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Jeff Lynne, George Harrison and Tom Petty (or rather, Otis, Nelson, and Charlie T. Jr Wilbury), in a screen capture from The True History of The Traveling Wilburys.

“I went through a bad period, you know, when my house burned… Just kind of one of those great gifts to run into Jeff and George like I did at that time.

They probably don’t even realize it, but it really took away a lot of the pain.” - Tom Petty, In The Studio With Redbeard, 1989

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Daveed Diggs: Hamilton’s letter to Harrison Gray Otis

Daveed Diggs (Thomas Jefferson / Marquis de Lafayette in “Hamilton: An American Musical”) discusses a letter Alexander Hamilton wrote to fellow Federalist, Harrison Gray Otis, on the presidential election and relations with France and Britain

Counting Stars, Chapter 1 (a Walking Dead story, Caryl + Sophia, more).

The story continues. 

The real story starts with a little girl lost in the woods.

My response to the Nine Lives “Find Your G-Spot” June challenge.  Think The Princess Bride meets The Walking Dead.  Sort of, lol.  AU with appearances by multiple characters.  Rating subject to change. 

 

Author’s Notes:

The story continues. 

Counting Stars


xx1xx


He settles for some coffee, fixes himself a mug and takes it to the front porch, the wide, worn planks warm beneath his bare feet.  Eyeing the wilting plants on the top step in their clay pots, he shakes his head.  He’d told Mrs. McLeod they weren’t a good idea, not a practical one, at least, with him being gone so much on various jobs, but the arthritic old widow just wouldn’t be swayed, and now he’s stuck, performing life-saving measures on the pitiful petals every few weeks to avoid hurting her feelings.  He adds Miracle-Gro to his ever growing, ever-evolving mental list and drains the last dregs of caffeine, scratching idly at his chest as he takes in the still-slumbering neighborhood. 

<3<3<3

“I know a Mrs. McLeod!” 

“Don’t say.” 

<3<3<3

The mailbox catches his attention again, and he leaves his mug on the porch railing, heads down the steps. 

Weeds poke up through the stones that make up the walkway, stubborn and proud.  A bird, round and cheerful, flits from stone to stone ahead of him before finally deciding to take flight, darting to a low-hanging branch nearby and watching him curiously. 

He grunts out a laugh.  Something so small shouldn’t act so suspicious, but he supposes it’s no surprise.  He’s been gone a long time, almost a month this time.  Spring was just a faint scent in the air and the days were just beginning to warm last time he traveled this same pathway.  Surely, he’s a stranger to his feathered friend, and that’s not all, it seems. 

The house across the street, vacant since the Fords’ last, more permanent split, shows signs of new life.  The overgrown flower garden that Rosita never seemed to find time for is a vibrant rainbow of color, not tamed exactly, but obviously cared for and appreciated.  The shutters wear a fresh coat of paint, and a child’s bicycle rests on its side in the tidy yard. 

He wonders at this new development as he gathers the various flyers and envelopes into his arms from the mailbox, bends to retrieve the rest.  The mirroring clay pots resting on the top step, though, tell him he won’t have to wonder long, and so, he takes his mail and goes back inside.  He’s got that list to work on, after all. 

<3<3<3

“That’s it?” 

“Don’t have to sound so unimpressed.” 

“Where’s the princess?” 

“Y’ain’t payin’ attention.” 

“Am, too.” 

“Patience, Baby Girl.” 

“M’not a baby.” 

“You gonna fuss all night or listen to the story?” 

“Fine.” 

“Where were we?” 

“You was skipping to the good part.” 

“Not so fast.  Still some story to tell ‘fore then.  Don’t make that face.” 

“What face?” 

“That one.  Look like somebody else I know.” 

“Who?” 

“Never you mind ‘bout that. Think you’ll like this part, princess or not.” 

“Fine.” 

“That it?  I’m a good mind to save my breath.  Tell this story to somebody more appreciative-like.” 

“M’sorry.” 

“What’s that?” 

“Don’t stop.  Please.” 

“Since you askin’ so nicely.” 

<3<3<3

The ride into town isn’t far, and it doesn’t take him long to stock up on groceries and all the other necessities because he’s a man of simple tastes.  Before he knows it, he has everything on his list taken care of but for one thing, one very important thing. 

The gateway to the Greene farm stands open when he rounds that final bend in the road, Otis’s truck nearby. 

He nods at the man himself, drums his fingers on the steering wheel as he lets his vehicle idle and the friendly farm hand approach. 

“Good to see you made it back.” 

“You thinkin’ I wouldn’t?” 

Otis draws his hat down from his head, fumbles his fingers through his graying goatee.  His face breaks into an amiable smile as soon as he realizes he’s being teased, in George’s deadpan way, and he replaces his hat, the sun already high and beaming overhead and the Georgia heat making sweat bead on his brow.  Noticing the bags in the floor of the truck, he doesn’t waste any more time, directing him onward.  “She’s up at the main house with the girls.  Doc Greene thought she’d benefit from the company.  She’s missed you something awful.” 

“Missed her,” he admits. 

Otis doesn’t make a big deal out of the confession.  He just nods and slaps his palm against the truck’s sun-warmed door.  “Best be gettin’ on then.  Might take you awhile to convince that young-un to part with her.” 

“Thanks.” 

<3<3<3

“Does George have a little girl?  Is it Princess Sophia?”

“Got a one-track mind, Baby Girl.” 

“No, I don’t.” 

“Do, too.” 

“Do not.  I didn’t even ask…” 

“Didn’t ask what?”

“Nothin’.” 

“Ain’t nothin’.  Know you.  Don’t give me those eyes.  Might as well spit it out.”

“Is George’s Doc Greene our Doc Greene?” 

“Didn’t know he was ours, but maybe.  Just gonna have to listen and find out for yourself.” 

“Well…” 

“Well, what?” 

“I’m waitin’.” 

<3<3<3

The little one cries when he drives up, fat tears welling in those too-big eyes of hers and her shiny blond ponytail shaking as she hurries inside.  Ms. Annette just shakes her head at him and smiles because it doesn’t take two seconds after he’s opened that creaky-old door before he’s got his arms and his lap full. 

“That dog knows the sound of your truck.” 

“Everybody in King County knows the sound of his truck, Annette.” 

He ducks his head, dodges the most exuberant of the canine’s slobbering kisses, but he can’t miss them all and he soon gives up trying.  “Thanks for lookin’ after her.” 

“You know our Bethie’s always been partial to her, has been since the beginning.  It wasn’t no imposition, Son.  You know that.  Fact of the matter is, there’s been a time or two while you’ve been gone that I’ve experienced some regrets.” 

He doesn’t press the man for more because he doesn’t have to.  He knows exactly what he’s referring to.  He rears his head back to look into a pair of intelligent brown eyes, and he’s sent back to that very first moment, when she was nothing more than a tiny, shivering wet ball of black and white fur abandoned in a road-side ditch.  One small whimper toward him and pink swipe of her timid tongue, and he hadn’t the heart to leave her behind as others already had.  He’d wrapped her up in his flannel over-shirt and turned the heat on high blast, making the old truck sputter and groan all the way to the veterinarian’s country-side practice.  The little one had been there that day, and she’d fallen in love, straight away.  Fate and Doc Greene, though, had had other plans, and it wasn’t even a week later that he was puppy-proofing his whole house.  That little bit of fluff had made coming home worth it ever since.  Still, sometimes he wonders if he’s doing right by her, leaving her so often and for so long.  Ms. Annette kindly intervenes before he can voice those thoughts. 

“Seems to me Tsu made her own choice a long time ago.” 

Her husband echoes his agreement with a grin.  “Reckon you’re right.  She’s been missing you.” 

“I heard.”  If he sounds a little happy about that fact, well.  He missed her, too.  Giving the dog’s ears a playful tug, he smirks when she barks at him.  He looks down when he feels a soft touch on his arm.  It’s the older girl, tomboyish and independent where the little one is soft, and she looks up at him with eyes as green as gems. 

“Stay for a little bit.  Please.  Just long enough for Bethie to see that Tsu’s happy.” 

“I’d like to, but I got groceries needin’ to be put in the fridge.” 

Ms. Annette comes to her stepdaughter’s aid, closing her hands over the girl’s sturdy shoulders and giving them a fond squeeze.  “I can put those in our fridge for you, just for a little bit, and you can join us for a bite of lunch.” 

“When’s the last time you had a home-cooked meal, Son?” 

His stomach growls before he can formulate a response.  It really has been a while.  Gruffly, he agrees, “Alright.  Sure you don’t mind?” 

“Mind?  You know you two are always welcome.” 

<3<3<3

“It is our Doc Greene!” 

“What makes you so sure ‘bout that?” 

“Because he’s nice.” 

“That all you’re basin’ your assumption on?” 

“What’s ‘ssumption mean?” 

“Don’t worry ‘bout that.  How else you know it’s the same Doc Greene?”  

“He has a Bethie, too.  But she’s not little.” 

“Maybe she’s not little anymore.” 

“Maybe he’s not our Doc Greene.” 

“Confusin’ you?” 

“No.” 

“Sure?” 

“Maybe a little bit.” 

“You sleepy yet?” 

“No.”

“Could swallow whole watermelons with that yawn.” 

“M’not yawnin’.” 

“Sure ‘bout that, Baby Girl?” 

“Don’t stop the story.  George still hasn’t seen his presents or met the princess yet.” 

“You callin’ my story borin’?  Done told you…” 

“Pretty please with a cherry on top?” 

“And chocolate sauce?” 

“Lots.” 

“Alright.  Don’t want you bein’ disappointed though.  Presents ain’t always what you think they are.” 

“Huh?” 

“Just listen and let me tell my story.”

’kay.” 

“Sure you ain’t sleepy?” 

“Real sure.” 

“Real real sure?” 

“Real real real.” 

“Alright.” 

“Finally.”

<3<3<3

He forgets about the mail until he’s back home, groceries packed away and Tsu lazing around on the couch like she never left it, tuckered out from a sun-drenched afternoon filled with games of tag on the Greene farm.  He sits at the table and sorts it into piles, and sure enough, most of it’s junk.  Some of it’s not, though, and he takes care of the bills first.  He hesitates over the envelope from West Georgia Correctional Facility, but in the end, he chooses to let it wait.  It’s been a long first day back already, and he’s not sure he’s physically or emotionally ready to deal with picking out the truth between the lines of his brother’s words.  Soon, he comes to the bottom of the pile and he frowns.  It seems Stookey has struck again, the proof right there in front of him and addressed to one Mrs. Carol Peletier, apparently the proud new owner of Sergeant Ford’s old place. 

<3<3<3

“What’s a ‘rectional cility?” 

“It’s a place where…know what?  It ain’t important.” 

“But what is it?  What do people do there?” 

“They learn to be good again.” 

“Were they bad before?” 

“Some of ‘em.  Some of ‘em just got lost.” 

“Like that time Gabby got lost and we found her up in a tree?” 

“Not exactly.” 

“How then?” 

“That’s a conversation for another time, Baby Girl.” 

“I’m not a baby.” 

“Not a big girl either.  Not yet.” 

“Yes, I am.” 

“No.  You’re in between.  Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.  You’ll grow up soon ‘nough.” 

“How soon?” 

“Too soon.” 

“How soon is too soon?” 

“Blink of an eye.  ‘Fore you know it, you won’t want me tellin’ you stories no more.” 

“That ain’t true.” 

“Why?” 

“Just ain’t.” 

“Tuck your toes in, Baby Girl.” 

“M’snug as a bug in a rug.” 

“That so?” 

“Uh huh.” 

“Good. Just a little bit more and that’s it for tonight.  We’ll save the rest of the story for later.” 

