Posted by: Lori Schmidt Lutze | November 6, 2009

Friendship Par-tay

Joyceland friends:  we have one more suggestion from Sheila on how to have a li’l bit o’ fun this weekend.  Do you ever feel like this . . .

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Well, glum and Joyceland don’t go together at all.  A little celebration of friendship is just what you need and it will chase those blues away!  We guar-an-damn-tee it!  So, Sheila recommends getting out of the sweat suit you’ve worn for the last three days, hop over to your BFF’s house, and get ready for a little Lucy and Ethel magic.  Sheila likes to have a few props around when she hosts her Lucy and Ethel karaoke party–things like a phone, a bell, dentures, a goose, and a gun (but, Sheila advises being very careful with the gun!) . . .   

Damn, they’re a hoot!  Just watching ’em makes you feel better, doesn’t it?  THOSE GIRLS WERE FUN AND CRAZY!  And they always got into a little bit of trouble.  We love trouble.   And the lyrics are priceless:

Friendship by Lucy and Ethel
If you’re ever in a jam, here I am
If you’re ever in a mess, S-O-S
If you ever feel so happy, you land in jail; I’m your bail.
It’s friendship, friendship, just a perfect blendship.
When other friendships have been forgot,
Ours will still be hot.

If you’re ever up a tree, phone to me.
If you’re ever down a well, ring my bell.
If you ever lose your teeth, and you’re out to dine… borrow mine.
It’s friendship, friendship, just a perfect blendship.
When other friendships have been forgate,
Ours will still be great.

If they ever black your eyes, put me wise.
If they ever cook your goose, turn me loose.
If they ever put a bullet through your brain… I’ll complain.
It’s friendship, friendship, just a perfect blendship.
When other friendships have been forgit,
Ours will still be it.

P.S.  Did you know :

  • in 2002 I Love Lucy was ranked second on TV Guide’s top-50 greatest shows, behind Seinfeld.
  • that Lucy and Ethel enjoyed a lifelong professional and personal friendship.
  • I Love Lucy was the most-watched show in the United States in four of its six seasons.   
  • Ethel and Fred didn’t get along very well off the set and when Fred (William Frawley) died in 1966, Ethel (Vivian Vance) reportedly shouted, “Champagne for everyone!”
  • a running joke on the show was the reluctance of both Lucy and Ethel to reveal their ages.
  • in an episode of The Golden Girls, Blanche (Rue McClanahan), prepares to watch a 12-hour marathon of I Love Lucy by filling the coffee table with snacks and announces her plans to another character, Sophia.  Sophia then says, “I never cared for that show. In almost every episode, Lucy asks the same thing, ‘Ricky, why can’t I be in the show? Ricky, why can’t I be in the show?’ Why couldn’t she be in the show? The woman was a riot at home; his show at the club stank! What’s so entertaining about a Cuban beating a drum?!”


  1. I guess everything that’s old isn’t out of style. Least, that’s what my human keeps trying to convince me.

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