I Love Lucy

Drafted

Season 1, Ep 9, Aired 12/24/51
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  • Episode Description
  • 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. To get their men "ready for the army", Lucy and Ethel take to knitting blankets and other things for them. They also plan a going away party for them on Sunday night. Ricky and Fred, meanwhile, think that the girls are pregnant. Chaos ensues when they plan a similar party (a baby shower) for that same night.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lucille Ball

    Lucy McGillicuddy Ricardo

  • Desi Arnaz

    Ricky Ricardo

  • Vivian Vance

    Ethel Mertz

  • William Frawley

    Fred Hobart Mertz

  • Jess Oppenheimer

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • When Ricky receives a letter from Fort Dix and Fred decides to accompany Ricky, Lucy and Ethel get the wrong idea. Then when Lucy and Ethel start knitting constantly and acting emotional, it's Ricky and Fred who jump to the wrong conclusion.

    By meh214, Jul 24, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • (Lucy pretends that a letter from the War Department wasn't securely sealed and opens it) Lucy: Oh. Look. (showing Ethel the opened letter) Ethel: Cheap glue.

    • Lucy: (Ricky and Fred come in wearing different uniforms) Ethel, they're fighting on opposite sides.

    • Lucy: Gee, I guess I'm past the sock stage. I better try for a blanket. Ethel: I think you're past the blanket stange. You better try for a tent.

    • Ricky: Let's give them a shower. Fred: What for? Ricky: I mean a surprise party shower.

    • Fred: You're going to be a father. Ricky: Me, father? Fred: When a woman cries for no reason. Sits down and knits time little things. What else? Ricky: Me, father? Fred: Of course. Ricky: Me, father? Fred: Yeah, you father, Lucy mother, me Tarzan.

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    Notes (3)

    • My Favorite Husband: "George Is Drafted/Liz's Baby"

    • In this episode, Desi hums a few bars of the song he wrote with Eddie Maxwell in 1951, called "There's a Brand New Baby in Our House."

    • The original airing of this episode featured a four minute "surprise," with the Ricardos and Mertzes dressed as Santa Claus.

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