I Love Lucy

Fred and Ethel Fight

Season 1, Ep 22, Aired 3/10/52
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  • Episode Description
  • Fred and Ethel have been going at each other's throats for the past few days now, and aren't talking to each other any more. (Fred: She called my mother a weasel!) To get them back together, Lucy comes up with a plan: She will invite Ethel to dinner, while Ricky will invite Fred. Neither Mertz will know that the other is coming, Lucy hopes that she can bring the Mertzes together so they can talk out their issues. Lucy commences with her plan, but during dinner, she and Ricky start to bicker. By the end of supper, the Mertzes leave the Ricardos' apartment as happy as larks, but Lucy and Ricky are now at each others' throats. It's now up to the Mertzes to bring the Ricardos back together.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lucille Ball

    Lucy McGillicuddy Ricardo

  • Desi Arnaz

    Ricky Ricardo

  • Vivian Vance

    Ethel Mertz

  • William Frawley

    Fred Hobart Mertz

  • Hazel Pierce

    Soda Jerk

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • (Lucy and Ricky are arguing over who put an end to a previous fight) Lucy: Before, darling! Ricky: After, baby! Lucy: Before, dear! Ricky: After, sweetheart! Lucy: Before! Ricky: After! Lucy: Before! Fred: (to Ricky) It's your serve.

    • Ethel: I'm sorry, Fred. Fred: I apologize, honeybunch. Ethel: Sweetie pie Fred: Baby doll. Ethel: Sugar lips. Lucy: You know, this is pretty sickening. Ricky: I liked them better when they were mad.

    • Ricky: Well you really cooked one up this time. Lucy: Now, don't worry. Everything's gonna be all right. You know what'll happen? Ricky: Yeah, they'll kill each other, right in front of our eyes.

    • Ethel: I haven't eaten since he left. Ricky: Aw, really? Lucy: You sure must miss him. Ethel: I do not. He didn't leave me any money, the big, fat slob!

    • Ricky: Lucy, sometimes I think that you don't have anything inside your head. Now come on. Let me see. (looking into Lucy's ear) Hey, that picture on the wall is crooked.

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    Notes (3)

    • Look for the Phillip Morris sign when Fred and Ricky have drinks.

    • This episode is based on a real-life incident that happened to Lucy and Desi. The Arnazes invited their friends, the Lederers, over for Christmas. One evening, the Lederers started fighting. As they tried to get the two back together, Lucy and Desi also started to bicker. They almost nearly filed for divorce!

    • This is one of the first episodes in which Lucy admits that she dyes her mousy-brown hair red. Look for the memorable scene where you can see her bottles of henna-rinse.

    Trivia (1)

    • Fred mentions that Ethel went home to her mother. Yet, in season 4 Ethel's father is a widower.

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