Lucy suspects Mr. Mooney may be embezzling from the bank, she digs up
his back yard to find the money, only to puncture his new oil tank in
Ball (Lucy Carmichael), Vivian Vance (Vivian Bagley), Gale Gordon
(Theodore J. Mooney), Jimmy Garrett (Jerry Carmichael), Candy Moore
Hart (Sherman Bagley) does not appear in this episode
(Bob Mooney) is probably best remembered for playing Richard Harrison
on “The Patty Duke Show” on ABC, a series that aired concurrently
with “The Lucy Show.” The same week this episode first aired he
was seen on that show. He died in 2016 at the age of 81.
(Sgt. Wilcox) played the role of Sgt.
Wilcox two episodes earlier in “Lucy and the Safe Cracker”
(S2;E5). He appeared in four films with Lucille Ball, including
playing a police sergeant in Without
During his long career he played so many officers of the law that his
IMDB photo is of him in a police uniform!
at the Bank) was the director of this episode and 106 others. He
also directed 35 episodes of “Here’s Lucy.” He will also be seen
as the Conductor in “Lucy Conducts the Symphony” (S2;E13).
the scene, Donohue approaches Viv to make a donation to the Hospital
Helpers but is told to “Go
Lucy asks Jerry to donate to the Hospital Helpers Fund, her voice
sounds as if it was over-dubbed. Jerry replies that he already gave
to the Volunteer Firemen’s Fund but coughs up a nickle anyway. In
“Lucy the Music Lover” (S1;E8) Viv was chairman of a benefit to
raise funds for a new children’s hospital.
says his father paid $300 for a convertible and bought Mrs. Mooney a
fur stole. That $300 is the equivalent to nearly $2,400 in 2017.
Chris theorizes that Mr. Mooney may have won the Irish Sweepstakes.
was a lottery based in Ireland to benefit their hospitals. The first
‘legal’ lottery in the United States was in New Hampshire in 1964.
is the first mention of Mr. Mooney’s wife, whose name, we learn, is
Irma. She will remain off-screen for the entire series. We also
learn that they have a dog, although we don’t learn its name.
from coal heating to oil heat began shortly after the Great
Depression but was slow to catch on, especially in the Northeast,
which heavily relied on coal. As the technology progressed, costs
for conversion decreased and many more homes moved away from coal to
oil heat. Coal features heavily in the comic finale of “Lucy Builds
a Rumpus Room” (S1;E11).
Mooney talks on the telephone with Mr. Alan about his new oil burner.
It is guaranteed for one year and will use an estimated 10,000
gallons of oil over five years. The oil tank is buried in the back
yard. When Mr. Mooney hastily scribbles notes about the conversation
on a pad, Lucy mistakenly thinks that he has buried $10,000 in the
Mooney goes across the street to see Mr. Fox. Della Fox was a
wardrobe mistress on the series.
wonders aloud what Perry Mason would do in a case like this. “Perry
Mason” (1957-1966) was a long-running TV series about a defense
attorney (Raymond Burr) that aired concurrently with “The Lucy Show”
episode is full of clever callbacks to previous “Lucy Show”
episodes. Viv mentions hearing gossip from Flo
This was an off-screen character last mentioned in the series’ very
first episode “Lucy Waits Up for Chris” (S1;E1). The name Flo
may be a tribute to Lucy’s childhood friend Flo Pauline Lopus.
gossip concerns Miss
Mr. Mooney’s secretary, a character we met in “Lucy Gets Locked in the Vault” (S2;E5) where she was played by Ellen Corby (above). In this
episode she is mentioned as “not being at her desk.”
Okay so - I sat an watched Selma yesterday and found it both fantastic and heartbreaking.
Today I was thinking about the scene with Malcom X, I briefly remembered the first time I ever learned about him - watching the Fresh Prince as a British kid in the 90′s. And suddenly all I can think of is this scene in the very first episode
Uncle Phil: Look at me when I’m talking to you. Let me tell you something, son. I grew up on the streets just like you. I encountered bigotry you could not imagine. Now you have a nice poster of Malcolm X on your wall. I heard the brother speak. I read every word he wrote. Believe me, I know where I come from!
So I never really linked him saying that to actually visually placing him in that period of the Civil Rights movement. So I looked up a bit more of Phil’s past in the show and literally: “Phil: ls that so, son? Let me tell you something. The ‘63 March on Washington? l was there. The '65 demonstrations at Selma, l was there. The '65 Watts Riots, l was there, too.”
So yeah, I always knew Uncle Phil was badass, but goddamn
Happy Birthday to actress and entertainer Janet Hubert!
Janet is best-loved for playing the role of the original Vivian Banks
on the sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” from its first season 1990
until the end of its third in 1993. She has also been a featured
performer in numerous stage, television and film productions.