Having A Ball Podcast

Having A Ball Podcast

Co-hosts Erika Murrietta and Ziva Maples dive deep into the life of Lucille Ball, exploring many facets of her life. They take an episode by episode look at some of her most famous shows Lucille Ball was part of like I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, and Here’s Lucy. They will also take a closer look at some of Lucy’s movies, explore the creation and works of Desilu productions and learn more about Lucy’s costars throughout her long career spanning decades!

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May 16, 2022 54 min
This week’s episode is a little different from our usual Lucy content (although there is a Lucy connection.) We are focusing on the mysterious death of one of Old Hollywood’s leading men, George Reeves. As he was beloved starring  in one of the most iconic roles, Superman in the Adventures of Superman, his mysterious death in 1959 has left more questions than answers that to this day don’t sit right nor are accepted with fans, enth...
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This week's episode recap centers around 'The Kleptomaniac' (Season 1, episode 27). A pretty funny and silly episode that could have been solved with just asking a simple question! The hosts discuss a bit about the guest star, the Clyde Beatty Circus and the antiques that are showcased in this episode. 


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This week's recap centers around the sweet and quirky episode that is 'The Marriage License' (season 1, episode 26). Lucy goes into high-gear anxiety thinking she's not legally married to Ricky due to a misspelling. The hosts discuss the history of Lucille and Desi's own real wedding in 1940, their own proposal stories, how they would each handle this scenario and how the misspelling of Bacardi is actually a nod...
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This week's chat centers around the second marriages of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. After their marriage ended, they both went on to find love and marry others. Lucy married comedian Gary Morton and Desi married Edith Hirsch. Our episode today really is a chat about what we know about them pre-and post Lucy and Desi as information of their upbringing is scarce. The beautiful thing to see is how happy these second marriages mad...

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April 18, 2022 43 min

This week's episode recap centers around the famous 'loaf of bread' episode, (season 1, episode 25) 'Pioneer Women'. The hosts discuss the dynamics between the husbands and wives for housework and everyday life when they decide to remove all the modern conveniences like dishwashers or modern transportation. Erika explains her refusal to use a dishwasher and Ziva helps point out all the bloopers in which the bet...

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¡Hola! Today's special episode is a biography of Desi Arnaz entirely in Spanish (narrated by Erika). As one of the very first Latin faces on American television, Desi had to break many boundaries, stereotypes and prove the initial naysayers wrong. In this mini biography (that certainly does not cover every genius move, every groundbreaking negotiation, or every credit well-deserved), we learn a bit about his upbringings, his st...

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April 4, 2022 50 min

This week's episode we discuss the hilariously written, 'The Gossip' (Season 1, episode 24) which showcases Lucille Ball's pantomiming skills and the physical storytelling she was so brilliant at performing. The hosts discuss their own views on gossiping, background on the sometime-returning guest stars, Bob Jellison and Richard Reeves.and how well this episode was written. Plus, some behind the scenes trivia!

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March 28, 2022 45 min

This week's episode review is on the 'This can only happen to Lucy' episode "The Moustache" from season 1, episode 23. The hosts discuss the hilarity in which all the events take place throughout the episode, their own thoughts on facial hair preferences, the history of the products used and the music performed by Desi Arnaz.

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We finally review and share our opinions and thoughts on the much anticipated and beautifully directed documentary on Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, 'Lucy and Desi' from Amy Poehler currently streaming on Amazon Prime. The film certainly feels like a modern version of the "Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie" from the early 90's produced by Lucie Arnaz.
We discuss what we loved about the film and some of the bits of inf...

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March 14, 2022 50 min

Today's episode recap centers around 'Fred and Ethel Fight' (season 1, episode 22). This particular episode is highly addressed in the Being The Ricardos film, particularly the infamous dinner scene. The hosts discuss the way the relationship between Vivian and William may have made this episode easier to film, the hilarious way Lucy tries to reconnect the two after a fight and how Ricky and Lucy attempt to apologize w...

