I Love Lucy

The Adagio

Season 1, Ep 12, Aired 12/31/51
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  • Episode Description
  • Lucy volunteers for Ricky's Parisian Apache dance number for an upcoming Tropicana show, and Ethel finds the perfect person to teach her the basic aspects of Apache dancing - Jean Valjean Raymand, who is the nephew of the woman who runs the French hand laundry. This Frenchman has more than dance lessons in mind, however. When Ricky finds him hanging outside the bedroom window, fireworks commence. Jean challenges him to a duel behind Radio City Music Hall, but they ultimately decide to stage a fake fight in the bedroom to teach Lucy a well-deserved lesson.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 (1)
  • A French farce.

    By francklloyd, Dec 01, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • (Jean is surprised that Ricky didn't react like all American men.) Ricky: American men, eh? I guess I fooled you with my Brooklyn accent.

    • Ricky: What do you mean, you came here...? Jean: Please, please, this is no time to argue. If we stay here much longer, her stupid husband will return and find us here. Lucy: Watch what you're saying! (points at Ricky) He is my stupid husband. (stutters) He's my husband.

    • Lucy: There's just two things keeping me from dancing in that show. Fred: Your feet?

    • Jean: Why are American women so stubborn? Lucy: Why are French men so amorous? Jean: I don't know, just fortunate I guess.

    • Lucy: Ricky, what are you doing here? Ricky: I live here, remember?

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    Notes (3)

    • Guest star Shepard Menken (Jean Valljean Raymand) makes three other appearences in the series: season 2 episode "Lucy Becomes a Sculptress" where he plays the art store owner William Abbott, season 3 episode "Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined" where he plays the eye doctor, and season 5 episode "Paris at Last" where he plays the street artist named Charpontier.

    • My Favorite Husband: "The French Lessons"

    • In Lucille Ball's autobiography, Love, Lucy, she mentions that she once dislocated her shoulder doing an Apache dance at the age of twelve.

    Allusions (2)

    • (Ricky lights two cigarettes at once.) Ricky: Hey, look at me. I'm making like Paul Henreid. Ricky refers to the famous scene in "Now Voyager" (1942) in which Paul Henreid lit a cigarette for Bette Davis.

    • Desi: All this shaving is wearing my chin out. Lucy: Okay, Andy Gump. Andy Gump was a chinless comic strip character created by J.M. Patterson and Sidney Smith in 1917.

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