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So, what if Lucy decided NOT to sell Desilu and didn't need to change series? Well, let's explore the possibilities with this handy little format change:

 

7.1 – Lucy & The Employee of the Year Award

 

Still basking in the glory of winning Boss of the Year, Mr. Mooney decides to return the favour of implementing an employee of the year strategy at the bank. When Lucy finds out a bank teller (Vanda Barra) is Mooney’s first choice after he finds out she’s related to a very important potential client, Lucy campaigns to have his Boss of the Year trophy revoked.

 

7.2 – Lucy & the Oscar Nominee

 

Fresh off his mentally challenged son’s Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting actor in Connie and Bryde, Mooney decides to retire from the bank to manage his son’s career. (Guest star: Michael J. Pollard)

 

7.3 – Old Home Week

 

Still feeling some satisfaction that Mooney has left the bank, Lucy goes away with Mary Jane for a celebratory weekend. When she returns, however, Vanda tells her the new bank manager has just arrived and is setting up in the office. She goes into the back to discover Danfield’s Mr. Barnsdahl unpacking his things, only to inform her that her services are no longer required as our Miss Thomas has come out west with him. (Guest stars: Charles Lane, Sandra Gould, Vanda Barra)

 

7.4 – Lucy Meets Shirley Booth

 

When Lucy’s new son Jimmy’s military school plans to do an exchange program with Sandhurst, Lucy needs a little bit of extra money. Taking pity on her, Mooney braces himself and hires Lucy as his assistant while Ted Mooney, Jr., takes on his latest challenge in the TV movie The Smugglers, also starring Shirley Booth, one of Lucy’s favourite stars. Sitting in on a table read, Lucy starts to take over, demanding the writers and directors punch up the vehicle to provide a better showcase for Booth.

(Guest stars: Shirley Booth, Michael J. Pollard, Jerry Garrett)

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7.2 – Lucy & the Oscar Nominee

 

Fresh off his mentally challenged son’s Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting actor in Connie and Bryde, Mooney decides to retire from the bank to manage his son’s career. (Guest star: Michael J. Pollard)

 

Mentally challenged, LOL. Poor Pollard :lucythrill:

 

Love the Lucy's "new son Jimmy" part too. Played by "Jerry" Garrett :marionstrong:

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7.5 - Lucy & The Commencement Address

 

With Chris's college graduation coming up, Lucy campaigns to have Mr. Mooney deliver the commencement address to the class. However, the college board of directors are so taken with Lucy's impassioned speech that they choose HER to do it instead. Lucy is so nervous the day of the ceremony that she takes one too many tranquelizers, and is so out of it when she steps onstage that Chris has no choice but to bury her head in her hands. Luckily for her, however, everyone loves Lucy's comical "approach" to things, and she receives a standing ovation. To which Chris can only respond: "Oh mom!" Special guest star Candy Moore.

 

7.6 - Lucy & The Bunsons

 

Vern, Viv and Sherman come out to visit Lucy, who shows the family all her favourite California hotspots. Vern and Sherman eventually go off exploring on their own, and Viv confesses to Lucy her secret dream: to sit in one of the O's on the Hollywood sign. They get up there fine, but Viv's fear of heights and claustrophobia get the better of her and nobody can get her and Lucy back down. Special guest stars Vivian Vance, Bob Cummings and Ralph Hart.

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All viable episodes. Season 7 would have to had gone in SOME different different direction. Season 6 was getting very tired. My favorites of the new season (so far)

7.4 with guest star Shirley Booth.

and 7.5 "Commencement Address" which would have been classic Lucy.

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7.6 - Lucy & The Bunsons

 

Vern, Viv and Sherman come out to visit Lucy, who shows the family all her favourite California hotspots. Vern and Sherman eventually go off exploring on their own, and Viv confesses to Lucy her secret dream: to sit in one of the O's on the Hollywood sign. They get up their fine, but Viv's fear of heights and claustrophobia get the better of her and nobody can get her and Lucy back down. Special guest stars Vivian Vance, Bob Cummings and Ralph Hart.

