I Love Lucy

Season 1 Episode 16

Lucy Fakes Illness

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 28, 1952 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • The fur coat that Lucy uses for her portrayal of Tallulah Bankhead looks identical to the one used in the episode, "The Fur Coat."

    • Ricky says they have lived in their apartment for five years when earlier in the season it was only three.

    • Lucy is told by the doctor that she's suffering from the go-bloots, brought into this country on the hind legs of the boo-shoo bird. To cure her, they may have to remove her zorch.

  • Quotes

    • Fred: He's a slick one, all right. He'd do anything to keep you from going into show business.
      Lucy: Yeah. Well, what kind of act does Tricky Ricky need?
      Fred: Well, he needs a dance team. That's where Fred and I come in.
      Lucy: Yeah? Anywhere where I come in?
      Fred: Well, he needs a good dog act.

    • Lucy: Haven't you got a place for me in the show?
      Ricky: Why, sure, honey. I got just the place for you.
      Lucy: Where?
      Ricky: Out front in the audience.

    • Ricky: (to Lucy) All right, all right. They can come down and audition too. (to Fred and Ethel) But you're not gonna get any more consideration than anyone else.
      Fred and Ethel: Oh fine, Ricky. Good enough.
      Ricky: All right. Now that that's settled, how 'bout a little game of cards?
      Lucy: Well, Ricky, what about me?
      Ricky: Oh, you can play too.

    • Ethel: (Ethel in the middle of a tug of war between Lucy and Fred) Wait a minute! One of you let go, or I'm gonna have a split personality.

    • Ricky: Could it possibly be that you suffer from magnesia?
      Lucy: (frustrated) Amnesia!

    • Ricky: This makes us igual-pasqual.
      Lucy: What does that mean?
      Ricky: That means even-steven in Spanish.

    • Lucy: Oh, no. I'm looking at the world through green-colored eyeballs.

    • Ricky: (on the phone) It's about my wife...She's acting peculiar...Yeah, I know. I know...But this time it's even worse.

    • Lucy: (with Southern accent) Lucy, is that my name?
      Ricky: Well, it was when I left here this morning.

    • Ricky: Why don't you cut it out and be yourself, huh?
      Lucy: (as Tallulah) I'd be very happy to be myself if I could remember who I am. Who am I?

    • Lucy: Listen to this: (reads from book) A person who is kept from attaining his innermost desires may manifest his frustration in the following ways. One, he may assume the characteristics of the person he is kept from becoming. Now, you know Ricky has kept me from becoming a famous actress. Two, he may develop amnesia. Three, he may withdraw from reality and become childlike again.
      Ethel: Gee, what a keen bunch of complexes. Which one are you going to have?
      Lucy: Which one? I'm gonna have all three of them.

    • Lucy: I'm learning to act abnormal.
      Ethel: For this you need a book?

  • Notes

    • Songs: "I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You"

    • Some scenes were removed. The scenes have been missing since 1953. The scenes were reconstructed using a 16mm print.

    • My Favorite Husband: "Liz Has the Flimjabs"

    • In this episode, Lucy impersonates Tallulah Bankhead. In real life, Lucille Ball loved impersonating this venerable actress. Nearly 6 years later, Bankhead would guest-star on The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.

  • Allusions

    • Lucy: (as Tallulah Bankhead): The phone woke me at the crack of noon. Noel called.

      Lucy/Tallulah refers to Noel Coward, the British playwright. Shortly before this show Miss Bankhead had starred in a successful revival of "Private Lives" on Broadway.