History Headscratchers / ILoveLucy

29th Jul '16 9:01:37 AM Julia1984
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** The best Watsonian explanation is that Little Ricky's room is supposed to be a rather large walk-in closet, or possibly an office/study.

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** The best Watsonian explanation is that Little Ricky's room is supposed to be a rather large walk-in closet, or possibly an office/study.office/study.
** Our 2-story house has 2 bedrooms like that -- you have to enter one to get to the other. Once all the kids grew up, the first, naturally, became the ''last'' room anyone wanted to stay in.
30th Jun '16 7:58:31 AM dangerdan97
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* What the heck was up with the setup for the Ricardo's second apartment? The layout from left to right was Little Ricky's room-Lucy & Ricky's room with attached bath-small hall-living room-kitchen. What kind of two bedroom apartment has you going through one bedroom to get to the second? I know it's shot that way largely for convenience's sake, but it makes no sense, when it could be shot with the hall leading right to the second bedroom.

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* What the heck was up with the setup for the Ricardo's second apartment? The layout from left to right was Little Ricky's room-Lucy & Ricky's room with attached bath-small hall-living room-kitchen. What kind of two bedroom apartment has you going through one bedroom to get to the second? I know it's shot that way largely for convenience's sake, but it makes no sense, when it could be shot with the hall leading right to the second bedroom.bedroom.
** The best Watsonian explanation is that Little Ricky's room is supposed to be a rather large walk-in closet, or possibly an office/study.
30th Jun '16 5:03:00 AM CrazyLegs2
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** There's another more charitable explanation, too: Ricky has been in show business for years, and knows what a ''stressful'' job it really is (several episodes revolve around this, actually). Ricky loves Lucy so much that he doesn't want her to experience that kind of stress.
30th Jun '16 4:56:06 AM CrazyLegs2
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**** The episode in question takes place in Florence. According to TheOtherWiki, New York has an elevation of 33 feet, while Florence has one of 160 feet. So yeah, it's higher, but not enough that it seems like it would make a difference. Pretty much just RuleOfFunny. Good catch to OP, though; I never thought of that before.
14th May '16 10:13:12 PM glowingeye
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*** Or it could be one of those "last smoke before someone's executed" cigarettes, since it's implied that's the big finish and he was going to go for a tricky shot there.

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*** Or it could be one of those "last smoke before someone's executed" cigarettes, since it's implied that's the big finish and he was going to go for a tricky shot there.there.
*What the heck was up with the setup for the Ricardo's second apartment? The layout from left to right was Little Ricky's room-Lucy & Ricky's room with attached bath-small hall-living room-kitchen. What kind of two bedroom apartment has you going through one bedroom to get to the second? I know it's shot that way largely for convenience's sake, but it makes no sense, when it could be shot with the hall leading right to the second bedroom.
19th Mar '16 1:48:09 AM Gravidef
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** Lucille Ball was a natural brunette; she dyed her hair in the 1920's and 30's to be a "blonde bombshell," as that was a super-popular look at the time (Jean Harlow and Mae West were in this group). She later started coloring her hair red to stand out more in auditions, and it worked. There were a few episodes where they named her hair as dyed--in "Men Are Messy," Lucy remarks that because she can't leave the apartment (she and Ricky are having a ThisIsMySide argument), she'll be a brunette in a few weeks; in "Lucy Tells the Truth," her friends force her to reveal her natural hair tone (she says brown); in one episode where some old Cuban friends of Ricky's visit, the only English words he uses when talking about Lucy are "henna rinse" (referring to a method of dyeing the hair red); and in one famous line, Lucy claims that she was bird-watching as opposed to spying on the neighbors, prompting Ricky to remark that "there's a red-headed cuckoo in the living room!"
31st Dec '15 11:38:23 AM Lightning4119
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*** That's it exactly. After Little Ricky was born, they moved downstairs to a larger apartment.



*** Pretty much. Thing is, she's got talent...it just isn't in singing. When she's ''allowed'' to be in the show, she knocks it out of the park (see "The Diet" and the first time we see "Cuban Pete" performed onscreen). Breaking in on her own usually means things go hilariously wrong, as she wouldn't know the steps. When they play to her strengths Lucy is very talented, like early on when she subbed in for that clown Boffo for one of Ricky's shows at the club. That worked well because she didn't have to sing and she knew the routine (it's stated she had seen the show before and knew how it went). But when she tries to get in on a singing gig or she tries to sneak in on a dancing section, things go wrong. Lucy Ricardo, as with Lucille Ball, had a ''huge'' aptitude for physical comedy (see the FunnyBackgroundEvent routine they pull on Ethel in Albuquerque when they're going to California).



** The performer isn't trying to knock the cigarette out of Lucy's mouth (she thinks he's going to, but he corrects her). It's just a "good job" cigarette.

