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The Lucy Show

Season 5 Episode 9

Lucy Gets Caught Up in the Draft

Aired Monday 8:30 PM Nov 14, 1966 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When a letter arrives from the US Government, Lucy finds that she's mistakenly been drafted. Instead of "Lucy," the letter is addressed to "Lou C." She sets off to the draft office to correct the mistake, but due to stupid "rules and regulations," Lucy finds that she has to become a Marine until the paperwork gets straightened out. She proceeds to make life miserable for her sergeant.moreless

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  • Hilarious! What more can I say?

    The laughs were endless in this one. Lucy gets a draft notice meant for a man named Lou C. Carmichael, but until it gets straightened out, she has to suit up and join the Marines. Her hapless drill sergeant is superbly played by Henry Hickox. He was an absolute riot, and was in my opinion the funniest in the episode, and that says a lot. Throughout her brief experience with basic training she hilariously smarts off at the poor Sarge, and gets him in dutch with the lieutenant, like the time she somehow ended up on the Sarge's shoulders, and the lieutenant passes by and says, "Sergeant! Marines (pause) do not fight piggyback!". When Mr. Mooney shows up to deliver her discharge (on grounds that she was a mother) the sergeant takes off his medal for bravery and gives it to Mr. Mooney: "You deserve it more than I do!" Jim Nabors makes a cameo appearance at the end, presumably as Gomer Pyle, to further torment the sergeant. You'd have to see it for yourself to see how funny it is. It's available on some cheaply sold DVD sets. It was a time of innocence, before audiences became more jaded and unable to appreciate humor that is not coarse or decadent. That is their loss.moreless
  • TV comedy has come a long way since 1966

    My childhood was very much Silver Age Marvel Comics and good tv shows like The Avengers and Man from UNCLE. There were some other shows that I would always switch over from. Petticoat Junction, Bonanza and The Lucy Show. Having some time off from work, I found a digital channel called "Bonanza" And, yep, it shows old episodes of Bonanza. But it also shows The Lucy Show and Beverley Hillbillies. Weirdly, I didn't mind BHB when I was a kid, but that's a matter for another review.

    Seeing The Lucy Show show today, I'm amazed at what good taste I had as a kid. This episode, in which Lucy is implausibly inducted into the US Marines, is pretty weak stuff. There's no script as such and the few laughs just come from Lucy being Lucy. She breaks her nail. She tells off the loud drill sergeant for yelling at her. The usual stuff.

    But Lucy was a sharp business woman and she was smart enough to switch from being a second string movie star to a top-ranked tv star. Just imagine how great these shows would have been if she'd been motivated to hire the same guys that wrote the Bilko shows.

    Then again, she didn't need to. Audiences seemed to be happy with Lucy just being Lucy.

    Me, I'll stick with Will and Grace and re-runs of Friends.

    Alan M (12/08/2005)

Gale Gordon

Gale Gordon

Theodore J. Mooney (1963-1968)

Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball

Lucy Carmichael

Jim Nabors

Jim Nabors

Gomer Pyle

Guest Star

Clark Howat

Clark Howat

Army Lieutenant

Guest Star

Ben Gage

Ben Gage

Marine Lieutenant

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Neither the Marine sergeant or Lucy Carmichael have met Gomer Pyle before, but both seem to know he's a "knucklehead" when all he's done is informs them he is Carmichael's replacement.

    • Although Lucy was supposedly mistaken for a man throughout this episode, her hair wasn't "cut" nearly as short as the men and Lucy's uniform is the only one to not have a Marine emblem on the pocket.

    • Jim Nabors has a cameo appearance as Gomer Pyle in this episode.

    • Notice when Lucy receives the letter from her son in the beginning of this episode, she calls him Jimmy instead of correctly calling him Jerry. When Lucille was handed the script for the first time, she complained to the crew that they had wrote the wrong name in. She was reminded that it was Jimmy Garrett that portayed Jerry Carmichael. Lucille still demanded that she was right and the crew left it her way.--according to Geoffrey Mark Fidelman's "The Lucy Book"

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Lucy: Oh boy, I've made military history!
      Mr. Mooney: Oh?
      Lucy: Yea, I think I'm the first Marine to ever get out of the service because he was a mother!

    • Male Recruit: What are you bawlin' about, Mac?
      Lucy: (crying) My hair! They cut off my hair!
      Male Recruit: So what! They cut off mine, too and mine was longer than yours!

    • Mr. Mooney: (to Lucy) Starting first thing tomorrow, you come back to work for me.
      Marine Sergeant: Mr. Mooney. I want you to have this.
      Mr. Mooney: What's that?
      Marine Sergeant: My medal for bravery. You deserve it more than I do!

    • Lucy: Oh No! This is unbelievable!
      Mr. Mooney: They want you to pay more income tax.
      Lucy: No. Worse than that.
      Mr. Mooney: Nothing can be worse than paying more income tax.

    • Lucy: Imagine putting me in the Army.
      Mr. Mooney: Don't worry. You'll never pass the physical.

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