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I Love Lucy – the complete sixth season – DVD

Editorial Review of I Love Lucy – The Complete Sixth Season, courtesy of Amazon.com

I Love Lucy - the complete sixth season

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The sixth and final season of I Love Lucy finds new laughs in some old formulas while also expanding the hugely popular show’s horizons with a change of scene. Things get off to a familiar start when Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) gets in the middle of husband Ricky’s business–in this case, disguising herself as a hot dog salesman at Yankee Stadium in order to get near Bob Hope. Hope, she believes, has ignored Ricky’s offer to be the first act at his new nightclub. But, in fact, Hope had already agreed; Ricky was just sitting on the information to keep Lucy from getting typically ditzy in front of one of his celebrity pals. Not surprisingly, mayhem follows when poor Hope finds his hand slathered with condiments and his noggin bonked by a foul ball. Other celebrity sightings include Orson Welles, who copes with Lucy’s aspirations as a Shakespearean actress, and George Reeves, television’s Superman, who shows up unexpectedly, in costume, at Little Ricky’s birthday party. Meanwhile, Lucy–who didn’t want to disappoint the tyke–stands in a makeshift Man of Steel outfit on a window ledge, in the rain.

A number of episodes concern Little Ricky (Keith Thibodeaux) now that he’s old enough to be a functioning character on the show. In Little Ricky Learns to Play the Drums,€ the lad takes after his musician father and starts playing percussion, leading to some frayed nerves. A couple of episodes later, young Ricardo gets a bad case of stage fright at school, and Lucy suggests Ricky let him play the drums at the nightclub. (But then, of course, she has to figure out how to talk her son into performing.) A big change comes to I Love Lucy in the season’s second half, when the Ricardos decide it’s time to become homeowners and pull up stakes at their old Manhattan apartment. Moving to a nice, new house in Connecticut, they’re soon joined by Fred (William Frawley) and Ethel (Vivian Vance), and the season’s storylines take on a distinctly suburban flavor, with country clubs, barbecues, and gardens figuring into the comedy. With those developments, I Love Lucy came to a close after making television history as a much-beloved sitcom. Lots of special features, including multiple audio commentaries, flubs, lost scenes, and five episodes of My Favorite Husband, Ball’s radio show. —Tom Keogh

