I Love Lucy

The Freezer

Season 1, Ep 29, Aired 4/28/52
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  • Episode Description
  • Where's the beef? It's in Lucy and Ethel's new walk-in freezer (according to Lucy, the "human Popsicle"). Of course, Ricky and Fred have a beef with their wives, because they paid $483 for it. The meat company won't take it back, and they can't sell it to customers waiting in the local butcher shop, so they're stuck with it. And speaking of stuck, Lucy gets herself locked in the freezer!

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lucille Ball

    Lucy McGillicuddy Ricardo

  • Desi Arnaz

    Ricky Ricardo

  • Vivian Vance

    Ethel Mertz

  • William Frawley

    Fred Hobart Mertz

  • Madelyn Pugh Davis

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Ethel: Good morning, Lucy. Lucy: Oh yeah? Ethel: (turning to leave) Goodbye, Lucy. Lucy: Came back, Ethel. Ethel: If I wanted to stay with somebody grumpy, I'd have stayed downstairs with Fred.

    • Lucy: (running her sales pitch on one of the customers at the butcher shop) Psst! Psst! Come here. Are you tired of paying high prices? Are you interested in a little high-class beef? You want a bargain? Tell ya what I'm gonna do. Step a little closer. I don't wanna block the traffic. Now you look like a smart dame. What'll it be? I got sirloin, tenderloin, T-bone, rump, pot roast, chuck roast, oxtail, stump.

    • Lucy: Ricky and Fred are gonna kill us. Ethel: Yes, but by buying it all wholesale, we saved them at least five hundred dollars. Lucy: I hope you explain all that before their fingers tighten around our throats.

    • Ethel: (on the phone) Hello. Uncle Oscar? This is little Ethel. Lucy: Little?!

    • Ricky: Something smells good. Ethel: Yeah, smells like somebody's cooking a roast-- Fred: Sure does. Lucy: Fred! Where were you just now? Fred: Downstairs lighting the furnace. Lucy: Unplug me! Unplug me! (Ricky unplugs the electric blanket and Lucy takes off) RickyLucy: Don't ask any questions, just grab a knife, a fork, a bottle of ketchup and follow me to (crying) the biggest barbecue in the whole world!

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    Notes (4)

    • Songs: "Cielito Lindo," "Mama Inez"

    • This is the first episode where Desi Arnaz is credited as Executive Producer. This was done at Arnaz's request and would cause later friction between Arnaz and producer/writer Jess Oppenheimer.

    • This episode got a brief reference in the movie Rat Race, which had several scenes featuring a busload of Lucy Ricardo impersonators.

    • Barbara Pepper and Lucille Ball were great friends from their days as Goldwyn showgirls in the film Roman Scandals . Consequently, Barbara can be seen in many episodes of "Lucy."

    Trivia (1)

    • Lucy never told the meat delivery man which apartment she lived in, just the address of the building. How did he know which apartment Lucy lived in? She should've said "623 East 68th St, apartment 4A."

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