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I Love Lucy

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Season: 1 2 3 4 5 6
10/15/1951 Ep 1: The Girls Want to Go to the Nightclub
It's the Mertzes' 18th wedding anniversary. Ethel longs to celebrate it by going to the Copacabana, while Fred wants to attend the fights. As can be guessed, an argument soon ensues among the couples.
10/22/1951 Ep 2: Be a Pal
In order to keep the honeymoon from ending with Ricky, Lucy consults a book that leads to all sorts of hilarious situations as Lucy tries to follow the book's advice.
10/29/1951 Ep 3: The Diet
To her dismay, Lucy finds out that she's put on 22 pounds since marrying Ricky. Complications arise when Lucy begins a strict diet to lose 12 pounds in hopes of making it onto Ricky's show.
11/5/1951 Ep 4: Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder Her
Lucy is deeply engrossed in a brand-new whodunit, called "The Mockingbird Mystery," and is, understandably, a nail-biting wreck. Having become deeply paranoid that she is in for an imminent doom, Lucy begins to believe that Ricky is trying to murder her.
11/12/1951 Ep 5: The Quiz Show
After hearing a radio quiz show and having Ricky answer all the questions correctly, Lucy manages to get herself and Ricky on the show. Little does she know that Ricky knew the answers beforehand. The show is called "Females are Fabulous," a title that Lucy justifies elaborately. In this episode, Frank Nelson makes the first of many cameos as Freddy Fillmore.
11/19/1951 Ep 6: The Audition
Ricky's band is to be auditioned for television, and Lucy is trying to "get into the act." When Lucy substitutes for Boffo the Clown, the producers want to sign her, not Ricky.
11/26/1951 Ep 7: The Seance
Lucy suddenly becomes interested in numerology and superstitions. After advising Ricky that it's a good day for him to make deals, she realizes that she read yesterday's horoscopes and that today is actually a bad day for Ricky.
12/3/1951 Ep 8: Men are Messy
"Men are nothing but a bunch of messcats," insists Lucy Ricardo while Ricky concludes that "a man's home is his castle." To make a point, Lucy divides the apartment in half so that Ricky can be as messy as he likes on his side, but when Ricky's press agent, Kenny Morgan, lines up a publicity spread in Halfbeat Magazine, Lucy decides to teach her sloppy husband a lesson by turning the Ricardo apartment into a regular pig pen. Little does Lucy know that this photographer is not from the musician's journal, but is actually from Look magazine.
12/10/1951 Ep 10: The Fur Coat
Ricky returns home with a $3,500 mink coat that he has rented for an act at the club. Lucy immediately jumps to the conclusion that it's her anniversary present. Lucy is so delighted with her "present" that she eats, sleeps, and even does the dishes wearing the mink. Ricky decides to get the coat back by having Fred dress up as a thief and "steal" it, but before he does, a REAL burglar almost makes off with the coat! When Lucy learns from Ethel of his plan, she decides to teach her hubby a lesson. Buying a cheap imitation mink, she decides to "restyle" it (with a pair of scissors) in full view of Ricky.
12/17/1951 Ep 11: Lucy is Jealous of Girl Singer
An item in the morning gossip column prompts Lucy to assume that Ricky is seeing another woman, namely Rosemary, one of his dancers. To keep an eye on Ricky, Lucy manges to wangle her way into the chorus line of "Jezebel" at Ricky's club.
12/24/1951 Ep 9: Drafted
When Lucy opens a telegram addressed to Ricky ordering him to appear at the Army's Fort Dix, she assumes that he has been drafted. Ethel suspects that Fred has been drafted as well. Their suspicions are confirmed when they see them drilling in the living room with brooms. They don't know, however, that Ricky and Fred are practicing a dance routine for a servicemen's show.
12/31/1951 Ep 12: The Adagio
Lucy volunteers for Ricky's Parisian Apache dance number for an upcoming Tropicana show, and Ethel finds the perfect person to teach her the basic aspects of Apache dancing: Jean Valjean Raymand, who is the nephew of the woman who runs the French hand laundry. This Frenchman has more than dance lessons in mind, however. When Ricky finds him hiding in the hall closet, fireworks commence. Jean challenges him to a duel behind Radio City Music Hall.
1/7/1952 Ep 13: The Benefit
Ethel wants Ricky to headline a benefit show for her women's club, but Lucy refuses to ask him unless she can be on the bill, too. After plenty of coaxing on the part of Lucy, Ricky finally says that he'll do it. When Lucy looks at the act she and Ricky will be doing, she is dismayed to see that Ricky has all the punch lines. She decides to rewrite the jokes to teach her husband a lesson.
1/14/1952 Ep 14: The Amatuer Hour
Lucy, as usual, spends too much money on a dress, so she tells Ricky that she will get a job babysitting in order to pay for it. The trouble is, she didn't know she would be babysitting a pair of rambunctious, spoiled twins.
1/21/1952 Ep 15: Lucy Plays Cupid
Miss Lewis, the Ricardo's elderly neighbor, requests Lucy's assistance in getting the attention of Mr. Ritter, the elderly grocery man whom she is sweet on. Lucy readily agrees to give Mr. Ritter a dinner invitation for Miss Lewis. The first complication arises when Lucy shares the news with Ricky, who spanks Lucy for interfering and makes her promise to give the note back to Miss Lewis. But, when Lucy proceeds to give Mr. Ritter the note anyway, he misunderstands and thinks the invitation is from Lucy herself.
1/28/1952 Ep 16: Lucy Fakes Illness
After Ethel gives her a book about diseases, Lucy decides that she will pretend that she is suffering from numerous psychological ailments so that Ricky will feel sorry for her and let her into show business. To convince Ricky that she is really "ill," Lucy pretends that she doesn't know who she is, and at one point "thinks" that she is Tallulah Bankhead! When Ricky eventually gets wind of Lucy's trick, he hires a phony doctor to scare Lucy back to health.
2/4/1952 Ep 17: Lucy Writes a Play
Lucy is busily writing the script for the play that her women's club is going to put on, "A Tree Grows in Havana," and she needs Ricky to appear in it. When Ricky sees the script, he immediately declines, so Lucy is then left with no alternative but to get Fred to agree to do the role. Deciding that Fred wouldn't be very good at portraying a Cuban character, Lucy decides to rewrite the play so that it is set in England. Later, however, Ricky decides that he wants to be in the play when he hears that some very important sponsors are going to be at the women's show, so he manages to trick Fred into giving him back the role. Ricky, though, doesn't know that Lucy has rewritten the play.
