I Love Lucy

The Marriage License

Season 1, Ep 26, Aired 4/7/52
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  • Episode Description
  • Lucy thinks she and Ricky aren't legally married because his name was misspelled on their marriage license. So she wants them to renew their vows at the same place in Connecticut where Ricky first proposed to her. But they run out of gas getting there.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lucille Ball

    Lucy McGillicuddy Ricardo

  • Desi Arnaz

    Ricky Ricardo

  • Vivian Vance

    Ethel Mertz

  • William Frawley

    Fred Hobart Mertz

  • Jess Oppenheimer

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • A funny episode

    By doggydog41, Sep 25, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • (Mother Willoughby lets Lucy and Ricky leave with free gas) Bert Willoughby: But I'm the sheriff! Mother Willoughby: Well, you're forgetting that I'm the mayor! (She puts on a mayor's sash, Bert salutes her as Lucy and Ricky leave)

    • (Ricky is speaking in Spanish) Bert Willoughby: Aha a spy! (shoves Ricky toward the door.) Lucy: Just a minute, Mr. Willoughby. He isn't a spy. Bert Willoughby: You don't kid me. I know Russian when I hear it. Lucy: That wasn't Russian. That was Spanish. Bert Willoughby: Spanish. Well we licked then in '98 and by golly we can do 'er again. Ricky: Look you better give this character his money or he's going to have me shot.

    • Bert Willoughby: Where's the fire? Lucy: There is no fire. Bert Willoughby: I heard the bell. I saw the flame. (pause) Your hair!

    • Lucy: Gee, I don't remember this seat being so small. Do you? I guess the trees grew in a little from each side. Ricky: Let's face it, we've grown out a little on each side.

    • Lucy: I didn't know what to do so I've just been walking. Ricky: You've been walking all this time. Lucy: Well, the last hour I've been on a train coming home. Ethel: On a train? Where did you walk to? Lucy: East Orange, New Jersey. How I ever got through the Holland Tunnel I don't know.

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    Notes (7)

    • Adapted from the My Favorite Husband radio scripts "Anniversary" [4/16/50] and "Marriage License" [1/21/49]

    • If you look close you can see a picture of Lucy & Desi when they first wed.

    • Songs: "I Love You Truly"

    • Irving Bacon would later return to play Ethel's father in season 4.

    • Elizabeth Patterson makes her first appearance on the show. In the next season, she starts her recurring role as Mrs. Trumbull.

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    Trivia (1)

    • Ricky's last name on the marriage license is spelled "Bicardi". Desi's maternal grandfather, Albert Acha, was actually one of the founders of Bicardi Rum.

    Allusions (1)

    • The New Disney Channel Series, "The Suite Life on Deck" Episode: Parrot Island, Alluded to this Episode when Mr. Simms changes hats to become different people such as the karate teacher, police officer, taxi driver, play director, judge, and baker of Parrot Island. Similar to the way Bert Willoughby changes hats.

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