Play It Yet Again, Lucy

Why is TV recycling its history more exhaustively than ever? Are the endless reruns better, or just different?

Sooner or later, we always seem to wind up back in the candy factory. You remember the scene: Lucy and Ethel go to work on a candy-wrapping assembly line. A conveyor belt feeds them chocolates at a ridiculously fast clip. They try desperately to keep up, frantically stuffing the candy into their blouses, hats and mouths before the supervisor returns. A comedy classic.

And now a comedy cliche. Nearly 40 years after the scene was first aired -- on Sept. 15, 1952, as the opening episode of I Love Lucy's second season -- it may be the most frequently repeated bit...

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