I Love Lucy

Ricky's Life Story

Season 3, Ep 1, Aired 10/5/53
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  • Episode Description
  • After Ricky is featured in "Life" Magazine, Lucy is more desperate than ever for a showbiz career. To prevent it, Ricky and Fred concoct an impossible dance routine for her. She gets back at them by upstaging Ricky during his own big number.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lucille Ball

    Lucy McGillicuddy Ricardo

  • Desi Arnaz

    Ricky Ricardo

  • Vivian Vance

    Ethel Mertz

  • William Frawley

    Fred Hobart Mertz

  • Louis A. Nicoletti

    Dance Instructor

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Lucy: I told all my friends to look for pictures of me. Ethel: Now, Lucy... Lucy: If they don't recognize my left arm, I'm dead. Ethel: It isn't everybody who gets their arm in Life Magazine. Lucy: I don't want my arm in there, I want my face in there. For heaven's sake, if I had know what they were up to, I'd held the baby in my mouth.

    • Lucy: It's only because of little Ricky that I want to get my break in show business. Ricky: Well, I know I'm going to be sorry I asked this, but how do you figure? Lucy: You just think ahead a little bit. When little Ricky goes to school and some of his playmates ask who his parents are... Ricky: Yeah? Lucy: Just what is he going to have to say? "My father is Ricky Ricardo, the internationally know entertainer. And there's my mother, whose name escapes me for the moment."

    Notes (2)

    • The original opening sequence for the first nine episodes of this season began with a Philip Morris box with the animated Lucy and Desi sitting on their name credits as they crawl on the screen and Desi brings up the title in a heart. This opening was also used for Episodes 77 and 79.

    • Music performed on this episode included "Lady of Spain", "Babalu", and "The Loveliest Night of the Year".

    Trivia (1)

    • This episode marks the third time Ricky spanks Lucy. Ricky spanks Lucy in "Lucy Plays Cupid" in the first season, and in "The Ricardos Change Apartments" in the second season.

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