2/11/1952 Ep 18: Breaking the Lease
The show opens with the Ricardos and the Mertzes sitting around the Ricardos' piano, singing songs together. After the Mertzes leave, Lucy and Ricky wind up in an argument. The Mertzes, who are trying to get some sleep, are most irritated by the noise. They angrily phone the Ricardos and demand that they cut down on the racket. This, as you can imagine, leads to a big quarrel between the Ricardos and the Mertzes. Lucy and Ricky decide that they can't take it anymore, and they want to move out. However, there is a slight problem—they've signed a lease. The Ricardos thus decide to become the most undesirable tenants ever so that they can break that lease.
2/18/1952 Ep 19: The Ballet
When she learns that there is an opening in one of Ricky's acts for a ballet dancer,as well as a burlesque comedienne, Lucy decides to take a ballet class, which leads to some pretty disastrous results. Fed up, Lucy then hires a teacher to learn the art of burlesque comedy. It is then that Lucy learns that Ricky still has one spot available in his act. Falsely assuming that it is the burlesque comedienne, not the ballet dancer, Lucy goes to the club and mayhem ensues.
2/25/1952 Ep 20: The Young Fans
A shy young teenager named Peggy has a major crush on Ricky. Ricky, however, is tired of all the "attention" that this girl is giving him, so asks Lucy to have a talk with her. During their conversation, Lucy asks Peggy to think of some other boys her own age.
3/3/1952 Ep 21: New Neighbors
Lucy becomes afraid that one of her new neighbors is threatening to kill her and convinces the others that the neighbors are trying to kill them, which gets them into big trouble.
3/10/1952 Ep 22: Fred and Ethel Fight
Fred and Ethel have been going at each other's throats for the past few days now, and aren't talking to each other any more. To get them back together, Lucy comes up with a plan: She will invite Ethel to dinner, while Ricky will invite Fred. Neither Mertz will know that the other is coming, Lucy hopes that she can bring the Mertzes together so they can talk out their issues. Lucy commences with her plan, but during dinner, she and Ricky start to bicker. By the end of supper, the Mertzes leave the Ricardos' apartment as happy as larks, but Lucy and Ricky are now at each others' throats.
3/17/1952 Ep 23: The Moustache
Lucy dislikes Ricky's new moustache. In order to make her grievance known, she glues a moustache and beard on to her face. Then, Ricky agrees to shave his moustache off, as long as Lucy gets rid of hers. Lucy tries to get the facial hair off, but is unsuccessful.
3/24/1952 Ep 24: The Gossip
Ricky is disgusted by Lucy's obsession with gossiping about other people. According to Ricky, Lucy acts as if it is her "life's blood." Fred, too, is disturbed by Ethel's love of gossiping. The two girls then point out that both Ricky and Fred have been known to gossip. The boys and girls then bet each other that they can't stop gossiping.
3/31/1952 Ep 25: Pioneer Women
Having been bet by their husbands that they can't do without modern conveniences, Lucy and Ethel churn butter and bake bread from scratch—an 18-foot loaf! But then Lucy demands that Ricky live as if it's the turn of the century for him, too.
4/7/1952 Ep 26: The Marriage License
Lucy thinks she and Ricky aren't legally married because his name was misspelled on their marriage license. So she wants them to renew their vows at the same place in Connecticut where Ricky first proposed to her. However, they run out of gas getting there.
4/14/1952 Ep 27: The Kleptomaniac
When Ricky finds a closetful of valuables that Lucy has collected for a bazaar, he mistakenly thinks that she's become a kleptomaniac. He secretly calls in a doctor to hypnotize her, but Lucy is wise to his plan and feigns recalling a notorious past.
4/21/1952 Ep 28: Cuban Pals
Lucy burns with jealousy when she gets an eyeful of Ricky's dance parter Renita (Lita Baron) from the "old days" in Cuba. She was a child then, but no more! Determined to keep them apart, Lucy heads to the club in disguise, and finds herself in the clutches of a wild man named Ramon.
4/28/1952 Ep 29: The Freezer
Where's the beef? It's in Lucy and Ethel's new walk-in freezer. Of course, Ricky and Fred have a beef with their wives, because they paid $483 for it. The meat company won't take it back, and they can't sell it to customers waiting in the local butcher shop, so they're stuck with it. And speaking of stuck, Lucy gets herself locked in the freezer!
5/5/1952 Ep 30: Lucy Does a TV Commercial
Desperate to be in Ricky's new television commercial, Lucy makes every attempt to get her way, which eventually pays off. But her one-and-only chance flops when she is forced to test the sponsor's product over and over, a vitamin syrup called Vitametavegimin, which is 23% alcohol.
5/12/1952 Ep 31: The Publicity Agent
Lucy poses as a princess for a publicity stunt.
5/19/1952 Ep 32: Lucy Gets Ricky on the Radio
Lucy secretly books Ricky on a radio quiz show.
5/26/1952 Ep 33: Lucy's Schedule
Ricky puts Lucy on a rigid time schedule.
6/2/1952 Ep 34: Ricky Thinks He is Going Bald
Lucy tries to convince Ricky that he is not losing his hair.
6/9/1952 Ep 35: Ricky Asks for a Raise
Ricky asks for a raise, but his boss (Gale Gordon) turns him down, prompting Lucy to prove just how popular a performer he is. Her scheme involves making a lot of bogus reservations at the club on the night that somebody else is playing, then show up in various guises (including Fred in drag) feigning indignation that Ricky's not performing and leave in a huff.
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9/15/1952 Ep 39: Job Switching
Ricky wants Lucy to try working for a week, so she and Ethel get jobs at a candy factory, where they are totally inept, especially at wrapping chocolates, due to a speeding conveyor belt that has them stuffing chocolates into their mouths, blouses and hats.
9/22/1952 Ep 40: The Saxophone
When Lucy fails her saxophone audition for Ricky's band, she tries to stop him from going on the road by pretending there's another man in her life. Ricky gets back at her by hiring several "lovers," and hiding them in Lucy's closet. But Lucy gets the last laugh in the end.
9/29/1952 Ep 36: The Anniversary Present
Lucy thinks that Ricky is pitching woo with a sophisticated neighbor. The woman is actually a jeweler who Ricky has commissioned to fashion a pearl necklace to surprise Lucy with on their anniversary.
10/6/1952 Ep 37: The Handcuffs
After Lucy snaps a pair of antique handcuffs on herself and Ricky, they realize there's no key. A locksmith is found, but not before the Ricardos go to bed handcuffed together, and Ricky has to do a TV show with his "attached" wife trying to upstage him.
10/13/1952 Ep 38: The Operetta
Lucy's women's club wants to stage an operetta, but they're completely broke. Thus, Lucy and Ethel write and star in the musical, but when their post-dated check bounces for the costumes and scenery, the rental company repossesses everything in mid performance.
10/27/1952 Ep 41: Vacation from Marriage
The Ricardos and the Mertzes take a week off from their in-a-rut marriages. But each spouse misses the other too much, and despite a last-ditch attempt to make each other jealous, they all decide that they'd rather be in a rut with their mates.
