I Love Lucy

Lucy Gets a Paris Gown

Season 5, Ep 20, Aired 3/19/56
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  • Episode Description
  • Lucy decides to go on a hunger strike until Ricky agrees to buy her a designer dress. The plan works perfectly (even though Ethel has been smuggling food to Lucy) and Ricky finally gives in and buys her an expensive outfit. But when Ricky discovers what Lucy has been up to, he puts together a crazy outfit made of burlap and passes it off as a Paris original.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lucille Ball

    Lucy McGillicuddy Ricardo

  • Desi Arnaz

    Ricky Ricardo

  • Vivian Vance

    Ethel Mertz

  • William Frawley

    Fred Hobart Mertz

  • John Bleifer


  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Lucy goes on an hunger strike....not really

    By yuki_megami, Apr 29, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Lucy: Ricky? Ricky: No! Lucy: No what? Ricky: I'm not gonna buy you a Jacque Marcel dress. Lucy: That is not what I was going to ask. Ricky: Honey, I know you pretty well. Lucy: Do you know me well enough to know that I'm going to pester you for that dress 'til the end of my days? Ricky: And do you know me well enough to know that if you do, the end might come sooner than you expect?

    • Ethel: I've never worn burlap before. Fred: Honeybunch, you were made for it.

    • Ricky: Now, honey, why don't you be a good girl? You don't hear Ethel asking Fred to buy her a new dress. Ethel: I'll be lucky if he buys me my lunch.

    • Lucy: (in response to Ricky's signed contract from Hollywood) I couldn't have said a thing like that. You must be thinking about one your your other wives.

    • Lucy: (about Ricky) It's my own fault, he's starting to think like me.

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    Notes (3)

    • Ethel comes in the hotel room with Lucy saying that she just bought a purse for 1,000 Francs, but 3 months ago, back in "Passports" Lucy is seen with the exact same purse in Helen Kaiser's apartment. And this purse is also used again in season 6.

    • Ricky pulls out a contract that Lucy supposedly signed after she got her Don Loper dress in the Hollywood episode "The Fashion Show." Ricky states that Lucy signed it on February 28, 1955 which is the actual date that "The Fashion Show" episode aired.

    • The "French" creations were designed by costume designer Edward Stephenson. The French designer Jacques Marcel is a fictional character.

    Trivia (1)

    • Georgia Holt, mother of singer/actress Cher, had a small part in this episode as one of the models in the burlap dresses.

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