“I Love Lucy” Friday: Lucy pretends she’s chummy with Van Johnson to impress her pal Carolyn Applebee
The Ricardos and the Mertzs are in Hollywood and Lucy has been writing letters to her friend, Carolyn Applebee, who’s in New York that she has been hobnobbing with all kinds of movie stars.
Carolyn is on her way and Lucy is panicked. Then Ethel points out that Van Johnson is asleep downstairs by the pool. Lucy goes down and pretends to be talking to him as Carolyn watches with Ethel from the balcony.
The scene where Lucy is pretending to be talking to and laughing with the sleeping star is Lucille Ball at her best. It is hilarious!
The second video is when Lucy managed to convince Van to dance with her after she tells Carolyn another fib. (Vivian Vance is also brilliant in these scenes as she tries to facilitate Lucy’s various schemes).