The Lucy Show: Season 3, Episode 22

Lucy and the Old Mansion (1 Mar. 1965)

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The Countess doesn't want her foreign visitors to know she's broke. Lucy's solution is to borrow a dilapidated mansion and get Vivian to help her do a quick fix-up on the place. As the ... See full summary »

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Rosie Harrigan, the Countess Framboise
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The Countess doesn't want her foreign visitors to know she's broke. Lucy's solution is to borrow a dilapidated mansion and get Vivian to help her do a quick fix-up on the place. As the Countess hosts a party for her guests, the ladies' temporary improvements begin to fall apart. Written by Steve.

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Last Episode with Original Family, Cast
3 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is a good example of the changing focus of the program, from Lucy and Vivian and their kids to pretty much a show of antics from the two stars. Lucy's two children both appear in their final episode together, and Viv's son his last. Only Lucy's son will make it to Season 4, then only in a few episodes. Candy Moore, Lucy's daughter on the show, was completely written out and never appeared again.

Tracing the trajectory of The Lucy Show isn't hard. The first three seasons featured Ball, Vance and the three kids. After season one Gale Gordon joined the cast. Also dropped for good was any plan for Ball's character to have a serious love life, pretty much the same for Vance. Neither had many dates, neither had even a remote love interest. Ironically, even Desi Arnaz noted the poor scripts as far back as season two. Arnaz had been executive producer for the first 15 or so episodes of season one, the episodes which have received critical acclaim over the years. Arnaz was forced out of his ownership stake in Desilu Productions late in 1962 and left the show.

Without Ricky Ricardo (Arnaz) to play against, Ball had to go for 100% physical, or slapstick, comedy. The family concept, used a great deal in season one, some in season two, is virtually gone in season three. That alone makes this episode stand out. You can also note the beginning of 'gag' comedy, mostly due to Ball changing writers often.

Candy Moore commented in a book on Ball that season three wasn't good in comparison, and that the original theme had been dropped. In season one Moore's character figured in many episode plots, and featured Ball's reactions to them. However, she correctly stated that by her last season on the show she was only a minor character and that her lines had been greatly reduced. Too bad, Ball missed the start of the 60's and its youth culture. That could have led to many episodes dealing with it and featuring Moore or the boys. It didn't seem to matter as the program somehow went onto become the top rated show in its last 3 seasons. Even Vance leaving as a full time character didn't phase the ratings. Vance did appear in the last three seasons but only as a guest star vie regular cast.

This episode stands as the last featuring all of the original families. For that, it does deserve some note. However, other than that the episode is not really up to the standards set in the first two seasons.


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