 

Love both of these, but the idea of Viv wanting to sit in an O is classic. :marionstrong:

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7.7 -- Guess Who's Coming To Lucy's.

 

In this very special episode of The Lucy Show, Lucy is shocked to get a call from Chris -- who recently left on a post-graduation cruise with her girlfriends -- to tell her she has become engaged to a fellow passenger, who also happens to be black. Lucy is happy for Chris, but worried what her friends will say. After a blow-out with Joan Brenner over Chris' engagement, Lucy's fears grow. When Mr. Mooney comes to crash at Lucy's after a blowout with Irma, Lucy goes to great lengths to keep Chris and her fiance hidden, with an assist from Mary Jane. The episode ends with Lucy finding what she thought would be an unlikely ally with Mooney.

 

(Guest stars: Mary Jane Croft, Candy Moore, Flip Wilson, Joan Blondell)

 

7.8 -- Lucy Busts A Marriage

 

It's Oscar night and Mooney, still sleeping on Lucy's couch, gets his tickets in the mail -- one for him and one for Irma. Lucy pleads with him and Ted Jr. to get an extra ticket for her to attend Hollywood's big night, but to no avail. Determined not to miss the star studded occasion, Lucy conspires to keep Mooney and Irma apart so there is one ticket left on the night of the awards.

 

(Guest Star: Bea Arthur, Mary Jane Croft)

 

7.9 -- The Carmichael Effect

 

Despite Ted Jr.'s loss on Oscar night, Mooney sees the evening as a triumph and decides to go all out and found his own talent agency. The problem? He needs some seed money, so Lucy suggests he go back to the Westland Bank to get a loan from Mr. Barnsdahl. While Mr. Barnsdahl is not opposed to the idea in principle, he questions the sanity of anyone who would actually employ Mrs. Carmichael for three years. So, Mooney has a big decision -- the loan, or Lucy. Seems like an easy choice. Or is it?

 

7.10 -- Lucy Pulls Some Strings

 

After Lucy's impassioned plea to Mr. Barnsdahl outlining all the ways she had actually helped Mooney over the years did the trick and the loan came through, it's now time to find some flashy office space for the Mooney's Unique and Terrific Talent Scouts (MUTTS). Naturally, Lucy enlists realtor Countess Framboise to use her charm and royal connections to get a good deal on an office building recently bought by Middle Eastern royalty.

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7.7 -- Guess Who's Coming To Lucy's.

 

In this very special episode of The Lucy Show, Lucy is shocked to get a call from Chris -- who recently left on a post-graduation cruise with her girlfriends -- to tell her she has become engaged to a fellow passenger, who also happens to be black. Lucy is happy for Chris, but worried what her friends will say. After a blow-out with Joan Brenner over Chris' engagement, Lucy's fears grow. When Mr. Mooney comes to crash at Lucy's after a blowout with Irma, Lucy goes to great lengths to keep Chris and her fiance hidden, with an assist from Mary Jane. The episode ends with Lucy finding what she thought would be an unlikely ally with Mooney.

 

(Guest stars: Mary Jane Croft, Candy Moore, Flip Wilson, Joan Blondell)

 

7.8 -- Lucy Busts A Marriage

 

It's Oscar night and Mooney, still sleeping on Lucy's couch, gets his tickets in the mail -- one for him and one for Irma. Lucy pleads with him and Ted Jr. to get an extra ticket for her to attend Hollywood's big night, but to no avail. Determined not to miss the star studded occasion, Lucy conspires to keep Mooney and Irma apart so there is one ticket left on the night of the awards.

 

(Guest Star: Bea Arthur, Mary Jane Croft)

 

7.9 -- The Carmichael Effect

 

Despite Ted Jr.'s loss on Oscar night, Mooney sees the evening as a triumph and decides to go all out and found his own talent agency. The problem? He needs some seed money, so Lucy suggests he go back to the Westland Bank to get a loan from Mr. Barnsdahl. While Mr. Barnsdahl is not opposed to the idea in principle, he questions the sanity of anyone who would actually employ Mrs. Carmichael for three years. So, Mooney has a big decision -- the loan, or Lucy. Seems like an easy choice. Or is it?