M’kay.” 

“Sleepy, ain’t you?” 

“Don’t wanna be.” 

“Know.  You’ll have sweet dreams.  I’ll make sure of it.” 

“Promise?” 

“Promise.” 

<3<3<3

The sun is setting before he finally works up the nerve to walk over there.  The crickets are out in full force, and that quiet little girl from three doors down is chasing after lightning bugs with her dad, mason jars in hand.  He can’t remember her name.  It’s short and foreign-sounding, and he wonders if the family are travelers, must be with a name like that, but it’s a fleeting thought because it doesn’t take long at all to walk up those three wide steps.  He clenches the envelope between his sweaty palms and swallows.  He doesn’t have a chance to knock on the door before it is pulled open and another little girl and a woman spill through it, nearly plowing into him.  There’s a blanket tucked beneath the woman’s arm and a melting popsicle in the child’s hands, and they look just as startled or more so than he feels, and it takes a few moments before any of them rediscover the power of speech.  The little girl reaches for the woman’s free hand, and that seems to do the trick. 

“I’m sorry.  You are?” 

“M’your neighbor,” he offers. 

“My neighbor?  Oh.  You think I’m Carol.” 

“You’re not?” 

A small voice butts in then, soft and shy and apologetic all at once.  “Aunt Andrea.  You promised.”

The woman stoops to the little girl’s level, hands over the blanket with a reassuring smile.  “Why don’t you pick us out a good spot for counting while I talk to the nice man, okay?  I’ll be right there.” 

They both turn to watch the little girl scamper across the yard and arrange the blanket just so.  He smirks a little when he sees her lick a trail up her arm, the popsicle fast dwindling in her hand and painting her skin in cherry stickiness.  His amusement fast fades when he catches the woman watching him with hawkish blue-green eyes, her mouth curling at the corners.  Feeling uncomfortable under her scrutiny, he glances away for a brief moment, shoves the envelope into her hands.  “Postman left Mrs. Peletier’s mail in my box by mistake.” 

“Thank you for bringing it by.” 

“Ain’t nothin’.” 

She laughs a little, the sound not unkind.  She crosses her arms across her chest and considers him. 

He doesn’t miss those eyes of hers glance downward at his left hand.  He can feel the usual heat of embarrassment creep along his skin in response, and he burrows his hands deep in his pockets, nods his head.  “Just wanted to make sure she got her mail.  I’ll just…over there.”  Her voice stops him before he can fully turn around.   

“You’re the man with the dog.” 

“Lots of people in this neighborhood with dogs,” he answers.  He’s not sure why, though.  It’s just prolonging this whole uncomfortable encounter and he wants nothing more than to escape to his own little piece of peace, close that door behind him.  The woman has other ideas.  She just keeps talking. 

“But your dog is no ordinary dog.” 

Another woman steps outside, and the two link hands.  Her eyes are just as deep and warm as the color of her skin, and her smile bright as she regards him.  “Definitely not an ordinary dog.  Not according to Sophia.” 

“She does tricks.  I saw her, Aunt ‘Chonne.” 

He looks down, surprised to find the little girl at his side and staring up at him in something akin to secondhand wonder.  There are freckles on her pale skin, all across her cheeks and her button nose.  She’s small and she’s delicate, and he’s sure she’d weigh next to nothing in his arms.  It’s a strange thought, one that finally spurs him into action.  “Not tricks.  She just listens.  Make sure your mama gets her mail, ‘kay?” 

“Yes, Sir,” the little girl solemnly promises.    

It takes less time for him to cross the distance this time, but his escape still isn’t quick enough. 

“She’s not married!  In case you’re curious about her.  Carol.” 

“Andrea!” 

<3<3<3

 

“Sleep, Baby Girl.  There’ll be more tomorrow.” 

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George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, with Paul Drew; as well as a letter from George to Paul Drew. All images courtesy and © Paul Drew (The Georgia Radio Museum and Hall of Fame)

George’s letter reads:

George Harrison
“Kinfauns”
Claremont Drive
Esher, Surrey
England
2nd. Nov. 65

Dear Paul,
I thought I would write a quick letter to tell you that I have been recieving all the records etc. and also to say thanks for them.
I recieved the Otis Reding album this morning and its a knock-out and I am playing the Choker Campbell Album this moment. Its not bad, but I do prefer the vocal versions of most of these tunes. I will be seeing Ringo later today, so I will give him the “Flowers on the Wall” record.
We have been in the studio lately doing 16 new tracks for a single and L.P. and so far we are pleased with what we have done. The overall sound is much better, and I will send them to you as soon as I get copies.
Well even though I am “free” today I still have a few things to do, so I had better pack in now. Thanks again for all the records - say hello to everybody for us - keep fit - and I just remembered - John, Paul + Ringo send you their regards, and also everyone else here at Wonderful Radio W.W.W.W.W.W.
best wishes
George
P.S. Have you heard “Im Coming Through” - the track “Sounds Inc,”- recorded while we were in L.A. Its very good but I think it will do better in the U.S. than in England, if liberty get the plugs going!

LUCY AND THE INDIAN CHIEF

S2;E3 ~ October 6, 1969

Directed by George Marshall ~ Written by Gene Thompson

Synopsis

When their camper runs off the road, Lucy wanders off to find water and is discovered by a Native American chief who makes her his bride.  Her wedding gift?  The state of Utah!  

Regular Cast

Lucille Ball (Lucy Carter), Gale Gordon (Harrison Otis Carter), Lucie Arnaz (Kim Carter), Desi Arnaz Jr. (Craig Carter)

Guest Cast

Paul Fix (Sitting Buffalo, Navajo Chief) was a busy New York-born character actor who played Marshal Micah Torrance on the TV series “The Rifleman” (1958). Although he specialized in westerns, he rarely played in redface. He was also seen in the film Winterset (1936) with Lucille Ball.  

The Guide guesses Sitting Buffalo is 85 years old.  Fix was actually 68 at the time. 

Mickey Manners (Running Water, Navajo Guide) was born Solomon Shapiro in New York. He was a great friend of Jerry Lewis and appeared with him on screen several times. He was last seen in “Lucy Helps Danny Thomas” (TLS S4;E7).  

Iron Eyes Cody (Navajo Medicine Man, right) made a career of playing Native American characters despite the fact that he was of Italian ancestry. He first worked with Lucy and Desi in 1940’s Too Many Girls and 1942’s Valley of the Sun (also directed by George Marshall) both as an Indian character. He played an Eskimo in a 1959 episode of “The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour,” but is probably best remembered as the Indian that sheds a single tear in the ‘Keep America Beautiful’ ads that ran from 1971 to the 1980s.

The men and women at the reservation are played by actual Navajo tribe members.

This episode is the third of a four-part on-location story arc created with the cooperation of the Navajo Nation Council and the state of Arizona. It was the first and only situation comedy filmed on Navajo land using actual tribe members.

When Desilu set construction recreated a Navajo hogan (hut), tribe members involved in the shooting refused to enter it because the door was facing the wrong direction.  The crew rotated the hogan to face east (to greet the rising sun) and comply with tradition.  The Nation Council approved of the reversal of the direction of a sacred ceremonial dance, but only after Lucille Ball convinced them that it would not bring bad luck and would look better on television!

As was usual with films and TV shows of the time, the principal Native American characters were played by Caucasians. The script also indulges in humor derived from stereotypical speech patterns of Native Americans.

Unlike studio filming, only one camera was used on location, although Lucille Ball was insistent on her studio lighting instruments, despite their weight and bulk.  

At the start of the episode, Harry summarizes the reason they are on the road, recapping the first episode of season 2.  However, there is no mention of the Air Force Academy they’ve just visited, just that they are 2,000 miles off course (Harry’s exaggeration).  

The Carters travel in a Travco motor home. The company’s RV’s were originally built on Dodge chassis. Travco was in business from 1964 until the late 1980s.  

The episode integrates location footage with studio process shots for the driving scenes.

Harry gets a lap full of water due to the off-kilter slant of the camper, proving the old “Here’s Lucy” tradition that if there’s water – Gale Gordon will be wet!  

Standing on the edge of Lake Powell, Lucy recites a verse from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1855 poem “The Song of Hiawatha.” This is the same portion of the poem she recited on “I Love Lucy.”

Fleeing the reservation, Lucy utters Jackie Gleason’s famous line “And away we go” as well as his hitch-shouldered exit pose.  Lucille Ball did this frequently on “The Lucy Show.”  

Lucy finds a Navajo bride for Harry named Pocahontas, or, as Harry calls her, “Pokey.”  

This is not the first time Lucille Ball has used Native Americans as the source for storylines.  In The Indian Show” (ILL S2;E24) Ricky’s act was built around an Indian theme.  As she does here, she recites a verse of “The Song of Hiawatha.”  In Lucy and the Scout Trip” (TLS S2;E26) Lucy Carmichael dresses as a Native American to give her son an authentic scouting experience.  

In “Lucy, the Rain Goddess” (TLS S4;E15), Mrs. Carmichael trails Mr. Mooney to a dude ranch adjacent to a reservation, where she is hailed as a rain goddess due to her resemblance to a totem pole.  

Lucy Carmichael also mixed with lots of sheep in “Lucy Buys a Sheep” (TLS S1;E5) to keep her lawn trim.  

The camper has the same California license plate number (WMO-526) as Lucy’s car seen in “Lucy Helps Craig Get a Driver’s License” (S1;E24).

“Lucy and the Indian Chief” rates 3 Paper Hearts out of 5

The scenery here is beautiful, and it is quite remarkable that Lucille Ball was able to get the cooperation of the Navajo tribe.  

At the same time that blacks were coming to Philadelphia in the 1790s, Irish immigrants were arrived in numbers that offset the black migration by as much as seven to one. Edward Carter estimates that nearly thirty thousand Irish arrived in Philadelphia between 1790 and 1800. Many quickly moved on to other parts of the state and country, but one could nonetheless conclude that Irish migration to Pennsylvania held the black density of the state steady in the opening decades of the nineteenth century.

Moreover, most of the Irish immediately gravitated to the Republican Party in the 1790s; they remained one of the most loyal voting blocks of the Jeffersonian Republicans in the first party period and the Jacksonian Democrats in the second. One need not look very far for the reason: Federalists abhorred Irish migration and sought to put an end to it through the infamous Naturalization Act in 1797 and the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798. On July 1, 1797, Federalist Congressman Harrison Gray Otis gave his “Wild Irishmen” speech on the floor of the House where he warned against the possibility of these radicals disturbing “our tranquility, after having succeeded in the overthrow of their own government.”

As was the case in New York, poor Irish immigrants in Pennsylvania responded to Federalist political leaders by flocking to the ascendant Republican Party. There they found a home; but it is also there that, in the words of Noel Ignatiev, they learned to become “white.” According to Ignatiev, Pennsylvania’s Irish population took the lead in the rising wave of racial hostilities, playing major roles in the conflicts that began in the first decades of the nineteenth century and lasted through the 1830s. Ignatiev impressively documents the origins of the link between Irish incorporation into the Democratic fold and the latter’s white supremacist ideology all across the North in the middle decades of the nineteenth century. He goes on to argue that the creation of Irish “whiteness” played the biggest role in the Democratic Party’s continual rejection of nativism from the Jeffersonian Revolution of 1801 through the end of Reconstruction.

—  Christopher Malone, Between Freedom and Bondage: Race, Party, and Voting Rights in the Antebellum North
LUCY’S BIRTHDAY

S1;E8 ~ November 18, 1968

Directed by Jack Donohue ~ Written by Milt Josefsberg and Ray Singer

Synopsis

Kim and Craig take Lucy out to a Chinese restaurant to celebrate her birthday. But when Craig forgets his wallet, Lucy must fake illness to get out of paying the bill.  

