Lucy gets a small refund on her taxes, she intends to become a
stockholder in Mr. Mooney’s bank. As a new ‘owner’ she helps to get
the account of a wealthy eccentric doctor but mistakenly becomes
involved in one of his hypnotic regression experiments.
Ball (Lucy Carmichael), Vivian Vance (Vivian Bagley), Gale Gordon
(Theodore J. Mooney)
Phillips, Stockbroker) previously played Mr. Slater, the Camp
Director in “Lucy, the Camp Cook” (S3;E6). Korman is
best known as a cast member of “The Carol Burnett Show”
(1967-1977), four episodes of which featured Lucille Ball. He will
make two more appearances on “The Lucy Show.” In 1977 he had his
own show on ABC which lasted just one season. At the time of this
episode he was a regular on “The Danny Kaye Show” (1963-67) which
aired Friday nights on CBS. Lucille Ball guest starred on the episode
aired on Saturday, October 24, 1964, the night before her show, which
generally aired on Mondays.
Bank Guard) previously
played Bailiffs in “Lucy the Meter Maid” (S3;E7) and “Lucy
is Her Own Lawyer” (S2;E23).
His first role on the series was
a Butcher in “Together
for Christmas” (S1;E13).
Mell also appeared in a 1969 episode of “Here’s Lucy.” In 1964
he appeared in the TV special “Mr. and Mrs.” (aka “The Lucille
Ball Comedy Hour”), which featured many of the Desilu regulars and
was directed by Jack Donohue, who also directed this episode. In
1971, he was a Taxi Driver on “Lucy and the Lecher,” a cross-over
episode of Danny Thomas’s “Make Room for Granddaddy” in which
Lucille Ball played Lucy Carter, her character from “Here’s
Kurtzman represents a million dollar research foundation.
Thompson, Dr. Kurtzman’s Assistant) had only seven screen credits to
her name, this being her last.
a popular Hollywood extra who first acted with Lucille Ball in the
1953 film The
Long, Long Trailer.
He was previously seen on the series as Stan Williams in “Lucy
Digs Up a Date” (S1;E2).
He was seen in more than 20 episodes of “The Lucy Show” and 3
episodes of “Here’s Lucy.”
Lou Barto (Bank
Teller) makes her one and only appearance on screen, according to
Sommers, Bank Customer) made
more than 45 appearances on “The Lucy Show,” all as background
characters. He also did 40 episodes of “Here’s Lucy.” Gould
(born Sydney Greenfader) was Lucille Ball’s cousin by marriage to
Gary Morton. Gould was married to Vanda Barra, who also appeared on
“The Lucy Show” starting in 1967, as well as on “Here’s
(Mrs. Valance, Bank Customer) makes her third appearance as Mrs.
Valance. She was
also seen as Lucy’s neighbor Thelma Green in four episodes. She was
a protege of Lucille Ball’s during the Desilu Playhouse years.
Although born as Mildred Cook, Ball suggested she take the name
Carole, in honor of Lucy’s great friend, Carole Lombard. Cook also
went on to appear in five episodes of “Here’s Lucy.”
George DeNormand (Bank Customer) had appeared in three films with Lucille Ball from 1937 to 1963. This is the just one of his many appearances on “The Lucy Show” and “Here’s Lucy.”
Hal Taggart (Mr. Williams, Bank Customer) makes his fifth and final appearance on “The Lucy Show” after having been seen in the Lucille Ball film The Facts of Life (1960).
Announcer) was previously glimpsed as a hotel guest in “Lucy Goes
to Vegas” (S3;E17). Between 1945 and 1955 he starred in four
Broadway musicals, including the original cast of Guys
uncredited voice plays Mr. Phillips’ secretary Miss Rose. Other
background actors play additional customers at the bank.
This episode was intended to be the season 3 finale, but due to constant pre-emptions by the network, it turned out to be the second to last instead.
gets a letter from the Internal Revenue which turns out to be an
income tax refund of $38.23. That would be the equivalent (adjusting
for inflation) of nearly $300 today. She is so grateful that
she wants to send “Lyndon” a thank you note. To further extend
the joke, there is a large framed portrait of President Johnson over
Mr. Mooney’s desk. Lyndon Baines Johnson was the 36th President of the United States, assuming office from the Vice
Presidency after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He was
re-elected in November 1964 by an overwhelming majority. Two weeks
earlier, “The Lucy Show” was pre-empted for his televised address
learn that Mr. Bainbridge is Chairman of the Board of the Danfield
Mooney calls Lucy “The Lady Wolf of Wall Street” and Viv “Typhoid
Mary.” Real-life financier Bernard Baruch (1870-1965) was known as
“The Lone Wolf of Wall Street.” Mary Mallon (1869-1938)
was a cook known as “Typhoid Mary” because she was an
asymptomatic carrier of the typhoid virus. She is said to have
infected 22 people, three of whom died. Mr. Mooney’s analogy of Lucy
with Baruch is obvious given her new-found ownership in the bank, but
equating Viv with Mallon seems to indicate that she is not a welcome
person to have around.
to the bank guard, Lucy says she has a nine year old nephew who is a
quicker draw than him. Lucy Carmichael only ever mentioned one
sibling, Marge, who was seen in “Lucy’s Sister Pays a Visit”
(S1;E15) in 1963. In that episode she eloped, and no child was ever
mentioned – certainly none that could be 8 years old in 1965. Of
course, power hungry Lucy may be fibbing to the Guard to scare him
into keeping his job.
is not Lucy’s first brush with hypnosis. In “Lucy Conducts the
Symphony” (S2;E13) she remembers that Harvey Simmons hypnotized a
man during a party so she then does the same thing to hypnotize Wally
Cox. In season five, Lucy will have an encounter with Pat Collins
“the hip hypnotist,” a real-life
pretending to be hypnotized, Lucy walks on stilts, something she
previously did in “Lucy’s and her Electric Mattress” (S1;E12) and
will do again in “Lucy
Bags a Bargain” (S4;E17).
Naturally, the studio audience rewards her skills with applause.
that Mr. Mooney is really hypnotized, not faking, Lucy says “He’s
stiffer than Dean Martin.”Dean Martin was a well-known
singer and actor who had a reputation for drinking. He will play
himself on an episode of “The Lucy Show” in season four. In 1975
he appeared with Lucille Ball in a TV movie titled “Lucy Gets
calls Mr. Mooney out for being dressed like Little
This is the name of a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett (The
Fauntleroy suit (also
known as the Buster
created a fad for formal dress for American middle-class children.
This look was widely parodied in both film and television. The book was filmed in 1936.
In “The Business Manager” (ILL S4;E1) Ricky thought Lucy was playing the stock market, but she was actually just buying groceries from the corner market! He confuses Lucy’s purchase of a can of All Pet for Mrs. Trumbull’s cat with a listed stock!
the Doctor is undoing the hypnotic spell, one single studio audience
member loudly chuckles, despite the fact that it is not a funny line.
“Lucy the Stockholder” rates 2 Paper Hearts out of 5
Sometimes I fantasize what S4 would have been if the writers had used the newbies and TGP “winners” as the new team expies: Harmony (Rachel), Kitty (Quinn), Jake (Puck), Ryder (Finn), Unique (Mercedes/Kurt), Marley (Tina), Betty (Artie), Joe (Mike), Sugar (Brittany), Rory (Sam), and Bree (Santana).