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.
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.
Fred: Wills. Now that's a happy thought.
Ricky: Listen, if my show's not a success tonight I'm going to need them.
Ricky: I want a wife who's just a wife. Now, all you have to do is clean the house for me, bring me my slippers when I come home at night, cook for me, and be the mama for my children.
Lucy: George Burns uses his wife on the show. Why don't you?
Ricky: I'd love to. Do you think she would leave George?
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."
Fred acts as Ricky's Agent.
My Favorite Husband: "The Wills"
This is also a remake of the original pilot episode shown to advertising executives.
This is one of the rare episodes in which Vivian Vance (Ethel Mertz) does not appear.
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.