The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour

Lucy Wants a Career

Season 2, Ep 4, Aired 4/13/59
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  • Episode Description
  • Lucy gets tired of the same old daily routines that being a housewife has to offer, so she decides to get a job. While looking in the newspaper, she finds out that Paul Douglas is looking for a female assistant (a "Girl Friday"). Lucy lands the job; but on the first day, as usual, goofs up. However, the public thinks her blunders are scripted (and funny) and want more. She is signed into a contract with the show, but has mixed feelings when she begins to miss her family.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Paul Douglas

    Himself

  • Lucille Ball

    Lucy Ricardo

  • Doris Packer

    Miss Massey

  • Desi Arnaz

    Ricky Ricardo

  • Pierre Watkin

    Mr. Robinson

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • (Ricky and Lucy are in the train station crossing paths again) Ricky: I'll see you tomorrow. Lucy: OK. Ricky: Same time, same station. (chuckles)

    • Ethel(comforting Lucy): It's terrible when a husband and wife only get to be together five minutes a day. (Fred begins to say something sarcastic) Fred Mertz, if you open your mouth, I'll slug you!

    • Lucy: But Mr. Douglas, I have show business experience. I'm Ricky Ricardo's wife. Paul: I wouldn't care if you were Xavier Cugat's wife.

    • (Lucy points toward Paul Douglas' office and howls, suggesting that Paul has wolfish ways) Sue: Oh. One of those. Lucy: (nods) Mmmm. Lorraine: Well, maybe so, but I'd still like to be his Girl Friday. Lucy: Being his Girl Friday isn't so bad. It's what you have to go through Saturday and Sunday. Sue: Well, what do you mean? Lucy: I hope you like wrestling, dear. Sue: Wrestling?! That's enough for me. (she leaves) Lorraine: Well, if he's so horrible, what are you doing here? Lucy: I'm a judo expert. Lorraine: Oh. Well, good luck, honey. Lucy: Thanks a lot. (Lorraine leaves) (Lucy looks at Larri, plotting how to get rid of her, goes to her and begins to tell lies about Paul Douglas) Larri: I like wolves!

    • Ricky: You don't know how good you got it. Lucy: Oh sure. I got it great. Ricky: Besides, if you get a job, who's gonna "cook the meals, do the dishes, make the bed, dust the house"? Lucy: I'd hire a housekeeper. Ricky: A good housekeeper costs forty or fifty bucks a week. Fred: I know where you can get one for twenty-five. Lucy: Where? (Fred points to Ethel) Ethel: Oh now, wait a minute. Why shouldn't I get fifty? Fred: That's for a good housekeeper.

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    Notes (5)

    • Joi Lansing would later be Lucille Ball's stand-in on Life With Lucy.

    • The models/actresses in this episode who tried out for Paul Douglas' show were all indeed, actual actresses.

    • When this episode was repeated in syndication, the stick figures were replaced with new graphics.

    • In the original closing, Desi Arnaz appears before the audience to thank Paul Douglas and "those wonderful Mertzes" for being in the show.

    • This is that last episode fully filmed with a studio audience. The later Milton Berle episode will have a few audience scenes, then the audience will be done away with.

    Trivia (7)

    • The grandfather clock by the front door always seemed to have the same time throughout previous Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour episodes. If you notice, when Paul Douglas comes out to the Ricardos at 4:00 in the morning, the clock indicates the correct time.

    • Lucy calculates the number of meals she's prepared in the eighteen years she and Ricky have been married. In the I Love Lucy episode "Pioneer Women", Lucy figures out how many dishes she's washed in the years she's been married to Ricky. In both cases, it would seem that she hasn't taken into account the fact that sometimes the Ricardos ate out.

    • In this episode, Lucy says that she was born at 3:00 am and wasn't expected until 6:00 am.

    • In this episode, the audience learns that Little Ricky is in Cubs Scouts. It will be mentioned again in "Lucy's Summer Vacation."

    • The show Lucy appeared on in this episode was titled "Paul Douglas' 'Early Bird' Show."

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