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I Love Lucy Episode Guide Season 1

The Girls Want To Go To A Nightclub
Episode: 001 | Aired: October 15, 1951
To celebrate the Mertzes' wedding anniversary, Fred and Ricky want to go to a prize fight, but the girls want to go to a nightclub. Lucy threatens to find two other escorts if their husbands won't take them. This is just fine with Fred, but Ricky worries. He and Fred find two other girls and go to the same nightclub to spy on their wives.

Be A Pal
Episode: 002 | Aired: October 22, 1951
Lucy decides Ricky's love is growing cold, so she takes Ethel's suggestions: that she join her spouse in his weekly poker game and that she turn the apartment into a Cuban hacienda to appeal to Ricky's native tastes. Look for: Lucy's wacky Carmen Miranda impression in this episode.

The Diet
Episode: 003 | Aired: October 29, 1951
One of the girls in Ricky's show quits, making a vacancy for a singer who can wear a size 12 costume. Lucy tricks Ricky into saying that if she loses enough weight she can sing in the show. She finally looses the five pounds. . .but there are further obstacles to her 'big break.' Factoid: In this episode, Lucy and Desi reprise one of the highlights of their 1950 vaudeville tour, 'Cuban Pete.'

Lucy Thinks Ricky Is Trying To Murder Her
Episode: 004 | Aired: October 29, 1951
A misunderstood conversation between Ricky and his agent leads Lucy to the conclusion that he is trying to kill her. Ricky pours a sedative for Lucy so she can relax, but she thinks it's poison. With what she believes is her last burst of energy, she drags herself to Ricky's club to shoot him.

The Quiz Show
Episode: 005 | Aired: November 05, 1951
Finding herself short of funds, Lucy wrangles her way into a contestant spot on a wild and woolly quiz show. 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.

The Audition Show
Episode: 006 | Aired: November 12, 1951
Ricky's band is to be auditioned for television, and Lucy is trying to 'get into the act.' When Lucy substitutes for Buffo the clown, the producers want to sign her, not Ricky, and Lucy is confronted with problems. Ricky sings his trademark 'Babalu' for the first time in this episode.

The Seance
Episode: 007 | Aired: November 19, 1951
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. She thus says 'no' to a very important business call for Ricky from Mr. Meriweather. In the process of putting things right, Lucy conducts a s?ance.

Men Are Messy
Episode: 008 | Aired: November 26, 1951
When Ricky leaves his clothes around the living room, Lucy gets angry and divides the living room in half so Ricky can be as messy as he likes on his side. Ricky gets the Tropicana jumping with the 'Straw Hat Song' in this episode.

The Fur Coat
Episode: 009 | Aired: December 03, 1951
Ricky brings home a mink coat that is to be used in his nightclub act, but Lucy takes it for granted it's for her. Trying to get the coat away from her is a problem for Ricky: Lucy not only sleeps in it, she even wears it while she is doing the housework. Finally, Ricky tells Fred to dress up like a robber and steal it back for him.

Jealous Of Girl Dancer
Episode: 010 | Aired: December 10, 1951
Ethel Mertz misinterprets a gossip column item and decides Ricky is interested in a chorus girl. To keep an eye on Ricky, Lucy manages to wangle her way into the chorus line, where she upstages the dancer during the number and makes a mess of the show. Factoid: Arroz con pollo, Desi Arnaz's actual favorite dish, is served up in this episode.

Episode: 011 | Aired: December 17, 1951
When Lucy opens a telegram addressed to Ricky ordering him to appear at the Army's Fort Dix, she assumes he has been drafted. Lucy and Ethel are convinced their husbands have been drafted when they see them drilling in the living room with brooms. They don't realize that Ricky and Fred are practicing a dance routine for the servicemen's show.

The Adagio
Episode: 012 | Aired: December 24, 1951
Lucy learns that Ricky is looking for an Apache dancer for his nightclub act. Convinced that someday she will break into show business, Lucy grabs at this opportunity. She dreams up a wild American Indian war dance routine and goes after the job at Ricky's club. As a result, Ricky is challenged to a duel behind Radio City Music Hall.

