Friday, November 20, 2009
I Love Lucy Desiderio Arnaz Lucile Ball
BE A PAL
Epis #3, aired Oct. 22, 1951
Ethel helps Lucy, using a book of the week, when Lucy believes Ricky is losing interest in her. The first two chapters in the book fail: suggesting that Lucy dress up for breakfast, and the "Be A Pal" chapter advising her to take up everything her husband takes up, such as playing poker. The next chapter suggests she surround her apartment with things that remind Ricky of his childhood. So Lucy makes their apartment look like Cuba and dresses up like Carmen Miranda.
Songs: "Mama Yo Quiero"
Cast: Richard Reeves as Hank, Tony Michaels as Charlie
Epis.#4, aired Oct. 29, 1951
The Ricardos and Mertzes discover they've gotten a little puffy, overweight in the last few years, which does not make Lucy happy at all. She talks Ricky into letting her audition for a show, and he tells her she can have the part if she loses enough weight to fit the costume, which she does. After her performance at the nightclub she becomes ill from her diet.
Songs: "Cuban Pete/Sally Sweet"
Cast: Marco Rizo
LUCY THINKS RICKY IS TRYING TO MURDER HER
Epis # 1, aired Nov. 5, 1951
Ethel tells Lucy's fortune with cards and with the Ace of Spades next to Lucy's cards, she's shocked to find out it means "death". After misconstruing Ricky's phone conversation, Lucy thinks Ricky is going to get rid of her.
Cast: Jerry Hausner as Jerry.
Epis. # 5, aired Nov. 12, 1951
Lucy's allowance has been cut off so she goes on the radio show "Females Are Fabulous" to earn money. In order to win the money she has to make Ricky believe she's been married before.
Cast: Frank Nelson as Freddie Filmore; Hazel Pierce as Mrs. Peterson; Phil Ober as the Lucy's lost husband; John Emery as the tramp; Lee Millar as the announcer.
Epis. # 6, aired Nov. 19, 1951
Lucy wants to be in Ricky's act when an injured Buffo The Clown arrives at her apartment. She does a Professor routine with Ricky and her cello, and impersonates a seal. A TV network offers her a contract!
Songs: "Babalu", "How Dry I Am"
Epis # 7, aired Nov.26/51
To get on the good side of a producer who's interested in hiring Ricky, and who's also interested in numerology Lucy holds a seance, but she has to provide the voice for one of the spirits who finds "it's awfully hot down here"!
Cast: Jay Novello as Mr. Meriweather
MEN ARE MESSY
Epis. 8, aired Dec. 3, 1951
Lucy is disgusted with the way Ricky has been keeping the house a mess. She splits the room into two parts so she can have a clean side. When a photographer is scheduled to arrive to take pictures of Ricky, she thinks she can teach Ricky a lesson by keeping the house as messy as he does. She keeps it more than as messy as him, she adds Ethel caught inside the laundry on the line in the living room, goes hunting in the apartment etc. At the end, to her dismay, she finds out the photographer was for "Look" magazine.
Songs: "Straw Hat Song"
Cast: Kenny Morgan, as Kenny, Harry Shannon as photographer, Hazel(Sunny)Boyne as Maggie
Epis.#10, aired Dec.10,1951
Ricky brings home a mink coat he'll use in his show. Lucy thinks it's for her and Ricky doesn't get a chance to tell her the truth. When Lucy finds out that he arranged for the coat to be stolen from their apartment and that the fur didn't belong to her, she gets even by cutting up a fake fur in front of him.
Cast: Ben Weldon as robber.
LUCY IS JEALOUS OF GIRL SINGER
Epis. #11, aired Dec.17,1951
Lucy reads in the paper that Ricky is seeing another woman (but he's isn't). After she finds Rosemary's (a dancer) black lace in his pocket, which he put there during a rehearsal, she decides to work her way into Ricky's show to see what he's doing. She doesn't know any of the steps and tries to get in between Ricky and Rosemary as much as she can.
Songs: "Jezebel", "El Cumbanchero"
Cast: Helen Silver as Rosemary
Epis #9, Aired Dec.24, 1951
Lucy mistakes Ricky's invite to perform, as a letter that tells him he's been drafted to go to war. When he asks Fred to perform with him, the girls begin knitting socks for their men who now both seem to have to go to war. The men believe the knitting means the girls will have babies. They all set up surprise parties for each other on the same night and keep the guests hidden in the closet until the party is to begin.
Epis. #12, aired Dec. 31, 1951
Ethel finds someone to teach Lucy an apache dance that she wants to perform in Ricky's show, though he doesn't want her in it. The teacher thinks he should also be romantic to American women. Lucy makes him leave but he returns to their bedroom window to elope. After being insulted, he challenges Ricky to a duel. When Lucy leaves the room, the Frenchman states he will be Lucy's dance partner. Ricky now sees Lucy's scheme and the 2 men stage a fake duel. Lucy confesses she'd just be happy as a wife. As she and Ricky fall to sleep that night, she pours ice water over him for making her think he was shot in the duel.
Cast: Shepard Menken as Jean Valjean Raymand.
Episode#13, aired January 7, 1952
While singing "Shine on Harvest Moon", it's discovered that Lucy can't sing. When Ethel wants Ricky to be in her benefit show, Lucy insists that the only way to get Ricky is to let her be in it too. Lucy practices singing her scales at the piano and Ricky brings her the song "Auf Wiedersehen, My Dear", because it will "fit" her voice. Lucy insists on a better song so he chooses one that has jokes in it, but all the punch lines are his. Before doing the show, she changes the song, without telling Ricky, so that she has the funny lines.
Songs: "We'll Build a Bungalow", "Auf Wiedersehen, My Dear", "Shine on Harvest Moon"
Episode#14, aired January 14, 1952
Lucy needs money to pay for a dress so she looks for a job in the paper. She's dismayed to learn she can't get a job unless she can "do something". But she finds a well-paying babysitting job and when she phones to apply, she asks why payment is so high and asks, of what she'd be babysitting, "Is it human?". She soon finds that they're twins, but for awhile, only one of them at a time is around her, each contradicting what the other wanted, thus throwing Lucy into questioning her sanity. Their mother asks that Lucy be in a talent show with the twins, and if they win, she can keep the prize money. Lucy and the boys sing, with a little dancing helped along from one of the boys' frog which jumps onto Lucy's neck. Their performance wins them the prize money.
Songs: "I'm Breaking My Back", "Ragtime Cowboy Joe"
Cast: Sammy Ogg as Jimmy, David Stollery as Timmy, Gail Bonney as Mrs. Hudson
LUCY PLAYS CUPID
Episode#15, aired January 21, 1952
Lucy helps Miss Lewis by trying to have Mr. Ritter invited over to Miss Lewis' for dinner. He believes it's Lucy who wants to have him over for dinner so she creates some schemes to disinterest him in her and she teaches Miss Lewis everything she can on how to be alluring. Ritter remains mad about Lucy until Miss Lewis appears using everything Lucy taught her.
Cast: Bea Benaderet as Miss Lewis, Edward Everett Horton as Mr. Ritter
LUCY FAKES ILLNESS
Episode#16, aired January 28, 1952
Ricky won't let Lucy be in a show, and Ethel suggests that if he keeps Lucy from doing what she wants, she may then develop depression or go off her trolley. He's not convinced, so Lucy pretends to have several illnesses, including thinking she's Tallulah Bankhead. Fred later informs Ricky that she's faking. Ricky asks an actor-friend to come over and play a doctor, leading Lucy to believe she got the "go-bloots" and if she turns green, she'll be "gone". Ricky later sneaks in a green lightbulb and for the "dying" Lucy, gets his band to play a spirited farewell dirge. Now that he has upset her, he tells her he was joking to pay her back for pretending to be sick.
Songs: "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You"
Cast: Hal March as the 'doctor'
LUCY WRITES A PLAY
Episode#17, aired February 4, 1952
Ricky refuses to appear in Lucy's play "A Tree Grows in Havana" so she rewrites it as "The Perils of Pamela". Ricky learns that a Hollywood producer will see the show, so he appears onstage dressed to play in the original version of Lucy's play.
Cast: Myra Marsh as show hostess, Maury Thompson as stage manager.
BREAK THE LEASE
Episode# 18, aired February 11, 1952
The two couples have a fun evening singing "Sweet Sue" until the Mertzes go home and hear the Ricardos still singing in their apartment above. Disagreements occur between these best of friends, and to break out of their lease, the Ricardos invite Ricky's band over to play.
Songs: "Sweet Sue", "I Want a Girl Just Like The Girl That Married Dear Old Dad", "El Cumbanchero", "La Raspa", "Mexican Hat Dance".
Cast: Hazel Pierce, Barbara Pepper, Bennett Green (as a tramp)
Episode# 19, aired February 18, 1952
Lucy returns to her ballet class, after many years, and then gets help on doing burlesque comedy, so she can be in Ricky's show. She finally is in the show, but not doing the routine required.
Cast: Mary Wickes as Madame Lamond, Frank Scannell as Burlesque comic
Episode#20, aired February 25, 1952
Little Peggy Dawson and teenager Arthur Morton fall madly in love, unfortunately, with Lucy and Ricky. To discourage the young kids, the Ricardos age themselves to such a state that the 2 teens flee from the apartment.
Cast: Janet Waldo as Peggy, Richard Crenna as Arthur
Episode#21, Aired March 3, 1952
In order for Lucy to hide from Ricky that she is snooping in the new neighbor's (the O'Briens)apartment, she escapes into their closet and hears them planning to blow up the capital, not knowing that they're rehearsing a play.
Cast: Hayden Rorke and K. T. Stevens as the O'Briens,
Allen Jenkins as Sergeant Morton
FRED AND ETHEL FIGHT
Episode#22, aired March 10,1952
Lucy tries to re-unite Fred and Ethel after their fight, by inviting them both to dinner, without telling each of them that the other has also been invited. As they forgive each other at dinner, Lucy and Ricky have a fight. She tries to get his sympathy by pretending she was run over by a bus.
Cast: Hazel Pierce as waitress
Episode#23, aired March 17, 1952
Ricky won't shave off his moustache for Lucy, so she glues on a beard in retaliation, using Bulldog Cement by mistake. She has nothing that will remove the beard. When a movie producer visits, and enjoys Lucy's veiled Arabian dance, she is stuck when he asks to see her face.
Songs: "I'll See You in C-U-B-A"
Cast: John Brown as Mr. Murdoch
Episode#24, aired March 24, 1952
When Ricky tells Lucy to quit gossiping, she acts out, rather than tells, some gossip to Ethel about Betty and her husband Jack. The boys bet the girls to see who can prevent themselves from gossiping the longest. Ricky pretends to talk in his sleep about Grace Foster and later finds out Lucy gossiped to Ethel about it. In the end, Lucy makes Ricky's talked-about gossip turn out to be true.
Cast: Richard Reeves as Bill Foster, Robert Jellison as the milkman
Episode#25, aired March 31, 1952
Lucy and Ethel are gearing up to join the Society Matron's League and feel that washing dishes all these years has given them dishpan hands so they insist upon having dishwashers. Fred and Ricky bet the girls to see who goes the longest without using modern conveniences. Lucy and Ethel churn butter and make bread, but not without problems. The men and women dress as they did at the turn of the century and when the Society Matrons League comes to do an inspection, Lucy gives them a piece of her mind.
Cast: Florence Bates as Mrs. Pettybone, Ruth Perrott as Mrs. Pomerantz
THE MARRIAGE LICENSE
Episode#26, aired April 7, 1952
Lucy finds a mistake on their marriage license and goes to City Hall to fix it. Meanwhile, Fred has a friend at the license bureau, so Ricky has them jokingly revoke the license. Lucy insists they re-create their wedding exactly as it happened.
Songs: "I Love You Truly"
Cast: Irving Bacon as Bert Willoughby, Elizabeth Patterson as "Mother"
Episode#27, aired April 14, 1952
When Ricky sees Lucy sneaking silver items into their closet, he thinks she's a kleptomaniac. Fred and Ricky question her when she hides a cuckoo clock under her coat. A psychiatrist unsuccessfully hypnotises her and she makes up a story of how she began to take things: "I saw a sign that said take one, so I took one".
Cast: Joseph Kearns as Tom Robinson
Episode#28, aired April 21, 1952
Lucy finds difficulty conversing with Ricky's Cuban friends and jealousy when she meets one of them named Renita. Lucy and Ethel dress as floor scrub-women to spy on Renita and Ricky at rehearsal. Lucy is appalled, and arranges for Fred to deliver Renita to the show by way of Philadelphia! Lucy becomes horrified as she does the voodoo dance instead of Renita.
Songs: "The Lady In Red", "Similau"
Cast: Lita Baron as Renita; Alberto Morin as Carlos; Rita Convy as Maria.
Episode#29, aired April 28, 1952
Since buying sides of beef is a way to save money, Lucy and Ethel get a large freezer for the meat from Ethel's uncle. Not knowing the size of a side of beef, they order way too much beef. Failing at trying to sell the meat secretly at the butcher shop, so as to keep from telling their husbands what they bought, they decide to hide the meat in the now turned-off furnace. Lucy gets locked into the freezer and is rescued when frozen. After Fred lights the furnace, she remembers where she left the excess beef.
Songs: "Mama Inez", "Cielito Lindo"
Cast: Frank Sully and Bennett Green as deliverymen; Fred Aldrich as the butcher; Kay Wiley, Barbara Pepper and Hazel Pierce as ladies in the shop.
LUCY DOES A TV COMMERCIAL
Episode#30, aired May 5, 1952
Lucy proves to Ricky she can do commercials by taking apart their TV and performing inside of it. Ricky is unhappy with both her performance and for what she did to their TV. To get the job, Lucy tells the chosen actress that another girl's been hired. Down at the TV studio, Lucy is tasting the product, "Vitameatavegamin", as she rehearses, until she gets the commercial acted right, but the contents of the product contains far too much alcohol.
Cast: Ross Elliott as the director, Jerry Hausner as Joe, Maury Thompson as prompter.
THE PUBLICITY AGENT
Episode#31, aired May 12, 1952
Lucy wants Ricky to gain attention through publicity, so she decides to pretend that she's a princess from a foreign country whose only wish is to see Ricky Ricardo sing. To make his name even more public than usual, she phones and tells the papers not to print the arrival of the "princess" who would be staying at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. This sends a reporter to the Tropicana to cover Ricky's command performance for the expected lady of Royalty. Ethel is disguised as her lady-in-waiting, using her smelling salts to revive the fainting princess, with the reasoning, "You sing. She swoon". Ricky's multi-numbered performance at the Club exhausts Lucy and Ethel so that they must rest up in their room at the Waldorf. They are soon invaded by "intruders" looking for the "princess" with "red and black hair".
Songs: "I Get Ideas", "Babalu"
Cast: Richard Reeves and Gil Herman as "The Tiger's" assistants, Bennett Green as the photographer, Peter Leeds as the reporter.
LUCY GETS RICKY ON THE RADIO
Episode#32, aired May 19, 1952
Lucy arranges for Ricky to be on a radio quiz show after he seems to know all the answers during a broadcast they listen to. He confesses to her he knew them because he was at the station while the show was in progress. Now that they're scheduled to be soon on the show, and Ricky is not wanting himself to look bad by giving wrong answers, she decides to visit the radio station. While there, she finds a way to obtain answers to the questions they'd be asked. Preparing herself for the broadcast by studying the answers, she is surprised to find that for that night, the format of the questions will change, and that they must pull their questions out of a jar. They win the prize when Ricky unknowingly states the answer, by merely telling Lucy how he's feeling.
Cast: Frank Nelson as Freddie Filmore, Bobby Ellis as assistant, Roy Rowan as announcer
Episode#33, aired May 26, 1952
After Lucy takes forever to dress for a dinner with Ricky's new boss, Mr. Littlefield, and makes them so late they miss the dinner, he puts her on a schedule. He invites his new boss for dinner to show him that the schedule works. Mrs. Littlefield informs Lucy they're coming to dinner to "watch you perform" which was Ricky's unfortunate choice of words. In order to prevent women from being set back in years by the schedule, and in retaliation against the men, Lucy, Ethel and Mrs. Littlefield over-emphasize to the men what it's like being on a schedule: no time for conversation, no time to finish each course at dinner, and to help deliver food quickly from the kitchen to the dining table in the living room, the rolls are thrown when Lucy calls out: "Ethel, let's have those biscuits"!
Cast: Gale Gordon as Mr. Littlefield, Edith Meiser as Mrs. Littlefield
RICKY THINKS HE'S GOING BALD
Episode#34, aired June 2, 1952
Ricky is horrified to notice his hair-line is receding. Lucy brings home the worse hair-restoring products she can find, in order to convince Ricky that the products and treatments aren't worth the worry about his hair.
Cast: Milton Parsons as Mr. Thurlough
RICKY ASKS FOR A RAISE
Epispde#35, aired June 9, 1952
Mr. Littlefield won't give Ricky a raise, so he quits. Lucy calls and makes reservations at the Tropicana, using made-up names, even phoning as if she's Tallulah Bankhead, with a plan that all these 'patrons' would get headaches and cancel at the last minute, leaving no one at the club to see Ricky's replacement sing. But then, Lucy and the Mertzes decide that to convince the boss to hire Ricky back, they should pretend to be several different patrons of the club who, once they discover Ricky isn't there anymore, would leave the premises to show they'd rather see Ricky perform, than anyone else.
Cast: Gale Gordon as Mr. Littlefield, Edith Meiser as Mrs. Littlefield, Maurice Marsac as Maurice
The Second Season
Episode#39, aired September 15, 1952
When Lucy writes on the back of a cheque that she hopes the teller won't put the cheque through till next month, Ricky gets upset that she's spending more than she has. He tells her she doesn't know the value a dollar and insists they trade places. He and Fred decide to do the chores around the house, and Lucy and Ethel go out to look for a job. The girls find themselves eventually wrapping chocolates off a conveyor belt that eventually speeds up a little too fast!
Cast: Elvia Allman as factory boss, Amanda Milligan as chocolate dipper, Alvin Hurwitz as Mr. Snodgrass
Episode#40, aired September 22, 1952
Ricky won't let Lucy go with him and his band on the road, so she auditions for him with her saxophone. She fails at the audition, so she pretends to have had a male visitor so that Ricky would believe it's not safe to leave Lucy home while he's away. Fred and Ricky find out that the "visitor's" hat and gloves left behind, actually belong to Fred. Ricky gets even by planting men in their closet, so he can "act" out his jealousy in front of a now bewildered Lucy.
Songs: "Glow Worm"
Cast: Herb Vigran as Jule, Charles Victor as man in closet
THE ANNIVERSARY PRESENT
Episode#36, aired September 29, 1952
Lucy prepares to remind Ricky that their eleventh anniversary is coming up by serving rice for breakfast and asking why he thinks a certain date is circled on the calendar. He knows about their anniversary but pretends not to, and suggests to her that's the day they collect the garbage. To surprise Lucy, he has met with neighbor Grace Foster to buy pearls. Ethel tells Lucy she's discovered that Bill Foster (Grace's husband) is out of town. The girls listen in, through the furnace pipes, on Ricky's visit to Grace and believe they are having an affair. Lucy and Ethel find a way to get into the Foster apartment to see what's really going on: they dress up as painters, and make their way up the building to the Foster's apartment window.
Songs: "Down Argentine Way"
Cast: Gloria Blondell as Grace, Herb Vigran as Jule
Episode#37, aired October 6, 1952
After a boring evening watching Fred do magic tricks with handcuffs, Lucy decides they'd be perfect to use as a suggestion to Ricky that he stay home with her one night for a change. As he naps, she handcuffs his arm to hers. Fred runs in, too late, to tell her he lended her real handcuffs by mistake. Lucy and Ricky spend a restless night trying to get to sleep in their own beds. A locksmith is not able to help them before Ricky has to perform on a television show. For the show, Ricky emphasizes that Lucy must remain hidden behind the curtain. Cleverly, she slips her right arm out as she makes gestures to substitute for Ricky's handcuffed and hidden arm while he talks to the hostess about his singing career, and Lucy's arm remains extended out to "help" Ricky express his song as he performs in the TV show.
Songs: "In Santiago, Chile"
Cast: Paul Dubov as Jerry, Will Wright as locksmith, Veola Vonn as show hostess
Episode#38, aired October 13, 1952
As treasurer of her women's club, Lucy admits to Ethel that there is a problem. She had borrowed and paid back money between the club treasury and her household account for so long that now, there was no money in either account. For the club's upcoming operetta, Lucy believes she can save money by writing it herself and casting the Mertzes and Ricardos in it. Ricky, not being pleased with Lucy's singing voice, confers with Ethel. She ensures him that the chorus will join in whenever Lucy tries to sing. During the performance of the musical, wherein Lucy plays the queen of the gypsies (while struggling to sing her predictions through "MY song!"), finds out that her post-dated cheque as payment for costumes and scenery, has bounced. As the sets (and costumes) are literally removed by the persons they were rented from, Lucy then gets to sing her solo, as the curtains close on her during the premature, unexpected striking of the set.
Songs: "We're the Pleasant Peasant Girls", "I Am Lily of the Valley", "Queen of the Gypsies", "We are the Troops of the King (We Like to Drink)", "I Am The Good Prince Lancelot (All I Want is You, Lily)", "Inn on the River Out"
Cast: Myra Marsh as the club president
VACATION FROM MARRIAGE
Episode#41, aired October 27, 1952
Lucy and Ethel have gotten tired of doing the same things daily in their marriages. Lucy, suggesting that the four of them have become a bunch of clunks, decides they get together with the men and figure out how to "declunk" themselves. The girls settle with vacationing away from the men by staying at the Mertz apartment, and the men stay at the Ricardo's. They find they're bored with being away from their spouses. The girls decide to sneak a look in on the boys, just to see if they're also as bored as they are, but find them gone. As they head back to Ethel's, they hear the voices of the men approaching and head upstairs to hide on the roof of the apartment building. With the door to the roof locking on them, the girls get hungry, tired and cold on the windy rooftop (after their unsuccessful attempt to walk on a plank from one rooftop to the next). They bundle themselves into a corner. Ricky and Fred find them there after having been phoned by a neighbor about the wives being on the roof. Ricky has a little fun using a garden hose on them to make them think it's raining. With the realization of a rescue by their husbands, the girls decide that Lucy's idea of a vacation from marriage was not a good one.
Episode#42, aired November 10, 1952
For the Mertze's anniversary, Lucy and Ricky give them a "second-hand broken down television set", as Ethel later describes it. What happens is that when Fred turns on his new TV from the Ricardos, it doesn't work, so Ricky tries to fix it, and it blows up. Fred claims he knew how to fix it himself, and Ricky says the wiring in the broken-down apartment building caused the blow-up. In a rage, Fred goes and kicks in the glass of Ricky's TV. The Mertzes send the Ricardos a summons, so Ricky decides to defend himself, without the need of a lawyer (or an interpreter). He writes out Lucy's "unrehearsed testimonial" to use in court. Ethel's testimony on the stand is more fibs, than truths. When the judge has them re-enact the scene of Ricky trying to fix Fred's TV, discussion occurs as to what really happened. The couples learn the judge's lesson, "After all, good friends are worth more than the price of a television set".
Cast: Moroni Olsen as the judge, Robert B. Williams as the bailiff, Harry Bartell as summons server.
Episode#43, aired November 24, 1952
Lucy and Ethel enter the "Home Show" contest to win new furniture. Even though the night of the draw is the same night Ricky got tickets to see a new musical, Lucy and Ethel won't leave home: "You have to be home when they call", Lucy says. Since Ricky doesn't think Lucy has a chance to win, he asks if Fred will phone Lucy and "say" she won the furniture. Unfortunately, as Lucy and Ethel sit by the phone, two gossipers are using the party line, preventing anyone from calling Lucy. She disguises her voice and gets them off the line. When the phone rings, she is told she's won the furniture. She sells the old furniture and Ethel helps her wallpaper the bedroom. Ricky is upset that their furniture as been sold, until Fred informs him that he didn't make the call to Lucy about winning the furniture, but that the "Home Show" must have called her.
Cast: Hans Conried as Dan Jenkins, Florence Halop and Margie Liszt as phone gossipers.
RICKY LOSES HIS VOICE
Episode#44, aired December 1, 1952
Ricky's throat doesn't feel very good but Lucy gets distracted into discussing where to put her new furniture instead. Lucy and Ethel relate how their husbands act like babies every time they get sick. Eventually, the doctor's orders for Ricky are that he not speak for a week. Lucy won't let him out of bed and prepares to stage Ricky's show at the club herself, based on a 1927 musical Fred brings her. Unfortunately, the now-older show girls from that show are also available. Ricky gets to first step in to his show on opening night, only to be shocked at seeing who the aged ladies are that he must perform with and at seeing that Lucy and the Mertzes are featured in the show too.
Songs: "5 Foot 2, Eyes of Blue", "Charleston", "Carolina in the Morning", "Sweet and Lovely", "Varsity Drag", "Mississippi Mud"
Cast: Barbara Pepper, Hazel Pierce, Helen Williams, Gertrude Astor as Showgirls; Arthur Bryan as Mr. Chambers
LUCY IS ENCEINTE
Episode#50, aired December 8, 1952
Lucy tells Ethel she's been feeling all dragged out in the mornings and is putting on a lot of weight. As she prepares to go for a doctor's check-up, Ethel suggests perhaps Lucy's going to have a baby. When Lucy's home, she tells Ethel her idea was right; she's going to have a baby but wants to tell Ricky herself, in a special way as she has always dreamed of. When Ricky is home for lunch, Lucy sits on his lap to be able to tell him like she has wanted to. But with phone interruptions and a visit by the Mertze's, Lucy loses her chance. Next she decides to go to the Tropicana to tell him, but he's busy with preparing his show, though by realizing Lucy looks like she has something important to say, he silences the crew so he can hear her message. This isn't the way she planned so she merely asks for the time of day. At the club that night, as Ricky performs, she asks that he be given a note which says someone is expected to have a blessed event, and would he sing a certain number. He goes to every table as he sings to see if anyone acknowledges they'll be having a baby, and when he sees Lucy, she nods. He suddenly realizes he'll be a father, and Lucy tearfully strolls with Ricky as he finishes his song at the club.
Songs: "The Lady in Red", "Rock-a-bye Baby on the Treetop", "We're Having a Baby"
Cast: Richard Reeves as crewman, William Hamel as headwaiter
PREGNANT WOMEN ARE UNPREDICTABLE
Episode#51, aired December 15, 1952
The Ricardos are choosing baby's names and Ricky decides to prepare Lucy's breakfast to let her rest. He has trouble finding all the items needed, causing Lucy to make several treks into the kitchen to help, until she informs him the cooking isn't necessary, as she hasn't the strength to be of assistance. He prepares it anyway, with Fred's help, serving a burnt waffle, of which he claims the charcoal of it would be good for the baby's teeth. Lucy suddenly realizes that the attention he's paying her is because of the baby and that he never did these things for her before. When she opens the gifts he brings and sees they're for the baby, she cries. He tells Ethel he can't figure Lucy out lately. She tells him Lucy thinks he cares only for the baby so he does something just for Lucy: sends her flowers and candy and calls to ask her to the club for dinner and dancing. While enjoying her evening with Ricky, she cries again, feeling he no longer cares for the baby now.
Songs: "Cheek to Cheek"
Cast: Bennett Green as deliveryman
LUCY'S SHOW BIZ SWAN SONG
Episode#52, aired December 22, 1952
Ricky's going to have auditions for his show but Ethel cautions him to not talk about it much or Lucy will hear and want to audition. He doesn't think she will; his reason is that she's going to be a mother now. Ethel agrees, realizing Lucy's figure has changed. Lucy then appears singing and hiding her figure as she twirls a parasol in front. She pleads that this will be her swan song performance; once she has a baby, she'll never be able to be in a show. Ricky won't let her audition anyway but she and Ethel go and try a song and dance audition anyway, but Lucy's petticoat pants slide down to around her ankles during the dance. They don't get chosen, but Ricky decides on Fred and Ethel to join him in the barbershop quartet. Lucy wants to be the 4th guy even though the job's offered to George Watson. While the Ricardos and Mertzes are in the middle of a song, to give Lucy a chance to show she can sing harmony, they sneak out and leave Lucy alone in the apartment when they realize she can't do the harmony. So Lucy calls George Watson, and she appears covered up in the barbershop number. Her singing gives her away and she faces threatening shaving lather from her three singing partners.
Songs: "While Strolling Through the Park One Day", "Carolina in the Morning", "Sweet Adeline", "Goodnight Ladies", "By the Light of the Silvery Moon"
Cast: Pepito the Clown, Jerry Hausner as the Stage manager
LUCY HIRES AN ENGLISH TUTOR
Episode#53, aired December 29, 1952
As Lucy is having a milkshake and dill pickle, she and Ricky discover husbands prefer a new baby boy and wives prefer a girl. Lucy realizes parenthood will be a big responsibility and she wants to feel prepared to answer the kinds of questions children will ask. She begins studying and learns a bit about proper english, even using a new vocabulary on Ricky when he gets home. She's determined that their new child is going to learn proper english too. She checks to see if Ricky's ready. She has him practice reading a bedtime story that contains words such as 'bough, rough, through, cough'. Frustrated with this, Ricky has had enough! A tutor, Percy Livermore is brought in so they can learn perfect english. His suggestions are that, besides using the word 'okay', and to rid their speech of slang, there are 2 words they must never use: 'swell and lousy'. In exchange for lessons, Percy wants to sing at Ricky's club. He objects, but Lucy convinces him to hear Percy's song. After hearing it, he's much less impressed. A little later, Ricky has a plan. He'll get Percy auditions with record companies if he'll pretend that being around Ricky has caused the tutor to pick up Ricky's bad speech habits. This leaves Lucy unhappy with the tutor now and this ends the lessons.
Songs: "Tippy Tippy Toe", "Babalu", "Notre Dame Victory Song"
Cast: Hans Conried as Mr. Livermore
RICKY HAS LABOR PAINS
Episode#54, aired January 5, 1953
Wonderful attention is being paid to Lucy when she's given a baby shower at home, thus, Ricky cannot stay home on his afternoon off. She also forgets to make him lunch. She's even more flattered, and Ricky's feeling more neglected and upset, at the article about "her husband" in the paper, when it mentions more about the beautiful, expectant, carrot-topped wife than it does about him. Lucy and Ethel start talking of a baby scrapbook since this is the first time the baby's been mentioned in print. Ricky tries to break in, reminding Lucy to get the dinner, but she forgot to cook it. Since the shower threw her off schedule, she didn't get to do the things she had to do, many being errands for Ricky. The next day, he wakes up sick and the doctor suggests he has the same symptoms as pregnant Lucy, because he's been neglected. Ricky says it's something he ate that made him sick, since he ate out the prior night when Lucy hadn't made dinner. The doctor suggests to Lucy to make Ricky the center of attention. Lucy thinks a daddy shower would do it but Fred feels better calling it a stag party. The girls feel uneasy about this 'only men are invited' stag party, so they disguise themselves as newspaper reporters, to keep an eye on what happens at the party. The husbands soon see through the disguises. Later, during Lucy's 4 a.m. craving for ice cream, hot fudge and sardines, she tells Ricky she's surprised he didn't get cravings too. He says something he ate made him sick, but when he finds out being the center of attention with his party was the doctor's remedy, he now is feeling sick again and is craving Lucy's ice cream and sardines too.
Cast: Lou Merrill as Dr. Rabwin, Jerry Hausner as Jerry
Others in the cast: Hazel Pierce
LUCY BECOMES A SCULPTRESS
Episode#55, aired January 12, 1953
When Lucy remembers her great grandpa was an artist, she's happy that the baby will be surrounded by music and art. Ricky could teach the baby about music but Lucy would have to become an artist like grandpa. She brings modeling clay home and learns to become a sculptress. She uses flattery to get Ethel to model for her, saying she has classic beauty like the head on a Greek coin. Lucy doesn't do well, evident by Ethel asking her why her nose is stuck at the top of her head. Lucy lures Fred to model, because he also has classic features, after which Fred can't straighten up from his modeling. Lucy wants to hire a real model but Ricky can't afford it. He makes a deal with her: he'll get an art critic to look at her work and if he says she has no talent, she'll give up sculpturing. Lucy wants to make a perfect replica of her head so it'll get by the art critic. When the critic arrives, Ethel presents the clay head of Lucy to him. Since he wants to buy this piece of perfection, Ethel has to make some fast adjustments to the Lucy sculpture.
Cast: Shepard Menken as store owner, Paul Harvey as the art critic, Leon Belasco as the clerk
LUCY GOES TO THE HOSPITAL
Episode#56, aired January 19, 1953
Lucy tells Ricky the doctor says the baby could be born any time now so Ricky doesn't want to let Lucy out of his sight, so she invites the Mertzes over and asks them to try to keep everything calm and distract his attention. They too can't help gazing at Lucy to be sure she is fine. Lucy goes to lie down and Ricky, Fred and Ethel rehearse the way they'll get Lucy ready to go to the hospital. Ethel will phone Dr. Harris, Fred will carry the suitcase, and Ricky will look after Lucy and they'll all go down to the street and hail a cab. They rehearse several times and feel they've got everything well organized until Lucy tells them it's time to go to the hospital and the rehearsed Ricky and Mertzes panic and nothing goes as planned. Lucy safely arrives at the hospital, checks in and Ricky waits until it's time to go to work at the club. While he performs in his voodoo costume, he's called to the hospital when Lucy gives birth to their son. Songs: "Voodoo"
Cast: Charles Lane as Mr. Stanley; Hazel Pierce, Ruth Perrott, Barbara Pepper as nurses; Adele Longmire as nurse at reception; Peggy Rea as nurse with wheelchair Others in the cast: Bennett Green, Marty Riel, Ralph Montgomery, William Hamel
Trivia: When Ricky calls Fred on the phone, he calls Circle 1-2099
Episode #45, Aired January 26, 1953
Fred and Ethel are wondering about the tape recorder that Ricky is singing into. He was taping a song he wrote for Lucy and he told the Mertzes that Lucy bought it from the lady beside her in the hospital bed so that she could tape the baby's first words. This lady was a salesman for the tape recorder company, so the threesome recall Lucy's lack of sales resistance in the past. She had ordered a Handy Dandy Kitchen Helper and didn't want Ricky to know she bought it. It didn't splice or dice her potato properly either. Ricky made her call the salesman, Harry Martin, to come and pick up the useless device. The salesman takes back the kitchen helper, but is so good at his job that Lucy buys a vacuum cleaner from him along with unexpected, costly attachments. Realizing she has spent too much money for this, she tries to sell the vacuum door-to-door. Luck is not with her even as she tries selling the electric vacuum to a neighbor whose electricity has been turned off. After further door-to-door visits, Lucy finds she has no salesmanship and returns home again with the vacuum. Ricky decides he'll call Mr. Martin to come and pick up the vacuum, and Lucy's advice is to not face the salesman or he'll be sorry. She and Ethel leave, and Ricky and Fred wait for Mr. Martin. When the women return home they find that Ricky's been talked into buying a fridge and Fred has been sold a new washing machine.
Songs: "There's a Brand New Baby at Our House", "Cielito Lindo"
Cast: Sheldon Leonard as Mr. Martin, Verna Felton as neighbor
Episode #46, Aired February 2, 1953
Lucy has no luck at telling jokes and her usual bridge partner, Ricky, decides he'd rather have Ethel as his partner tonight. When Fred suggests flipping a coin to see who gets Lucy for a partner, she feels inferior and leaves the room. With no one having confidence in her, she does not concentrate too well making Ricky's breakfast the next morning. She decides she can't do anything right and decides to stay in bed, with no purpose to get up for. Ricky phones a psychiatrist who comes over and tells Lucy she's pretty and that he must dance with her, and uses this as treatment to build Lucy's confidence. Ricky gets jealous and decides to encourage the Mertzes to come over and laugh at all Lucy's jokes and fight over who gets to be her bridge partner. Lucy is so confident now, she's certain everyone will also want her to sing, and so she does!
Cast: Gerald Mohr as Dr. Molin
Episode #47, aired February 16, 1953
Ricky and Ethel recall a past Wednesday Afternoon Fine Arts League election meeting that was held at the Ricardo's. Before the meeting, Lucy shows off her new cashmere sweater and matching bag, and gossip commences on the "latest" about Marion Strong. The meeting approves of asking Ruth Knickerbocker to join their club. Though Ruth is described as a quiet, mousy type, she's remembered for having a very appropriate punch bowl and cups, suitable for club meetings. Lucy feels she'll be nominated for every office and at every nomination during the meeting, she expects it's her name she'll hear. Nominations for the League finally end up with the current president nominating Ethel as the next president. Jealous Lucy bribes Lillian Appleby, using her new cashmere outfit, to nominate her too. During the campaign for office, Lucy finds out that half the club is voting for Ethel and half is voting for her; thus leaving new member Ruth to hold the deciding vote. Fred and Ricky also realize Ruth's power here, and decide that if their wives are President, their lives will be too much more involved than necessary, so they secretly decide to sway Ruth's vote so that she doesn't vote for their wives. At Ricky's next show, Fred is found dancing with Mrs. Knickerbocker. Surprised at this, Ricky sings and dances with her too. Lucy and Ethel arrive at the club to celebrate, since elections were held that night, and they announce they've been elected co-presidents. Ruth had not been able to vote because she was home sick in bed from all the rich food the two nominees fed her. And, they pointed out that the boys had been mistakenly entertaining Ruth's mother-in-law!
