I Love Lucy

Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder Her

Season 1, Ep 4, Aired 11/5/51
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  • Episode Description
  • Lucy is deeply engrossed in a brand-new whodunit, called "The Mockingbird Mystery," and is, understandably, a nail-biting wreck. Making matters worse, Ethel's amateur attempts at fortune telling point to her ultimate "murder." The icing on the cake is a misunderstood phone conversation between Ricky and his agent, Jerry. Ricky decides to pour a sedative for Lucy so that she can relax, but she thinks it's poison. With what she believes is her last burst of energy, she hastens to the Tropicana to confront Ricky with a gun.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 (4)
  • Lucy is worried that Ricky would get rid of her

    By yuki_megami, Dec 22, 2007

  • omg such a funny eposide

    By bliarxoxo, Nov 18, 2007

  • When Ricky comes home from the club, he finds Lucy reading a murder book. Lucy drops her book out of the window when Ricky says hi to her. The next morning, Ethel comes over. When she says hi to Lucy she drops her murder book out of the window agin. Ethel

    By Lucyfan10, Jun 05, 2007

  • a good one

    By port5170, Feb 17, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • (Ethel has just startled Lucy) Ethel: Gosh, did I scare you? Lucy: No, no. I was just getting ready to scream and throw my book out the window anyway.

    • Lucy: I'm not even cold yet and Ricky's lining up girls to take my place. (reading the ink blotted side of a piece of paper Ricky jotted on) Helen, Ann, Mary, Cynthia, Alice, Theodore. Theodore?!

    • Lucy: Now what does this grubby group of cards have to say for itself? Ethel: Well, this is your card--the Queen of Hearts. That's you. And this card right next to it is the Ace of Spades. Lucy: What does that mean? Ethel: Death. Lucy: Death? (throwing the cards on the table) Well what's it doing so close to me?

    • Ricky: Lucy's acting crazy. Fred: Crazy for Lucy or crazy for ordinary people? Ricky: Crazy for anybody. She has this idea that I am going to kill her. Fred: That doesn't mean anything. Sooner or later every married woman decides her husband wants to kill her. She's usually right.

    • Lucy: Well, fortunately I'm too big for the garbage disposal.

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    Notes (5)

    • The dvd has a lost scene with Lucy suggesting some books to read to help improve Ricky's mind.

    • New footage was shot for the November 3, 1952 rerun while Lucille was on maternity leave. Lucy brings home paperback mystery books, which leads into a flashback of what happened the last time she read a mystery novel.

    • There is no "cityscape" backdrop visible outside the Ricardo's bedroom as in later episodes, but there is a small tree visible, suggesting they have a ground floor apartment. It comes to be known in "Cuban Pals" their apartment is 4A.

    • This was actually the fourth episode of "I Love Lucy" to air. Although it was the first episode filmed, it had to be held over for a little while, due to postproduction technical difficulties.

    • Filmed on September 8th, 1951

    Trivia (6)

    • After Lucy has taken the "poison aka sleeping pill" and goes to the club to confront Ricky, if you watch, when Lucy gives a big yawn from the effects of the pill, it triggers a yawn in Ethel too.

    • It is interesting to see in the bedroom scene where Ricky acts out a murderous scenario that they share one bed. During this period of TV history, networks usually forbade scenes where a man and woman (even though they were married) slept together in the same bed.

    • When Ricky and Lucy are dancing in the living room, the camera swings too far to the left, and the edge of the set wall and the adjoining bedroom set can be seen briefly

    • When Ricky picks up the phone you can see a stage light.

    • In this episode, Lucy is running away from Ricky after her attempts as a moving target don't work. Under her robe she has a frying pan and a garbage can lid to protect herself. But when she runs toward the bedroom, the frying pan accidentally falls to the floor. Looking closely, you can see Lucy loosen the pan herself. Some accident!

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