I Love Lucy

Season 6 Episode 17

Lucy Gets Chummy With the Neighbors

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 18, 1957 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Lucy says that the furniture she and Betty Ramsey selected costs $3,272.65. Ricky--shocked at how much money Lucy has spent--apparently thinks the furniture costs $20.35 more than it is and later in the scene misquotes the price as $3,292.95.

    • This is Frank Nelson's tenth guest appearance, and the first of two appearances as the character Ralph Ramsey. Nelson plays Frddie Fillmore three times (in seasons 1 and 3), Henry the waiter and Sergeant Nelson in season 2, Dickie Davis in season 3, Ben Benjamin in season 4, a train conductor and customs officer in season 5.

  • Quotes

    • (Ricky is shocked at learning how much Lucy has spent on the new furniture)
      Ricky: Three thousand dollars!
      Lucy: Three thousand, two hundred and seventy-two dollars and sixty-five cents.
      Ricky: How could you do such a thing?!
      Lucy: Uh, I didn't mean to, but now, if you look at it another way, dear, we really saved you money, you see, because Betty got them to take our other furniture in on trade and Betty got us a forty percent discount.
      Ricky: Betty?
      Lucy: Yes, Betty.
      Ricky: Do you remember I told you it wasn't right to get too chummy with the neighbors too fast?
      Lucy: Oh, you're not gonna say 'I told you so'!
      Ricky: I am!
      Lucy: Well, I just thought I'd ask. But honey, I still think that Betty did us a big favor. Uh, do you know how much money we're saving?
      Ricky: Yeah, exactly. We're saving three thousand, two hundred ninety-two dollars and ninety-five cents because all this stuff is going back!

    • Ethel: (in the middle of the fight between the Ricardos and the Ramseys) Lucy?
      Lucy: What?
      Ethel: Aren't you gonna introduce us?

    • Lucy: (on the phone to Ethel) Oh, I'm in terrible trouble. Can you come over right away?
      Ethel: What's the matter? What's up?
      Fred: Who is it?
      Ethel: It's Lucy and she's in trouble.
      Fred: Quick! Hang up!

    • Lucy: Oh, gee honey. Please? Can I buy just one new thing?
      Ricky: All right. I guess we could afford one new thin'. What's it gonna be?
      Lucy: One house full of furniture. (Ricky shakes his head) One downstairs full of furniture? (Ricky shakes his head again) One living room of furniture? (Ricky is still shaking his head) Oh! If you put some seeds in your head you could use it for a maraca!

    • (Lucy expressing her disdain for their furniture through exaggerated sighs)
      Lucy: Why don't you ask me what's the matter?
      Ricky: I can't afford to ask you what's the matter.

  • Notes

    • Parley Baer was last seen in episode 126 "Ricky Needs an Agent" as Walter Reilly.

    • This is the first appearance of Frank Nelson and Mary Jane Croft as Ralph and Betty Ramsey. Both actors made other previous appearances on the show in earlier episodes.

  • Allusions

    • Ralph and Betty Ramsey: The names of the Ricardo's neighbors were taken from the real life neighbors of writer Bob Weiskopf when he lived in Westport, Connecticut.

    • Ralph Ramsey: And you can forget about that TV show. We'll get Cugat.

      This was another reference in the series to Xavier Cugat, a Catalan-Cuban-American bandleader who was often confused with Desi Arnaz (as was stated in previous posts on this site). As a young man Desi Arnaz was a member of Cugat's orchestra.