I Love Lucy

Episode 1

I Love Lucy: The Very First Show!

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Apr 30, 1990 on CBS
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I Love Lucy: The Very First Show!
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At the beginning of this "pilot" or test film, Cuban bandleader Larry Lopez receives notice from his agent, Jerry, that several big sponsors will be coming to the club to see his next show. Ricky, however, knows that his star-struck wife, Lucy, longs to be in the show. To throw her off, he asks her to take their wills to their lawyer-way downtown. But his plan backfires when one of the members of his show (Pepito, the Clown) is injured and goes to the Lopez apartment to recuperate. When Lucy learns of Larry's plan, she connives a plan to go to the nightclub and teach her Latin lover a lesson.moreless

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  • Not quite there yet, but ...

    7.9
    A special episode designed to sell the show to sponsors and the network. Although the premise is very much the same as what would become a television classic, there are some differences. First of all, there are no Mertzes, which means that nearly all the comedy was to come from the Ricardos and the occasional guest star. In this form I don't believe the show would have lasted as long as it eventually did. The relationship between Lucy and Ricky comes across as very believable (a worry that the network had), perhaps even more so than in the regular episodes. There is one peculiar moment when Lucy makes fun of Ricky's English. Although the Pepito sketch had been played several times on the road, Desi seems to be surprised by Lucy's line. Improvisation? There are also several references to the marriage being childless, which I found disturbing as real-life Lucy had had some miscarriages by then. It was only later that I realised that Lucy was very much pregnant at the time of filming. Perhaps their joy over the blessed event (Lucie Arnaz) contributed to the depiction of a happy, loving couple.



    Secondly the set is quite different: large windows give a view of the New York skyline. Perhaps they hadn't thought things through, not considering the fact that outside views would have to be adapted to weather conditions and day/night changes. When you watch closely, you can see walls moving at times, so I don't think this set was more than a temporary solution. (The kitchen appears to be just a corner of the set.)



    I can understand that this pilot sold the show, but some of its magic was still to be put together.moreless

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