Songs: "Cuban Cabby", "Cielito Lindo"
Cast: Doris Singleton as Lillian Appleby, Margine Liszt as Marion Strong, Lurene Tuttle as Club president, Peggy Rea as Pauline Lopus, Hazel Pierce as Grace Munson, Ida Moore as Mrs. Knickerbocker
THE BLACK EYE
Episode # 48, Aired March 9, 1953
Lucy gets carried away while reading a murder story to Ricky about Madge crying softly, waiting for the phone to ring with news about "Gordon's battered body when they dragged the river". Lucy begins acting out the dialogue from the book: "You do hate me..." and "...you wouldn't strike me!". The Mertzes stop at the Ricardo's door, hearing what Lucy's saying. Ethel calls instead of knocking. When Lucy tells Ricky the Mertzes are coming up, she goes to fix her face in the bedroom, and Ricky suggests she put the book beside the bed so they can read it later, and as he tosses it, she misses it, and it hits her in the eye. Upon returning from the bedroom with something cold on her eye, the Mertzes arrive with suspicion. Lucy jokes that Ricky slugged her, because no one ever believes the real story of a black eye. The Mertzes don't find this amusing so she tells them the truth, and they still don't believe it, and leave with their feelings hurt. The next day, Lucy sees that Ethel wants a really juicy story so she "acts" out what Ethel wants to hear and jokingly says she's in love with another man, but can't say who it is, but it's someone Ethel knows. Fred sends Lucy flowers in an intent to show her that Ricky is sorry for the fight but mistakenly doesn't sign the card as being from Ricky, but erroneously writes, "Eternally yours, Fred". When the flowers are delivered to Lucy, he sneaks in to fix the card, but Ethel comes into the Ricardo's, so he hides in the closet. Next Lucy comes home, so Ethel sneaks back into the hallway. As Lucy opens the box of flowers, Ethel returns and is allowed to read the card to see who sent them. Ethel now thinks Fred is Lucy's other man. They find Fred hiding in the closet and Ethel angrily smacks him with the flower box. As he leaves, Ricky is arriving down the hall and Fred punches him in the eye. As Ricky gets into his apartment, he's flabbergasted and says, "Whot Hoppen!?". Later, as the Ricardos are reading again, Fred comes to explain that tossing a book can cause a black eye, as Ethel enters with her black eye.
Cast: Bennett Green as the clerk.
LUCY CHANGES HER MIND
Episode #49, Aired March 30, 1953
Ricky tells the Mertzes that Lucy has had trouble deciding what movie to go see, and which dress to wear. Fred boasts he doesn't have that problem and Ethel says it's because she's only got one dress. Lucy joins them but can't decide if she wants Chinese or Italian food. Finally, at the restaurant, she knows what she wants and orders roast beef. Next she encourages everyone to move to a table that has a nice view. When the waiter finds them, Ethel orders lamb chops, and Lucy decides they're not fattening, and changes her order to lamb chops. Ricky orders sirloin steak, so Lucy changes hers to that too. Fred orders pork chops and Lucy changes to that, because everything sounded so wonderful. Then Lucy feels a horrible draft and decides that they go to another table. The waiter, furious at not finding where his customers moved to, quits. This causes Ricky to scold Lucy into finishing everything she starts, instead of changing her mind so much. While cleaning the apartment, she finds an old love note she once started to write to Tom Henderson, a fur man downtown and, to get even with Ricky, decides she must complete this too and let Ricky see her finish the letter. Fred let's Ricky know that Lucy intends to have fun with him with this love note. Ricky, seeing that Lucy is seeking revenge, offers to mail the note for her, which makes her mad. She goes to see Tom to explain the note Ricky said he'd mail, but finds the man in the fur store to be much shorter than she remembered. Ethel pretends to buy a coat to get him out of the way, when the girls see Ricky coming. Lucy pretends to flirt with a mannequin as if it were Tom. When Ricky enters the store, Lucy pretends to dance with it, but it separates in half. She confesses to Ricky that the love note was a gag because he got her mad. Ethel arrives from the back of the store to introduce to Lucy the tall, real Tom Henderson.
Cast: Frank Nelson as the waiter, Phil Arnold as Harry, John L. Hart as Tom Henderson, Sally Corner as woman in store
NO CHILDREN ALLOWED
Episode #57, Aired April 20, 1953
Little Ricky's been fussy and his crying is keeping everyone awake at night. Mrs. Trumbull, from an upstairs apartment, confronts Lucy, while Ethel is visiting, about the noise and shows them that her lease says no children are allowed to live in the building. When she asks Ethel what the excuse is for the Ricardo's baby, Lucy uses humor and says the baby can't read the lease. Making jokes doesn't work and Mrs. Trumbull advises that she's not the only tenant who's upset with the baby's crying. Ethel strongly tells her without fear that she can rent the apartment easily and that friendship with the Ricardos means more to her than all the money on earth and advises Mrs. Trumbull to think it over. The elderly tenant flounces out of the apartment. Ethel re-enacts this big confrontation scene to Ricky and Fred, who both appreciate what she's done, but by now Lucy has heard it a hundred times. Even yet, Ethel plays the scene out to the bridge club the next day until finally Lucy can't stand it anymore and acts out the scene and dialogue with Ethel. The two have a big fight until their husbands force them to apologize to each other. Now that the girls are happy, Fred confides to Ricky that Ethel had been harping on that story a long time, and Ricky agrees that Ethel tends to be that way. Now the men get into a fight with Fred saying Ricky shouldn't talk like that about his wife and they head out of the apartment. The girls follow, wondering what happened. The four soon realize they've left the baby all alone and rush back to find Mrs. Trumbull had come in, and is now comforting the baby with, "You'll always have me around to see that nobody leaves you alone again."
Cast: Elizabeth Patterson as Mrs. Trumbull; Richard Lee and Ronald Lee Simmons as Little Ricky; Vivi Janiss, Charlotte Lawrence, Margine Liszt, Peggy Rea, June Whitley, Kay Wiley as Bridge Club Women.
LUCY HIRES A MAID
Episode #58, Aired April 27, 1953
Lucy's care of the new baby through several nights cause her to fall asleep preparing for the only fun she has: bridge with the Mertzes. Ricky decides to get Lucy a maid and cautions her to handle the interview like a real business-woman. He encourages her to be firm and establish the relationship between her and the maid at the start and ensure the woman will know what her hours and duties will be. When the maid, Mrs. Porter, arrives, she gives Lucy her availability of hours and inquires about the household having certain appliances before Lucy has a chance to be the boss. She prepares lunch for Lucy: a peanut butter sandwich. Lucy would have preferred roast beef and lettuce, or some jelly and milk for the sandwich, but Mrs. Porter has already eaten those. Eventually Lucy feels like she's working for the maid and suggests to Ricky that they let her go with a good recommendation and a week's pay. They're unable to say that to the stern woman, so Lucy schemes with Ethel to make Mrs. Porter quit by messing up her apartment and, additionally, Ethel smears the kitchen with peanut butter, mustard and molasses. When Ricky gets home and sees the mess, he tells Lucy he carried out her wish, and fired Mrs. Porter.
Cast: Verna Felton as Mrs. Porter
THE INDIAN SHOW
Episode #59, Aired May 4, 1953
Lucy has suggested to Ricky that he learn some American history so he reads "Blood-Curdling Indian Tales" and it gives him the idea to do an Indian show at the club. By phone, he arranges for two actors to come over so he can audition them. When Fred suggests Lucy will want to get into the act too, Ricky says she's happy with the baby now. He affirms it with Lucy that she doesn't care about the new show now and she replies, "New show?! What do I do?". He won't allow it because she's a mother now, still without talent, he says. He suggests to Fred that he better go to the club and call his agent to arrange auditions be held at the club instead. Later, as Lucy is reading that same book of Indian tales, during the most exciting part, the Indian actors arrive at her apartment and she and Ethel get carried away and smack them on the head with vases. Fred tells the girls why they've arrived and Lucy tells them to go to the Tropicana to audition. Lucy now realizes the show will have an Indian theme. Fred informs Ethel that Ricky had called and has a job for them in the new show. Later, Lucy strolls on down to the club while Ricky is rehearsing an Indian song with Juanita to perform at a women's club benefit the next afternoon. Juanita is upset as afternoons are the only times she has to spend with her baby. Lucy conspires with Juanita on a way that the show can still go on and Juanita can still be with her baby. Lucy substitutes for Juanita in the song, surprising Ricky, who's upset with her singing as well as with her being in the show. He's curious about the whereabouts of Little Ricky, whom Lucy reveals is strapped to her back like a papoose.
Songs: "Pass That Peace Pipe", "The Waters of the Minnetonka"
Cast: Carol Richards as Juanita; Frank Gerstle and Richard Reeves as actors
LUCY'S LAST BIRTHDAY
Episode #60, Aired May 11, 1953
Mrs. Trumbull visits Lucy and extends to her birthday wishes. Lucy informs her that it is not her birthday, but that she had her last birthday a year ago today. Mrs. Trumbull knowingly acknowledges that she's reached "that age". Lucy is soon disappointed that Ricky and Ethel have not yet mentioned her birthday at all. In despair, Lucy goes for a walk and Mrs. Trumbull watches Little Ricky. In the park, Lucy encounters a desolate group called "The Friends of the Friendless". They show her what friends can be and she takes the group with her to the Club so she can give someone a lesson in the true meaning of friendship. At the Club, she presents her opinion to the crowd on the lesson she learned tonight and the true meaning of friendship so that the people she thought were her friends, and her husband, get the message about no one remembering her birthday. As she's speaking, she sees her friends and they're seated around a birthday cake which stops her from continuing. Ricky asks her if she wants to hear the wonderful present he has for her, and he sings, "I Love Lucy" and everyone gives her birthday gifts.
Songs: "We Are Friends of the Friendless", "Happy Birthday", "I Love Lucy"
Cast: Elizabeth Patterson as Mrs. Trumbull; Ransom Sherman as man in park; Byron Foulger as leader of band; Barbara Pepper as lady in park; William Hamel as head waiter.
RICARDOS CHANGE APARTMENTS
Episode #61, Aired May 18, 1953
Lucy wants Ricky to get them a larger apartment. Ethel tells Lucy about the Benson's, who live in 3B, that their daughter got married. Lucy realizes the Benson's will have an extra room they don't need and she hopes they'll trade apartments with her, but the Benson's larger place costs $20 a month more and Ricky can't afford it. The Mertzes sympathize hoping they can help Lucy, but the extra rent stands in the way. Lucy resolves they'll have to stay where they are, but realizes by putting everything away, she's doing everything all wrong. With a gleam in her eye, she hatches a plan and makes the apartment so crowded, you couldn't turn around. This plan doesn't work, so Lucy, with Ethel along, visits Mrs. Benson and convinces her to switch apartments and Lucy will handle all the moving (using Fred and Ethel as movers). She'll also pay Ethel the extra rent out of her allowance by scrimping and saving. Lucy treats the Mertzes to an ice cream soda for helping, and when they return they find that the Benson's furniture is back in the Benson apartment. Ricky had hired movers to come in when they left to go have their sodas, and had them switch all the furniture in the Benson apartment with all that was in the Ricardo apartment!
Songs: "There's a Brand new Baby at Our House"
Cast: Norma Varden as Mrs. Benson
LUCY IS MATCHMAKER
Episode #62, Aired May 25, 1953
Lucy and her friends believe that if they find a man for Sylvia Collins, she'll leave their husbands alone. A traveling salesman, Eddie Grant, friend of the Mertzes, and who sells negligees, is about to visit and Ricky tells her he is a bachelor. She says he'd be perfect for Sylvia. Ricky sternly suggests that she do no matchmaking. Because Lucy is so insistent upon finding everything out about him while Eddie is visiting, he thinks she has her mind set on him for herself! Later, Sylvia can't make the date with Eddie so Lucy decides to tell him herself in person on her way to the beauty parlor. Since Ricky and Fred wanted to spy on Eddie and his date to have fun with him, they run into Lucy talking with Eddie. Fred thinks Lucy is the date and Ricky gets mad at Lucy for matchmaking. Eddie leaves in embarrassment, thinking that Ricky will wonder why he's meeting Lucy alone in the hotel lobby. Later, Lucy takes Ethel along to go meet Eddie in his room to straighten the whole thing out. They make a phone call and Eddie finally talks to the real Sylvia. He apologizes to the girls, and lets Lucy and Ethel each have a negligee, wholesale. When Ricky and Fred go to Eddie's room, they find their wives wearing the negligees while Eddie has left to go meet Sylvia. They make Lucy confess as to why she's there even though Ricky has smoothed things out with Eddie already. Because the boys were trying to teach the girls a lesson, and having made them suffer enough, they buy their wives the negligees.
Cast: Hal March as Eddie Grant; Phil Arnold as man in hotel; William Hamel as Club waiter; Doris Singleton and Peggy Rea as bridge players.
LUCY WANTS NEW FURNITURE
Episode #63, Aired June 1, 1953
Lucy tells Ricky their old furniture doesn't fit in with their beautiful new apartment and she gets Ethel to come in and act as if she also feels that the ratty old couch and the nasty-looking coffee table don't belong. She then reveals to Ethel that she bought new furniture because it was on sale, and somehow has to convince Ricky they'll need it. When the new furniture arrives, she has to give up the old as down payment. Having not convinced Ricky yet to buy it, she hides it in the kitchen, leaving a "big hole" in the living room. She decides to serve dinner in there to hide the fact that the furniture is missing, until she can soften Ricky up for the purchases. She wears herself out running to the Mertzes for dinner things like butter, steak knives, and salt because her kitchen is full with the furniture and it's blocking the doorway. Ricky finds the furniture and makes a deal with Lucy that he'll keep it at the Club until she saves enough to pay him back for it out of her allowance by economizing and giving up her extravaganzas. She makes her own dress and gives herself a hair permanent but leaves it on her hair 5 hours rather than 20 minutes and her dress turns out to look like "a sack of potatoes". Ricky sees that she looks so sad, so he's going to let her buy a dress, go to the beauty parlor and he will bring back her furniture. He forgives her for everything, even the rug. While she was cutting out her dress, she cut a little too deep!
THE CAMPING TRIP
Episode #64, Aired June 8, 1953
Lucy and her bridge players discuss that friends, Joanne and Greg, are getting a separation because they weren't paying attention to each other and realized they had nothing in common. Ethel says it happens to everyone but Lucy exclaims it would never happen to her and Ricky. When he gets home, in order to satisfy her belief that they're interested in each other, she encourages him into discussions of how their day was. To show they're 'equally' interested in things, she suggests they read the sports page together. In her naivety, she doesn't know that "TKO" means technical knockout and in the short form coverage of the horse races, she mis-interprets that little girls are racing. She's shocked that the first race was won by a 3 year old maiden. When Fred tells Ricky that he's got things planned for their camping trip the last week in July, Lucy is enthused to suggest she and Ricky wouldn't miss it. Fred then cancels the trip, not wanting to have any wives along. Ricky decides to take Lucy on a preview trip and make it so difficult that she won't want to go on the July trip. Ethel, having heard the boys talking, tells Lucy that Ricky doesn't want her to go with them so he's going to make this rehearsal trip so tough on her, that she won't ever want to go again. With Ethel's help, Lucy plans to excel in everything during the 'rehearsal' trip. Everything goes well until Lucy "shoots" a duck, and Ethel unknowingly throws down from a tree, a skinned-clean duck without feathers. Lucy reveals to Ricky she knew his plan to make her hate camping and he says that what she did to him on the trip makes them even. She says she now doesn't really want to share everything, just certain things; like a kiss.
Cast: Doris Singleton and June Whitney as bridge players
RICKY AND FRED ARE TV FANS
Episode #66, Aired June 22, 1953
Fred and Ricky ignore Lucy and Ethel as they watch the fights on TV, so when the girls grow tired of playing second fiddle to a television set, they stand in front of the TV and the men scare them out of the room. They decide to go to the corner and call; Lucy will disguise her voice and ask for herself and when the boys discover they're gone, they imagine the men will really start to worry. Even at the diner, the policeman and the man working the counter are watching the fights. Lucy does not have the right change to make the call, and when no one pays attention to her, she makes change for herself in the cash register, and gets caught by the policeman. They run away from him and return home and hope the TV breaks down. Lucy gets an idea to go up on the roof of the building to cut the wires that lead to her TV so the men cannot watch it anymore. The policeman finds Lucy and Ethel ready to cut the wires, arrests them and takes them to Precinct 31 where the Sergeant mistakes them for two stick-up dames named Pick Pocket Pearl and Sticky Fingers Sal. Lucy has the Sergeant call Ricky at home at Murray Hill 5-9975 but the line is busy so she asks the policeman if he'll go and tell Ricky where she is. He goes, but the men are too engrossed with the fights to see him. When the Sergeant checks his report on Pearl and Sal and finds they are now serving 10 years in prison, he apologizes and releases Lucy and Ethel. They return to Lucy's kitchen as the fights end and the men go in and compliment them on how they didn't bother them once, knowing how much they wanted to see the fights.
Cast: Larry Dobkin as Counter Man; Allen Jenkins as policeman; Frank Nelson as Sergeant
NEVER DO BUSINESS WITH FRIENDS
Episode #67, Aired June 29, 1953
When Lucy wants a dryer, Ricky buys her a washer AND dryer, wholesale plus $35 on their old washing machine. Fred suggests he'll buy the Ricardo's old machine for $35. Ricky warns to never do business with friends or relatives but eventually sells it and tells Fred there is no hurry for him to write him a cheque. When Ethel first uses the machine, it breaks down and water sprays out through the lid of the machine. Fred is relieved that they found out about the bum machine before the deal went through, but Ricky insists that he had taken possession of the merchandise and stills owes payment for it. The Ricardos angrily exit from the Mertz kitchen, but Lucy soon finds the old machine outside her back door. She pushes it back in front of Ethel's back door and the two women get into an argument that is stopped by Mrs. Trumbull who suggests that Joe, her nephew, who works in an appliance business, can have a look at it. After he visits, he tells Ethel he'll pay $50 for it if someone is willing to sell it. She now claims it is her machine, and hearing about the buyer, Lucy claims she doesn't want to sell it to Ethel now either. They rush out to the back porch and try to take back the machine, and it falls off through the porch railing with a big crash onto the ground. Joe returns to say he has found a buyer who will go as high as $75 for the machine. The Ricados and Mertzes burst into laughter at the thought of anyone paying $75 for that machine that just fell. Ricky offers to pay half the cost of the railing and Fred offers $17.50 for half the price of the washing machine. Lucy re-iterates that she knew nothing could ever affect their friendship.
Cast: Elizabeth Patterson as Mrs. Trumbull, Herb Vigran as Joe
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The Third Season
RICKY'S "LIFE" STORY
Episode #65, Aired October 5, 1953
When Ricky is featured in "Life" magazine, the only part of Lucy in the photos is her arm. She blames him for not having a career because of "publicity like THIS!". She mourns that they didn't print her picture because she's not famous, but she could be if he had given her an opportunity to display her talents. She wants a career, but he won't help her get her break in show business. Fred suggests to Ricky that he finally let Lucy be in a show, and let her see how much hard work there is. Ricky creates a 'challenge routine' dance that makes Lucy almost continually do dance steps, while Ricky practically only stands there. Finally, she falls in exhaustion to the floor, but when she hears there is a Spanish scene that only needs a girl who just sits there with a rose in her teeth, Lucy wants, and gets, that part. Upon her return home, she finds out from Fred that Ricky pretended to star her in a big dance number hoping to rehearse her so hard she'd get tired and quit. She now plans to get even with Ricky. She does the show, being the girl who sits there, but also upstages Ricky by doing magic tricks and 'flying' in the air, behind Ricky's back as he sings.
Songs: "Lady of Spain", "Loveliest Night of the Year", "Babalu"
Cast: Joseph (and Michael) Mayer as Little Ricky, Louis Nicoletti as dance teacher
THE GIRLS GO INTO BUSINESS
Episode #68, Aired October 12, 1953
When Ricky is looking for security in a career, like owning a little business, Lucy suggests buying Hansen's Dress Shop and offers that she and Ethel will run the store. Ethel encourages this idea by saying that women have good business sense since they had saved money on the dresses they just bought. When Lucy has to return her dress, because Ricky won't let her keep it, she can't understand how the husbands can't see the opportunity they're missing in buying the shop. Ethel says men have no business sense and Lucy decides the girls should buy it to prove their husbands don't know what they're talking about. They can't resist how cheap the shop is at $3,000, so Lucy gives Mrs. Hansen a check for $300, that's post-dated a couple of days, as down payment. As owners, the girls get into arguments on naming the shop, with ideas such as "Ethel-Lu's", "Lucy-Eths", "Lucy and Ethel's Dress Shop" and "Ethel and Lucy's Dress Shop". After two days, the girls still haven't seen a customer. When a man, Ralph S. Boyer, buys the shop from them for $3,500, they find out from their husbands that Mr. Boyer sold the shop to a construction company for $50,000.00. This causes the girls' pride in themselves for having good business sense, by gaining $500, go right down the drain.
Cast: Mabel Paige as Mrs. Hansen, Barbara Pepper as Grace, Kay Wiley as woman shopper, Emory Parnell as policeman
LUCY AND ETHEL BUY THE SAME DRESS
Episode #69, Aired October 19, 1953
Lucy chairs a Wednesday Afternoon Fine Arts League meeting and announces that their yearly show will be next week. Caroline's wonderful news is that her husband Charley, the manager of a TV station, has gotten them a whole half hour on TV - at midnight. Lucy talks her way into being Chairman of the show because she'll guarantee to get Ricky as Master of Ceremonies. Later, Ethel reminds Lucy that Ricky stated he would not appear in another women's club production, but Lucy has a plan that will make Ricky ask to be in the show by considering everyone but Ricky to be the M.C. This works in her favor, and Ricky decides to do the show because Lucy didn't bother him about it. Ethel and Lucy rehearse their song and then find out they've each bought the same formal gown for the performance. They resolve to both return their dresses, but each later decides that, since the other one is returning her dress, why should 'she' return hers. While the girls sing 'Friendship' in the show, slowly getting more upset with each other for keeping their dresses, some pieces of their outfits get 'lost' along the way!
Songs: "When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along", "Friendship", "Vaya Con Dios"
Cast: Doris Singleton as Caroline Appleby; Shirley Mitchell as Marion Strong; Hazel Pierce and Ruth Perrott as clubwomen.
Episode #70, Aired October 26, 1953
After Lucy interrupts Ricky's story-telling, and decides all by herself where the Ricardos and Mertzes will eat, Ricky puts his foot down and declares that their house will be run like they do in Cuba where the man is the master and the woman does what she's told. It takes Lucy a moment; finally, it sinks in: they are in the United States and she has her rights. She and Ethel demand that they be treated exactly as if they were men. Ricky and Fred go along with it, right down to separate checks at the restaurant. Since the women don't have money, they have to wash the dishes. While washing, Lucy gets an idea that they call their husbands and make noises like struggling in the background, as if being held up by bandits. The men rush to the restaurant and peek in on the girls but don't see any intruders. They can't let this chance go by to get even, so they pretend to be robbers and break through the kitchen door. Soon revealing to their wives who they are, Lucy and Ethel show the guys what they think of them. Just then, the police Ricky had phoned arrive, and believe that Fred and Ricky are the bandits they phoned about. While their husbands are in jail, Lucy and Ethel look them over, then have them released, while they all laugh over equal rights.
Cast: Lawrence Dobkin as Maitre'D; Fred Aldrich, Louis Nicoletti and Dick Reeves as policemen
Episode #71, Aired November 2, 1953
Lucy is ecstatic over their new pictures of Little Ricky and Ricky can't wait to show them to Charlie and Caroline Appleby, considering theirs are better than any the Applebys took of their baby. Ricky had invited them over for the evening, since Charlie wants him on a TV show. Lucy reminded Ricky of the vow they made to never bore people with baby pictures. That evening, Lucy catches Ricky showing the Mertzes the photos, but they don't mind; they insist that the Ricardos show the Applebys the photos of Little Ricky to take them down a peg or two since all they talk about is their Little Stevie. During the Appleby's visit, they manage to pull out pictures of Stevie. Lucy's boredom changes when Caroline asks if Little Ricky outgrew being pinched and funny looking, and she and Ricky rush to show the Applebys what a cute baby, like Little Ricky, looks like. Because Caroline made her so mad, Lucy makes a surprise visit to Caroline the next day, taking along Little Ricky, to show her what a cute baby looks like. Lucy suggests that Stevie might be all dirty and asks when he'll reach normal size. Caroline implies that Little Ricky is a little fatty and should go on a diet or he'll "grow up to look like your mommy". Caroline brags that Stevie put two words together and Lucy suggests that Little Ricky speaks Spanish. She insults Lucy by implying she always wears the same suit and they accuse each other's child of teaching their own child some bad habits. Lucy storms out. When Charlie calls and tells Ricky he doesn't have the TV job since Lucy upset Caroline, he tells her she better get him back on the program. After singing on the TV show, Ricky announces his wife had found the most beautiful baby in the whole world and he presents Lucy holding Little Stevie Appleby.
Songs: "In Acapulco"
Cast: Doris Singleton as Caroline Appleby; Hy Averback as Charlie Appleby, Michael and Joseph Mayer as Little Ricky
LUCY TELLS THE TRUTH
Episode #72, Aired November 9, 1953
When Lucy lies about being in show business in her past, before meeting Ricky, particularly about being "in Oklahoma", Ricky and the Mertzes bet her $100 that she can't tell the absolute truth for 24 hours. At the bridge game the next day, she tells Caroline, Ethel and Marion exactly what she thinks of them. At home, she even tells Ricky that she thinks he's a coward because he is afraid if she had a chance at a career, she'd be the star of the family. Ricky decides to invite her to an audition because he knows if she lies about her experience, he and the Mertzes will win the bet. At auditions she can't come up with stage experience and therefore, doesn't get the job until Professor Falconi needs an assistant who can speak Italian. She volunteers, and when she realizes she's taking part in knife throwing, she breaks down and tells Ricky she'll pay the bet. He comforts her and shows her how the knives work and says he'll pay the bet.
Cast: Doris Singleton as Caroline Appleby; Shirley Mitchell as Marion Strong; Charles Lane as casting director; Mario Siletti as Professor Falconi; Dorothy Lloyd as chicken singer; Michael and Joseph Mayer as Little Ricky
THE FRENCH REVUE
Episode #73, Aired November 16, 1953
With their inability to read the menus in a French restaurant, the Ricardos and Mertzes order four orders of 'Closed on Sundays'. Lucy is so embarrassed that she wants to take French lessons (as long as it doesn't cost Ricky any money, he says). She later calls Robert DuBois, the French waiter and he says he'll give free French lessons. In the middle of lessons, he tells Lucy and Ethel that he is an entertainer and was giving free lessons so he could meet Ricky and be in one of his shows. Lucy informs Ricky of this, but he feels it wouldn't be fair because he wouldn't even be able to use a French singer. Lucy suggests he do a French revue because they're all the rage so he agrees to give him the audition. Since Lucy insists that she be in the show, he says no and gives orders at the Club to not allow Lucy in. She tries to get in anyway, by hiding her face inside a lampshade, next carrying a painting while wearing a wig that covers her whole head, next hiding inside a large cello. She is caught and sent out of the building but during the show she enters as a club patron, dressed like a big woman, slips under a table, and joins the chorus in full costume!
Songs: "Louise", "Valentine", "Apache"
Cast: Alberto Morin as Robert DuBois; Joseph and Michael Mayer as Little Ricky; Richard Reeves and Fred Aldrich as men at Club; Louis Nicoletti as Maitre D'
REDECORATING THE MERTZ'S APARTMENT
Episode #74, Aired November 23, 1953
Lucy is excited because Ricky has told her he'll be giving her a mink stole. Ethel phones and asks if the club meeting can be held at Lucy's even though it's Ethel's turn. Lucy hesitates because she can't make an entrance in her own apartment in a new stole but decides she'll host the meeting because she's sure Ethel is ashamed of her own apartment. Ricky disagrees to having the meeting at their place again because of the fuss it is for Lucy to get ready for it; he suggests it'd be simpler to paint the Mertz's apartment. At the Mertz's, Lucy suggests their painting party idea but when Fred won't let Ethel have new furniture to go with the new paint, Ethel rejects the offer, departing the room, crying and Fred leaves their apartment in a huff. And they're both mad at Lucy. The Ricardos decide to pay to paint and upholster the furniture for the Mertzes but Ricky warns Lucy this will cut her mink stole in half. A mess occurs when Lucy is ripping the feathers out of Fred's chair and he plugs in the fan to get the paint smell out of the room. The whole apartment is ruined and the Mertzes want Lucy to do something about it. They acquire the Ricardo's living room furniture and Lucy gets new furniture in place of the expected, beloved new mink she was supposed to be given.
Songs: "I Am Lily of the Valley"
TOO MANY CROOKS
Episode #75, Aired November 30, 1953
Lucy's neighbors see a robber go into the Mertz building and the police suspect it's a woman they call Madame X. When Fred says he can't afford new locks for the apartments, Ethel warns him she'll use his birthday present money to buy them. Lucy is surprised and asks him when his birthday is and he says it's a week from Thursday. For Fred's birthday the Ricardos want to buy him a tweed suit. In order for it to be a surprise, Lucy has to borrow one of Fred's old suits to take measurements, while the Mertzes are out counting door locks. Mrs. Trumbull tells Ethel she thinks Lucy is Madame X since she has seen Lucy sneaking out with Fred's suit. To prove Lucy is innocent, Ethel and Fred decide to watch her from the fire escape. When Fred goes, he leaves his coat and hat so Ethel can keep warm. Lucy hears her sneeze and then sees Ethel and now thinks that Ethel is Madame X. Lucy decides to tell Ethel she is going to the Club with Ricky so that it'll appear that their apartment is empty, hoping Ethel will come and rob it. Lucy hides in her dark apartment, waiting to talk Ethel out of her life of crime. The real Madame X instead comes to rob the Ricardo's, and Lucy discovers she is not Ethel. As the thief flees, Ricky comes home and catches Madame X as the police arrive.
Cast: Elizabeth Patterson as Mrs. Trumbull, Alice Wills as Madame X, Allen Jenkins as policeman
CHANGING THE BOYS' WARDROBE
Episode #76, Aired December 7, 1953
When Ricky and Fred decide to wear their old clothes out to see the movies, Lucy and Ethel give the "rags" away to a second-hand man. They scheme to tell the men that they cleaned the old clothes with gasoline but that they just happened to get too close to the stove and burned. The used-clothes man, in order to make a profit, calls Ricky to say he's received his old clothes, so Fred and Ricky buy them back and put them into new boxes. After Lucy tells her cleaning story, Ricky shows her he has bought back his old clothes. Fred has done the same. Down at the Club, Ricky's agent informs him of some new publicity for him: Ricky will be named one of the ten best dressed men in the country (with Fred named as Fashion Consultant). They decide to invite their wives to the Club for dinner so they can be surprised to see Ricky receive this kind of an award. But the girls get courageous, and dress for dinner using the men's old clothes, reasoning that if they're good movie clothes, they must be good dinner clothes. The cameraman takes a picture of the two female "bums" for the morning papers, as being the wives of these two prestigious men.
Cast: Jerry Hausner as Jerry; Oliver Blake as Zeb Allen; Alberto Calderone as Alberto; Lee Millar as Bill the photographer; and Paul Power who presents the award.
LUCY HAS HER EYES EXAMINED
Episode #77, Aired December 14, 1953
At the Club, while Ricky listens to be sure his loud orchestra sounds good, Lucy phones him and finds out he has a headache. She suggests he get his eyes examined. Bill Parker, who is in town to produce a Broadway show, drops in to ask Ricky if he can use the Club for auditions as the theater he was using is tied up now. This is alright with Ricky and he invites Bill to dinner for the evening. Fred and Ethel run into each other in the Ricardo apartment: Ethel suggesting he sandpaper the new banister and Fred seeking help for the splinter in his hand. Lucy is getting ready for Bill Parker to come to dinner and Ethel exclaims that she read something about him in "Variety". Lucy reads the headlines from her copy, "Parker Preps Prod for Pitt Prem". Ethel translates it: Parker Prepares Production for Pittsburgh Premiere and says the rest of the article reveals he is a big shot from Pictures who's auditioning for a musical he's going to produce. Lucy and the Mertzes decide to audition for Bill in a real casual and natural way, while sending Ricky out on a wild goose chase for ice cream. He returns home quickly, having borrowed from Mrs. Benson, and puts an end to the routine. Since Bill's show is a college musical called "The Professor and The Co-Ed", he suggests that the Mertzes audition for the alumni scene and that Lucy audition with a jitterbug. She learns a jitterbug routine from Arthur "King Cat" Walsh and after they and the Mertzes audition, Bill convinces Ricky to let them perform in the show that evening to provide him with audience reaction to the performances. Next, at the Eye Doctor's office, it is Lucy who cannot read the eye chart and Ricky reads it fine. The Doctor takes a look at her eyes and dilates them with drops, resulting in Lucy's vision being blurred for several hours. Later, in the show, Fred and Ethel perform "Varsity Drag" and Lucy decides she has to dance, despite her vision, but encounters problems during the dance, such as heading off in wrong directions, and losing track of her dance partner during the jitterbug.
Songs: "There's No Business Like Show Business"; "Stompin' at the Savoy"; "The Varsity Drag"
Cast: Arthur "Kingcat" Walsh as dance teacher; Dayton Lummis as Bill Parker; Shepard Menken as Eye Doctor
RICKY'S OLD GIRLFRIEND
Episode #78, Aired December 21, 1953
From the Ricardo living-room, the Mertzes and Ricardos take a quiz called "How to Rate Your Marriage, Or Is Your Spouse a Louse?". With the question on having told your spouse about your past romances, Ricky replies "yes". Lucy brags about a few big flaming romances she had. There was Billy, Maury, Jess, Jerry, Bob, Bennett, George, Phil, Martin, Danny, Argyle, Bud, Wilbur, Noble, Karl, Frank and Henry. That was in high school. In Junior College there was Johnny and Kenny. To get even, Ricky makes up the name of Carlota Romero as one of his old flames. When Lucy retreats in tears with Ethel to the Mertz apartment, Ricky admits to Fred that after twelve years of marriage, he still can't figure Lucy out. Later, the newspaper reveals that Carlota Romero, pictured as a nicely-figured woman, is opening her first American engagement at the Opal Room, and Ricky can't understand it, since he had made the name up. Through the night, Lucy dreams that Ricky left her for Carlota. When she awakens, she arranges with Jerry to invite Carlota over to see how she and Ricky will react to each other. At the get-together, Jerry reminds Ricky he had worked with Carlota in Havana about sixteen years ago when she was one of the "Five Romero Sisters" and that the picture in the paper was taken of her seventeen years ago. When Lucy meets a now-matronly Carlota, she ecstatically exclaims, "I am SO glad to see YOU".
Cast: Rosa Turich as Carlota Romero, Lillian Molieri as "young Carlota", Jerry Hausner as Jerry, Joseph (and Michael) Mayer as Little Ricky.
THE MILLION DOLLAR IDEA
Episode #79, Aired January 11, 1954
Lucy is encouraged by Fred to bottle and sell her delicious salad dressing and, if she would, she could make a lot of money. Hearing about money, Ricky questions Lucy on the overdrawn bank account. The next day, she tells Ethel they had a battle of the budget and that Lucy has used up her allowance until June 12, 1978. Needing money, Lucy believes she can make a million dollars selling her salad dressing. Since her Aunt Martha gave her the recipe, she decides to call it "Aunt Martha's Old Fashioned Salad Dressing". In order to advertise her product, she phones Caroline, whose husband runs a television station, and offers her 3 cents a jar. Ethel will portray a cooking expert; one of the country's leading Home Economists, Mary Margaret McMertz. Lucy will be one of those women that they get up from the audience. She'll call herself Isabella Clump who wears average, but smart clothes. They appear on "The Dickie Davis Show" and offer the product for sale at forty cents a quart. The TV audience can place their order by writing to 623 East 68th Street or phoning Circle-7-2099. "Isabella" reveals that it is the best salad dressing she has ever eaten, and at the end of the commercial, Mr. Davis tells them they already got 23 orders by phone. The next day, Ricky figures out their financial affairs in selling this product and realizes their profit is 3 cents a jar, which goes to Caroline. And, he has not yet figured in shipping, mailing, insurance, taxes or overhead. Fred brings in a sack of mail, and has two more sacks downstairs for the girls: they're all orders. Lucy suggests they go back on TV and unsell it. This time Lucy is Lucille McGillicuddy, with messy hair and ratty old dress. After experiencing the product, "Mrs. McGillicuddy" is horrified that Aunt Martha may be trying to poison her. "Mary Margaret" tells her audience she can no longer endorse this product, but Lucy and Ethel's next mail sack reveals that kidding the product is a good idea and the customers want more jars - they're all orders. As Ethel sticks labels onto jars, Lucy tabulates her count of jars and comes up with 1,153 jars. When Ricky gets home she tells him they bought 1,133 jars of salad dressing and pasted their labels on them. To save on delivery charges, the girls put on roller skates and deliver the jars in shopping carts.
