The Benefit


The Benefit

I Love Lucy

Ethel wants Ricky to headline a benefit show for her "Middle East Sixty-Eighth Street Women's Club," but Lucy refuses to ask him unless she can be on the bill too. Ethel is not thrilled, especially after hearing Lucy's offkey rendition of "Shine On, Harvest Moon," but finally gives in.

After the posters (ballyhooing Mr. And Mrs. Ricky Ricardo) are printed, Lucy informs Ethel that Ricky refuses to do it. Lucy: "You still have me. After all, what's Ricky got that I haven't got, except a band, a reputation…?" Ethel: "..and talent!"

After some wheedling, Ricky says he'll do it, an old vaudeville routine known as "Songs and Witty Sayings." Lucy is delighted until she gets a gander at the material - Ricky has all the punch lines. She decides to rewrite the jokes, which are later delivered between choruses of "We'll Build a Bungalow."

Special Notes: This episode is based on lucy's radio show, My Favorite Husband Episode #35, "Charity Reviews".

Bloopers: In the scene where Lucy is warming up to practice her duet with Ricky, we see a book on top of the piano entitled, "How to Sing," with F. Alsetto as the author. Falsetto is actually a vocal technique (literally meaning "false") that allows a vocalist to sing beyond his or her normal vocal range.

Episode #13
Season #1 (1951-52)

Aired: January 7, 1952
Filmed: November 30, 1951
Rating: 51.6/72

Shine On Harvest Moon,
Auf Wiederseh'n My Dear,
We'll Build a Bungalow

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