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** The performer isn't trying to knock the cigarette out of Lucy's mouth (she thinks he's going to, but he corrects her). It's just a "good job" cigarette.cigarette.
*** Or it could be one of those "last smoke before someone's executed" cigarettes, since it's implied that's the big finish and he was going to go for a tricky shot there.
22nd Jul '15 1:21:40 AM ChrisDen
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** I believe their original apartment was above the Mertz's, their second apartment -the larger one with the picture window- was next door ( as shown in the ''Lucy Meets Superman'' episode.
* I have a question about one of the most famous parts of one of the most famous episodes.... In the candy making episode every reference book and transcription I see has the woman supervisor shouting "Speed it up a little!" , but everytime I see it, I hear "Speed it up, Otto!" (Assuming Otto is the name of person running the conveyer). Am I the only one?

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** I believe their original apartment was above the Mertz's, their second apartment -the apartment--the larger one with the picture window- was window--was next door ( as (as shown in the ''Lucy Meets Superman'' episode.
* I have a question about one of the most famous parts of one of the most famous episodes.... In the candy making episode every reference book and transcription I see has the woman supervisor shouting "Speed it up a little!" , but everytime every time I see it, I hear "Speed it up, Otto!" (Assuming Otto is the name of person running the conveyer). Am I the only one?



** That's interesting. I have only watched ILL and the other Lucy shows in reruns, but I don't ever remember not knowing she was a redhead (in terms of the Lucy franchise). For me, at least, I can tell the difference btwn Lucy's hair color and Ethel's, or Carolyn Appleby's, or Betty Ramsey's. There are some references in the show. In one episode, Ricky refers to her as 'Rhode Island Red' and in another episode she mentions that she hasn't been to the salon in weeks which resulted in her head looking like a fire broke out. I took that to mean dark roots and reddish tips. I do remember a couple of movies from the 20s or 30s where she was blonde.

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** That's interesting. I have only watched ILL and the other Lucy shows in reruns, but I don't ever remember not knowing she was a redhead (in terms of the Lucy franchise). For me, at least, I can tell the difference btwn between Lucy's hair color and Ethel's, or Carolyn Appleby's, or Betty Ramsey's. There are some references in the show. In one episode, Ricky refers to her as 'Rhode Island Red' and in another episode she mentions that she hasn't been to the salon in weeks which resulted in her head looking like a fire broke out. I took that to mean dark roots and reddish tips. I do remember a couple of movies from the 20s or 30s where she was blonde.



* Lucy seems like a very inquisitive and curious woman (it seems like half the episodes involve Lucy sticking her nose someplace Ricky told her not to.) Does it seem odd to anyone else that she never learned a word of Spanish? It just seems like eventually she'd want to know what some of the things that Ricky was shouting actually meant. Also, doesn't it seem odd that she's lived with a native Spanish-speaker for years and didn't even pick up what ''muchas gracias'' meant through sheer osmosis?

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* Lucy seems like a very inquisitive and curious woman (it seems like half the episodes involve Lucy sticking her nose someplace Ricky told her not to.) to). Does it seem odd to anyone else that she never learned a word of Spanish? It just seems like eventually she'd want to know what some of the things that Ricky was shouting actually meant. Also, doesn't it seem odd that she's lived with a native Spanish-speaker for years and didn't even pick up what ''muchas gracias'' meant through sheer osmosis?



** Alternatively she does understand some of what Ricky says, just that she has trouble with phonetic noises (just like Ricky has with English). When Ricky is yelling at her in spanish she seems to have a general gist of what he's saying.

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** Alternatively she does understand some of what Ricky says, just that she has trouble with phonetic noises (just like Ricky has with English). When Ricky is yelling at her in spanish Spanish she seems to have a general gist of what he's saying.



** A good piece of it might have been Male Pride, if not Male Ego. Back then, even moreso than now, the man was supposed to be the only breadwinner. For many men, if their wife had to take a paying job, it was taken as a personal insult, believing that he failed at his job as provider for his family. Barring that, it's entirely possible that he didn't want her to do it simply because he knows that, behind the scenes, show business can be a pretty seedy profession.

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** A good piece of it might have been Male Pride, if not Male Ego. Back then, even moreso more so than now, the man was supposed to be the only breadwinner. For many men, if their wife had to take a paying job, it was taken as a personal insult, believing that he failed at his job as provider for his family. Barring that, it's entirely possible that he didn't want her to do it simply because he knows that, behind the scenes, show business can be a pretty seedy profession.
13th Mar '15 1:43:56 PM pikachu9898
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** The show consistently shows that Lucy can't sing. And other characters besides Ricky also reinforce that she's just not that good. And each time Lucy ''does'' get her way, it ends terribly (and hilariously) usually due to her own incompetence and it usually happens at Ricky's expense.
5th Mar '15 12:17:58 PM Seed
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** Maybe it was never supposed to. Maybe Ricky just knew his wife well enough to know that it would be her breaking point.

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** Maybe it was never supposed to. Maybe Ricky just knew his wife well enough to know that it would be her breaking point.point.
** The performer isn't trying to knock the cigarette out of Lucy's mouth (she thinks he's going to, but he corrects her). It's just a "good job" cigarette.
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