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Lucy Hires an English Tutor

Lucy Hires an English Tutor - I Love Lucy episode 53, season 2, originally aired 12/29/1952

The English Tutor - Lucy tries to convince Ricky that their expected child will learn perfect EnglishWith the baby’ impending arrival, Lucy is concerned about her English (as well as Ricky’s!) and hires an English tutor to tutor them both.  The free lessons have a catch, however — Lucy has agreed to let him sing at Ricky’s club, which Ricky knows nothing about.  However, Ricky hates the lessons, and makes his own secret deal with the tutor …

Hans Conried, who plays the part of the English tutor Mr. Livermore, appeared with Lucille Ball on several episodes of her radio series, My Favorite Husband; his performance of Tippy Tippy Toe is one of comedic highlights of the episode, as is his adopting of Ricky’s Cuban accent.  A very good episode, character-centered, with Lucy’s insecurities at the forefront.  Very funny, recommended.

Lucy Hires an English Tutor is available on DVD as part of the I Love Lucy season 2 DVD collection.

Quotes from I Love Lucy – The English Tutor

Mr. Livermore: I tippy-tippy-toe through my garden, where all the pretty flowers dwell.  There’s a rare perfume in my garden, and I just love to stand there and smell.  And as I tippy-tippy-toe along, all the pretty flowers seem to sing this song …
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): Derry down pip pip
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Dilly dilly day
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): Hey nonne nonne
Fred Mertz (William Frawley): Rippity pippity ay.  Derry down ding dong
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): Dilly dilly doo
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Hey nonne nonne
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): Rippity pippity poo.

Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): What if our child asks us simple questions? Like [in child’s voice] “Where does rain come from?” [in her normal voice] “Where does rain come from? I don’t know dear, your mommy’s a dumbbell.”

Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): I would say okay, that’s a swell way to get off to a lousy start!

Originally published at Clown Ministry

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