Tennessee Ernie Hangs On – I Love Lucyâepisode number 95, season 3, originally aired: May 10, 1954
Tennessee Ernie Ford continues his visit with the Ricardos, driving them to distraction.Â I truly love the country bumpkin character that Tennessee Ernie Ford plays here, being both irritating and endearing at the same time.Â In a final attempt to get rid of their unwanted house guest who is eating them out of house and home, Lucy and Ricky pretend that they are broke, hoping that with nothing to mooch thatÂ Cousin ErnieÂ will move back home.
However,Â Cousin ErnieÂ is made of sterner stuff than that, and is not about to abandon his friends in need.Â Instead, he puts on a hoedown benefit, with âErnie Ford and His Four Hot Chicken PickersâÂ âthe four âpickers’ are, of course, Ricky, Lucy, Fred and Ethelâbut when all is said and done, Cousin Ernie heads back home, as do the Ricardos and the Mertzes.
Tennessee Ernie Hangs OnÂ is a hilariously funny episode, and is highly recommended.Â It is available as part ofÂ theÂ I Love LucyÂ season 3 DVD collection.
Funny quotes fromÂ TennesseeÂ Ernie Hangs On – I Love Lucy
Tennessee Ernie Ford: Cock your pistols âcause you ain’t gonna believe this nowhow!
Tennessee Ernie Ford: Mama always said I had a lot of get-up-and-go, so I’ll get up and go.
Tennessee Ernie Ford: I stayed with you while you was high on the hog, and I’m a-goin’ to stick by you while you’re down in the hocks.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): If I wasn’t so sick and tired of him, I’d like him.
Tennessee Ernie Ford: As the whale said when when he saw Jonah standing on the bank, âI ain’t a-swallowin’ that!â