11/10/1952 Ep 42: The Courtroom
The Ricardos give the Mertzes a television set for their anniversary, but Ricky's zealous tuning causes it to blow up. Fred retaliates by breaking the Ricardos' set (by kicking it!) The foursome end up in court, where they manage to destroy the judge's TV, too!
11/24/1952 Ep 43: Redecorating
Waiting to find out if she has won a home furnishing contest, Lucy won't leave the house, much to Ricky's annoyance. He tells Fred to call her and say that she's won. In her joy, Lucy sells all the old furniture, leaving Ricky with the job of buying it back.
12/1/1952 Ep 44: Ricky Loses His Voice
Ricky's laryngitis makes it impossible for him to perform in a big reopening show for the Tropicana. So Lucy substitutes herself, the ex-vaudivillian Mertzes, and a chorus line of middle-aged showgirls from the Flapper Follies of 1927. Look for Barbara Pepper as one of the showgirls.
12/8/1952 Ep 50: Lucy is Enceinte
Lucy is delighted to learn she is pregnant—but how to tell Ricky? At lunch, he's too preoccupied with work to listen to her, then it's off to the club, where Lucy finds the right moment and just the right way to tell him.
12/15/1952 Ep 51: Pregnant Women are Unpredictable
Ricky does his best to deal with pregnant Lucy's emotional needs.
12/22/1952 Ep 52: Lucy's Showbiz Swan Song
Despite her pregnancy, Lucy wants to appear in Ricky's Gay Nineties revue at the Tropicana. After a disastrous audition, Lucy disguises herself and sneaks into the barbershop quartet number, and then proceeds to ruin it.
12/29/1952 Ep 53: Lucy Hires an English Tutor
Lucy hires an English tutor so that Ricky won't give their yet-to-be-born baby bad speaking habits. The lessons are free, but Lucy does promise the tutor a payback: he'll get to sing at the Tropicana. Of course, Lucy neglects to tell Ricky this.
1/5/1953 Ep 54: Ricky Has Labor Pains
Ricky develops "labor pains" because he is jealous of the attention being lavished on the expectant Lucy. So she decides to throw him a "daddy shower," which Fred turns into a "stag party," which Lucy and Ethel crash.
1/12/1953 Ep 55: Lucy Becomes a Sculptress
After Lucy is tricked into buying a bunch of clay at an art store, she is dead set on becoming a sculptor. When her first attempts fail and with Ricky threatening to take away her clay if she can't impress his art critic friend, Lucy devises a scheme to ensure her success as an artist.
1/19/1953 Ep 56: Lucy Goes to the Hospital
Ricky and the Mertzes rehearse for pregnant Lucy's trip to the hospital. It turns out to be predictably chaotic, but Lucy does deliver Little Ricky.
1/26/1953 Ep 45: Sales Resistance
Convinced his wife is a sucker for a sales pitch, Ricky demands that she return the vaccum cleaner she bought from a door-to-door salesman. Instead, she tries (unsuccessfully) to sell it. Ricky insists that he'll return it—but ends up buying a refrigerator.
2/2/1953 Ep 46: The Inferiority Complex
When no one laughs at her jokes or wants her to be their bridge partner, Lucy comes to the conclusion that she is inferior to everyone else. Worried by Lucy's behavior, Ricky goes to the psychiatrist (or "fizz-a-key-a-tryst" as Ricky pronounces it,) to find out how to pull Lucy from her emotional slump.
2/16/1953 Ep 47: The Club Election
Because they both want to be president of the Wednesday Afternoon Fine Arts League, Lucy and Ethel both engage in cut-throat competition. Prior to the elections, Lucy and Ethel independently engage in a little "spywork."
3/9/1953 Ep 48: The Black Eye
Lucy misses catching a book tossed to her by Ricky, and winds up with a black eye that Fred and Ethel are convinced was intentional. Trying to patch things up for the Ricardos, Fred sends Lucy flowers, but inadvertently uses his own name instead of Ricky's.
3/30/1953 Ep 49: Lucy Changes Her Mind
Ricky is furious that his wife can't make up her mind and never finishes what she starts. To get even with Ricky, Lucy decides to pick up where she left off with an old boyfriend, but meeting her former beau after all these years turns out to be a major disappointment.
4/20/1953 Ep 57: No Children Allowed
When a cranky tenant (Elizabeth Patterson in her first appearance as Mrs. Trumble) threatens to move because of Little Ricky's loud crying, Ethel makes it clear that her friendship with Lucy is more important than a rental agreement. But Ethel doesn't let the Ricardos forget her loyalty.
4/27/1953 Ep 58: Lucy Hires a Maid
Lucy's sleepless nights with the new baby are exhausting, so the Ricardos hire a maid. Unfortunately, this new maid turns out to be a terrible shrew, who takes better care of herself than Lucy or the apartment. Unable to get the gumption to fire her, Lucy wrecks the apartment, hoping it will make the maid quit.
5/4/1953 Ep 59: The Indian Show
Even the arrival of the baby hasn't dampened Lucy's showbiz aspirations. Wanting to get into the new Indian act at the Tropicana, Lucy pays off one of the performers and appears herself, carrying Little Ricky papoose-style on her back.
5/11/1953 Ep 60: Lucy's Last Birthday
Convinced everyone has forgotten her birthday, a forlorn Lucy sits on a park bench and meets up with a group of musical "lost souls." To embarrass Ricky, she brings them to the Tropicana, only to discover that a surprise birthday party awaits her.
5/18/1953 Ep 61: The Ricardos Change Apartments
Now that they have Little Ricky, Lucy insists they need more room and wants to change apartments with one of the other tenants (Mrs. Benson) She convinces a reluctant Ricky by cluttering their apartment with baby things and assorted junk.
5/25/1953 Ep 62: Lucy is Matchmaker
Lucy plays matchmaker when she meets a friend of the Mertzes (Hal March as Eddie) who happens to be an eligible bachelor. His line of work? He's a lingerie salesman, a fact that just might get her and Ethel into trouble when her matchmaking efforts inevitably backfire.
6/1/1953 Ep 63: Lucy Wants New Furniture
Lucy tries to hide some new furniture she bought without Ricky's permission in the kitchen. Discovering his wife's extravagant purchase, Ricky insists that Lucy pays for it from her allowance.
6/8/1953 Ep 64: The Camping Trip
Lucy fears that she and Ricky don't have enough in common, so she decides to pursue one of his interests: camping. Ricky and Fred don't want her (or Ethel for that matter) horning in on their summer retreat, so Ricky decides to take Lucy on a "trial run" in the woods and make her life miserable. But Lucy is wise to his plan; guess whose life is made miserable in the end?
6/22/1953 Ep 66: Ricky and Fred are TV Fans
With Ricky and Fred glued to a TV fight, their wives go to the local cafe, where service is so slow that Lucy makes change for herself at the cash register and the girls are arrested. They finally prove their innocence and get home to husbands who didn't know they were gone.
