I Love Lucy

Ricky Loses His Voice

Season 2, Ep 9, Aired 12/1/52
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  • Episode Description
  • Ricky's laryngitis makes it impossible for him to perform in a big reopening show for the Tropicana. So Lucy substitutes herself, the ex-vaudevillian Mertzes, and a chorus line of middle-aged showgirls from the Flapper Follies of 1927. Look for Barbara Pepper as one of the showgirls.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lucille Ball

    Lucy McGillicuddy Ricardo

  • Desi Arnaz

    Ricky Ricardo

  • Vivian Vance

    Ethel Mertz

  • William Frawley

    Fred Hobart Mertz

  • Arthur Q. Bryan

    Mr. Chambers

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  • Notes (6)

    • The animated guitar opening title sequence was used in this episode.

    • The opening scene with Desi Arnaz and pianist Marco Rizo rehearsing is cut from most syndicated reruns.

    • In 1977, Lily Tomlin used some audio from this episode for her one woman show Lily Tomlin on Broadway.

    • The reason the bedroom furniture was changed was because the network censors wanted to make sure that Lucy and Ricky did not appear to be sleeping in the same bed now that Lucille Ball was pregnant.

    • When Mr. Chambers talks, close your eyes - sound familiar? It should - Chambers is played by Arthur Q. Bryan, the voice of Elmer Fudd of Looney Tunes fame for more than 20 years!

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    Trivia (4)

    • In the previous episode "Redecorating", Lucy won five rooms of new furniture however, only two rooms are delivered.

    • At the end of the episode, when Ricky is conducting the orchestra and Fred and Ethel are dancing, Ricky can clearly be seen laughing. Desi Arnaz really got a kick out of this scene!

    • In this episode, Fred tells about performing his vaudeville act in Jamestown back in 1927.

    • In the opening scene, when Ricky goes home, he asks his pianist Marco to call Lucy. Instead of responding, "Okay, Ricky," Marco says, "Okay, Des."

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