I Love Lucy (1951–1957)
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When Lucy tries to warm Ethel to an aloof Betty Ramsey, Lucy is left out in the cold.


William Asher


Madelyn Davis (as Madelyn Martin), Bob Carroll Jr. | 2 more credits »

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Episode credited cast:
Lucille Ball ... Lucy Ricardo
Desi Arnaz ... Ricky Ricardo
Vivian Vance ... Ethel Mertz
William Frawley ... Fred Mertz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Jane Croft ... Betty Ramsey
Ray Ferrell Ray Ferrell ... Bruce Ramsey
Richard Keith Richard Keith ... Little Ricky Ricardo (as Little Ricky)


Ethel feels stung when the Mertzes are not invited to The Ramsey's dinner party. Sensing Ethel's hurt feelings, Lucy invites Betty and Ethel to a ladies luncheon. It gets off to a rocky start, but Betty and Ethel find some common ground -- Betty hails from Ethel's hometown of Alberquerque. The women became 'thick as thieves,' as Lucy says and now she feels the odd friend out. When an intercom system, connecting the Ricardo's house to the Mertzes' guest house, is installed, Lucy misunderstands that Ethel and Betty are planning a housewarming, , but she's bitterly disappointed when she realizes the mistake. Ethel, who was so fragile at the start of the episode, comes through for her beloved pal in the end. Written by gaelicguy

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Comedy | Family





USA | Japan



Release Date:

1 April 1957 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Desilu Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Fred Mertz: What do you mean, you want forty dollars for a lamp?
Ethel Mertz: Just what I said. We don't have a decent lamp to read by.
Fred Mertz: Listen, Ethel, if you want to read, you can read by firelight. If it was good enough for Abraham Lincoln, it's good enough for you.
Ethel Mertz: Oh, don't drag in your boyhood pals, Fred.
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Theme From 'I Love Lucy' (Instrumental)
Written by Eliot Daniel
Performed by Wilbur Hatch and the Desi Arnaz Orchestra
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First Part Funnier Than Second Part
10 February 2006 | by richard.fuller1See all my reviews

Bob Carroll and Madelyn Pugh, the writers for the show, said they would think of the stunt first, then build up to it, how to get it to happen.

Lucy on the mower, Lucy with the eggs in her shirt, Lucy clucking like a chicken with baby chicks all around, Lucy drunk in a commercial, Lucy stomping grapes in Italy, and so on.

In this instance, I suppose the joke was how to get Lucy at a surprise party with her in her robe and with curlers in her hair.

I suppose the misunderstanding about the friendship between Ethel Mertz and Betty Ramsey was a good one.

But what makes this episode so memorable to me was the actual beginning of the episode. Lucy is trying to get Ethel and Betty to be friends. Betty is a bit of a snob, and Ethel feels like Betty is looking down on her, so Ethel is very reluctant for any kind of friendship.

At the start, it is Ethel who is hostile toward Betty. Vain Betty seems to be unaware of Ethel's behavior.

These little exchanges (Ethel saying she wears the same bathrobe every evening to what evening gowns Lucy and Betty would wear, Ethel saying her half of the egg business is the shells, Ethel going 'mm-hmm' from behind her coffee cup to answer Betty's question) are amusing on their own.

Lucy then says that Ethel has always lived on a farm since she was a little girl in Alberqueque.

"Albequeque?" Betty asks. "Are you from Albequeque?"


"Well, I'm from Albequeque."

"You are?"

Betty and Ethel (reads like Archie in Riverdale characters) then realize they attended the same grammar school and their fathers were lodge brothers.

The mood turns on an incredible dime, but the saga isn't finished yet.

As the two women continue to recollect about Albaqueque, we suddenly hear "I'm from Jamestown" from left-out Lucy.

Later "I lived in Jamestown until I was sixteen." This then led to Lucy feeling mistreated.

Yet that breakfast table incident, of Lucy trying to bring them together and being left out herself, is a gem in and of its own.

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