Regular Cast

Lucille Ball (Lucy Carter), Gale Gordon (Harrison Otis Carter), Lucie Arnaz (Kim Carter), Desi Arnaz Jr. (Craig Carter)

Guest Cast

Victor Sen Yung (Waiter) is probably best remembered as ranch cook Hop-Sing on “Bonanza” from 1959 to 1973. This is the first of his two appearances on “Here’s Lucy.”  He appeared in two dozen films and TV shows with uncredited extra Spencer Chan.  He died in 1980 at age 65 of natural gas poisoning in his own home a month after his final film was released.  

Spencer Chan (Restaurant Employee, uncredited) was a Los Angeles-born actor with more than 100 TV and film projects on his resume, most all uncredited, many with Victor Sen Yung.  This is his only appearance with Lucille Ball.  

Murray Pollack (Restaurant Patron, uncredited) was seen as one of the party guest in “Country Club Dance” (ILL S6;E25), the episode that introduced Barbara Eden. Coincidentally, he later appeared on half a dozen episodes of “I Dream of Jeannie.” He was at the airport when The Ricardos Go to Japan” (1959). He was seen in the 1963 movie Critic’s Choice with Lucille Ball. He made two appearances on “The Lucy Show.” This is the first of his three episodes of “Here’s Lucy.”

Other restaurant patrons and staff are played by uncredited background performers.  

At the time this episode first aired, Lucille Ball was 57 years old. Ball’s birthday is August 6th.

Victor Sen Yung, Spencer Chan, and Murray Pollack all appeared in the 1961 film musical Flower Drum Song, based on the 1958 Broadway musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

This is the first time we have seen Lucy’s bedroom or any of the rooms on the second floor of the house.  

Kim sings “Happy Birthday” to her mother. The song is also used in the underscoring.  In the final moments, it is sung in Chinese by the waiters and Harry.  “Happy Birthday To You” has traditionally been attributed to sisters Patty and Mildred J. Hill in 1893 and was under copyright.  In 2015 a court decision ruled the song was no longer covered under copyright protection.  

When trying to think of a possible date for Lucy, Craig asks Lucie who she would like to date.  Kim replies “I don’t think mother would be happy with Ringo Starr.” Craig then suggests Lawrence Welk. Ringo Starr (born Richard Starkey in 1940) was the singer, songwriter, and drummer for the phenomenally successful Beatles.  Lawrence Welk (1903-1992) was a musician, accordionist, bandleader, and television impresario, who hosted TV’s The Lawrence Welk Show from 1951 to 1982. Welk was mentioned several times on “The Lucy Show.” These two musical artists also represent the spectrum of popular music – from rock and roll (Kim’s generation) to big band (Lucy’s generation).  

Harry says that he promised to give Lucy a raise on her 40th birthday.  In an earlier episode Lucy says that she’s only worked for Harry for two years.  Lucy is about to try to calculate her back pay but realizes that would mean disclosing her real age, so…she takes an early lunch instead!

Alone in the office, Harry is nearly caught by his niece and nephew looking at a magazine centerfold.  Although the cover of the magazine has been removed, the fold-out centerfold was a device used by Playboy Magazine, a publication that was famous for its photographs of nude or nearly nude women.  

Harry says he wishes his niece and nephew had been named after his grandparents: Bonnie and Clyde. This is the second series reference to the Oscar-winning biopic Bonnie and Clyde.

The Chinese restaurant is called Yang Sing Ching.  The (unseen) proprietor is named Irving.  They have matzoh ball soup on the menu.

The waiter calls Harry “Hot Shot Harry.”  Apparently, he has a reputation around Yang Sing Ching.

Lucy plans to fake illness because she has no money to pay the bill.  She brags her performance will make “the dying scene of ‘Camille’ look like a love-in.” Camille was a 1936 film starring Greta Garbo based on the 1848 novel La Dame aux Camélias(The Lady with the Camellias) by Alexandre Dumas fils, in which a young courtesan is dying of consumption.  Camille is mentioned several times on “I Love Lucy” and “The Lucy Show.”  During the 1960s a ‘love-in’ was is a peaceful public gathering focused on meditation, love, music, sex and sometimes the use of psychedelic drugs. The term was coined by Los Angeles radio comedian Peter Bergman, who may also have hosted the first one in early 1967. 

Although this episode has a happy, sentimental ending, it is considered politically incorrect today to depict stereotypical Asians speaking English by changing the letter “L” to “R” (Rucy instead of Lucy).  Clever dialogue is displayed in the scene depicting the selection of the menu items and Lucille Ball gets to show of her skill at physical comedy through the use of chopsticks.  

A lonely Lucy Ricardo sought the company of the Friends of the Friendless in “Lucy’s Last Birthday” (ILL S2;E25).  

When they have no money to pay the check, Kim and Craig worry that they may have to wash dishes!  In “Equal Rights” (ILL S3;E4) the boys teach Lucy and Ethel a lesson by not paying for their dinner, forcing them to work-off their bill by washing dishes.  

It’s pretty obvious there’s no water in the sink when Kim is washing the breakfast dishes at home.

“Lucy’s Birthday” rates 3 Paper Hearts out of 5 

LUCY AND THE BOGIE AFFAIR

S2;E13 ~ December 15, 1969

Directed by Herbert Kenwith ~ Written by Pat McCormick and Jim McGinn

Synopsis

When Kim and Craig find a stray dog in the rain, they take it home and name it Bogie.  Next morning, it gives birth to a litter of puppies!  Just as they’ve managed to give away all the puppies to good homes, Harry hears that there’s a reward and they have to retrieve them again!  

Regular Cast

Lucille Ball (Lucy Carter), Gale Gordon (Harrison Otis Carter), Lucie Arnaz (Kim Carter), Desi Arnaz Jr. (Craig Carter)

Guest Cast

Lord Nelson (Bogie) makes his fourth appearance with Lucille Ball after playing Nelson, Mr. Mooney’s dog in three episodes of “The Lucy Show.”  

Jack LaLanne (Himself) was a nationally known exercise guru who owned a chain of health clubs and hosted a long-running television show from 1952 to 1983.  

Happy (Himself) is Jack LaLanne’s dog.  He appeared with LaLanne on many of his television shows.

Eugene Molnar (Jack’s Cameraman) appeared on four episodes of the series. These are his only screen credits.

Sherry Alberoni (Candy) was a second-season replacement Mousketeer on “The Mickey Mouse Club” (1955).  She also dubbed Patty Duke’s vocals in the film Valley of the Dolls (1967).  This is her only appearance with Lucille Ball. 

Steve March (Steve) is the son of Mel Torme and the adopted son of the Arnaz family’s friend, Hal March. Mel Torme appeared several times on “The Lucy Show.”  Hal March appeared on “I Love Lucy.”  Steve March will appear in one more episode starring Sammy Davis Jr. and will write a song for an episode starring Ann-Margret.  

Debbie Westcott (Debbie Westcott) was the daugher of Desilu Prop Master Kenneth Westcott.  This is her only screen credit.

Irwin Charone (Mr. Farnsworth) made five appearances on “The Lucy Show.” The expressive character actor also did an equal number of “Here’s Lucy” episodes. He died in January 2016 in Maplewood, New Jersey, at the age of 93.

This is the first of 14 episodes directed by Herbert Kenwith. Born in New Jersey, Kenwith started out as an actor on Broadway, and then produced 65 productions at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre.  One of these starred a young Lucille Ball, in a show headed to Broadway but never made it due to the serious illness of its leading man.  He died in 2008 at the age of 90.  

This is the first and only episode of the series written by comedian turned writer Pat McCormick. McCormick previously wrote “Lucy in London” in 1966.  This is the only episode written by Jim McGinn as well as his only collaboration with McCormick.  

Lucille Ball was a dog lover and owned many dogs during her life.  

Kim and Craig name the dog they find Bogie because it had the same sad look standing in the rain as Humphrey Bogart does at the end of 1942’s Casablanca.

When Kim effusively hugs her mother  when she comes home, Lucy reminds her she was “just at work, not walking on the moon!” The moon walk of John Glenn and Buzz Aldrin occurred on July 20, 1969 just after this episode went before the cameras.  

Coming home in a thunderstorm, Lucy unwittingly says “It’s not a fit night out for man, nor beast!” not knowing the kids have hidden Bogie in the kitchen.  Lucy initially attributes the quote to Shakespeare (wrong!) and then to W.C. Fields (right!). The line was spoken by Fields in the 1933 film The Fatal Glass of Beer.  The quote was also spoken by Gale Gordon in “Lucy and the Monsters” (TLS S3;E18)

When Lucy sees Bogie in the kitchen, she jokes that he’s a shaggy horse and calls him “Matt Dillon’s last mount!” Matt Dillon was a character played by James Arness on “Gunsmoke,” the long-running western that was “Here’s Lucy”’s lead-in on CBS.

After Lucy agrees to let Bogie stay, she says “If you want anything, just whistle” paraphrasing Lauren Bacall’s famous line to Humphrey Bogart in the film To Have and Have Not (1944).

The nine puppies go to:

  1. Stevie – Craig’s girl crazy classmate
  2. Blanche – Lucy’s lonely friend from New Orleans
  3. Candy – Kim’s friend looking for the latest trend
  4. Pauline Lopus – Lucy’s friend looking for a watchdog
  5. Debbie Westcott – Craig’s classmate who takes a puppy in exchange for going steady with Craig  
  6. Natalie Schwartz (unseen) – a friend of Craig’s
  7. Freddy Dawson (unseen) – a friend of Kim’s

Lucy tries to give one to Jack LaLanne but he ends up giving her one of his dog Happy’s pups instead.  Including the one she was intending to give LaLanne, this still leaves one puppy unaccounted for by the script.

Lucy’s telephone call with an unseen Blanche from New Orleans is likely a nod to Tennessee Williams’ 1947 play and 1951 film A Streetcar Named Desire, whose principal character Blanche Dubois lives in New Orleans.

To convince Candy that owning old English Sheepdog puppies is the newest fad, Kim crops photos of the pups with music celebrities Barbra Streisand and Herb Alpert and tapes the photos to the inside of her locker.  In 1969 singer Streisand won an Oscar for her performance in the film Funny Girl. Herb Albert was a trumpeter who performed with his group the Tijuana Brass.  In 1969 they released the album Warm.

Lucy’s telephone call with the unseen Pauline Lopus is a tribute to her childhood friend Flo Pauline Lopus, whose name used on many Lucille Ball sitcoms.  

Harry has been diagnosed with an allergy to dog fur.  In “Lucy and Harry’s Tonsils” (S2;E5) we learn that Harry is also allergic to flowers.  

Harry dictates a letter to Rylander, Mosier and Tebbit. These names are Gale Gordon’s go-to addressees for dictation, having been used on both “Here’s Lucy” and on “The Lucy Show.”  

Craig says he is now going steady with both Debbie Westcott and Natalie Schwartz. Kim has to go the prom and the spring formal with Freddy Dawson (who she calls “The Creature from the Black Lagoon”). Both Natalie and Freddy don’t appear on camera. In real life, Natalie Schwartz was a wealthy friend of Lucille Ball’s from Rancho Mirage.  Her husband Danny was the owner of Elmhurst Dairies in Queens, NY.  

Trying to get the reward for Bogie and the nine pups, Harry appoints himself banker of the group.  This is ironic since Gale Gordon’s previous character with Lucille Ball was banker Theodore J. Mooney.  

In the high school scenes, Craig wears his letter sweater with the large “A” on the chest.  It was mentioned in “Lucy and Carol Burnett” (S1;E17) that Kim and Craig attend Angeles High School.  In that episode, many of these sweaters were worn by the boys in the chorus of the musical fundraiser.  