6/29/1953 Ep 67: Never Do Business with Friends
The Ricardos sell their old washing machine to the Mertzes for $35. When it breaks down the next day, the Mertzes want out of the deal. A tug-of-war ensues, however, when the Mertzes want the machine back after a repairman offers them $50 for it.
10/5/1953 Ep 65: Ricky's Life Story
After Ricky is featured in Life Magazine, Lucy is more desperate than ever for a showbiz career. To prevent it, Ricky and Fred concoct an impossible dance routine for her. She gets back at them by upstaging Ricky during his own big number.
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1/11/1953 Ep 79: The Million Dollar Idea
The Ricardo household budget is in shambles (as usual) after Lucy decides to put her salad dressing on the market. Her plan? To market it on a TV morning show on the station her friend's husband runs.
10/12/1953 Ep 68: The Girls Go Into Business
Lucy and Ethel are all set to go into business when they buy a new dress shop. But what to call it? Ethelu's? Lucyeth's? Unfortunately, naming the shop isn't their only problem; they are unable to sell any dresses and must sell the shop.
10/19/1953 Ep 69: Lucy and Ethel Buy the Same Dress
Lucy and Ethel unknowingly buy identical gowns for their appearance on a televised revue for their women's club. They both agree to return their purchases to the store, but during the performance each is wearing the gown she said she'd give up.
10/26/1953 Ep 70: Equal Rights
Lucy and Ethel demand equal rights for women. Okay, say Ricky and Fred at the restaurant: separate checks for the four of them. Thus begins Lucy and Ethel's careers as restaurant dishwashers. So they plot revenge: they'll scare their husbands by claiming to have been robbed.
11/2/1953 Ep 71: Baby Pictures
The Ricardos and the Applebys always brag to each other about their little sons. But when Lucy and Caroline Appeby's exchanges turn hostile and sarcastic, Ricky worries that it will jeopardize a TV job that's been offered to him by Caroline's husband.
11/9/1953 Ep 72: Lucy Tells the Truth
Ricky and the Mertzes bet Lucy that she can't go 24 hours without telling a lie. The outcome? Lucy insults all her friends and has to admit her real age, weight and hair color. But she nearly gets a part on a TV show, by telling the truth, more or less.
11/16/1953 Ep 73: The French Revue
Ricky is planning a French revue for the club, and since Lucy is determined to be in it, she hires a Frenchman to coach her. When Ricky forbids her to come near the place, she tries various disguises, finally succeeding as a chorus girl.
11/23/1953 Ep 74: Redecorating the Mertzes' Apartment
It's redecorating time at the Mertzes' and Lucy and Ricky volunteer to help. But when Fred turns on a fan as Lucy is unstuffing a chair, the paint and feathers they were using go flying. Lucy feels responsible for the ruined furniture.
11/30/1953 Ep 75: Too Many Crooks
Lucy sneaks into the Mertzes' apartment to borrow one of Fred's suits so that she can order him a custom-made tweed suit for his birthday. This leads Ethel to think that Lucy is the notorious neighborhood burglar, "Madame X," and she goes spying on her friend to prove it.
12/7/1953 Ep 76: Changing the Boys' Wardrobe
Lucy and Ethel are disgusted by their husbands' old clothes, so they secretly give them away to a secondhand store. Unfortunately for them, the boys find out about their plan, and buy everything back.
12/14/1953 Ep 77: Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined
Lucy finally gets her chance to be in show business when she tricks Ricky into letting her do the jitterbug in one of his shows. She's terrific during rehearsals, but problems occur before the show when the eye doctor puts eyedrops in Lucy's eyes to relax them—making her vision blurry for the next 24 hours!
12/21/1953 Ep 78: Ricky's Old Girlfriend
Ricky is jealous when Lucy comes up with a long list of ex-boyfriends, so he invents an old flame—who just happens to be in town. Her name? Carlotta Romero, with whom Ricky DID perform years before.
1/18/1954 Ep 80: Ricky Minds the Baby
Ricky agrees to watch his son, but while Daddy is engrossed in a football game, Little Ricky wanders off. Lucy finds him in the hallway, and calls Ricky to ask where the baby is. Panicking, Ricky searches everywhere, before Lucy walks in with his son.
1/25/1954 Ep 81: The Charm School
It's time for charm school for Lucy and Ethel when their men eye a pretty woman at a party. But Ricky and Fred are anything but charmed by the results.
2/1/1954 Ep 82: Sentimental Anniversary
Lucy and Ricky want to spend their 13th wedding anniversary alone, but the Mertzes have another idea: a surprise party.
2/8/1954 Ep 83: Fan Magazine Interview
A reporter for a fan magazine, Eleanor Harris, spends an "average day" with the Ricardos. Of course, it's anything BUT average for the happily married couple. And they might not be one so happily married, thanks to a publicity stunt that Ricky's agent, Jerry, has cooked up.
2/15/1954 Ep 84: Oil Wells
The Ricardos and Mertzes as oil millionaires? Lucy and Ethel get a hot stock tip from their new neighbors from Texas. But Ricky and Fred say no. At first, anyhow. But are these neighbors swindlers? Lucy and the gang eventually think so, so they come up with a plan to find out.
2/22/1954 Ep 85: Ricky Loses His Temper
Ricky explodes when Lucy buys an expensive hat. She offers to return it, and bets him he'll lose his cool over something else before she buys another hat. But no matter what she does to provoke him, the hot-tempered Cuban remains unruffled.
3/1/1954 Ep 86: Home Movies
Ricky bores everyone by overplaying the home movies he's taken with his new camera. When the gang finds out he's making a TV pilot they try to get in on the act, but are stopped short. They decide to make their own movie.
3/8/1954 Ep 87: Bonus Bucks
A dollar bill takes a zany trip—with the Ricardos and Mertzes in hot pursuit. It's a winning bill (worth $300) in a newspaper contest. It belongs to Ricky, but he gallantly slips it into Lucy's purse. Gallant isn't necessarily smart: Lucy unthinkingly gives the bill to the grocery delivery boy, who gives it to Ethel in change.
3/22/1954 Ep 88: Ricky's Hawaiian Vacation
Ricky's band is to play in Hawaii, and guess who wants to go? Lucy's plan: to go on a game show that gives away airline tickets. It calls for some trickery, and Lucy just might meet her match in the show's host, Freddie Fillmore, a prankster par excellence.
3/29/1954 Ep 89: Lucy is Envious
Lucy's past fibs to her rich and snotty ex-schoolmate are about to catch up with her when she unwittingly pledges $500 to a charity drive. In order to come up with the money, she and Ethel agree to a publicity stunt that puts them on top of the Empire State Building posing as women from Mars.
