by Herbert Kenwith ~ Written by Milt Josefsberg and Ray Singer
goes on the Art Linkletter show and is challenged not to lose her
temper for 24 hours in order to win $500. Little does she know that
her friends and family are all in on the stunt and are
determined to make her lose her cool!
Otis Carter), Lucie
Arnaz Jr. (Craig
born in 1912 in Moose Jaw, Canada. He was the host of “House
Party” (aka “The Linkletter Show”) which ran on CBS radio and
television for 25 years, and “People Are Funny,” on NBC radio and
TV for 19 years. Linkletter had one of the longest marriages of any
celebrity in America, at nearly 75 years. He was the father of five
children. Art Linkletter also played himself on a 1966 episode of
“The Lucy Show.” He died in 2010 at age 97.
Jane Croft (Mary
Betty Ramsey during season six of “I Love Lucy. ” She also played
Cynthia Harcourt in “Lucy
is Envious” (ILL S3;E23) and
Evelyn Bigsby in “Return
Home from Europe” (ILL S5;E26).
She played Audrey Simmons on “The Lucy Show” but when Lucy
Carmichael moved to California, she played Mary Jane Lewis, the
actor’s married name and the same one she uses on all 31 of her
episodes of “Here’s Lucy. Her final acting credit was playing
Midge Bowser on “Lucy Calls the President” (1977). She died in
1999 at the age of 83.
(Mrs. Carol Carroll from Walla Walla) was
Lucille Ball’s cousin-in-law and married to frequent day player Sid
Gould. This is just one of her over two dozen 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 a one-gag character based on her name. Because it wouldn’t be realistic for Art Linkletter to directly approach Lucy right off the bat, a throw-away character is created as a buffer to make it seem more natural.
(Supermarket Clerk) was seen in the Lucille Ball film
Easy Living in
1949. This is his only series appearance.
(Kid) was a child actor who was eleven years old at the time of
filming. He made his last screen appearance in 1980 and became
behind the scenes draper for motion pictures and television.
Kid’s mother (or whoever she is) goes uncredited and has no dialogue.
audience of “The Art Linkletter Show” (all uncredited) are played
with Lucille Ball in The
Facts of Life (1960)
He was in two episodes of “The Lucy Show.” This is the
second of his three episodes of “Here’s Lucy.”
Berle was the older brother of Milton Berle. This is just one of
his eleven uncredited appearances on the series. He also did two
episodes of “The Lucy Show.”
the second of his five background appearances on the series.
at least three background appearances on “I Love Lucy.” She also
did four episodes of “The Lucy Show.” Coincidentally,
Richards was also in the studio audience of “The Art Linkletter
Show” on “The Lucy Show” in 1966. In 1968, she was in the
Lucille Ball film Yours,
Mine and Ours.
In deference to her reputation, Richards gets prime seating for the camera shot, located just behind Lucy and Mary Jane.
the third of his 13 mostly uncredited appearances on the series. He
also did one episode of “The
members of the studio audience, pages, shoppers, and security guards are all
played by uncredited background performers.
DVD Box Set lists this episode as “Lucy LOOSES
Her Cool” in the main menu.
the DVD, the episode is introduced by ‘TV Legend / Author’ Art
who died shortly afterwards.
date this episode first aired (Monday, December 7, 1970), Art Linkletter began a week of co-hosting “The Mike
Douglas Show” interviewing Barbara Walters and football player
says he is doing his biology homework by reading Playboy
magazine. This is the first time the magazine has been named, but
Harry has been seen ogling centerfolds in two previous episodes.
Despite using the name, the magazine’s cover has been removed. An ad for Lee Jeans is visible on camera.
Oddly, Craig makes no attempt to hide the magazine from his mother.
He then tells Lucy he got the magazine from his Uncle Harry!
mentions borrowing earrings from Aunt
during her last trip to California. Vivian Vance’s last appearance
was in “Lucy and Viv Visit Tijuana” (S2;E19) aired eleven months
earlier. Her next appearance will be “Lucy Goes Hawaiian”
(S3;E23 & 24) in February 1971.
Kim asks Lucy what day it is, Lucy naturally responds “Monday.”
All of Lucille Ball’s sitcoms aired on Monday
In the supermarket, Lucy actually slips on a banana peel, a comedy trope dating back to vaudeville.
she is about to lose her temper, Lucy ‘hears’ the voice of Art
Linkletter in her head. This surreal technique is repeated three
times throughout the episode.
Carter pronounces tomato
This is how Lucille Ball would pronounced the word in real life. On
“I Love Lucy”, however, Ball made a concerted effort to
pronounces it “toe-may-toe”
to make Lucy Ricardo sound less cultured.
Mary Jane asks Lucy to hold her groceries, they include boxes of
and Post Toasties,
although the brand names of both have been covered with tape.
Toasties were actually Post’s version of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, so
Mary Jane is buying two boxes of flakes. Toasties were discontinued
gives the Kid a dollar to squirt Lucy in the face with seltzer water,
but naturally Harry ends up getting the shower instead!
In 1966, Art Linkletter dared
Lucy Carmichael to not make a sound for 24 hours in “Lucy and Art Linkletter” (TLS S4;E16). [Note: Background player Leoda Richards is seated just behind Lucy, just as she is in this episode.]
end of the episode has Lucy presented with a bill for the damage to
the supermarket that comes to $499.99, leaving her with just one
cent. In “Bonus Bucks” (ILL S3;E21) the prize is $300 but when
the damage done to the laundry to retrieve the lucky buck comes to
$299, Lucy Ricardo is left with just one dollar - and extremely starched!
We all know that Leonard Briggs is pretty much the greatest Community character ever. What we don’t all know, however, is that Richard Erdman, the actor who plays Leonard, once appeared on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Cool. Cool cool cool cool cool.