I Love Lucy

Little Ricky Gets Stage Fright

Season 6, Ep 4, Aired 10/22/56
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  • Episode Description
  • Little Ricky is scheduled to play the drums in a children's orchestra. Although his parents and their friends the Mertzes are overcome with nervousness, Little Ricky seems calm until his big moment arrives; then he goes to pieces. His next performance is six months away, but Lucy feels she must do something about his stage fright now. Howard McNear, who played Floyd the barber in "The Andy Griffith Show," guest-stars.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lucille Ball

    Lucy McGillicuddy Ricardo

  • Desi Arnaz

    Ricky Ricardo

  • Vivian Vance

    Ethel Mertz

  • William Frawley

    Fred Hobart Mertz

  • Richard Keith (I)

    Little Ricky

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Ricky: It just so happens that [little Ricky] inherited his father's musical ability! Fred: Yeah, but is he good?

    Notes (3)

    • This episode aired before "Little Ricky Learns to Play the Drums", but was actually filmed after that episode, so the sequence of events in the series is out of order.

    • Guest star Howard McNear would go on to star as Floyd Lawson on The Andy Griffith Show.

    • Song: "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue"

    Trivia (1)

    • Nitpick: When Little Ricky makes his debut, he suddenly starts screaming, "I'm nervous! I'm nervous!" and practically throwing a fit. This isn't just bad acting so much as it is out of character for a kid, as normal behavior for any child with stage fright is to freeze up and shut down, not try to draw even more attention to himself.

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