4/5/1954 Ep 90: Lucy Writes a Novel
Lucy writes a novel in which the characters are thinly veiled caricatures of Ricky, Fred and Ethel. Too thinly veiled, Ricky, Fred and Ethel think. So they burn it. But not before Lucy gets a copy to a publisher.
4/12/1954 Ep 91: Lucy's Club Dance
The Wednesday Afternoon Fine Arts League forms a sextet (with Lucy on sax) as a fundraiser. It's no way to raise money (Ethel likens Lucy's sound to a "moose with a head cold"). Maybe bandleader Ricky can whip them into shape—but first, Lucy has some persuading to do.
4/19/1954 Ep 93: The Black Wig
Lucy plays a black-wigged temptress to test Ricky's fidelity. The result makes her see red so she schemes to get even. But she won't divorce him. Ethel agrees: "Yeah, stay married to him," she says. "That'll teach him."
4/26/1954 Ep 92: The Diner
The Ricardos and the Mertzes buy a diner, name it "A Little Bit of Cuba" and go to work. Well, the Mertzes go to work; the Ricardos "greet." Not surprisingly, relations are soon strained. Can a food fight be far behind?
5/3/1954 Ep 94: Tennessee Ernie Visits
The corn starts popping when Tennessee Ernie Ford comes to visit. He's Lucy's "Cousin" Ernest, an earnest young man from Bent Fork, TN, who knows nothing of city ways and is inadvertently infuriating. He's got to go but he's so sweet that they can't just throw him out. What to do? Lucy will pose as a wicked city woman, and "vamp" him out of town.
5/10/1954 Ep 95: Tennesse Ernie Hangs On
Lucy gets sick of an extensive visit by Tennessee Ernie, who claims he is her cousin. She tries to get rid of the likable character by pleading poverty. The scheme backfires when Tennessee Ernie promotes a benefit hoedown to assist Lucy and Ricky.
5/17/1954 Ep 96: The Golf Game
Championship golfer Jimmy Demaret visits the Ricardos when Lucy and Ethel arrive at a bizarre scheme for combating their "golf widowship." The girls install a basketball court in the Ricardo living room and pretend to be as deeply absorbed in the game as their husbands are in the fairways.
5/24/1954 Ep 97: The Sublease
The Ricardos are off to Maine for the summer, so they decide to sublet their apartment. Their landlords, the Mertzes, don't like the idea, and like the potential tenants even less. Nor are they wild about their new roommates.
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10/4/1954 Ep 100: The Business Manager
Lucy's household accounts are once again out of order and after having their phone and electricity shut off for non-payment, Ricky hires a business manager for the house. Lucy tries, unsuccessfully, to get money out of the man, so she concocts a scheme that soon has her rolling in cash.
10/11/1954 Ep 102: Mertz and Kurtz
Fred's globetrotting old vaudeville partner, Barney Kurtz, shows up, so Fred says he's a real estate tycoon (with a red-headed maid to prove it). Actually, Barney's a cook in the Bronx, but his grandson is coming for a visit, so it's on with the show.
10/18/1954 Ep 98: Lucy Cries Wolf
Lucy cries wolf once too often when she decides to see whether Ricky would come to her aid in an emergency. He assures her that he'd rush home from the club "between the 'baba' and the 'lu'" if she were in danger, but that's not enough reassurance for her, and soon she's in a precarious position.
10/25/1954 Ep 99: The Matchmaker
Lucy wants to nudge a shy couple to the altar. Lucy's idea: show them how wonderful her and Ricky's marriage is. Her plan: invite them to a quiet at-home dinner. A quiet dinner at the Ricardo's? Whoever heard of such a thing?
11/8/1954 Ep 103: Ricky's Movie Offer
A Hollywood talent scout is coming over to the apartment to audition Ricky for a movie role, but Ricky won't be the only one looking to attract the scout's attention. (Who's that gal in the Marilyn Monroe getup?)
11/15/1954 Ep 104: Ricky's Screen Test
The term "helpmate" takes on a new meaning when Lucy appears on a Hollywood movie lot. The cameras roll for Ricky's screen test—but when the big moment arrives, Lucy takes the cue.
11/22/1954 Ep 105: Lucy's Mother-in-Law
Ricky's mother comes to visit, and poor Lucy can't speak Spanish, so she finds a Spanish-speaking mindreader and it works like a charm—as long as he's around.
11/29/1954 Ep 106: Ethel's Birthday
Despite Ricky's qualms, Lucy decides to help Fred pick out a birthday present for Ethel. The present turns out to be toreador pants, which Ethel decides are not only unflattering but "unfitting." Relations between the two women become strained almost to the point of estrangement.
12/6/1954 Ep 107: Ricky's Contract
As Ricky paces the floor awaiting word from Hollywood about his screen test, Lucy enlists the Mertzes to distract him. The drastic steps taken by the trio to alleviate Ricky's tension boomerang into a king-sized headache for them all.
12/13/1954 Ep 108: Getting Ready
California, here they come: Lucy and movie-star-to-be Ricky, plus Fred and Ethel, who are tagging along, take off for California. Their mode of transport: a used Cadillac that Fred bought, and used it is—it's 25 years old and California's a long way away.
1/3/1955 Ep 109: Lucy Learns to Drive
Lucy learns to drive and then teaches Ethel everything she knows. The crash course begins as Ricky buys a brand new convertible for their California trip. Lucy wants to learn to drive it, and Ricky reluctantly agrees to teach her. With that experience under her belt, she sets out to teach Ethel how to drive. It's a good thing the car's insured. It is insured, isn't it?
1/10/1955 Ep 110: California, Here We Come!
The Ricardos and Mertzes head for California. But first, of course, there are complications. The chief one: Lucy's mother, who shows up and wants to accompany them. Ricky objects (to put it mildly).
1/17/1955 Ep 111: First Stop
The Ricardos and Mertzes have a hard time finding accommodations that will please everyone on their trip to California. They finally hit a greasy restaurant where stale cheese sandwiches cost them a dollar apiece. Hoping to find something better elsewhere, Ricky pays the check. The couples leave—only to return several hours later, fooled by some purposely misleading road signs.
1/24/1955 Ep 112: Tennessee Bound
The Ricardo-Mertz westward trek faces a delay—they're all thrown in jail for speeding—in Bent Fork, TN, home of Lucy's "cousin" Ernest, who'll do all he can to get them out of the pokey, even if it means marrying one of the sheriff's two daughters, Teensy and Weensy.
1/31/1955 Ep 113: Ethel's Home Town
The Ricardos and the Mertzes stop at Ethel's hometown: Albuquerque, NM. Under the impression that Ethel has been called to Hollywood and not Ricky, the townsfolk accord her a monumental ovation. When Ethel refuses to disillusion them—and even goes so far as to put on a "celebrity act"—Lucy takes matters into her own hands.
