A Knack for Slapstick
In its six seasons, I Love Lucy won five Emmy Awards. Two classic episodes, “Vitameatavegamin” and “Candy Factory,” established Ball’s knack for slapstick comedy. In the “Vitameatavegamin” episode, she auditions for a commercial for a medicine that she doesn’t realize has a very high level of alcohol content. When asked to take a sip of the medicine to show viewers how “tasty” the substance is, she winces in pain and the director encourages her to try the scene several more times. Licking her lips, she hesitatingly says, “It’s just like candy.” The “Candy Factory” episode is considered to be one of the most memorable moments in TV history. As chocolates come down the conveyor belt, Lucy and Ethel (Vivian Vance) must wrap each one individually, which is simple at first. As the conveyer belt speeds up, however, the two panic and start hiding the treats wherever they’ll fit: in their pockets, chef hats, shirts, and of course, their mouths.