I Love Lucy

Lucy Writes a Play

Season 1, Ep 17, Aired 2/4/52
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  • Episode Description
  • Lucy is busily writing the script for the play that her women's club is going to put on, a little something called A Tree Grows in Havana, and she needs Ricky to appear in it. When Ricky sees the script, he immediately declines, so Lucy is then left with no alternative but to get Fred to agree to do the role. Deciding that Fred wouldn't be very good for portraying a Cuban character, Lucy decides to rewrite the play so that it is set in England. Later, however, Ricky decides that he wants to be in the play when he hears that some very important sponsors are going to be at the women's show, so he manages to trick Fred into giving him back the role. Ricky, though, doesn't know that Lucy has rewritten the play. This leads to some pretty disastrous results.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lucille Ball

    Lucy McGillicuddy Ricardo

  • Desi Arnaz

    Ricky Ricardo

  • Vivian Vance

    Ethel Mertz

  • William Frawley

    Fred Hobart Mertz

  • Jess Oppenheimer

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Ethel gets to shine.

    By francklloyd, Dec 26, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • (After Lucy announces that the play will be switched from the British version to the original Spanish version) Ethel: Oh, I hope I don't get my cheerios mixed up with my como esta's.

    • Ethel: (reading her part in Lucy's play) My bean lokita. Lucy: (mocking Ethel's butchering of the Spanish dialogue) 'My bean lukita.' That's 'Muy bien, Lucita.'

    • Ethel: (during the British version of the play) Oh, here comes Reggie now! (Ricky walks in with a sack of chicken feed and is dressed in Spanish clothes, complete with a sombrero) Ricky: Buenas noches, senor es senoritas! Como esta? (Later, Lucy and Ethel switch the play from British to their orignial Spanish version) Lucy: Mamacita, here he comes, now! (Ricky waltzes in wearing British clothes and a white British wig) Ricky: Chip chip, cheerio, and all that sort of thing! Anyone for tennis? Lucy: Oh no... Ricky: What happened? Lucy: Oh...

    • Lucy: What's the mater, matter? Uh, what's the matter, mater?

    • Fred: (reading the script) Will you pour me a spot of tea my dear Louse? Louse? (flicks crumb) My dear Louise.

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    Notes (1)

    • My Favorite Husband: "Liz Substitutes in Club Play"

    Trivia (3)

    • Maury Thompson is the script clerk for I Love Lucy.

    • This is the first time the Wednesday Afternoon Fine Arts League is mentioned.

    • At the beginning of this episode, Lucy had just finished her play, but a few minutes later when Ethel shows up, Lucy suddenly has two copies!

    Allusions (3)

    • Lucy explains to Ricky that she's writing a play for a play-writing contest, which could win her notoriety thus becoming "another Tennessee Ernie (she really meant Tennessee Williams, the famous playwright)." Recording artist Tennessee Ernie Ford would later guest star in three episodes of I Love Lucy: "Tennessee Ernie Visits," and "Tennessee Ernie Hangs On," in season three, and "Tennessee Bound" in season four.

    • For Darryl B. Mayer, the film producer Lucy expects to see at the play's performance, the writers combined the names of two famous studio heads: Darryl F. Zanuck (Fox) and Louis B. Mayer (MGM).

    • Lucy's play, A Tree Grows in Havanna, derives its title from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, orginally a novel by Betty Smith, and at the time of the first broadcast a musical on Broadway.

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