2/7/1955 Ep 114: Hollywood at Last!
After the Ricardos and the Mertzes arrive in Hollywood, Lucy goes to the Brown Derby restaurant where her sighting of actor William Holden turns catastrophic.
2/14/1955 Ep 115: Don Juan and the Starlets
Lucy is forced to lend Ricky to five dazzling starlets for a proposed evening of publicity pictures. She tries to wait up for him but falls asleep on the sofa and doesn't awake until late the next morning—finding Ricky's bed unused!
2/21/1955 Ep 116: Lucy Gets in Pictures
Lucy finally gets her shot at Hollywood stardom—as a chorus girl photographed in a lavish musical. But she had better not get a swelled head, because the headdress she has to wear is too big as it is.
2/28/1955 Ep 117: The Fashion Show
Lucy's a model at a charity fashion show, but the redhead—wearing a scratchy tweed suit—is red all over from too much time in the California sun.
3/14/1955 Ep 118: The Hedda Hopper Story
Lucy takes a dive in an effort to further Ricky's career by creating a big splash in Hedda Hopper's Hollywood column. Her scheme turns out to be "all wet" in an adventure that could only happen to Lucy and Ethel.
3/21/1955 Ep 119: Don Juan is Shelved
Lucy takes a dive in an effort to further Ricky's career by creating a big splash in Hedda Hopper's Hollywood column. Her scheme turns out to be "all wet" in an adventure that could only happen to Lucy and Ethel. Hedda Hopper, the renowned Hollywood gossip columnist, guest-stars as herself.
3/28/1955 Ep 120: Bull Fight Dance
Lucy literally blackmails Ricky into getting her a part in one of his guest appearances on television. He does get her a role—as a bull. When Lucy is displeased with the turn of events, she transforms the bull's image from that of a snarling beast to something unexpected.
4/4/1955 Ep 121: Hollywood Anniversary
Frantic over having forgotten the date of their wedding anniversary, Ricky tells Lucy that he has a big party planned in a famous nightclub. He doesn't tell her when it is, desperately wiring their marriage license bureau for the correct date. This episode is based on an actual surprise anniversary party that Desi Arnaz threw for Lucy.
4/11/1955 Ep 101: The Mr. and Mrs. TV Show
Phipps Department Store offers Ricky a job as a morning TV show host, but only if it includes Lucy, too.
4/18/1955 Ep 122: The Star Upstairs
Cornel Wilde becomes the one-hundredth movie star Lucy has seen in Hollywood. He is living in the penthouse directly above the Ricardo suite. Determined to get a glimpse of the handsome actor, Lucy disguises herself as a bellboy, and hides under the star's luncheon cart to gain entry into his suite.
4/25/1955 Ep 123: In Palm Springs
Lucy and Ricky and Ethel and Fred are bored with each other so the gals head off to Palm Springs for a break. Rock Hudson guests as himself and has a hand in getting the couples back together.
5/2/1955 Ep 125: The Dancing Star
Lucy begs Van Johnson to let her dance a number with him at the nightclub to impress her rival, Caroline Appleby, who is visiting from New York. Van accepts the challenge by waltzing her across the ballroom floor as his dance partner.
5/9/1955 Ep 124: Lucy and Harpo Marx
Lucy decides to impersonate some Hollywood notables to impress nearsighted Caroline Appleby, who is visiting from New York. A mixup occurs when Lucy, having introduced her friend to "Gary Cooper," "Clark Gable," "Marlon Brando" and "Jimmy Durante," decides to introduce Appleby to Harpo Marx.
5/16/1955 Ep 126: Ricky Needs an Agent
Ricky needs an agent, Lucy figures, so she nominates herself (unbeknownst to Ricky, of course) and heads off to negotiate with a studio executive to land him a role in a movie. Her strategy: use a nonexistent Broadway musical as a bargaining chip. It works too well.
5/30/1955 Ep 127: The Tour
Lucy and Ethel are abandoned by their sightseeing bus tour when they try to get a grapefruit from Richard Widmark's garden. When Lucy is stranded inside the garden wall, she and Ethel, who is outside, launch plans to get Lucy out—but without comparing note. Film star Richard Widmark guest-stars as himself.
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10/3/1955 Ep 128: Lucy Visits Grauman's
With only a week left in Hollywood, Lucy weeps about her lack of souvenirs. Her collection already includes a tin can run over by Cary Grant's rear tire, a napkin boasting Lana Turner's lip-prints and a few other goodies. But when Lucy discovers that John Wayne's cement footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theater are loose, she and Ethel scheme to pry them out of the ground.
10/10/1955 Ep 129: Lucy and John Wayne
Lucy is spotted while attempting to "collect" a cement block with John Wayne's footprints from Grauman's Chinese Theater. To avoid publicity and keep Lucy out of jail, Ricky enlists John Wayne's help in replacing the block. One mishap leads to another, and the plot thickens—as does the cement. John Wayne guest-stars.
10/17/1955 Ep 130: Lucy and the Dummy
Lucy thinks she may have finally gotten her big break in Hollywood. It all centers on a posh party attended by studio execs. Ricky was invited to attend but begged off. But Lucy will fool 'em. She has a lifelike rubber replica of Ricky's head, which she'll attach to a dummy body—and she'll dance her way to stardom with "Raggedy Ricky."
10/24/1955 Ep 131: Ricky Sells the Car
Ricky sells his car, and the Mertzes think they are being stranded in California. Ricky buys train tickets for everyone, but a reservations mixup puts Lucy in an apparently compromising position with Fred Mertz. Watch for Fred and Ethel decked out in motorcycle gear and riding on a Harley.
10/31/1955 Ep 132: The Great Train Robbery
Lucy gets mixed up with a jewel thief on a cross-country rail trip that marks the end of the series' Hollywood sojourn. That's not the only reason it's a bumpy ride—Lucy keeps pulling the emergency-brake cord!
11/7/1955 Ep 133: Homecoming
Ricky returns from Hollywood as a celebrity, and even Lucy gets in on the hero worship. Can Ricky stand her brand of hero worship?
11/14/1955 Ep 134: The Ricardos are Interviewed
An interview on national TV brings up the subject of the Ricardos moving into a nicer apartment.
11/28/1955 Ep 135: Lucy Goes to a Rodeo
Fred has a Western-themed show coming up at his lodge and he wants Ricky to perform in it. Ricky can't, but Lucy and Ethel volunteer (Lucy yodels "Home on the Range"). The reason Ricky can't appear is that he has a "radio" show that night. Or is it a "rodeo" show?
12/5/1955 Ep 136: Ricky's European Booking
Ricky's band is going on a European tour but he can't afford to take Lucy, who's not about to take this lying down. Her plan: raffle off a TV set to benefit Ladies Overseas Aid. "We're ladies," Lucy tells Ethel (who's scheming to go, too). "We want to go overseas. And, boy, do we need aid." The Pied Pipers perform the theme from Ball and Arnaz's 1956 movie, 'Forever Darling.'
