The Lucy Show: Season 1, Episode 15

Lucy's Sister Pays a Visit (7 Jan. 1963)

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Lucy's sister shows up at her doorstep in the middle of the night after having an argument with her husband. Lucy is convinced their marriage is rocky because they didn't have a big wedding... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Harry Conners
Candy Moore ...
Chris Carmichael
Jimmy Garrett ...
Ralph Hart ...
Sherman Bagley


Lucy's sister shows up at her doorstep in the middle of the night after having an argument with her husband. Lucy is convinced their marriage is rocky because they didn't have a big wedding. So Lucy and Viv throw Lucy's sister the wedding she never had, getting drunk in the process! Written by Steven

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Hughie does not close the refrigerator door properly and it remains slightly ajar through the rest of the scene. When Hughie returns to the kitchen a moment later, the door is tightly closed. See more »


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Dumb and illogical in many ways
14 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those shows where if you leave all thoughts of logical thinking at the door, you will find some laughs, but not too many. If you are bothered by not just one big flaw in logic but a constant abandonment of clear thinking, you will probably hate this episode, which recalls several of the worst episodes of I Love Lucy, a series which featured the same writers as this series.

We begin with the Carmichaels and Bagley's at supper, discussing a letter from Lucy's never-before-mentioned sister, who recently got married, eloping with a guy named Hughie. Viv asks Lucy about the letter but Lucy never got it. Now it appears the letter arrived before everyone went off to school that morning (first stop for the early bird mailman?) because Viv gave it to Chris who gave it to Sherman who gave it to Jerry, who, for reasons that can't be explained, put it into his school lunch box. Let's see, the letter was at the house, where Lucy would expect to get it. Nope, I cannot think of any reason why you would pass this thing around to different people instead of just leaving it, maybe, with the rest of the day's mail, or where mail usually goes, if you weren't going to hand it to Lucy right away. I cannot imagine being in my house as a kid, with an envelope in my hand addressed to my mom and giving it to anyone else for any reason.

Marge has written about how wonderful her married life has been so far. We soon shift to a knock on the door with Marge (Janet Waldo) coming in, bawling about the big fight she just had with her husband. We never get included on the details. Instead, we hear Lucy coming up with the cockamamie idea that her marriage wouldn't be having any troubles at all if they had only had a big wedding instead of an elopement.

So when Hughie comes knocking about 4 a.m. (played by Peter Marshall, later of Hollywood Squares fame) the couple quickly solve their problems just by seeing each other (I told you there was little logic in this one) Lucy finagles a way to get them to agree to a more formal wedding—but insists that it be later that day, specifically 13 hours away.

Now I know what you're thinking—considering they are already married, how do you get other friends and family members to agree to come to a wedding they will be invited to, by phone, that by the time they get the phone invitation, will be celebrated no more than 9 hours later? Well, Lucy and Viv do get a living-room full of people to show up, not that any of the guests are ever more than extras. The rest of the story dealt with them baking a giant wedding cake and then trying to decorate it. They had to "try" to decorate it because they both got drunk from the big punch bowl in the kitchen. Hughie had sneaked a large bottle of, I guess, champagne into the house and decided to pour it into the punch.

While Viv was standing near the punch bowl, Lucy pulled out the bride's wedding ring that she had because she had to give it to Jerry to be the ring bearer. Viv started to read the inscription and Lucy—in what was the stupidest move in this entire episode—not only chastised her for reading the inscription, but whacked her hands as she did so. Of course the ring dropped into the punch. Instead of fishing it out like normal people, they each filled cups with punch, ran their hands around in the cups, then, since they had sense enough not to put that punch back into the bowl, commenced to drinking cup after cup of the "tangy" punch.

The following scene of the two drunks trying to decorate the cake was easily the funniest part of the show, but the set up to get there just was too dumb to make this episode a good one to me. I won't give it away but the ending scene also seemed rather stupid and illogical to me as well—sort of a "we-need-a-real-quick-finish-because-we're-out-of-time" thing. I give it a 3.

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