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Lucy and her husband, Ricky Ricardo, are living in the country with their best friends and old landlords, Fred and Ethel Mertz. Lucy is still getting into trouble with her sidekick Ethel, ... See full summary »
Near the end of the series, William Frawley and Vivian Vance were offered their own spin-off series. William Frawley was for it, but not Vivian Vance; neither got along well with another, off-camera. Vance turned it down primarily due to not wishing to continue to work with Frawley. She also felt the Mertzes as leads would not work without the Lucy (Lucille Ball) character.
But how's Ricky ever going to find out who took the pearls?
Ethel Mertz: He'll ask me and I'll confess.
Lucy Ricardo: Why?
Ethel Mertz: Because while he's asking me, he'll have his fingers around my throat!
A crucial scene from episode 2 of season 1, _"The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour" (1957) "The Celebrity Next Door" (#1.2)_, has been omitted on TV broadcasts as well as from the video version, even from the so-called complete prints titled "We Love Lucy". Fred gets splattered with strawberry pie, he retreats to the kitchen with Ethel, and Lucy says how humiliated she is. Tallulah Bankhead quickly & personally said "Oh, forget it darling. This is my lucky night, I'm allergic to strawberries. They give me hives!" Lucy and Tallulah then banter back and forth for a moment. The tail end of this scene is missing in recent prints, where Ricky asks if Tallulah would like some coffee. This brief missing scene sets up what happens among the final scenes, where Tallulah Bankhead broke out in hives.