I Love Lucy

Season 1 Episode 15

Lucy Plays Cupid

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 21, 1952 on CBS

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  • He Loves Lucy

    An older woman enters Lucy's kitchen and informs her that she has a giant crush on an older gentleman. She has a letter she wants Lucy to give the man, but when Lucy does (against Ricky's wishes), the man believes the letter is from Lucy....and he loves her too!

    This episode has a couple of moments, but overall isn't as good as the average Lucy episode. For one thing, the episode largely focuses on the older couple, neither of whom were seen before or will ever be seen again. Also, neither Fred nor Ethel appear at all in this episode (though I've been noticing at least one of them has been curiously absent in a number of these early episodes...they're almost never missing in the later ones). Speaking of Ethel, the older woman in this episode was played by Bea Benaderet, whom Lucy originally wanted to play the part of Ethel instead of Vivian Vance. How different would the show have been had they gone that route? I guess there's no reason to concern myself with it, since that what if scenario will never come to pass. Until next time, folks!
  • Too close to the radio show.

    The character of Lucy in "My Favorite Husband" was not quite the same as the one in the television show, as is very obvious in this episode that borrows heavily from a radio script. In the opening scenes Lucy is practically the straight woman to Bea Benaderet. We have to wait until Lucy's dinner with Mr. Ritter to get the real, crazy redhead back.

    Miss Benaderet, the original choice for the role of Ethel, was also too young for the role of Miss Lewis. Miss Lewis' claim that in candlelight she can look fifty again, sounds weird as Benaderet was only 46 at the time. Her performance as an older woman may have sounded believable on radio, here it comes too close to the cliché portrayal of an aged spinster. What kind of "I Love Lucy" is this when an actress other than Lucy gets to put on a disguise?

    Other gripes I had were the absence of the Mertzes and the physical punishment Ricky inflicts on his wife. The show is somewhat saved by the final act and the appearance of Edward Everett Horton.
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