We loved Lucy, and desired Desi, but secretly, we really preferred the Mertzes to the Ricardos. And although Ethel Mae Potter will forever be our favorite, the contributions of Bill Frawley as little Freddy Mertz, the crustiest, curmudgeonliest crusty curmudgeon (as well as the most lovable) to ever hit the screen, shouldn't be overlooked. In 1965, five years after I Love Lucy and its hour-long spin-off went off the air, Frawley made a brief, funny cameo on Lucille Ball's second series, The Lucy Show. The audience's recognition applause was tremendous, and the punchline priceless. It turned out to be Frawley's final appearance before his death from a heart attack, a sweet send-off if there ever was one.
P.S. We'll be back with regular updates on Sunday! Thanks for being patient, darlings!