I Love Lucy

The Passports

Season 5, Ep 11, Aired 12/19/55
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  • Episode Description
  • It's Lucy vs. bureaucrats (bureaucrats: watch out) when she can't find her birth certificate, which she needs for a passport so she can go on Ricky's European tour.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lucille Ball

    Lucy McGillicuddy Ricardo

  • Desi Arnaz

    Ricky Ricardo

  • Vivian Vance

    Ethel Mertz

  • William Frawley

    Fred Hobart Mertz

  • Sheila Bromley

    Helen Erickson Kaiser

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Dr. Peterson: I'm the doctor who brought your wife into the world. Ricky: You are? I don't know whether to thank you or punch you in the nose.

    • (Lucy is stuck in the trunk.) Ethel: Now you wait right there. Lucy: Yeah, I'll do that.

    • (Lucy wants to travel in the trunk.) Ethel: How could you breathe? Lucy: There's a hole in it. Ethel: Yes, and it matches the one in your head.

    • Sidney: Ever since we've been married she seems to be growing younger every day. Lucy: I guess, it's the marriage that did it. You have no idea how much younger she's grown just since you've walked in the room.

    • Lucy: (to Helen) There have been color changes here and there and I am wearing better fitting bloomers.

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    Notes (6)

    • During the filming of this episode Lucille Ball has a panic attack when she is locked in the trunk. She was a closet claustrophobic. When Lucy Ricardo almost faints after exiting the trunk, Ball was very close actually fainting.

    • Desi is supposed to ask about the trunk as he reaches for the ringing phone, but he's too busy laughing at William Frawly's line that he forgets where he is. Lucy's ad-libbed reminder snaps Desi out of it, but then he asks about the trunk AFTER he answers the phone.

    • Sheila Bromley (Helen Erickson Kaiser) was born on 10/31/1911, which actually makes her approximately 3 months younger than Lucille Ball, who was born August 6, 1911, 10 years earlier than the character of Lucy Ricardo.

    • Lucy Ricardo's birth certificate states that she was born in 1921.

    • My Favorite Husband: The Passports

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    Trivia (2)

    • Lucy Ricardo is born in 1921 in West Jamestown, New York. However West Jamestown doesn't exist and Lucille Ball was born in 1911.

    • In the scene where Ricky and his pianist Marco Rizo rehearse in the Ricardo's apartment, Ricky begins drumming on the trunk with Lucy inside, upon finishing the song Marco says "I have to leave now Desi" using the actor's name and not the character's name.

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