12/12/1955 Ep 137: Nursery School
Lucy objects, but Ricky insists that Little Ricky go to nursery school. All goes well until the boy gets sick. Then it's hospital frolics, starring Nurse Lucy.
12/19/1955 Ep 138: The Passports
It's Lucy vs. bureaucrats when she can't find her birth certificate, which she needs for a passport so she can go on Ricky's European tour.
1/2/1956 Ep 139: Staten Island Ferry
Fred's fear of becoming seasick threatens the Mertzes and Ricardos' plans for Ricky's European band tour. To prove that Fred won't get seasick, Ricky takes him down to the ship, which is anchored in the harbor. But Fred turns green and becomes more firm about his not going. Lucy and Ethel test some new, improved seasickness remedies on the Staten Island Ferry. The trial run leads to unexpected complications when Lucy gets seasick.
1/16/1956 Ep 140: Bon Voyage
Ricky, Ethel and Fred are aboard their ship to Europe when Lucy rushes down the gangplank for one last goodbye to Little Ricky, who will be in Lucy's mother's care while she is in Europe. The ship heads out to sea, leaving Lucy frantically trying to catch up with it.
1/23/1956 Ep 141: Second Honeymoon
Lucy schemes to tear Ricky away for a second honeymoon aboard the ocean liner taking them to Europe. The trouble is, Ricky's too busy with his band.
1/30/1956 Ep 142: Lucy Meets the Queen
Lucy is thrilled at being in London and desperate to see the Queen. She misses the Queen at Buckingham Palace, where she gets involved in the changing of the guard. Ricky is invited to meet the Royal Family when they attend a special performance at the Palladium. Lucy is not included in the invitation, but she has no intention of letting it go at that.
2/6/1956 Ep 143: The Fox Hunt
Tally ho! In England, Lucy hounds a movie producer (Walter Kingsford) about her riding prowess and ends up on a fox hunt.
2/20/1956 Ep 144: Lucy Goes to Scotland
The Ricardos and Mertzes are on their way to Paris, but first Lucy wants to go to Scotland to seek members of the McGillicuddy family into which she was born. In a classic dream sequence, Ricky appears as Scotty MacTavish MacDougal MacCardo.
2/27/1956 Ep 145: Paris at Last
Equipped with an English-French dictionary, Lucy sets out to see Paris and "discover" an artist whose paintings will become very valuable, as she knows she has "the eye." Lucy's first encounter is indeed with an artist—a con artist who changes her American money for French. Lucy's adventures land Lucy, Ethel and Fred in jail.
3/5/1956 Ep 146: Lucy Meets Charles Boyer
Charles Boyer deals with a star-crazed Lucy in this guest appearance. The setting: Paris, where the Ricardos and Mertzes are lunching at a sidewalk cafe. Boyer is at a nearby table, and when Lucy and Ethel spot him they immediately repair to the ladies room to plot their approach. Ricky tries to stop the assault but nobody can defend against the star-struck Lucy.
3/19/1956 Ep 147: Lucy Gets a Paris Gown
Lucy decides to go on a hunger strike until Ricky agrees to buy her a designer dress. The plan works perfectly, even though Ethel has been smuggling food to Lucy. But when Ricky discovers what Lucy has been up to, he puts together a crazy outfit made of burlap and passes it off as a Paris original.
3/26/1956 Ep 148: Lucy in the Swiss Alps
In Switzerland, the Ricardos and Mertzes are caught in an abandoned cabin during an avalanche. It's one of Lucy's own making (of course), and it leads to some soul-searching and confessions. But not by Ricky: by an oompah band playing 'La Cucaracha.'
4/9/1956 Ep 149: Lucy Gets Homesick in Italy
Fred is conscience-stricken about the expense involved when he misrouted Ricky's band. He books second-class train passage for their overnight trip to Florence and a fourth-class hotel for their stay. Lucy gets homesick and wants to call Little Ricky in New York on his third birthday.
4/16/1956 Ep 150: Lucy's Italian Movie
En route to Rome by train, Lucy is spotted by a famous Italian cinema director and chosen to play a part in his new movie, 'Bitter Grapes.' Lucy sets out to immerse herself in the role. When she nonchalantly wanders into a vineyard inhabited by a motley assortment of Italian-speaking women, she is dispatched to the wine-making area to crush grapes with her feet.
4/23/1956 Ep 151: Lucy's Bicycle Trip
The Ricardos and Mertzes pedal their way from Italy to the French Riviera. It's a bumpy ride, thanks (of course) to Lucy, who left her passport in her purse, which she locked in a suitcase, which she sent ahead to their hotel in Nice.
5/7/1956 Ep 152: Lucy Goes to Monte Carlo
Ricky is working in Monte Carlo, but Fred goofs and negotiates too little money for the engagement. Lucy and Ethel go to the casino to watch, and Lucy finds a chip that someone dropped. She picks it up and puts it on the table. The chip wins, and continues to do so, all by accident. Because Ricky warned Lucy to stay away from the casino, she hides the money in Ethel's trunk. Ricky finds it and thinks Fred has been holding out on him.
5/14/1956 Ep 153: Return Home from Europe
Lucy takes a huge block of cheese disguised as a baby on the flight home.
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10/1/1956 Ep 154: Lucy and Bob Hope
Ricky is opening a new club, and he wants Bob Hope to appear at the grand opening. Lucy fears Hope won't appear because of her widespread reputation for monkey-wrench throwing, and wants to reassure him that this time she's butting out.
10/8/1956 Ep 155: Little Ricky Learns to Play the Drums
Little Ricky gets drums, and the Mertzes get headaches. So do Lucy and Ricky, but they're not about to evict themselves.
10/15/1956 Ep 156: Lucy Meets Orson Welles
Lucy tries to get in a skit with Orson Welles at Ricky's club, thinking it is a Shakespearean play that he will be doing. When Orson Welles tells Lucy she can be in the show, she calls her old high school drama teacher to tell her the news. Lucy's old teacher sends her whole drama class to Club Babalu to see Lucy perform. But it turns out Welles only wanted her to be his assistant for a magic trick.
10/22/1956 Ep 157: Little Ricky Gets Stage Fright
Little Ricky is scheduled to play the drums in a children's orchestra. Although his parents and their friends, the Mertzes, are overcome with nervousness, Little Ricky seems calm until his big moment arrives; then he goes to pieces. His next performance is six months away, but Lucy feels she must do something about his stage fright now.
10/29/1956 Ep 158: Visitor from Italy
Mario, the Ricardos and Mertzes' gondolier in Venice, comes to New York to surprise his brother, Dominic, but turns up at the Ricardos' apartment when he can't find him. Lucy is sure Dominic is in San Francisco and sets out to help Mario raise the bus fare. Her earnest efforts pay off in a surprising way.