Humphrey Bogart never appeared on screen with Lucille Ball.  However, in “Ricky’s Movie Offer” (ILL S4;E5) Desi Arnaz does an impression of Bogart.  

In “Lucy and the Andrews Sisters” (S2;E6) Lucy blows a kiss to a large poster of Bogart from the movie Casablanca. Coincidentally, a poster of W.C. Fields - who Lucy quotes in the episode - hung next to Bogart!

Lucy’s children bring home a dog against their mother’s wishes, just like Little Ricky did in “Little Ricky Gets a Dog” (ILL S6;E14).  

The only other “Lucy” show to feature more dogs was “Lucy and Viv Learn Judo” (TLS S1;E22) in 1963.

Shut the Door!  When Harry comes in to share the news about the reward, he leaves the front door open – in a house with unleashed dogs!  

Where the Floor Ends!  In Jack Lalanne’s studio and in the Carter home, the camera pulls back too far and reveals the cement stage floor.  This is a weekly occurrence.  

“Lucy and the Bogie Affair” rates 3 Paper Hearts out of 5 

This episode is for dog lovers!  The cute puppies and shaggy Bogie are the best parts.  There is some attempt at a funny montage of getting rid of the dogs to various owners, but it lacks comic rhythm.  Jack LaLanne was a better fitness coach than an actor!  Unusually, the comic finale of the episode happens off-screen!

LUCY, THE SHOPPING EXPERT

S1;E20 ~ February 17, 1969

Directed by Jack Donohue ~ Written by Milt Josefsberg and Al Schwartz

Synopsis

Craig gets a part-time job in a supermarket to earn money to buy a surfboard. At the same time, Lucy is giving Kim some valuable lessons in smart shopping. When the two accidentally converge, chaos ensues - naturally!

Regular Cast

Lucille Ball (Lucy Carter), Gale Gordon (Harrison Otis Carter), Lucie Arnaz (Kim Carter), Desi Arnaz Jr. (Craig Carter)

Guest Cast

William Lanteau (Mr. Sherwood, Supermarket Manager) first appeared with Lucille Ball in The Facts of Life (1960). In addition to an episode of “The Lucy Show,” Lanteau did four episodes of “Here’s Lucy.”  He is best remembered for playing Charlie the Mailman in the play and the film On Golden Pond (1981).

Mr. Sherwood is the winner of the Golden Can Award for his shelf arrangements.

Ernest Sarracino (Mr. Nicoletti, Produce Manager) played the Judge in “Lucy and the Runaway Butterfly” (TLS S1;E29), also directed by Jack Donohue. This is the first of his two episodes of “Here’s Lucy.”  His screen acting credits span from 1939 to 1994.

Although never actually referred to as Mr. Nicoletti, the character is credited in honor of Louis Nicoletti, a long-time member of the Desilu family who was the assistant director of “Here’s Lucy” from 1968 to 1969, including this episode.  In addition to making on camera appearances on “I Love Lucy” and “The Lucy Show,” there were two characters named after him on “I Love Lucy.”  Here the character is played as a stereotypical Italian fruit vendor and speaks in Italian to Lucy: “You make-a da dent?  Dat’s-a 39 cents!”  

Irwin Charone (Mr. Garfield, of the Nippy Whippy Whipped Cream Company) made five appearances on “The Lucy Show.” The expressive character actor also did an equal number of “Here’s Lucy” episodes. He died in January 2016 in Maplewood, New Jersey, at the age of 93.  

The restaurant patrons and supermarket shoppers are played by uncredited background players.

At the start of the episode Kim brings home ethnic foods because the grocer Mr. Goldapper recommended them.  This is an inside joke as Goldapper is Gary Morton’s real last name.   Gary Morton’s loud guffaw can be distinctly heard on the soundtrack throughout the episode.

Craig says he knows all about the facts of life since he was seven because he watched “Peyton Place.” Based on a 1956 novel, “Peyton Place” was a primetime soap opera that aired on ABC from 1964 to 1969. The title has become synonymous with the personal problems and scandals of small-town life.  It was mentioned several times on “The Lucy Show” including in “Lucy and Joan” (TLS S4;E4) which also took place in a supermarket.  

Instead of “Peyton Place,” Harry says he regrets wasting his time watching “Captain Kangaroo.”  “Captain Kangaroo” was a children’s television series that aired weekday mornings on CBS from October 1955 to December 1984. The Captain (Bob Keeshan, above right) would tell stories, meet guests, and indulge in silly stunts with regular characters, both humans and puppets. Captain Kangaroo was previously mentioned on several episodes of “The Lucy Show.”  

Gale Gordon’s monologue about the birds and the bees is nearly four minutes long and gets a round of applause from the studio audience. It is highly unlikely that teenage Craig would let him go on so long when all he wants is $100! 

There is a poster in the supermarket featuring pumpkins and pilgrims so this episode was likely filmed in November 1968.

While most of the prop canned goods look like actual products, the cans of Chef Claudio’s Ravioli Dinner look like something contrived by the Desilu prop department.  It is likely a tribute to director Claudio Guzman, who started with the company in 1958 and directed 15 episodes of “The Lucy Show.”  He was best known for his association with “I Dream of Jeannie” (1966-70).  Curiously, although they are visible on camera, they are never referred to in the dialogue – or at least it didn’t make the final cut.

Some sample 1969 supermarket prices:

  • Cantaloupe Melons are 39 cents each.
  • Strawberries are 50 cents a pint basket.
  • Medium Eggs are 53 cents a dozen.  

Lucy says the store puts the nicest looking strawberries on top of the basket, but underneath “things can be as rotten as the Harper Valley PTA”!  “Harper Valley PTA“ is a country song written by Tom T. Hall that was a hit single for Jeannie C. Riley in 1968. Riley’s record sold over six million copies.  The song lyrics tell the story of a woman who is accused of immorality by her daughter’s junior high PTA and how she gets her revenge on her hypocritical accusers. The song later gave life to a film (starring Barbara Eden) and a failed television series.  

When Lucy is sloshing the cans to hear how full they are, the clerk asks if she expects to hear Lawrence Welk.  Lawrence Welk (1903-92, above) was a musician, accordionist, bandleader, and television impresario, who hosted TV’s “The Lawrence Welk Show” from 1951 to 1982. Welk was mentioned several times on “The Lucy Show” and also on “Lucy’s Birthday” (S1;E8).  Welk will play himself on a 1970 episode of “Here’s Lucy” (above, with Vivian Vance). 

 Later, when Lucy is holding up the eggs to the light, he tells her they are eggs, “not the Hope Diamond.” The Hope Diamond is one of the most famous jewels in the world, dating back almost four centuries. It is housed in the Smithsonian Institute.  

Lucy is never able to control nozzles and hoses – even on the tip of a can of whipped cream.  The end of the episode is actually a good excuse for a cream pie fight – without the pies!  

A banner in the supermarket advertises a “Storyland Sale” - whatever that may be!  The same banner was used in a supermarket in “Lucy and Joan” (TLS S4;E4).  

Lucy Carmichael also hangs around several different supermarkets to buy a lot of cans of Bailey’s Beans for her get-rich-quick scheme in “Lucy the Bean Queen” (TLS S5;E3).  

In this episode, Lucie Carter says about her Uncle Harry: “Compared to him, Jack Benny is a regular Diamond Jim Brady.”

On “The Lucy Show,” Lucy Carmichael says to Mr. Mooney: “Compared to you, Jack Benny is Diamond Jim Brady.”  

Comedian Jack Benny (1894-1974, inset right) was a frequent guest star on both shows. His comic persona was that of a skinflint who had every penny he ever made. Conversely, James Buchanan Brady (1856-1917, inset left) was a real-life millionaire and philanthropist who was fond of jewels (hence the nickname). Brady was first mentioned in The Business Manager” (ILL S4;E1).  

Craig says he learned the facts of life at age seven while watching “Petyon Place.”  If Desi Arnaz Jr. and Craig are the same age (15 or 16), he would have to have turned 7 in 1960.  “Peyton Place” didn’t start airing until 1964.  If this were true, the character of Craig Carter would be just 11 or 12 years old!

Craig asks his mother for $100 for a surfboard which Lucy decides against as an unnecessary luxury.  However, in “Lucy Visits Jack Benny” (S1;E2), Craig packs his surfboard (much to Lucy’s dismay) for his weekend in Palm Springs. 

The precariously stacked display of oranges is built on a slanted surface to allow the oranges to more easily tumble to the floor.  The gag works by the collapsing the structure on which the oranges are arranged on cue – probably a by a stagehand hidden under the table.

Most of the items in the dairy case have their brand name labels conspicuously taped over.  Conveniently, the brand name labels on the canned goods are too small for the camera to pick up, so they aren’t obscured.

When the whipped cream spray lands on the end of Mr. Sherwood’s nose, Craig takes a cloth and wipes it off.  Irwin Charone ad libs the line “Never mind my nose.”

“Lucy, The Shopping Expert” rates 3 Paper Hearts out of 5

This is a very colorful episode full of lots of physical gags and some broad acting from the supporting cast.  In the middle of the chaos, Gale Gordon delivers a meandering 4 minute monologue about the birds and the bees - literally.  A contrived ending feels forced.  

LUCY GOES TO THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY: PART 1

S2;E1 ~ September 22, 1969

Directed by George Marshall ~ Written by Gene Thompson

Synopsis

Delivering a camper from Los Angeles to San Francisco, Lucy decides to take a detour to Colorado to show Craig the Air Force Academy.  

Regular Cast

Lucille Ball (Lucy Carter), Gale Gordon (Harrison Otis Carter), Lucie Arnaz (Kim Carter), Desi Arnaz Jr. (Craig Carter)

Guest Cast

Roy Roberts (Superintendent) was born Roy Barnes Jones in Tampa, Florida in 1906. His early career was on the Broadway stage, gracing such plays as Old Man Murphy(1931), Twentieth Century (1932), The Body Beautiful(1935) and My Sister Eileen(1942). In Hollywood, the veteran character actor clocked over 900 screen performances in his 40 year career, most of which were authority figures. He and Lucille Ball appeared together in Miss Grant Takes Richmond(1949). On “The Lucy Show” he first appeared as a Navy Admiral in “Lucy and the Submarine” (S5;E2) before creating the role of Mr. Cheever, a recurring character he played through the end of the series. This is the first of his 5 episodes of “Here’s Lucy.” Roberts died in 1975 at age 69.

Roy Roberts will play the same character in “Lucy Goes to the Air Force Academy: Part 2” (S2;E2).  

Frank Marth (Registrar) was a regular on “The Honeymooners” (1955) playing police officers, photographers, newsmen, and various neighbors and passersby. This is his only appearance with Lucille Ball.

John Erwin (Narrator, uncredited) was a voice-over artist primarily known for voicing Reggie on the “Archie” cartoons.  Erwin’s voice over comes at the end of the episode to tell the audience to tune in next week for part two.  

Actual Air Force Academy students and staff play themselves.

This is the first episode to be directed by George Marshall, who directed Lucille Ball in the films Valley of the Sun (1942) and Fancy Pants (1950).  He will directed the first eleven episodes of season two of the “Here’s Lucy.”  According to DVD extras, Marshall was quite a drinker.  This is the first of four episodes to be written by Gene Thompson.  

A few weeks before this episode aired, CBS staged a press event at the Air Force Academy which Lucy attended.  It resulted in publicity (like the above article) for the new season. 

