The Operetta -Â I Love LucyÂ episode 38, season 2, originallyÂ aired 10/13/1952
One of the best loved, best known and most popular of all of theÂ I Love LucyÂ series.Â It has resulted in everything fromÂ Barbie DollsÂ to signs, posters, costumes, etc.Â The basic story is that Lucy has run the finances of her woman’s club the same way that she runs the family financesÂ â needless to say, the club is bankrupt.Â And, the club wants to put on a play, complete with rented costumesâwhich they can’t afford, thanks to Lucy’s financial mismanagement.Â What to do?
Lucy and Ethel write the play themselves, and pay for the rented costumes with a postdated check.Â All is going well at the actual performance, until the rental company starts repossessing props and costumes in the middle of the performance!Â The check, apparently, has bounced.Â This makes for hilarious comedy, as they attempt to continue the performance despite everything.
The OperettaÂ is available as part ofÂ the season 2Â I Love LucyÂ DVD collection.
Quotes from The OperettaÂ I Love LucyÂ season 2
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): Well, look, honey, you know I love Lucy, and she’s a wonderful girl and she’s got wonderful qualities but, confidentially, when she sings she hits a bad note once in a while.
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): Once in a while?
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): [in charge of operetta to benefit the club she and Ethel are in, which doesn’t know that there is no money in its account because Lucy has been borrowing from it] Well, we could save money by writing the operetta ourselves.
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): We? Who’s we?
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): We is Ethel Romberg and Lucy Friml, that’s who we is.
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): [discussing operetta Lucy wrote, but does not know she wrote it] Who wrote this thing, anyway?
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Who wrote it? Have you ever heard of George Gershwin?
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): Yeah.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Well alright then.
Originally published at Clown Ministry