I Love Lucy

The Business Manager

Season 4, Ep 1, Aired 10/4/54
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  • Episode Description
  • Lucy's household accounts are once again out of order and after having their phone and electricity shut off for non-payment, Ricky hires a business manager for the house. Lucy tries, unsuccessfully, to get money out of the man, but he refuses, so she starts a little shopping business of her own and is rolling in the dough.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lucille Ball

    Lucy McGillicuddy Ricardo

  • Desi Arnaz

    Ricky Ricardo

  • Vivian Vance

    Ethel Mertz

  • William Frawley

    Fred Hobart Mertz

  • Charles Lane

    Andy Hickox

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • One of the best, in my opinion.

    By McKellars, Oct 19, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Fred: Maybe your business manager has got soft-hearted. Ricky: Are you kiddin'? Mr. Hickox? He makes you look like Diamond Jim Brady!

    • Lucy: Mr. Hickox, I hope you don't have too much trouble figuring out my bookkeeping system. You know, I'm not exactly a CPA. Mr. Hickox: I'm well aware of that, Mrs. Ricardo, well aware of that. But I've been in this business for 20 years and I've never had any trouble figuring out any books yet. (turning the book sideways, upside down, and right side up again) Congratulations! (shaking hands with Lucy) Lucy: What for? Mr. Hickox: I finally found a set of books I can't figure out.

    • (Ricky decides to hire a business manager) Ricky: I'll call him right now. (he stops) Or is there any point in me trying to use the telephone? Lucy: Well, you can try it, but I think you'll have more luck with two cans and a string.

    • Ethel: Last night Fred found out that you'd only paid half the rent. Lucy: Couldn't you have kept it from him? Ethel: You just be happy he didn't find it was half of last month's rent!

    • Ethel: Lucy, I hate to be the one that wipes that smile off your face, but do you realize that at the end of the month you have got to pay that bill at the market? Lucy: Oh no I don't; Mr. Hickox does. He's the one that arranged the credit. Ethel: But it's your money. Lucy: But it's his responsability. He's the Business Manager, let him manage.

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    Trivia (2)

    • Ricky would have already noticed the power had been cut off when he was getting ready for the day. Their bathroom has no windows, so it would have been pitch black.

    • The Arnaz's business manager's name was Andrew Hickox, the name of the character in the episode.

    Allusions (1)

    • Fred: Perhaps your business manager got soft-hearted. Ricky: Are you kidding? Mr. Hickox? He makes you look like Diamond Jim Brady. The American financier James Buchanan Brady (1856-1917), known as Diamond Jim Brady, was famous for his philanthropy.

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