Interestingly, the Chicago area CBS affiliate took out ad space adjacent to their feature article on the event. Unfortunately, they mis-identified Craig as Ricky, continuing the confusion that Desi Arnaz Jr. and Little Ricky Ricardo were one and the same person. This confusion was further compounded by the fact that Lucy Ricardo gave birth on TV on the very same day (January 19, 1953) that Lucille Ball gave birth to Desi Jr.  

This episode is the first of a four-part on-location story arc that came about due to the success of location filming at LAX during the first season. Created with the cooperation of the Air Force and the states of Colorado and Arizona, practically the entire Air Force Academy appears as extras. Filming was done right in the dormitories and administrative buildings. The Air Force viewed this as a sort of TV commercial at a time when the public was very down on the military due to its involvement in the Vietnam War.  

The episode uses a Travco motor home.  The company’s RV’s were originally built on a Dodge chassis.  Travco was in business from 1964 until the late 1980s.  

The US Air Force Academy was founded in 1954. The most controversial aspect of the  Academy was its chapel, designed by architect Walter Netsch, who at one point was prepared to abandon the design; but the accordion-like structure is now acknowledged as an iconic symbol of the Academy campus.

Like previous location shoots, the episode was supplemented with studio shots using rear projection for driving scenes.  Unlike studio filming, only one camera was used on location, although Lucille Ball was insistent on her studio lighting instruments, despite their weight and bulk.  

Seeing Lucy in an RV (camper) recalls the 1953 film she made with Desi Arnaz Sr. The Long, Long Trailer. The episode even opens with the same theme music, “Breezin’ Along With the Breeze” written by Haven Gillespie, Seymour Simons and Richard A. Whiting.  At one point, due to the sudden movement of the vehicle, Craig gets covered in food, just the way Lucy was in the film.

This is not the first time a Lucy character enrolled her son in a military academy. On “The Lucy Show” Lucy Carmichael shipped her son Jerry (Jimmy Garrett) off to military school not once, but twice! 

As noted on the DVD, continuity was affected by the weather.  An early snow covered the ground overnight and it became impossible to match exterior shots of the Academy campus.  

Lucy Goes to the Air Force Academy: Part 1 rates 3 Paper Hearts out of 5

More location shooting shows that Lucy is feeling the show’s keen identity crisis and trying to keep things fresh and interesting for herself and viewers.  Who is running the Unique Employment Agency while they are all out on their adventure?  This two-parter might have worked better as an hour-long special. The negotiation scene with the Registrar feels a bit static and too long.  Although Lucy in a shortie nightgown running through the Air Force Academy is a treat!  

LUCY AND CAROL BURNETT

S1;E17 ~ January 27, 1969

Directed by Jack Donohue ~ Written by Robert O'Brien

Synopsis

Lucy convinces Carol Burnett to participate in a benefit to raise money for Kim and Craig’s high school gymnasium.

Regular Cast

Lucille Ball (Lucy Carter), Gale Gordon (Harrison Otis Carter), Lucie Arnaz (Kim Carter), Desi Arnaz Jr. (Craig Carter)

Guest Cast

Carol Burnett (Herself) got her first big break on “The Paul Winchell Show” in 1955. A years later she was a regular on “The Garry Moore Show.” In 1959 she made her Broadway debut in Once Upon a Mattress, which she also appeared in on television three times. From 1960 to 1965 she did a number of TV specials, and often appeared with Julie Andrews. Her second Broadway musical was Fade Out – Fade In which ran for more than 270 performances. From 1967 to 1978 she hosted her own highly successful variety show, “The Carol Burnett Show.” Lucille Ball made several appearances on “The Carol Burnett Show.” Burnett guest starred in four episodes of “The Lucy Show” and three episodes of “Here’s Lucy,” subsequently playing a character named Carol Krausmeyer. After Lucille Ball’s passing, Burnett was hailed as the natural heir to Lucy’s title of ‘The Queen of TV Comedy.’

The Audience at “The Carol Burnett Show” (in order of appearance)

Pearl Shear (Asks Carol if she was born in Texas) is probably best remembered as Zuleika Dunbar on TV’s “The Waltons” (1976-81).  In reality she was the mother-in-law of Ralph Waite (Pa Walton).  This is her only appearance with Lucille Ball.  

John Lindesmith (Serviceman who asks Carol how far she went in school) had made several appearances in uniform on an NBC series called “The Lieutenant” (1963-64) as well as being a member of the crew of the Enterprise on “Star Trek.”  This is his penultimate screen credit.

Jerry Rush (Asks Carol if she went to a drama school) made nine mostly uncredited appearances on “The Lucy Show.”  This is his second and last “Here’s Lucy” appearance.  

Virginia Hawkins (Asks where Carol got her early training) makes her screen debut with this episode.  She went on to play Nurse Canford on “Medical Center” (50 episodes) and housekeeper Jeanette on “Dynasty” (68 episodes).

Laura Gile (Asks Carol her exact age) made only seven screen appearances in her career.  

Gile’s back is to the camera during her question.

Sean Morgan (Asks when Carol was born) is best remembered as Sean on “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriett” (1964-66) although he also made several appearances on the Desilu series’ “Star Trek” and “Mannix.”  This is his only appearance with Lucille Ball.  

Carole Cook (Asks if Carol is going to make any more movies / Lucy’s Singing Voice) played Thelma Green on “The Lucy Show” as well as many other characters. 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 appeared in five episodes of “Here’s Lucy.”   This is the second time she has dubbed Lucy’s singing voice on the show.

Cook sits in the back wears a crazy hat and chews gum.  In reality, Burnett had only done one feature film before this episode was filmed, Whose Been Sleeping in My Bed? in 1963.

The other audience members, the high school students, gymnasts, and band are played by uncredited extras – the majority of which were well beyond high school age.

Lucy and the kids attend a taping of “The Carol Burnett Show,” a program that Lucille Ball herself had already appeared on twice as a guest star and would return to twice more.  The show always opened with Burnett taking questions from her studio audience.  Carol traditionally tugs on her left ear, a signal to her grandmother, who raised her.  

A new episode of “The Carol Burnett Show” aired at 10pm on the same evening this “Here’s Lucy” was first broadcast. Carol’s guests were Martha Rae and Mel Torme, who had played Mel Tinker on several episodes of “The Lucy Show.”  On NBC, frequent Lucy co-star and neighbor Jack Benny was appearing on “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In”, a show whose second half hour competed with “Here’s Lucy.”  

This episode is also known as “Lucy and the New School Gym.” Summarizing the premise on the “Here’s Lucy” DVD introduction to the episode, Lucie Arnaz sarcastically (but humorously) says “Yeah. That could happen.”  She adds that all the musical numbers were first rehearsed during the filming of the previous week’s episode.

“Here’s Lucy” attempts to reproduce “The Carol Burnett Show” studio and stage, even using the CBS eye gold curtain.  The audience section, however, is much smaller.  

Questions from the studio audience confirm that Carol Burnett was born in San Antonio, Texas, and got her degree at UCLA.  She did not go to drama school, but got experience in high school plays. She has a younger sister.

Kim and Craig attend (fictional) Angeles High School.

As in many performance episodes, Gale Gordon take the opportunity to do a cartwheel, something he (surprisingly) excelled at.  

Everyone in the cast lip synchs to a pre-recorded music track and vocals. Lucille Ball’s vocals are dubbed (once again) by Carole Cook.  The episode is choreographed by Jack Baker and Anita Mann.  Special music is arranged and conducted by Marl Young.

Part I ~We Got No Gym

“Yes! We Have No Gymnasium” (aka “Yes! We Have No Bananas”) was written by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn from the 1922 Broadway revue Make It Snappy sung by Eddie Cantor, the song became a major hit.  The song was often used by singer and comedian Jimmy Durante on “The Jimmy Durante Show” in the 1950s and 1960s.

Carol does a brief time step to the melody of “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” a song written by Irving Berlin for the musical Annie Get Your Gun. It was sung (with lyrics) on both “I Love Lucy” and “The Lucy Show.”

Part II ~ We Got the Money

Lucy and Carol say that students only learn visually today, so they present a visual lesson in Geography – a musical revue.

St. Louis, Missouri

You Came a Long Way From St. Louis” is by John Benson Brooks and Bob Russell.  Della Reese had a hit with the song in 1964.  

New York, New York

The Lullabye of Broadway” was written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin. It was introduced musical film Gold Diggers of 1935 and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song is now part of the Broadway musical 42nd Street.

Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Mention My Name in Sheboygan” was written by Bob Hilliard, Dick Sanford and Sammy Mysels in 1947.  On “Here’s Lucy” the second verse mentions New Orleans and the third Texas. In the 1947 original, the locations following Sheboygan were Paducah, Elmira, and Tacoma, with another version adding Asuza.  

Part III ~ We Got Our Gym

starts out with a marching band playing “Buckle Down, Winsocki.” The tune is from the 1943 film Best Foot Forward in which Lucille Ball played herself. The song, by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, was also part of the 1941 Broadway stage musical of the same name.  

Craig sings “You Gotta be a Football Hero (To Get Along with the Beautiful Girls)” written by Al Sherman, Buddy Fields and Al Lewis in 1933. It is one of the most widely recorded and performed football anthems of all time.

Lucie sings “All American Girl” written by Al Lewis in 1932.  

There is a display of gymnastics that culminates in Harry doing a cartwheel.

The finale is “Fit as a Fiddle” by Arthur Freed, Al Hoffman, and Al Goodhart in 1932. In 1952 it achieved particular fame after being featured in the classic film Singin’ in the Rain.

Carol Burnett had appeared on four episodes of “The Lucy Show” - twice as Carol Bradford and twice as Carol Tilford.

Burnett usually did the ear tug at the end of her episodes, but here she does it at the start.

When Carol and Lucy pull their ten gallon hats down over their eyes in “Mention My Name Down in Texas” Carol’s hat has a mesh peek box in the front so she can see, while Lucy’s does not, possibly because Carol has to lead the two offstage.

“Lucy and Carol Burnett” rates 3 Paper Hearts out of 5 

LUCY AND EVA GABOR

S1;E7 ~ November 11, 1968

Directed by Jack Donohue ~ Written by Milt Josefsberg and Ray Singer

Synopsis

The author of a controversial novel (Eva Gabor) is in town and needs a quiet place to work so Harry volunteers Lucy’s home. Naturally, it is anything but peaceful and far from quiet.

Regular Cast

Lucille Ball (Lucy Carter), Gale Gordon (Harrison Otis Carter), Lucie Arnaz (Kim Carter), Desi Arnaz Jr. (Craig Carter)

Guest Cast

Eva Gabor (Eva Von Graunitz) was born in Hungary in 1919.  She came to America with her sisters, Magda and Zsa Zsa.  She began her screen career in 1941.  She also appeared on Broadway five times between 1950 and 1983.  Her signature role was glamorous socialite turned farm wife Lisa Douglas on “Green Acres” (1965-71), also aired on CBS. Gabor was married five times. She was also a successful businesswoman, marketing wigs, clothing and beauty products. Gabor returned to “Here’s Lucy” to play herself in 1972.  She died in 1995.  

Eva Gabor also used Graunitz as her maiden name on “Green Acres” which ran concurrently with “Here’s Lucy.”  

Robert Carson (Martin Phillips) was a busy Canadian-born character actor who appeared on six episodes of “The Lucy Show.”  This is the first of his five appearances on “Here’s Lucy.”

Peggy Rea (Maude, above center) was seen on four episodes of “I Love Lucy,” mostly as one of the members of the Wednesday Afternoon Fine Arts League, but also as the Nurse that wheeled enceinte Lucy into the hospital.  Rea was a regular on “The Waltons” and “Grace Under Fire,” her last series before her death in 2011.  This is her only appearance on “Here’s Lucy.”  

Maude is in Lucy’s bridge club.

