The Audition


The Audition

I Love Lucy

When Lucy learns that talent scouts from a television network are going to catch Ricky's nightclub act, she hounds her husband for a chance to be in the show: "You need a pretty girl in your act to advertise the sponsor's product. She eats it, or drinks it, or waxes the floor with it, or cuts potatoes with it, or drives off in it…or smokes it!"

When this falls on Ricky's deaf ears, Lucy parades around the apartment with a lampshade on her head, humming "A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody" and imitating a Ziegfeld girl.

When Buffo the Clown has a bike accident at a rehearsal, Ricky sends him to the Ricardo apartment to rest up, and Lucy connives to take his place in the show. As network officials watch Ricky sing "Babalu", Lucy meanders onstage as "The Professor," wearing a broken-down tuxedo and carrying a "loaded" cello, looking for "Risky Riskadoo."

She performs some funny bits with the instrument, then impersonates a seal by playing a motley group of horns. The TV bigwigs are so impressed, they offer her a contact. Later Lucy agrees to remain a wife and give up show business, this week anyway.

Special Notes: This episode was inspired by the Pilot Episode that featured Pepito the Clown. It was also based on a My Favorite Husband episode, "The Wills".

Bloopers: As Fred and Buffo start to leave, Buffo easily walks the bike out, without unlocking the brakes which supposedly caused the accident in the first place.

Episode #6
Season #1 (1951-52)

Aired: November 19, 1951
Filmed: October 12, 1951
Rating: 41.9/62

How Dry I Am

Marc Daniels (Director),
Jess Oppenheimer (Producer),
Bob Carroll Jr. (Writer),
Madelyn Davis Pugh (Writer)

Supporting Cast:
Pat Moran (Buffo the Clown),
Bennett Green (Stage Hand),
Jess Oppenheimer (Network Sponsor #1),
Harry Ackerman (Network Sponsor #2),
Hal Hudson (Network Sponsor #3)