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Continuing on our theme... how about Lucy episodes based on books?

 

 

What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw -- While in California, Mrs. McGillicuddy tries to track down one of her movie stars, Ramon Novarro. After buying a map of the movie stars' homes, Mrs. McGillicuddy tracks down the Novarro residents, only to see two young gigolos fleeing the house on foot. Two months later, Mrs. McGillicuddy casually mentions what she saw during a bridge game and when questioned by police on why she didn't come forward? You guessed it. "You didn't ASK me!" (Based on the novel "What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw" by Agatha Christie)

 

The Grapes' Wrath -- With the purple colour from the grapes showing no signs of wearing off, Lucy is spotted by a vacationing talent scout in Rome and she inspires him to create the character of Grimace for a new line of McDonalds commercials. Guest stars -- Phil Ober (Ray Kroc), Ronnie Howard (Kroc's son Ronnie, who later inspires Ronald McDonald)

 

The Michael Caine Mutiny -- Harry lands a coup in getting a great product placement deal for the employment agency in Michael Caine's new movie "Get Carter", but when Harry gives Lucy a bonus to sneak on set in the middle of the night to hang his portrait in a prominent location -- only to have it fall on the star's head during a climactic scene -- Mr. Caine sues Harry for every dime he's worth.

 

 

To Kill A Mooney-Bird -- Against all reason, Irma Mooney forces Theodore to let Lucy babysit Greenback while they have a Thanksgiving away in Pismo Beach. He owes it to her after his antics in Atlantic City, says Irma. When Lucy pops out to pick her new son Jimmy up from Military School for the holiday weekend, she comes home to find that Mary Jane's Aunt Gussie has taken custody of Greenback in case Mary Jane's turkey isn't enough to go around. (Guest Star: Keith Thibodeaux as Jimmy. Miss Ball just picked a TV son at random, and it was Keith.)

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Some more variations on Agatha Christie:

 

The Man In The Twid Soot -- After the Ricardos finally give Fred the tweed suit for his birthday, a mysterious stranger in tweed starts pulling jobs in the neighbourhood, leading Lucy, again, to fear the worst. (Guest Star: Gale Gordon as Mister X.) (The Man in the Brown Suit)

 

The Murder of Roger Buell -- (Season Finale) Roger is engrossed in working out the script for his latest television murder mystery, but when he hits a snag he asks Kaye to help him re-create the murder scene to work out the technicalities. Kaye gets a little overzealous and Roger winds up dead in the process. Panicking, Kaye buries Roger's body with the remains of her waterlogged piano and hits the Sunset Strip to find an adequate replacement, hoping the Hubbards (and Jerry) don't notice the difference. (Guest Star: Richard Deacon as himself) (The Murder of Roger Ackroyd)

 

Sad Cypress -- Looking back on her brief stint as Margo from Margo's Mad Mad Mod interiors, Lucy and Mary Jane open up a boutique specializing in distressed wood. (Guest Stars: Barbara Morrison as boutique patron #1, THE MOVIE STAR!!! as Audrey Fields)

 

The Mirror Crack'd From Top To Bottom -- In Milt Josefsberg's final episode in the Lucy family, Lucy's cousin Hilda moves out to California takes a place at a new swinging singles complex. After volunteering to help Hilda decorate her new apartment, Lucy takes her to the Morton Mirror Company to buy a few accent pieces, and after Hilda looked into one mirror, they all explode and fall off the walls for no apparent reason. (Guest Star: Jodie Gilbert as Hilda)

 

The Secret of Chimneys -- Lucy is awakened by a mysterious thud in her living room and finds a disoriented old woman with doorknobs in her living room in this Bewitched cross-over. (Guest Star: Marion Lorne)

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A Water Cooler Runs Through It -- Tired of having to go home and dry out whenever he gets the inevitable water cooler in the crotch, Harry invests in some plastic pants and becomes L.A.'s latest trend setter. (A River Runs Through It)

 

Midnight in the Garden of Tiny Tim -- Lucy volunteers her services as a stenographer to Tiny Tim, but soon sets out on getting him and Miss Vicky back together. During her time with the musician, she discovers that the version of the song Tim sings is actually a secret spy code "Tiptow Through The Two Lips" and that Tiny Tim is ACTUALLY Deep Throat. (Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil)

 

The Bun Also Rises -- Lucy Ricardo decides to get the full beauty treatment while in Italy. Relying on Ethel's Italian to get through the Country, Ethel accidently orders Lucy an unfortunate face lift. (The Sun Also Rises)

 

The Old Man and the Sea -- (Season Finale) In order to recoup her losses, Lucy Carmichael sells her "tiny yacht" to Mr. Barnsdahl without giving him the full list of problems. Keen on taking his family on a pleasure cruise around Cape Cod, he gets out the nut cups, sets sail, and is never seen again.

 

The Hound of Danfield -- Grandma Sutton, perhaps in the early stages of dementia, believes Nelson Mooney is a hellhound after seeing him chase her beloved cat and her beloved 22-year-old catfood salesman up a tree. (Guest Stars: Robert Young as veterinarian Dr. Watson Holmes, Margaret Rutherford as Grandma Sutton, and Richard Crenna as the catfood salesman) (The Hound of the Baskervilles)

 

Our Mutual Friend -- On a vacation to New York to visit her friend Cathy Williams, Lucy Carter hits Studio 54 with Cathy and Lucy Ricardo.

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My favorites!!:

 

 

A Water Cooler Runs Through It -- Tired of having to go home and dry out whenever he gets the inevitable water cooler in the crotch, Harry invests in some plastic pants and becomes L.A.'s latest trend setter. (A River Runs Through It)

 

 

The Murder of Roger Buell -- (Season Finale) Roger is engrossed in working out the script for his latest television murder mystery, but when he hits a snag he asks Kaye to help him re-create the murder scene to work out the technicalities. Kaye gets a little overzealous and Roger winds up dead in the process. Panicking, Kaye buries Roger's body with the remains of her waterlogged piano and hits the Sunset Strip to find an adequate replacement, hoping the Hubbards (and Jerry) don't notice the difference. (Guest Star: Richard Deacon as himself) (The Murder of Roger Ackroyd)

 

 

 

The Mirror Crack'd From Top To Bottom -- In Milt Josefsberg's final episode in the Lucy family, Lucy's cousin Hilda moves out to California takes a place at a new swinging singles complex. After volunteering to help Hilda decorate her new apartment, Lucy takes her to the Morton Mirror Company to buy a few accent pieces, and after Hilda looked into one mirror, they all explode and fall off the walls for no apparent reason. (Guest Star: Jodie Gilbert as Hilda)

 

This is SO Milt Josefsburg!

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“Airport ‘55” Mrs. McGillicuddy books her flight west by way of Bombay assuming, despite what the pilot tried to tell her on her last flight, that she can get him to drop her off in LA by merely pushing in on the steering wheel. When the harried pilot straps on a parachute and bails, Mrs. McGillicuddy is forced to fly the plane herself giving the passengers a new meaning to the phrase “wild, blue yonder.” Which also inspires a Red Bluff amusement park proprietor to develop a new attraction "Mrs. McGillicuddy's Wild Ride" Hedda Hopper: Herself. Pilot: Sid Melton. Stewardess: Vanda Barra.

 

“I Love You, Phillip Morris” When “I Love Lucy”s ratings slip from #1 to #2, the sponsor demands the show be re-titled.

 

“San Fernando Valley of the Dolls” Harry’s Encino Players puts on a capsule version of Jacqueline Suzann’s novel, so Lucy finally gets to play another role she was up for, Helen Lawson. Neely O’Hara: Sue Tolsky

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