 

7.10 -- Lucy Pulls Some Strings

 

After Lucy's impassioned plea to Mr. Barsdahl outling all the ways she had actually helped Mooney over the years did the trick and the loan came through, it's now time to find some flashy office space for the Mooney's Unique and Terrific Talent Scouts (MUTTS). Naturally, Lucy enlists realtor Countess Framboise to use her charm and royal connections to get a good deal on an office building recently bought by Middle Eastern royalty.

 

 

These are great, guys! All so clever...and plausible! "MUTTS"! marionstrong.gif Screw Bob O'Brien and the rest.... too bad YOU guys weren't around when Lucy needed you! lucythrill.JPG

 

 

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7.11 “Lucy Saves the GlenHall—part 1”

Faced with the threat of eviction when the GlenHall management announce the apartments are going condo, Lucy and Mel Tinker (guest star: Mel Torme) rally the rest of the tenants and organize a musical protest.

 

Song Highlights:

 

That's Our Home" ("You've Come Home”) Bill King

("That's Our Home,

What the ‘hey’?

You’re not selling

Our homes, not today…”)

 

Heavenly Music” Joan Brenner, Mrs. Goldapper, Mrs. Foley, Mary Jane

 

Chocolate Chip Divas” Mary Jane, Mrs. Goldapper

 

I’m Sexy and I Know It” Mel (the inclusion stipulated in Torme's contract; along with the sub-clause: no laugh-track insertion allowed)

 

F@$k You” Joan, Lucy, Cee-Lo Green

 

GlenHall USA” Lucy

(“Hey By the way, don’t just sit there looking dour

Let’s show these corporate a-holes we’re the ones who have the power

And reclaim our residence at Seven-Eighty Gower

Glen Hall USA!”

 

There’s Cee-Lo Green

He’s lookin’ mean

He looks around this white-bread place and doesn’t dig the scene…..”)

 

and OF COURSE.....

 

I Know a Place” Entire Company

(“I Know a Place

where the rentals are fine

and they’ll let you have horse”)

 

Guest cast:

Bill King: Keith Andes

Mrs. Goldapper: Mae Questel

Joan Brenner: Joan Blondell

Mrs. Foley: Reta Shaw

Tom Foley: John Boehner (in his acting debut before becoming full time political obstructionist)

Cee-Lo Green: Himself

 

7.12 “Lucy Saves the GlenHall—part 2”

The protest turns ugly when Mrs. Foley’s boy Tom, fresh from his stint in Vietnam, hears Mary Jane sing and suffers a recurrence of PTSD rage. Armed with a full round of ammo, he takes Lucy hostage with him up to the apartment complex’s bell tower, his prime target being GlenHall silent-partner/owner Mooney, who barely dodges bullet after bullet by doing cartwheels around the block.

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Viv confesses to Lucy her secret dream: to sit in one of the O's on the Hollywood sign. They get up their fine, but Viv's fear of heights and claustrophobia get the better of her and nobody can get her and Lucy back down. Special guest stars Vivian Vance, Bob Cummings and Ralph Hart.

 

Where does BOB CUMMINGS fit in? Was he your actor of choice for Vern Bunson?

To get her down, wouldn't Lucy resort to stilts again....this time those 20 ft. tall ones used by circus clowns?

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7.11 “Lucy Saves the GlenHall—part 1”

Faced with the threat of eviction when the GlenHall management announce the apartments are going condo, Lucy and Mel Tinker (guest star: Mel Torme) rally the rest of the tenants and organize a musical protest.

 

Song Highlights:

 

That's Our Home" ("You've Come Home”) Bill King

("That's Our Home,

What the ‘hey’?

