Lucille is upset over turning 40, so Gunther decides to surprise her by buying her a wig for a birthday gift, a deceptively simple endeavor fraught with misunderstanding and melodrama when nosy Sylvia Schnauser stumbles upon the scheme.

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Lucille is upset over turning 40, so Gunther decides to surprise her by buying her a wig for a birthday gift, a deceptively simple endeavor fraught with misunderstanding and melodrama when nosy Sylvia Schnauser stumbles upon the scheme.

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24 March 1963 (USA)  »

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Although, her character, Lucille, turns 40 in this story, actress Beatrice Pons was 57 years old, at the time. See more »

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Leo Schnauzer complains about a clunky charm bracelet his wife Sylvia continually wears. In no scene of this episode is Sylvia wearing a charm bracelet. See more »

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[Lucille is devastated over the thought of turning 40 in a few days]
Lucille Toody: [sobbing] I'm sorry, Gunther, it's just the thought of being forty!
Officer Gunther Toody: [consoling her] Lucille, sweetheart, you don't look any different today than you did ten years ago.
Lucille Toody: [hopeful] Really, Gunther?
Officer Gunther Toody: Yes - ten years ago you looked forty.
Lucille Toody: [breaks down sobbing]
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References Ben Casey (1961) See more »

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One Of The Great Episodes
3 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'd rank this episode among the best in this great two-year television series of the early 1960s. I've seen this episode a number of times over the years and never failed to laugh out loud at least a handful of times. The story is filled with great one-liners by Beatrice Pons ("Lucille"), Joe E. Ross ("Gunther") and Charlotte Rae ("Sylvia").

The are also some great sight-jokes. The expressions of Lucille and Sylvia's faces in some cases is just hilarious.

One of the end - in which it looks like Gunther is about to strangle Lucille - brings tears to my eyes every time, because the camera shot and context are really, really funny.

This story is writer Nat Hiken at his best. Hiken just loved to write comedies involving misunderstandings, and then exaggerating them for laughs.


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