I Love Lucy – the complete fifth season
The fifth season ofÂ I Love LucyÂ contains some of the best moments of the series, with one of the all-time classic episodes.Â Even people who aren’t fans of the series most likely have seen a clip ofÂ Lucille BallÂ stomping grapes – but watching the episode and learningÂ why Lucy is stomping grapesÂ explainsÂ whyÂ this is a classic piece of American television – and hilariously funny, to boot.Â The 5th season ofÂ I Love LucyÂ contains the following episodes, as well as the normal other goodies:
- âLucy Visits Grauman’sâ: With Ethel’s help, Lucy steals John Wayne’s footprints from Grauman’s Chinese Theater.
- âLucy and John Wayneâ: Lucy and Ethel try to return the footprints that they stole, but they break; so Ricky enlists the help from John Wayne (himself) to make a new set – More than one may be needed.
- âLucy and the Dummyâ: After Ricky backs out of a party where Lucy wants her big break, Lucy makes a dummy of Ricky to dance with at the party.
- âRicky Sells the Carâ: After Ricky sells the car, Fred & Ethel think they’ll have to ride a motorcycle back to NYC; but Ricky buys train tickets for all.
- âThe Great Train Robberyâ: Thinking there’s a jewel thief on board the train to NYC, Lucy can’t stop pulling the emergency brake cord (Train conductor played by Frank Nelson, 1911-1986, best known as the annoying âYes, can I help you?â character from the Jack Benny show.)
- âThe Homecomingâ: Upon returning to NYC, Ricky is a big star, but Lucy initially doesn’t share in everyone’s worship of him.
- âThe Ricardos Are Interviewedâ: Ricky & Lucy consider moving and Ricky is to be interviewed on a prestigious show.
- âLucy Goes to a Rodeoâ: After Ricky can’t help Fred with a rodeo-themed show for his lodge, Lucy & Ethel volunteer to help.
- âNursery Schoolâ: After Lucy’s fear of Little Ricky getting sick at nursery school comes to pass, she is determined to stay with him at the hospital.
- âRicky’s European Bookingâ: When Ricky can’t afford to take Lucy on his European tour, she & Ethel dream up a raffle to help the âLadies Overseas Aidâ, which they think is themselves.
- âThe Passportsâ: Lucy can’t find her birth certificate so that she can get her passport.
- âStaten Island Ferryâ: To help Fred overcome seasickness, Lucy takes him onto the Staten Island Ferry; but she gets seasick herself and may be late to the passport office (Passport clerk played by Charles Lane.)
- âBon Voyageâ: When the ship leaves port for Europe, Lucy is inadvertently left behind; so she’ll have to get to ship via a helicopter. One of the best fifth-season episodes!
- âSecond Honeymoonâ: Lucy wants the Atlantic cruise to be a second honeymoon, but Ricky is too busy with the band.
- âLucy Meets the Queenâ: After Lucy misses seeing the queen at Buckingham Palace, Ricky gets invited to meet the queen, but not Lucy. Of course, when has ânoâ ever stopped Lucy?
- âThe Fox Huntâ: Bragging that she can ride, Lucy gets to show how well she can actually ride a horse in a fox hunt.
- âLucy Goes to Scotlandâ: Lucy wants to travel to Scotland to meet her distant McGillicuddy relative. The dream sequence that unfolds is unforgettable.
- âParis at Lastâ: Not having any French currency, Lucy, Ethel & Fred exchange money with a so-called French artist (Shepard Menken, 1921-1999), who turns out to be a counterfeiter. The translation sequence is priceless, as is Lucy’s introduction to escargot!
- âLucy Meets Charles Boyerâ: Lucy & Ethel are star-struck when they encounter Charles Boyer (himself) at a sidewalk cafe.
- âLucy Gets a Paris Gownâ: When Lucy goes on hunger strike to force Ricky to buy her an expensive French-designed dress, Ricky & Fred have dresses custom-made out of burlap. (A fantastic episode!)
- âLucy in the Swiss Alpsâ: Lucy, Ricky, Fred & Ethel get trapped in an avalanche while mountain climbing until they hear âLa Cucarachaâ being played.
- âLucy Gets Homesick in Italyâ: In this heart-warming episode, Lucy misses Little Ricky during his birthday, so a little Italian shoeshine boy (Bart Bradley) and his friends get to celebrate with her.
- âLucy’s Italian Movieâ: In one of the best episodes of all time, Lucy takes âgetting some local colorâ a little literally when she travels to an old-fashioned Italian winery to press grapes to impress an Italian film director. (Italian wine stomper played by Theresa Tirelli, 1907-1989).
- âLucy’s Bicycle Tripâ: Lucy has trouble crossing back into France when she can’t find her passport.
- âLucy Goes to Monte Carloâ: When Lucy picks up a chip in a Monte Carlo casino, she inadvertently wins thousands of French franks.
- âReturn Home From Europeâ: To sneak home a 30-pound cheese, Lucy dresses it up as baby to fly home to NYC; but the passenger (Mary Jane Croft, 1916-1999) next to her flips out when the cheese disappear
Editorial Review of I Love Lucy, the complete fifth season courtesy of Amazon.com
I Love Lucy: The Complete Fifth Season finds Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) making an international mess out of husband Ricky’s globe-trotting tour as an entertainer. Beginning with âLucy Visits Grauman’sâ and âLucy and John Wayne,â the impulsive redhead risks Ricky’s sanity in Hollywood by stealing a cement slab, from the famous entrance to Grauman’s Chinese Theater, that contains the imprint of John Wayne’s footprints and signature. In the tradition of superstars playing themselves on I Love Lucy, an exasperated (and very funny) Wayne gets into the act over and over and over again, making new imprints on multiple slabs because Lucy keeps messing up the results. After more shenanigans in Los Angeles (Lucy attends a ritzy party with a dummy substituting for her unavailable husband) and a disastrous train ride home, it’s time to jeopardize Ricky’s success during an interview show that ends disastrously.
Lucy’s fifth season travel theme continues when Ricky and his band are booked on a European tour that does not include his wife or the Mertzes. Of course, that doesn’t stop the determined Lucy (or Ethel), who schemes her way into Ricky’s plans, only to have a number of snafus arise as she tries to leave the country. In the I Love Lucy tradition, entire episodes are written around such simple matters as trying to get a passport, or helping with Fred’s fear of getting seasick while traveling. All this show’s stars really need is a ridiculous, open-ended situation to exploit, and the comedy flows from there. âBon Voyageâ is a particularly funny episode in which Lucy gets left behind by the European-bound ship carrying Ricky and the others, and she has to find a way to get back aboard. The hilarious âLucy and the Queenâ finds her angling in London for a way to meet the Royal Family after Ricky is invited to say hello at the Palladium. From there, Lucy creates chaos in Scotland (this episode includes a memorable dream sequence in which Ricky appears as Scotty MacTavish MacDougal MacCardo), Paris (where she and Ethel plot to meet guest star and good sport Charles Boyer at an outdoor cafÃ©), Rome (the outstanding âLucy’s Italian Movieâ finds her dispatched to a vineyard, where she has to crush grapes–brilliantly–with her feet). Lots of special features, including a behind-the-scenes peek and bloopers. —Tom Keogh
Originally published at Clown Ministry