OAD: January 26, 1953 - CBS Television Network
FILMED: Friday, August 29, 1952 - General Service Studios
SPECIAL FOOTAGE: The 1953 original broadcast of this episode opens with Ricky seated at the piano in the Ricardo apartment, singing a new song, "There's a Brand New Baby at Our House" into a tape recorder. Fred and Ethel look on. The tape recorder -- which Lucy bought from the lady in the hospital bed next to her own -- is one new gadget that is actually going to be useful. The threesome then recall the time when Lucy couldn't say no to a high pressure salesman...
At that point, we flashback to ("I Love Lucy" Episode 45) the time Lucy bought a Handy Dandy Kitchen Helper... The ads promise it will rice, dice and slice potatoes, make french fries, etc., but in reality it does nothing. Ricky demands she return it and get her money back, but when a representative comes to retrieve it, she winds up buying an even-more-expensive new Handy Dandy Vacuum Cleaner. Ricky is furious, but rather than return it (and possibly get suckered into buying an even bigger item) she decides to sell it herself to some other unsuspecting soul.
GUEST CAST: Sheldon Leonard (Harry Martin); Verna Felton (Mrs. Simpson)
MUSIC: "There's a Brand New Baby at Our House"
Following is a reprint of page 36 of director Bill Asher's script for this episode. Note his hand-written changes that occurred during rehearsals:
This is the first of five episodes filmed in late summer/early fall of 1952 and saved for broadcast after Lucille Ball started maternity leave. All five included opening scenes that mentioned and/or showed the new Ricardo baby -- then flashed back to an earlier story... These opening scenes were normally discarded when the episodes were repeated later.
The original broadcast of this episode closed with an announcer Roy Rowan informing viewers that "There's a Brand New Baby at Our House" is now available in stores. The Columbia Records release was backed by Desi doing "The 'I Love Lucy' Theme."
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