You’re not selling

Our homes, not today…”)

 

Heavenly Music” Joan Brenner, Mrs. Goldapper, Mrs. Foley, Mary Jane

 

Chocolate Chip Divas” Mary Jane, Mrs. Goldapper

 

I’m Sexy and I Know It” Mel (the inclusion stipulated in Torme's contract; along with the sub-clause: no laugh-track insertion allowed)

 

F@$k You” Joan, Lucy, Cee-Lo Green

 

GlenHall USA” Lucy

(“Hey By the way, don’t just sit there looking dour

Let’s show these corporate a-holes we’re the ones who have the power

And reclaim our residence at Seven-Eighty Gower

Glen Hall USA!”

 

There’s Cee-Lo Green

He’s lookin’ mean

He looks around this white-bread place and doesn’t dig the scene…..”)

 

and OF COURSE.....

 

I Know a Place” Entire Company

(“I Know a Place

where the rentals are fine

and they’ll let you have horse”)

 

Guest cast:

Bill King: Keith Andes

Mrs. Goldapper: Mae Questel

Joan Brenner: Joan Blondell

Mrs. Foley: Reta Shaw

Tom Foley: John Boehner (in his acting debut before becoming full time political obstructionist)

Cee-Lo Green: Himself

 

7.12 “Lucy Saves the GlenHall—part 2”

The protest turns ugly when Mrs. Foley’s boy Tom, fresh from his stint in Vietnam, hears Mary Jane sing and suffers a recurrence of PTSD rage. Armed with a full round of ammo, he takes Lucy hostage with him up to the apartment complex’s bell tower, his prime target being GlenHall silent-partner/owner Mooney, who barely dodges bullet after bullet by doing cartwheels around the block.

 

 

These are both BEYOND hilarious. There are so many LOL moments here from Mel and his laughtrack ban to Lucy and Joan singing F@$K You!, to Mooney's strategic cartwheels. BRILLIANT! :marionstrong: :marionstrong: :marionstrong:

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Where does BOB CUMMINGS fit in? Was he your actor of choice for Vern Bunson?

To get her down, wouldn't Lucy resort to stilts again....this time those 20 ft. tall ones used by circus clowns?

 

I think we cast Bob Cummings as Vern in our season four rewrite.

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7.10 -- Lucy Pulls Some Strings

 

After Lucy's impassioned plea to Mr. Barsdahl outling all the ways she had actually helped Mooney over the years did the trick and the loan came through, it's now time to find some flashy office space for the Mooney's Unique and Terrific Talent Scouts (MUTTS).

 

MUTTS: :hlLOL:

 

I hope this episode has plenty of Lucy-Mooney flashbacks. Perhaps they should ask CBS to extend the show to 45 minutes,cutting that evening's "Doris Day Show" to 15 minutes (who would notice?)which will get it its best rating of the season.

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BTW Neil, love your stuff, but...

 

Bill King was Keith Andes' Danfield character. In "Lucy & Joan" he played Brad Collins :)

 

I'd forgotten the character names were different. If Joan Brenner hooked up with Brad, she be......!

 

7.13

 

“Lucy Gets a Little Christmas”

 

Out in the California branch of the bank, another Our Miss Thomas-boo-boo is discovered . Not only did she forget to close Lucy’s 1962 Christmas Club account in Danfield, she credited the returned $2000.00 back to the account and entered the decimal point into the machine in the wrong place once again, giving Lucy $200,000 plus 6 years interest. Barnsdahl is apoplectic when he discovers that the statute of limitations on bank ledger adjustments in California is 5 years. Lucy catches up with Our Miss Thomas at the Home for the Hissing to deliver a VERY satisfying “Merry Christmas” greeting.

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7.14 - Lucy & The Employment Agency

 

Lucy and Mr. Mooney run afoul of some mafia members and must enter the witness protection program. They are given the identity of in-laws, the Carters, and open up "Carter's Unique Employment Agency" on the other side of town. Lucy's even given two kids, Kim & Craig, who are paid to act as her children to keep up the charade. For six years, Lucy acts that she is Mrs. Carter and Mooney acts as Harry Carter, with nary a mention of her former life. Even Viv Bunson is given a new last name, Jones, due to her close association with Mrs. Carmichael, er, Carter, but Mary Jane isn't seen as a threat so they let her keep her last name. The mafia catches up with her six years later, however, and beans Lucy in the head with a baseball. She falls to the floor, bleary eyed...and Lucy Carmichael wakes up to find it was all a dream. She calls Mr. Mooney to tell him about it, and advises him not to let anyone put starch in his shorts.