Cast: Frank Nelson as Dickie Davis
RICKY MINDS THE BABY
Episode #80, Aired January 18, 1954
When Ricky has a week off work due to the painting of the Club, he decides he'll stay home with Little Ricky. Fred also thinks he should take a week off too, but Ethel suggests to him that he's been hanging around the house now for 23 years. To start off the week, Ricky tucks in Little Ricky for bed and tells him the story of "Little Red Riding Hood" - in Spanish. He let's Lucy sleep as long as she wants while he takes complete charge of Little Ricky while he's home. For breakfast, Ricky makes a Spanish omelet with green onions, green peppers and mushrooms. When Lucy overhears this, she fears it's for Little Ricky until she discovers the child is having oatmeal. Lucy soon finds herself being restless and nervous while visiting Ethel, since Ricky is taking care of the baby. Ethel suggests they go shopping while Ricky and Fred play with Little Ricky. While the men watch TV, the baby wanders through the open door and down the hall and is discovered by Lucy. To teach her absent-minded Cuban husband a lesson, Lucy calls Ricky to inquire on how Little Ricky is doing, causing the men to madly search for the missing child. When Lucy goes home to get her gloves, Ricky implies that the baby is napping. She decides to wait until he "gets up" and Fred says he'll go check the furnace, intending to really go home and call the police to help find the baby. While Ethel has her head out the door, looking down the hall, Fred comes in to use his phone and finds Little Ricky in his apartment. He sneaks the baby back into his own bedroom, where Lucy discovers him when she is unable to wait any longer to see how he's doing. Only Fred knows how the child got back to his room, leaving Lucy, Ricky and Ethel all looking puzzled.
Cast: Joseph (and Michael) Mayer as Little Ricky
Episode #81, Aired January 25, 1954
When the husbands spend their time talking in the kitchen at parties and leave their wives in the living room, the women conclude they can't change the men into staying by their sides. But a guest, Tom, arrives with his fashion show date, Eve, causing the men to now join in with the women. The next day, Lucy and Ethel decide they must go to the same charm school as Eve went to. They set up an appointment for the free analysis offered by Phoebe Emerson Charm School. They try to act poised and sophisticated when they meet Miss Emerson, but Lucy trips over the table. Phoebe gives points to the girls for hair, makeup and posture but with the scores they received, there was not a moment to lose in enrolling immediately for the course. For the big moment when the girls show their husbands how they look, they make the men wait in the Ricardo living room for a pleasant surprise. Lucy enters wearing a long, shiny gown and new makeup and hairstyle. Ethel enters the apartment, newly made over in a long leopard-style gown. Lucy "'splains" that they had been ignored so much that they thought the men weren't happy with them the way they were, and that's why they took the Emerson course; and asks if they'll now take them out to dinner. The men dress up in the latest from the "Little Gentlemen's Finishing School": Ricky in a dashingly gallant outfit with big hat and plume and Fred looking like a famous peanut company symbol with monocle, suit and top hat. This is to show the women that all these styles are phony and they want to all be the way they were before. In agreement, the girls mess up their hair - almost even Fred's!
Cast: Natalie Schafer as Phoebe Emerson; Eve Whitney as Eve; Tyler McVey as Bill Hall; Vivi Janiss as Lou Ann; Maury Hill as Tom Williams
Episode #82, Aired February 1, 1954
Lucy shows Ethel the golf clubs she got Ricky for their 13th wedding anniversary, which they'll be celebrating the following night. She tries to convince Ethel to tell her what Ricky got her, by threatening to tell Fred she's been saving out of the food money to buy herself a monkey fur jacket, or that she's been sewing roast beef bones on a chuck roast. Ethel gives in and guides Lucy into finding her present of Stone Martin furs in the piano bench. When Ricky gets home he informs Lucy he's taking the following night off so they can celebrate but Lucy wants it to be a quiet dinner at home with candles, champagne, and their favorite records on the phonograph: a cozy, romantic dinner for two, just like it was on their honeymoon. Ethel frets that their surprise party tomorrow night for the Ricardos at the Tropicana is off; she'd been informed that Ricky decided to take the night off; the first Tuesday night he's taken off since they've known him. Fred suggests they have the surprise party in their building, and they go to quiz Lucy and Ricky on what they'll be doing tomorrow night. Lucy makes up an excuse that they have a business dinner with Rodgers and Hammerstein. In order to make sure the Ricardos will be home at some point tomorrow night for the party, Ethel asks Mrs. Trumbull to tell the Ricardos she can only babysit till 9 pm, which means they'll be home by then, and the Mertzes can then throw the surprise party. Later, Ricky and Lucy prepare for their dinner at home, and then they leave but allow Ethel to see how dressed up they look before leaving. They sneak back into their kitchen and exchange their presents, discovering they each had peeked at them already. While they hear Ethel unlocking their door, they hide in the closet. The Mertzes set up for the party, revealing their present is a lighter. Fred is shocked that the price tag shows it cost $32.50. Ethel declares that she erased the real price and wrote that on herself. She verifies that the real price of $4.95 is not being cheap since they're giving champagne, a cake and a party. When the guests arrive, and 10 o'clock rolls around, Ricky decides to throw a bottle from the closet into the kitchen to divert everyone's attention. As the guests rush to the kitchen, Ethel exclaims that a champagne bottle has exploded, and the Ricardos are free to leave their apartment. Moments later they arrive home to the guests yelling "Surprise!".
Cast: Hazel Pierce, Bennett Green and Barbara Pepper as party guests
FAN MAGAZINE INTERVIEW
Episode #83, Aired February 8, 1954
Ricky's agent, Jerry, arranges an interview with a big magazine writer named Eleanor Harris. She wants to do an article on a really happily married couple like Ricky and Lucy by spending a day with them from the time they get up in the morning. Her purpose is to catch them just the way they are, but when Eleanor arrives the next day at 7 a.m., Lucy and Ricky look far better than usual! She takes pictures of the Ricardos throughout their breakfast and the Mertzes arrive to get into the photos too. At rehearsal, Jerry tells Ricky that he wrote to all the women on the Tropicana mailing list, 3000 of them, inviting them for a date Saturday with Ricky at the Tropicana so Ricky can become a star of the first magnitude, and he signed each card with Ricky's name. Jerry lets Ricky keep a card he wrote out twice by mistake, to a woman named Minnie Finch on Tudor Street in the Bronx. At the same time, Eleanor is interviewing Lucy to get some quotes from her. Lucy tells her that after her first meeting with Ricky, two months later they said "I do". When Eleanor asks Lucy what it's like being married to an entertainer, she replies with, "It's very exciting. After all, there's no business like show business. You may quote me". Eleanor dully says, "Fine". When Eleanor suggests that Lucy is not the jealous type, even though Ricky is surrounded by show girls, Lucy says, "When he says he's at rehearsal, HE'S at rehearsal". Eleanor asks if she may quote her on that and Lucy, with second thoughts about it already, timidly says, "Oh sure....sure". Lucy offers that they've been married 13 years and then excuses herself to go to the bedroom, and calls the Tropicana, but Ricky is not there. Later, Lucy serves dinner to Eleanor and Ricky and when they're alone, confronts Ricky about him not being at rehearsal. He replies he may have stepped out for coffee. When he and Eleanor prepare to leave for the club, he can't find his cigarette case so Lucy checks his sport coat he wore during the afternoon and she finds the card made out to Minnie. Meanwhile, Ricky and Eleanor leave and Ethel comes in to find a depressed Lucy. The two go to meet Minnie to have it out, but she turns out to be a frumpy housewife whose husband, Joe, just left, fit to kill, jealous of the card she just got from Ricky. When Minnie's elderly neighbors get excited that they also received a card, Ethel deducts this is one of Jerry's crazy publicity stunts. When Lucy gets home she finds that Ricky got a black eye from Joe. Lucy agrees with Ricky when he says, "Imagine. Not trusting someone you're married to more than that" and Lucy gives the final line, "After all, trust is the basis of every happy marriage. You may quote me".
Songs: few notes of "Vesti La Giubba" from "Pagliacci"
Cast: Kathryn Card as Minnie; Joan Banks as Eleanor; Jerry Hausner as Jerry; Elvia Allman and Hazel (Sunny) Boyne as neighbors
Episode #84, Aired February 15, 1954
When Lucy and Ethel try to pump out of the new tenant, Mrs. Nancy Johnson, as much information about her as they can, they find out her husband, Sam, dabbles in oil wells. When they meet him, he reveals he has a few shares left in his oil well to sell and he likes people so much, he just likes to give others a chance to get rich too. Having obtained their apartment key to 4B, the Johnsons leave and the girls insist their husbands buy some of the oil. Ricky has no interest in buying oil from a stranger. Lucy says he looks honest and has a kind face and nice eyes but Ricky and Fred can't be talked into buying any shares. The next day, Lucy is still trying to talk Ricky into buying some of the oil stock but since Ricky had just spoken to Sam, he knows Mr. Johnson doesn't have any more stock to sell. Lucy surmises that Sam must have sold it to someone between last night and this morning. When Fred visits, it turns out that Sam sold it to Fred. The Ricardos talk the Mertzes into splitting their shares with them, leaving 5 shares to each couple, which costs Ricky $600.00. Later, as Lucy and Ethel parade around in furs they got on approval, Fred's friend, Ken, a detective, drops over, looking for Mr. Johnson; he wants to talk to him about oil stock. Lucy jumps to the conclusion they've been swindled and says, "I knew the minute I laid eyes on that man that he was a crook". Ricky reminds her that she said he had a kind face and she replies, "Yah, I didn't say WHAT kind". They all decide they need to find evidence that Sam promised a big gusher would come in any day. To get their money back, Lucy schemes with Ethel to tape a conversation with Sam by having a tape recorder microphone hidden on her blouse and a wire from it run down her slacks out into the recorder she'll set in the hall outside Johnson's apartment. Ethel will run the recorder and Lucy will get the evidence by having him repeat everything he promised to them about the oil wells. Ethel will be able to let the cord out as Lucy moves around the apartment. When she gets all the evidence she needs, Lucy will jerk on the cord and Ethel will reel her in so Lucy can come out into the hall. Lucy tries to keep as close to Sam as possible to record him saying that in no time they'll be rolling in money. But Ethel pulls Lucy's cord too soon and the cord is seen by the Johnsons. Lucy insists they get their money or she'll take the recording to the police of this evidence she thinks she has that they're being swindled. Sam gives her their money but while the four are celebrating, Ken drops over to the Ricardo's to phone his wife that some dopes returned a block of stock to Sam who sold it to Ken five minutes before they got a wire saying they struck oil. Everyone corners Lucy for insisting - prematurely - that they get their money back!
Cast: Sandra Gould as Nancy Johnson; Harry Cheshire as Sam Johnson; Ken Christy as detective.
RICKY LOSES HIS TEMPER
Episode #85, Aired February 22, 1954
Lucy arrives home with a new hat and Ricky wants to know the price. She begins to chew up the price tag of $49.50 and he loses his temper, getting out all the hats Lucy already owns and wonders why she needs another one. The phone rings and it's Morris Williams who has a ventriloquist lined up that Ricky wanted, whose name is Sir Hume and his asking price is now up to $500 per week. Morris is sure Ricky will give that price when he says, "We've got him, he's blowing his top". Ricky gives them till the next day to come to their senses. Lucy concurs, telling Ricky he couldn't keep from losing his temper if his life depended on it. He tells her nobody's perfect and he has to accept Lucy with all her faults such as her 'stravaganzas. She bets him $49.50 that she can keep from buying a hat longer than he can keep from losing his temper. Ethel goes with Lucy as she returns her new hat to Mrs. Mulford but there's a special on cocktail hats; half-price. Mrs. Mulford shows them a turquoise hat covered with pearls. Lucy exclaims that she loves turquoise and will take the hat. Ethel demands that Lucy march right straight out of the store. Reluctantly Lucy admits, "It's got little pearls and everything and the little feather..." but she starts to leave the store until Mrs. Mulford announces it's 'an original' and then, Lucy's got to have it. Lucy arranges that the hat be sent to her the next day because now she has to make Ricky lose his temper before the hat is delivered. Ricky gets home from work at 4 a.m. and Lucy's up, reading, with ulterior motives to make Ricky lose his temper. Her attempts involve turning up the radio, filing her nails, eating crackers that she manages to spill (and dump) into his bed, and cracking and hammering nuts. At 7:30 am she raises the bedroom blinds up loudly, rolls Ricky out of bed because she needs the sheets for the laundry man, and nails Ricky's slippers to the floor. She admits she was only trying to help: he could never find them in the morning. For breakfast, she uses a glass with a hole cut in the design so the tomato juice will dribble all over his white suite coat. Fred even returns a golf club that he bent around a tree while practicing in Central Park. Bravely, Ricky has not yet lost his temper. When Morris calls again, Ricky deals calmly with him. Even though Morris says $500 is the ventriloquist's price, even-tempered Ricky wins out and hires the act for $250. He is so glad he has learned a lesson in not losing his temper, he decides to buy Lucy a new hat and forget about the bet. Lucy pretends to call and order a hat that she knows she wants. She "tells" Mrs. Mulford to put the hat on her charge and to send it out on her fastest, speediest delivery. As she hangs up, the hat is delivered, making Ricky realize Lucy lost the bet yesterday, and yet she put him through torture for nothing.
Cast: Madge Blake as Mrs. Mulford; Byron Kane as Morris Williams; Max Terhune as Sir Hume
Episode #86, Aired March 1, 1954
The Mertzes and Lucy reluctantly agree to watch Ricky's home movies of the baby, even though he has shown them every night. But tonight he now has a new movie screen to show them on, but he finds when the movie is over, Lucy has fallen asleep and the Mertzes have gone home. The next morning, Ricky is so upset that he declares he will not be using them as supporting actors in the TV pilot film he is about to audition for the most important man in TV, Bennett Green, who is coming in a week to see the film. Lucy gets an idea to make her own TV film and believes she and Ricky can show Mr. Green a double feature. She decides her film will be a western drama and she decorates the living room and paints the figures to reflect a saloon. Lucy and the Mertzes dress in cowboy outfits and for the first scene filmed, Fred runs the camera. He's not sure what the dial on the camera is for; it says 8, 16, 32 and 64. Lucy suggests he take a little bit of each number and see what happens. Now ready to be filmed, Lucy yells, "Roll 'em. Lights. Camera. Action. Quiet!". When Ethel questions Lucy on what that's for, she replies she went through a studio in Hollywood once and that's how they take pictures. Fred turns on the phonograph and films Lucy and Ethel as they sing, "I'm an Old Cowhand" with dance and coyote howls. Then he puts the camera on automatic so he can join Lucy (as Tex) and Ethel (as Nevada) in the next scene which begins as the girls sit and play draw poker, smoke, get into an argument about cheatin' and raise their guns. Fred arrives and arrests them for robbing the stage; he got wind of it. After this is all performed, Lucy realizes she hadn't put a film into the camera. Finally, as Lucy is threading her film so she can splice together her movie, Ricky comes home to get his guitar and wonders what's going on. Lucy tells him a talent scout from Hollywood came over and took pictures, but she can't continue her story; she doesn't even believe it herself. Ricky says Mr. Green will only have time to see his film, but when he leaves, Lucy cuts her picture into Ricky's and as he shows the final film to Mr. Green, she sees that it contains scenes that are upside down, backwards, in fast motion and out of sync. Mr. Green tells Ricky the film is terrific with all those delightful touches of comedy. He tells Lucy she is married to a genius and she agrees, asking Ricky, "How'd you ever think of it dear?".
Songs: "I'm An Old Cowhand"; "Vaya Con Dios"
Cast: Stanley Farrar as Bennett Green, Joseph (and Michael) Mayer as Little Ricky
Episode #87, Aired March 8, 1954
Lucy and Ethel are checking the numbers on their dollar bills with the Bonus Bucks in the paper. One dollar bill will be worth $300 this week. They head out to take the ones and change them into fives at the market and then take the fives to the drugstore and change them into ones. When they leave, Ricky checks his ones and he has a winning buck with the number B78455629G. He puts the buck into Lucy's purse when he gets home from the club and plans to have her check her ones in the morning. But while Ricky is sleeping the next day, the grocery boy comes with a box for Lucy and a box for the Mertzes. Lucy pays him with the money in her purse and he leaves to go to Ethel's. She comes over to Lucy's yelling she got a Bonus Buck that the grocery boy gave to her in change and it's worth $300. Ricky wakes up and informs Lucy he had a Bonus Buck too and that he put it in her purse. Lucy says she gave all the money in her purse to the grocery boy and insists that Ethel's buck must be hers. Ethel says the buck is legally hers since she got it in change. Fred also says it's Ethel's, and states that possession is nine points of the law. Lucy agrees, grabs the buck from Ethel and says, "You heard Fred. Possession is nine points of the law and I'm possessed". Ethel grabs it from Lucy and the buck splits in two. They all agree to divide the winnings but have to get to the newspaper office by 3 pm. The men take charge of the halves of the buck and Ricky puts his half into his pajama top, and takes a shower. The laundry man comes and Lucy gathers her clothes as well as Ricky's pajamas. Later, as they leave to go to the newspaper office, Ricky remembers he better take his half of the Bonus Buck and goes to get it. Lucy innocently confesses what happened, and they now have to go to the laundry for the clothes while Fred and Ethel go to the newspaper office to show their half of the buck until the Ricardos get there. Lucy finally finds the bag of laundry but has to make her escape on a conveyor heading to the starch vat. Ricky gets to the newspaper office by 3 pm and he and the Mertzes give in their half of the buck and receive $300, however Lucy's having trouble coming up the stairs. They must use the money to pay for expenses incurred going to the laundry: $29 for the taxi who waited for the Ricardos, $10 to borrow laundry man's clothes; $25 so the taxi could get them to the newspaper office in time; $50 speeding fine and $185 for damage caused to the laundry. The $1.00 left over is given to the very starched Lucy when she finally arrives.
Cast: John Frank as Newspaper Office man; Tony Michaels as the Laundry man; Don Garner as grocery boy; Patsy Moran as laundry woman; Frank Jacquet as laundry checker; Bennett Green as laundry delivery man; Joseph (and Michael) Mayer as Little Ricky
RICKY'S HAWAIIAN VACATION
Episode #88, Aired February 11, 1954
Ethel finds Lucy crying as she's watching a good neighbor program on TV. Thanks to her good neighbor, a woman had just received a new house when her house burned down. Ethel gives Lucy the mail and in it is a letter for Ricky from Mr. Jensen of The Royal Hawaiians, postmarked Honolulu. Ricky catches the girls trying to open his letter; he reads it and says a millionaire wants him to take his band to Hawaii with some entertainers and play a dance. Lucy wants to go too and take the Mertzes but Ricky doesn't agree because it's for one night. Lucy suggests that since he needs entertainers, they could fill the bill. Ricky can't afford to do that because he's losing money on the job and is only taking the job for publicity value. To prove they're good enough to take along, Lucy and the Mertzes present to Ricky, "A Night in Hawaii" with Lucy dancing in a grass skirt, Ethel singing, and Fred as King of the Island. But, Ricky can't take them as Mr. Jensen had already said whom he wants. Determined to get a trip to Hawaii, Lucy writes to Freddy Fillmore of the "Be A Good Neighbor" TV show where people do crazy stunts to help their needy friends. She reads the letter to Ethel where she has written, "...I was wondering if I can appear on "Be a Good Neighbor" so this unselfish, generous neighbor can realize her dream: a trip to Honolulu. Sincerely yours, Ethel Mertz". This means Ethel would have to appear on the show and possibly take a pie in her face so Lucy might be able to win the trip. Upset, Ethel rips up the letter. Lucy decides she'll write a letter in her own name, about this poor couple (The Mertzes) who have taken care of their old mother all their life, and Lucy would be the gray-haired mother. Then all 3 of them will have a chance to go to Hawaii. Since Lucy can't be two people at once, there's a problem when Mr. Fillmore comes to see Lucy and the poverty-stricken couple and their mother. He meets them at the Mertz apartment and gray-haired "Mother" Lucy quaintly says, of this good deed done by Mrs. Ricardo, "Well I swan (meaning to exclaim in amazement), if she was home I'd go over and thank her". Since he would like them to be on the show this week, but can't meet them all today because Mrs. Ricardo is out of town, he says he'll have to postpone their appearance. Suddenly "Mother" Lucy 'hears' Mrs. Ricardo and calls for her down the hall. Mother runs back to her cooking in the kitchen, and Mrs. Ricardo appears at the doorway. Since Fillmore needs all persons together in the same room, he goes to get Mother in the kitchen. Mrs. Ricardo rushes out to the hall and Ethel explains that it's because she also has something cooking on the stove. Mother returns from the kitchen and confesses she had to throw her burned food in the incinerator. Since Fillmore needs everyone together, Mother runs out to get Mrs. Ricardo who soon enters again, but states that Mother wasn't feeling well and is lying down in the Ricardo apartment. As Fillmore gets the Mertzes and Mrs. Ricardo to sign the contract, he tells them to have Mother sign it when she gets up. Next, Lucy appears on TV to do what she can so the poverty-stricken Mertzes (and their mother) can have their trip to Honolulu. Fillmore tells Lucy that when he told Ricky about the Mertzes, he insisted on coming on the show to help and he'll do most of the work; Lucy will just have to stand there. Ricky is to sing songs with something physical in them, like 'rain' and will wear a slicker to cover his suit. He sings "I Get the Blues When it Rains" but Lucy gets wet. She is warned that if she steps out of the circle during the stunt, the Mertzes won't get the trip. Ricky is given a list of words and is to sing as many songs as he can with those words in them, within 2 minutes, and each song pushes the Mertzes closer to Honolulu. Something falls on Lucy as Ricky sings bits of the songs: "I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket", "How Deep is the Ocean", "Honey", "Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee" but with only 5 seconds left, he is "unable" to remember how to finish the last song and the Mertzes lose the trip. Lucy finishes the song with the word "pie" and gets a pie thrown in her face.
Songs: "King Kamehameha"; "La Cucaracha"; "Hawaiian War Chant"; "Cielito Lindo"; "I Get the Blues When It Rains"; "I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket"; "How Deep is the Ocean"; "Honey"; "Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee"
Cast: Frank Nelson as Freddie Fillmore
LUCY IS ENVIOUS
Episode #89, Aired March 29, 1954
Lucy reads in the paper about the opera opening the previous night with its lobby full of women in minks going to parties at "21" and El Morocco and she pines about how they must have had a good time. Ricky asks her why she envies them and she says she doesn't, but wishes she could dress like them and live the way they do. Ricky tells her the only way to be happy is to be satisfied with what she has. She also reads that Cynthia Harcourt, who she went to school with, will be in town the next day on a charity drive and decides she better not answer the phone so she won't have to contribute. Ricky utters that Cynthia must know they're not wealthy and Lucy admits she exaggerated about Ricky's money. He tells her she was envious and tried to be something she wasn't and Lucy admits she'll never be envious again. The next day, Cynthia calls and Lucy tells her she's given to so many charities that she has nothing left. Cynthia says Lucy could give a few dollars like her classmates Renita, Adele and Hazel did; they gave amounts such as 6 and 8. So Lucy says to put her down for 5. Cynthia, in her fur, arrives at Lucy's and confesses she shouldn't have phoned for money, now seeing Lucy's tiny place and knowing Lucy is a bandleader's wife. Lucy makes up a story that they spend most of their time in the country in their mansion. As Cynthia gets out her book, Ethel says she can put her down for 5 too, so Cynthia enters the amount and audibly says 500. After Cynthia leaves, the girls are horrified to realize they are contributing $500 each! They decide they can work and look in Billboard; there they find an ad that needs 2 girls with courage for a publicity stunt with high pay. Lucy calls and admits on the phone that she and Ethel can keep a secret. They meet with the man on the phone, Al, who explains his studio is premiering a picture tomorrow, "Women From Mars". But in the afternoon, 2 Martian women will abduct an earthman on top of the Empire State Building for $500 each. The girls take the job and Al plays the earthman. When the girls get back to Lucy's he gives each of them $500 and will pick up their uniforms later. Ricky notices the girls counting their money and hears them say that things on Mars is very wealthy, but they don't see him. He hatches a plan and goes over to convey it to Fred. Later, holding their cash in hand, the girls read the paper about Martian women invading New York. Ethel is suddenly dubious, and is thinking real Martians could have landed on earth at the same time they pulled the stunt. As they encounter a horrible noise at the door, they open it and find two "Martians" there who take their cash from them. Petrified, they realize they can't tell anybody about this. Later as the women prepare dinner, the men slip the cash into their napkins and when they sit to eat and open their napkins, the cash falls out while the men make the same Martian noises the girls did when they got home, when still wearing Martian uniforms. The wives realize they had been seen and the men were joking with them by being Martian men at the door. To "joke" back, the girls hit their husbands over the head with the napkins.
Cast: Joseph (and Michael) Mayer as Little Ricky; Mary Jane Croft as Cynthia; Herb Vigran as Al; Louis Nicoletti as Elevator man; Kay Wiley as Martha; Dick Elliott as Henry
LUCY WRITES A NOVEL
Episode #90, Aired April 5, 1954
Lucy begins to write a novel because she read in the paper of a housewife winning a $10,000 prize for writing her first novel. She includes the Mertzes and Ricky in her novel. She claims to Ethel that her novel may even turn out to be another "Gone With The Wind" but when she reads some of her novel to Ricky, he says that what she wrote isn't true. Lucy's excuse: "That's what writers do; they take the truth and twist it a little". However, when Ethel and Ricky decide they want to see how Lucy's twisting them, she insists they wait till it becomes a best seller. When Lucy is gone, Ricky and the Mertzes search the apartment for her novel. They pull down the kitchen blinds and the novel, still typed on sheets of paper, falls out. They see she's titled the novel, "Real Gone With The Wind". In the novel, she describes the clan, without using their real names, in such "flattering" ways as: "there I met Ethel Nertz our landlady...we became the best of friends in spite of the great difference in our ages"; "funny old coot named Fred Nertz...The best thing about Fred was that when you met him you understood why Ethel was like SHE was"; "the greatest day was the day I was married to Nicky Nicardo...his voice charmed millions, his guitar-playing made women swoon so it was a small wonder that he turned into such a big ham you could stuff him with cloves". The three of them, finding that this is not funny at all, decide to read the whole novel and when Lucy gets home she discovers that they've found that her novel has made a nice fire in the fireplace. She produces her carbon copy of the novel and informs them she has sent one to Dorrance & Co., Publishers. Soon a letter arrives from the publishers, saying they'll publish her book and she's next on her way writing a sequel called "Sugar Cane Mutiny". Ricky and the Mertzes inform her they're intending on suing her for liable, whereupon she comes up with the thought, just then, on how unfortunate it is to hear that, since she was going to split the royalties four ways. Mr. Dorrance arrives to explain they planned to publish her novel by mistake but he later phones to say he told a friend, Mel Eaton, who's a publisher, about Lucy's book and he wants to see it first thing in the morning. Lucy is to call him at Plaza 5-2099. Ricky reminds her she tore up every copy of her novel and they run to find Fred burning trash in the basement, and stop him. As they put the pieces of Lucy's novel back together on the floor, she re-types all the pages. The next morning at 9:30 am at home, Ricky finds Lucy has fallen asleep at her typewriter, having re-typed her novel all night. She awakens and calls Mr. Eaton to see if she can still bring her novel in to him. He explains that he wants to print portions of it in a textbook he's preparing on how to write a novel. Regretfully, he tells her it'll head up the chapter, "Don't Let This Happen To You".
Cast: Bennett Green as messenger; Pierre Watkin as Mr. Dorrance; Dayton Lummis as Mel Eaton
LUCY'S CLUB DANCE
Episode #91, Aired April 12, 1954
The Wednesday Afternoon Fine Arts League has only $1.14 left in the treasury. To earn money for the League, Carolyn suggests giving a dance, Marion says Bill will let them use his lodge hall for free and they all decide they can decorate the hall and make punch. They'll charge $5.00 per couple, but realize they also will need an orchestra. Ricky refuses, when Lucy calls him to see if he and his orchestra will play for nothing. They decide to form their own orchestra: Ethel plays the piano a little, Carolyn fools around on the drums and they also have a violinist and a trumpet player. Lucy says she'll be star soloist on the saxophone. Here, Ethel as Madam President of the League at this meeting, nixes the orchestra idea, having already heard how Lucy plays the sax. Angrily, Lucy says she won't be in the band then and the rest of the girls set up rehearsal time. Despite this, she has a plan, and lends Ethel her piano to practice on. Lucy thinks she'll get in the band if she can get a professional orchestra leader, like Ricky, to help them rehearse for a couple of hours. When Lucy springs this idea on the women at their rehearsal, while comparing their sound to sour grapes, they go for it, even though it means taking Lucy into their band. Marion realizes this is wonderful publicity and heads down to tell the papers. Even with Ricky's help, the band still comes up with an unpleasant sound, forcing Ricky to bring his own band over to show the girls the way the song is supposed to be. Even after that, the girls are still unable to grasp the correct tempo of the music. The morning paper brings news that Ricky has formed a brand new all girl orchestra but Lucy, knowing Ricky's anger, has ripped out the article before he reads it. He buys another paper at the corner newsstand and reads the article. Ethel tries to calm him saying Marion Strong put the article in the paper and that hundreds of tickets have been sold because of it. Enraged, he tells Lucy and Ethel he does not want to be publicly responsible for their sour sextet. On top of this, his agent, who has read the article, arranged to put them on TV. Ricky forces Lucy to come up with an idea and her resolve is to present Ricky Ricardo and His All Girl Orchestra - by having his band of men dress up as women and play for the event.
Songs: 12th Street Rag
Cast: Doris Singleton as Caroline Appleby; Shirley Mitchell as Marion Strong
THE BLACK WIG
Episode #93, Aired April 19, 1954
After seeing an Italian movie, Lucy wants to emulate the sultriness of Italian women and get herself a short Italian haircut. While getting her hair touched up the next day, she sees a wig of the new Italian look in the hairdressing salon and tries it on. She doesn't even recognize herself in the mirror, and neither does Doug the salon owner. She wants to leave it on until Ricky comes but Doug doesn't think Ricky will know it's Lucy. She thinks she's in a dream spot; to be able to flirt with Ricky, and if he doesn't recognize her, to see how he'd react. When Ricky comes to get Lucy, he is told that Lucy has left. Doug tells Ricky the dirty trick Lucy is going to play on him with her test of flirtation. If Ricky does not know it's Lucy, and he flirts back, he'll be in trouble. Ricky, in for some fun, says he plans to not recognize her, and take her for a little ride; give her some of her own medicine. He leaves the salon and encounters Lucy in a low cut blouse, skirt and short, black wig. He flirts, and suggests that the two of them could make beautiful music together. Since his "old battle-axe" wife will be there soon, he suggests he see this "Italian" at the Club later and she agrees. He departs, and Lucy arrives home enraged. Ethel, who's been babysitting, doesn't recognize Lucy immediately. She asks Lucy if she too can borrow the wig and see if Fred flirts, just to have something to hold over his head if he flirts back. She dresses in a dark gown, large fur, and smokes a cigarette as Fred enters, having come over to fix a sink. He recognizes Ethel. Seeing Ethel's disappointment, Lucy schemes to really put the men to a test. She'll arrange her rendezvous with Ricky and suggest he make it a double date since she will be bringing a friend (Ethel) and see if he has a friend for her (she knows Ricky will bring Fred). Since Ethel's afraid he'd still recognize her, she phones the wardrobe woman in a Broadway revue to see if she can get an entirely different kind of wig, outfit and makeup. Ethel is given three choices of outfits: a Japanese geisha girl, an American Indian and an Eskimo but they agree she can get some sort of outfit for her. Lucy suggests they meet at "Tony's", an Italian restaurant. When Ricky tells Fred about the rendezvous that's set up with Lucy, they plan a trick to play on their wives. The rendezvous is set for 2 am when Ricky is done work. When the girls arrive at the restaurant, Lucy is in her black wig, low cut blouse and skirt and Ethel, who couldn't get one complete outfit that fit, appears in a geisha girl wig, Eskimo coat and Indian dress. However, the men aren't there and it's already 2:20 am. The waiter says two men were in talking to two ladies and they all left together. The girls are thrown into tears until Fred and Ricky appear from the back room of the restaurant and Lucy realizes the men were playing a trick, so she and Ethel turn to leave - all alone - then rush back to the arms of their husbands.
Cast: Eve McVeagh as Roberta; Doug Evans as Doug; Bennett Green as man picking up glove; Louis Nicoletti as the waiter.
Episode #92, Aired April 26, 1954
Ricky and Fred yearn for a regular business to be in and decide that if they find a good deal, they will go in business together. Ricky sees a diner for sale in the paper and Lucy reminds him they don't know anything about running a diner but Ethel says that she and Fred know how to, since they worked in one when stranded in Indianapolis. Happily, Ricky states that Fred and Ethel have the know-how and since he has a good following at the club, they should have a lot of customers. Ethel re-iterates that it's perfect for them since they have the know-how and Ricky has the name but she fails to think of anything Lucy has until Lucy reminds her that she has the same name as Ricky. They check out the diner, "Bill's Place" and buy it from Mr. Watson, the owner, for $2000. Lucy thinks the diner should have a woman's name, like the name "Lucy", but since Ricky's idea was to have a diner that serves Cuban food, they call it "A Little Bit of Cuba". Ethel works the griddle, Lucy and Ricky greet the guests as they arrive and as they pay for their food as they leave, and Fred is the waiter, but soon Ethel gets the food orders mixed up and finds her job is like slaving over a hot stove. She questions why she and Fred are in the back of the diner doing all the work and the Ricardos are out front having all the fun. The Mertzes suggests it's time to make a change but Lucy and Ricky remind them of their agreement that Fred and Ethel work behind the counter, and the Ricardos, with the "name", will greet the customers. The Mertzes leave, and with customers calling out for their food, Lucy does the cooking but doesn't get the orders right. When Fred and Ethel return, to see if they'll take turns doing the dirty work, the Ricardos won't budge on the agreement. Since each couple owns half of the diner, but are unable to buy each other out, they split it down the middle, calling the Mertz side "Big Hunk of America" and the Ricardo side remaining as "A Little Bit of Cuba" but the customers are not coming. Upon a new arrival of pies, they're placed in the middle of the counter so they can divide them. When a drunk comes in, the diner owners try to convince him to sit on their side by lowering their hamburger prices more and more. Ethel insinuates that Lucy's hamburgers are horsemeat so Lucy threatens to throw a pie until Ricky calms everyone down. While their backs are turned, the drunk throws a pie in Ethel's face as she faces front, and she thinks Lucy did it resulting in pie throwing among the four of them until Mr. Watson returns, who has been missing his diner. Ricky would like to offer the diner back to him, stating they paid $2000 for the diner and put a lot of work in the place, and could sell it for $3000. Watson can only give them $1200 and the four sell it back pronto. The drunk laments that nobody makes money these days and Watson says "I do". He makes a fortune selling the diner and buying it back from people who want to go into business for themselves. The drunk, disgusted, shoves a pie in Watson's face.
Cast: James Burke as Mr. Watson; Fred Sherman as intoxicated patron; Don Garner as pie delivery man; Joe Miller, Alberto Calderone, Marco Rizo and Nick Escalante as diner guests; Joseph (and Michael) Mayer as Little Ricky.
TENNESSEE ERNIE VISITS
Episode #94, Aired May 3, 1954
Lucy receives a special delivery letter from her mother, who writes of a woman who married a man named "Ford" and moved to Tennessee, and whose boy, Ernest, is on his way to New York, and she's so sure her daughter Lucy would be glad to entertain him. Ricky objects but Lucy suggests being nice to him because, remembering her mother's letter, he is her mother's friend's roommate's cousin's middle boy. Ricky decides he'll take Ernest to dinner and to the Club as his guest. When Ernie arrives in the evening, the Mertzes drop in to play cards. He tells them he's from Bent Fork, Tennessee, which is just a hoe handle from Nashville. Since it's now after 9 pm, he asks where he will sleep. Surprised at this, Lucy asks Fred for his rollaway bed and they set it up in the living room. Now that they can't play cards, the Ricardos have to go to bed too, and it's only 9:15 pm. The next morning, Ernie is up singing at 6:30 am, using Ricky's guitar. He had sold his own guitar for $27.00 so he could come to New York and has only 42 cents left. He feels he has made a home there with the Ricardos. Lucy's grocery orders increase with her visitor staying with them. When Ernie asks her to check the spelling in a letter he wrote to his mama, she advises Ricky of the contents of the letter, which says that the only thing that would make Ernie leave is a real, live, painted up, wicked city woman. Since Ernie has been getting on their nerves, and eating more than they can afford, Lucy decides to try to chase him home by appearing as this wicked city woman that Ernie's mama warned him about. She vamps Ernie, but he likes it and chases after her. She tries to hide and hears him saying he'll find her if he has to stay there the rest of his born days. Lucy escapes into Ricky's arms, sadly telling him the unfortunate news that Ernie is staying there the rest of his days.
