August 31st, 2020
A long, long time ago, when I was a kid we loved to watch reruns of the I Love Lucy show. To this day, Lucille Ball still cracks me up. As a matter of fact, my dad used to tease me and call me Pamela Lucille McGillicuddy. It wasn't until I was much older that he told me it was after Lucille Ball. One of my most revered episodes was when Lucy and her sidekick, Ethel Mertz got mad at Ricky and Fred and made them stay home to do house chores while they went to work in a chocolate factory. When the assembly line first started, Lucy and Ethel thought they had everything under control, but as the line sped up, they began eating the chocolate to hide it so the supervisor would think they successfully completed their product line.
There were so many times that Lucy got herself into a mess because she over committed herself. Not only that, often times, she would drag Ethel with her into the mess so she "wouldn't be alone." To this day I can remember the chocolate factory episode, the too much yeast in the bread episode, and another personal favorite the VITAMEATVEGAMEN episode where she accidentally gets drunk, acting in a liquid vitamin commercial. Oh the joy of the innocence, of good family humor.
When you consider the personalities of the four stars of the I love Lucy show, it is easy to see their personality profiles come to life. Ricky, as the self-made leader of the pack and a HIGH D. Living his best life, as a performer, making his livelihood doing what he loves as a Cuban Congo singer. He also was the bail out many times for Lucy's antics. As a HIGH I, she was obviously the cheerleader as she could really lead the whole bunch into a myriad of sticky situations and keep all of those around her (including the audience) in stitches. In true, HIGH I fashion, she had to have a buddy - enter in her best friend and neighbor Ethel - who regardless of her conscience begging her not to participate would sacrifice and jump right in with Lucy a typical trait of an "S". Then there’s Fred, Ethel's husband who made sure he brought balance to the group with his logical insight, and risk aversion as any typical "C" would do. While we could dig deeper and get their personality blends, it is safe to say that Hollywood utilized the beauty of all of the personality styles to work together to create drama, conflict, and humor and build one of the biggest franchises of the sitcom world and one of the most beloved female comedians, Lucille Ball.
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