Lucy and Ricky and Ethel and Fred

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  1. D_Ireonsyd_Colonrinse

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    Watching re-runs of "I Love Lucy" gave me more pleasure when I was a kid than, I think, any other show. For some reason, whenever I imitated the lines, I always loved Ethel the best. She had a very dry, self-deprecating sense of humor.

    All the other old tv shows from the '50's or '60's seemed arch and static. "Leave it to Beaver" seemed dopey (and I knew it was dopey when I was 9-years-old). But "Lucy" was always freewheeling and funny and smart and alive. And I adored Lucy and Ethel's casual, sarcastic banter whenever Ethel slipped into Lucy's back kitchen door during the day. Vivan Vance was the perfect wisecracking foil for Lucy's lunacy.

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    (Lucy is trying out the new mind-reading act at Ricky's club):

    Mindreader's assistant: What is your date of birth?

    Lucy: August 6th.

    Mindreader's assistant: August 6th what?

    Lucy: August 6th period.

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    Ethel: Gee, this high altitude sure gives me an appetite.

    Fred: What's your excuse at sea level?

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    Fred: She said my mother looks like a weasel.

    Lucy: Ethel, apologize.

    Ethel: I'm sorry your mother looks like a weasel.

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    Ethel: I refuse to go anywhere with someone who thinks I am a hippopotamus.

    Ricky: Lucy, is this true?

    Lucy: No, I just implied that she was a little hippy... though, on second thought, she has got the biggest potamus I've ever seen.

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    Ethel: There's lots of things you're good at.

    Lucy: (on the verge of tears) Like what?

    Ethel: Well, you're awfully good at... uh... You've always been really great at... uhh...

    Lucy: Those are the same ones Ricky came up with.

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    (the doorbell rings)

    Lucy: That must be my dear friend Ethel. Oh, I'll open the door, Fred.

    Fred: Open it?! I was going to lock it!

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    (watching a beautiful italian woman)

    Ethel: If I let my hair go like that you'd never let me hear the end of it.

    Fred: Honeybunch, if the rest of you looked like that I wouldn't care if you were bald.

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    When I was in 5th grade, I laughed so hard at this episode I nearly hyperventilated:

    YouTube - I Love Lucy-"Ethel's Home Town" Performance
     
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  2. HellsKitchenmanNYC

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    You are so right. Lucy episodes never, ever get tired and I also enjoyed Lucy and Viv on Lucy's other tv shows. They were the perfect foils for each other and were even better than Martin and Lewis as a comic team. Perfection!
     
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    I really enjoy I Love Lucy. I'll have to go look for it online now.
     
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    Lucy never gets old. Love her.
     
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    Geez, I forgot what a babe Lucy was. Legs and high cheekbones.
     
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    Loved Ethel. On the CA trip. She and sleeping Fred take the bed with a large dip in it as Lucy and Ricky can't sleep in it. She does this automated routine of tucking Fred into the side of the bed with his night shirt, she fills the hole with pillows then does this "take" out to Lucy and Ricky who are just watching her in awe. That "take" is one of the funniest things I ever saw on TV.

    I also love the one were she is in disguise with Lucy to see if Fed and Ricky cheat. She is in the 1/2 Gaisha and 1/2 Eskimo outfit. Oh man, a classic
     
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    THAT is one of my favorite episodes and it's one on very few peoples' lists. It's called, First Stop, and the clip you're thinking of is this one. The audio is out of sync but it's mostly a sight-gag and pantomime bit. Skip ahead when they get to the cabin to spend the night.

    Another of my faves is in Lucy Is Envious and it has Lucy and Ethel climbing around the Empire State Building to pretend to be Women From Mars for a movie publicity stunt. Just when you think it's no longer funny, it gets better! This episode has a great ending.

    The second episode of the show was hilarious. Lucy worries Ricky misses his native Cuba so goes South American to make him feel more at home. What Carmen Miranda has to do with Cuba I don't know, but it's great.

    One of the greatest moments in TV history: Vitameatavegamin.
     
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    Say, Ethel! Don't you just love my new hat?!

    Listen, I've figured out a way to get into Ricky's new show. And you're going to help me....

    Bleedd-diddy, bleedd-diddy, bleedd-diddy, blee,
    Da,da, da-da,da-da, DAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    'Nuff said. And you know why. :wink:

    Oops. There's that emoticon again.
     
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    I alway remember the episode with the husbands switching roles with Ethel and Lucy. The guys stay at home and make a mess of things while the girls take jobs at a chocolate factory. They have to pack the chocolate, but the conveyor belt starts running faster and faster and they have hide candies in their mouths, in their hats, and down their blouses without getting caught by the tough forewomen. It's some of the best slapstick ever.

    What?

    The Jack Benny Show
    The Honeymooner's (Ralph Kramden static?)
    Hogan's Heroes
    Get Smart
    The Phil Silvers Show (Sargent Bilko)

    The list of great shows is long. They weren't slick like today's shows, but they were at least as clever.
     
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    I love the Lucy, was one of the few TV programs growing up that my mom would allow us to watch. Back then the show was on twice daily, once in the morning and then early in the evening. Normally we sat down for dinner as Lucy was signing off. It was always a sore point with me if mom called us to eat before Lucy had finished. It wasn't until we were teens and Lucy was long removed from her position of the Queen of the screen, that we were to discover the pleasure of eating in front of the ''idiot box'', and frozen TV dinners. Ah the good old days.
     
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    There is not ONE episode of I love Lucy that you can't watch a million times and it's never not funny. It always is. Fred. Ethel and even the old lady that was the babysitter....it's hysterical. It was still even funny when they moved to Conn. Absolutely hysterical!
     
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    :rofl:

    Every one of those lines literally had me laughing out loud.
     
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    God - I love Lucy & Ethel!
    One of my favourites was when Ricky's relatives visit from Cuba. They don't speak English, but through Ricky, one of them asks Lucy if she's a natural redhead. Without hesitation (but with a guilty look on her face), Lucy instructs Ricky to tell her "yes". Ricky then goes into a Spanish spiel in which the words "Henna Rinse" are very audible. Lucy responds with "Boy that certainly lost something in the translation...".
     
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