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7.14 - Lucy & The Employment Agency

 

Lucy and Mr. Mooney run afoul of some mafia members and must enter the witness protection program. They are given the identity of in-laws, the Carters, and open up "Carter's Unique Employment Agency" on the other side of town. Lucy's even given two kids, Kim & Craig, who are paid to act as her children to keep up the charade. For six years, Lucy acts that she is Mrs. Carter and Mooney acts as Harry Carter, with nary a mention of her former life. Even Viv Bunson is given a new last name, Jones, due to her close association with Mrs. Carmichael, er, Carter, but Mary Jane isn't seen as a threat so they let her keep her last name. The mafia catches up with her six years later, however, and beans Lucy in the head with a baseball. She falls to the floor, bleary eyed...and Lucy Carmichael wakes up to find it was all a dream. She calls Mr. Mooney to tell him about it, and advises him not to let anyone put starch in his shorts.

 

 

:hlLOL: :hlLOL: :hlLOL: :hlLOL:

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7.14 - Lucy & The Employment Agency

 

Lucy and Mr. Mooney run afoul of some mafia members and must enter the witness protection program. They are given the identity of in-laws, the Carters, and open up "Carter's Unique Employment Agency" on the other side of town. Lucy's even given two kids, Kim & Craig, who are paid to act as her children to keep up the charade. For six years, Lucy acts that she is Mrs. Carter and Mooney acts as Harry Carter, with nary a mention of her former life. Even Viv Bunson is given a new last name, Jones, due to her close association with Mrs. Carmichael, er, Carter, but Mary Jane isn't seen as a threat so they let her keep her last name. The mafia catches up with her six years later, however, and beans Lucy in the head with a baseball. She falls to the floor, bleary eyed...and Lucy Carmichael wakes up to find it was all a dream. She calls Mr. Mooney to tell him about it, and advises him not to let anyone put starch in his shorts.

 

This one is classic!

:lucy2::gale1::maryjane2::viv2::hlLOL:

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7.14 - Lucy & The Employment Agency

 

Lucy and Mr. Mooney run afoul of some mafia members and must enter the witness protection program. They are given the identity of in-laws, the Carters, and open up "Carter's Unique Employment Agency" on the other side of town. Lucy's even given two kids, Kim & Craig, who are paid to act as her children to keep up the charade. For six years, Lucy acts that she is Mrs. Carter and Mooney acts as Harry Carter, with nary a mention of her former life. Even Viv Bunson is given a new last name, Jones, due to her close association with Mrs. Carmichael, er, Carter, but Mary Jane isn't seen as a threat so they let her keep her last name. The mafia catches up with her six years later, however, and beans Lucy in the head with a baseball. She falls to the floor, bleary eyed...and Lucy Carmichael wakes up to find it was all a dream. She calls Mr. Mooney to tell him about it, and advises him not to let anyone put starch in his shorts.

 

Perhaps Mary Jane is a MOLE FOR THE MOB????

Do you get the feeling the three of us are just amusing each other? :lucythrill:

Even when I don't comment, they all give me a chuckle...and am just amazed how clever (and knowledgeable) you two are.

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7.15 “Ironman Carmichael vs. Ballistic Booth” (Lucy Meets Shirley Booth—part 2)

 

Lucy puts Shirley Booth’s normally cheery demeanor to the test when she starts giving her line readings on the set and demands she use her ‘trick voice’ right from the beginning. Booth’s limit is reached when after a take, Lucy gives her unsolicited opinion by pulling an imaginary toilet chain flusher. Shirley lets loose with a string of expletives, shocking the director so much that he closes the set for the day and banishes Lucy from the lot. Desperate in her desire to apologize to Booth (and knowing they need to hire a stunt double for Shirley’s upcoming fight scene with Jody Gilbert), Lucy dons her Mrs. Winkler padding and shows up at casting as Ironman Carmichael.

