Viv Moves Out


Viv Moves Out

The Lucy Show

After yet another argument between Lucy and Viv, leads to Viv's decision that she and her son Sherman will move out. Mr. Mooney forces Lucy to get a new tenant immediately in order to pay the bills.

Lucy takes in another boarder, entertainer Roberta Schaeffer, a nightclub singer and her son Bob. They get a local gig and now need to practice day and night. Their non-stop rehearsals of "Up a Lazy River" get old quickly and drives Lucy crazy.

Meanwhile, Viv has a change of heart and wants to move back in and Lucy desperately wants to lose the chronic songbirds. The girls and Mr. Mooney help the Schaeffers' get a booking so they will move out.

Special Notes: Roberta Sherwood is a well-known nightclub singer and Jerry Lanning is her real-life son, who has been appearing in other Desilu sitcoms. In 1962, Desilu produced a sitcom pilot with Gale Gordon and Sherwood plahying husband and wife, with Lanning as their singing son. It did not sell which is a good thing, Gale Gordon would not have been available to portray Mr. Mooney, which not only would have denied Lucille Ball the comedic foil that made her show a hit, but would have also denied Gordon the iconic role he would be forever remembered.

Episode #52
Season #2 (1963-64)

Aired: March 2, 1964

Jack Donohue (Director),
Bob Carroll Jr. (Writer),
Madelyn Davis (Writer),
Iz Elinson (Writer),
Fred S. Fox (Writer)

Supporting Cast:
Gale Gordon (Theodore J. Mooney),
Roberta Sherwood (Roberta Schaeffer),
Jerry Lanning (Bob Schaeffer)