Songs: "Wabash Cannon Ball"; few notes from "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain" and "Turkey in the Straw"
Cast: Tennessee Ernie Ford as Ernest Ford
TENNESSEE ERNIE HANGS ON
Episode #95, Aired May 10, 1954
Lucy laments to Ethel that she wishes Ernie had money, because he won't accept charity from Ricky to go back to Tennessee. Ricky suggests that they leave a bus ticket to Bent Fork in the hallway so that Ernie can find it. When Ernie returns from visiting the zoo, he tells Lucy he saw his friend Lester Byke there, and he went over and tried to talk to him but he disappeared in the crowd. Lucy sends Ernie over to Ethel's to get her potato masher, just to get him to find the bus ticket they left in the hall. When he finally returns, he tells Lucy and Ricky that he found a ticket, and went to the street to find who lost it, and it "belonged" to the first guy he saw, who happened to be in a poor, raggedy suit. Their plan didn't work and their next problem with Ernie is with their TV set. Ernie had seen "Millikan's Chicken-Mash Hour" on TV and Lester Byke, the Master of Ceremonies, is also from Bent Fork. So Ernie clapped him on the back, the TV exploded and he headed to the TV station to tell Lester he was sorry he hit him so hard. Lucy is upset about having to pay for the TV and still have money to feed Ernie. She and Ethel decide to tell Ernie that Ricky lost his job and they are now penniless. When he hears this he goes to collect day old bread and cans without labels on them at the grocery store, and takes up a collection from neighbors in the apartment building. This news causes Ricky to almost explode too. Ernie, who's had an idea, leaves for awhile as Lucy returns money to the neighbors. All that's left is Ernie's 42 cents. When Ernie returns, he announces that he and the Ricardos and Mertzes are appearing on "Millikan's Chicken-Mash Hour". They'll pay $200 and he can return to Bent Fork and the $175 left over will cover some of Lucy and Ricky's "poverty". On the show, the group sings, "Y'all come", which includes the agreeable Ricky who knows Ernie will now have money to go home.
Songs: "Wabash Cannon Ball", "Y'all Come"
Cast: Tennessee Ernie Ford as Ernest Ford; Dick Reeves as Lester Byke
THE GOLF GAME
Episode# 96, Aired May 17, 1954
When the men practice their golf all evening for their first tournament this week, and at the same time forget to take the girls to the movies as planned, Lucy decides to fight hobby with hobby so that theirs will now drive the men crazy too. She and Ethel choose basketball, but the plan fails when Ricky is glad they have a hobby too. Lucy decides they should take up golf, so they can see the husbands once in awhile. Ricky and Fred are not happy with this at all, so they decide that if they teach the girls with complicated, made up rules, they'll quit learning. They make up such rules as: a "mashy" which is where you mash the golf ball into the ground; asking "May I?" before playing; using leap frog; a "birdie" being the flapping of your arms while whistling before hitting the golf ball. The "winner", who is usually Lucy, gets to carry all the golf bags. The girls continue on alone when Fred hits his ball into the woods, and Jimmy Demaret, a three time winner of the Masters in Augusta, Georgia, who's been playing alone, comes along. Lucy asks him to join them, but she and Ethel's methods of playing cause him to ask if they're sure they're playing golf. They realize their husbands have played a dirty trick on them and ask Jimmy to help them get even in the tournament the next day. In the tournament, Ricky and Fred are announced as a threesome with Demaret but their caddies, who got "sick", are replaced with Lucy and Ethel. Using the made up rules, the girls interact with the men, and Demaret too, on how to play golf the way they learned, embarrassing Ricky until Jimmy plays by Lucy's rules also. The husbands then realize they've been tricked by their wives.
Cast: Jimmy Demaret as himself; George Pirrone as the caddy; Louis Nicoletti as Tournament Chairman
Episode #97, Aired May 24, 1954
Ricky's band has been booked into Maine for two months and he's taking Lucy and the baby. They've lived in the Mertz building for 12 years and this is the first time the Mertzes and Ricardos will be separated. Ricky tells Fred he might sublet the apartment because he doesn't want to pay $125/month rent when he won't be in the apartment. He says Mrs. Hammond, a real estate agent, can get him $300/month. Fred is upset that Ricky would be making money on his apartment and reminds him he can sublet only with the approval of the lessor, which is Fred. The Mertzes don't approve of any interested couples that come to sublet, except for themselves. Mrs. Hammond believes the Mertzes will sublet the Ricardo apartment and sub-sublet it to someone else. However, she knows she can get someone to rent it for $300 and convinces the Mertzes and Ricardos to split the profit between them and they agree to this. As Lucy finishes packing for her trip, Ethel drops in, and so does Mrs. Hammond. She has rented the apartment to Mr. Beecher, a shy man who was a witness on a murder trial whose nerves are shot. He wants a quiet place where no one will find him. He comes to look around and he and Lucy sign the lease. Lucy says he can move in right away and takes her suitcases to Ethel's as he goes to get his things. A bit later, Lucy is dressed up for her trip and visits Ethel again to show her his $600 check for 2 months' rent, which is $175 profit for each couple, less Mrs. Hammond's commission. Ricky stops in to tell the girls the job in Maine fell through and now they're not going. Lucy laments that they rented their apartment already, and upon telling Mr. Beecher of their predicament, he still won't leave. Ethel suggests that the Ricardos move in with them until they find an apartment. Despite desperate efforts, Lucy can't find an apartment even though a week has passed. The Mertz home is now crowded with 5 people living in it, including a crying baby who spills food on the rug. Ethel gets so tired of doing dishes since everyone eats at different times. She has one skillet in the kitchen that hasn't been cold for a week. Lucy and Ethel decide to enact another murder for Mr. Beecher to witness so he'll move out. After Lucy's fake death scene, he flees the apartment. Next, Fred informs the girls he has found the Ricardos an apartment and paid two months rent in advance. Ricky comes in and says they don't even need one apartment since his agent got him another job and they'll spend the next two months in Delmar, California.
Cast: Jay Novello as Mr. Beecher; Virginia Brissac as Mrs. Hammond; Joseph (and Michael) Mayer as Little Ricky
MERTZ AND KURTZ
Episode #102, Aired October 11, 1954
Ethel asks Lucy to come to dinner, though Ricky won't be home by then, to meet Fred's old vaudeville partner, Barney Kurtz, otherwise known as the other half of "Laugh Till it Hurts with Mertz and Kurtz". Barney has apparently been entertaining royalty all over Europe and has now landed in town. Ethel borrows some of Lucy's expensive dinner settings so the Mertzes can look like Fred's done alright too, Fred being jealous of Barney because he stayed in show business and got to be a big star. She even convinces Lucy to be her maid, Bessie. The Mertzes boast over dinner that they own two other apartment houses, they have a part-time cleaning woman and lament how unfortunate it is their two cars are laid up, or else Barney could use the chauffeur. Barney says he is so busy with bookings that he barely had time to see the Mertzes and won't be able to go to Indianapolis to see his daughter or grandson, whom he hasn't seen since the child was a year old. Lucy comes in to clean the table as the men remember how they broke in their new act in Indianapolis and they perform their song, "O By Jingo". As Lucy goes to the kitchen for dessert, Ricky comes in asking for Lucy but Ethel interrupts him so she can introduce Barney. As Lucy comes in with dessert, with Ricky questioning why she's there, Ethel embarrassingly is at a loss for what to say. Fred confesses he doesn't have the money he said he had and that they only own this one apartment house. They can't afford a maid and Lucy and Ricky are their friends who live across the hall. Lucy begs for another song from the duo and they sing once more. Later, as Fred fixes the Ricardo door lock, he ensures Ricky no one can get in now without a key, however, Lucy and Ethel burst through the door with the news that Barney's daughter answered their letter asking if the grandson could come to New York and surprise Barney. The letter says Little Barney is excited to see his granddad perform during his New York engagement. The girls think she misunderstood about the performance, but Little Barney will arrive in New York Thursday, which is today, at the Pennsylvania Station. Barney comes in and confesses he hasn't been in Europe starring in vaudeville but that he has been living in New York and is a cook in the Bronx. Ethel tells him that, when she found out he couldn't go to Indiana, they wired his daughter to send the grandson here to New York. Lucy suggests that Barney take 2 days off work and get a hotel room, and show the boy around New York City. But Barney can't afford to since he's been sending money to Little Barney to educate him and had informed his grandson that he's been performing in New York and couldn't have visited him. Now Lucy understands why the letter mentions a New York engagement and she suggests that Barney perform at the Tropicana so the boy can see a performance. Barney, the Ricardos and Mertzes perform an old bathing bit that Fred and Barney used to do about 30 years ago, which takes place in Atlantic City on the Boardwalk with happy Little Barney in attendance.
Songs: O By Jingo; I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad; I Found a Peach on the Beach; By the Beautiful Sea; They Go Wild Over Me; On the Boardwalk in Atlantic City
Cast: Charles Winninger as Barney Kurtz; Stephen Wootton as Little Barney
LUCY CRIES WOLF
Episode #98, Aired October 18, 1954
Lucy reads in the paper of a woman robbed while her husband was at work. The wife called him, thinking she heard prowlers. He thought it was her imagination and when he got home, he found her bound and gagged and the apartment ransacked. Lucy decides he did not love his wife, or he would have come home the minute he thought she was in danger. Lucy asks Ricky if he'd come right home if they had prowlers and he says "The minute you called". To test him, after he leaves, she calls him at rehearsal and tells him a horrible man was on the fire escape and that he better hurry home. But he sends the Mertzes over to see if Lucy is all right. She confesses to them she's not in any danger and explains what she read in the paper and how it proved that man did not love his wife, so she had called Ricky to see if he really loved her and now she disappointedly has her answer. Lucy tells the Mertzes she'll call Ricky and say it was a false alarm. Instead, she messes up the apartment and calls Ricky and says the man is still there and she pretends to be horrified by him as if he's right beside her. She then hides in the closet waiting for Ricky, but a moment later, Ethel comes in, sees the messy apartment and can't find Lucy. She yells for Fred and the two of them check the bedroom. Fred is heard saying that they should look in the closet so Lucy goes out onto the window ledge. Ethel telephones Ricky and lets Fred know she'll be calm. When Ricky comes on the line, she's in hysterics. Fred tells him he better come home and they'll watch Little Ricky. He comes home and suggests that Lucy is "yelling tiger", but Fred knows he means "crying wolf". Ricky confesses he should have come home when Lucy called. Mrs. DeVries, a neighbor from across the street, phones Ricky and says Lucy is sitting on the ledge outside his window. He writes a note to the Mertzes to let them know where Lucy is. To play a prank on her, the three decide to delay calling the police to find the "missing" Lucy. Ricky even will let Ethel have Lucy's clothes, and Ethel tells him, so Lucy can hear from the ledge, that she'll have them altered since Lucy is bigger in the hips than she is. And, so that Little Ricky will have a mother, Ricky suggests he'll wait 10 days before remarrying. This causes Lucy to burst into the room in anger. The three are laughing at her, and Ricky has had enough of Lucy's phony stories. She still insists a horrible man was in the room chasing her and that's why she was on the ledge to escape from him. Later, when the three are waiting for Lucy to come and play bridge, Ethel announces that Lucy maybe met another prowler. Lucy deducts that she may not want to play with people who make fun of her and Ethel counters that every time Lucy gets out of their sight she runs into a bunch of cut-throats. Ricky says they can't believe one word Lucy says - so she leaves the apartment. While in the hallway, two real robbers come and gag and tie her up to keep her from yelling. Later, though inaudible, she pleads at the door for Ricky to let her in and they find her tied and gagged. The trio think Lucy tied herself up and they don't believe her when she tells them what happened. The three resume their bridge game without believing a word Lucy says.
Cast: Beppy DeVries as Mrs. DeVries; Louis Nicoletti and Fred Aldrich as robbers
Episode #99, Aired October 25, 1954
Lucy invites Dorothy Cook and Sam Carter to dinner so the women can trap Sam into proposing to Dorothy before he leaves for California in the morning. Lucy plans to show him what it's like to be married by serving a home cooked meal while checking on a sleeping quiet baby and listening to romantic music. Her plan is that the Ricardos and Mertzes will portray examples of happily married couples, though Ricky is unaware of this. When he gets home, Lucy greets him with "How's my little hubsband?" (which is the same phrase used in "My Favorite Husband"). Ricky has a headache but Lucy tells him Dorothy and Sam are coming over. He suspects her of messing with their romance and because he has a recording session in the morning, he'd like to get to bed by 10 pm. Lucy pleads that this is his one night off and she thinks it'll do him a lot more good to sit around and relax and have a few laughs...a few chuckles...a little snicker. When the couple arrives, Ricky infers that Lucy is not present yet because it takes women a long time to get ready and tells Sam he's clever to have not gotten married yet. When Lucy comes in, sticking to her plan of how wonderful marriage is, she even breaks her own rule of not disturbing the baby while he's asleep, and allows Dorothy and Sam to see the child. She encourages her plan further by saying that the couple would have beautiful children. But while checking the baby, Lucy's dinner burns and her calls of dismay wake the baby into crying. When she returns from quieting the baby she finds that Dorothy has fixed something to eat. Ricky wants to get to sleep and he and Lucy argue with her wanting him to stay up and visit and act happily married if it kills him! This forces Dorothy to reveal that their plan is ruined, but despite Lucy's meddling in the romance, he tells Sam how he feels about marriage. He would do it again but gives a distorted view on wedded bliss. He implies that wives are economical, by serving left-overs; marriage is a wonderful mystery, because the wives never let you see anything but the face they married, by covering their other face at night with cold cream. In the morning the wife will stagger into the kitchen with wire cages in her hair and serve a glass full of orange seeds, raw bacon and burned toast with coffee that tastes like mud. Fred and Ethel arrive, acting like lovebirds, even though they've been married 25 years. Lucy tells Ethel it's too late and she and Ricky argue over her butting into other people's business causing Dorothy and Sam to leave, having their own yelling spree as they depart. The next morning, Lucy awakens with her appearance fitting Ricky's prior distorted description, and serves the breakfast food, prepared the terrible way he described it the previous night. He informs her she has both made breakfast and is looking just like she usually does, causing them to argue over her matchmaking the prior night. He leaves to eat downtown and she tells him he can stay down there too. Lucy goes to Ethel's for the third time that night saying he's not home yet. Fred comes in uttering "What in Sam hill's all the commotion about?". Lucy says she called the Club and Ricky had left there 2 hours ago. Fred suggests he's staying away long enough to give Lucy a good scare so she decides that if that's what he's doing, she won't be there when he gets home, to give Ricky a good scare. She'll stay at Ethel's, but tired Fred will go to the Ricardo's to care for Little Ricky and sleep in Lucy's bed. Ricky is seen by Lucy as he comes home with candy and flowers, so the girls go to Lucy's and find Ricky apologizing to a covered up Fred. Ricky asks this "Lucy" to forgive him, to whom Fred says, "I forgive you darling", causing Lucy and Ethel to enter the bedroom laughing. Ricky is angry at being laughed at and heads out to leave, but a telegram arrives from Dorothy and Sam saying that if the Ricardos can put up with each other for 13 years, there must be something to marriage so they are giving it a try. Lucy and Ricky kiss and makeup.
Cast: Sarah Selby as Dorothy Cooke; Milton Frome as Sam Carter; Bennett Green as messenger; Joseph (and Michael) Mayer as Little Ricky
MR. AND MRS. TV SHOW
Episode #101, Originally set to air November 1, 1954 but didn't air until April 11, 1955
Lucy tells Ethel about her lunch at "21" with Carolyn and her friend Harvey Cromwell of Cromwell, Thatcher & Waterbury, which is one of the biggest advertising agencies in the country. Cromwell was looking for a new TV personality so Lucy set up an appointment for Ricky to meet him the next morning. She's excited that this could mean a new career for Ricky, all because of her. She is sure that behind every great man is a great woman and proudly tells Ethel, "Empress Josephine, Dolly Madison, Mamie Eisenhower, we're all back there. We're all behind our husbands, guiding their destiny. We're puppeteers behind the scenes, pulling the strings". Just as Ricky comes into the apartment, Ethel states, "Well here's Howdy Doody now". Lucy tells him of her good news and suggests to him she be in the act so she can go coast to coast. He won't let her, and insults her talent. She exclaims she won't be on his show if he begged her and refuses to tell him Cromwell's name. When Ricky asks Ethel the man's name, Lucy injects, "Actually Ethel, you know we don't need Ricky. We could build the show around you and Fred and me". Faced with possibly being in a show, Ethel suddenly forgets his name. But Ricky tricks Lucy into revealing his name and sets out to meet him the next morning. Cromwell, his helper Mr. Taylor and Ricky talk over the kind of show they'll do for Phipps Department Store. They discuss a husband and wife TV show since the sponsor wants to appeal to the women in the audience, and finalize with doing a Mr. And Mrs. TV Show. Ricky tries to say Lucy's not talented but Cromwell won't hear of it. Arriving at home, and remembering that Lucy said she wouldn't do the show, he finds her giving him the cold shoulder. He finds it hard to tell her the show is to be a husband and wife show, so he calls Taylor but doesn't have a chance to speak when Taylor says the show goes on the air day after tomorrow from the Ricardo apartment. The show will be titled, "Breakfast With Ricky and Lucy" and rehearsal is to be the following morning. While Lucy sings as she cooks, Ricky pretends she's got a beautiful voice and that she's a wonderful dancer. He tells her he'll tell Cromwell that it'll either be a husband and wife show or nothing. The next day they rehearse, with Lucy rising from having slept on a Phipps foam mattress which rocks you to sleep and serving a Phipps Fountain and Tea Room breakfast. She tells the audience that she went to Phipps and found the most adorable pair of shoes and the dreamiest new dress and got the full treatment at Phipps Beauty Salon. Well, she just felt like a new woman. She goes to change so she can show them what Phipps did for her. Ricky introduces the Mertzes who have been shopping at Phipps and they sing their commercial jingle which brings Lucy back into the room in her Phipps attire. Taylor then announces they'll have dress rehearsal at 8 am the next day before going on air. Ricky goes to the Club and the Mertzes exit, leaving Lucy to accidentally find out from Taylor that the show was Cromwell's idea, not Ricky's who had objected to the project. Lucy gets the idea to mess up the rehearsal to give Ricky a good scare and he'll have to apologize to her before she'll do the show. Dress rehearsal comes but it's really the show on the air; Taylor feels they'd be relaxed if they don't know they'll be on the air. The show airs with Lucy saying a Phipps foam mattress is like sleeping on rocks, and she can't understand WHAT Phipps does to their food but it always tastes different when they fix it. She tells the female audience that she went to Phipps and wants to show them what they did to her. When she exits to change, the Mertzes sing the jingle which brings Lucy on, but she's wearing a burlap potato sack and big false teeth and messy hair, singing "Phipps are a great big bunch of gyps". She laughs hysterically and tells Ricky she knows why he let her be on the program. He confesses that what they just did was "the show".
Songs: Sweet Sue; Phipps commercial jingle
Cast: John Litel as Harvey Cromwell; Lee Millar as Mr. Taylor
RICKY'S MOVIE OFFER
Episode #103, Aired November 8, 1954
Fred installs a burglar-proof chain for Lucy on her living room door because Ethel had read in the paper of crooks posing as reporters and salesmen so they can get in and rob apartments. As soon as he's done, Ethel comes through the Ricardo's door, breaking the chain, to see if Lucy still wants her to babysit. Lucy rushes out to her dentist appointment. Fred fixes the chain with big awful looking bolts and he's finally done and leaves. As Ethel babysits, she tests the chain and it gets stuck so she yells for Fred and he returns through the door, pulling off the chain and some of the doorframe. He goes to get better tools as Ethel waits at the Ricardo's. The doorbell rings and she's suspicious, remembering what she read in the paper. She opens the door ajar and a man's voice says he has an appointment with Ricky and his name is Ben Benjamin. She says Ricky isn't home, slams the door and runs to the phone. Mr. Benjamin opens the door and asks if he can wait, saying he's a talent scout from motion pictures. Ethel doesn't believe him and starts calling for Fred as Lucy arrives, seeing the doorframe is torn off. She hits him over the head with a bowl and he is knocked out. Ricky then phones her to inform her a talent scout is coming to see him this afternoon to talk about a picture in Hollywood and his name is Benjamin. Lucy and Ethel then set Mr. Benjamin on the sofa and wait for him to waken so they can be talking to him naturally as if nothing happened to him. He is confused when he wakes up but the girls chatter along to him anyway. He utters that he has a headache and when Ricky gets home he's given a script with a scene marked in it to read over. The studio is making a picture about the life of Don Juan and Mr. Benjamin will return in two days. If Ricky sounds alright they'll give him a screen test. Soon the day comes and the whole neighborhood has heard the talent scout is coming that evening to listen to Ricky. They all want to audition. Mrs. Trumbull visits Lucy, just on a ruse: she returns sugar to Lucy that she never really borrowed just so she can sing "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life". Finally, who knows why, Lucy and Ethel suddenly inspect the script for parts for them. They each think they can play Isabella, a Marilyn Monroe type and they let Fred settle it as to which of them looks more like Marilyn. He says he looks more like her than either of them. Now all 3 of them hope there's a part for them in the script. Before Mr. Benjamin comes for the audition, Fred and Ethel arrive at Lucy's as a Spanish dance team. Lucy dresses like Marilyn, Pete the grocery boy arrives playing "In a Little Spanish Town" on his trumpet and Mrs. Trumbull arrives singing "Cielito Lindo". Ricky then phones, saying he got the screen test. He had read for Benjamin at his hotel because he still has a headache.
Songs: Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life; Habanera; In A Little Spanish Town; Cielito Lindo
Cast: Frank Nelson as Ben Benjamin; Elizabeth Patterson as Mrs. Trumbull; James Dobson as Pete; Joseph (and Michael) Mayer as Little Ricky
RICKY'S SCREEN TEST
Episode #104, Aired November 15, 1954
Ricky has a screen test later in the week and Lucy is sure they're going to Hollywood. She even hopes they can find someone who can build their swimming pool shaped like a conga drum. Later, Fred comes in to show Lucy and Ethel that Ricky made the front page in "Variety". It mentions he's testing for the lead in "Don Juan" and says he has the inside track for the role. The studio plans to select a newcomer like Ricky for the lead and build him into a star, plus he will be surrounded by big name performers. Being considered for top female roles around him are Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Jane Russell, Yvonne de Carlo, Lana Turner, Arlene Dahl, Betty Grable. Showing a touch of jealousy, Lucy doesn't feel they should go to Hollywood now. Ricky says if she feels that way he won't go through with the screen test and neither will she. The girl who was to do the test with Ricky got sick and he recommended Lucy can take her place. Lucy changes her mind again: it's Ricky's big chance to go to Hollywood! Soon Lucy shows Fred and Ethel her Hollywood disguise so her fans won't mob her as she is sure she will be a movie star too, along with Ricky. She feels that the head of the studio may see her in the screen test and will demand to make her a star. Ricky arrives at the Mertz apartment, sees Lucy's disguise and informs her only the back of her head will be seen in the screen test and that she's only there to feed him the lines. At the actual screen test, Lucy tries every way she can to have her face seen by the camera until she's finally tied down and left there while Ricky and the director go to lunch.
Songs: Canta Guitarra
Cast: Clinton Sundberg as director; Ray Kellogg as Assistant; Louis Nicoletti as the Boom; Alan Ray as man with clap stick; Joseph (and Michael) Mayer as Little Ricky
Episode #105, Aired November 22, 1954
Ricky's mother plans to finally visit the Ricardos. Ethel warns Lucy to prepare for house inspection with a mother-in-law coming, so she clears her closet, leaving the living room full of boxes just as Ricky's mother gets out of the cab upon arrival. Ethel helps her clean it just as Mother Ricardo comes to the door. Ricky's mother and Lucy are unable to communicate, with Lucy unable to speak Spanish. When Ricky arrives home, he tries to translate for Lucy what his mother is saying and he momentarily gets his wires crossed by speaking to Lucy in Spanish and to his mother in English. Suddenly Lucy's dinner burns in the oven. Dejected, Lucy visits Ethel and outlines embarrassing things she did since Ricky's mother arrived when the apartment was a mess, her hair was in curlers, the closet exploded in her face and she burned the dinner. The next day Lucy lost her in the subway. When she presses her dress for her, she burns it too. She devises a scheme on how she can join her mother in law's friends tonight and speak Spanish with them. She will use a device a performer at the club uses in his mind-reading act. The "Professor" uses a hidden microphone and earphones. The Professor agrees to help Lucy use his mind-reading equipment at the party and she hides the earphones under her hair and the Professor, from the kitchen, tells her what to say in Spanish, though he's expecting a phone call on his daughter having a baby tonight. In the middle of the party, Ethel informs him the baby is a boy and he departs, leaving Ethel to talk to Lucy through the earphones. Ricky discovers Ethel in the kitchen, feeding lines to Lucy and asks what is happening. Ricky's mother is curious and is so happy to find out Lucy went to so much trouble just to please her.
Songs: Bim Bam Boom
Cast: Joseph (and Michael) Mayer as Little Ricky; Fortunio Bonanova as Prof. Bonanova; Virginia Barbour as his helper; Mary Emery as Ricky's mother; Bennett Green as messenger; Rodolfo Hoyos and Pilar Arcos as guests at party.
Episode #106, Aired November 29, 1954
Ethel asks Lucy if she can help remind Fred that it's her birthday. Lucy hopes he gives her something nicer than last year which neither Lucy or Ethel could figure out: it was too long to be a stole and too short to be a volleyball net. Lucy invites the Mertzes to dinner to work on Fred. Through hints at dinner, Fred confesses he knew it was Ethel's birthday. Lucy and Ricky decide their present to Ethel will be dinner and the theatre. When the Mertzes leave, Fred sneaks back in to Lucy's kitchen to give her money to buy Ethel a birthday gift for him. He says Ethel hinted she needed a new toaster but Lucy says women want a gifty gift and she'll try to find something. When she buys the gift, she sneaks it over to Fred and he hides it in the closet before Ethel can see. Lucy says Ricky got tickets to see "Over the Teacups", the biggest hit in town, but Ethel frets that she has nothing to wear to it, and goes to get her jacket, which has tarnished, out of the closet to show Lucy how bad it is. She finds the wrapped gift in there and when she takes a sneak look at it, she's bewildered and in hysterics over the gift of checkered pants that "Fred" got her. Lucy says they're cute hostess pants but Ethel would like to meet the idiot that talked him into buying them. Lucy confesses it's her and Ethel reveals she wanted a toaster but Lucy can't believe she could be that dull. She thought Ethel would like something young and modern but Ethel argues that Lucy's so young and modern, she should wear the pants. Stingingly, Lucy says she'd have to take them in six inches in the seat. When Ethel refuses the theatre tickets, even though they cost the large sum of $6.60 apiece, Lucy leaves with no intention of going to the theatre either, and upon departing, wishes Ethel a happy birthday, hoping she lives another 75 years. Ricky and Fred scheme to get the girls to the theatre by the next night anyway, sitting side by side, assuming they'll be best of friends again by then. At the theatre, though argumentative and still mad at each other, to view a play where one character has lost her best friend by a death after quarrelling, the sentiment of the play draws Lucy and Ethel back together in tears.
Cast: Mary Lansing as Cynthia's voice; Richard Kean as John's voice
Episode #107, Aired December 6, 1954
Ricky still has not heard from Hollywood about his screen test even though it's been more than two weeks since the talent scout, Mr. Benjamin, said he'd call. Ricky even carries the phone around with him in the apartment and when someone calls Lucy, in order to keep the line open, he tells them she's not home which is why Lucy hasn't had any calls for a couple of days. Lucy and the Mertzes notice how distressed Ricky is so they decide to tell him funny stories to get his mind off the call. That doesn't work, so they try something that makes them feel good when they're down in the dumps: a community sing. They try to sing, "When You're Smiling" but that doesn't help so Lucy suggests Ricky go to rehearsal and she'll phone him if she hears anything. Later, Ethel babysits when Lucy goes to the beauty parlor and takes phone messages for her and converses with callers by saying that Ricky hasn't let Lucy use the phone for a few days because he's expecting an important call. She even says, "Lucy's quite a talker, especially when she gets wound up with one of her gabby friends like Carolyn. I'll leave a message you called Marge; OH Carolyn! I'll leave a message that you called Carolyn dear.....". Fred comes to the Ricardo's wanting lunch and Ethel wishes one of the calls was from Hollywood. Fred writes a note that Hollywood called and Ricky got the job, hoping Lucy will see it and tell Ricky and he'll stop worrying. Ethel suggests he just go home and fix a sandwich until she can make lunch. When Sue calls, Ethel sets Fred's note aside, but Lucy arrives home, talks to Sue as Ethel leaves, and sees the note Fred wrote. She phones Ricky at rehearsal and Marco says he'll give Ricky the message that Hollywood called. The Mertzes realize they left the phony message by the phone and go to explain it to Lucy. She calls Ricky to tell him of the error but Mr. Green says Ricky took the band to Lindy's to celebrate. When he comes home, he's wearing sunglasses and is dressed like a star, hoping to make Bing Crosby look like a bum. It turns out that Mr. Benjamin had called Ricky. Curious about it, Ricky wonders how Lucy knew and he suggests she has a friend at the telegraph office. Relieved, Lucy says, "Good!!". They heard from HOLLYWOOD!!
Songs: When You're Smiling; I'll See you In C.U.B.A.
Episode#108, Aired December 13, 1954
The Ricardos are checking travel brochures to decide on how to get to California. Lucy decides that by using the Family Plan, the wife and children can fly for half the fare. Then she decides the train is better because they can see the country. Next she thinks that with a bus they can get the most out of their cross-country trip. The brochure says, "Don't fly over it or woosh through it at 80 or 90 miles an hour without stopping". Finally she decides to go by car because they can stop where they want as long as they want. Besides, they would need a car in California anyway. She read there's a car for every two and a half people in California and she and Ricky and Little Ricky, that's two and a half people. Ricky agrees, thinking they could get a convertible in New York cheaper than in California. Lucy suggests a Cadillac convertible but Ricky says they can only afford a used car, not a Cadillac Convertible. The Mertzes arrive, feeling blue that the Ricardos will be leaving but they all decide the Mertzes could go with them. Fred is afraid it would cost too much and Ethel laments she hasn't been out of New York City for twenty years except for a trip to Minnesota to have her gallstones taken out. But since the back seat of the car will be empty, the Ricardos insist the Mertzes go along. Fred visits his friend, Al Herbesheimer, who is in the used car business in Brooklyn, and he pays $300 for a 1923 blue Cadillac convertible. He decides to take everyone for a ride, but the car falls apart before they drive, so he returns to Brooklyn, by subway for 15 cents, to get back his money. Ethel and the Ricardos are worried that no one else would want such an old car, so Lucy phones Al and says she's calling from Murray Hill 5-9099, and that she's with a TV studio needing a 1923 Cadillac touring car and that they'd pay $500 for it, to entice Al to buy the car back from Fred. Al buys the car back from Fred, but Fred unfortunately gives Al another $100 for the (Lucy Ricardo) TV Studio's phone number.
LUCY LEARNS TO DRIVE
Episode #109, Aired January 3, 1955
Fred is in shock, and has even retired from reality, over losing $400 buying the old car. When Ricky comes home, he says he bought a new Pontiac since it's a better investment in the long run because of their trip. He used Fred's old Cadillac as a trade-in so Fred gets all this money back. This brings Fred back to the world. The Ricardos and Mertzes go out to look at the new car parked in front of the apartment building. Though it's not insured, Ricky realizes he should not have driven it but Lucy coaxes him into taking them for a drive around the block. After the drive, he calls the insurance man but the line is busy. Lucy nags him to teach her to drive, even though she took a couple of lessons in high school, and finally he says "I'll tich you" if she can get the insurance man on the phone before he returns from the Club. He then leaves and she tries phoning. Later, Ethel waits outside the apartment as Lucy and Ricky return from him teaching Lucy to drive. After the nightmare of this driving lesson, Ricky heads off to go to rehearsal but doesn't take the car; he may never drive again. Lucy tells Ethel that Ricky is mad at her because she drove halfway through the Holland Tunnel and tried to make a U-turn because Ricky was going to be late for rehearsal. There was no room for the U-turn and the police told her the cars were backed up all the way to East Orange, New Jersey. Ethel says she always wanted Fred to teach her to drive but they never owned a car, so Lucy says she'll teach her but she must remind her to call the insurance man: she had tried, but he wasn't in and she didn't want to miss her driving lesson. Unfortunately, while teaching Ethel, the new car ends up driving into the back of the old car. Since the keys were in the old Cadillac (it was being picked up that day), Lucy decides to drive it to the garage with the hopes that the Pontiac will stay hooked to the Cadillac. Since Fred is now downtown, Lucy says to Ethel that if Fred comes home, tell him the man came for the Cadillac and Ricky has the Pontiac downtown; if the man comes for the Cadillac, tell him Fred has it out for one last farewell spin; if Ricky comes home, tell him the man came for the Cadillac and that Fred took the Pontiac downtown to have it washed. When Lucy returns from the garage, she is now driving the Pontiac and the Cadillac is stuck to the back of it. Lucy says it was horrible, and if she skips her next henna rinse, she'll find her hair is snow-white. The mechanic's repair cost was $150 and since Lucy didn't have that much, she decided to drive the cars back home, park them in front of the apartment and tell Ricky she didn't know how any of it happened. She told Ethel that on the way to the garage while driving the Cadillac, at the underpass by Grand Central Station she was driving on the downhill side and the Pontiac started to pass her. She said it passed her at the bottom of the hill and kept going up the hill until it rolled back and crashed into her. Worried about what to tell Ricky, Lucy says their only chance is to pretend complete innocence. When the husbands return home, Ricky confesses he called the insurance man himself, but when spewing forth Spanish words to Lucy, she kisses him to make up.
Cast: Joseph (and Michael) Mayer as Little Ricky
CALIFORNIA HERE WE COME
Episode #110, Aired January 10, 1955
Lucy is mapping out their trip to California with strange triangles on a map, which indicates the places the Ricardos and Mertzes want to see. When Ethel brings her the mail, Lucy calls her mapping as being a little sensible planning. She receives a letter from her mother who wants to join them on the trip. She apologizes for not telling Lucy sooner by saying that when you're planning a long trip, some little detail is liable to slip your mind. When mother arrives, she erroneously names Ricky as "Mickey" and she never remembers Ricky's last name. Mother says this is her chance, now that Ricky is a star, to take her book to Dory Schary in person. It's about the story of their family, which should make a wonderful picture, she states. Later, Ethel overhears Ricky saying he doesn't like the way things are developing; he had hoped just his family was going to Hollywood, and the next thing that happens is that Lucy talks the Mertzes into horning in. Lucy says that was their idea and he says they're tagging along now anyway and now she wants her mother to go. Soon, the Mertzes ring the doorbell and enter in disgust with news they're not going. Ethel reminds them, "Don't forget to drop a postcard to Mr. And Mrs. Fred Horninsky or as we are more commonly known, the Tagalong Mertzes". When they leave, Lucy scolds Ricky with, "How could she help hearing you with your big mouth and her big ears". Mother returns from a walk with Little Ricky and says she spoke to the Mertzes in the hall and thinks that they're not going because of her so she decides she's not going now to California. Lucy and Ricky also decide they won't be going now. The Mertzes return, having cooled off and decide they will go on the trip after all. Lucy informs them that no one's going. Mother tells Ethel, "Well I wasn't going to go because you weren't going to go if I was going. But if you're going to go when I'm going, I might as well go". So now everyone's going to Hollywood. Ricky insists on leaving at 6 a.m. and when the girls bring too much stuff out to the car for the trunk, Ricky decides to send it all ahead. Ethel agrees since they'll be on the road for 2 weeks; it would get there before they do. Mother says, "Are we really going to be driving for 2 whole weeks? I get carsick. I had no idea it would take 2 weeks; it didn't look that far on the map". She will go by plane and take Little Ricky with her; Lucy agrees plus Mrs. Trumbull will collect the rents for the Mertzes. The four-some finally leave around 6 pm (pretty close to Ricky's hopes for leaving at 6!), heading over the George Washington Bridge, singing "California Here We Come".
Songs: California Here We Come
Cast: Kathryn Card as Mrs. McGillicuddy, Joseph (and Michael) Mayer as Little Ricky; Elizabeth Patterson as Mrs. Trumbull
Episode #111, Aired January 17, 1955
Upon driving to Hollywood, while in Ohio and heading for Indiana, the Mertzes and Ricardos notice several signs for Aunt Sally's Pecan Pralines. They finally reach Aunt Sally's, but it's out of business. As Ricky drives further, he notices lights ahead and because they're hungry, they stop at a place Lucy describes with "this place doesn't look any too hot". The owner, George Skinner, welcomes them to "One Oak Cabins and CafŽ" but his only selection is stale cheese sandwiches. They're so rubbery that the group decides to leave. George recommends the Golden Drumstick, ten miles away, but it went broke, and there's nothing else until Cincinnati. As they leave anyway, he charges them $1 per sandwich and 80 cents entertainment tax, while he sings with his banjo. To give Ricky a rest, Lucy drives and heads toward Cincinnati, but she sees a sign for accommodations and food five miles away and turns off the highway toward the location but it ends up taking them to One Oak again. They are so tired they inquire about sleeping. There is only one cabin but it sleeps four and costs $8/couple. Unfortunately it is a rickety old cabin with bunk-beds and a double bed which has a mattress as sunken as a canoe. After several trains go by, which causes the bed to crawl across the room, they decide to sneak out without paying but George has a burglar alarm hooked to the car and the steering wheel is missing. He allows them to not pay the $16 for the cabin they dislike so much, but he also happens to have a steering wheel he can sell them for $16!