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7.15 “Ironman Carmichael vs. Ballistic Booth” (Lucy Meets Shirley Booth—part 2)

 

Lucy puts Shirley Booth’s normally cheery demeanor to the test when she starts giving her line readings on the set and demands she use her ‘trick voice’ right from the beginning. Booth’s limit is reached when after a take, Lucy gives her unsolicited opinion by pulling an imaginary toilet chain flusher. Shirley lets loose with a string of expletives, shocking the director so much that he closes the set for the day and banishes Lucy from the lot. Desperate in her desire to apologize to Booth (and knowing they need to hire a stunt double for Shirley’s upcoming fight scene with Jody Gilbert), Lucy dons her Mrs. Winkler padding and shows up at casting as Ironman Carmichael.

 

 

:hlLOL: :hlLOL: :hlLOL::lucythrill: :lucythrill: :lucythrill::marionstrong: :marionstrong: :marionstrong: :marionstrong:

 

 

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!! The thought of Booth letting loose with a string of expletives is very tickling to me.

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7.16 - MUTTS You Be Going?

 

Despite a promising start, MUTTS has hit a standstill and needs money...fast. Barnsdahl has loan money to collect and Mooney better well pay it. Lucy & Mary Jane go undercover at the bank as scrubwomen again, and with a little help from their old pal Sheldon Leonard, they convince Miss Thomas that she's being blackmailed and get her to flip the bill.

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7.17 -- The Stalk Market

 

To try to revive MUTTS from its rut, Mooney hires the crack advertising team at McMahon and Tate to develop a campaign to convince potential talent that MUTTS is the grooviest, most happening place to get your name out. Over drinks at Mr. and Mrs. Stevens' house, Lucy and Mooney spot somebody resembling Miss Thomas staring at them through the living room window with her mouth open and Lucy suspects Barnsdahl is having her follow them to keep an eye on his investment. She begins to have her doubts, however, when Miss Thomas is observed running across the road and screaming to some guy named Abner that Mrs. Stevens has changed her houseguests' hair an unnatural colour.

 

(Guest stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Sandra Gould, David White, Casey Rogers)

 

7.18 -- How Serena Got Her Groove Back

 

With Larry and Derwood's campaign a runaway hit, Mrs. Stevens' cousin Serena decides that MUTTS is the only agency to revive her stalling music career. Promising Mooney big bucks to get her back on track, Serena insists that MUTTS provide her with an exclusive, hip agent tailored specifically to her interests. Enter Mad, Mad Margo.

 

(Guest Star: Pandora Spocks)

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You guys are so funny! Thanks for all the giggles. I especially love the one with Viv returning (& wanting to sit in one of the Hollywood sign Os, heehee!). I'm sure she would have been glad to have been married to Bob Cummings this time around instead of (insert your own adjective here:________) Bill Frawley.

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7.18 -- How Serena Got Her Groove Back

 

With Larry and Derwood's campaign a runaway hit, Mrs. Stevens' cousin Serena decides that MUTTS is the only agency to revive her stalling music career. Promising Mooney big bucks to get her back on track, Serena insists that MUTTS provide her with an exclusive, hip agent tailored specifically to her interests. Enter Mad, Mad Margo.

 

(Guest Star: Pandora Spocks)

 

Love the cross over potential; MUCH more to explore there.

The return of Mad, Mad Margo is inspired. I think of all the impersonation/characters Lucy did over the years, Margo is certainly in the top 5: others: Lucille McGillicuddy from "Ricky Gets a Raise", Lucille McGillicuddy AND Isabella Klump from "Salad Dressing"; Gun Moll from "Wants to Live in the Country".

 

Was Serena billed as Pandora SPOCKS? I always thought it was SPARKS.

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