I Love Lucy: "The Young Fans"
Last year was the first year I learned about blogathons, so I wound up missing a lot of great ones. One of those that I hated to find out I missed was the Favorite TV Episode Blogathon hosted by A Shroud of Thoughts, so imagine my joy when I discovered that it's been brought back this year. I'll be covering two different episodes, so check back in to see my second post. For the rest of the roster, you can click here.
I was lucky enough in my childhood that I grew up with some great TV classics, thanks to Nick at Nite's impressive line-up. Happy Days, The Brady Bunch, Cheers, The Partridge Family, The Cosby Show (slightly embarrassing to say now), and more were an integral part of my evenings, cuddled up in my bed with just the glow of the TV going. The best of them all, though, was I Love Lucy. I couldn't wait for that theme music, with the heart on satin heralding the beginning of something riotously fun. Hearing that music now still gives me goosebumps. When you tell people that a 1950's show is your very favorite, you're apt to get lots of raised eyebrows and the occasional, incredulous "Really?" When I was younger, it was absolutely adorable to adults that I would say that, something that irritated me even then. Saying it now, I get mixed reactions from my peers, ranging from bored to "Isn't it sexist?" All of it is infuriating. I've been telling myself for over a year that I need to write a post on I Love Lucy, a full-fledged love letter if you will, but I just haven't had the time to do it. (My blogathon addiction does not help. One more won't kill me, right? Right?) For now, I'll just have to dip my toe into the pool by writing about one episode, my favorite in fact.
Out of all of the episodes I could pick, my #1 does not include getting drunk on Vitameatavegamin, smashing grapes, a disastrous day at a chocolate factory, or getting pinned by an enormous loaf of bread that won't stop coming out of the oven. Oddly enough, my favorite doesn't have Fred and Ethel Mertz either, something I didn't realize until I watched it recently. That seems sacrilegious, I agree, but season 1's "The Young Fans" is so gleefully entertaining, you're liable to forget about TV's best second bananas for its 22-minute running time. Let's get to it!
P: "He's so much more worldly than the boys I know."
L: "Well, I should hope so. He's a little older, too."
P: "I know! He's middle-aged!"
P: "He must be pushing 23!"
L: "Yeah, he's pushing 23 alright. In fact, he's pushed it all the way to 35."
Lucy tries a different tact, asking Peggy if there are any boys her own age that she likes. There is one named Arthur, but he's much too shy to ask Peggy out and he doesn't know how to dance. Lucy offers to teach Arthur and tells Peggy to have him come by later.
CBS has 101 episodes of I Love Lucy available, but naturally there's a catch -- you can view all of them, including "The Young Fans," if you become a paying member. That being said, you can try one week for free, giving you the opportunity to binge-watch Lucy for seven straight days. CBS also offers 10 episodes from season 1 for non-members, and they're all fantastic, even though they excluded "The Young Fans." If you're thinking of doing that, I recommend "The Adagio," "Lucy Plays Cupid" (guest star Edward Everett Horton!), and "The Gossip." If you have 10 minutes to spare, I found this nice tribute video to Lucille Ball-as-Lucy here.