The Benefit
Episode: 013 | Aired: December 31, 1951
Lucy resorts to womanly wiles to get Ricky to sing at a women's club benefit. Ricky is reluctant at first, but Lucy tricks him into agreeing to sing and dance with her at the function. In this episode Lucy and Ricky reprise a classic vaudeville routine, 'Underneath the Bamboo Tree.'

The Amateur Hour
Episode: 014 | Aired: January 07, 1952
Lucy buys a very expensive dress. When Ricky tells her to take it back or pay for it herself, she decides to get a babysitting job -- but gets more than she bargained for with the Hudson twins.

Lucy Plays Cupid
Episode: 015 | Aired: January 14, 1952
Lucy tries to arrange a match between a love-starved old lady and a giddy grocery man. In her efforts to play Cupid, Lucy gives the grocer the idea that she has a crush on him. Guest Stars: Edward Everett Horton and Bea Benadaret

Lucy Fakes Illness
Episode: 016 | Aired: January 21, 1952
Ricky won't hire Lucy for his new act, so Lucy consults a book on abnormal psychology for a solution. When Ricky arrives home and finds out that Lucy is faking a nasty case of the 'gobloots,' he calls in an actor to play a physician.

Lucy Writes A Play
Episode: 017 | Aired: January 28, 1952
Lucy writes a heartwarming story of a Cuban tobacco picker in 'A Tree Grows in Havana.' She tries to get Ricky to star in it. When he refuses, Lucy settles for Fred. However, Fred's Spanish accent is so terrible that she changes the play's setting to England. Ricky wants back in, but doesn't realize that the play has been revamped until he's on stage.

Breaking The Lease
Episode: 018 | Aired: February 04, 1952
After a fun evening around the piano singing favorite songs, the Mertzes retire to bed, leaving Lucy and Ricky alone to pursue a short encore. Ethel telephones demanding quiet. When Lucy points out that the Mertzes were just down there making noise themselves, the Ricardos and the Mertzes have the first of many classic feuds.

The Ballet
Episode: 019 | Aired: February 11, 1952
Ricky is searching for both a ballet dancer and a burlesque comic for his new act. Lucy wants the ballet job desperately and enrolls in a dance. After failing at ballet, she decides to hire a burlesque comic teacher. When Lucy is summoned to the club to replace a sick performer, she assumes it's the comic they need, but it is actually the ballet dancer. Look for: Lucy's 'Slowly I Turned' burlesque comedy routine in this episode.

Young Fans
Episode: 020 | Aired: February 18, 1952
When a teenage girl named Peggy drops her steady, Arthur, for suave Ricky Ricardo, Lucy tries to teach the clumsy schoolboy how to dance so he can impress Peggy. Unfortunately, Arthur gets carried away and proclaims his love for Lucy. Guest Stars: Richard Crenna and Janet Waldo (the voice of Judy Jetson)

New Neighbors
Episode: 021 | Aired: February 25, 1952
Lucy and Ethel can't wait to get a closer look at the belongings of their new neighbors, the O'Briens. Lucy and Ethel decide to snoop, but when the O'Briens come home suddenly, they hide in a closet. They overhear them discussing what sounds like a plot to murder Ricky and Lucy. Guest Star: Hayden Rorke, who played Dr. Bellows on 'I Dream of Jeannie,'

Fred And Ethel Fight
Episode: 022 | Aired: March 03, 1952
Lucy and Ricky try to patch up the Mertzes' quarrel by inviting each to dinner without the others knowledge.

The Mustache
Episode: 023 | Aired: March 10, 1952
When Ricky refuses to shave off his new mustache, Lucy glues a white beard and mustache on her own face. Ricky concedes defeat, but Lucy is unable to remove her false whiskers because the glue remover is no longer available. It's 'Bulldog Cement' that seals Lucy's fate in this episode.

