I Love Lucy

The Gossip

Season 1, Ep 24, Aired 3/24/52
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  • Episode Description
  • Ricky is disgusted by Lucy's obsession with gossiping about other people. According to Ricky, Lucy acts as if it is her "life's blood." Fred, too, is disturbed by Ethel's love of gossiping. The two girls then point out that both Ricky and Fred have been known to gossip, also. The boys then challenge the girls to a bet: They will see who can go without gossiping the longest, and the winners will receive breakfast in bed for a month. The bet commences, and everything is going fine until Ricky comes up with a plan to cheat so that he and Fred can win.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lucille Ball

    Lucy McGillicuddy Ricardo

  • Desi Arnaz

    Ricky Ricardo

  • Vivian Vance

    Ethel Mertz

  • William Frawley

    Fred Hobart Mertz

  • Bob Jellison

    Milkman

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Can Lucy and Ethel keep out of gossiping for the longest.

    By yuki_megami, May 06, 2007

  • a funny episode

    By doggydog41, Sep 25, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Lucy: She didn't! (pause) She didn't! (pause) She didn't! (pause) She couldn't! Ricky: Maybe that's why she didn't.

    • Ricky: How did it go with Ethel? Fred: If she flapped her ears anymore she would have taken off and circled the room.

    • Ricky: Lucy, remember the saying; birds of a feather smell the same. Lucy: You mean a rose by any other name flocks together.

    • Ricky: Lucy, why did you stop? Don't tell me you got tired taking Betty apart. Lucy: Who got tired? Marge had to hang up. Betty just walked in.

    • Lucy: Hey! If they weren't asleep, they were awake! Ethel: Well now, there's a monumental conclusion!

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    Notes (1)

    • My Favorite Husband: "Gossip"

    Trivia (2)

    • The Fosters live in apartment #3B in this episode, but later live in apartment #2A.

    • If you listen carefully Bill Frawley (Fred Mertz) almost flubs his line when he talks to Ricky about Grace Foster falling in love with the Milkman!

    Allusions (1)

    • Lucy refers to Ricky and Fred as Hedda and Lolly. Hedda Hopper and Louella "Lolly" Parsons were rival gossip columnists at the time. Hedda Hopper and Lucille Ball were very close friends in life with Hedda making a brief guest appearance in the season 4 episode "The Hedda Hopper Story".

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