Lucy and Viv are envious of the snooty women of the Danfield Art Society, all of whom have their own maids. Lucy decides they must have one, too, so to afford a maid, Lucy goes to work as a... See full summary »

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Lucy and Viv are envious of the snooty women of the Danfield Art Society, all of whom have their own maids. Lucy decides they must have one, too, so to afford a maid, Lucy goes to work as a maid. She's hired by a society matron who's throwing a dinner party--for the members of the Art Society. Written by Steve.

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30 November 1964 (USA)  »

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Amazingly Convoluted
30 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

Hair-brained schemes is one thing, but this episode just throws things all out of proportion. Lucy wants to impress rich society women who all happen to have maids, so she has to work as a maid so she can hire a maid for herself to impress these ladies. It's all just a bit too far-fetched.

On top of this, we get Kathleen Freeman as the maid she hires, essentially reprising the same thing on I Love Lucy when Lucy hired a maid to help out with Little Ricky and she ended up doing more work than before, but this time the subtlety of Lucy Ricardo's intimidation is lost with Freeman, nevermind Freeman appeared on several earlier episodes as a neighborhood buddy, when she enters here, it's to 'special guest star' applause.

So now what will the punchline be? Lucy pandering to her maid or being the rich woman's maid? For some strange reason, I couldn't help but ponder this was only something Ball would know about how rich women deal with their help.

In the end, the final 'joke' is so extremely contrived, it's amazing to behold, with Lucy and Viv cackling out some clichéd tunes of other nationalities, and wearing bizarre little 'disguises'.

But it's an incredibly weak plot; I have to be a maid so I can hire a maid.


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