Kay Elliot (Nelly, second from right) was the fifth of six actors to play Aunt Hagatha on “Bewitched.” This is her only appearance with Lucille Ball.

Nelly is in Lucy’s bridge club.

Gail Bonney (Dolores, above right) appeared with Lucille Ball in the 1950 films A Woman of Distinction and The Fuller Brush Girl. She played Mrs. Hudson, mother of unruly twins, on “The Amateur Hour” (ILL S1;E14) as well as in “Lucy and the Ceramic Cat” (TLS S3;E16). She had also appeared with Eva Gabor on a 1965 episode of “Green Acres.”  This is her only appearance on “Here’s Lucy.”

Dolores is in Lucy’s bridge club.  She is the president of the PTA.  

Mickey Martin (Photographer) appeared with Lucille Ball in the 1934 film Kid Millions starring Eddie Cantor.  He did one more episode of “Here’s Lucy” in 1970, which was his final screen credit.

Sid Gould (Expressman) made more than 45 appearances on “The Lucy Show,” all as background characters. This is the third of his 40 episodes of “Here’s Lucy.” Gould (born Sydney Greenfader) was Lucille Ball’s cousin by marriage to Gary Morton. 

Earl Parker (Newspaper Reporter) was seen mostly in TV westerns.  He was a stunt double for Vic Morrow.  This is his only appearance with Lucille Ball. 

There was no new “Here’s Lucy” episode on Monday, November 6, 1968 because it was the eve of a US Presidential election.  Instead, CBS sold the time slot to the George Wallace campaign, while Richard Nixon bought time on another network.  Regular programming resumed later in the evening and Lucille Ball made a guest appearance (her second) on “The Carol Burnett Show.”  So Lucy was still on Monday night!  

This episode of “Here’s Lucy” was aired on Veterans Day 1968.  

Peggy Rea (Maude) introduced this episode on the “Here’s Lucy” DVD collection.  Rea passed away shortly afterwards.  

Two days after this “Here’s Lucy” episode originally aired, “Green Acres” broadcast the seventh episode of their fourth season, “A Husband for Eleanor” (their cow).  

Eva Von Graunitz is the author of Valley of the Puppets, a title that parodies the 1966 Jacqueline Susann novel Valley of the Dolls, which was filmed in 1967. In the film, Peggy Rea (Maude) played Neely’s (Patty Duke) vocal coach.  Harry says that Valley of the Puppets was banned in Boston.  Lucy adds that it was even barred in Tijuana!

Harry says he hasn’t read anything like it since Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang. Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang was one of the most popular and notorious humor magazines of the 1920s. It was created by Wilford Hamilton Fawcett, who had been a captain in the US Army during World War I and gained the nickname Captain Billy. The books were immortalized in the lyrics of the song “Trouble” in Meredith Willson’s 1957 Broadway musical The Music Man which was filmed in 1962. The reference, however, is anachronistic as the musical is set in 1912 and the first issue did not hit the newsstands until 1919, seven years later!  The humor magazine was eventually sold to CBS Publications, a division of CBS, the network that distributed “Here’s Lucy” and Lucille Ball’s other sitcoms.

Harry compares his wise-cracking nephew Craig to Milton Berle.  Berle guest starred on episodes of “The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour” and “The Lucy Show.” Desi Arnaz Jr. would co-stars with Berle on “Lucy and the Used Car Dealer” (S2;E9) above.  

Craig is dating the most popular girl in the class, Lori Wilson.  Despite this he seems smitten with Eva Von Graunitz.  Eva Gabor was 48 years old at the time and Desi Arnaz Jr. was 15.  In her thick Hungarian accent Eva calls Lucy ‘Loosel’!  The screenplay Eva is writing concerns a love affair between William and Veronica (or, as Eva says, Villiam and Weronica).

Dolores asks Eva for her autograph – on a copy of The Caine Mutiny, the 1951 Pulitzer Prize–winning novel by Herman Wouk. It was turned into a stage play in 1953 and also a film in 1954. The play is mentioned in “Lucy Meets Orson Welles” (ILL S6;E3).  

Lucy gets a phone call from Millie, who is in her bowling league.

When a reporter pretends to be Eva’s brother, she tells Lucy she has no brothers!  Lucy asks about sisters.  Eva rolls her eyes and says “Boy, oh, boy, oh, boy!  Do I have sisters!” This is an inside reference to Gabor’s famous siblings Zsa-Zsa and Magda.  

Where there’s water, Gale Gordon is sure to end up wet. Here he is on the receiving end of a flowing garden hose.  This running gag began on “The Lucy Show.”  

When Eva’s agent Martin Phillips is at the door, Lucy says “I don’t care if you’re Tiny Tim!” This is the third reference to “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” where singer and ukulele player Tiny Tim was a regular performer.  The variety comedy show aired opposite “Here’s Lucy” on NBC.  

The name of Eva’s next book, Life with Lucille (or, as Eva says, 'Loosel’), is eerily close to the title of Lucille Ball’s final television series Life with Lucy (1987).

The episode ends with role reversal, Lucy dictating to Eva, invoking the names of Cary Grant and John Vane (Wayne).  John Wayne had guest starred as himself on both “I Love Lucy” and “The Lucy Show.”  While Cary Grant never appeared with Lucille Ball, his name was mentioned three times on “I Love Lucy.”  

Booby-trapping the front door with buckets designed to tip over was first done in “The Ballet” (ILL S1;E19) where Lucy Ricardo ended up drenched in water. 

Sitcom logic alert!  Mr. Phillips is looking for a 'normal family’ where successful writer Eva Von Graunitz can live while she writes a screenplay.  He is paying $500 a week.  For that price he not might rent her a private home, apartment, or hotel room.  If she desired privacy, why would she want a family environment? 

Eva Gabor gives a little ladylike sneeze while hosing down the shrubbery.

Eva says that Lucy (Loosel) will be the subject of her next book, yet as the episode fades to black Lucy is dictating a screenplay, not a book.  

“Lucy and Eva Gabor” rates 4 Paper Hearts out of 5

LUCY AND THE GREAT AIRPORT CHASE

S1;E18 ~ February 3, 1969

Directed by Jack Donohue ~ Written by Tommy Thompson

Synopsis

When Harry takes a business trip to San Francisco, Lucy and the kids bring him to the airport – only to get embroiled in a spy caper that leads to a frantic chase all over LAX!  

Regular Cast

Lucille Ball (Lucy Carter), Gale Gordon (Harrison Otis Carter), Lucie Arnaz (Kim Carter), Desi Arnaz Jr. (Craig Carter)

Guest Cast

Sid Haig (Enemy Agent Kurt, above right) was first employed by Desilu in a 1962 episode of “The Untouchables.”  He was buried beneath bandages as the Mummy in “Lucy and the Monsters” (TLS S3;E18). Haig appeared in the horror re-boots Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006) and Halloween (2007).

Larry Duran (Enemy Agent Yang, above left) was a stunt man and actor whose career began in 1952.  This is his only appearance with Lucille Ball.

Neither Enemy Agent is ever addressed by name.  

Walter Janovitz (Dr. Maurice) is probably best known as Oscar Schnitzer on 13 episodes of “Hogan’s Heros” from 1965 to 1970.  This is his only appearance with Lucille Ball.

The Government Agent calls him ‘The Professor,’ but he is never addressed as Dr. Maurice in the dialogue.  

Morgan Jones (Government Agent Bill, above right) makes the first of his two appearances on “Here’s Lucy.”

The character is never addressed by name.

Albert Reed (Paramedic, above left) was coincidentally seen in the feature film Airport the year after this episode first aired.

The final credits list the character as ‘Attendant’.  

The Airport Commuters (all uncredited):

  • Robert Buckingham had been seen with Lucille Ball in Critic’s Choice (1963).  This is his second appearance on the series.
  • Robert Hitchcock appeared on many TV series’ including on “Bewitched” and ”That Girl.”  He was seen in “Lucy and Phil Harris” (TLS S6;E20) at the piano bar.  This is the first of his four episodes of “Here’s Lucy.”
  • Monty O'Grady was first seen with Lucille Ball in The Long, Long Trailer (1953) and played a passenger on the S.S. Constitution in Second Honeymoon” (ILL S5;E14). He was a traveler at the airport when The Ricardos Go to Japan”(1959). He made more than a dozen appearances on “The Lucy Show” and a half dozen more on “Here’s Lucy.”
  • Murray Pollack was seen as one of the party guest in “Country Club Dance” (ILL S6;E25), the episode that introduced Barbara Eden. Coincidentally, he later appeared on half a dozen episodes of “I Dream of Jeannie.” Like Monty O'Grady, he was at the airport when The Ricardos Go to Japan” (1959). He was seen in the 1963 movie Critic’s Choice with Lucille Ball. He made two appearances on “The Lucy Show.” This is the second of his three episodes of “Here’s Lucy.”
  • Ervin Richardson made four uncredited appearances on “The Lucy Show.” This is the first of his two episodes of “Here’s Lucy.”
  • Judith Woodbury made eight (mostly) uncredited appearances on “The Lucy Show.” This is her only  episode of “Here’s Lucy.”

Other airport commuters and staff are played by uncredited extras and actual airport patrons and employees.  

This is the first time “Here’s Lucy” ventures outside the studio to shoot on location.  They film at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  The episode is filmed with one camera and no studio audience, the only one of the season. The episode’s success, however, led to more location shoots in subsequent seasons. 

The episode’s location footage was shot during the end of July / beginning of August 1968. 

This episode was originally written for the final season of “The Lucy Show.”  This is producer Tommy Thompson’s only credit as a screenwriter.  Thompson was a producer on both “The Lucy Show” and “Here’s Lucy.”  Thompson came up with the idea for the episode (which is more action driven than dialogue) while waiting to catch a flight at LAX.  

A Douglas DC-8-52 of United Airlines is on the right and Douglas DC-8-54AF Jet Trader of United Airlines Jet Freighter is in the background.

On the ground, the episode also features lots of period vehicles.  A 1968 Dodge Coronet Station Wagon is on the left and a 1968 Chrysler Newport is on the right. 

The famed LAX sky restaurant where Thompson got the idea for this episode and much of the action is set, was designed by Paul R. Williams, who also designed the Arnaz family home in Palm Springs.  

Harry calls the chase a James Bond movie.  This is not the first time the series has referenced the Ian Fleming film character.  The sixth Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, opened in 1969.  

Harry calls Lucy a Calamity Jane.  Martha Jane Canary (1852-1903), better known as Calamity Jane, was an American frontierswoman and professional scout known for her claims of being an acquaintance of Wild Bill Hickok and fighting against Indians. 

The tone of this episode is decidedly different from the rest of “Here’s Lucy.” From the surreal opening dialogue to the sped-up chase sequences and honky-tonk music, this feels more like an episode of “Lucy Meets Benny Hill.”  One even wonders if the events actually took place or were imagined or dreamed by Lucy Carter.  

“The Lucy Show” used stock footage of the exterior Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in “Lucy Flies to London” (TLS S5;E6)

Lucy characters were previously seen in airports in “Bon Voyage” (ILL S5;E13), where Lucy hired a helicopter at New York International Airport, informally called Idelwild and now known as Kennedy airport….

“Lucy Goes to Alaska” (LDCH 1959), at a tiny Nome airport…

“The Ricardos Go To Japan” (LDCH 1959)

“Lucy Flies to London” (TLS S5;E6)….

 “Lucy in London” (1966) filmed on location at Heathrow…

“Viv Visits Lucy” (TLS S5;E15)

and “Little Old Lucy” (TLS S6;E7).

Like “Lucy’s Impossible Mission” (S1;E6) this episode was a satire on popular spy shows of the time such as “I Spy” (1965-68) and  “Get Smart” (1965-70).  