Episode listing of I Love Lucy season six

  1. Lucy meets Bob Hope€: After Lucy spots Bob Hope (himself, 1903-2003) at a baseball game, she attempts to contact him by pretending to be a hotdog vendor and a pitcher.
  2. Little Ricky Learns to Play the Drums€: Thump. Thump. Thump, thump, thump. Little Ricky (Keith Thibodeaux) learning to play the drums starts to drive everyone crazy; including Fred & Ethel with his persistent rhythm.
  3. Lucy Meets Orson Welles€: After Lucy gets to perform with Orson Wells (himself, 1915-1985) at the Tropicana, she tries to turn his magic-act into Shakespeare to impress her old drama teacher in the audience.
  4. Little Ricky Gets Stage Fright€: Little Ricky appears fine before he debuts his drumming skills in front of an audience, but then panics immediately before the show.
  5. Visitor from Italy€: Mario (Jay Novello, 1904-1982) from Italy comes to visit on his way to San Franchesca to see his brother, but Lucy thinks it’s supposed to be San Francisco so she helps Mario get a job in a pizza parlor to raise money, only to have to flip some pizza dough herself.
  6. Off to Florida€: To visit Ricky & Fred in Florida, Lucy & Ethel carpool with Mrs. Edna Grundy (Elsa Lanchester, 1902-1986) and her watercress sandwiches, but they come to think that she is a murderer after hearing a report on the car radio.
  7. €œDeep-Sea Fishing€: Still in Florida, the gang goes out on a boat to go fishing with the women betting the men on who can catch the biggest fish.
  8. Desert Island€: To stop Ricky & Fred from judging a Florida beauty contest, Lucy & Ethel make it appear that their boat runs out of gas, leaving them stranded on seemingly deserted island.
  9. The Ricardos Visit Cuba€: Finally visiting Cuba after many years, Lucy gets the opportunity to meet more of Ricky’s relatives, but ends up trying to hide while rolling cigars.
  10. Little Ricky’s School Pageant€: Ricky, Lucy, Fred & Ethel appear in Little Ricky’s school show with Lucy as a wicked witch.
  11. €œ’I Love Lucy’ Christmas Show: A.K.A. Jingle Bells€ or €œThe Lost Episode€, this special has the gang reminiscing as they decorate a Christmas tree.
  12. Lucy and the Loving Cup€: Lucy gets a trophy stuck on top of her head.
  13. Lucy and Superman€: Lucy pretends to be Superman for Little Ricky’s birthday, but then the real Superman (George Reeves, 1914-1959) shows up.
  14. Little Ricky Gets a Dog€: When Little Ricky gets a puppy, no one is happy with its non-stop, late-night barking.
  15. Lucy Wants to Move to the Country€: After Lucy wants her, Ricky & Little Ricky to buy a home in Connecticut, she starts to have second thoughts and gets help from Ethel & Fred to sour the deal with the sellers: Mr. & Mrs. Spaulding (Frank Wilcox, 1907-1974, & Eleanor Audley, 1905-1991).
  16. Lucy Hates to Leave€: The Ricardos with their belongings temporarily move in with the Mertz’s until they can move into their new Connecticut home.
  17. €œLucy Misses the Mertzes€: Alone in their new home, Ricky & Lucy decide to visit Fred & Ethel in New York, but Fred & Ethel decide to visit Ricky & Lucy.
  18. Lucy Gets Chummy with the Neighbors€: Like Lucy ever needed an excuse to buy new furniture, her new friend & next-door neighbor Betty Ramsay (Mary Jane Croft, 1916-1999) helps to convince Lucy that she needs to.
  19. Lucy Raises Chickens€: To help pay their bills, Lucy & Ricky decide to get chickens and sell the eggs; so Lucy & Ethel buy 500 baby chicks that Little Ricky finds hidden away and accidentally lets loose.
  20. Lucy Does the Tango€: After Ricky threatens to sell their chickens that won’t lay eggs and he & Fred aren’t speaking to each other, Lucy plans to plant store-bought eggs in the nests; but she also has to hide them and practice the Tango with Ricky with some sticky results.
  21. Ragtime Band€: When Ricky refuses to perform with Lucy, Fred & Ethel for a benefit, she gets Little Ricky on the drums instead.
  22. Lucy’s Night in Town€: Lucy, Ricky, Fred & Ethel plan to see a New York play, but problems arise, including Fred getting nervous about carrying $500 in cash.
  23. Housewarming: Ethel’s jealousy of Betty Ramsey’s friendship with Lucy quickly becomes Lucy’s jealousy of Ethel when Ethel & Betty find out that their both from Albuquerque. Things get worse when Lucy thinks that Ethel is planning a surprise housewarming party for her & Ricky.
  24. Building a Bar-B-Q€: Ricky & Fred build a wonderful brick barbeque, but Lucy thinks her wedding ring fell into the cement; so she & Ethel take it apart looking, then attempt to put it back together with hilarious results.
  25. Country Club Dance: Lucy, Ethel & Betty get mad at their husbands that all become smitten with a young blond (Barbara Eden) at a dance.
  26. Lucy Raises Tulips€: Tulips and riding lawnmowers don’t go together, which is what Lucy finds out when she tries to mow her yard and takes out Betty’s prize tulips. Lucy also discovers that wax tulips don’t do well in the sun.
  27. The Ricardos Dedicate a Statue€: In the very last regular €œI Love Lucy€ episode, after Lucy accidentally destroys the statue to be dedicated, she pretends to be the statue. The real children of Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz (Lucie Arnaz & Desi Arnaz, Jr.) made uncredited cameo appearances.

DVD Features of I Love Lucy – the complete 6th season

  • Available Subtitles: Spanish
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Unknown Format)
  • 27 episodes from the 1956-57 season on four discs
  • Commentary by Keith Thibodeaux (“Little Ricky”), Barbara Eden, Doris Singleton (“Caroline Appleby”), and writers Madelyn Pugh Davis and Bob Schiller
  • 1956 Christmas Show
  • Flubs
  • Lost scenes
  • Restored music
  • €œBob Hope Chevy Show€ sketch highlights
  • Original series openings
  • Original animation
  • Original cast commercials
  • Promotional spot
  • Scene and song selections
  • Guest cast information
  • Colorized Christmas show scenes
  • Production notes
  • Five episodes of Lucy’s radio show, My Favorite Husband
  • English closed-captions and Spanish subtitles
  • Spanish audio on most episodes

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