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Lucy wants to nudge a shy couple (Sarah Selby, Milton Frome) 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 Ricardos? Messenger: Bennett Green.
A Hollywood talent scout (Frank Nelson) 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?). Pete: James Dobson. Mrs. Tr (more…)
Ricky's making a screen test for a Hollywood movie. Lucy has a small role in it, but there's no such thing as a small role for Lucy, much to the consternation of the director (Clinton Sundberg). Assistant Director: Ray Kellogg.
Ricky's mother (Mary Emery) comes to visit, and poor Lucy can't speak Spanish. So she finds a Spanish-speaking mindreader (Fortunio Bonanova) and it works like a charm---as long as he's around. Assistant: Virginia Barbour.
It's Ethel's birthday and Fred asks Lucy to choose her present. Bad move. She picks pants. “I wanted a toaster,” Ethel moans, and an estrangement begins. Ethel: “She called me a hippopotamus.” Lucy: “I did not. I said you're a little hippy. On s (more…)
California, here they come: Lucy and movie-star-to-be Ricky, plus Fred and Ethel, who are tagging along. 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.
Lucy learns to drive---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. And with that experience und (more…)
Aunt Bee's sister (Maudie Prickett) and brother-in-law (James Westerfield) pay a visit and wear out their welcome. First Andy's uncle keeps him awake all night, then he borrows the squad car to go fishing. Roger: Billy Booth. Bruce: Kenneth Butts. Mundt: F (more…)
The Ricardos and Mertzes head for California. But first, of coures, there are complications. The chief one: Lucy's mother (Kathryn Card), who shows up and wants to accompany them. Ricky objects (to put it mildly), and when Fred and Ethel overhear him compl (more…)
Lucy, Ricky, Ethel and Fred are anything but happy wanderers as they end the first day of their drive across the country in a rundown cafe outside Cincinnati. The specialty of the house: cheese sandwiches wrapped in celophane. And if they think the food is (more…)
The Ricardo-Mertz westward trek faces a delay---they're all thrown in jail for speeding---in Bent Fork, Tenn., home of Lucy's “cousin” Ernest (Tennessee Ernie Ford), who'll do all he can to get them out of the pokey, even if it means marrying one of th (more…)
Ethel returns home---to a hero's welcome she doesn't deserve---when the Ricardo-Mertz westward trek hits Albuquerque. That's where Ethel Mae Potter grew up (Albuquerque really was Vivian Vance's home town), and the place is all agog because in her letters (more…)
The Ricardos and the Mertzes finally make it to Hollywood (although William Holden might not be cheering). Guest star Holden gets a dessert tray in the face in a scene that's one of Lucille Ball's best-remembered bits. Eve Arden has a cameo in the episode (more…)
Lucy fumes as Ricky steps out for a night on the town---with five starlets. She fumes even more when she sees Ricky's made-up bed the next morning. Ross: Ross Elliott. Starlets: Dolores Donlon, Beverly Thompson, Shirlee Tigge, Maggie Magennis. Maid: Iva Sh (more…)
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. Frank Williams: Lou Krugman. Bobby: Robert Jellison (more…)
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. Designer Don Loper appears as himself, as do celebrity models Sheila MacRae, Brenda Marshall Holden, Jeann (more…)
Columnist Hedda Hopper guests as herself---someone Lucy and Ricky both want very much to impress. The plan: Lucy will fall into the hotel pool just as Hopper walks by, and Ricky will jump in and save her. The problem: distinguishing Hopper's hat from a bow (more…)
Ricky's movie is shelved, so Lucy schemes to get Ricky another role. The plan: impress studio boss Dore Schary by any means necessary, even if it means that Schary must impress himself. But first, there are 500 fan letters to write. Schary: Philip Ober. Mr (more…)
Lucy's writing a fan-magazine article about Ricky when she hears he's going to host a TV benefit show. She wants in on it and has some leverage: she could always write that he's a “dirty rat.” So Ricky finds a spot for her---as the bull (he's the matad (more…)
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). Mrs. McGillicuddy: Kathryn Card.
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