Songs: I'm Afraid To Come Home in the Dark
Cast: Olin Howlin as George Skinner
Episode #112, Aired January 24, 1955
With Lucy as the driver, the group ends up going across a mountain, driving in old logging ruts. She has lost Highway 60 and the roads they've been on for the last hour aren't even on the map. Since she needs gas, she's sure the serviceman at the building they've stopped at will tell them how to get back on the highway. However, it's not a gas station now, and the man they seek advice from has lived there for the past 7 years ever since the road had been condemned. He tells Lucy they're in Tennessee and to get to the next city, they'll have to go through Bent Fork, which Lucy remembers is Ernie Ford's hometown. She doesn't want to run into him or he'd make them move right in. She recalls he stayed overnight with them for a couple weeks once. Ricky will drive them through Bent Fork (population 54) as fast as possible to avoid Ernie. The sheriff arrests them for speeding and puts Lucy in jail for being sassy. She tells Ricky to call Ernie Ford who, it turns out, jilted one of the sheriff's daughters. Because of knowing Ernie, Lucy's now sentenced to 48 hours in jail. Hearing this is the biggest news in town, Ernie arrives at the jail to help. He figures they can use filing tools to saw Lucy out of jail, while singing to drown out the filing noise. The singing cheers up the sheriff enough to set Lucy free, but the sawing is discovered and all 5 land in jail. Ernie decides to marry Teensy, the sheriff's daughter, to set the Ricardos and Mertzes free. But when the sheriff's two chubby twin daughters, Teensy and Weensy arrive, the four some won't allow Ernie into the marriage. Nevertheless, Ernie breaks the good news of the proposal to the sheriff. Dejected after talking to the sheriff, Ernie tells the jailbirds that he proposed, but it was to Weensy who can't stand the sight of him. Then Teensy had turned him down because she won't play second fiddle. He was bewildered that he had hold of the wrong one since the twins are alike as two peas in a pod, or two watermelons in a patch. But Ernie had made a deal with the sheriff in that Ricky would take the girls to Hollywood for their aspiring movie career. Musicians soon appear for the sheriff's going away party for his daughters, who sing "Ricochet" to prove they have talent. Ricky is not impressed with their vitality and has to confess he can't take the twins since he doesn't know anyone in Hollywood himself. The twins wish to dance with Ricky and this gives Ernie an idea that if they square dance, they could slip in a rope to tie up the sheriff and his girls during the dance. With Ernie doing the calls for the dance, the rope trick works and the Ricardos and Mertzes escape off to "Hollerwood".
Songs: Old MacDonald Had a Farm; Birmingham Jail; Ricochet
Cast: Aaron Spelling as gas station man; Will Wright as Sheriff; Ernie Ford as Ernie; The Borden Twins (Marilyn and Rosalyn Borden) as Teensy and Weensy
ETHEL'S HOME TOWN
Episode #113, Aired January 31, 1955
The foursome leave the Texas Ann Motel to arrive later in the afternoon at the home of Ethel's dad, Mr. Potter, in Albuquerque. She reveals he had never wanted her to marry Fred. Before leaving, Lucy calls home to Murray Hill 5 9099 and talks to her mother to see how the baby is. Even though he's two years old he finally said "hello" to them. They arrive in Albuquerque by going on New Mexico U.S. 66 Hwy, through Amarillo and meet Mr. Potter. He states how Ethel, a most popular girl, was once elected Miss Albuquerque and she could have married the best of men, such as Billy Hackett, who's now the newspaper editor. Potter informs them that when he told Billy that Ethel was coming through town with the Ricardos, he wanted to come and get an interview. The whole town's in such an uproar over the celebrity visiting the town that Potter didn't even get to open his sweet shop and soda fountain but he did offer that the group would put on a show the next night. Erroneously Ricky thinks he's the celebrity in question. According to what Ethel wrote to her dad, he's excited that his Ethel is on the way to Hollywood to star in a movie but Ethel corrects him saying Ricky will be in the picture. Nevertheless, Lucy tells Ricky that when Billy comes to interview him, he should make Ethel look good. However, when Billy takes a photo of Ethel, he asks Ricky to step aside, out of the picture. He interviews Ethel and comes up with an idea that "Local Girl Makes Good" finding stardom in Hollywood. Despite Ethel's celebrity status, Ricky decides to do the show anyway so he can prove he's more than her chauffeur. Unfortunately the newspaper the next day prints that Ethel will appear at the Little Theatre in a solo recital. Ricky decides to leave right then for California but Lucy gets an idea. She suggests they'll be right behind Ethel: on the stage. Unbeknownst to Ethel, during her recital, Lucy, Ricky and Fred perform vaudeville comedy routines behind her. She is dismayed at finding out what's happening behind her until she, and the group, are photographed as "Ethel Mae Potter & Co."
Songs: Chopsticks; Shortnin Bread; My Hero
Cast: Irving Bacon as Will Potter; Chick Chandler as Billy Hackett
L.A. AT LAST
Episode #114, Aired February 7, 1955
The foursome arrive in Hollywood and check into their hotel rooms at the Beverly Palms Hotel, with the Mertz room being down the hall from the Ricardo's. Ricky phones MGM Studios and they tell him to go there at 12 pm for lunch. Meanwhile, Lucy and the Mertzes go to the Brown Derby to 'hunt' movie stars, and there they see Cary Grant and Gregory Peck. Even though Walter Pidgeon and Ava Gardner are called to the telephone, the 'hunters' do not see them anywhere. Lucy orders a Derby tossed salad, spaghetti and meatballs. Ethel orders the same as Lucy, but Fred orders veal cutlet Marco Polo. As Lucy notices the drawings of the movie stars on the wall, she asks Ethel if the drawing on the end is Shelley Winters or Judy Holliday and suggests that Ethel ask the lady in the next booth behind her as to whom the picture is of. When Ethel inquires, the woman replies with "That's Eve Arden". In astonishment, they realize they just spoke with Eve Arden, just as Eve rises to depart. William Holden enters and sits in the booth behind Lucy. She sneaks looks at him through her makeup mirror and insists that Fred slide over further in the booth so she can get a good look at him. As Lucy stares at Bill Holden, his waiter slides a plant between them but she peaks at him through the plant anyway. Bill decides to remove the plant and stare at her for a change. This causes Lucy to nervously eat her spaghetti and when she takes too much of it to eat, Ethel has to cut the hanging spaghetti with her manicuring scissors. Lucy has had enough embarrassment and she and the Mertzes leave, but as Lucy passes Mr. Holden's table she accidentally knocks his food onto him as the waiter brings it. Later when Bill is checking a script with John Sherman, a producer at MGM, Ricky arrives wearing a Don Juan suit of armor costume. As Ricky goes to phone Lucy to ask her to pick him up, Bill offers to give him a ride to his hotel instead. Ricky asks if he'd be able to meet Lucy. As Bill waits in the Ricardo hotel living room, Ricky can't understand why Lucy doesn't want to meet William Holden. She consents to meet him, but has to fix her face first. She soon greets Bill wearing some glasses, a putty nose and scarf around her hair to disguise herself. Ricky inquires about Bill's latest picture and he says he just finished shooting "The Country Girl" with Grace Kelly and quizzically tells Lucy there is something familiar about her around her eyes. When Lucy's nose itches, she accidentally pushes it out of shape. When she lights a cigarette, it burns her putty nose and she douses it in a cup of coffee. Ricky insists she tell him what's going on. She confesses she went to the Brown Derby that day and the mystery is solved for Holden as to why he seems to have met her already; however he merely tells Ricky that Lucy was in the next booth and he had asked the waiter who the beautiful redhead was. He winks knowingly to Lucy and she gratefully kisses him, for concealing the mess she made at the Derby, but in her excitement, her knees give out and she falls into his arms, happy as a lark.
Cast: William Holden (appearing courtesy of Paramount Pictures); Eve Arden; Bobby Jellison as Bobby the bellboy; Alan Ray as waiter; Harry Bartell as Headwaiter; Dayton Lummis as Bill Sherman; Dani Nolan as Sherman's secretary
DON JUAN AND THE STARLETS
Episode #115, Aired February 14, 1955
Ricky will soon be coming back from the studio with a photographer and Lucy thinks they'll play up the domestic angle of Lucy and Ricky at home. However, young starlets, who've been told by the studio to go to Ricky's room to have pictures taken with him, arrive. When Ross Elliott of MGM and Ricky arrive, he tells Lucy the 4 starlets will be in the Don Juan picture with him; they'll play the 4 women in love with him. When Ross starts taking pictures, Lucy wants to be in them too but he tells her that this would not fit in with their publicity campaign. Lucy suggests that playing up the domestic angle would show the public how happily married Ricky is to which Ross replies, "Don Juan is all about love. It's got nothing to do with marriage". Ross next wants the girls and Ricky to change into swimsuits and go down to the pool for pictures. Later, when Ross has given Ricky a ticket to go to a Hollywood premiere that night, Ricky is sure there's a mistake in that they forgot to give him a ticket for Lucy. Upset, Lucy says, "You bet there's been a mistake and I made it 15 years ago when Marion Strong asked me to go on a blind date with a Cuban drummer and I said 'yes'". Ross comes back and gives Ricky 4 more tickets for the starlets to go with Ricky to the premiere and to a party at the Mocambo after. Lucy tries to keep a stiff upper lip. At 2:38 am, Lucy is asleep on the couch having waited up for Ricky to come home. When he gets home, she doesn't wake and since he has an early call at the studio in the morning, he covers her and he goes to bed. At 6:30 am he is getting ready to go to the studio and since he needs a tux and can't find a clean shirt, he wears what he wore the night before. Lucy is still asleep when he leaves and soon the maid comes in and makes the bed. When Lucy wakes at 10 am, she finds the bed made and calls the studio to find out that Ricky is on his way home. She is thinking Ricky did not come home at all that night. When he comes home in his tux he actually looks the same as he did when he left the prior night to escort the starlets. He told her he's wearing a tux today so they could take pictures at the studio where he's supposed to be posing in a nightclub. She doesn't believe anything he says. When the maid comes in to finish up, they realize she made the bed and that perhaps Ricky could have been home overnight after all. Ethel notices a program from the premiere last night and Ricky realizes his alibi has been in the room all the time thus causing Lucy and Ricky to laugh about her misjudgment and they embrace.
Cast: Ross Elliott as Ross; Iva Shepard as the maid; Dolores Donlon, Beverly Thompson, Shirlee Tigge, Maggie Magennis as the girls (in order of appearance).
LUCY GETS IN PICTURES
Episode #116, Aired February 21, 1955
When Ricky mails Lucy's postcards he finds that she wrote Lillian Appleby, Marion Strong and other friends pretending that she's going to be in a movie. The Mertzes arrive and reveal they ran into Jimmy O'Connor in the coffee shop and he used to be in vaudeville with them. He's now a producer at Ricky's studio and he gave them parts in his new picture and they start the next day on it for 2 weeks. Since they're now going to be fitted for costumes, and because Ricky is going to the studio now too, he will give them a ride. Even Bobby, the bellboy, gets a part in a picture, so Lucy now feels left out. Bobby suggests she go out and let other people discover her so she goes to sit at the soda fountain at Schwabbs Drug Store on Sunset Boulevard so that she can be discovered like Lana Turner. Later, when the Mertzes tell Ricky about their gay nineties costumes, Lucy arrives, looking ill, after being at Schwabbs all day. In order to keep her place at the counter, she had ordered 3 chocolate malts, 2 hot fudge sundaes, a pineapple soda and a banana split. Since no one discovered her, she reveals she cannot go back to New York and face her friends. Ricky says he'll try and call a director at Metro and see if they can give Lucy a little part. On the movie set, she's dressed as a show girl and when Ricky introduces Lucy to the director, Frank Williams, he describes her part as being the star of a nightclub sequence who's killed as she's descending the stairs. When Lucy messes up with a heavy head dress and with tripping down the steps, the director allows her to be discovered dead as the scene opens. But, because he won't let her be a dead person who's face up, into the camera, but will be a woman covered with a sheet instead, she puts her name on her shoes so her friends back home will know this is Lucy (in the movies)!
Songs: A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody (during show girl scene)
Cast: Lou Krugman as Mr. Williams; Bobby Jellison as Bobby; Louis Nicoletti as stage crewman; Onna Conners as Show Girl.
Episode #117, Aired February 28, 1955
Lucy is upset that she can't get a suntan. With her fair skin she gets sun burned. She pines to look as if she belonged in Beverly Hills and craves to have beautiful clothes like the Beverly Hills women have. She wishes she had just one dress, no matter how simple, from an exclusive salon like Don Loper's. When she tells Ricky a Loper dress would be about $100, he lets her shop for one. Lucy and Ethel then find themselves at the Loper salon where Lucy can get herself a Don Loper original, even though, until now, they had been used to Gimball's basement back home. At Loper's, they bring the dresses out to Lucy one by one and she asks to see an original dress in size 12. She an Ethel agree that Jane Sebastian, back home, will be absolutely green when Lucy appears wearing a Loper original. When Lucy discovers that the first dress she looks at costs $500, she finally asks to see Loper's simplest dress. Gordon MacRae's wife, Sheila, arrives and she and Mr. Loper discuss their fashion show which occurs the following night, where the proceeds will go to a charity called S.H.A.R.E. Incorporated and it's made up of movie stars' wives who'll be wearing the clothes. Those who have already been in for a fitting are the wives of Dean Martin, Forrest Tucker, Van Heflin, William Holden and Richard Carlson. Unfortunately, Sheila just remembers that Mrs. Joel McCrea can't come. Since publicity for the event indicated a movie star's wife would be modeling the dresses, she and Loper try to think of someone to take her place. Upon hearing this, Lucy makes a phone call so that they'll hear her calling MGM and be asking for Ricky Ricardo, star of "Don Juan". Further, she tells the other party that she is Mrs. Ricardo, the star's wife. And she re-iterates that she is Mrs. Ricky Ricardo, wife of the movie star, Ricky Ricardo. Loper's simplest dress is then presented to Lucy, and Sheila having overheard Lucy on the phone, goes to ask if Lucy will replace Mrs. McCrea. Lucy points to the simple dress as being the one she bought and could wear in the fashion show. Back at Lucy's room, she and Ethel finally discover the price tag on the dress she bought as being $500. Lucy has to think of a way out of this but she can't think; her brain's all dried up. She and Ethel decide Lucy can burn in the sun and she could pretend to be in pain and then Ricky, who's sure to be angry at the price, would leave her alone. Later, Lucy is struck with a painful sunburn, despite the overcast skies. She confesses to Ricky the price of her Loper dress and he is outspoken in disbelief. Lucy is relieved when Loper phones and asks her if she'll wear his newly designed tweed suit in the show, and if she will, she can have the dress she bought for free. It seems that the dress Lucy chose to wear in the show is like the one Loper made for Mrs. Alan Ladd and now Mrs. Ladd wants to wear her own dress in the show. Despite her agony, Lucy does the show in comic sunburn pain along with the other wives. But, upon returning to her hotel room, Lucy finds a check for $500 from her forgiving husband, along with receiving a good old slap on the (sunburned) back from Ethel.
Songs: Embraceable You (during Fashion show)
Cast: Amzie Strickland as the sales girl; Sheila MacRae as Mrs. Gordon MacRae; Don Loper as Mr. Loper; the movie stars' wives as themselves: Brenda Holden as Mrs. William Holden; Jeanne Martin as Mrs. Dean Martin; Frances Heflin as Mrs. Van Heflin; Marylin Tucker as Mrs. Forrest Tucker; Mona Carlson as Mrs. Richard Carlson.
HEDDA HOPPER STORY
Episode #118, Aired March 14, 1955
Ricky is fuming because Hedda Hopper has not had his name in the paper once and yet they've been in Hollywood 5 weeks already. Finally, Lucy's mother and Little Ricky arrive by plane. She lets Lucy and Ricky know that sitting behind her on the plane was a newspaper woman who said she might like to do a story on Ricky, so Mrs. McGillicuddy invites her to tea for the next afternoon. Later, Ricky's new press agent, Charlie Pomerantz arrives. His scheme, to give Ricky a real good publicity build up, is to have Ricky save his wife when she falls in the pool and can't swim, in front of Hedda Hopper, who'll be at the pool the next afternoon for the Motion Picture Mothers Club annual tea. Charlie will arrange for Ricky to sing at the tea and Ricky will then jump in the pool and save his wife's life. He is sure this will be Hedda's lead item in her column the next day. Once Ricky and Lucy get ready for the annual tea, Mrs. McGillicuddy is upset that they can't be around to meet the newspaper woman she met on the plane, who's soon to come to their hotel room for tea. Down by the pool, Charlie makes Lucy prematurely jump in when he thinks he sees Hedda arriving, and Ricky follows by jumping in to save her. Admitting that he had made a mistake, and it hadn't been Hedda at all, Lucy pushes Charlie into the pool and the wet couple return to their room, coincidentally in time to meet Mrs. McGillicuddy's guest, who turns out to be Hedda Hopper. Hedda is not at all impressed with the soaked Ricardos.
Songs: Sheik of Araby; Cuban Pete; Green Eyes (instrumental)
Cast: Hedda Hopper; Kathryn Card as Mrs. McGillicuddy; Joseph (and Michael) Mayer as Little Ricky; Hy Averback as Charlie; Bobby Jellison as Bobby the bellboy; John Hart as the lifeguard
DON JUAN IS SHELVED
Episode #119, Aired March 21, 1955
Ricky receives a call from the studio, canceling his test that afternoon with a leading lady and he will be expecting a visit from Dore Schary of Metro the next afternoon. It appears that he might be fired from MGM and he goes to the studio to find out. Lucy, her mother and the Mertzes write 500 fan letters to support Ricky. Mrs. McGillicuddy takes them downstairs to mail. Ricky returns and says Metro is shelving his picture. Lucy plans that the next day they'll dress up as teenage fans of the Ricky Ricardo Fan Club to impress Mr. Schary into keeping Ricky under contract. The next day, Ricky impatiently awaits Schary's arrival and upon phoning his office and finding he's been delayed but will return by 4 pm, Ricky decides to go to the studio so he'll be sure and see Schary there. Meanwhile, Schary had been delayed down by the pool at Ricky's hotel and he overhears Lucy's scheme of finding an actor to portray a producer interested in hiring Ricky, so that Schary would be jealous and keep Ricky. He offers his services to Lucy to be the actor portraying a producer, though Lucy doesn't think he looks much like a producer. He tells her his name is George Spelvin and he endures Lucy coaching him on what to say when he will be meeting the real Dore Schary that day. Meanwhile, Ricky comes home, shakes hands with "Spelvin", Lucy is shocked that this man is Mr. Schary and says goodbye to Ricky. Schary smooths it over and does not reveal Lucy's scheme. He tells Ricky he wanted to say in person that they are shelving "Don Juan" as it has too many production problems, but they are picking up his option and will put him in another picture as soon as they find the right one. Everyone is excited just as the bellboy brings in the basket of their 500 letters that were left on the mailbox without stamps on them.
Cast: Bobby Jellison as Bobby; Kathryn Card as Mrs. McGillicuddy; Phil Ober as Dore Schary and George Spelvin; Jody Drew as Miss Ballantine.
BULL FIGHT DANCE
Episode #120, Aired March 18, 1955
Ross Elliott of MGM comes to give Lucy an important task. He has set Ricky for a big spread in Photoplay Magazine and now that "Don Juan" is called off, they would like to play up the fact that Ricky is married and he wants Lucy to write up, "What It's Like To Be Married To Ricky Ricardo" (by Lucy Ricardo). He'll give Lucy questions to answer for the article and incorporate them into the story. Ethel wishes she could write an article about what it's like to be married and settles on who would buy it: "True Horror Story". Since Lucy wants Ricky to leave her alone to answer the questions, the Mertzes invite him to go with them to Will Wright's for an ice cream soda. They've got 24 flavors and Ethel has only tasted 20 of them so far. Later, Ross calls and tells Lucy he got Ricky on the TV show "Coast to Coast" as the emcee for the Heart Fund Benefit. She schemes to be on the show with him by writing an alternate set of answers to the questions for the article, showing Ricky off in an unflattering way. When she confronts him on what she has, to sway him to let her be on the show, he calls it blackmail. She utters, "Let's not call it that". He responds with, "That's what it is" and she says, "I know, but let's not call it that". He decides to let her be in the show and will decide on what she can do, since he feels that blackmailers can't be choosers. Satisfied, but unsure, she just wants to be sure he chooses something that shows her off. He insists she now go and mail the right answers. At rehearsal for the benefit, Ricky tries to teach her a sort of musical trick where they both sing two songs at the same time. She just can't do it at all and Ricky says there is nothing else she can do in the show. Lucy counters with the fact she hadn't mailed the questions in yet and threatens to now mail in her revised copy so he decides Lucy can do a Spanish dance number but insists she mail the right answers first. When she returns from mailing them, he rehearses her for the dance but when he says he'll be yelling "Toro" she finds out she's going to be playing a bull. The show is filmed at Television City and the Mertzes sing in the show, then Ricky, as a bullfighter, sings awaiting Lucy's entrance. In her retaliation, she has dressed up her 'Toro The Terrible' bull costume in a feminine way and defeats Ricky at the bullfight. She happily takes her bows for the coast to coast TV audience.
Songs: Let Me Go Lover; Humoresque; Old Folks At Home (Way Down Upon the Swanee River); Dear Old Donegal; Fernando the Fearless
Cast: Ross Elliott as Ross; Ray Kellogg as bull costumer
Episode #121, Aired April 4, 1955
The Ricardos will be celebrating their wedding anniversary in California but while playing cards with the Mertzes, Lucy sees that Ricky has forgotten their anniversary date. While she goes to tend to the baby, Ricky asks the Mertzes if they know the date. Fred suggests it's May 3 but Ethel reminds her husband that is their anniversary date. Ethel asks Lucy's mother if she knows when Lucy got married, but she only knows that it was some time in the spring. Nevertheless, Ricky tells Lucy that he has a party set at the Mocambo for the anniversary. At 3:03 am, secretly, he calls Western Union so he can send a wire to Greenwich, Connecticut to the head of the License Bureau to ask the date of the marriage of Lucille McGillicuddy and Ricardo Alberto Fernando Ricardo Y'Acha. At 9:16 am breakfast arrives at the Ricardo hotel room, as well as the wired information showing their anniversary date as being on the 7th. When Lucy steps out of the room, Ricky calls Ross Elliott at MGM and asks him to put in the paper a news item that invitations for their 15th anniversary party on the night of the 7th at the Mocambo have been out for awhile. When Lucy discovers, in Ricky's jacket, the wire he received showing their anniversary date, he admits he forgot the date. She is so upset, she decides she will not go to the party with Ricky. On the evening of the party, she attends it with her mother, and they are escorted by Bobby the bellboy. During the party before he sings, Ricky admits he apologized to his wife about forgetting the date and sings "Anniversary Waltz" to Lucy. He convinces her to dance with him and she melts in his arms.
Songs: Anniversary Waltz; La Vie En Rose (instrumental)
Cast: Bobby Jellison as Bobby; Kathryn Card as Mrs. McGillicuddy; Ross Elliott as Ross.
THE STAR UPSTAIRS
Episode #122, Aired April 18, 1955
As Lucy writes in her trip diary, she adds up that they've seen 99 movie stars so far and needs one more to make 100. On just the previous Friday, she saw number 99, when they went to the Farmer's Market and saw Robert Taylor squeezing oranges. Naturally, Lucy got him to autograph an orange. When Ethel reads in the paper that a well-known star is resting at a local hotel and the name of the secret hiding place begins with the name of "Beverly", Lucy is sure the star is hiding there at the Beverly Palms. Ricky reminds her that it could also be the Beverly Hills Hotel or the Beverly Wiltshire Hotel. Lucy asks Bobby, the bellboy, if he knows of a star hiding out in her hotel. He accidentally lets the cat out of the bag when he finally says Cornel Wilde is up in the Penthouse. Lucy is dying to get a look at him but Ricky tells her to forget it. Later, Lucy blackmails Bobby into letting her borrow his outfit so she can deliver Cornel his newspaper. When she gets to his room, he is in the bathtub so, without looking at him, she throws his paper into the tub water and this gets Bobby into trouble. Next, she convinces Bobby to let her hide under the lunch table he wheels into Cornel's room. From under the table she sneaks into Cornel's balcony and when he takes a nap he locks the balcony door. Lucy finally gets a short look at him through the glass, but she now has to climb over the balcony to get back to her suite with Ethel catching her on the way. Ricky interrupts the rescue when he returns to his hotel suite and Ethel diverts his attention by telling him of a cake recipe. Meanwhile, Lucy falls past her balcony and down toward the ground. Seeing this, Ethel rushes out to help Lucy. In a moment, Cornel phones Ricky to come and play gin. When Lucy safely returns to her room, it was a palm tree that broke her fall. Soon, Ricky phones Lucy to come and meet Cornel but first she has to get herself de-palmed. By the time she is ready, Ricky returns and says Cornel is gone - they had found evidence of a prowler in his balcony!
Songs: When Irish Eyes are Smiling
Cast: Cornel Wilde; Bobby Jellison as Bobby
IN PALM SPRINGS
Episode #123, Aired April 25, 1955
Just as plans have been made for their time in Palm Springs, Lucy reads in the paper that Rock Hudson is also there after returning from a personal appearance tour. Ricky mentions he spoke to Rock at lunch recently and Lucy is amazed at his hob-knobbing with celebrities. Ricky says they're just like anybody else. Lucy continues with her paper and reads about a husband and his bad habit of cracking his knuckles. The foursome discover they all possess an irritating habit for their spouses: Ricky tapping his fingers which used to set Lucy's teeth on edge; Lucy constantly stirring her coffee with a tinkling sound; Ethel eating with a lot of noise and Fred jingling his keys in his pocket. They decide they need a break from each other and that the girls will be the ones to go to sunny Palm Springs. However, while there, the girls find out that they are in the first rainfall during that month in Palm Springs in 20 years. Being stuck inside together causes the girls' habits, of eating noisily and clinking the coffee cup, to irritate each other, causing them to miss their husbands. Back in Los Angeles the men face the same rain and their own bad habits but Ricky gets a call from Dore Schary's secretary asking him to meet Dore in Palm Springs about a picture. The men head to Palm Springs, and find Lucy and Ethel now sunning at the pool. They've brought Rock Hudson to the pool and they whisper a scheme to Rock, who then joins the girls. Rock introduces himself and tells them a tragic story of Adele and Sam, a married couple dealing with a whistling habit, which sends the girls into tears. Ricky and Fred now feel safe to approach their softened up wives since, before this, they had not known how the girls would feel about them. When Ricky asks where Dore might be, Lucy uses her phony voice to show that she pretended to be the secretary phoning, so as to get the men to go to Palm Springs, and all are happy to be together again.
Cast: Rock Hudson; Joseph (and Michael) Mayer as Little Ricky; Kathryn Card as Mrs. McGillicuddy
Episode #125, Aired May 2, 1955
Lucy is upset that Caroline Appleby is arriving in town today and wants to meet all the movie stars Lucy blabbed (fibbed) to her about. Since Van Johnson is now asleep by the pool, Ethel and Lucy eventually throw out their idea of how to get him up to their room so Caroline could meet him. When Lucy gets a call that Caroline is now coming up to her room, she gets another idea. From her room, looking down at Van they cannot tell if he is asleep or not so Lucy will go to the pool and pretend to be talking to the sleeping star. Ethel would then take Caroline to the balcony to look down on Lucy and Van, and then Lucy would return to her room. This works well, until Van awakens, sending Lucy quickly back to her room where she greets Caroline. Since Caroline has lost her glasses on the plane, she had only seen two red-headed blurs by the pool. To sooth Caroline, Lucy untruthfully says that Van asked her to rehearse with him for his show he's doing at the nightclub in the hotel, however, she could let Ethel bring Caroline to the rehearsal to watch. Happy with this, Caroline leaves to return later for the rehearsal. Ethel is stunned by Lucy's story, but she reminds Ethel that she and Van's partner are both tall and red-haired, and without her glasses, Caroline will not be able to tell that it's not Lucy who's rehearsing with Van. With Ethel waiting for Caroline at Lucy's, while Lucy hides at Ethel's, Caroline arrives and reveals that her glasses have been found. Ethel makes a quick call to Lucy to tell her Caroline can see good now that she has her glasses. Promptly, Lucy rushes to speak to Van at rehearsal to plead with him to let her rehearse and even his partner, Hazel, has not yet arrived. He is not impressed with Lucy until she (truthfully) reveals that she has seen his show 14 times and knows how his partner does the number. Caroline and Ethel happily watched the two dance. Upon finding out that Caroline leaves that evening, Lucy, to impress her friend, lies about hosting an open house full of movie stars which Caroline will miss being at the next day. They give their farewells to each other and then Van calls and asks Lucy to dance with him this evening as his partner is ill. After the show, Lucy is surprised to be congratulated by Caroline who has not left town yet. She could not leave and miss Lucy's celebrity party the next day. (Lucy will have another mess to get out of).
Songs: How About You?
Cast: Van Johnson; Doris Singleton as Caroline Appleby; Marco Rizo as pianist.
LUCY AND HARPO MARX
Episode #124, Aired May 9, 1955
As Lucy pleads with Ricky to bring some movie stars home so Caroline can meet them before she goes to Hawaii, he refuses by saying she should not have written such bragging letters to her pal about hob knobbing with the stars. Ethel and Lucy decide they'll have to get Caroline's glasses away from her so that Lucy can dress as celebrities, using movie star masks from the magic shop on the boulevard. Lucy will use Ethel's room to change into her costumes. After the girls get Caroline's glasses off of her, Lucy leaves to pretend she's getting things ready for the stars to arrive. She soon returns as Gary Cooper; then as Clark Gable. Meanwhile, Harpo Marx, who was appearing at a luncheon at the hotel, runs into Ricky and Fred at the pool. Ricky asks him to go to his suite, Room 315, to impress Caroline and Lucy. In the meantime, Lucy has appeared as Bing Crosby and Walter Pidgeon. She next dresses as Jimmy Durante, but when she is gone to change into her next costume, Harpo drops in as Ricky requested, and visits with Caroline and Ethel. When he leaves to get his harp, Caroline goes to fix her face and Lucy comes in as Harpo and is surprised to hear that the real star will soon return. She hides in the kitchen while Harpo plays his harp. After Carolyn leaves, he is confused when he spies Lucy in the kitchen. While investigating this 'imposter', he and Lucy perform a mirror routine but her disguise is discovered when she errs with the dropping of the hat. Ricky and Fred enter the room as Groucho and Chico Marx to thrill the now departed Caroline and Lucy and Harpo cleverly reveal which of them is the real Harpo.
Songs: Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Cast: Harpo Marx; Doris Singleton as Caroline Appleby
RICKY NEEDS AN AGENT
Episode #126, Aired May 16, 1955
Lucy is tired of Ricky's movie career going nowhere. She's sure the movie studio is never going to give him a picture when they're sending him out to do things like crowning the queen of the auto show or judging a dog show instead. She insists he demand they give him a picture to star in. He reminds her the studio is paying him to do these publicity stunts. Without telling Ricky, she decides to be his agent, the stern Miss McGillicuddy, who'll go to the studio and fight for him. She requests a meeting with the Vice President in charge of Ricky at MGM and attends a meeting with Walter Reilly to discuss Ricky's contract. Reilly outlines that the studio is keeping Ricky's name before the public until they can put him in a picture. She believes the studio will quickly star Ricky if they hear he's wanted elsewhere, so she makes up a story that famous producers want him in a musical on Broadway. Reilly phones Dore Schary and they decide not to stand in the way, and they release him from his contract. Boy, is Lucy surprised! She unsuccessfully tries to get him to change his mind by suggesting that Ricky star in remakes with such titles as: "Gone with the Cuban Wind", "Andy Hardy Meets a Conga Player", "Three Cubans in a Fountain", "Meet Me In St. Ricky", "A Streetcar Named Ricardo" and "Arsenic and Old Ricky". Lucy feels she must break the news to Ricky, and he takes out his anger on the bric-a-brac in their room. Upon speaking with the Mertzes, she utters those four horrible words, "I've got an idea" and calls Reilly to warn him of a woman in town claiming that she's Ricky's agent. He convinces her that Ricky will remain at MGM. When Ricky comes home, he tells Lucy he got an agent and a job at another studio, which will also give Lucy a contract. It's her turn to throw around the knickknacks, but he tells her he's kidding and that MGM told him everything is straightened out. He and Lucy embrace with great relief.
Cast: Parley Baer as Walter Reilly; Helen Kleeb as Miss Klein
Episode #127, Aired May 30, 1955
Ricky will not let Lucy join him for lunch with Richard Widmark at Romanoff's so Ethel convinces her to go on a bus trip through Beverly Hills to see movie star homes instead. They view the homes of stars like Bob Hope and Joan Crawford. When the bus stops at Lexington, the bus driver points out a home, by a high wall, that belongs to Richard Widmark. Lucy wishes to have a grapefruit she sees growing in his back yard over the wall, so it can go with the orange she had Robert Taylor sign. She asks the driver to let them get off the bus to pick a grapefruit but then he drives off without them. Though it's not mentioned, Lucy and Ethel walk across the lawn in front of Lucille Ball's house as they head toward the wall. At the wall, Ethel helps Lucy climb up so she can pick a grapefruit but she falls over it, into Widmark's backyard and she cannot find a way out except to sneak through the house to meet Ethel at the front door. When the maid in the house answers the phone, Lucy has to hide in the trophy room, which features Widmark's results of his big game hunting sport, portrayed upon the walls of the room. Meanwhile, Ethel calls Fred to come and help when she sees no sign of Lucy after an hour of waiting, but also because Widmark just drove by and had Ricky with him. Mr. Widmark gives Ricky a tour of the home and introduces him to his big dog, Cap. By the time they reach the trophy room, Lucy is hiding in the bearskin rug on the floor, until the dog lies on her which promotes her to try to escape. The men then discover her. While she tries to explain why she's there, Fred and Ethel arrive to rescue her, dressed as a doctor and nurse from the mental hospital. Since Lucy's explanation satisfies the star and her husband, she asks Widmark to autograph the grapefruit she picked.
Cast: Richard Widmark; Benny Rubin as driver; Juney Ellis as maid; Barbara Pepper and Audrey Betz as bus women
LUCY AND JOHN WAYNE
Episode #129; Aired October 10, 1955
Ricky discovers, through reading the newspaper, that Lucy and Ethel made the headlines for stealing John Wayne's footprints and the police are looking for these two vandals. Ricky phones Grauman's Chinese Theatre and they tell him they won't press charges if the block of footprints is returned. Because they had broken the block of cement, Fred shows off his home-made duplicate of the footprints but it's not well made. Lucy and Ethel rush out to have Irma do their hair; meanwhile, Ricky tells Fred he'll call Mr. Wayne since he's had lunch with him at the studio sometimes. He and Fred prepare cement for the willing Mr. Wayne to sign and step into, then take him to get his shoes shined in the lobby of the hotel. After their hair appointment, the girls return with curlers in their hair since Lucy is too nervous to sit in the salon. They see John's prints and signature in the cement and think Ricky forged them; Lucy wipes the cement smooth. The men arrive saying that John had just been there and notice what Lucy did to the cement. Ricky goes to the lobby to bring Mr. Wayne back to their room, while the girls try to hide the fact that they have curlers in their hair. John does a re-take with the cement for Ricky but as they say their farewell to John, Little Ricky crawls into the cement. Ricky visits Mr. Wayne in his dressing room at the studio and gets the cement re-signed again. Meanwhile, Lucy and Ethel drag a block of wet cement to the doorway of John's dressing room just as Ricky is leaving the dressing room with his newly signed cement block. He steps into Lucy's cement, loses his balance and partially destroys the footprints he's carrying. He notices the girls and leaves in disbelief. Lucy sees that the signature is not touched so she plans to go into the dressing room to steal John's boots to make imprints while Ethel drags away the slab she and Lucy brought. While Lucy's in the dressing room, John comes in for his rubdown and she escapes into his closet. He lies face down but hears Lucy leaving. Thinking it's his assistant George, he hurriedly requests his rubdown. She tentatively starts the rubdown but rushes out when John starts to tell her a 'good' story about a salesman. Back at her hotel room, she, Ricky and Fred wonder what happened to Ethel when Lucy left the studio in a rush. Ethel comes in with Mr. Wayne, having told him what happened. He had re-done the slab of cement and provided another six months' supply of his cemented signature and footprints.
Cast: John Wayne; Joseph (and Michael) Mayer as Little Ricky; Ralph Volkie as George; Louis Nicoletti as man with 'Blood Alley' movie poster
LUCY AND THE DUMMY
Episode #130; Aired October 17, 1955
Ricky shows Lucy a model of his head the studio made for trick shots and then gets ready to go deep sea fishing. When Chip Jackson of MGM phones, he asks Lucy to ask Ricky if he'll entertain the following night at a studio party for the Executives. She tells him Ricky might do it if his wife can perform also and reluctantly Chip agrees. However, she is unable to talk Ricky into going to the studio party. She comes up with the idea, and does follow through with her idea at the studio party, that she will put a fake body on the model of Ricky's head, and perform and dance with it for the party. During the dance, 'Ricky' will suddenly be taken ill and she will be able to finish the number herself with help from the Mertzes backstage. When the party is over, and Ricky comes home, Lucy is at the studio and the Mertzes reveal to him what Lucy did. The performance had been such a mess they all thought it was a comedy routine and they offered her a year's contract. Lucy soon comes home, saying she'll sign the contract the next day. Ricky uses psychology on her and 'says' he is happy she got a career in show business for the year at the studio, but mentions that he and the Mertzes must return home. He insists that Lucy must not let her family and friends interfere with her career. He tells her he'll show her picture to Little Ricky every night so he'll be able to remember who is mother is. This causes Lucy to now feel unsure about staying alone on the west coast for her career. Later, she imagines her popularity as a star, with twelve Oscars, until she hears Little Ricky crying and realizes she'd rather be at home with her family and friends, than to stay alone in California in show business.