11/12/1956 Ep 159: Off to Florida
When Lucy misplaces two train tickets to Florida, she and Ethel consult the classified section, hoping to share a ride with someone driving south. They team up with a peculiar middle-aged woman, Mrs. Grundy, who's bent on getting to Florida in record time.
11/19/1956 Ep 160: Deep Sea Fishing
It's Lucy and Ethel vs. Ricky and Fred in a fishing contest while they're on a Florida vacation. The wager: $150 (about what Lucy and Ethel had spent in hotel boutiques), so both sides do a little cheating to ensure a victory.
11/26/1956 Ep 161: Desert Island
Lucy and Ethel will do anything to keep Ricky and Fred from judging a Miami Beach beauty contest, and end up being menaced on a seemingly deserted island as a result.
12/3/1956 Ep 162: The Ricardos Visit Cuba
Still on their vacation, the Ricardos go to Cuba, where Ricky wants to introduce his relatives to Lucy and Little Ricky.
12/17/1956 Ep 163: Little Ricky's School Pageant
Little Ricky's school pageant is coming up and it's coming up short on cast members, so the Ricardos and Mertzes volunteer. Ricky's a hollow stump, Fred's a frog and Ethel's the fairy princess. And Lucy? She's a witch.
12/24/1956 Ep 180: The "I Love Lucy" Christmas Episode
On Christmas Eve, the Ricardos and the Mertzes recall past events in their lives, as seen in clips from past episodes.
1/7/1957 Ep 164: Lucy and the Loving Cup
Ricky's disapproval of Lucy's new hat leads to her trying on a loving cup which Ricky has planned to present to jockey Johnny Longden at a National Turf Association dinner. The problem is that Lucy can't get the trophy off her head.
1/14/1957 Ep 166: Lucy and Superman
When Stevie Appleby, Caroline's son, has a birthday party the same day as Little Ricky's, Lucy looks for unusual entertainment to lure the children. Ricky remembers that Superman is in town, and he invites him. But when Ricky is unable to corral Superman, Lucy is left with no choice but to dress as the Man of Steel herself. George Reeves makes a special guest-star appearance in this episode.
1/21/1957 Ep 165: Little Ricky Gets a Dog
The Ricardos' apartment begins to resemble a pet shop when Little Ricky gets a puppy. Lucy and Ricky are both determined to get rid of the puppy after their son brings it home, as are their landlords, Fred and Ethel. They have a hard time overcoming Little Ricky's arguments that a puppy would be a welcome addition to a home that already boasts a canary, a frog, a lizard, a turtle and some goldfish.
1/28/1957 Ep 167: Lucy Wants to Move to the Country
Lucy decides that it would be nice to move to the country and convinces Ricky to place a comfortable deposit on a big house in Westport, CT. It is not long before Lucy changes her mind. Lucy, Ethel, and Fred put on disguises to try and help poor Ricky get his deposit back.
2/4/1957 Ep 168: Lucy Hates to Leave
Lucy hates to leave behind her old friends, Fred and Ethel, who also happen to be her landlords. Ricky has told her to sell all their furniture, but Lucy hates the idea of parting with the furniture almost as much as parting with the Mertzes. She persuades them to keep the furniture in their apartment, promising that it's "just until we can move."
2/11/1957 Ep 169: Lucy Misses the Mertzes
As the Ricardos get settled in their new country home, they immediately wind up in a mix-up with their old friends, Fred and Ethel Mertz. Missing their old friends already, Lucy and Ricky decide to visit the Mertzes. At the same time, the Mertzes decide to trek to the country to visit the Ricardos, and what began simply becomes complicated.
2/18/1957 Ep 170: Lucy Gets Chummy With the Neighbors
With the best intentions in the world, Lucy somehow causes a misunderstanding with her neighbors, the Ramseys. It all starts when Betty Ramsey offers Lucy some advice and a wholesale deal on furniture. For a time, the Ricardos' whole future at their Connecticut home seems threatened.
3/4/1957 Ep 171: Lucy Raises Chickens
The Mertzes find a way to stay with the Ricardos: chicken farming. But the scheme puts Lucy over her head in chickens when she and Ethel bring home 500 baby chicks before the hen house is ready.
3/11/1957 Ep 172: Lucy Does the Tango
Chicken-raising and practicing a tango for Little Ricky's school PTA meeting combine to get the Ricardos and the Mertzes in a verbal battle. It's up to Ricky, Jr., and his neighborhood pal, Bruce Ramsey, to straighten things out.
3/18/1957 Ep 173: Ragtime Band
Lucy decides to take part in the fundraising campaign of the Westport Historical Society, and offers to get her husband and his band to perform for their kickoff function. There's only one hitch—Ricky won't do it. So Lucy decides to form her own band featuring herself, Little Ricky and Fred and Ethel Mertz.
3/25/1957 Ep 174: Lucy's Night in Town
After spending six whole weeks in their new Connecticut home, Lucy dreams of a night in New York City and it turns into a nightmare. Four carefully hoarded tickets to the Broadway musical hit "The Most Happy Fella" are supposed to get the Ricardos and the Mertzes in to see the sold-out show. But difficulties arise when Fred Mertz gets nervous about pickpockets because he's carrying $500 in cash in his pockets.
4/1/1957 Ep 175: Housewarming
Fred Mertz installs an intercom system between the Mertz guest-house and the Ricardo main house. The intercom causes some confusion when Lucy and Ricky overhear what they believe to be plans for a housewarming party given for them.
4/8/1957 Ep 176: Building a B.B.Q.
Lucy has a problem deciding what to do to get her vacationing husband, Ricky, out of her hair so she can do her housework. She and Ethel solve the problem by putting their husbands to work building a barbecue.
4/22/1957 Ep 177: Country Club Dance
The Ricardos and the Mertzes go with their neighbors, Ralph and Betty Ramsey, to the country club dance. A pretty visitor quickly convinces the men they are Romeos in disguise. This development forces the women into glamorous clothing and beauty treatments to prove that they, too, can be glamorous. Barbara Eden guest-stars.
4/29/1957 Ep 178: Lucy Raises Tulips
Suburban living gets Lucy into a flower-show competition, and she raises tulips with a vengeance as she tries to beat out her neighbor, Betty Ramsey, for first prize. Lucy asks Ricky to mow the lawn so that her garden will look just right. But he only mows half before taking off for a baseball game, leaving Lucy and Ethel to tiptoe through the tulips—with the lawnmower.
5/6/1957 Ep 179: The Ricardos Dedicate a Statue
Lucy joins a community effort to establish a Revolutionary War monument. She manages to shatter any dreams she may have had of becoming a community leader when the statue is broken. Her efforts to undo the damage put her in a unique position.