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In this movie review of the Lucille Ball/ Desi Arnaz 1956 film, ‘Forever Darling’, we are joined by the lovely Carrie Ketterman of Our Technicolor Life and The Not So Long Trailer!
We can’t help but feel the presence of Lucy whenever we have Carrie join us and talk our way through Lucy and Desi’s third film together!

We discuss the stunning wardrobe, the familiar faces and the parallels with I Love Lucy.
We also find out how ...

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February 28, 2022 53 min

This episode recap is centered around a very memorable series of events when new neighbors move into the East 68th Street building. The hosts discuss the backgrounds and connections of the guest stars and the fantastic physical comedy displayed throughout.
Lucille Ball really set the standard and there bar high with the amount of facial expressions and creative physical stunts she pulls off while trying to snoop through the neig...

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February 21, 2022 38 min

Today's episode recap centers around Season 1, Episode 20, 'The Young Fans' which guest stars Janet Waldo and Richard Crenna. The hosts chat about the childhood crushes both guest stars get on Ricky and Lucy, how they handled the idea of a May/ December romance and the premise of a young lady being infatuated with a celebrity and how it is viewed in today's society, We also get to see a bit of and 'older' Lu...

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February 14, 2022 35 min
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In this recap, the hosts discuss the absolute classic that is The Ballet from season 1 (episode 19). There's so much physical comedy in this one, it's hard to choose just one scene to love. Lucille Ball gives a brilliant performance and we meet a couple of memorable guest stars!
This is usually one of the episodes of I Love Lucy that most people think of- right up there with Job...

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February 7, 2022 34 min

This episode recap centers around Season 1, episode 18: Breaking The Lease. The hosts discuss the hilarity of how quickly things took a turn in this episode and how certain situations are handled between friends who are also in a landlord/ tenant situation.
There are a couple of great songs with a rich history included along with so many unnecessary fights that are randomly started that make a non-stop episode. There's also an...

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January 31, 2022 35 min

This episode review centers around Season 1, Episode 17. 'Lucy Writes A Play' (one of many plays Lucy will write or take part in during I Love Lucy). The hosts discuss the hilarious mistakes and miscommunications that surround this episode. There are stereotypes that are touched upon, very funny accent changes and for once, it isn't Lucy who messes things up!
As is with most episodes of I Love Lucy, we see the genius ...

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The hosts are back with the lovely as ever, Carrie Ketterman with part 2 of 'The Long Long Trailer' Review. They discuss the music from the film, the co-stars that may be recognized from other television shows trivia from behind the scenes and the fabulous wardrobe.
Carrie tells us all about her adventures that mirror the movie and how many trinkets and items they have collected to decorate and refurbish their not so long...

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In this episode, the hosts review the 1953 feature film, The Long Long Trailer starring Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball as newlywed trailerites who explore the ups and downs of driving a really long trailer together across the country and are tested left and right!
We have the fun honor of once again being joined by Carrie Ketterman of the Not So Long Trailer and Our Technicolor Life website who has created an entire trailer adventure...

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January 10, 2022 41 min

in this recap, the hosts discuss Season 1, episode 16: "Lucy Fakes Illness". This is a hilarious episode as Lucy does a fantastic impersonation of Tallulah Bankhead in order to fake an illness (or at least one of the symptoms, apparently.) Lucy, of course, is faking this psychological disorder to show what happens when her talents are repressed.
We discuss the many tactics Lucy attempts and how Ricky hilariously turns th...

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January 3, 2022 47 min

In this episode recap, the hosts discuss Season 1, episode 15 'Lucy Plays Cupid'. This episode included the actress that was a frontrunner for Ethel Mertz, Bea Benaderet.
The hosts discuss the cringe-inducing interaction between Ricky and Lucy when she wanted to help Miss Lewis find love. There are many male and female outdated concepts in this episode- which is why we love to recap these episodes and compare modern-day ...

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