Tennessee Ernie Visits -Â I Love LucyÂ episodeÂ 94, season 3, originally aired 5/3/1954
Lucy receives a letter from her mother, Mrs. McGillicuddy, informing her that Mrs. McGillicuddy’s friend’s roommate’s cousin’s middle boy is coming to New York City for a visit, and Mrs. McGillicuddy hasÂ thoughtfullyÂ volunteered Ricky and Lucy’s apartment for âCousin Ernie’ to stay in during his visit.Â Mrs. McGillicuddy’s letter is hilarious in it’s own rightâmy favorite part is where she refers to Ricky as âXavier’ (Desi Arnaz once worked for Xavier Cugat).Â Guest star Tennessee Ernie Ford arrives, playing the part of the rural Cousin Ernie, a very likable country bumpkin, who is unintentionally making Ricky and Lucy crazy during his visit.
Determined to drive Cousin Ernie home, Lucy decides to play upon one of his fears.Â Since his mother has warned him about wicked city women who will try to âvamp’ him, Lucy disguises herself in a slinky black dress and wig, and proceeds to âvamp’ Cousin ErnieÂ â which consists of tousling his hair.Â Cousin Ernie asks, âAre you a-vampin’ me?â Lucy replies that she is, and asks if he’s going to go home now â but Cousin Ernie likes it!Â And starts chasing the âcity woman’ around the apartment!
Tennessee Ernie VisitsÂ is available as part ofÂ the season 3Â I Love LucyÂ DVD collection.
funny quotes fromÂ Tennessee Ernie Visits – I Love Lucy.
Tennessee Ernie Ford: You must be Cousin Lucy.Â And there’s Cousin Ricky, too.Â How’re you?
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): How are you?Â Did you say cousin?
Tennessee Ernie Ford: Oh yeah, it’s just a habit.Â Down in Tennessee, everybody calls everybody cousin.
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): Oh.
Tennessee Ernie Ford: âCourse, down in Tennessee, everybodyÂ isÂ everybody’s cousin.
Tennessee Ernie Ford: City woman,where are you at, you little heifer?
Tennessee Ernie Ford: You got quite a hitch, in your git-along.
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