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  • Lucy and Bob Hope is an episode of I Love Lucy
  • Bob Hope guest stars in one of the series' most memorable episodes, in my opinion
  • What Lucy doesn't know is Bob Hope has already agreed to perform and that her being a jinx was only a story fabricated by Ricky to keep her away from Bob Hope and avoid another embarrassing situation
  • This is such a well-written episode that incorporates all of the things that I like about the series, including comedy, dancing and singing, and the inclusion of he legendary Bob Hope for much of the episode makes it a real home run winner in my eyes


    • by CirclingCanvas

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      “Lucy and Bob Hope” is an episode of “I Love Lucy”. Bob Hope guest stars in one of the series’ most memorable episodes, in my opinion. In this episode, Lucy thinks that Ricky hasn’t been able to get Bob Hope to appear at his club because of her disastrous run-ins with stars in both Hollywood and Europe. Thus, when she spots Bob Hope at Yankee Stadium, she sets out to convince him that she isn’t a jinx and to accept Ricky’s invitation to perform at his club, with hilarious results. What Lucy doesn’t know is Bob Hope has already agreed to perform and that her being a jinx was only a story fabricated by Ricky to keep her away from Bob Hope and avoid another embarrassing situation.

      This episode has two scenes that really stand out in my eyes. First, it’s quite funny to see Lucy dress up as a man walking around and selling hot dogs in order to


      get near Bob Hope. She keeps asking him if he wants to buy a hot dog, and he keeps saying no. Other people around Bob Hope say yes though, and Lucy has no choice but to sell hot dogs to them. Poor Bob Hope gets caught in the middle of all this while he’s trying to watch the baseball game. He essentially becomes the middle man, with Lucy handing him hot dogs which he passes on to the nearby people, and the people passing change to Bob Hope which he gives to Lucy. Lucy at one point gets distracted by the game and ends up putting mustard on Bob Hope’s finger instead of a hot dog! It’s really comical because both Lucille Ball and Bob Hope are talented comedians and they make the scene at Yankee Stadium work wonderfully.

      The other real memorable scene takes place at Ricky’s club, where a reluctant Ricky allows Lucy to be a part of ...


      • the show only after Lucy and Bob Hope bonded and Bob Hope insisted that she be allowed to perform. There’s an entertaining umpire skit that the three do, complete with singing and dancing. Comedy is intermixed with the song and dance, with Lucy’s spiked shoes getting stuck on the club’s new tiled floor. Bob Hope even does a special version of his “Thanks for the Memories” song at the end of the episode, with Lucy and Ricky joining in. It’s really an entertaining episode, entertaining in a sense that it’s funny, but also because of the song and dance performances that make up the last five or so minutes of the show. Bob Hope is given plenty of lines and screentime, and he delivers his lines with the kind of timing and tone that one would expect from a truly talented comedian and performer such as himself.

        “Lucy and Bob Hope” is an episode of “I Love Lucy” that truly

        stands out as one of the series’ most special and well-written episodes. The writers gave Bob Hope material that didn’t make him behave in an out of character way and Bob Hope doesn’t at all disappoint in his guest appearance. I liked how the writers incorporated Lucy’s past hilarious run-ins with other movie stars and used those run-ins as a basis to set up the plot and what happens to Bob Hope at Yankee Stadium as she is desperately trying to talk to him with a big hot dog box hanging in front of her results in another embarrassingly hilarious Lucy encounter with a movie star. This is such a well-written episode that incorporates all of the things that I like about the series, including comedy, dancing and singing, and the inclusion of he legendary Bob Hope for much of the episode makes it a real home run winner in my eyes. Rating it a “10″ was a super easy decision.




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