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Lucy Wants a Career 

Lucy decides she must re-enter the workforce if she wants more spending money. Ethel stays behind to cook and clean for the Ricardos, and Lucy finds out how much has changed in the employment departments.




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Episode credited cast:
Ricky Ricardo
Fred Mertz
Richard Keith ...
Little Ricky Ricardo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sue Casey ...
Miss Leg Girl
Lorinne Crawford ...
Miss Leg Girl #2 (as Lorraine Crawford)
Sam Hearn ...
Miss Low Neck
Louis Nicoletti ...
Doris Packer ...
Larri Thomas ...
Miss Hairdo
Mr. Robinson


Lucy decides that she needs to go back to work. After hiring Ethel to take care of her home and Ricky, she heads off to a job interview with Paul Douglas. The laughs start with the interview and keep going as Lucy appears live on Paul Douglas's new morning show. Although Lucy screws up everything, the show is a hit. She signs a long-term contract, much to the dismay of everyone she has left at home. Lucy must now decide how important going back to work really is. Written by Dutchcanuck

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Comedy | Family





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13 April 1959 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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One of Paul Douglass's last appearances. He died of a heart attack six months after the airing. See more »


Lucy Ricardo: [Lucy decides she wants to get a job, so she consults the want-ads] Hey, here's something: 'Broadway producers looking for experienced dancers up to the age of twenty-five.'
Ethel Mertz: So?
Lucy Ricardo: I've had years of experience.
Ethel Mertz: They mean dancing, not years of experience being twenty-five.
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Reminds Me of the 'I Love Lucy' Episodes
4 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Paul Douglas guest starred as the episode 'star' who is starting a new morning program (ala 'Today' which started around this time (1959)). Needing an assistance, he ends up getting Lucy, who is hired by the sponsor.

Lucy 'finally' gets into show biz and soon becomes a hit on the program. Douglas has accepted her and enjoys having her. So does the sponsor, who is getting high ratings. However, Lucy always has 'something' go wrong. Here, it's her work schedule. She's off to work early while Ricky works nights. The two hardly see each other, and Vivian now sees Little Ricky more than she does. Lucy finally discovers what is 'really' important to her: her family. And, she decides to leave the 'biz'. We'll let you see how that goes down.

This is my favorite 'Comedy Hour' episode. It has the feel and tenor of the original 'Lucy' series. It focuses on Lucy and her family. In that sense it is probably the once 'Comedy Hour' episode that does as all the others spotlight the celebrity guest star. Here, we get the original cast (even Fred) more than Douglas. Douglas does a great job and brings super energy to the role. Unfortunately, he died in September, 1959. The first actor in the series to do so.

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