Song: I Get Ideas
Cast: Lee Millar as Chip Jackson
RICKY SELLS THE CAR
Episode #131; Aired October 24, 1955
Ricky sells their car to Ralph Berger so they can take the train back home to New York. Ralph will pay almost as much as Ricky paid for the car and by using the Family Travel Plan, Ricky can make money on the deal. When Fred and Ethel find out that tickets were not purchased for them, they furiously buy an old motorcycle (cheap transportation) to go back to New York on. Lucy encourages Ricky to realize he forgot to buy train tickets for the Mertzes. The Ricardos try to talk the motorcycling Mertzes into going home by train but Ricky will only confess that they can 'figure out something' as to how the purchase of the Mertze's tickets will be made. This causes Fred to rush away on the motorcycle but he ends up going backward and wrecks the bike. Upset with having to pay for a useless bike as well as having to buy train tickets, the Mertzes are beside themselves with anger. Ricky is sorry and decides he will buy them tickets but Fred is worried he still has to pay for the bike. Later, Lucy goes to the Mertz suite and finds that Ethel has taken the bike to be fixed because Fred's shoulder is bothering him. Lucy rubs Fred's aching shoulder to help ease the pain of his shoulder and to ease the pain of their having been forgotten. Ethel returns and announces that no one will fix the wrecked bike or buy it, however, she did get a ticket for dumping rubbish within the city limits. She won't let Lucy rub Fred's shoulder and she cries that they're stuck having to pay for the bike and is sure Ricky won't buy them tickets. Lucy gives the Mertzes her train tickets as she is sure Ricky will obtain more. Ricky does get the Mertzes tickets, but they are for upper berths, not compartments like the Ricardos have. Now Lucy fears having to tell the Mertzes that their train tickets were less costly than the Ricardos' and tells Ricky she gave the Mertzes their tickets. Ricky tells her to go get their compartment tickets back from the Mertzes, but Ethel comes in and gratefully acknowledges to Ricky how noble he is for getting them the tickets. Now he feels he can't take back the tickets that Lucy already gave them. Ethel leaves to go to the drugstore and says Fred will thank them after his nap. Lucy remembers that Fred put those train tickets in his wallet without looking at them and she feels she can go and switch tickets so she can get back their compartment tickets while Fred is napping. While Lucy is searching Fred's pockets, he rolls over and Lucy's arm gets stuck under him. Ethel returns and demands an explanation as to why Lucy has her arms around Fred. Unable to explain, Lucy runs back to her room, followed by the Mertzes where she has to tell them that Ricky got them uppers. They don't mind, and in fact, Fred returned the compartment tickets Lucy gave them for uppers and the difference in the money helped pay for Fred's wrecked motorcycle. Now all 4 of them have uppers. When the ticket agency returns Ricky's earlier phone call for compartments, they inform the Ricardos they now have compartments which Ricky buys, soon realizing he just bought back his own tickets and Fred now has lost no money on his trashy old bike.
Cast: Joseph (and Michael) Mayer as Little Ricky; Bennett Green as messenger; Donald Brodie as ticket agent at Union Pacific Railroad.
GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY
Episode #132; Aired October 31, 1955
Going back home to New York is Lucy's first train trip, accompanied by Ricky, Little Ricky, the Mertzes and her mother. On the train, Lucy wonders where the spies are, like on the Orient Express and is curious as to why the emergency brake is so far away from where the engineer is. She learns there is one of those in every car and the engineer has his own set of brakes. Upon arriving at their compartment, the Ricardos learn they have a connecting door to Lucy's mother's room. The Mertzes are in the car ahead - uppers 12 and 13 and they soon head for the dining car. Lucy finds that her purse is missing and realizes she left it at the news stand so Ricky gets off the train to go get it since the train tickets are in the purse. When the train starts moving, Lucy pulls the emergency brake so Ricky can get on the train. It stops with a huge jolt and the Mertzes pass by a panicked Lucy with food all over their clothes; Lucy reveals she stopped the train. Ricky arrives back on the train after having run into it when it stopped suddenly. Later, Lucy and Ricky go for food and leave their tickets with her mother as the Mertzes come along to join them. Lucy's mother is found to be in the wrong compartment and has to move to one in the next car. Mr. Estes of a jewelry business takes over where Mrs. McGillicuddy's room was. He has a gun but has never had to use it. When Lucy brings her mother some food, she finds she and Little Ricky are gone and accuses Mr. Estes of kidnapping them when she sees his gun. She calls for the conductor and pulls the emergency brake. The train stops with a jolt and the conductor tells Lucy her mother and child are in the next car. The Mertzes and Ricky pass by Lucy and they have food all over them. Because of the gun, she tells Ricky that Estes is a criminal type. When a detective knocks on their door, he says he's looking for a jewel thief so Lucy tells him the man in the next compartment has a gun. She soon notices the detective leaving Estes' compartment without a struggle. Ricky departs to go to eat but Lucy stays behind to get her lipstick. She looks through the connecting door and sees Mr. Estes with jewelry. He gets out his gun and asks to talk to her. Ricky returns, and she tells him Estes is a jewel thief but he doesn't believe her. They go to join the Mertzes in the dining car and the men go off to sit at a different table. Meanwhile, Lucy tells Ethel about the jewel thief. A man sitting beside them hears Lucy and pretends he's from the FBI and asks Lucy to take him to the thief. He asks her to lure Estes into her compartment and when Estes enters Lucy's room, the 'FBI agent' knocks him out and gets Estes' box of jewels. He then holds the gun on Lucy and she realizes this FBI agent is the jewel thief. He leads Lucy down the hall and through a crowd of people where she hides, and slips into the bathroom. She soon comes out shaving and wearing a hat. When Ricky passes by and recognizes her she points out the jewel thief who has his gun out. She pulls the emergency brake again and the jolt causes Ricky to fall on the thief and he holds him down. The conductor takes the thief as the Mertzes arrive with food all over themselves. Later, Lucy is interviewed on the train for finding the jewel thief. While posing for a picture while holding the emergency brake, the conductor notices, and panics and pulls on Lucy. The train stops again suddenly and the clever Mertzes enter the car with food all over their raincoats!
Cast: Joseph (and Michael) Mayer as Little Ricky; Frank Nelson as the conductor; Lou Krugman as Mr. Estes; Harry Bartell as jewelry thief; Kathryn Card as Mrs. McGillicuddy; Sam McDaniel as the porter; Joseph Crehan as the detective; Louis Nicoletti as reporter; Hazel Pierce, Roy Rowan, Hazel 'Sunny' Boyne, Saul Gross, Evelyn Finley, Lila Finn, Hubie Kerns, Gil Perkins as passengers.
Episode #133; Aired November 7, 1955
The Ricardos and Mertzes arrive home to NYC from their California trip, while Lucy's mother is already on her way home to Jamestown. Lucy's neighbors are going to hold a Ricky Ricardo block party the night of their arrival. Mrs. Trumbull begins to fawn over Ricky since she has not been so close to, as she calls him, a movie star, before. That night the Ricardos invite a few close friends into the apartment while a mob of people remain in the hallway, making it hard for Ricky to return to his own apartment. They want to touch him because he's a movie star and Fred makes some money selling bits of Ricky's sport coat, noticing Ricky's sudden popularity. Once inside the apartment with their own little group, Lucy knows they all want to hear about their trip and things that happened to her, but wherever Lucy says they went, her friends ask her if Ricky was there too. When Ricky comes into the living room after changing his clothes their friends throw questions at him and Lucy tries, though ignored, to answer the questions, such has Ricky's picture to be opening in February at Radio City Music Hall. No one appears interested in Lucy's story on the Richard Widmark grapefruit either! All attention is on Ricky and his stories of the trip. The next day the Mertzes check with Lucy to be sure they don't disturb Ricky while they vacuum the hall; he's a movie star now and doesn't belong to them anymore, he belongs to the world they surmise. Lucy is shocked to see the Mertzes bowing when Ricky comes in, and rushing to help him with his coat and cigarette. When he leaves to go downtown to check on uniforms, Lucy gets a call from Nancy Graham who wants to do a story on Lucy. However, when she arrives to interview Lucy she only wants to hear about Lucy's life after she met Ricky. Disappointed in this, Lucy is reassured of a new task in life, now that 80 million women in the USA will be envious of Lucy being married to Ricky, the movie star who has now made one picture. Nancy talks Lucy into fulfilling Ricky's every wish. When Ricky returns, having sneaked through the back door to avoid the crowd in the front, Lucy starts acting like his slave. She roasts a pig, Ricky's favorite food; shines his shoes; cuts up his breakfast food for him. She insists that Ricky watch the football game with Fred while she goes to the Tropicana for the music he needs. Lucy's behavior of treating her husband like a movie star puzzles Ricky and he confides in Fred that he wants to be treated like a husband. Ricky soon gets an idea to help Lucy get tired of this new worship she has; he'll become the most revolting movie star she ever met. When Lucy returns with the music, Ricky is dressed in a satin smoking jacket, waiting for her to light his cigarette and scolds her for taking so long to return. He tells her his shoes are not shined enough, and needs her to type the lyrics separately from the music at that very moment. Eager to again please Ricky, she types while her coat is only half off of her, and shines the shoes at the same time. In addition to this she's answering the phone and meanwhile, Ricky wants her to bring an ashtray for his ashes. Even though it's near him, he cannot reach it and Lucy sternly says she cannot reach it either. When he asks what she wants him to do with the ashes, she suddenly realizes it's too much and tells him she does not care anymore if any of his tasks are done, calling him a big ham. He tells her how great this is, and confesses he's made her mad enough to fight back so that she won't treat him like a movie star anymore and tells her she has been already fulfilling his every wish for fifteen years.
Cast: Joseph (and Michael) Mayer as Little Ricky; Elvia Allman as Nancy Graham; Elizabeth Patterson as Mrs. Trumbull; Hazel Pierce, Barbara Pepper, Bennett Green, Roy Schallert, Charlotte Lawrence, Eva June Mayer as the neighbors.
THE RICARDOS ARE INTERVIEWED (PERSON TO PERSON)
Episode #134; Aired November 14, 1955
Lucy tells the Mertzes that Ricky signed with Associated Artists that day, a big talent agency which came after him since coming back from Hollywood. Soon Johnny Clark, Ricky's new agent, drops in and says Ed Warren wants Ricky on his 'Face to Face' TV show where millions of people will see them on TV. The agent is reluctant to have Ricky being seen on TV living in the crummy joint he has, and sets down penthouse apartment brochures for them to look through. He tells Ricky he should live like a star. Ricky says they are staying where they are and are never going to leave. The Mertzes depart, planning that the following evening the 4 of them will play bridge. The brochures show Lucy that the apartments start at $11,000 per year. The next evening when Ricky gets home, Lucy tells him she looked at a Park Avenue Penthouse, one of the $11,000 apartments, which had a view of Central Park. She wasn't comfortable there and Mrs. Skylar, the manager, would not even show it to her until Lucy told her who Ricky was. Momentarily, she phones the Mertzes to come and play bridge. Meanwhile, Ethel and Fred are planning a way to get Ricky to move, thinking that the Ricardos want to move, but won't move to avoid hurting their feelings. They feel Ricky belongs in a more beautiful building. They'll pick a fight and hopefully that will encourage the Ricardos to move, remembering how sensitive Lucy is about her bridge game. At bridge, they hesitate to play, noting that the Ricardos are lousy bridge players. Lucy strikes back with them enduring 15 years in their deep freeze building, and their arguments continue, ending with Ethel telling them to go ahead and move. The Mertzes depart, but Ricky sees through their act; they think if he stays there it will ruin his career. Fred would never tell a steady paying tenant to move. Soon, Fred phones Ethel's Aunt Martha because she always wanted to rent in their building. Ethel speaks with her and to Uncle Elmo too. Martha will take the apartment when she knows the date of the Ricardos moving. Suddenly, Lucy receives a call from Aunt Martha and realizes the Mertzes rented their apartment to the aunt and uncle. The Ricardos are now beyond being angry. Later, Ethel receives a call from Mrs. Skylar asking how good the Ricardos are as tenants and Ethel is told that Lucy was looking at an apartment. Jumping to conclusions, Ethel figures the Ricardos planned to move out and believes they were pretending they did not want to leave. The upset Mertzes head over to speak to Lucy and Ricky and pass the agent in the hall. He says the TV show will be done with a new angle being that success has not changed Ricky who prefers his old apartment near his best friends, who are now asked to be on the show too, the following night at 8 pm. Fred sees this as a golden opportunity to advertise his building on TV. The Ricardos agree to appear on TV with the Mertzes since the appearance is important to Ricky's career. As the show begins, we see on TV 'Face to Face with Edward Warren' who introduces Ricky as having made his first Hollywood film. Nervous Lucy picks out a chocolate from a dish, though with the hot TV lights on, they've melted and she ends up taking two chocolates that are stuck together. She now must eat both of them, but when Ed asks her a question, she has a mouth full of chocolates and is inaudible. Their best friends, the Mertzes, are called into the apartment and Fred says hello to his pals in Stubbenville, Ohio while Lucy offers Ethel a chocolate. Ed mentions Ricky refusing to move to a penthouse and Lucy agrees that they would not move for anything, causing Ethel difficulty swallowing her chocolate (and Lucy's answer!). Fred advertises his building on the back of his shirt with the phone number Plaza 5 6098 and the gang, nevertheless, re-creates one of their musical evenings at home though, during the song, Lucy points out that what Fred did was sneaky. The song is broken off by arguments with Lucy telling Ethel they weren't serious about moving and Ethel crying that she never wants Lucy to leave. With the girls in tears, Ed, hopelessly, can't get a word in during the conversation and helplessly says goodnight to his TV audience.
Song: Rancho Grande
Cast: Elliott Reid as Ed Warren; John Gallaudet as Johnny Clark, the agent; Monty Masters as the director; Bennett Green as the cameraman.
LUCY GOES TO A RODEO
Episode #135; Aired November 28, 1955
Fred wants Ricky to appear at his upcoming lodge show but Ricky has a previous commitment. Lucy and Ethel beg to Fred that they be in his show and he says they can. Fred gets his idea for the show while having lunch with an old crony named Rattlesnake Jones, who is in town because his kid brother is in a rodeo show at Madison Square Garden. Rattlesnake will help Fred put together a western show for the lodge. He coaches Ethel and Fred on how to sing for the show and he works with Lucy on how to sing a song and yodel. She is unable to be good with her yodel (and if you want to be technical, she can't sing either). Rattlesnake says Lucy will be able to jiggle a tune with bells all over her. Later when Ricky is speaking to Johnny, his agent, who wants to know the program Ricky has ready for their rodeo show, Ricky realizes he made a mistake and thought he was to prepare for a radio show. When he tells Lucy he now has to put together a western show in two days, she informs him that the show they're doing for Fred's lodge is a western show. Lucy and the Mertzes convince Ricky eventually to accept them as part of his western show, but since the lodge show is the same night as Ricky's rodeo show, they say they'll postpone the lodge show if the price is right. They accept Ricky's offer of $25.00. At the rodeo, Ricky is introduced as a new MGM star and great singing cowboy star who has brought his whole rootin' tootin' gang. He sings 'Texas Pete (Cuban Pete)', and then 'Fred and Little Ethel Mae Mertz' sing, with Ethel yodeling within the song. The finale is 'Lucy Cannonball McGillicuddy' and all of her famous western bell ringers. Here the Ricardos and Mertzes jiggle bells tied to them, to the tune of 'Down by The Old Millstream'.
Songs: Down by the Old Mill Stream; Birmingham Jail; Lily of the Valley; Texas Pete (Cuban Pete); Red River Valley/Listen to the Mockingbird; Old Chisholm Trail; Home on the Range; Come A Ty Yi Yippy Yippy Yay.
Cast: Dub Taylor as Rattlesnake; John Gallaudet as Johnny Clark, the agent; Doye O'Dell as the host at The Garden.
Episode #136; Aired December 5, 1955
Lucy finds herself in exhaustion from always taking 3 year old Little Ricky to the park; she puts on his snowsuit, boots and mittens and while at the park, he never stops running after pigeons and squirrels. Back home, he naps for only a half-hour. After the nap they go back to the park and he chases the animals again. They come home again and Lucy is tired out. Ricky suggests there's only one thing to do - send him to nursery school so he can play with kids of his own age. Lucy feels he's too young and she quotes from a book by one of the world's leading authorities on baby care, Dr. Spock. She tells Ricky she does not think Little Ricky should go to nursery school with Spock's quote: 'a good nursery school does not take the place of home'. Ricky feels this does not sound right and checks the book and sees that Lucy did not finish the sentence - it ends with 'it adds to it. Most children benefit from a good nursery school'. Lucy is afraid Little Ricky will catch germs at nursery school but Ricky makes her promise to enroll the child in nursery school. Lucy enrolls Little Ricky but does not promise he will attend - she keeps Little Ricky hidden with the Mertzes taking him to the park and such places. Ricky finds out Lucy's scheme when Ethel spills the beans that she feels Ricky will be very upset that the baby has not yet gone to nursery school, not knowing Ricky is in the room and hears her. Ricky puts his foot down and says he will take Little Ricky to nursery school, however, the next day Lucy has hidden the boy, but he's soon discovered when Fred returns with Little Ricky, earlier than planned allowing Ricky to then take him to nursery school. Lucy is immediately proud of her son attending nursery school, while showing off his school painting. Suddenly, she changes her mind when the baby begins sneezing. Instantly she phones Dr. Gettleman in tears. He finds the baby has had his fourth attack of tonsillitis this year and cannot fault the nursery school; his advice is to remove the tonsils. Meanwhile the hospital is on the phone, preparing for medical students to see an unusual operation on a patient being flown in. The Ricardos start to leave the hospital where Little Ricky, who has just had his operation, is staying in Room 602. Lucy tells the nurse she wants to return to stay overnight with the baby and bring him his teddy bear, but it's against rules. So, she sneaks back in with the teddy bear under her coat where a different nurse at the desk thinks Lucy's a maternity case due any minute. Lucy flees to go see the baby. On her way she disguises herself by changing into a nursing uniform, and is still carrying the teddy bear. As medical students pass her she hides the bear under a sheet on an operating table. A doctor mistakes this as the next patient due for an operation with Dr. Barnett, who is preparing the students for this most unusual, late night operation. They may never have a chance of seeing anything like this surgery again. As the teddy bear is revealed under the sheet in the operating room, Dr. Barnett faints. Lucy grabs the bear and heads to her son's room. Ricky arrives at the hospital, suspecting that Lucy is there with the baby, but is advised by the nurse that the whole hospital's in a turmoil trying to find some screwball red headed nurse that has gone berserk. Ricky asks if the nurse was carrying a teddy bear and is told she was. He realizes they are looking for Lucy and suggests they'll find her, as the missing nurse, in Room 602 with Little Ricky. They find her asleep with the baby, and she is allowed to stay there overnight.
Songs: Pop Goes the Weasel (in Little Ricky's jack in the box).
Cast: Joseph (and Michael) Mayer as Little Ricky; Howard Hoffman as Dr. Barnett; Olan E. Soule as Dr. Gettleman; Iva Shepard as first nurse; Maxine Semon as second nurse; Robert Brubaker and Alan Ray as doctor and orderly.
RICKY'S EUROPEAN BOOKING
Episode #137; Aired December 12, 1955
Ricky visits Fred to say his agent booked him and his band on a tour of Europe but he can't afford to take Lucy along because it's only a short 3 week trip with one night performances. At home, Ricky starts to tell Lucy what his agent did, and she immediately phones Carolyn Appleby to say they're going to Europe; next she calls Josephine but is unable to finish the call. Ricky explains his problem to Lucy and says he'll take her some other time to Europe. Soon, Ethel rushes in to tell Lucy she's been to the market and heard that the Ricardos are going to Europe through the words of the butcher and the grocery boy who just made a delivery to Marion Strong. Lucy decides, having only told Carolyn, that by word of mouth, Marion Strong is just a hop, skip and a blab from Carolyn Appleby. Lucy tells Ethel she's not going to Europe this time. Dubious, Ethel convinces Lucy that Ricky will have a wonderful time in Europe without a wife along. Suspicious Lucy is then angry with Ricky and refuses to speak to him. When she hears Ricky needs a band manger she begins to speak to him again. She would like to be his band manager so she can go and it won't cost a cent. He does not believe she has the skills for this. She suggests she can raise the money herself to go and Ricky agrees to let her. She'll also call her mother to see if she can stay with the baby for 3 weeks. Upon speaking with Fred, Ricky finds out that Fred handled his own act in vaudeville. He asks Fred to manage the band on the European tour. If Ethel raises the money for her trip, she can also go. But they need $3000 for the two of them! Soon, with money found in chairs, cushions, sugar bowls, piggy banks, and 'going through husband's pants' Lucy has collected $200.16, however, Ethel found no money at her home. They decide to use their $200 to buy a TV, raffle it off and the money they take in will pay for the trip. Ethel reminds Lucy that raffles are held for needy causes and Lucy says she and Ethel are the 2 neediest causes she can think of. Now for their needy cause they have to think up a good phony name. Lucy calls it Ladies Overseas Aid. She calls Mr. Feldman of Feldman's Appliance Store. Since he is the man who sold the Ricardos their TV, she thinks he can give them a good price on one and explains to him the TV will be used in a raffle. For the cause he'll donate a set, have the tickets printed with his advertising on the back, and hold the draw in his store. Later, the girls bring 3000 tickets to Lucy's apartment and begin selling them at $1.00 each, even to Ricky, who buys 20. Unfortunately, just as Lucy is about to go to the drawing, a man named Jamison, of the District Attorney's Office, visits. He asks her about the raffle and about the organization, the Ladies Overseas Aid. Lucy confesses they made the name up, and it's really a raffle so she and Ethel can go to Europe. He informs her she's been defrauding the people buying the tickets since they thought they were contributing to a reputable charity and that fraud is a crime punishable by 1 to 10 years in the penitentiary. She pleads she did not know it was a crime. Understandingly, he admits that if she calls off the raffle and gives the money back, she'll be excused, however, once the drawing is held, the matter would be out of his hands and he would have to prosecute. They rush to the drawing since it will start in 15 minutes. Meanwhile, without knowledge of the crime, Ethel goes ahead with the draw and chooses the winning number 2725, and the winner is Mrs. Hazel Pierce. Lucy and Jamison arrive while Ethel makes a speech on how the $3000 will make two dear little ladies very happy. Mr. Feldman then announces that Mrs. Wolbert from Indiana and President of the Ladies Overseas Aid, is in town to accept the money in person. Lucy insists Ethel pass the money to Mrs. Wolbert. Mr. Jamison leaves, satisfied that no law has been broken. At the same time, while at MGM Records, where Ricky is recording the song 'Forever Darling', he gets a phone call from the Steamship Company who asks him to play on the boat to Europe. He rushes home to Lucy with some good news. Before he gets there, Lucy and Ethel get home and tell babysitter Fred that they got $3000 legitimately for their trip to Europe, since the Mertz building is in Ethel's name, and she mortgaged it. Ricky arrives and says they do not have to mortgage the building. He says he had thought he had to pay the passage for everyone in the band but by playing aboard ship he does not have to do that, and with the money he saves the wives can go along to Europe and it won't cost Fred a cent either!
Songs: Forever Darling.
Cast: Barney Phillips as Mr. Jamison; Harry Antrim as Mr. Feldman; Dorothea Wolbert as herself; Hazel Pierce as herself; Louis Nicoletti as Studio Recorder; The Pied Pipers as backup singers.
Episode #138, Aired December 19, 1955
Lucy reveals to Ethel a schedule of all places Ricky's band will play in Europe: London, Paris, Venice, Holland, The Riviera and Madrid. Lucy's mother, who's taking an auto trip through New England with a friend and not sure of their destination, will arrive the day before they leave and she'll stay with the baby while they're gone. Fred comes in to Lucy's apartment looking for Ricky. He has their old vaudeville trunk with him and to save money on the trip he plans to pack band uniforms in it, even though it has a hole in it. He thinks of Paris back when he was Corporal Mertz, 35 years ago and he asks Ethel where his old uniform is. Ricky comes home and he has their boat tickets and tells everyone they now need passports. Lucy says she had wired the Jamestown Hall of Records for her birth certificate. Soon they phone and tell her they can't find a record of her being born there nor can they find her birth certificate. Ricky calls the passport office and finds out that if you want a passport but can't find your birth certificate you have to get an affidavit from an older living blood relative. Since Lucy is not sure exactly how to get hold of her mother, she'll have to find 2 old family friends who remember when she was born and get an affidavit from them. To find former friends, Lucy calls the Jamestown Hall of Records and has them read to her alphabetically all the people in the Jamestown directory. Ricky yells, since this will cost a fortune. She hangs up, without finding anyone in Jamestown who knew her when she was born. Dr. Peterson, who was there when she was born, is visiting in New York and his daughter will try to get him to call her. However, she will still need one more witness and she tries to think of Helen Erickson's second husband's name. Helen, who lives in New York now, used to live next door to them in Jamestown and babysat with Lucy when her folks wanted to go out. While Lucy thinks, Ricky leaves to go to the club. Ethel comes in looking for Fred, who soon appears to show off his uniform. He's too overweight for the outfit now and Lucy jokes with him about it. He says, 'Don't make fun of us doughboys' and Ethel says, 'It's a good thing the Kaiser didn't see you in that outfit; he never would have surrendered'. Lucy then remembers that Helen married Sidney Kaiser. She calls Helen and arranges to go to her place to sign an affidavit. Even though Little Ricky is in nursery school, Lucy wants Ethel to stay at her apartment in case Dr. Peterson calls. As Lucy and Helen visit, her husband Sidney, who is an attorney, comes home. He informs Helen an affidavit is sworn testimony taken under oath and is to be witnessed by a notary public. However, it turns out that Helen won't sign the affidavit. Because her husband walked into the room during their visit, Helen suddenly 'became' younger than Lucy, and wouldn't admit her real age. And Lucy needed an older person to verify her being born in Jamestown. Lucy returns to her apartment and Ethel tells her Dr. Peterson is coming over. Since the doctor will be only one witness, and Lucy will need two witnesses, she thinks she might have to go to Europe hiding in the trunk Fred brought over. She gets in it to see if she fits, and has Ethel close it to see how long she could stay in it. She doesn't stay long but when Ethel tries to open the trunk, it's locked; Lucy has the key in her pocket and can't get to it since her arms are tightly down by her side inside the trunk. Ethel goes to get Fred at the same time Ricky comes home with Marco to rehearse on the piano as Ricky beats the beat on the trunk. Marco has to leave; Ethel returns but can't find Fred. Lucy can't hear from Ricky's beating on the trunk. Dr. Peterson arrives at the apartment, but he can't verify Lucy when he can't see her while she's stuck in the trunk. She tries to show her ear through the hole in the trunk so the doctor can see her scar from the stitches he put there when Lucy was bit by Fred Bigelow's cat. But he sees Lucy's red hair and says the Lucy he knew had brown hair. Lucy gives up and tells Ethel to get Fred to help. The doctor tells Lucy there is a way to absolutely identify herself. When she was a little girl he taught her a song they sang together. If she knows the song now, he will know that she is Lucy. She starts to sing, and he joins in, plus he dances. Ricky comes home with disbelief, seeing a man dancing and hearing a voice in the trunk. Fred comes in with a crowbar allowing Lucy to escape from the trunk so that she can greet Dr. Peterson. She explains why she was in the trunk and the doctor reveals that she was not born in Jamestown, but was born in West Jamestown. A special delivery letter comes then from Lucy's mother. She has sent Lucy's birth certificate, with the hopes that Lucy can use it, which she picked up in West Jamestown when she and her friend were stuck there overnight.
Songs: Skip To My Lou; Mademoiselle From Armentieres.
Cast: Sheila Bromley as Helen Kaiser; Robert Forrest as Sidney; Sam Hearn as Dr. Peterson.
STATEN ISLAND FERRY
Episode #139, Aired January 2, 1956
The Ricardos and Mertzes will leave next week for Europe and they're studying different languages so they can act as guides in the different countries. Lucy is learning French, Fred - German, Ethel - Italian and Ricky will take over when they get to Spain. Fred is afraid he will get seasick on the boat the same way he did when he was on a boat going to France during the First World War. Lucy reminds him they're going on The S. S. Constitution - one of the best. Ricky comes home with their passport pictures but no one is happy with the results. Ricky says they should go get their passports today but the girls want to go get better pictures taken since the baby is in nursery school all day. Mr. Emory of the American Export Lines calls Ricky, and Ricky decides he will see him on the way to the passport office. Emory will show Ricky the place where the band will play on the boat. He and Fred head out to see Emory; later they return to the apartment after having been to The Constitution but the boat made Fred seasick and he does not want to go to Europe. Lucy says that as the band manager, he has to go. Ricky tells him that seasick pills will work and Lucy suggests that Fred take some pills and try them on the Staten Island Ferry. Ricky says that this afternoon Ethel and Lucy have to get their passport. He and Fred were just down there and the man said this is the last day to get them, if they want to be on time to sail and the office closes at 5 pm. Ethel has to get Aunt Martha's luggage for the trip so Lucy will go with Fred on the Staten Island Ferry and she'll later meet them at the passport office. Even though the girls disliked their next set of passport photos, due to there being no time to re-take pictures again Ricky quickly chooses their photos for them. Lucy and Fred go on the ferry and the 2 seasick pills make Fred feel fine, and not seasick at all. Lucy soon gets seasick and takes 5 or 6 of Fred's pills but they both fall asleep. At 4:15 pm Ethel calls Ricky from the passport office wondering where Lucy and Fred are. She needs someone to identify her so she can get her passport so Ricky will go down and do it. After 5 trips on the ferry, Fred tries to wake Lucy to get off the ferry. It is 4:22 pm. At 4:52 pm, Ethel is still waiting at the passport office. Soon Fred and Lucy arrive but Fred can't identify Ethel since he is a relative. They try to wake up Lucy and she identifies Ethel. Ethel shows her passport photo and takes the oath and she'll have a passport in a week but they have 4 _ minutes left for Lucy. Ethel identifies her and now Lucy has to take the oath. Ricky comes in and is told Lucy took too many pills and is still groggy; she's too sleepy to take the oath. Ethel and Ricky try to wake her but time is running out. Finally, Lucy takes the oath and as they leave Fred plugs in the wall clock which he had earlier unplugged in order to give them more time for Lucy.
Cast: Charles Lane as Passport Office worker, Stanley Farrar as Staten Island Ferry guide.
Episode #140, Aired January 16, 1956
The Ricardos and Mertzes board The Constitution, heading for Europe. Mrs. Trumbull, Little Ricky and Lucy's mother go on board the ship to say goodbye. Lucy is impressed with their stateroom and bon voyage fruit people sent. She is especially happy with the gift from Billy, Danny and Little Jerry Asher. She's also impressed that the boat has a theatre, ballroom, shops and elevators. Her mom gives her a bottle of seasick pills and Mrs. Trumbull asks Lucy to get her French perfume in Paris called 'My Sin' but Lucy says it will be a gift from her. Lucy wants her mom to call her if the baby gets sick since they have a phone on the boat but it's expensive to call. She'd have to call the marine operator and ask for The Constitution. Soon, all visitors on board have to leave the boat and go back onto the deck. Lucy wants to go down and give Little Ricky one more kiss but on the deck, her skirt gets caught in a bicycle and even though she removes her skirt, she can't get on the boat in time while it's departing. Ricky learns that she can come out on the pilot boat and come aboard when the pilot gets off. He phones the dock agent who pages Lucy to report to the dock agent's desk. She speaks to Ricky by phone and he tells her to get on the pilot boat. For directions, the dock agent tells her to go to the pier that has two boats tied to it since they are the pilot boats. Unhappily, Lucy returns to him and explains she jumped onto the pilot boat that was on its way - but it was on its way IN. By the time she noticed her mistake the other boat was gone. She hires a helicopter at Idlewilde airport and flies to the boat. The helicopter hovers over the boat and lowers Lucy down on a cable onto the boat. Lucy is full of fear, and when she lands on the boat, exclaiming there was nothing to it, she faints.
Cast: Joseph (and Michael) Mayer as Little Ricky; Kathryn Card as Lucy's Mom; Elizabeth Patterson as Mrs. Trumbull; Tyler McVey as Ship officer; Bob Carroll Jr. as passenger; Ken Christy as dock agent; Jack Albertson as helicopter clerk; Frank Gerstle as helicopter pilot.
Episode #141, Aired January 23, 1956
Lucy feels so wonderful on the ship she's sure the 5 day trip is going to be like a second honeymoon including taking part in the ship's activities like ping pong and deck tennis. Ricky reminds her he has a schedule-- band rehearsal, lunch concert, tea dances keeping him busy every day. Lucy settles for Ethel as a ping pong partner until the ocean voyage, sea air and being with Ethel goes to Fred's head. This could be their second honeymoon. The Mertzes sign up for all events. Lucy, being alone, signs up for ping pong and will play with anyone. So far only couples have signed up so Lucy waits outside for word about a partner. Her partner ends up being Kenneth Hamilton, a young boy. Later, when Ricky has 3 minutes to spare with Lucy in their room, before he starts a dance, he's reading the newspaper and reads that Lucy and partner won a cup in the shuffleboard contest. He wonders who Kenneth is and Lucy describes him as a doll. Ricky gets jealous and warns Lucy about wolves on board ship. She says she promised she'd dance every dance with Kenny tonight since Ricky will be working. Then, Kenny knocks on the door and tells Lucy his mother said Lucy should keep the cup. Ricky is relieved to see Kenny is a young boy. During the dance Lucy dances with Kenny until it's past his bedtime. When Ricky has a few minutes, he sits with Lucy and the Mertzes but Fred and Ethel soon leave to take a walk on the deck in the moonlight. Ricky's short time with Lucy is interrupted when he is told Capt. Jacobson wants to talk to him. Since Ricky will be done work at 2:30 a.m., Lucy says she'll wait for him on the promenade deck so they can have time together. While waiting on the deck Lucy encounters romantic couples, and even interrupts Fred and Ethel sitting on some steps. When Ricky arrives on the deck he spends the time yawning and trying to keep his eyes open. When he falls asleep the romantic Lucy accepts the inevitable: this is no second honeymoon yet. Later she hatches a plan with Ethel that when Ricky comes into their room at 7 p.m. to change his clothes she'll lock the door, and have Ricky kidnapped in the room for one evening of golden moments with her husband. Ethel will be out on the deck and Lucy will hand her the room key through the porthole. The girls synchronize their watches; it is 5:03 p.m. Soon, Lucy dresses up in an evening gown and Ricky arrives and heads into the bathroom. She locks their room door and he comes out with the news that he has the night off and the 2 of them will spend the evening with dinner, dancing and a walk around the deck under the moonlight. She yells for Ethel out the porthole for the key to unlock their room, and gets stuck. Ethel returns and gives Ricky the key through the Ricardo's other porthole and the Ricardos are finally alone for their evening when Ricky is outside the porthole singing to the stuck Lucy. She can only be rescued by men with torches.
Songs: Sailing Sailing; Cielito Lindo; Amor Tierno.
Cast: Harvey Grant as Kenneth; Tyler McVey as social event co-ordinator; Herbert Lytton and Paula Winslow as man and woman on deck; Louis Nicoletti and Virginia Barbour as man and woman with dog.
LUCY MEETS THE QUEEN
Episode #142, Aired January 30, 1956
The Ricardos and Mertzes arrive in their London hotel suites and Lucy can't believe they're there and seeing Piccadilly, London bridge, and Westminster Abbey. They can even see Buckingham Palace from their balcony. Lucy wants to go there first and see the Queen. Fred and Ricky will go to the Palladium, where they have preparations to make. Since Lucy needs money to also go shopping, Ricky gives her ten pounds of English money which is $28 in U.S. money. Fred also gives Ethel ten pounds not realizing it's worth $28. At Buckingham Palace, Lucy does not see the Queen and Ethel wants to go shopping with the money Fred gave her. Lucy tells her to wait awhile and with the help of Ethel's guidebook, it says the Palace has over 500 rooms. Lucy asks a Palace guard when the Queen might be coming out but Ethel's guidebook says he's not allowed to pay attention to anyone nor is he allowed to smile. It's tradition and no one can make him break the rule. Lucy says she can make him smile and tries by telling jokes without success and at the same time she misses seeing the Queen when Ethel rushes back to tell her what a thrill it was to see the Queen drive out. A man on the street tells them the Queen would be appearing at 1 pm at The Wimbleshire Hotel charity luncheon, the same hotel Lucy and Ethel are staying in. Again, Lucy does not see the Queen. She calls to find out what time the Queen is arriving for the luncheon and is told it was yesterday. Ricky tells Lucy that tomorrow night they open their show at The Palladium and the Royal family will be there and Lucy will be presented to Queen. Ethel runs in with news that she'll be meeting the Queen too along with band manager Fred. She and Ethel practice their curtsy to prepare for when they meet the Queen. Soon everyone leaves for lunch except Lucy who remains to practice her curtsy. When Ricky returns, he says he found out only certain people are presented to the Royal Family. He had checked his invitation and it only shows his name. Lucy is awfully upset, so he phones The International Artists Agency and speaks to Philip Wilcox (his agent in Europe) and asks if he can bring his wife when he is presented to the Queen; Ricky tells him her name is not on the list. Philip says if her name is not on the list it would not be proper to bring the wife. He also says if Lucy was in the show it would then be a different matter. Lucy begs Ricky with all her might to let her be in the show at The Palladium. He decides she can dance the lead in the trained horse circus pony number where he plays the ringmaster. She has not rehearsed it but has seen it so many times that she easily knows the steps. However, when she tries a few steps she gets a cramp in her leg, but is sure she'll be fine for the show tomorrow. Unfortunately, while doing the number in the show, she gets another cramp in her leg and even has to have the hoop she jumps through lowered. In the end, the Queen wishes to meet the lady who did the comical dancing. Ricky also meets the Queen and the Duke and a very happy Lucy is carried off to go and meet the Queen.
