The Candy Factory episode is actually entitled Job Switching because Ricky and Fred think doing housework is much easier than earning money. Naturally, Lucy and Ethel think the opposite. So, the boys try doing the housework while the girls attempt to hold down a job at a candy factory. Often, people tell me they wish they had my job; that being a Bon Bon Queen must be an easy life. I'm not complaining, but it often feels like that speed-increasing conveyor belt. It's not just about sitting around and eating bon bons!
I will say, Lucy's job interview at the candy factory felt a lot like my first interview with a professional in the chocolate industry:
Supervisor: Ricardo, I'm going to put you to work chocolate dipping. You say you've had experience.
Lucy: Oh yes, ma'am. Yes ma'am. I'm a dipper from way back.
Lucy: They used to call me "the big dipper."
Of course, Lucy's only dipping experience (like mine) was dipping her hands into a box of chocolates. Reportedly that epsiode was Lucille Ball's favorite, and I can't help but wonder if it was because she knew it was a piece of comic genius or if it was just because she loved stuffing her mouth with all of that yummy chocolate. It wasn't the only episode where Lucy downs a whole lot of sweets: on one show, Lucy goes to Schwab's Drugstore because she wants to be discovered by Lana Turner. While she waits to be discovered, she has 3 chocolate malts, 2 hot fudge sundaes, 1 banana split, and 1 pineapple soda!
This summer, I was lucky enough to receive a custom handmade bag that encapsulates the fun of that wonderfully wacky piece of television history. You'll notice that my bag even has a little front pocket, perfect for transporting bon bons. I have a few more things in common with Lucy besides job experience in a chocolate factory. Here's more insight via some memorable lines from the show:
Ricky Ricardo: Lucy's actin' crazy.
Fred Mertz: Crazy for Lucy, or crazy for ordinary people?
Ricky Ricardo: Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!
Arthur: But... You're a woman.
Lucy Ricardo: Yes, my husband likes me that way.
Ricky Ricardo: Fred, I've got an awful problem on my hands.
Fred Mertz: You should have thought about that before you married her.
Lucy Ricardo: [at false seance, introducing Ethel in disguise] This is Madam Ethel Mertzola. She'll be our medium tonight. She's psychopathic.
Ricky Ricardo: What's the matter with you? Are you crazy or something?