I Love Lucy (1951–1957)
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Lucy Does a TV Commercial 

In this classic "I Love Lucy" episode, Lucy angled here way onto Ricky's special as the show's pitch girl. She advertises a medicine called "Vitameatavegamin." Believe it contains vitamins,... See full summary »



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Airs Sat. Sep. 02, 7:30 AM on HALL



Episode credited cast:
Ethel Mertz (credit only)
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In this classic "I Love Lucy" episode, Lucy angled here way onto Ricky's special as the show's pitch girl. She advertises a medicine called "Vitameatavegamin." Believe it contains vitamins, minerals, meat, and vegetables, Lucy actually does not know is that the stuff is also contained twenty-three percent of alcohol. Written by rocknrollunderdawg

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Comedy | Family





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5 May 1952 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


There are seven episodes (all in season one) without William Frawley and Vivian Vance the apartment landlords, Fred & Ethel Mertz. There are three without both, two with Fred but not Ethel and two with Ethel but not Fred. In order like a fraction, without a Mertz [1/7]: I Love Lucy: Pilot (1951). [2/7]: I Love Lucy: Lucy Plays Cupid (1952). [3/7]: I Love Lucy: The Young Fans (1952). Ethel without Fred [4/7]: I Love Lucy: The Quiz Show (1951). [5/7]: I Love Lucy: Lucy Is Jealous of Girl Singer (1951). Fred without Ethel [6/7]: I Love Lucy: The Audition (1951). [7/7]: I Love Lucy: Lucy Does a TV Commercial (1952). See more »


In Act 3, after Lucy is soused on the alcohol in the tonic, Ricky begins to sing a song on the "live" show. Lucy enters from the left, between scenery flats, and in the darkness behind her, you can see the Ricardo's apartment fireplace and mantel. See more »


[after many takes - and many spoonfuls of Vitameatavegamin... containing alcohol]
Lucy Ricardo: Well, I'm your Vitavigavegivat Girl. Are you tired, run down, listless? Do you pop out at parties? Are you unpoopular?
Lucy Ricardo: Well, are you? The answer to all your problems is in this little ol' bottle, Vitameatavegamin.
[Checks the bottle label]
Lucy Ricardo: That's it. Vitameatavegamin contains vitamins, meat, megetables and vinerals. So why don't you join the thousands of happy peppy people and get a great big bottle of ...
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.90 (2006) See more »


Theme From 'I Love Lucy' (Instrumental)
Written by Eliot Daniel
Performed by Wilbur Hatch and the Desi Arnaz Orchestra
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15 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What more can be said about this famous gem which was voted TV comedy's #1 moment? The show has minor faux pas: the wee peek into the Ricardo bedroom and Lucy's "couldn't you just hire good musicians?" line sounds nearly flubbed - but nobody cares.

As most fans know, Lucy drank apple pectin in the Vitameatavegamin bottle.

This is Lucille Ball at her very finest: how she could hiccup on cue is beyond me - but she does manage it.

Ethel doesn't appear in this episode at all.

This is a universally loved episode dubbed in countless languages - it makes folks laugh from Kentucky to Cameroon!

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