Music: 'Perpetual Motion'.
Cast: Nancy Kulp as maid, Sam Edwards as bellboy, Robert Shafter as English gentleman, Patti Nestor and Betty Scott as pony dancers.
THE FOX HUNT
Episode #143, Aired February 6, 1956
Lucy and Ricky return to their room after being at a party, but Lucy is jealous of Ricky dancing too much with a debutante named Angela Randall. He tells her she's just a fan who saw his performance at the Palladium and had asked him to dance. Sir Clive Richardson, a cinema producer, then phones and wants to meet with Ricky the next morning to talk about a picture deal. Lucy shows Ricky the 'London Times' which did an article on Sir Clive at his 300 acre country estate, Brookshire Manor, where he is pictured just after riding to hounds, which Lucy explains to Ricky, is fox hunting. She wishes Sir Clive would invite them to his country estate for the weekend and she hatches a scheme. Ethel and Fred visit the Ricardos the next morning with a package for Lucy, containing most likely a riding outfit and they are to call Lucy at the time of 11:30. Sir Clive arrives and explains his call of the previous night. It was his daughter's idea; she's a fan of Ricky's and she thinks he'd be a hit in British movies. Lucy goes to her room to let them talk and later returns wearing a riding outfit. She tells Ricky it's her new outfit for the weekend for her fondest dream to spend a weekend riding at an English country estate has come true. She makes up a story that The Earl of Wilson has invited them thanks to the Mertzes meeting him in the lobby. Sir Clive regrettably says if he had known their interest in horses, he would have invited them to his place for the weekend. The phone rings on cue as expected, and Lucy insists she get it and is told the Earl's cancelled the weekend invitation. Sir Clive now invites the Ricardos and Mertzes to his place. His daughter, who goes by her stage name of Angela Randall, soon arrives to pick him up for lunch. Lucy is not happy that this is the woman Ricky danced with too often the previous night but Angela is very happy to hear that Ricky will be at Sir Clive's for the weekend. At his estate, Lucy is angry that Angela is monopolizing too much of Ricky's time, and she decides she will not let them out of her sight. Lucy is incensed that Angela even wants to borrow Ricky and show him off at her friend Cecily Higgins' lawn party because Cecily gets celebrities to come. Sir Clive announces he arranged for a fox hunt the next day, and Lucy, who has never been on a horse before, will go only to keep an eye on things. At the hunt, the Mertzes and the horse groom help Lucy get on the horse, Danny Boy, though she's terrified of it. Finally she heads off on the hunt. Later, Angela, her father and Ricky return but they don't understand what happened to the fox. When Lucy returns, she is inside of a small bush though she does not know how she got into it, but a fox's tail is hanging out. Here then, Lucy has caught the fox!
Cast: Walter Kingsford as Sir Clive; Hilary Brooke as Angela; Trevor Ward as horse groom.
LUCY GOES TO SCOTLAND
Episode #144, Aired February 20, 1956
Lucy and Ricky return to their room after seeing a show where a Scottish girl sacrifices herself to save her village. This causes Lucy to want to go to Scotland and look up her mother's relatives, which she promised her mother she would do. The Mertzes come in to give Lucy a dragon toy for Little Ricky. Furthering her pursuit, Lucy tells Ricky she knows where to look for her family. Her Great Great Great Grandfather was Angus McGillicuddy who lived in Kildoonan in northern Scotland. When they go to sleep Ricky laughs at the name of Angus McGillicuddy so Lucy bets that Ricky's Great Great Great Grandfather was likely Enchilada Ricardo. Lucy dreams about Kildoonan which is full of singing. The village is distraught because the two-headed dragon comes to Kildoonan every 30 years to eat a McGillicuddy and there is no one of the Angus McGillicuddy family to throw to the monster. Lucy, in a scotch costume, arrives and the villagers are delighted to find out she is the Great Great Great Granddaughter of Angus McGillicuddy. She proves it by not being able to do the sword dance just like her relatives; none of them could ever dance it. She soon realizes the village wants her to give up her life for them and they take her captive to try and fatten her up for the dragon. Scotty MacTavish MacDougall MacArdo (Ricky in a scotch outfit) arrives in a dither as he has seen the dragon and advises the village to run, but the mayor tells him all is well as they found a McGillicuddy. He tells Scotty she's in the inn and don't let her out. Lucy opens the door and leaves the inn and sees the people are gone but Scotty won't let her go. He introduces himself to her; his Great Great Great Grandfather, Enchilada Ricardo, sailed to Scotland with the Spanish Armada. He gazes at her, and admits he's in love with her but explains she is to be the dragon's dinner. This explains why she is the last of the McGillicuddy's. Lucy and Scotty meet up with the dragon (Fred and Ethel) to see if it listens to reason, but tomorrow, they still want to eat Lucy. Scotty tells Lucy he'll fight the dragon, but when the dragon arrives in the village and the people grab Lucy to throw to it, Scotty is not sure he wants to fight the dragon now. He pushes Lucy toward the dragon and Lucy Ricardo wakes from her dream hitting Ricky with a pillow because he is such a coward. She has Ricky confused again!
Songs: Flow Gently Sweet Afton; Songs by Larry Orenstein: 'Tis Nae A Braw Bricht Nicht; A McGillicuddy is Here; Dragon's Dinner; Two Heads; Dragon Waltz.
Cast: Larry Orenstein as the Mayor.
PARIS AT LAST
Episode #145, Aired February 27, 1956
Lucy gazes at the Eiffel tower from her room at Hotel Royale, glad to be in Paris. Fred says the town is the same as it was in 1918 when he was there in the past. Ricky has to see his French agent today so Fred gets a day off and goes on a sight seeing tour with Ethel. Lucy wants to go out on her own, to get the true flavor of Paris. Ricky worries; Paris is a big city and without knowing the language Lucy could get into trouble but she has her French dictionary, guidebook and map of Paris to help. She hopes to discover an undiscovered artist whose paintings have never been discovered, as years later, they could be worth thousands. Ricky gives her $20 to spend and says to take it to the American Express office and they'll give her 7000 francs. Ricky leaves and the Mertzes decide they'll see Lucy at the Express office later since Ethel has to first take out the curlers from her hair. Lucy goes off alone and finds an unknown painter. She starts to go and exchange her American currency at the American Express office but is stopped by a counterfeiter. He tells her in the Express office she'd get 350 francs for a dollar, but for her, he can give her 450 francs. Lucy buys from him, and when he sees the police he makes a fast getaway. The Mertzes arrive, and Lucy gives them half of her money. Fred and Ethel go on their way and Lucy goes back to talk to the painter and buys a painting for 1000 francs. His name is Pierre Charpontier and when Lucy leaves, he takes out of his suitcase the exact same painting he sold Lucy, already painted and he starts to doctor it up. The Mertzes, on the way to the sight seeing bus, stop and talk to the painter. Lucy walks around the city and stops to eat at an outdoor café. Without understanding French, she orders the specialty of the house - snails. She is unable to eat them so she asks for ketchup to put on them but this insults the chef. She quickly pays for her food, which cost 400 francs, and leaves but innocently paid with counterfeit money. She is taken to jail and demands to call her husband and Ricky comes to help her. The police will ask Lucy questions and will line up various people to translate down the line to Lucy. The first sergeant speaks only French. The next cop in line speaks French and German. The next person in line is a prisoner who speaks German and Spanish. Ricky is next in line with his Spanish and he'll translate the questions to Lucy in English. Lucy tells them she got the money from a man on the street but she didn't know it was counterfeit. They tell her if she pays the rest of the bill to the café, she can go free. The Mertzes are now brought into jail for using counterfeit and they blame Lucy for selling it to them but Ricky gives the Mertzes their money back. Back at their hotel, Ricky shows Lucy a painting he bought her. Lucy and the Mertzes display the paintings they bought. The painter told Ethel it was a genuine original she says. They look at each other's paintings and find they are all identical to the one Lucy bought from the painter on street!
Songs: Mademoiselle From Armentieres; Alouetta.
Cast: Larry Dobkin as the counterfeiter; Shepard Menken as Pierre Charpontier; Maurice Marsac as the waiter; Vincent Padula as the drunk; Bob Carroll Jr. as café patron; Hazel Pierce as a tourist.
LUCY MEETS CHARLES BOYER
Episode #146, Aired March 5, 1956
The Ricardos and Mertzes are dining at a French café and Lucy insists that every man she sees is Charles Boyer. Ricky is getting tired of her imaginary Charles Boyers and he does not want to hear another word about it. Lucy says Ricky is jealous. When Ricky and Fred discuss the itinerary for Europe and find they are staying in Europe longer than planned with places the band will be playing, Boyer comes into the café. Lucy notices him and everyone agrees this one looks like Boyer. Ricky doesn't want Lucy to go see Boyer because she attracts trouble, but he hatches a plan. While Lucy and Ethel go fix their face up in preparation to talk to Boyer, Ricky slips over to Charles to convince him to tell Lucy he is not Boyer. Charles agrees. Boyer also tells Ricky that his agent cabled him about having lunch with Ricky this week about doing TV shows on 'Four Star Playhouse'. Charles pretends to be Maurice DuBois and tells the girls people always mistake him for Boyer and, therefore, producers won't hire him as an actor. A few days later, when Ricky reads 'The Paris Tribune', he believes Don Sharp, an agent, gave out publicity about Ricky having lunch with Boyer this week right there in Paris to discuss a deal for American TV. Ricky now wants to keep Lucy away from the luncheon. He remembers how, at the café, Lucy thought he was jealous of Boyer. He tells Fred he'll put on a big act about being jealous of Boyer every time Lucy mentions him, and that should keep her away from the lunch. Having read the paper, Lucy asks if she can go when Ricky has lunch with Boyer. Ricky puts on his jealousy act and this worries Lucy. She tells Ethel she has to convince Ricky that Boyer means nothing to her and she'll use Mr. DuBois as Boyer and have him give her lots of attention in front of Ricky and she'll ignore it, and when Ricky sees she's not impressed he'll realize there is nothing to be jealous about. Lucy returns to the outdoor café and sees DuBois, but the waiter says that man is Boyer. Lucy is glad he had fooled the waiter since it means DuBois can fool Ricky into thinking he is Boyer. She tells DuBois she has a romantic acting job for him but he says he has a luncheon appointment. She'll coach him into doing an imitation of Boyer. She explains her husband is jealous of Boyer, but there's no sense to it since they've been happily married for 15 years. She tells him she wants him to play a love scene with her in front of Ricky and she won't be impressed and he'll see he has nothing to be jealous about. She'll give him three thousand five hundred francs (ten dollars) to play this part. The role could lead to an acting career since she knows a lot of big people in Hollywood. DuBois says he can't afford to turn her down but he still can't get out of the luncheon today. She says she's at the Hotel Royale and will coach him after his luncheon. Later Ricky meets Boyer for lunch. He tells Ricky Lucy still thinks he's DuBois and about the role Lucy wants him to play due to Ricky's jealousy. Later, Boyer goes to see Lucy and she coaches him to act romantic and kiss her hand like Boyer would. He is to return at 5 pm and tell Ricky he's just passing by and thought he'd drop in. Meanwhile, Ricky knows Boyer is coming so he keeps up his jealousy act, and when they are phoned that Boyer is coming up, Lucy tells Ricky she'll prove to him that Boyer means nothing to her. Boyer comes in as Mr. DuBois (to Lucy), and acts romantic like they rehearsed and she acts like she has no interest and Ricky keeps up his jealousy act. When the phone rings, Ethel tells Lucy that Fred spilled the beans about DuBois really being Boyer. Lucy chokes on her orange and Ethel says she'll come right up to the room. Lucy is scared of Boyer's advances now and both men realize the call tipped her off to their trick. Boyer has to go as he has an interview on TV. Lucy now realizes Ricky was not jealous. Ethel rushes in and is excited having just seen Boyer leaving. However, he returns, having forgotten his hat, though it's now crushed from Lucy accidentally sitting on it. She and Ethel want his autograph and splatter ink on his shirt and rip his coat. Hurriedly he leaves, and Lucy says 'au revoir' - he's lucky he got out alive!
Cast: Charles Boyer, Jack Chefe as the waiter.
LUCY GETS A PARIS GOWN
Episode #147, Aired March 19, 1956
In Paris, band manager Mertz reports in with the mail and Ricky reads their invite to dress designer Jacques Marcel's fashion show, which will make Lucy happy. Ricky had to pull a few strings to get the invite but Fred warns him that Marcel charges lots for clothes. He tells Ricky that when the girls go to the fashion show, they will have to buy a dress that usually costs $500. Seeing this reasoning, Ricky decides not to show Lucy the invitation. Ethel and Lucy return from shopping, with Ethel having spent 1000 francs for a bag that in U.S. money, is $2.85. Lucy got a toy for Little Ricky and perfume for Mrs. Trumbull. She checks the mail, and is upset that the invite to Jacques Marcel's fashion show hasn't come yet. Ricky says he tried to get one but they are hard to get. Lucy answers the phone and Marcel's secretary asks Lucy if she got their invitation and that they're invited to the show for the following day at 2 pm. Ricky confesses the invite came and makes Lucy promise that all she'll do at the show is look, and so does Ethel. After the show the girls go to the café and are joined by their husbands. The men make fun of the two models from the show as they walk by. Lucy decides she'll not eat until Ricky buys her a Marcel dress, though he says he won't get her one. Later, to break Lucy's hunger strike, Ricky invites the Mertzes over for a delicious tasty looking lunch and decide to eat it in front of Lucy, and maybe that'll make her eat again. He is worried because she's been on this hunger strike for 3 days. Lucy still refuses to eat so Ricky goes to rehearsal and Fred goes with him. When the men leave, Lucy brings out all her hidden food while Ethel watches. She has food hidden in a book, in a lamp, a vase and other places. She has not left the hotel room these past few days, but Ethel is responsible for bringing her food secretly. Later, for dinner, Ethel brings Lucy a roast chicken, hidden in her camera bag. However, the men return and Ricky, feeling sorry for Lucy, brings her a Jacques Marcel dress. He wants to take a picture of it and finds the chicken in the camera bag and the husbands realize Lucy has been sneaking food in with Ethel's help. Ricky returns the dress and he and Fred go to the outdoor café. A model walks by and Ricky is sure she is wearing something made out of a potato sack and it gives him an idea on how to get even with Lucy and show her how silly this high fashion stuff is. He'll need the help of the tailor across the hotel where they had the band uniforms cleaned. Ricky will get him to make a crazy dress out of a real potato sack and get a Jacques Marcel label and put it on. Fred would even pay to get one made for Ethel. For hats they find a wine bucket and a horse's feedbag. Soon, they take their creations to the wives who just love their supposedly new Marcel outfits. Ricky calls them next year's fashions. They stroll to the café in their new outfits and Marcel happens to be there, staring at the two wives. As he leaves, Lucy wants to thank him for letting them scoop the fashion world but Ricky and Fred start laughing, thinking on how their wives fell for this like Ricky fell for the hunger strike. Ricky confesses to Lucy that Jacques Marcel did not make the outfits, but a tailor made them out of potato sacks. The girls leave the café embarrassed and angry. Eventually, the foursome return to the café and at 2 pm the husbands are to buy the girls Marcel dresses no matter what the cost, for humiliating them in a public place. Marcel and his models pass by and they're wearing exactly the same outfits as Lucy and Ethel's potato sack fashions. Ricky describes Marcel as a crook for stealing his potato sack dress idea. He is proud to tell the wives they don't need to buy a Marcel dress, since they already have the originals. Tearfully, the girls reveal they have burned their originals.
Cast: John Bleifer as the waiter.
LUCY IN THE SWISS ALPS
Episode #148, Aired March 26, 1956
The Ricardos and Mertzes arrive in Lucerne, Switzerland, and Lucy checks out Fred and Ethel's room. They find out that Fred had made a mistake when he was checking the band schedule without his glasses on. Ethel had sat on the glasses in Paris. Fred booked the band into Locarno instead of Lucerne. They decide to go see Ricky in his room and get him in a happy mood and when he's off his guard they'll laughingly sneak the bad news in that the band is in another city. This results in Ricky firing Fred from being band manager. Ricky makes a phone call and finds that a train from Locarno to Lucerne takes 4 hours. He sends a wire to the Ricky Ricardo band. They are at the American Express office in Locarno and his wire tells them to take the next train to Lucerne. He then now decides that Fred is not fired. Ricky worries that if his band doesn't arrive, they'll have to cancel tonight's show. Later, Fred says that in case the band doesn't get there on time, he has lined up a local outfit that can play. Ricky can't believe a Swiss band can play Latin rumbas but listens to the band that had been practicing for one hour. They play far too slowly for Ricky's taste. Soon, Lucy gets out their hiking outfits to go mountain climbing with the Mertzes to put in time till the band arrives. They climb up a mountain and stop for lunch, which the hotel had packed for them. When they are done eating it snows heavily and they find an empty cabin. After a few minutes, Ricky looks out the door to see if it stopped snowing, and sees a big cliff of snow is hanging over the cabin. Lucy is sure that all that snow hanging over will cause an avalanche if anyone makes a loud noise. She read it in a book and remembers it happened in the movie 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'. But she sneezes and, afraid the snow over the cabin fell, looks out the door. Seeing that all is well, she slams the door but the snow then falls and blocks the door. They are afraid they won't be discovered but Ricky is determined he has to get out, as he has a show that night. He says to wait till someone comes and digs them out. After 5 hours, they are hungry. Optimistically, Fred says the people at the inn knew they came up the mountain, but Lucy fears they might not find them under all that snow. Only Lucy had saved a sandwich from lunch on the mountain, but doesn't tell anyone. She gets it out to hide it in her coat but everyone smells the food and wants some of her sandwich. She decides to share it when the rest of them beg. After eating, Ethel is afraid they're doomed. She confesses to Fred when they got married she said she was 18 but she was really 19. Fred confesses that she was 24 and he confesses to Ricky he charged him $10 more rent than anyone else in the building. Ethel says that every month she gave them back the $10. Lucy confesses she has another sandwich in her knapsack. Ricky confesses when she napped, the rest of them ate it, but they saved her a quarter of it. Soon, Lucy hears strange far off music and the Swiss band comes in with a shovel. They had become worried when the foursome didn't return to the hotel. They found only a few feet of snow in front of the cabin door and did not have to dig for long. They asked for another chance to perform in the show, since they had practiced all afternoon. Ricky, being happy to see them, gives them the job. They begin to play, far too slowly again, causing Ricky to appear unsure about them, but they're all happy as they leave the cabin.
Songs: La Cucaracha; Schnitzelbank.
Cast: Torben Meyer as head of Swiss Band.
LUCY GETS HOMESICK IN ITALY
Episode #149, Aired April 9, 1956
Arriving at The Hotel Grande in Italy, Lucy is worried as her mother has not written for 2 weeks and this day is Little Ricky's third birthday. She hopes he got the presents she sent him that Fred mailed for her 2 weeks ago. As they check in with the hotel clerk to get their rooms, a shoeshine boy comes in and is chased away by the clerk. To go to their rooms, they try to use the elevator, but it's broke and their rooms are 4 flights up. Worn out from climbing the stairs Ethel states they climbed an Alp last week and it wasn't as bad. The Ricardos get the Bridal suite and the Mertz's room is one more flight up. Ricky arrives in the room with their mail. Lucy reads the mail from her mother, but it doesn't say a thing about the birthday presents she sent. Lucy is upset about Little Ricky being home on his birthday with no birthday presents. Ricky says she can call home and talk to him, so they go downstairs to the lobby to call. The phone operator does not understand Lucy so Ricky tries to make the call to their apartment phone number of Murray Hill 5 9099 and has no problem with the operator. Lucy declares it's just her luck she would get an operator in Italy who studied English in Cuba. The operator tells him she'll call back in 20 minutes. They walk back up the stairs but will soon make several more trips up and down the stairs due to the operator calling and double-checking things. Lucy even takes over the phone from a female hotel patron, just to ensure the woman doesn't tie up the phone any longer in case Lucy's call comes in. To hold the phone line, she pretends to talk to Benjamin Franklin about lightning, while holding down the phone receiver in case it rings with the call she's expecting. While pretending to talk to Ben, the phone rings, and it's for the Italian hotel patron. Lucy is embarrassed and the woman looks at her as if she's crazy. Later, a call finally comes from the operator, and she puts Lucy's mother on the line. She tells her Mom she's calling from Florence, Italy, but her Mom says it's now 5 o'clock in the morning in New York and the baby is sleeping, though he did get the presents Lucy sent. When they hang up, Lucy cries that she didn't get to talk to him but Ricky says she can call a few hours later and he goes off to rehearsal. Afterwards, in the hotel lobby, the shoeshine boy comes in and Lucy says he can give her a shoeshine. Soon, Lucy's call comes from the operator and she is told to wait but the boy is chased away by the clerk again. Before he runs, Lucy pays the boy and says she'll get her shine later. It's Lucy's mother on the line but the baby is not there. Since it is now 9 a.m. in New York, Mom just got back from taking him to nursery school. He'll be home at 1 pm but Lucy says it's too expensive to call again. Lucy is in tears and the shoeshine boy comes to her room to give the shine she paid for. He asks why she is crying and she explains today is her son's birthday, and she's lonesome for him. The shoeshine boy says it's his birthday today too and Lucy gives him candy to celebrate his birthday since she can't be with her little boy at this time. She finds out the shoeshine boy's name is Giuseppe and with his birthday being today, he says he's 8 _ but then says he's 9 because he forgot. Later while telling the Mertzes what the boy said, Giuseppe brings in Teresa and says it's her birthday today too. Lucy gives her candy. He brings in more kids and says it's their birthday too and Lucy gives them chocolate. Lucy decides to have a party for Little Ricky right there in Italy and, after shopping for goodies with Ethel, she has the birthday party and all the kids get presents because it's their birthday too. Soon, Giuseppe confesses it's not really any of their birthdays but they just said it to get candy. They give back the gifts but Teresa refuses because it's really her birthday, and because it's her birthday, Lucy lets all the kids keep their gifts. Ricky comes in and has Little Ricky on the phone in the lobby. Lucy speaks with her son and Giuseppe gets the kids to sing 'Happy Birthday' to Little Ricky in Italian. Ricky and tearful Lucy, wish Little Ricky a happy birthday.
Song: Happy Birthday.
Cast: Bart Bradley (now Bart Braverman) as Giuseppe; Kathryn Card as Lucy's Mom; Joseph (and Michael) Mayer as Little Ricky; Vincent Padula as hotel clerk; Ida Smeraldo as Italian patron; Kathleen Mazalo as Teresa.
LUCY'S ITALIAN MOVIE
Episode #150, Aired April 16, 1956
On an Italian train, the Ricardos and Mertzes are on the way to Rome. They'll get there in 13 hours, at 10 o'clock the next morning. When they arrive in Rome, a man approaches them on the train. He says he is Vittorio Fellippi who produces films there in Italy and he thinks Lucy would be the type he needs for a new picture. He gives his card to Ricky and says to call if Lucy is interested in auditioning, but to call soon as they start production in a few days. In Rome, the Mertzes drop in on the Ricardos in their hotel room, Room 605. Lucy is reading about Vittorio and some of the actresses he discovered. The bellboy comes in and Lucy asks him to translate the story, as she can't read Italian. It says Vittorio announced the starting date of his new picture called 'Bitter Grapes', which is filming in color in and around Rome. Because of the movie title, Lucy feels she has to find out about the grape vineyards and what the workers do there. Ricky tells her not to do that since she'll only get into trouble. Then Ricky and Fred go out to check the theatre for a show. Lucy wants to go to the grape vineyards to soak up local color for acting purposes. She makes a call and asks the bellboy to come up and she asks him how to find the vineyards where they make wine, pick grapes and stomp the grapes in vats within the wine industry. There is one little town in the outskirts of the city called Turo where they still make wine without machinery. Lucy visits Turo, dressed like the grape stomping workers, and two workers, Rosa and Teresa are chosen to stomp the grapes in the wine vat, but Rosa is replaced by Lucy. At first Lucy hates the feel of stepping into the grapes but is soon running round and round the vat with her stomping. Meanwhile, Ethel drops in on Ricky. He asks her where Lucy is since Vittorio called, and will be there soon. Ricky makes Ethel tell him where Lucy is. Back at the vineyard, Lucy gets tired and Teresa tells her to quit goofing off. She pushes Teresa away and she throws a handful of grapes at Lucy's face in anger. Lucy does the same back. They continue and Lucy falls into the vat and is pushed under several times by Teresa. Later, Lucy returns to the hotel room all stained by the blue grape juice and Vittorio is there with Ricky and the Mertzes. She explains she was at the vineyards working to get the right atmosphere for appearing in his picture but the blue stains won't wash off. Vittorio says 'Bitter Grapes' is a symbolic title that has nothing to do with the grape industry. He had her in mind for a small part as a typical American tourist visiting Italy and since shooting would be the next day in color, he can't take the chance that Lucy would be back to normal by then. He asks Ethel if she'd be interested in playing the part and she is to report to his studio the next morning at eight o'clock. Ethel announces that this is only the beginning and she may end up being a star. Disappointed Lucy mumbles some censored words!
Cast: Franco Corsaro as Vittorio Fellippi; Teresa Tirelli as Teresa; Rosa Barbato as Rosa; Saverio Lo Medico as bellboy; Ernesto Molinari as wine vat boss.
LUCY'S BICYCLE TRIP
Episode #151, Aired April 23, 1956
The Ricardos and Mertzes are in the Italian Riviera and Lucy has taken a swim in the Mediterranean Sea, cold as it is. The group is packing to go to Nice, France. Lucy wants to go the 35 miles to Nice by bicycle, but no one else wants to go that way. Lucy explains her disappointment in her three companions by reminding them that they wouldn't climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower or ride a ski lift in Switzerland, or swim in The Mediterranean and now they don't want to bicycle along the Italian Riviera. Finally they all decide to go to Nice by bike. After biking awhile over many hills, they are tired, even though they haven't yet reached the French border. It's getting late and they ask a farmer if he can put them up overnight. Because he has 9 children, the only place he has where they can sleep is in the barn with cows, chickens and goats. The next morning the farmer brings them loaves of bread and he suggests milk from the cow to drink. Ricky and Fred don't want to milk the cow and Ethel says she's a city girl. The three of them go looking for a well or spring for water and Lucy decides to try to milk the cow. By the time the three return, Lucy has learned how to milk the cow and enjoys squirting everyone with milk. Later in the day, they arrive at the Italian and French border on their bikes and the Mertzes are using a bicycle built for two. Ricky and the Mertzes enter France but Lucy does not have her passport, so she's not allowed in. She thinks it's in her blue purse in the trunk sent ahead to Nice. Ricky and Fred will go to Nice on the bicycle built for two since they'll make better time that way and get Lucy's passport and bring it back to her. The men leave the knapsacks there on the French side. Ethel remains on the French side of the border to keep company with Lucy in the next country. When Ricky gets to the Plaza Hotel in Nice, he phones Lucy at the border and tells her he doesn't have the key to open the trunk to get her purse out. She explains that the key is in her blue jacket, but realizes that's what she's now wearing. She asks Ricky if he'll bring the trunk to her and she'll unlock it but he refuses to take it in a taxi for 20 miles to the border. Ethel takes the key to Nice, using Ricky's bike. When she arrives, Ricky calls Lucy at the border again and tells her the key opened the trunk and they found her purse but her passport was not in there. Lucy now remembers she put her passport in her knapsack, but it's on the French side of the border where Ricky left them. Unfortunately, the man at the border won't let Lucy into France to get the knapsack that has her passport in it because she needs a passport to get into France. Lucy calls the hotel to talk to Ricky and she notices a bicycle tournament pass by and go through the border with ease. Ricky is not in the room and Lucy leaves a pleading message for help. She tries to bicycle into France, disguised as one of the tournament participants, but, being recognized, she's stopped at the border. Soon, Ricky arrives on the French side on his bike and gets Lucy's passport out of the knapsack and hands it to the Italian border guard. He finally lets Lucy into France and Ricky takes her passport for safekeeping. Behind their backs, the Italian guard goes off duty and is replaced by the next guard coming on his shift and he enters the office to check in. Ricky starts off on his bike and Lucy remembers she left her bike on the Italian side and she goes under the border rail into Italy to get her bike while the new guard is still in the office. He comes out to work at the border, and Lucy approaches the border with her bike. He asks for her passport but it has gone off ahead already, to Nice with Ricky. Lucy again is stranded alone in Italy.
Cast: Mario Siletti as the farmer; Felix Romano as Italian Guard; Henry Dar Boggia as Italian Guard; Francis Ravel as the French guard.
LUCY GOES TO MONTE CARLO
Episode #152, Aired May 7, 1956
In Nice, France, in their hotel room Lucy asks Ricky if she and Ethel can skip seeing his show tonight and go out to dinner and a movie. The Mertzes come into the room and Fred says they better get down to the dinner show. He confesses to Ricky that he was going over the books and he made a mistake. He had thought in Rome they cleared $3000.00 but found out now they only made $300.00. Ricky is not happy with band manager Mertz and decides they'll go over the books the next day. Lucy suggests the girls go to the Monte Carlo casino, the most famous gambling casino in the world. Ricky objects, as he does not want her to gamble. As the men go off to the show, Ricky says to Lucy to have dinner anywhere she wants, then go to a movie but not to the casino. Lucy looks in a brochure of restaurants and announces she and Ethel will dine at a very famous Monte Carlo restaurant called Le Grille, which happens to be in the casino. After eating, they stroll through the casino on their way out. Lucy finds a chip on the floor and throws it on the roulette table. It wins and she gains more chips but explains it wasn't her chip in the first place, and she moves the chips to another number to get them out of her way, and those chips also win. She tries to explain again it was not her chip and says those chips can stay right where they are. But they win too. She has just won 875,000 francs. The girls take the money and hide it in Ethel's good lingerie suitcase while the men are away at Ricky's late show, to hide the fact that Lucy was gambling which would anger Ricky. The next day, Ricky goes to the Mertz's room and asks for Fred. Ethel says he's in the barbershop so Ricky calls the shop from there. Ethel goes off to look for Lucy. Ricky talks to Fred on the phone and says he is in the room to go over the books. Fred says Ricky can get started and to get the books out of his suitcase in the closet. However, Ricky pulls out Ethel's suitcase by mistake and finds Lucy's gambling money, and with disbelief, he thinks Fred has been keeping his hard-earned money based on the mistake Fred confessed about. Fred arrives in his room and admits he does not know where the money came from. Ricky leaves and goes to his room and tells Lucy that Fred is an embezzler who has a suitcase full of money in his closet. So as to not tell Ricky she was gambling, Lucy makes up a story that the money is Ethel's from her French Aunt Yvette who died and she hid it so Fred wouldn't know she had so much money. Ricky apologizes to Fred and reveals that the money is Ethel's. Fred is happy, believing that Ethel is suddenly loaded with money. Ethel comes to Lucy's room, and Fred is looking adoringly at her. He insists they go somewhere so they can be alone and Ethel goes along with confusion on her face. While in their room alone, Ethel gets a phone call from Lucy explaining Ricky found the money in her suitcase and he thought Fred was juggling the books and she had to tell him the money was Ethel's because she didn't want Ricky to think Fred was an embezzler and she didn't want Ricky to find out she was gambling. Feeling used, Ethel refuses to ever see Lucy again. Ethel now realizes Fred is acting lovey-dovey due to his thinking Ethel has a lot of money in her suitcase. She tells him it's Lucy's money. They argue as Lucy enters their room and she grabs the suitcase to take the money back to the casino where she won it. Ricky comes into the Mertz's room and Ethel tells him it's Lucy's money in the suitcase. She explains she won it gambling by accident by putting a chip on table after they ate in a restaurant that was in the casino. Ricky thinks it's wonderful that Lucy won the money. The three of them head to the casino to look for Lucy there, in her pursuit to give back the money. Meanwhile, Lucy places the cash on the table and she is given more chips to play. She pushes them away and leaves and is told the chips won. Ricky comes into the casino and says she can keep the money, but with the next number called, she loses, and her chips are swept away and in the end she has lost all the money, resulting in a cascade of tears.
Cast: John Mylong and Louis Nicoletti as men at the casino; Bob Carroll Jr. as roulette player.
RETURN HOME FROM EUROPE
Episode #153, Aired May 14, 1956
The Ricardos and Mertzes are packing to leave Nice, France to go home. Fred and Ethel come to see Lucy and check on her packing. Lucy's mother has sent their mail but it contains a telegram for Ricky and this upsets him because she sent it to them by regular mail, so he blames her for not thinking. Lucy sides with her Mom saying maybe it's a birthday greeting. He opens it and it's an important booking at The Roxy Theatre in New York and they want Ricky to open there with his band for 2 weeks, starting next Monday. Fred suggests they fly home to get there in time. Ricky calls the Roxy and meanwhile, tells Fred to go and reserve them and the band on Pan American Airlines. Fred checks and says a clipper leaves tomorrow arriving in New York the following day. Ricky tells the theatre they'll arrive in plenty of time by air from Europe. Fred will call the steamship lines and say they're going home by plane. He reminds Ricky the band was going home free for playing on the boat, but now, Ricky has to buy plane tickets for the band too. Ricky tells Lucy that thanks to her mother, he has to play The Roxy for 2 weeks for nothing, but he's been waiting a long time to play there and that's what he'll do. Lucy insists she must take to her mother some rare Italian cheese that weighs 25 pounds. Being fed up with Lucy's mother, Ricky does not want her to take the cheese, besides it will add too much to the allotted weight of 66 pounds people can carry back on the plane. He and Fred leave the room as they have a lot to do. Lucy thinks she will disguise the cheese as a baby thinking babies travel for free. Later, on the plane, Ricky discovers Lucy's disguise and refuses to sit with her. Another mother, Evelyn Bigsby, and her baby take the seat beside Lucy so they don't disturb the others with their babies. Lucy keeps the cheese a secret from Mrs. Bigsby, and still pretends that it's a baby. Lucy admits her child is named Chester and Bigsby reveals her daughter is named Carolyn. During the flight Lucy finds out that babies cost 10 per cent of the regular fare on overseas flight, which comes to $30.00 and since it costs $2.00 per pound for anything over 66 pounds allotted, then the cheese would come to $50.00. Either way, she cannot afford it. She insists Ethel and she have to eat as much of the cheese as they can, to get rid of it so they don't have to pay for the cheese, or for the disguised baby. They'll figure out what to do later with whatever is left of it. After hiding the remainder of the cheese, Lucy returns to her seat and Bigsby asks her where her baby is. Lucy reveals it was a piece of cheese, to shrieks of horror from Bigsby, causing an investigation of Lucy at the customs office when the plane lands. Ethel reveals she and Lucy ate as much as they could of the cheese and it's discovered that the rest of it is hidden in the band's musical instruments. Ricky surmises it's not easy being married to Lucy but it's a lot of fun. With anticipation, he suggests to her it is time to go home now and see the baby.
Songs: Rock a Bye Baby.
Cast: Mary Jane Croft as Evelyn Bigsby; Frank Nelson as customs officer; Bennett Green as member of the press; Mildred Law as stewardess; Ray Kellogg as airline pilot.
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The Sixth Season
LUCY MEETS BOB HOPE
Episode #154, Aired Oct. 1, 1956
Fred's going to take Lucy, Ethel and Little Ricky to the ballgame at Yankee Stadium this afternoon. Ricky has recently bought a piece of the Tropicana Night Club and the opening of the new club is coming up the next night. Ricky changed the name of the club to Club Babalu and he has Bob Hope for the opening night guest. All Lucy knows is that Ricky was trying to get Bob for the opening but she has not been told yet that it's all set. Lucy returns from shopping for the opening but Ricky does not let her know Bob is doing his show. At the ballgame Lucy sees Bob and dresses as a hotdog vendor to make a sale to Bob and convince him to be at Ricky's opening. Meanwhile Ricky is at the Club wondering why the tile flooring is not done. He's been told to go to Yankee Stadium because Bob wants to meet him there to go over material for the opening. At the ballgame Lucy does not get to discuss Ricky's show when Bob gets hit on the head by a baseball. While he is recovering from the hit, Ricky meets up with Bob. Lucy dressed as a baseball player searches out Bob. Ricky secretly lets Bob know the player is Lucy and she explains to Ricky she was there to convince Bob to be in the show. Bob says he has a number about baseball he can do that uses three people and decides Lucy can join he and Ricky in the number but during the number at the opening Lucy's spiked shoes get stuck in the new tile floor.