“I Love Lucy” was the very first television show to use a rear projection process shot when the Ricardos and the Mertzes are driving over the George Washington Bridge in “California, Here We Come!” (ILL S4;E12).  

United Airlines seems to be the only airline or carrier logo shown in the footage. When “Lucy Goes to Alaska” (LDCH 1959) and “The Ricardos Go To Japan” (LDCH 1959) they also fly United Airlines, which is still in business today.  

Lucy’s dialogue is all over-dubbed in opening scene.  It almost doesn’t even sound like Lucille Ball speaking! Due to the nature of filming on location, much of the dialogue was added back in later during a sound recording process called Automated Dialogue Replacement (ADR).  

The Daily Chronicle was also used as a newspaper prop in “Lucy and the Ex-Con” (S1;E15).  The close-up of the newspaper shows that it lacks something every newspaper has: the date!  

The stock footage of the elevated loader moving into place is very grainy and over-exposed.  It doesn’t match the episode’s film stock.  

During the rear projection chase scenes in the yellow vehicles, some studio cables are visible in the upper left of the frame.  

Before green screen technology, blue screens were used.  Note the wires on the upper left are in the original shot as well.  These scenes were shot in the studio on September 26, 1968.

In the raw footage on the “Here’s Lucy” DVD extras, the face of Lucy’s stunt driver can be quickly glimpsed!  

Although Lucille Ball and Gale Gordon do much of the chase sequences, the more dangerous stunts were performed by stunt doubles.  

During the opening dialogue in the restaurant, Harry and Lucy are almost cloyingly sweet to one another.  It feels like a completely different show.  By the episode’s conclusion, however, Harry and Lucy are back to being friendly enemies.  

At the end of the episode, Lucy and the kids are scanning the parking lots for her car, which apparently is a convertible.  In “Lucy and the Ex-Con” (S1;E15), Lucy told Wally Cox that she didn’t have a car.  

“Lucy and the Great Airport Chase” rates 3 Paper Hearts out of 5 

This episode shows that “Here’s Lucy” is already suffering an identity crisis. Originally, it was to be a domestic sitcom about the generation gap. The previous episode, however, “Lucy and Carol Burnett” (S1;E17) was more like a variety show, and this installment is basically a filmed farce.  In striving not to repeat herself, Lucille Ball is trying a lot of different tactics to keep her audience. 

LUCY’S WORKING DAUGHTER

S1;E10 ~ December 2, 1968

Directed by Jack Donohue ~ Written by Robert O'Brien

Synopsis

When Kim gets a part-time job in a dress shop, Lucy becomes her biggest customer.  

Regular Cast

Lucille Ball (Lucy Carter), Gale Gordon (Harrison Otis Carter), Lucie Arnaz (Kim Carter), Desi Arnaz Jr. (Craig Carter)

Guest Cast

Barbara Morrison (Mrs. Murdock) also played an irate shopper in “Lucy Bags a Bargain” (TLS S4;E17). She also was in one other episode. Morrison was an English-born actress making the first of her three appearances on “Here’s Lucy.” 

Karen Norris (Miss Simpson) made half a dozen appearances on “The Lucy Show.” This is her only appearance on “Here’s Lucy.”

Miss Simpson is the manager of Lady Bow’s dress shop.  She has a daughter who works in a decorator’s shop selling lamps.  

Joan Swift (Joanie) made six appearances on “The Lucy Show.”  This is the second and last episode of “Here’s Lucy.” Her final screen credit was 1975’s “Lucy Gets Lucky” with Lucille Ball and Dean Martin.

Although listed in the credits as “Joan”, on screen she is referred to as “Joanie.”

Lola Fisher (First Customer, above left) understudied and replaced Julie Andrews on Broadway in the musical My Fair Lady. It was the third and last of her Broadway shows.  Fisher makes the first of her three “Here’s Lucy” appearances.

Although called “First Customer” in the final credits, Vanda Barra is actually the first to speak on camera.  

Vanda Barra (Second Customer, above right) was married to Sid Gould so is Lucille Ball’s cousin-in-law. She makes the second of her 23 appearances on “Here’s Lucy” as well as appearing in Ball’s two 1975 TV movies “Lucy Gets Lucky” (with Dean Martin) and “Three for Two” (with Jackie Gleason).  She was seen in half a dozen episodes of “The Lucy Show.”  

This is the first (but not the last) time Barra and her real-life husband Sid Gould appear in the same episode. 

Jerry Rush (Maitre D’, above right) made nine (mostly uncredited) appearances on “The Lucy Show.”  This is the first of his two episodes of “Here’s Lucy.”

Sid Gould (Waiter, above center) made more than 45 appearances on “The Lucy Show,” all as background characters. This is the third of his 40 episodes of “Here’s Lucy.”  Between both series’ he played a waiter eleven times! Gould (born Sydney Greenfader) was Lucille Ball’s cousin by marriage to Gary Morton.

The other dress shop and restaurant patrons are played by uncredited background performers.

Lucie’s starting wage at Lady Bow’s dress shop is $18 a week plus 15% commission on sales two afternoons a week after school and Saturdays. Harry forfeits his commission for getting her the job.  

Harry says that sending Lucy on an errand is like releasing a swallow from Capistrano. This is a reference to San Juan Mission in Capistrano, southern California.  It is there that the American cliff swallow migrates every year from its winters in Argentina, making the 6,000-mile trek in springtime. The expression “when the swallows return to Capistrano” has entered common usage.  Capistrano was previously mentioned in “Lucy Gets the Bird” (TLS S3;E12).  

Kim Carter’s Social Security number is 554-60-0676.  Lucy confuses it with a Zip Code.  The nation’s first Social Security card was issued in 1936 with benefits first paid out in 1940.  The US Post Office introduced Zip Codes on July 1, 1963.  

As a Girl Scout, Lucie says she once sold 52 boxes cookies, which which her mother sold on her behalf – to Harry!  

Craig: “I’ll buy that!”
Lucy: “I’m not trying to sell you!”

Ironically, the title of the previous episode was “Lucy Sells Craig to Wayne Newton” (S1;E9).

Lucy and Craig play RSVP, a vertical word game similar to Scrabble. RSVP was introduced by Selchow and Righter in 1958 and promoted as “3-D Scrabble.”  Lucille Ball loved games, and promoted Milton Bradley’s Cross Up, a similar game which had her picture on the box.  

The studio audience applauds Kim when showing off her new dress for work. Craig compares his sister to Audrey Hepburn. Born Audrey Kathleen Ruston(1929-1993), she was a British actress, model, dancer and humanitarian who was also recognized as a fashion icon.   She won an Oscar in 1954 for Roman Holiday.

Craig says if Lucie’s heels were any higher she’d be the Flying Nun.  “The Flying Nun” was a sitcom about a nun (Sally Field) whose habit helped her defy the laws of gravity in her breeze-filled Puerto Rico convent.  The show aired on ABC from 1967 to 1970.  

Lucy mentions Craig’s girlfriend Elsie. Just three weeks earlier, in “Lucy and Eva Gabor” (S1;E7), Craig was said to be dating Lori Wilson, the most popular girl in school.  

Lucy meets Harry and Craig at Pierre’s Restaurant for lunch.  

Across the street from Lady Bow’s dress shop is Modern Miss Boutique, who are sponsoring a future fashion show at Pierre’s Restaurant.  Lucy decides to get the jump on the competition and help Kim earn commissions.  

The multi-function black and white dress that Lucy models at Pierre’s was designed by Edward Stevenson (inset), the show’s costume designer.    

When Lucy does her impromptu fashion show, the soundtrack plays “A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody,” written by Irving Berlin in 1919 which became the theme song of The Ziegfeld Follies.  Lucille Ball was in the 1945 film Ziegfeld Follies, although the song was not!  

Despite a serious sunburn, Lucy Ricardo participated in “The Fashion Show” (ILL S4;E19) promoting Don Loper’s new line in 1955.  Lucy Carmichael gives an impromptu fashion show in a fancy restaurant on “Lucy Meets Danny Kaye” (TLS S3;E15).  

Speaking of working in a dress shop, Lucy and Ethel took over running Hansen’s Dress Shop in “The Girls Go Into Business” (ILL S3;E2).

Barbara Morrison (Mrs. Murdock) also played a dissatisfied customer in “Lucy Bags a Bargain” (TLS S4;E17) at Stacey’s Department Store in which Lucy Carmichael took a job as a salesgirl.

The box for the game RSVP has no cover art or even a name on it.  

There is an obvious edit in the scene where Craig role plays to help Lucie prepare for her first day as a salesgirl.  The soundtrack noticeably jumps mid-laugh.

Lucy coaches Kim to greet her customer’s with “Good Morning!” despite the fact that Kim will only be working afternoons after school.  

“Lucy’s Working Daughter” rates 4 Paper Hearts out of 5

LUCY AND LIBERACE

S2;E16 ~ January 5, 1970

Directed by Jack Baker ~ Written by Fred S. Fox and Seaman Jacobs

Synopsis

For a high school initiation, Craig goes on a scavenger hunt to retrieve one of Liberace’s candelabras. Liberace loans it to him but Lucy thinks he stole it so she recruits Harry to sneak into the star’s mansion and return it.  

Regular Cast

Lucille Ball (Lucy Carter), Gale Gordon (Harrison Otis Carter), Lucie Arnaz (Kim Carter), Desi Arnaz Jr. (Craig Carter)

Guest Cast

Liberace (Himself) was born Władziu Valentino Liberace in 1919.  A piano prodigy, he was the son of working-class immigrants, and enjoyed a career spanning four decades of concerts, recordings, television, motion pictures, and endorsements. At the height of his fame, from the 1950s to the 1970s, Liberace was the highest-paid entertainer in the world, with established residencies in Las Vegas, and an international touring schedule. Liberace embraced a lifestyle of flamboyant excess both on and off stage, acquiring the sobriquet “Mr. Showmanship.” Prior to this episode, his only appearance with Lucille Ball was the musical film Best Foot Forward (1943). He died at age 67 after a battle with HIV/AIDS.

Ben Wrigley (Williams, Liberace’s Butler) was a British actor who appeared in My Fair Lady (1964) and Bednobs and Broomsticks (1971). He previously appeared as a ticket agent in “Lucy Flies to London” (TLS S5;E6).  This is the first of his three episodes of “Here’s Lucy.”

Paul Winchell (Carlo, Liberace’s Tailor) previously played himself in“Lucy and Paul Winchell” (TLS S5;E4). He was born Paul Wilchinsky in 1922. Coming into the public eye in 1948, he became one of the most famous ventriloquists since Edgar Bergen. He hosted the enormously popular children’s television show “Winchell-Mahoney Time” (1964-68) in which he shared the spotlight with Jerry Mahoney, one of his most popular characters. He played Doc Putnam in “Main Street U.S.A.” (TLS S5;17) and “Lucy Puts Main Street on the Map” (TLS S5;E18). This is the second of his two episodes of “Here’s Lucy.”  He died in 2005.

Winchell uses an Italian accent for this character.  

This is the first episode of the new year and the new decade.  The 1970s will see the end of “Here’s Lucy” in 1974 as well as Lucille Ball’s return to the silver screen in Mame that same year.  In 1971 Lucie Arnaz will wed Phil Vandervort and Desi Arnaz Jr. made his big screen debut in Red Sky at Morning. At the end of the decade Lucie Arnaz made her Broadway debut in They’re Playing Our Song (1979).

The date this episode was first aired (January 5, 1970) ABC premiered a new daytime drama called All My Children. It is still on the air today!  

