The Lucy Show: The Official Fourth Season
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Besides booking more great guest stars in this season, Lucy was still looking for that permanent new sidekick to replace Vivian. Lucy's close friend Ann Sothern was out of the question due to Ann's wanting equal top billing, so the search was still on. In the 4th episode, a new contender appeared in the show, Joan Blondell. Joan played Joan Brenner, who lives downstairs and works at the movie studios. Lucy didn't have an opinion on her from one episode, so she put Joan in the next episode, where Lucy's famous stunt man character Iron Man Carmichael was born. At the end of this second episode with Joan Blondell, Lucy was so disappointed in Joan's performances and the fact that they had no chemistry both on and off screen, that she imitated flushing a toilet in front of the audience. The audience gasped and Joan Blondell was so upset and insulted at the toilet flushing gesture that she shouted the mother of all words to Lucy, Blank (it rhymes with duck) You Lucille Ball! came out of her mouth.Read more ›
Fans of Vivian Vance will be especially disappointed. Having left the series at the end of Season 3, this year she only receives a two-second mention from Lucy in the season-opener ("I wonder how Viv likes her new husband"). Trying to find a replacement for the irreplaceable Viv was fruitless, so after an episode with Joan Blondell as a potential sidekick, Ann Sothern makes a few return appearances to fill the void before everyone probably decided "Oh, the hell with it" and gave up. From this point forward, whenever they needed an ear for Lucy's schemes, they called on good 'ol reliable, sweet Mary Jane Croft.
Lucy's TV son Jerry is the only holdover from the Danfield era, but he is quickly whisked off to military school, leaving the Lucy character to adapt to her new surroundings in Hollywood and settle in with the series new "Guest-star-of-the-week" format (this season she meets Milton Berle, Danny Thomas, Mickey Rooney, Wayne Newton, Art Linkletter and Bob Crane to name but a few).
Gale Gordon is forced to step up to the plate and becomes the principal co-star for Lucy for the remainder of the series. This is the season where he goes from managing her trust fund to becoming her employer at the bank, projecting frustration and his patented slow-burn in nearly every episode.
All of these changes certainly do the show no favours. The earlier "Lucy Show" episodes quite often had the same energy and spark as "I Love Lucy", but these offerings are totally a horse of a different color altogether.Read more ›
Thankyou CBS...we all need a "GOOD" laugh...be well & have fun :)
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Another season of Lucy and her antics. Love Gale Gordon. Some good episodes of this sitcom, which only had one more season to go.Published 2 months ago by BRIAN
This season was where it started to decline but I still enjoy it a lot.Published 5 months ago by Mark
I just hade fun watching the lucy show the forth season it was so much fun to watch so get your today & lol todayPublished 12 months ago by Veronica S. Mccann
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