I Love Lucy

The Audition Show

Season 1, Ep 6, Aired 11/19/51
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  • Episode Description
  • Ricky's band is to be auditioned for television, and Lucy is trying to "get into the act". When Lucy substitutes for Boffo the Clown, the producers want to sign her, not Ricky, and Lucy is confronted with problems. Ricky sings his trademark "Babalu" for the first time in this episode.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lucille Ball

    Lucy McGillicuddy Ricardo

  • Desi Arnaz

    Ricky Ricardo

  • Vivian Vance

    Ethel Mertz

  • William Frawley

    Fred Hobart Mertz

  • Marc Daniels

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Notable for several reasons, but really not the greatest episode.

    By thacrowbar, Jun 25, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Ricky: Now look, honey, I'm perfectly well. I feel fine. But let's face it, we all have to go sometime. Lucy: We do? Ricky: We do unless you know something the rest of us dun't. Lucy: No, I dun't.

    • Ricky: How am I gonna get rid of her for the day? Fred: Well, you could lock her in the bathroom. If she stays in there as long as Ethel, she'd never even know the door's locked.

    • (Lucy's reason for why she can't take the wills downtown) Lucy: That's impossible. I have an appointment to have my hair dyed--washed.

    • (When Lucy finds out Ricky has her will, too.) Lucy: What are you trying to do, shove me ahead of you in line?

    • (Lucy finding out about their wills.) Lucy: Then you lied to me when we were married. You're really older than I think.

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    Notes (8)

    • This episode is a remake of the lost pilotm film.

    • The Lucy Desi Comedy Hour DVD shows some rare color footage of this episode being shot 10/12/51 by an audience member.

    • "The Professor" bit was conceived by close family friend, Pepito Perez for the Arnazes Vaudeville Tour. Note that Lucille Ball performs it perfectly due to the repeated performances on the road.

    • Songs: "Babalu," "How Dry I Am"

    • On the first season DVD, this episode is titled "The Audition Show."

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    Trivia (4)

    • Babalu is a legendary folkloric Cuban song that is about the Yoruba and Afro-Cuban orisha or diety, Babalú Ayé, the diety of illness and disease and is the equivalent of Saint Lazarus of the Catholic religion. Babalu as performed by Ricky Ricardo is based on legendary Cuban singer Miguelito Valdés who in 1939 while singing with the Casino de la Playa Orchestra made the song famous worldwide. Desi Arnaz and Miguelito Valdés became friends in the 1940s after Miguelito left Cuba, relocated to NYC and became a singer for the Xavier Cugat Orchestra, Desi never denied he was inspired by the authentic Señor Babalu-Miguelito Valdés.

    • Lucy hums "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody" with the lampshade on her head.

    • Harry Ackerman was the vice president of CBS at the time this episode was filmed.

    • The star decals above the bed are replaced with daisies.

    Allusions (1)

    • Lucy: I bet if Ziegfeld or Earl Carroll had seen me, they'd sign me up like that. Ricky: As what? Lucy: As a beautiful showgirl. Earl Carroll (1893-1948) and Florenz Ziegfeld (1867-1932) were producers of Broadway revues. In the early part of her career Lucille Ball actually performed briefly in a Ziegfeld production. She was fired for not being a very good dancer.

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