Sunday, August 10, 2008

"Ethel Mae Potter... we never forgot her"

This is a clip from one of my all-time favorite episodes of "I Love Lucy." The fourth season of the classic sitcom dealt with Ricky getting a movie deal with MGM and driving out west to Hollywood for his big screen debut. The season opened up a great many guest spots to the likes of John Wayne, Van Johnson, Rock Hudson, Harpo Marx and probably most infamously, William Holden (and the legendary burning nose moment). This episode has the gang driving to Ethel's home town of Albequerque, New Mexico (which incidentally was Vivian Vance's real home town). When they arrive, the town believes that Ethel is the one going out to be a movie star. She lets it get to her head, so much so that in a rare moment, Lucy schemes with Ricky and Fred to teach her a lesson during her recital (which also allowed Vance, a Broadway performer with credits including the original productions of Music in the Air, Anything Goes, Red Hot and Blue and Hooray for What!, the opportunity to display her considerable vocal talents). The hilarity follows:

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