I Love Lucy

Lucy Plays Cupid

Season 1, Ep 15, Aired 1/21/52
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  • Episode Description
  • Miss Lewis, the Ricardo's elderly neighbor, requests Lucy's assistance in getting the attention of Mr. Ritter, the elderly grocery man whom she is sweet on. Lucy readily agrees to give Mr. Ritter a dinner invitation for Miss Lewis. The first complication arises when Lucy shares the news with Ricky, who spanks Lucy for interfering and makes her promise to give the note back to Miss Lewis. But, when Lucy proceeds to give Mr. Ritter the note anyway, he misunderstands and thinks the invitation is from Lucy herself. This leads to an unsuccessful plan by Lucy to discourage Mr. Ritter and Ricky's telling Mr. Ritter that he can have her. In spite of all these unintended mishaps, Mr. Ritter and Miss Lewis do in fact wind up together, never to be seen on any future episode.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lucille Ball

    Lucy McGillicuddy Ricardo

  • Desi Arnaz

    Ricky Ricardo

  • Vivian Vance

    Ethel Mertz

  • William Frawley

    Fred Hobart Mertz

  • Marc Daniels

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • He Loves Lucy

    By thacrowbar, Jun 26, 2008

  • Too close to the radio show.

    By francklloyd, Dec 16, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Lucy: (just getting off the phone with Ricky) Ricky isn't coming home to dinner. You know, I just think I might keep that date with Mr. Ritter tonight. Miss Lewis: That's not fair! He's mine! Lucy: Oh, you don't understand, dear. I'm going to get him up here and disappoint him so completely that he wouldn't have me on a silver platter. Then the road will be nice and clear for you. Miss Lewis: Oh, oh, fine, fine. Lucy: Let's see now. How can I disappoint Mr. Ritter? What do you know about him? Miss Lewis: Well, we had a long conversation once over the pickle barrel that sort of raised my hopes. Um...can't stand children. And he likes a tidy appearance. He demands immaculate housekeeping. He likes good cooking-- Lucy: Hold it, hold it! I think I can change Mr. Ritter's heartthrob to heartburn in one sitting.

    • Mr. Ritter: Steak, haven't had it for months. We have them down at my store, but I can't afford to buy them.

    • Miss Lewis: Oh, husband, that's the most beautiful word in the English language.

    • Miss Lewis: Look, elderberry wine. I made it myself. It's been fermenting since I was 21 years old. Lucy: Twenty-one! Must have quite a tang by now. Miss Lewis: I thought Mr. Ritter and I could have a couple of belts before dinner.

    • Miss Lewis: I thought that we'd eat by candlelight, because they say it makes you look younger. Lucy: Oh, yes, that's right. Miss Lewis: Maybe I'll look like a girl of 50 again huh? Lucy: Oh, easily.

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    Notes (5)

    • In the episode, a member of Desi's band hits the cymbal by mistake!

    • My Favorite Husband: "Valentine's Day"

    • Bea Benaderet (Miss Lewis) was Lucille Ball's first choice to play Ethel Mertz. At the time Bea Benaderet was appearing as a regular on The George Burns & Gracie Allen Show as their neighbor, Blanche Morton.

    • Lucille Ball and Edward Everett Horton appeared in several movies together while they were contract players at RKO studio. Among them are Top Hat, That's Right-You're Wrong and Her Husband's Affairs.

    • Neither of the Mertzes appeared in this episode.

    Trivia (2)

    • Ricky seems to forget that Miss Lewis isn't married. That doesn't keep him from referring to her as "Mrs. Lewis," however.

    • No explanation is ever given as to where Lucy got all of the children to pose as her own and discourage Mr. Ritter.

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