Ethel ditch Eve and try to talk Katy into sneaking them into the Hughes residence. They soon come to regret this plan.

 

Guest Star: Ruth Perrot (Katy)

 

9.26 -- Fred Meets Ava Gardner

 

After a night out at Ciros, the gang comes home to settle in for the evening but just before they part ways, Fred is taken ill with an attack of kidney stones and rushed to the hospital. Things aren't any better the next day. While Ethel is at the hospital waiting for Fred to pass 'em they actually discover it is appendicitis and they have to take them out right away, so that's what they do. Meanwhile back at the house, Ricky is dismayed to discover there has been another production setback with Don Juan but is brightened learning they want to audition him for the male lead in Ava Gardner's next picture. With Ava being who she is, she has main approval of her leading men, so Dore Schary tells Ricky to expect him and Miss Gardner over for dinner that evening. Lucy and Katy get in a tizzy trying to get everything ready and then in desperation she phones Ethel at the hospital for another set of hands. Ethel is tired of listening to Fred's moaning and groaning so is all to happy to leave, but not before she opens up her big bazoo to tell Fred what they need her back at home for. With Ethel safely out of the room, Fred immediately starts to plan a daring hospital escape in order to meet his idol and dream woman and turn on some of the famous Mertz charm.

 

Guest Stars: Ava Gardner (Herself), Gale Gordon (Dore Schary), Ruth Perrot (Katy)

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9.27 Lucy and Ethel Become Chums With Beverly Hills 

Ethel and Lucy invite Marion and Carolyn over for tea, while in town. Not being satisfied with the way the house looks before the two get there, Lucy fires Katy in a huff but soon gets over it. 

While talking over their recent problems with Katy moonlighting and firing her, Marion and Carolyn find themselves uncomfortable with Lucy and Ethel who they call "snooty" and out of touch.  

After  an abrupt end to their tea, Lucy and Ethel wonder if they have let the glitz and glamour go to their head. They go on with their day, living without their extravagances and notice how much they all depend on them.  

They try to clean house and keep up on their duties, until they find it to be a bit over whelming. After a few days, they realize the changes in their behavior and give Katy another chance, as well as go back to their old lovable practical selves.

 

9.28 The Scavenger Hunt

The studio has an idea to put on a Movie Scavenger Hunt for charity, where  they list props and items to be found from a movie, making the celebrity of that movie, the last item on the list to be found by the winner, and taken back to the party to have dinner and enjoy the rest of the evening at the event. Though the weather looks bad for the weekend, the Mertzes plan on participating in on the fun, seeing that this time the studio has chosen Ricky and Lucy as the hidden celebrities for Rickys new movie, placing them in "The SantaMonica Motors Motel" one of Hollywoods oldest Motels, known for its nostalgic feel and operations. Seeing this as one of the deadest and most boring places to be at for the night, Lucy and Ricky anxiously await to be found by any guest (the sooner the better)

All is well until a small fire breaks out at the restaurant causing every one to evacuate in a hurry, just before the scavenger hunt begins, forgetting about the Ricados- eventually making them wait for hours and hours-things don't help, seeing that the bad weather has nocked out all of the phone lines at the Motel- The Mertzes have begun the search by way of their trampled -over- scavenger hunt list, and just as Ricky and Lucy decide to walk back from the Motel to the studio, in comes Ethel and Fred who find them- saving the day. lol 

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