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Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel are back with their third season. Little has changed in these 31 episodes (unlike future years when they start traveling). Still, the writers and actors come up with some of their best stuff to date in this five-disc set.
There are many episodes considered to be classics in this season. "Lucy and Ethel Buy the Same Dress" and almost ruin their friendship on TV over it. "Lucy Tells the Truth" and gets knives thrown at her for her efforts. In an effort to regain their husbands' attention, Lucy and Ethel attend "Charm School" with different results from what they expected. A "Bonus Buck" turns out to be a starchy deal. Lucy and Ethel learn "The Golf Game" in a way you've never seen before. This season also features two of Tennessee Ernie Ford's three appearances on the show.
There are many equally funny episodes in this set that I love that aren't on any classic list I've ever seen. "Equal Rights" finds the girls washing dishes to settle a tab when the boys let them pay their own way. "Baby Pictures" contains one of my all time favorite lines from the show when we learn Little Ricky speaks English and Spanish, but he only speaks Spanish when he's angry. "Sentimental Anniversary" is funny and sweet at the same time. "Ricky Loses His Temper" nominates Ricky for sainthood with what Lucy puts him through. Finally, "Ricky's Hawaiian Vacation" finds Lucy trying to sneak her way with the band by lying to a game show.
Once again, this set is ideal for collectors. The 31 episodes are presented in all their black and white glory. I doubt they could look better. The sound, while not earth shattering, is true to the program and it certainly sounds sharp. Each disc is loaded with info on guest stars, behind the scenes information, flubs, original animation, and the other goodies we're used to seeing from these releases.
You can't go wrong with the first foursome of comedy. This is a classic show for a reason. If you even like Lucy, you'll be glad you got this set.
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