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.



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Episode cast overview:
... Lucy Ricardo
... Ricky Ricardo
... Ethel Mertz
... Fred Mertz
Alvin Hurwitz ... Mr. Snodgrass
... Factory Foreman
Amanda Milligan ... Candy Dipper


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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Comedy | Family






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15 September 1952 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Elvia Allman (candy factory boss) was one of the favored performers who was frequently called upon to play different supporting roles in the series. When the format changed to The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1957), she was finally given the recurring role of Ida Thompson. See more »


Ricky Ricardo: What have you got there?
Fred Mertz: I brought my cake. Seven layers of luscious Devil's Food. Wait til you see it.
[Fred takes off the cake cover to reveal a cake barely one inch thick]
Ricky Ricardo: What happened to the other seven layers?
Fred Mertz: They're all there. Some just... didn't rise very much.
Ricky Ricardo: Well, it doesn't matter. You can put on a lot of frosting.
Fred Mertz: What do you mean "put on"? The frosting's already in it.
Ricky Ricardo: In it?
Fred Mertz: Yeah, I mixed it all up together before I baked the cake. Isn't that how it's supposed to turn out?
Ricky Ricardo: No, I ...
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Featured in Nothing Lasts Forever (1984) See more »


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 See 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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