I Love Lucy

Cuban Pals

Season 1, Ep 28, Aired 4/21/52
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  • Episode Description
  • Lucy burns with jealousy when she gets an eyeful of Ricky's dance partner 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.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lucille Ball

    Lucy McGillicuddy Ricardo

  • Desi Arnaz

    Ricky Ricardo

  • Vivian Vance

    Ethel Mertz

  • William Frawley

    Fred Hobart Mertz

  • Jess Oppenheimer

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Fred" (pretending to be a cabbie) Did you call a cab, lady? Lucy: Yes, I did. Fred: I'd have been here sooner, but uh, traffic was again' me. Renita: Goodbye, Mrs. Mertz. Lucy: Now cabbie, I want you to take very good care of this little lady. I want you to take her to the Tropicana club. Fred: Don't you worry, lady. I know a shortcut through, uh, P'iladelp'ia.

    • Ethel: ¿Cómo está? (Renita babbles in Spanish) Oui.

    • Lucy: Well, it seems that when this girl, Renita, was a child, she and Ricky used to dance together. She was much younger than he was. Ethel: Yeah? What happened? Lucy: So somehow she caught up with him.

    • (After Lucy sees Renita) Lucy: Ricky, I think you're right dear, about not doing that dance. Ricky: Oh no, honey. I think you're right. I think I oughta do it. As you said, I think it would help the 'good neighbor' policy. Lucy: Well, that policy just lapsed.

    • Ethel: You don't know the steps. Lucy: Listen - a rhumba is a rhumba. You just wiggle your hips and jump up and down.

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    Notes (1)

    • Songs: "Lady in Red," "Similau"

    Trivia (4)

    • This isn't the only episode where Ricky goofs when translating for Lucy and his Spanish-speaking guests. He gets his translation wires crossed in the fourth season episode, "Lucy's Mother-In-Law."

    • In the scene where Ricky is instructing the band how he wants the music played, you can hear what seems to be a child crying.

    • In the last scene where Lucy runs amok at the Tropicana, she takes a tray from the waiter. The waiter continues to walk off-camera. Why doesn't he react?

    • At one point when Ricky is translating for Lucy and his old friends, he accidentally repeats some words in English that he was supposed to translate to Spanish. It was a goof, and he started laughing, but it was left in since he recovered quickly.

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