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On December 23, 2015 CBS aired this episode, as well as the classic season one episode "Lucy Does a TV Commercial", as part of a one hour special. Both episodes were colorized. The Christmas episode has been shown colorized in the past but previous versions had only the present day sequences in color and the flashback sequences in black and white. For this particular version, the entire episode, present day and flashback sequences, were colorized.
The colorized version of this episode is available on DVD.
Ricky threatens to take Fred the Dog "back to the pound where we got him". The Ricardos didn't get Fred at a pound, Little Ricky got him from a friend whose dog just had puppies in the episode "Little Ricky Gets A Dog".
What's In a Name?: Just what was Ricky Ricardo's full name anyway? During season four in "Hollywood Anniversary," Ricky calls Western Union to get the License Bureau to wire him the date of his marriage to Lucy. He gives his name as Ricardo Alberto Fernando Ricardo y de Acha. In "Lucy Raises Tulips," however, when Lucy insists that Ricky keep his promise to cut their lawn, she uses this moniker: Enrique Alberto Ricardo y de Acha III. Desi Arnaz's real full name is Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III.
The sneakers Desi Arnaz (Ricky Ricardo) wears during the show are Keds Surfers (most likely Navy Blue as the episode is in Black & White). They have the inlaid Keds logo in the gum sole showing they are from the late 1950's or the 1960's. The logo moved from the gum sole to the heel around 1973.
Goof: Lucy claims the only song she knows how to play on her Sax is Sweet Sue however in the episode The Saxophone she claimed the only song she knew was Glow-Worm
This is Frank Nelson's eleventh and final guest appearance, and the second appearance as the character Ralph Ramsey. Nelson plays Frddie Fillmore three times (in seasons 1 and 3), Henry the waiter and Sergeant Nelson in season 2, Dickie Davis in season 3, Ben Benjamin in season 4, a train conductor and customs officer in season 5.
The bathrobe that Ethel wears while digging through the bar-b-que is the same bathrobe that Ann Margaret will wear in an episode of Here's Lucy.
Fred claims to be carrying the monthly rent money from the apartment building: $500. Since there are at least 9 apartments in the building Fred is either charging each apartment $50 per month in rent or many tenants are late with their payments.
When Ricky returns home, the grandfather clock still says 12 noon because someone did not reset the clock.
The scene where Ricky is working with Lucy and Mertzes for their musical number is reminiscent of the episode, "Lucy's Club Dance," where Ricky has to endure some terrible musicianship!
Ethel states that she never learned to play "Sweet Sue" on the piano. In the episode "Breaking The Lease," the opening scene has the Ricardos and the Mertzes singing "Sweet Sue" together, with Ethel at the piano.
Goof: Lucy claims to only know how to perform "Sweet Sue" on her saxophone. Previous episodes state that she only knew how to play "Glow Worm". Ethel claims that the only song she knows how to play is "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain" by ear. In previous episodes Ethel knows how to read music and play other songs.
None of the furnishings from the Mertzes New York apartment are seen in the guest house.
It would appear that the Ricardos and the Mertzes never learned that friends shouldn't go into business together, as this episode marks the foursome's third business venture. In season two's "Never Do Business With Friends," the Ricardos offer to sell the Mertzes their washer, and in season three, the Ricardos and the Mertzes buy and run a diner together in "The Diner."
BIG GOOF: When Ethel & Lucy open up the boxes of chicks to feed them, Lucy accidentally traps one of the chicks (in the box at left) UNDER the box, and it is never noticed by anyone.
Goof: In the scene where the foursome are gathered around the table discussing what to put in the ad for the farm hand, when Ricky says "'sperienced chicken farmer", Lucy can be seen mouthing the words at the exact same time as Ricky.
Goof 2: When Little Ricky enters through the door into the living room a man's arm is seen opening the door and pushing him in.
Goof: The Ricardo's have two washers and dryers; one seen through the swinging door from the dining room into the kitchen and one seen behind the door on the back porch.
When Lucy and Ricky discuss the bills, Lucy shares her method of deciding which of the bills should be paid: any bill that stays on the lazy Susan after she spins it would be paid. If you watch very closely as she places each of the bills on the lazy Susan, Lucy takes special care to make sure that the bill in the center stays on while it spins. The bill in the center doesn't fly off because it's secured by a piece of tape or some other adhesive.
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Sitcoms, 50s, Classics