Songs: Nobody Loves The Ump; Thanks For the Memory.
Cast: Bob Hope; Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky, Lou Krugman as Manager at the Club, Maxine Semon as woman at ballgame, Bennett Green as hot dog vendor.
LITTLE RICKY LEARNS TO PLAY THE DRUMS
Episode #157, Aired October 8, 1956
Lucy claims Little Ricky is only trying to get the oatmeal off his spoon when he begins beating a tune on his bowl with his spoon. Ricky claims, on the other hand, that Little Ricky has a drummer's talent. Lucy wishes that their son go into a doctor's profession. Ethel comes and borrows Lucy's black fox stole to wear to the theatre for Saturday night. Ricky gives Fred his pair of the theatre tickets, having invited the Mertzes to go with them. Ethel suggests the Ricardos let the child decide for himself what kind of a career he'd like. However, Ricky has a drum delivered and Lucy gets Little Ricky a doctor's outfit and kit that Ricky catches his son wearing. Soon the child begins beating on the drum Ricky had delivered to the apartment. Lucy tries to discourage him but he wants to play with the drum and not the doctor's kit. His constant beating on the drum for four days frazzles the nerves of the Ricardos and the Mertzes causing a big disagreement between the families. Fred had even resorted to wearing earmuffs to cover the noise and eventually he threatens that the Ricardos will be evicted for disturbing the peace. Fred returns the theatre tickets to Ricky while Ethel returns Lucy's 'moth eaten fur'. Fred says he has ways of getting rid of undesirable tenants. On Saturday, the Ricardos plan to leave for the theatre at 7:30 pm and Mrs. Trumbull will baby sit at her own apartment. Soon, Lucy and Ricky find that the gas and electricity has been shut off by Fred. He had even turned off the water while Ricky was showering. Ricky goes to turn on the emergency valve in the back porch thus getting Lucy wet while trying to find a towel in the shower. They won't be able to go out now for the evening. They get even by playing their son's drum, Ricky's congo drum and laundry tubs loudly so the Mertzes can hear. Mrs. Trumbull comes up to get Little Ricky and can't find him. The search for the child brings the families back together again and Little Ricky is found asleep on the Mertz's couch, wearing Fred's earmuffs to block out the noise.
Cast: Elizabeth Patterson as Mrs. Trumbull, Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky.
LUCY MEETS ORSON WELLES
Episode #155, Aired October 15, 1956
Ricky is going to let Lucy go to Florida, only so that she won't bother Orson Welles who will be performing with Ricky at a charity benefit at the Club. She finds out about the benefit when she runs into Orson at Macy's while getting him to autograph his Shakespearean record album. He told her he was sorry she could not help him out in his act at the benefit because Ricky told him she was going to Florida. She changes her mind about her trip so she can help out Orson in the show. He invites her to rehearsal and tells her he wants her to assist in his magician act but she had been thinking he wanted to play Shakespeare with her and had already invited her high school dramatic teacher to the show to watch them perform. Even though Orson and Lucy do only the levitation trick during his magic show, she sneaks in Shakespeare lines during the act anyway to impress her teacher.
Cast: Orson Welles, Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky, Lou Krugman as Paul, Ellen Corby as Miss Hannah, Hazel Pierce as customer at Macy's.
LITTLE RICKY GETS STAGE FRIGHT
Episode #156, Aired October 22, 1956
Little Ricky gets stage fright at his first drum recital. So Lucy tries to encourage the child to play again by putting the drums out in the open, to see if he'll play them again. She feels he'll have to play in public again as soon as possible to get over his stage fright. But he does not return to his drums. Fred and Ethel bring Little Ricky a present, a teddy bear that plays the drum; they felt he might take the hint from the bear and play the drums again himself. Ricky uses it to talk to his son about playing at The Babalu, in front of people, and he convinces him that no one will laugh at him. For the show, when the boy who plays the ukulele gets the measles and can't perform, Lucy fills in for him because Little Ricky insists he won't play if there isn't a ukulele in the show.
Songs. Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue (Has Anybody Seen My Gal?).
Cast. Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky, Howard McNear as Mr. Crawford, Marjorie Bennett as Mrs. Van Fossen.
VISITOR FROM ITALY
Episode #158, Aired October 29, 1956
Lucy and Ricky's visitor is Mario Orsatti, whom they met on their trip to Italy. He has come to surprise his brother in New York. It is believed (mostly by Lucy) that his brother has gone to San Francisco. Mario decides to get a job to make money so he can get to the west coast. While working making pizza, the Bureau of Immigration prevents him from finishing his days at work, so Lucy fills in for him.
Cast: Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky, Jay Novello as Mario Orsatti, Louis Nicoletti as the waiter.
OFF TO FLORIDA
Episode #159, Aired November 12, 1956
Ricky, Little Ricky and Fred go ahead to Florida to go fishing leaving Ethel and Lucy to join them about three days later. Ricky and his band will be appearing at The Eden Roc Hotel. When the time comes for the girls to go, Lucy can't find their train tickets. She and Ethel count their money and find it's not enough to buy two more tickets. They share a ride to Florida with Mrs. Grundy who was looking for passengers to share the cost of the drive. Lucy and Ethel jump to the conclusion that Mrs. Grundy is a famous gray-haired hatchet murderer after finding a hatchet in her car trunk while changing a tire. When the girls fall asleep, Mrs. Grundy hears on the news that the hatchet murderer dyed her gray hair red and is heading south with a blonde companion and she suspects Lucy and Ethel of being the criminals. They stop at a coffee shop for help and Mrs. Grundy sneaks away in the car and leaves the girls stranded. Lucy and Ethel hitch-hike to North Miami on a poultry truck to meet the boys and find that Little Ricky had placed the lost train tickets in a safe place: his wallet.
Cast: Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky, Elsa Lanchester as Mrs. Edna Grundy, Strother Martin as man in coffee shop.
Episode #160, Aired November 19, 1956
In Miami Beach, Ricky and Fred are upset that they can't catch fish. The girls left them a note that they've gone shopping so Ricky suggests to Fred they take them fishing with them next time so they can't go shopping. The girls find they've spent too much out of their clothing allowance. Lucy's idea is to tell the boys to take them fishing with them, thinking the boys will refuse and the girls will say if they can't go fishing they'll go shopping and when the boys come back from fishing, the girls will show them all the packages they just now bought and the men won't be able to say a word about it. When Lucy does ask the men if they can go fishing too, the men say it's fine. Lucy makes a bet that the women will catch a bigger fish than the men, thinking that if they win the bet, it will help pay for their new clothes. Lucy suggests the women have their own boat and Ricky agrees. But the men and women catch each other with a large fish and realize each were going to deceive the other by pretending to have caught the biggest fish. So they go fishing in one boat to keep it honest. On the boat, when Lucy realizes there is a fish on her line, Ricky's fishing line goes overboard and he jumps into the water after it. Lucy reels in Ricky's fishing line and he is holding onto it. Inside Ricky's shirt is a fish so the girls win the bet because the fish was on Ricky and Lucy caught Ricky.
Cast: Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky.
Episode #161, Aired November 26, 1956
The two couples are still in Miami Beach, and again at the Eden Roc Hotel. Lucy and Ethel want to stop the men from judging a 5 pm bathing beauty contest, but prior to that they have all planned to go for a boat ride. Ricky has also announced he has just signed to be in a movie being made there, a documentary about Florida from the early days to the present. He and the band will be playing as part of the present days of Florida. For the boat ride, to prevent the men from getting to the contest, Lucy fills a thermos with gasoline and another thermos with lemon-aide. She told the boatman to give them only half of a tank of gas so that in the middle of ocean, the boat will run out of gas. She'll then 'discover' the gas in the thermos at the time that the contest will be over, and they'll be able to return to the hotel. On the boat before leaving shore, Ricky finds the thermos of gas and, with it being dangerous to have in a thermos, he removes it from the boat prior to them heading out toward the ocean. When the boat runs out of gas while their out in the water, he finds out that Lucy had placed a thermos of gas on board in order to use it only after the contest was over, thus preventing the husbands from judging the beauties. However, now the thermos of gas is no longer on board so they drift to an island. The men go search out the island and Ricky thinks he sees a giant native. He finds out it's actor Claude Akins whom Ricky remembers making a picture with out in Hollywood. Claude is dressed as a native because he's filming the picture "The Florida Story". Ricky tells him he's in the same picture. With the movie company on the island, Ricky will be able to borrow some gas. He asks Claude to scare the wives to pay them back for causing trouble with the gasoline on the boat. Furthermore, Lucy finds out the beauty contest the men were eager to judge, has been put off until the next day.
Cast: Claude Akins, Joi Lansing and Jil Jarmyn as themselves; Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky.
THE RICARDOS VISIT CUBA
Episode #162, Aired December 3, 1956
The Ricardos and Mertzes fly to Havana, Cuba where Lucy will meet Ricky's large family; which she's very nervous about because she hopes they like her. Lucy will meet up with Ricky's mother again. Ricky has also been asked to appear at the Casino Parisien. The main relative she has to impress is Uncle Alberto, as he is the head of the family and he practically raised Ricky. At the family reunion, Lucy is so nervous she ruins Uncle Alberto's hat, accidentally calls him a big fat pig by mispronouncing her Spanish, makes him spill punch on his white jacket and she sits on his cigars. Later, she goes shopping for a box of cigars for Uncle Alberto but steps on the cigars in the store and forgot to bring money to pay for them. When Alberto comes into the store, Lucy hides by disguising herself as one of the cigar makers sitting in the store. Unfortunately the cigar she makes turns out to be far too long and she escapes out of the store. At the Casino, Ricky performs a solo, then sings 'Babalu' with Little Ricky. Alberto is so impressed with the child that he forgives Lucy whose son is such a talented performer.
Songs: Babalu; A Lucky Guy.
Cast: Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky, George Trevino as Uncle Alberto, Mary Emery as Ricky's mother, Barbara Logan as stewardess.
LITTLE RICKY'S SCHOOL PAGEANT
Episode #163, Aired December 17, 1956
Lucy returns from a PTA meeting with information about a pageant called "The Enchanted Forest" which will be presented by the children at Little Ricky's school. The next day when Little Ricky returns from school he says he got a little part in the pageant. Later on during the week, Ricky goes to a father's meeting at school about the pageant where they'll get their assignments on helping with the pageant. He returns from the meeting to inform Lucy and the Mertzes that he'll play a hollow tree in "The Enchanted Forest", and Lucy is to play the witch, Ethel the fairy princess and Fred a frog. Soon Little Ricky brings home a note from the teacher asking if Little Ricky can play the lead. Ricky isn't sure such a young boy could handle the lead, but Lucy thinks otherwise. When Little Ricky has trouble remembering lines while they rehearse at home, Ricky is more certain now that the role is too large for his son to memorize in only two days. Lucy feels that she, or Ricky or the Mertzes can help him onstage if he forgets his lines. During the show, which features dancing rabbits, owls and a skunk, Little Ricky gets help with his lines from the Ricardos and Mertzes. In the pageant, the witch doesn't like little children but she has no power when the fairy princess arrives. The fairy princess banishes the witch from the forest until she promises to love little children and live by the code of the Enchanted Forest. In the end, Little Ricky helps Lucy remember her lines in her final speech!
Songs: The Witch Has Changed From Bad To Good.
Cast: Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky, Candy Rogers Schoenberger as Suzy.
I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SHOW
Aired December 24, 1956
The Ricardos decorate their apartment for Santa's arrival that night. They encourage Little Ricky to go to bed and soon the Mertzes are helping the Ricardos decorate the Christmas tree that Fred bought for $5.00. As Ethel and Lucy sort out the tree decorations, Lucy notices one of the branches on the tree should be cut off so it'll have better balance. Soon she sees more branches that need to be trimmed. Lucy and Ricky have had wonderful Christmas times with the Mertzes and those days are even better now that Little Ricky has come along. Lucy and Ricky remember (through a flashback scene) how Lucy almost didn't get to tell Ricky she was going to have a baby because he was so busy and she ended up having to go to the nightclub to tell him. By now Fred had gotten so carried away with Lucy's story that he cut off too many tree branches. Ethel sends him out to buy another tree. When they sing "Jingle Bells", Lucy's off-key singing reminds them (by a flashback) of their Barbershop performance where Lucy was hiding under a sheet in a barber chair. Fred returns with a tree that cost only 50 cents due to the lateness of the evening. While getting the ornaments ready for the tree, they reminisce about the night (through flashback) that Lucy went to the hospital to have the baby. On Christmas morning, Little Ricky plays with his new bike and drums. The Ricardos and Mertzes, all dressed as Santas, hide in the kitchen and decide one of them should go in the living room to see Little Ricky. But they find a fifth Santa Claus in the kitchen who does not have a fake beard like theirs, and he mysteriously disappears into thin air!
Songs: Rock-a-bye Baby; We're Having a Baby; Jingle Bells; Sweet Adeline.
Cast: Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky, Cameron Grant as Santa Claus.
LUCY AND THE LOVING CUP
Episode #164, Aired January 7, 1957
Ricky has been asked to be MC at a banquet and is to present a loving cup trophy to Johnny Longden for his riding accomplishments from the National Turf Association for winning more races than any other jockey in the world. When Lucy returns from shopping for a new hat and dress for the banquet, Fred and Ricky laugh at her hat. Ricky says she'd look better wearing the trophy. He has business to do before the banquet so Lucy will bring the cup to the event. She puts the trophy on her head and kiddingly asks if it's suitable to wear to the banquet. When the men leave, she and Ethel cannot get the trophy off Lucy's head. Ethel takes Lucy on the subway to a silversmith to cut it off with a blowtorch. To cover the trophy, Lucy wears a hat and a veil over it on the subway. She gets lost in the crowd of people when they exit the subway and ends up back on the subway again, without Ethel, and eventually loses the hat and veil. She gets off at Flatbush Avenue and a policeman escorts her to the banquet, still with the loving cup on her head. The cup is, unfortunately for Ricky, presented to Johnny this way!
Cast: Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky, Johnny and Hazel Longden as themselves, Sandra Gould as woman suggesting tennis, Jesslyn Fax as Brooklyn woman.
LUCY AND SUPERMAN
Episode #166, Aired January 14, 1957
Little Ricky wants Superman to come to his birthday party on Saturday; the TV hero is making personal appearances that week at Macy's Department Store. Little Ricky's Godparents, the Mertzes, provide the favors for the party but Fred is acting a little stingy about the cost, since they have not yet rented the apartment next door to the Ricardos. Caroline and Charlie Appleby will soon be dropping by. Their son Stevie is Little Ricky's best friend so Lucy will be inviting him to the party Saturday. During the visit with the Applebys, they tell the Ricardos that Stevie has a birthday coming and will be 5 years old next week and they want to invite Little Ricky to his birthday party. Unfortunately, both birthday parties are on Saturday but since neither of the boys were born on Saturday, one of the women will change the date of their party; Stevie's birthday is Thursday and Ricky's is Monday. The women argue about which child's party will be held Saturday and about which child was born first and Caroline reveals that Stevie was born in California, though they now are living in New York. Neither parent will give in to change the date of their party. Stevie's party will have a clown, a magician and a puppet show. Lucy is afraid all the kids will go to Stevie's party and not to Ricky's, so she gets the idea that Superman could come to Little Ricky's party since Ricky had met him when they were in Hollywood. She asks Ricky to invite Superman and she phones Caroline to tell her Superman will be at Little Ricky's party. Caroline decides she'll change Stevie's party to another day so Stevie can see Superman too at Ricky's party. Later Ricky calls to say Superman can't come due to another commitment in Indiana, and he's flying out on Saturday. She decides she'll dress up like Superman and get dressed up in the empty apartment next door. She'll go out the window and walk along the ledge so she can enter her apartment through her window. In order to hide her red hair Lucy has to wear a helmet. While out on the ledge outside her apartment during the party, she sees that Ricky has brought the real Superman who has arrived so he wouldn't disappoint the kids for the birthday party. When it begins to rain, Superman rescues Lucy from off the ledge.
Cast: Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky, George Reeves as Superman, Doris Singleton as Caroline, George O'Hanlon as Charlie, Steve Kay as Stevie Appleby, Madge Blake as Martha, Ralph Dumke as husband.
LITTLE RICKY GETS A DOG
Episode #165, Aired January 21, 1957
The Mertzes have rented an apartment to Mr. Stewart, a bachelor, whom Ethel describes as an old grouch. Later, Little Ricky comes home with one of Billy Palmer's six puppies. Because it's so lovable, Lucy finally decides to keep the dog. Ricky is firmer as he knows they cannot keep a dog in the apartment. Soon, he warms up to keeping the dog too. Fred reminds them, however, that there is a no pet clause in their lease. When Little Ricky names the dog 'Fred', Mr. Mertz feels he cannot force the dog to go. When the puppy barks too much throughout the night, Lucy tries to keep him quiet due to the Mertzes receiving complaints about the barking. When there is more continual barking, the Mertzes arrive to tell the Ricardos that Mr. Stewart has threatened to move already because of the noise, and they insist that the little dog has to go. Lucy and Ricky can't come up with the courage to get rid of the dog, so Lucy hides the puppy in a large Mexican-type hat when Fred and temperamental Mr. Stewart arrive to check over her apartment. Mr. Stewart threatens to take back his first and last month's rent if the dog is still there. The dog is discovered, but Fred has been slowly losing his patience with Mr. Stewart. He tells the new tenant he'd rather live with a little dog than a big grouch, and gives him back his $250 check and tells him to leave. When Fred suddenly realizes the money he lost, he faints.
Cast: Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky, John Emery as Mr. Stewart.
LUCY WANTS TO MOVE TO THE COUNTRY
Episode #167, Aired January 28, 1957
Lucy wants to move to the country after visiting Grace Munson in Connecticut. Grace even took the Ricardos to see a quaint old early American home that was for sale, but Ricky does not want to move. Later, when Lucy is out of the room putting Little Ricky to bed, Ricky confesses to the Mertzes that he bought that house that was for sale, for his and Lucy's sixteenth wedding anniversary which is coming up the following week. He has already given a $500 deposit on the house. Ethel can't hide her tears, now knowing that the Ricardos will be moving and when Lucy notices Ethel's sadness, Ricky gives Lucy the surprise news about the house he bought. Now in tears herself, Lucy can't bear to leave Ethel and asks Ricky to get his deposit back. When Ricky tries this, the seller, Mr. Spaulding, refuses to return the money because a deal is a deal. When Ricky leaves to go to the Club, Lucy and the Mertzes think out a scheme to make the Ricardos look undesirable and perhaps, then, the Spauldings would not want them to have the house and maybe refund their money. They show up at the house as gangsters and the owners now feel it might not be the right house for the Ricardos after all. Mr. Spaulding goes to get the $500 check to give to Lucy, but he returns with a rifle, threatening to call the police, yet still gives Lucy the check. Ricky appears at the door so that he can explain further to the seller about not wanting to move to the country, and comes face to face with Spaulding's rifle. Lucy explains to him why they are pretending to be gangsters, but that they also might now end up in jail. Spaulding soon allows Ricky to meet with him privately to explain his situation. While they are in the next room, Ethel admires the beauty of the home and Lucy melts into loving it again. Spaulding returns with Ricky who has convinced him that they are not gangsters. Lucy now pleads with Ricky to give the owner his check back so that they could buy the house after all. Spaulding accepts it, but charges that it'll cost $500 more to recover from the fright of the presence of 'the gangsters'. Ricky agrees and Lucy is overjoyed but accidentally squirts Mr. Spaulding with Little Ricky's water pistol she's holding. He changes the sum owed to $550 and Lucy reminds Ricky it's all for their happy sixteenth anniversary.
Cast: Eleanor Audley as Eleanor Spaulding, Frank Wilcox as Joe Spaulding.
LUCY HATES TO LEAVE
Episode #168, Aired February 4, 1957
Ricky is worried about the expenses he'll have now that he bought a house in the country. He is soothed by Lucy being willing to keep her old furniture and not have to buy anything new. The Mertzes begin showing their apartment to potential tenants and have rented it to Mr. and Mrs. Taylor. They will move in only if they can have the apartment the next day but the Ricardos can't get into their new house for four more days. Ethel suggests the Ricardos move in with them and to not worry about storing their furniture somewhere, since the Taylors liked it so much they'd like to buy it. Later Lucy feels the Taylors were going to ruin her furniture so she buys some of it back and the Mertz apartment eventually becomes crowded with all of Lucy's old furniture. They can barely move around each other while going back and forth with food to eat. Ricky soon gets bad news from Mr. Spaulding, the seller of the house - the title search for the house has been delayed for two more weeks. The Ricardos and Mertzes will now remain crowded together for a little longer!
Cast: Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky, Gene Reynolds as Mr. Taylor, Mary Ellen Kaye as Mrs. Taylor.
LUCY MISSES THE MERTZES
Episode #169, Aired February 11, 1957
The Ricardos leave the Mertz apartment and move into their home in the country. Lucy has Ethel's apartment key and Ethel has their house key. Lucy and Ricky find it hard to sleep through the quiet in their new home. The next day when they need help with things around the house they automatically call out for the Mertzes, forgetting that they're not so near anymore. The same thing happens to the Mertzes. When the Ricardos have spent one day and a half in their new home, Little Ricky and his dog, Fred, are invited to stay overnight with Billy Munson. This leaves Lucy and Ricky wondering what to do that evening, all alone in the country. Lucy suggests going to the city to see the Mertzes. The bored Mertzes head to the country by train to surprise the Ricardos. Ricky and Lucy drive to the train station to take it into the city, and will call the Mertzes from the station because their phone is not hooked up yet. The Mertzes don't answer their phone so Ricky and Lucy return home and go to bed. Meanwhile, the Mertzes use the house key Lucy gave them and assume the Ricardos are away with the house lights being dark. They wait until the Ricardos return. The Ricardos hear noises the Mertzes are making downstairs and assume they have a burglar. The Mertzes hide in the closet in the living room, after hearing noises made by Ricky and Lucy upstairs. They think a thief is upstairs. The Ricardos go out their door to search around the outside of the house. Upon hearing no more noises the Mertzes leave the house through the opposite door. The Ricardos come back into the house but hear someone trying to come in through the door; they hide in the closet. The Mertzes come in to pick up their forgotten items and the wind blows the door shut with a loud bang. They hide in the closet too, and run into the Ricardos in there. They all exit the closet and embrace in tears, glad to see each other again.
Cast: Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky, Tristram Coffin as Harry Munson.
LUCY GETS CHUMMY WITH THE NEIGHBORS
Episode #170, Aired February 18, 1957
Lucy raves about her neighbors Ralph and Betty Ramsey and their son Bruce but Ricky tells her to not get too friendly with the neighbors too fast. She gets ideas from Betty about re-decorating the house, which Ricky isn't pleased about, but he'll let her buy $500 worth of new furniture. When Ricky goes off to work by train, Betty drops in and tells Lucy that Ralph can get her a great deal on new furniture. Lucy can't get up the nerve to say she's only allowed to buy $500 worth, and ends up allowing Betty to talk her into buying $1875.50 worth of furniture and even more with an added footstool and den furniture. When the new furniture arrives, Lucy calls Ethel's home at Skylar 4-8098 in NYC, asking her to come over and help because she has now spent over three thousand dollars on new furniture. She feels Ricky might not be so mad if Ethel is with her. Ricky unexpectedly comes home when he forgets his key and Lucy is forced to explain the whole mess to him of her spending $3272.65 for furniture. She explains that Betty was able to get her good prices and Ricky reminds her that he said not to get too chummy with the neighbors too fast. He says the furniture has to be returned and to tell Betty they can't afford it. Betty drops in and Lucy, instead of telling the truth, tries to make up an excuse, so she suggests that the furniture does not suit the house and thinks it needs Chinese modern furniture with low black tables and cushions thrown all around because they love to eat on the floor. Betty is offended and thinks Lucy doesn't like her taste in furniture and leaves in a huff. Ricky takes it upon himself that he'll tell Betty's husband they just can't afford the furniture. Upon meeting for the first time, Ralph reveals to Ricky that he works for the agency of Burton, Washman and Ramsey and tells Ricky he has suggested his name for a guest shot on a TV show. Ricky cannot bring himself to explain properly thats he can't afford the furniture and Ralph, therefore, misunderstands and they get into an argument. The Mertzes arrive to help, and to end the arguments, reveals the truth to the Ramseys. Betty then announces she can't afford furniture either and Ralph tells Ricky he could still have that TV job in one of his shows, a guest appearance that pays $3500. Lucy calculates that this would be enough to pay for the new furniture and Ricky tells her it's all right.
Cast: Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky, Parley Baer as Mr. Perry, Mary Jane Croft as Betty; Frank Nelson as Ralph, Ray Ferrell as Bruce.
LUCY RAISES CHICKENS
Episode #171, Aired March 4, 1957
Ricky finds his house bills are too expensive and even the food bills, now that the Mertzes visit them every weekend, so Lucy suggests they raise chickens to make money. Betty informs Lucy that she told a friend, who writes for "House and Garden" magazine, about Lucy's house and she'd love to see it and if she likes it she'll do a whole spread of pictures of Lucy's house in her magazine. The Ricardos reveal their chicken-raising idea to the Mertzes and Fred believes they should hire someone with experience to handle it, and there would be no need to give them a salary if they would give the worker a place to live and share the profit with them. Lucy suggests a chicken helper could live in their guesthouse and the Ricardos then advertise. The Mertzes apply for the job and are hired; Fred had been raised on a farm. To take care of the Mertz apartment, Mrs. Trumbull's sister wants to move in and manage the building for them. Lucy and Ethel get 500 baby chicks but, unfortunately, the hen house was not yet ready. Because chicks need heat, they are brought into Lucy's house and happen to still be there, wandering all over, the day Betty brings over the people from "House and Garden" magazine. They turn away, uninterested in Lucy's messy home. Lucy continues to tend to her chickens in tears, highly disappointed at her luck with the magazine.
Cast: Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky; Mary Jane Croft as Betty; Mary Alan Hokenson as magazine writer, Tyler McVey as a man from "House and Garden".
LUCY DOES THE TANGO
Episode #172, Aired March 11, 1957
Lucy and Ricky are rehearsing a tango for Little Ricky's PTA. Ethel drops in and she and Lucy are getting excited about being able to sell their chicken eggs soon, but Fred reveals that their chicks won't lay eggs until they're six months old. Lucy suggests they trade in the chicks for full-grown hens that will start laying eggs right away so they can start making an income on the chickens. Once they get the hens, Ricky is worried that they are not laying enough eggs. While eating their egg breakfast, supplied by their new hens, Ricky calculates that with the cost of the feed, the heat and electricity, fixing the hen house and the money they lost switching from chicks to hens, each breakfast is costing $18.00 each. Ricky is going to give the hens one more day to start laying eggs regularly, and if they don't, he is going to get out of the egg business. Lucy thinks up a scheme of buying five dozen eggs, putting them in the chicken nests so it will look like they've started to lay more eggs, and let the husbands discover them. But in order to get the eggs into the hen house, they have to pass Fred who is chopping wood. The girls stuff the eggs into their clothing so they can sneak past Fred. Before they head out to the hen house, Ricky comes downstairs and wants to rehearse the tango again. Lucy is then forced to dance with the hidden eggs in her blouse but they all crush during the tight embrace between she and Ricky at the finish of the number. Dripping with eggs, Lucy must reveal to Ricky her plan to sneak eggs into the nests. Ricky gives an ultimatum that the next day he is getting out of the chicken business. Little Ricky is upset with selling the chickens and he decides he'll hide the 200 chickens from his dad. When Ricky can't find the chickens, he accuses Fred of being a chicken thief. They get into a huge argument, and end up at the Ricardo home, where Ethel finds chickens in Lucy's closet. She's now accusing the Ricardos of being chicken thieves. Lucy gets a phone call from Betty who tells her that her son Bruce's room is full of her chickens. Lucy then gets the truth out of Little Ricky that he had been hiding their chickens because he did not want them to give them away. When Bruce brings over a large basketful of eggs from the chickens in his bedroom, the Ricardos and Mertzes, realizing their chickens are laying eggs now, decide to remain in the chicken business.
Songs: La Cumparsita (instrumental).
Cast: Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky, Ray Ferrell as Bruce.
Episode #173, Aired March 18, 1957
Lucy returns from the Westport Historical Society meeting. The Society is having an annual fund-raising drive and Lucy had promised Ricky and his band would play for their show. But she has to butter Ricky up to get him to do it because he won't want to bring his band out to Westport, Connecticut when they have to play for the Club instead. Her plan fails with Ricky, and she decides to let Little Ricky play the drums for the Society, with Ethel on the piano, Fred on violin and Lucy with her saxophone. During rehearsals, they produce a terrible sound and Ricky allows himself to be talked into helping them out with a few tips the night before the show. When they still sound unready to perform, Ricky decides he'll get away from the Club for an hour and bring a couple of the boys and do a calypso number for the show. He'll even use Lucy, Ethel, Fred and Little Ricky in the rhythm section, and Lucy is feeling quite smart about getting her husband to play in the show, as she had planned.
Songs: Man Smart, Woman Smarter; She'll be Comin' 'Round the Mountain; Sweet Sue.
Cast: Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky.
LUCY'S NIGHT IN TOWN
Episode #174, Aired March 25, 1957
Lucy is looking forward to her first trip to NYC since moving to the country 6 weeks ago. The Ricardos and Mertzes will be going to see the Broadway show, "The Most Happy Fella". That day, Ricky goes into town and Fred goes too because it's his day to collect rent on his apartment building. The men will meet the girls at a restaurant at 7:30 pm. The girls get there before the men and Lucy finds out the show tickets she has were for that day's matinee. Ricky is lucky to be able to buy two tickets for that evening's show and Lucy schemes to seat the four of them in only two seats at the show.
Songs: Standing on the Corner; Don't Cry; Big D.
Cast: Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky, Louis Nicoletti as waiter, Doris Packer and John Eldredge as theatre couple, Jody Warner as woman usher, Joseph Kearns as theatre manager, Gladys Hurlbut as woman who lost purse, Paul Power and Hazel Pierce as theatre patrons.
Episode #175, Aired April 1, 1957
Fred installs an intercom in Lucy's dining room, Little Ricky's room and at the Mertz house. Now Ethel and Lucy can speak by intercom. During a visit, Ethel gets highly jealous when Lucy tells her Betty Ramsey has invited only the Ricardos, the Munsons and the Baileys to her dinner party. She's only inviting the neighbors that live real close. (The Baileys live four miles away and the Mertzes live four feet away!). Betty just doesn't know Ethel very well yet having met only once and Lucy plans to have Betty and Ethel over for lunch the next day, hoping they can become good friends. At the luncheon, Ethel is suspicious as to who else is coming. When she finds out Betty is invited, Ethel is very icy toward Mrs. Ramsey. Betty suggests that now that the Ricardos home is all set with new furniture, they should have a housewarming party. Forgetting to think of inviting the Mertzes, Betty names off the friends that should come such as the Baileys, Bill and June Spear, the Munsons and the Parkers. Lucy reminds Betty they should invite the Mertzes, but without even knowing the housewarming date, insulted Ethel informs them they can't make it as they're booked up months ahead with such events as The Hired Hands Convention, The Poultry Growers annual ball and The Babysitters Amalgamation. Ethel does not warm up to Betty until she finds out the both of them are from Albuquerque. They converse about their fathers Leslie Foster and Will Potter belonging to the same Lodge, leaving Lucy completely out of their chatter until Betty asks her to bring Little Ethel Potter and she another cup of coffee. Later, Lucy feels further left out when Betty and Ethel go shopping together and have been spending time together for the past few days. Soon, Lucy overhears Ethel and Betty talking, when the intercom is left on by the children, and she erroneously believes the two women are planning a housewarming party for the Ricardos. The Ricardos dress up in good clothes, expecting people to come over for the party, but when no one shows up, Lucy thinks people would be waiting for them to leave so the guests can surprise them upon arriving back home. Lucy goes on the intercom to tell Ethel they will be going into town for about twenty minutes and could she listen through the intercom in case Little Ricky needs anything. Upon arriving back home, there are still no guests, and with Lucy in tears she feels no one is their friend anymore. Ethel hears this on the intercom and quickly gets some neighbors to go over to the Ricardo's, though by the time the guests arrive for the housewarming, it's very late and Lucy, with her hair in curlers, and Ricky, must greet the guests in their pajamas.
Cast: Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky, Mary Jane Croft as Betty Ramsey, Ray Ferrell as Bruce.
BUILDING A BAR-B-Q
Episode #176, Aired April 8, 1957
While Ricky is home on vacation, the Mertzes help the Ricardos build a barbecue, but Lucy loses her wedding ring and thinks she lost it in the cement used to build the barbecue. Since Ricky would be upset at the loss, Lucy and Ethel take the barbecue apart in the middle of the night, hoping to find the ring.
Cast: Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky.
COUNTRY CLUB DANCE
Episode #177, Aired April 22, 1957
Little Ricky is at the Appleby's until Monday while the Ricardos attend a country club dance they were asked to, by Betty and Ralph Ramsey. The Mertzes and also Harry and Grace Munson and her cousin Diana are going too. At the dance, even before the Munsons arrive, Ricky, Fred and Ralph are already bored and tired. When Grace's cousin, the lovely Diana Jordan, arrives with the Munsons at 11:30 pm, the men jump to life and they all want to dance with her, upsetting their wives. The men happily accept an invitation the next night to the party the Munsons are giving in Diana's honor. Lucy decides the men are interested in Diana because of her glamour and suggests to Ethel and Betty that they also be glamorous. Lucy will wear a tight dress, Betty will wear exotic perfume and Ethel will wear her hair styled like actress Grace Kelly. Meanwhile, the men regret they weren't very nice to their wives the previous night and decide they'll dance every dance with their own wives this time. At the dance the wives are suspicious as to why their husbands are not dancing at all with Diana. They think their husbands are scheming some plan with the young lady and they depart from the dance immediately and go to Lucy's house. At 1:30 am, the women, curious about their husbands with Diana, decide to go back to the dance to see what's going on and apologize and bring their husbands home. Before the wives get to the dance, the men decide they'll go home at 2:00 am so that their wives will think they've been dancing with Diana that long, to get even for their wives running out on them earlier that night. The girls arrive to hear that the party was over at 11:00 pm and listen to the men discuss how they have little in common with a young twenty-year old woman. Having eavesdropped, and finally happily hearing how their husbands truthfully felt about being with Diana, the women pretend to believe the men danced all night with Diana and insist it's now time for their gigolos to quit carrying on all night, and to now come home with their wives.
Cast: Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky, Barbara Eden as Diana Jordan, Mary Jane Croft as Betty, Frank Nelson as Ralph, Ruth Brady as Grace Munson, Tristram Coffin as Harry Munson, Hazel Pierce as club patron.
LUCY RAISES TULIPS
Episode #178, Aired April 29, 1957
The Garden Club is going to give a prize tomorrow for the best looking garden and Lucy hopes her tulips and roses and lawn will win. Betty Ramsey also has a nice garden and she has won the cup three years in a row. Unfortunately, Ricky has decided to mow the rest of the lawn later so that he can go to a baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Lucy decides to finish the lawn but is not sure how to run a power mower. Once she has the mower on, she does not know how to turn it off and ends up mowing half the lawns down the street. She had even been on the busy Boston Post Road for a mile and a half, riding against traffic. When she returns home, still on the mower, it runs into a hedge and stops, however, coming through the Ramsey's yard, it had plowed through Betty's garden and accidentally cut down Betty's tulips. Feeling bad, Lucy replaces Betty's tulips with real looking wax tulips. By night-time, the men return home and Ricky finishes cutting his lawn in the dark, but could not see Lucy's tulip bed and cuts through it also. He replaces Lucy's tulips with wax ones too. During the judging of the gardens, the sun melts both Betty's and Lucy's tulips, and they are both disqualified.
Cast: Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky, Mary Jane Croft as Betty, Eleanor Audley and Peter Brocco as gardening judges.
THE RICARDOS DEDICATE A STATUE
Episode #179, Aired May 6, 1957
Lucy is Chairman of the Yankee Doodle Day Celebration with plenty of help from Ethel and their husbands eventually trying on historic costumes. One of Ethel's many duties was to talk to Mr. Silvestri, a sculptor, to be sure a statue for the celebration will be ready for the day after tomorrow. Meanwhile, Lucy is finding out Fred, the dog, has not learned very much in Obedience School. The day arrives when Lucy brings the life-like looking statue home, on a trailer hitched to the car, but Little Ricky fears his dog has run away. Lucy gets into the car to go find the dog with the trailer and statue still hooked to the automobile. Soon there is a crash, caused by Lucy backing into the elm tree and breaking the statue and there is only one hour before the unveiling of the statue at the ceremonies. She sends Fred to look for the dog while she thinks of a way to replace the statue for the celebration. At the event, Ricky gives the speech to unveil and dedicate the statue to commemorate the bravery of the patriots of the Westport community during The Battle of Compo in 1777. As he draws the curtain for the unveiling, it appears that Lucy has stepped in to be a temporary replacement for the statue. Trying to remain still, her secret is given away when Fred, the dog, happily finds her. Seeing this, Ricky is surprised and in disbelief while the citizens grumble, and approach Lucy.
Cast: Keith Thibodeaux as Little Ricky, Desi Arnaz Jr. as little boy.