The sixth and final season of I Love Lucy
finds new laughs in some old formulas while also expanding the hugely popular shows horizons with a change of scene. Things get off to a familiar start when Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) gets in the middle of husband Rickys business--in this case, disguising herself as a hot dog salesman at Yankee Stadium in order to get near Bob Hope. Hope, she believes, has ignored Rickys offer to be the first act at his new nightclub. But, in fact, Hope had already agreed; Ricky was just sitting on the information to keep Lucy from getting typically ditzy in front of one of his celebrity pals. Not surprisingly, mayhem follows when poor Hope finds his hand slathered with condiments and his noggin bonked by a foul ball. Other celebrity sightings include Orson Welles, who copes with Lucys aspirations as a Shakespearean actress, and George Reeves, televisions Superman, who shows up unexpectedly, in costume, at Little Rickys birthday party. Meanwhile, Lucy--who didnt want to disappoint the tyke--stands in a makeshift Man of Steel outfit on a window ledge, in the rain.
A number of episodes concern Little Ricky (Keith Thibodeaux) now that hes old enough to be a functioning character on the show. In "Little Ricky Learns to Play the Drums," the lad takes after his musician father and starts playing percussion, leading to some frayed nerves. A couple of episodes later, young Ricardo gets a bad case of stage fright at school, and Lucy suggests Ricky let him play the drums at the nightclub. (But then, of course, she has to figure out how to talk her son into performing.) A big change comes to I Love Lucy in the seasons second half, when the Ricardos decide its time to become homeowners and pull up stakes at their old Manhattan apartment. Moving to a nice, new house in Connecticut, theyre soon joined by Fred (William Frawley) and Ethel (Vivian Vance), and the seasons storylines take on a distinctly suburban flavor, with country clubs, barbecues, and gardens figuring into the comedy. With those developments, I Love Lucy came to a close after making television history as a much-beloved sitcom. Lots of special features, including multiple audio commentaries, flubs, lost scenes, and five episodes of My Favorite Husband, Balls radio show. --Tom Keogh
They say all good things must come to an end, but the sixth and final season of I Love Lucy's leaves a hilarious legacy with this four-disc, must-have DVD set. Season Six of this classic television sitcom sees the Ricardos longing for a less-hectic life in the country, so they make plans to move to rural Connecticut . . . but not before Lucy leaves The Big Apple reeling with some riotous escapades. To help further her "showbiz" aspirations, Lucy attempts to get chummy with comedian Bob Hope at a baseball game - by masquerading as both a hot dog vendor and a tobacco-chomping pitcher. Then, with Little Ricky's birthday approaching, Lucy makes a superhuman effort to have Superman (George Reeves) appear at the festivities. And only Lucy could somehow wind up with jockey Johnny Longden's loving cup stuck firmly on her head! Will life in rural Connecticut be more tranquil? Well, not when Lucy believes that her wedding ring has fallen into the mortar Ricky has used to build a new patio barbecue. And in one of the funniest TV episodes ever, Lucy learns the hard way that you shouldn't put all your eggs in one basket ...er, um ... blouse! Here are all 27 "Final Season" episodes of I Love Lucy - television's timeless, unforgettable comedy series.