I Love Lucy

Job Switching

Season 2, Ep 4, Aired 9/15/52
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  • Episode Description
  • Ricky wants Lucy to try working for a week, so she and Ethel get jobs at a candy factory, where they are totally inept-especially at wrapping chocolates-due to a speeding conveyor belt that has them stuffing chocolates in their mouths, blouses, and hats.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lucille Ball

    Lucy McGillicuddy Ricardo

  • Desi Arnaz

    Ricky Ricardo

  • Vivian Vance

    Ethel Mertz

  • William Frawley

    Fred Hobart Mertz

  • Amanda Milligan

    Candy Dipper

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • One of the Funniest episodes all series

    By woundedwindow, Apr 14, 2008

  • Lucy, Ethel, Fred, and Ricky all switch places.

    By shadow_gal3, Jan 03, 2008

  • Lucy and Ethel tries having an job while Fred and Ricky tried to work at home.

    By yuki_megami, May 06, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Supervisor: If one piece of candy passes you, and goes into the packing room unwrapped...(looks at Lucy and Ethel)...you're fired. Lucy and Ethel: Yes, ma'am. Supervisor: LET ER' ROLL!!!!!!!! (she leaves the room, and pieces of chocolate start coming out on the conveyor belt, Lucy and Ethel start wrapping the candy with no problem) Lucy: Hey, this is easy. Ethel: Yeah, we can handle this okay. (they wrap more candy, then some candy starts to pass them, and they grab it and put it on the side of the belt) Lucy: Ethel, I think....... (they keep grabbing the candy, struggling to keep it from passing them, they even eat some of it, but Ethel let a few candies pass her, and after a while, the belt stops) Lucy: Quick, she's coming. (they grab all the candy, and they stuff it in their mouths and in their hats, they do it just before the Supervisor enters the room) Supervisor: Why, you girls are doing splendidly.(calls to the conveyor belt operator) SPEED IT UP A LITTLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (she leaves, and candy come out on the conveyor belt at high speed, Lucy and Ethel grab and eat as much as they can, and Ethel tries to block the candy from continuing on through the belt)

    • Supervisor: Ricardo, I'm going to put you to work chocolate dipping. You say you've had experience. Lucy: Oh yes, ma'am. Yes ma'am. I'm a dipper from way back. Supervisor: Yes? Lucy: They used to call me "the big dipper."

    • Ricky: (holding up a blouse with an iron print scorched on it) Well, I thought I'd tell Lucy that this was an original new design. Fred: That story won't work. Ricky: No, eh? Why not? Fred: Ethel has three blouses with that same design.

    • Ricky: How often is Ethel's checking account overdrawn? Fred: Never. Ricky: Never?! How do you manage that? Ethel: It's easy. I never had enough money at one time to open a checking account.

    • Ricky: I stopped by the bank on the way home and they showed me this. (holding up Lucy's cancelled check) Lucy: What's that? Ricky: Your check to the beauty parlor. Lucy: I write a check to the beauty parlor every month. Ricky: Yes, I know that. But they don't always have a little note in the back like this one: "Dear teller. Be a lamb and don't put this through 'til next month." Now what do you got to say for yourself? Lucy: That's why they call them tellers. They go around blabbing everything they know.

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    Notes (12)

    • This episode began the 2nd season. For this episode and the next, the opening sequence is an animated Lucy and Ricky going up an elevator made from a Philip Morris box and coming out through the roof of a building.

    • During Fred and Ricky's kitchen cooking scene, Desi Arnaz slips on the rice. This fall caused Arnaz some badly bruised ribs.

    • In 2008, The Emmys Academy chose the most memorable comedy TV moments. The scene with the conveyor belt at the factory, was in the top 5.

    • During the scene where Lucy and the other candy worker place chocolate on each other, it may look like each oft them swiped chocolate twice at each other, but in fact the scene was shot from two angles and the same footage was used twice.

    • My Favorite Husband: Women's Rights, Part Two. (3/10/1950)

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    Trivia (1)

    • Blooper 1: Ricky trips on the overflowing rice dripping on the floor, when actually, his falling wasn't scripted. Blooper 2: While the conveyor belt is speeding up, Lucy was too soon to eat one of the chocolates. And realizing her mistake, she quickly removed the candy and dropped it on the floor. Blooper 3: The part where Lucy and a co-worker are having a chocolate fight, the co-worker's slap didn't happen twice, it was the same slap but from two different camera angles.

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