Milton Berle Hides Out at the Ricardos (Lucy Desi Comedy Hour) 3/4


In order to get Milton Berle to perfom at a benefit at Little Ricky’s school, Lucy uses Ricky’s name to spark his attention. When Ricky catches her, Lucy must act in secret and decides to visit Mr. Berle’s office. At the office, she overhears Milton’s agent saying that Mr. Berle needs a secluded place to work on his new book. After discussion, Milton’s agent suggest he write his new book at Lucy’s farmhouse. Later, when Fred catches a “mysterious man” visiting Lucy while Ricky is at work, Ricky becomes furious. The show at the end of the episode featured alcohol consumption and kissing–very adult themes for a PTA benefit. In the original script, there was a scene where the Ricardos and Milton are chasing down the pages from Mr. Berle’s manuscript that the wind blew all over Central Park. The scene was later cut from the script because of time constraints. The Arnazes reciprocated Berle’s appearance on their show by appearing on The Milton Berle Special, which aired November 1, 1959 on NBC. Jerry Thorpe, who had been directing the recent Lucy-Desi specials, was busy with other Desilu assignments, so Desi took on the direction of the show. This was yet another burden on the shoulders of the head of Desilu, host of their high-prestige show (Desilu Playhouse), and co-star of their highest-rated series–The Lucy-Desi Comedy Show. Due to his busy schedule, filming in front of a live studio audience was dropped. Before filming this episode, Lucy and Desi had just returned from

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