I Love Lucy (1951–1957)
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Job Switching 

After Ricky and Fred get upset about the girls' spending, Lucy and Ethel go to work in a candy factory while the boys do the housework.

Director:

William Asher

Writers:

Jess Oppenheimer, Madelyn Davis (as Madelyn Pugh) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Lucille Ball ... Lucy Ricardo
Desi Arnaz ... Ricky Ricardo
Vivian Vance ... Ethel Mertz
William Frawley ... Fred Mertz
Alvin Hurwitz Alvin Hurwitz ... Mr. Snodgrass
Elvia Allman ... Factory Foreman
Amanda Milligan Amanda Milligan ... Candy Dipper
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After Ricky and Fred get upset about the girls' spending, Lucy and Ethel go to work in a candy factory while the boys do the housework.

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

TV-G
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1952 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Desilu Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Fred refers to Ricky as 'Ricky Margaret McBride' after Ricky shows him how he has starched Lucy's stockings. Television viewers at the time would have recognized this as a reference to Mary Margaret McBride who was a successful radio personality and journalist who reached the height of her popularity and influence from 1935 to 1955. McBride often gave household hints when advertising products. See more »

Quotes

Employment Agent: What did you have in mind?
Lucy Ricardo: What kind of jobs do you have open?
Employment Agent: Well what do you do?
Lucy Ricardo: What kind of jobs do you have open?
Employment Agent: Well what do you do?
Lucy Ricardo: What kind of jobs do you have open?
Employment Agent: You go first this time.
Lucy Ricardo: Alright, what do you do?
Employment Agent: What kind of jobs do you have... Oh. Cut it out.
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Connections

Spoofed in Family Guy: Pawtucket Pete (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme From 'I Love Lucy' (Instrumental)
Written by Eliot Daniel
Performed by Wilbur Hatch and the Desi Arnaz Orchestra
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Truly Legendary Television Episode
26 September 2010 | by HarlowMGMSee all my reviews

JOB SWITCHING is probably the most famous episode of I LOVE LUCY. Ricky is angry because Lucy is forever overdrawn at the bank and his belittlement of her job as a housewife has them make a deal to "change places" for a week, with Ricky taking care of the house and Lucy becoming a working girl. Ethel and Fred join in on the action and while the boys make a mess of things in the kitchen, the girls wreak havoc at a local candy factory, particularly as they attempt to wrap chocolates off a conveyor belt. This scene is the one that makes this episode a classic and Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance are a riot in their attempts to keep up with the belt - or at least hide the evidence to the contrary. The superb character comedienne Elvia Allman (the first of several appearances on various Lucille Ball shows, although they had worked together on radio years before) is also fun in this segment as their no-nonsense supervisor. JOB SWITCHING is an absolute must see for anyone who aims to view all the important programs in television history.


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