By: Corey Washburn
I thoroughly enjoyed watching I Love Lucy for last week’s lessons – and have always had an appreciation of Lucy and Ethel’s relationship, but gained a new one after watching them in last week’s episodes as I thought about the ways in which their lively, light-hearted relationship is still applicable to my life in 2016 as a 22-year-old.
Lucy and Ethel’s relationship, as Huffington Post states, was far beyond its time. Lucille Ball herself, as the article also discusses, was extremely revolutionary for her time – proven at the very least through the fact that she still receives praise for her work today. As Rookie Magazine writes: “But even though it was sometimes Lucy and Ethel versus the world (or just Ricky and Fred), they always cooperated with each other. They were around the same age, from similar economic backgrounds, and were both happily married. Their relationship existed on an essentially even playing field, so stereotypical female competitiveness plots – over men or status – never entered the picture. Whether they were snooping, spying, scheming, or going on wild adventures, their relationship was a source of constant mutual support.”
While Lucy and Ethel represent, at many times, a conformation to conventional women-of-the-house, they also relate in many ways to the working women of today, and portray a beautiful friendship riddled with child-like mischief and appealing comedy to even today’s female (and male) audience. Lucy and Ethel take the rawness of friendship and portray it beautifully, as if it were only the two of them on the whole show.
Still from I Love Lucy’s “Ethel’s Birthday.”
In today’s funny friendships, romantic relationships, social inequalities, and often competitiveness often interfere. Lucy and Ethel remind us what it means to take friendship to the basics and enjoy life’s funny speed-bumps while making the most of them.