I Love Lucy

The Girls Want To Go To a Nightclub

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 10/15/51
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  • Episode Description
  • It's the Mertzes' eighteenth wedding anniversary. Ethel longs to celebrate it by going to the Copacabana, while Fred wants to attend the fights. As can be guessed, an argument soon ensues among the couples. Ethel and Lucy decide that they will go to the club-with dates! This is perfectly fine with Fred, but Ricky is worried, so he and Fred call an old friend, Ginny Jones, for dates so that they can go to the nightclub and spy on their wives. Coincidentally, Lucy and Ethel have also called Ginny about getting dates to go to the club. When Ginny tells the girls about the boys' plans, Lucy decides that she and Ethel will impersonate the boys' blind dates. Thus, the two of them enter the Ricardo apartment decked out like country bumpkins, which makes for some superb Lucille Ball schtick.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 (2)
  • Not technically the first episode!

    By thacrowbar, Jun 25, 2008

  • Fred and Ethel are celebrating their wedding anniversary, and they each want to do something different to celebrate; Fred wants to go to the fights, and Ethel wants to go to a night club. When Lucy and Ricky get involved, things really get interesting.

    By meh214, Jul 15, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • Ethel: But he works in one! Your life should be just one game round of nightclubs. Lucy: Yeah, that is what I thought when I married a bandleader. But ever since I said I do there are so many things we don't.

    • Ethel: It's our wedding anniversary. Lucy: Oh, your's and Fred's? Ethel: No, me and Gregory Peck.

    • Lucy: (on the phone with Ginnie Jones) Hello, Ginnie? Ginnie, this Lucy Ricardo. Oh well, it's very nice to hear your voice again, too, dear. I'll tell you why I called. It seems that a friend of mine--Ethel Mertz--(pause) What? (pause) They did? (to Ethel) Ricky and Fred just called her. (to Ginnie) They did? (pause) They didn't! (pause) They didn't! (pause) They did? (pause) They did? (gasping) They didn't! Ethel: Well, did they or didn't they?

    • Ethel: Who are you calling? Who, who, who? Lucy: Quiet! You sound like an owl.

    • Fred: That's absolutely criminal! I bet you could've got a fortune for that book. Ricky: "A" alone was worth a hundred bucks!

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    Notes (5)

    • When the show originally aired, there was an animated opening sequence. A stick figure Lucy and Desi jump from the top of a Philip Morris cigarette box using ropes to slide down on and they pull to ropes to display the show's stars and title. This was used for the first 20 episodes.

    • Songs: "Guadalajara"

    • The scene of the wrestling match audience was filmed on the audience bleachers after the I Love Lucy audience went home.

    • Only one year later, the Mertzes celebrate their 25th anniversary!

    • This was the first episode of "I Love Lucy" to air. The first to be filmed "Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder Her" was fourth to air because of the network and those working on the show thought that the country bumpkin ending would be a funnier first episode.

    Trivia (1)

    • In "Lucy thinks Ricky is trying to Murder Her," Episode #1, the couch in the living room is different from the couch in "The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub" Episode #2. It was the same style... almost.

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