I Love Lucy

Season 3 Episode 3

Lucy and Ethel Buy the Same Dress

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 19, 1953 on CBS
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Lucy and Ethel Buy the Same Dress
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Lucy and Ethel buy the same dress for the upcoming talent show for the Wednesday Afternoon Fine Arts League. True, they'll be doing a duet, and their number is Cole Porter's corny "Friendship," but wearing the same dress isn't exactly what they had in mind. Meanwhile, Lucy needs to persuade Ricky to host the show, so she decides to use a little reverse psychology.

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  • Even on automatic pilot it's worth watching.

    8.1
    This is the umpteenth episode about Lucy (and Ethel) getting into showbiz. What saves it from being average is the crisp writing. I wish today's writers could come up with as many wonderful lines. In its first scenes it lovingly mocks women's clubs and the jealousy involved. Then we get a great Lucy & Ethel scene. (Any episode about their schemes is worth every minute.) After that there is a small scene about a wife talking her husband into doing what she wants. The situation mentioned in the title comes rather late in the episode. (Perhaps the writers didn't want to give the show a title about showbusiness again. That might sound like a rerun to most viewers.) The Ricky song feels like a time-filler but the Lucy & Ethel song comes off great, even the second time, when the two ladies resort to some strange kind of mutual striptease.moreless
Doris Singleton

Doris Singleton

Caroline Appleby

Guest Star

Ruth Perrott

Ruth Perrott

Clubwoman

Guest Star

Doris Singleton

Doris Singleton

Caroline Appleby

Recurring Role

Hazel Pierce

Hazel Pierce

Clubwoman

Recurring Role

Michael Mayer

Michael Mayer

Little Ricky

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Lucy: (hatching a plot to snag Ricky into emceeing the girls' show) Listen, Ethel. Next to sugar, Cuba's biggest export is ham!

    • Fred: Is this week's meeting of the Claw & Cackle Club over?
      Lucy: Never mind that, Fred. We're gonna be on television!
      Fred: Who is?
      Ethel: Our women's club.
      Fred: Well, that ought to bring back movies.

    • Lucy: I suppose Caroline will want to do her impersonation of Bette Davis.
      Ethel: That isn't Bette Davis she impersonates. It's Lionel Barrymore!

    • Ethel: Why don't we do a duet?
      Lucy: A duet?
      Ethel: Yeah, something like that Cole Porter song "Friendship?" Isn't that a wonderful idea?
      Lucy: Well, no. That way I don't get to sing alone.
      Ethel: That's what makes it a wonderful idea.

  • NOTES (4)

    • During a flashback in the episode "The Club Election," Lucy and Ethel were elected co-presidents of their women's club. However, the episode with the flashback began with Ethel telling Ricky it was time to elect officers for the club again, implying Lucy and Ethel's tour as co-presidents was over. Yet in this episode, and the later episode "Lucy's Club Dance," Lucy and Ethel are still co-presidents. Did the club re-elect them co-presidents or was there never another election because Lucy was in the hospital with Little Ricky?

    • Music performed on this episode included "Red, Red Robin", "Friendship" and "Vaya Con Dios".

    • Based on My Favorite Husband #85 ("Liz Appears on Television")

    • This wasn't the first time Lucy had sung "Friendship." She and Red Skelton had dueted on the song in the 1942 flick, DuBarry Was A Lady.

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