The Ballet – I Love Lucy
The BalletÂ is one of my all-time favoriteÂ I Love LucyÂ episodes. It begins like so many of the first seasonÂ I Love Lucy, with Ricky needing some acts at the club, and Lucy wanting to be part of the show.Â This time, Ricky needs a burlesque comic and a ballet dancer.Â Lucy, of course, thinks that her old dance recital experience qualifies her as a ballet dancer, and even takes ballet lessons.Â This leads intoÂ one of the funniest moments in the entireÂ I Love LucyÂ series with Lucy trying to keep up with the other ballet artists, and the well-known routine where Lucy gets first her foot, then her leg, then her entire body stuck on the bar (or âbarre’ ) that ballet dancers use for practice.
Since she’s a failure at ballet, Lucy hires a professional clown to teach her a burlesque routineâin this case, it’s theÂ Slowly I TurnedÂ routine made famous byÂ the Three Stooges.Â In the routine, a tramp clown assaults anyone who says a key word or phrase that reminds him of the ruin of his happy homeâfor the Three Stooges, it was âNiagara Falls,â forÂ Abbott and CostelloÂ is was âPoko Mokoâ and for this routine with Lucy it was âMarthaââthe name of the tramp’s wife.Â Â As always, the âSlowly I Turned’ routine is hilarious, resulting in Lucy being hit with a pillow, sprayed by a seltzer bottle, and finally hit in the face with a pieâonly to have Ethel phone and say that Ricky has already booked the burlesque act!
That night, Lucy is at home while Fred and Ethel are at the clubâand overhear that the dancer is unexpectedly unavailable.Â Â Ethel promptly calls LucyÂ and informs her that she can fill in at the club!Â Â Unfortunately for Lucy, she thinks that it’s the burlesque act that’s needed, and shows up in her clown outfit.Â With Ricky singing âMarta’, every time that Lucy hears âMartha’ she assaults one of the other performers with her pillow, seltzer bottle, andÂ at the conclusion of the act, hits Ricky in the face with a pie!
At home, Ricky gets even, and he and Lucy kiss and make up.
The BalletÂ is available as part ofÂ the season 1Â I Love LucyÂ DVD collection.
Trivia from “The Ballet” -Â I Love LucyÂ season 1
- Although theÂ I Love LucyÂ show was painstakingly written and rehearsed, occasional ad-libbing occurred.Â Some people believe that one example was when Lucy really got her foot stuck in the ballet practice bar.Â However, it is in the script.
- This was Mary Wickes’ first appearance withÂ Lucille Ball, but far from her lastâshe and Lucille Ball eventually became good friends, as well.
- Lucy performs the “Slowly I Turned” routine made famous byÂ the Three Stooges.
Funny quotes fromÂ The BalletÂ -Â I Love LucyÂ season 1
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): [speaking about Lucy] What am I going to do about her?
Fred Mertz (William Frawley): Have you ever thought of putting her in a large basket and leaving her on somebody’s doorstep?
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): That wouldn’t work. She’s too smart. She’d find her way home.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Here I am with all this talent bottled up inside of me, and you’re always sitting on the cork.
Madame Lemond: I think we should go to the barre.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Oh good, cause I’m awful thirsty.
Burlesque Comic: [to Lucy] Say, you’re a nice looking fella.
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz)Â [to Lucy] You’ll do for the comic, but what will I do about the ballet dancer?
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): I was in a dance recital in high school, The Dance of The Flowers.
Fred Mertz (William Frawley): She has got nice stems.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Thank you. I was the only petunia to do a solo.