Liberace brought $50,000 worth of his spectacular wardrobe to the set, and Lucille Ball hired a round-the-clock security guard to ensure its safety. The tuxedo jacket that lights up in the dark made its debut on this show; Liberace will use it in his act for the rest of his life.

In the 2013 HBO biopic Behind the Candelabra, an aging Liberace (Michael Douglas) compares his domestic life with partner Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) to an old sitcom.  Scott protests: “Why am I the Lucy?” Douglas’s father Kirk made a wordless cameo appearance on a 1966 episode of “The Lucy Show.”

Professor Harkens gave Craig the African mask.

Lucy recalls her initiation into The Swingers in high school.  The double entendre of ‘swinging’ is quickly cleared up by Lucy saying she was in a trapeze club!  For her initiation, she had to get an autographed photo of Rudy Vallee.  Rudy Vallee was a singer popular in the 1920s and '30s who made a guest appearance on the first episode of “The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour” in 1957.  He will guest star as himself during season 3 of “Here’s Lucy.”  

Kim guesses that Craig may have to retrieve an item from Engelbert Humperdinck.  Lucy replies “What’s an Engelbert Dumperhinck?”  Engelbert Humperdinck is an English pop singer acclaimed as one of the finest middle-of-the-road balladeers around. In 1969 he released two albums and had three hit singles.

In Liberace’s mansion, he enters and sits at a glass-lid Baldwin grand piano and plays Chopin’s “Military Polonaise” (Opus 40, #1) composed in 1838.  

When Liberace tries on the light-up jacket, he says “This’ll really turn them on in Pasadena!”  He could be referring to his senior citizen female fans.  There was a popular song at the time titled “Little Old Lady From Pasadena.”  Later in the episode we learn that the candelabra loaned to Craig was a gift from a Senior Citizen group. 

In a retrospectively funny line, Liberace says about his many candelabras: “I’ve got closets full of them.” Although Liberace was flamboyant, his sexual orientation was never discussed publicly until later in his life.  When 17 year-old Craig and Liberace are alone (and Craig’s shirt is unbuttoned to the navel) it is difficult not to think of Liberace’s romance with 18 year-old Scott Thorson (inset), who later sued the entertainer in America’s first same-sex palimony case.

At home, Craig gets a phone call from Bill. This is probably a nod to Desi Arnaz Jr.’s friend and bandmate Billy Hinsche.  

Answering the front door, Kim says “It’s probably Craig with his arms loaded down with that something he had to get from a big star.” Lucy replies: “Maybe he’s got his arms full of Jackie Gleason.”   This is a quick joke about comedy star Jackie Gleason’s weight.  Gleason did a cameo as Ralph Kramden in the second episode of “Here’s Lucy” (above). 

Harry is reminded that in college he underwent initiation into the fraternity Delta Delta Tau.  The joke comes when he gives says their initials – DDT. Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) is a chemical used as an insecticide. In the late 1960s and early 70s DDT was frequently in the news regarding its harmful effects on humans, wildlife, and the environment.  DDT was eventually banned.  

The candelabra is inscribed “To Liberace.  From his Senior Citizen Fan Club in Pismo Beach.” Along with Cucagmonga, Pismo Beach was often used as a punch-line for jokes set about California. It was recently mentioned in “Lucy Goes on Strike” (S1;E16).  Pismo Beach is one of the locations Lucy and Ethel want to visit before returning to New York in “Lucy Gets Into Pictures” (ILL S4;E18).

On their way to return the candelabra to Liberace, Harry holds it forth and says “Lead, kindly light.”  Lead, Kindly Light”is a hymn with words written in 1833 by John Henry Newman as a poem titled “The Pillar of Cloud.”

Sneaking into Liberace’s mansion through the back door, Harry’s shoes squeak! Lucy says “You’d sure be a goofball on 'Mission: Impossible.’”  The Desilu TV spy show “Mission: Impossible” has been a source of humor for “Here’s Lucy,” which even did a whole episode parodying the show: “Lucy’s Impossible Mission” (S1;E6, above).  

Harry and Lucy sing while Liberace plays “By the Light of the Silvery Moon,” a song written in 1909 by Gus Edwards and Edward Madden. Lucy says she and Harry first performed the number at the Kiwanis Capers.

When Lucy suggests that Liberace use the whole family on his TV special, Liberace remarks “You’re about 83 short of the King Family.” The King Family was a family musical group that had great success on records and television in the 1960s. They had a TV show on ABC that ran until 1969.  

As the big finale, everyone sings and dances to "I’ll Be Seeing You,” a song written by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal in 1938. It was inserted into the Broadway musical Right This Way, which closed after just  fifteen performances.

At the start of the episode, Craig enters wearing an African mask.  The moment is similar to when Ricky Ricardo researched African masks for his Voodoo act during “Lucy Goes to the Hospital” (ILL S2;E16). Ricky Ricardo also briefly wore an African mask in “Cuban Pals” (ILL S1;E28) before singing “Similau.”  

Liberace tells Craig not to worry about returning the candelabra as he has a lot of them. Craig replies: “If Los Angeles ever had a black out – you could light the whole city.” This echos when Liberace was first mentioned by Lucy Ricardo in “The Diner” (ILL S3;E25) in 1954.  

Lucy (about Ricky’s bad mood): Everything went wrong down at the club last night. Right in the middle of his big number, the lights went out all over the whole neighborhood. Everybody got up and, and left and went into the nightclub across the street.

Ethel: How’d they manage without electricity?

Lucy: Liberace was playing there.  He does his show by candlelight. 

In “Lucy’s Show-Biz Swan Song” (ILL S2;E12) Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz sing “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” and wangles her way into performing with a barbershop quartet.

In “Lucy’s Barbershop Quartet” (TLS S1;E19) Lucy Carmichael and Vivian Bagley sing “By the Light of the Silvery Moon” and wangles her way into performing with a barbershop quartet.

Craig’s collectibles are no doubt supplied by prop master Kenneth Westcott from the Desilu prop supply.  It is likely that all of the items were used in some television program, but the one most recognizable is the female ship’s figurehead.  It was last seen in the background of the Sunset Strip beatnik hangout in “Viv Visits Lucy” (TLS S5;E15).  

In “Lucy Dates Dean Martin” (TLS S4;E21) Lucy Carmichael admires (and later wears) a sequined top once worn by Audrey Hepburn. Dean Martin says “The last time I saw anything that fancy was on Liberace.”

Math Fail!  Liberace says that the Carters are 83 short of the King Family. There were 39 members of the King family, ranging in age from 7 months to 79 years, who appeared on their television show.  Liberace is exaggerating by 48 Kings.

Where the Floor Ends! In the living room scene the camera pulls back to far and reveals the soundstage cement floor.  When this happens in Liberace’s mansion, the tape spike marks are clearly visible for centering of the dance numbers and camera positions.

Sitcom Logic Alert! The ending of the episode ditches all pretense of reality and turns into a musical performance for the studio audience, including Liberace waving to the audience as he exits – stage right!  It is jarring and a sign that – once again - “Here’s Lucy” is unsure of its identity.  

“Lucy and Liberace” rates 3 Paper Hearts out of 5

Let’s face it – even playing himself Liberace is a pretty mediocre actor, so this episode could never be more than a showcase for his talent and opulent wardrobe on which is hung a paper thin plot.  The worst thing about the episode is the complete demolishing of the fourth wall during the final number. Shameless, really.  

LUCY AND THE GOLD RUSH

S1;E13 ~ December 30, 1968

Directed by Jack Donohue ~ Written by Howard Harris and Ben Gershman

Synopsis

When Kim and Craig dig up rock specimens for a school Geology project, one of them turns out to be gold.  This inspires Lucy and Harry to go prospecting to make their fortune.

Regular Cast

Lucille Ball (Lucy Carter), Gale Gordon (Harrison Otis Carter), Lucie Arnaz (Kim Carter), Desi Arnaz Jr. (Craig Carter)

Guest Cast

Rhodes Reason (Jeff Simpson) appeared on “Lucy and Carol Burnett: Part One” (TLS S6;E14) and here marks the second of his five episodes of “Here’s Lucy” having just been seen in the previous episode, “Lucy, the Matchmaker” (S1;E12).  He also appeared with Lucille Ball in the 1974 TV movie Happy Anniversary and Goodbye.

Philip Bruns (J. Calvin Coolidge Tompkins) is probably best remembered as Mary Hartman’s dad George on “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” (1976-77). This is his only appearance opposite Lucille Ball.                      

There was no new episode on Monday, December 23rd although CBS did air new episodes of “Gunsmoke,” “Family Affair,” and “Mayberry R.F.D.” that evening.  This is the final episode of the 1968 calendar year; a year that saw the end of “The Lucy Show,” the birth of “Here’s Lucy,” and the first full year of Paramount owning the former Desilu Studios.  

This is the only collaboration between writers Howard Harris and Ben Gershman and also their only time writing for Lucille Ball.  

For the first time on “Here’s Lucy,” we hear Gale Gordon’s unusual pronunciation of “Los Angeles” using a hard ‘g’.  

Harry wants to dictate a letter to Consolidated Machinery (before a rock falls on his foot and Lucy runs out of steno pads).

Harry says the gold in their rock could be worth as much as $14 a ton! Unfortunately, they later find out it will cost $35 a ton to mine it!

Jeff Simpson says he is staying at the Explorer’s Club.  This may be a nod to Los Angeles’s famous Adventurers’ Club, a private male-only organization formed in 1922.  

Under pressure from Uncle Harry, Lucie finally remembers where they found the gold rock: they took the freeway to the Calabasas turnoff, took the Old Tapanga Canyon Road, and walked 3 miles.

Lucy references the Grand Canyon while digging for gold.  Although the Ricardos and the Mertzes all wanted to see the Grand Canyon on their road trip to California, no episode was devoted to it.  

J.C.C. Tompkins is named for President Calvin Coolidge who was inaugurated in 1925, the same year the silent movie The Gold Rush  premiered starring Charlie Chaplin.  

Calvin Coolidge spent the summer of 1927 in the Black Hills, South Dakota and was photographed panning for gold with his wife.

After selling his land  to Harry for $1,000, J.C.C. Tompkins goes off singing “I’m in the money!” The song “We’re in the Money” (aka “The Gold Diggers’ Song”) is from the 1933 film Gold Diggers of 1933  and was written by Al Dubin and Harry Warren. It is now part of the stage musical 42nd Street.

This episode allows Gale Gordon to do much of the physical humor normally done by Lucille Ball.  He barricades himself in his office with a Rube Goldberg-like method and then tries to break open the gold rock, unsuccessfully but humorously.  At the end of the episode, he falls down a mine shaft.

Lucy Ricardo and the gang went prospecting for the 1950’s version of gold – uranium - in “Lucy Hunts Uranium,” a 1958 episode of “The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour” that also starred Fred MacMurray.  While that episode was shot on location in the California desert (standing in for Nevada), this one is shot entirely on the soundstage at Paramount.

Kim and Craig are in the same Geology class, despite Kim being two years ahead of Craig in school.

When Harry pays a surprise visit with a 14 pound roast turkey (at 29 cents a pound), Lucy says she was having leftovers for dinner, but instantly produces a fancy tray of hors d'oeuvres from the kitchen.  She also coincidentally has cranberry sauce already on the table.  The wide shot also reaveals where the wall-to-wall carpeting meets the concrete stage floor, a frequent error on all “Lucy” sitcoms. 

In that same scene, Gale Gordon is sweating profusely.  Despite having a handkerchief in his pocket, the actor resists the temptation to mop his dripping brow.  He is also sweating in the gold mining scene.  Gordon may have been ill or reacting to the heat in the studio - or both!  

“Lucy and the Gold Rush” rates 3 Paper Hearts out of 5