Ten pages of original pencils by Larry Lieber (with partial inks by Vince Coletta) from Spider-Man: The Manhattan Project, an unpublished Marvel graphic novel by Lieber, Alan Zelenetz and Jim Shooter, circa 1985.
by Jack Donohue ~ Written by Robert O'Brien
Unique Employment Agency sends Rocky (Wally Cox), a reformed safe
cracker, on an assignment as a janitor. When the place is robbed,
Rocky is the number one suspect. Disguised as old ladies, Lucy and
Rocky go undercover to catch the real crook.
Carter) and Desi
Arnaz Jr. (Craig
Carter) do not appear in this episode.
(Rocky Barnett) was probably best known as America’s favorite science
teacher “Mr. Peepers” (1952-55) on NBC. Cox had played a nervous
musician on a 1963 episode of “The Lucy Show.” This is the first
of his four appearances (playing different eccentric characters) on
“Here’s Lucy.” He was also a regular panelist on “The
Hollywood Squares.” Cox died in 1973 at age 48.
is short for Rockingham.
(‘Doc’ Morgan) is best known for playing Frank Nitti on the Desilu
series “The Untouchables” (1959-63). He played a version of the
character when “The Lucy Show” parodied “The Untouchables” in
Morgan is so named because he uses a stethoscope when safe cracking.
Bruce Gordon was not related to Gale Gordon.
was an ex-vaudevillian
Milton Berle hired to appear as a heckler named Sidney Spritzer on
his variety shows.
This is his only appearance with Lucille Ball. He died at the age
(Policeman, extreme left) was much more at home in hour-long crime
dramas (like “Mannix” or “Mission: Impossible”) than in
sitcoms. Many of his 125 TV and film credits were as law enforcement
officials. Howard also played a policeman on “Lucy and Mannix are
Held Hostage” (S4;E4).
(Policeman) appeared as a Native American Medicine Man in “Lucy the
Rain Goddess” (TLS S4;E15). He was an ex-vaudevillian making the
first of his eight “Here’s Lucy” appearances.
of the patrons of the Seadrifter Cafe (uncredited) are played
seen in the lasttwo episodes of “The Lucy Show” as well as
making three appearances on “Here’s Lucy.”
seen as the Bartender in “Lucy
Meets John Wayne” (S5;E10).
He also appeared in four episodes of “Here’s Lucy.” Romito was
an extra in the 1960 Lucille Ball / Bob Hope film Critic’s
a police officer (uncredited) in “The Ricardos Go To Japan” in
1959. He was an uncredited extra in many TV and film westerns, often
found sitting on a bar stool.
scantily clad blonde waitresses, the taxi driver, and the other
Seadrifter patrons are played by uncredited background performers.
For his employment application, Rocky lists his aliases: Riley, Murphy, Shapiro, Agnew, and Smith.
Gordon introduces this episode on the “Here’s Lucy” DVD
collection. He passed away in 2011.
sends Mr. Barnett to Parker Import Company for a job as a maintenance
man (aka janitor).
goes undercover as Abigail Throckmorton and Rocky as Lydia Perkins
(of the Pasadena Perkins’) from the Ladies Civic Betterment
Committee. The mention of Pasadena gets a laugh from the studio
audience because of the Beach Boys hit song “The Little Old Lady from
Pasadena” (1964) sung by Jan and Dean. Ball and Cox are dressed as stereotypical
little old ladies.
and Rocky decide to fake getting drunk to gain access to Doc’s
office, which allows Lucy to deliver the clever line:
“Might I have a Mai Tai?”
is an alcoholic cocktail based on rum, Curaçao liqueur, orgeat
syrup, and lime juice, and usually adorned with Polynesian-style
decorations like paper umbrellas and tropical flowers. Doc says his
Mai Tai’s have seven different kinds of rum.
too many Mai Tais, Lucy drunkenly croons a few bars of “Sweet
song featured in the 1937 film Waikiki
It won the Academy
Award and Bing
recording of it became one of the biggest hits of 1937.
The music then segues into “The Hawaiian
a traditional island melody first written in 1860. Lucy dances
energetically shaking her maracas – and other body parts.
Lucy and Rocky pass out (as planned) Doc says “Iriving!
Give me a hand with arsenic and old face.” Arsenic
and Old Lace
was a 1939 Broadway play and 1944 film where two elderly spinsters
serve lethal glasses of elderberry wine to unsuspecting older
gentlemen and bury them in their basement!
is not the first time Lucille Ball has played the archetypal little
old lady. Lucy Ricardo made herself old to ward off the affections
of Arthur Morton (Richard Crenna) in “The Young Fans” (ILL S1;E20)…