The Gossip
Episode: 024 | Aired: March 17, 1952
Ricky and Fred bet Lucy and Ethel that they can keep from gossiping longer than their wives. The winners are to be served breakfast in bed for a month. Ricky tells Lucy some gossip while pretending to be asleep, so that Lucy will spill the news to Ethel and make the girls lose the bet. Watch for the classic moment when Lucy does charades in this episode.

Pioneer Women
Episode: 025 | Aired: March 24, 1952
Determining that they have washed 219,000 dishes since being married, Lucy and Ethel demand dishwashers. The men insist that the women have it too 'soft' and bet them fifty dollars that they can't live without modern conveniences. See the classic moment when Lucy battles a loaf of bread.

The Marriage License
Episode: 026 | Aired: March 31, 1952
A close inspection of her marriage license convinces Lucy that she and Ricky are not legally married. Because his name is misspelled on the certificate, Lucy insists that Ricky go through the entire courtship and marriage ceremony a second time. This episode is based on Lucy and Desi's actual wedding.

The Kleptomaniac
Episode: 027 | Aired: April 07, 1952
Ricky discovers a large amount of cash in Lucy's purse and a cache of silverware and other valuables in a closet. Unaware that Lucy is collecting items for a club bazaar, he immediately jumps to the conclusion that she's a kleptomaniac. Joseph Kearns, Guest Star: Mr. Wilson from Dennis the Menace

Cuban Pals
Episode: 028 | Aired: April 14, 1952
Annoyed by Ricky's accounts of the lovely Cuban entertainer Renita, who was his partner in the old days; Lucy dresses up as a seductive Latin dancer and devises a plan to replace Renita in the show.

The Freezer
Episode: 029 | Aired: April 21, 1952
Lucy gets a walk-in meat freezer, orders two sides of beef, and runs a business with Ethel until the neighborhood butcher gets wise to their competitive tricks. While trying to move the beef from the basement freezer into the unlit furnace, Lucy accidentally gets locked inside the freezer.

Lucy Does A TV Commercial
Episode: 030 | Aired: May 05, 1952
Lucy tricks Ricky into letting her do a commercial during a television variety show. The commercial is for Vitameatavegamin Vitamins, and Lucy is the Vitameatavegamin girl.

Publicity Agent
Episode: 031 | Aired: May 12, 1952
To increase business at the Tropicana, Lucy concocts a publicity scheme based on a newspaper item claiming that the Shah of Persia owns all of Benny Goodman's records. Lucy decides to pose as the Maharincess of Franistan, who has traveled halfway around the globe to see her singing idol, Ricky Ricardo.

Lucy Gets Ricky On The Radio
Episode: 032 | Aired: May 19, 1952
Convinced that Ricky is a mental giant, Lucy makes secret arrangements to get him on a radio quiz show. Frank Nelson returns once again as quiz show host Freddie Fillmore.

Lucy's Schedule
Episode: 033 | Aired: May 26, 1952
After Lucy is late for a dinner appointment with Ricky's boss Alvin Littlefield, Ricky puts his wife on a rigid time schedule. Ricky tells his boss about this new schedule and that Littlefield should come over to see her perform. When Lucy gets wind of the plot, she schemes with Ethel and Mrs. Littlefield to teach their time-conscious hubbies a well-deserved lesson. Guest Star: Gale Gordon makes his first guest-star appearance as Alvin Littlefield, Ricky's boss.

Ricky Thinks He's Getting Bald
Episode: 034 | Aired: June 02, 1952
Haunted by the thought that he is growing bald, Ricky seeks Lucy's help and she comes up with an unorthodox treatment.

Ricky Asks For A Raise
Episode: 035 | Aired: June 09, 1952
Lucy convinces Ricky that he should pressure his boss into giving him a raise. When Ricky follows Lucy's advice literally, he gets a big 'no' from the nightclub owner. Insult is added to injury when the nightclub launches a campaign announcing the debut of his replacement. Look For: Fred Mertz in drag. Guest Star: Gale Gordon returns as guest star.

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