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Lucy Gets Caught Up in the Draft 

When a letter arrives from the US Government, Lucy finds that she's mistakenly been drafted. Instead of "Lucy," the letter is addressed to "Lou C." She sets off to the draft office to ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Army Lieutenant
Ben Gage ...
Marine Lieutenant
Sid Gould ...
Harry Hickox ...
Marine Sergeant


When a letter arrives from the US Government, Lucy finds that she's mistakenly been drafted. Instead of "Lucy," the letter is addressed to "Lou C." She sets off to the draft office to correct the mistake, but due to stupid "rules and regulations," Lucy finds that she has to become a Marine until the paperwork gets straightened out. She proceeds to make life miserable for her sergeant. Written by SR.

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14 November 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Lucy gets a letter from her son "Jimmy" Carmichael. In previous seasons, his name was "Jerry" Carmichael, but the actor's name was Jimmy Garrett. See more »


[first lines]
Lucy Carmichael: [on the phone] Hello? Oh hi Mary Jane. Go to the beach? Are you kidding? Well it sounds wonderful, but I have to work. Yes, on a Saturday, yes. Now, wait a minute, wait a minute. That's not fair, comparing Mr. Mooney to Simon Legree. No, no, I'm not defending Mr. Mooney, I'm defending Simon Legree.
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References Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927) See more »

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Utter Fantasy
29 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Lucy Carmichael is drafted with a letter addressed to 'Lou C. Carmichael'.

She takes the letter down to the draft board and they tell her she must fill in.

Until what? Someone is found to fill the gap? Then the army must track down this Lou C. Carmichael and hold him accountable.

But Lucy Carmicheal isn't responsible for keeping up the military's quota.

Nevertheless, I supposed we wouldn't have this rather unique episode in comedy.

Hardly funny, tho much of the Lucy show from the 1960s is hardly funny, the episode is insightful to such an idea, and perhaps even rather prophetic to women in the military.

Amusing bits are definitely Lucy referring to herself as tho she will simply be a girl in the army.

By this time, Lucille Ball was in her mid-fifties. That is hardly being perceived as a girl.

But then Lucy sought to deny her age, obviously.

This is the episode with the cameo from Jim Nabors at the end.

This then rather runs the loop of Lucy, Andy Griffith, Jim Nabors and Danny Thomas full circle, in a sense.

Lucy Ricardo would meet Danny thomas and his TV family on an episode of the Lucy-Desi comedy hour, Danny Thomas would drive thru Mayberry and meet Sheriff Taylor, which would spawn the Andy Griffith show.

Andy Griffith show is where Gomer Pyle began, who would get his own show, and now the caricature of Gomer, tho unnamed and uncredited, would turn up on Lucy's show, tho here she is Lucy Carmichael, not Lucy Ricardo (tho again, both women would give her maiden name as McGillacuddy).

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