Ethel and Lucy are upset that Ricky and Fred don't seem interested in them. After seeing how they react to a friend's beautiful and poised date, they enroll in charm school.



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Maurice Hill ...
Tom Williams (as Maury Hill)
Vivi Janiss ...
Louann Hall
Tyler McVey ...
Phoebe Emerson
Eve Whitney ...
Eve Whitney


Ethel and Lucy are upset that Ricky and Fred don't seem interested in them. After seeing how they react to a friend's beautiful and poised date, they enroll in charm school.

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Comedy | Family




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25 January 1954 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Lucy Ricardo: [Lucy, dressed in a stunning, skin-tight evening gown prances into the room, showing off her new glamorous look] May I have a light, please? Thanks awfully, darling.
Ricky Ricardo: Who is that?
Fred Mertz: It looks like Lucy.
Ricky Ricardo: Lucy?
Lucy Ricardo: Yes, dah-ling?
Ricky Ricardo: It is Lucy.
Fred Mertz: Well, what do you know.
Lucy Ricardo: [Door buzzer sounds] That must be my dear friend, Ethel. Please Fred, I'll open the door.
Fred Mertz: Open it? I was going to LOCK it!
Lucy Ricardo: Oh my dear fellow. You have such a refreshing wit.
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Theme From 'I Love Lucy' (Instrumental)
Written by Eliot Daniel
Performed by Wilbur Hatch and the Desi Arnaz Orchestra
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Eve Whitney, Luvvy Howell & Bill and Louanne Hall
18 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

Memorable episode with Lucy and Ethel now joined by new friend, never-to-be-seen-again Louanne Hall (portrayed by Vivi Janiss) and their husbands who insist on socializing without the women present, until a fourth couple shows up with his date, the stunning Eve Whitney (Barbara Eden she ain't), who apparently used her real name.

The men now have no problem following Eve out of the kitchen where they were huddled, much to Lucy and Ethel's dismay the next morning.

We are now told Ricky's accent gets thicker as the more beautiful the woman he is around. Fred wanted to play spin the bottle with Eve, and the never-to-be-seen-again Bill Hall wanted to hear Eve's life story.

This is how Lucy and Ethel learned of Eve's charm school run by ta-DAH! -- Natalie Schafer, she who is to be best known as Mrs. Howell on Gilligans Island.

Clearly Natalie was not performing on Gilligan's Island as we see here, right down to the lorgnette, her weapon-of-choice.

In the end, we are treated to Lucy and Ethel in skin-tight dresses. Lucy of course manages to carry it off, but Ethel is quite a site, but Vance works with it.

Worth mentioning is Schafer's instruction on how to walk (let the hips lead and the body follow) as well as one does not walk like a bag of meal, which Lucy would then essentially use similar instructions to Miss Lewis (Bea Benaderet) in Lucy Plays Cupid nearly two years later.

For some strange reason, lots of memorable ILL moments in this one episode.

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