I Love Lucy

Season 4 Episode 19

Lucy Gets in Pictures

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 21, 1955 on CBS

Episode Recap

Lucy gives Ricky a bunch of postcards to mail to New York, but she makes him promise not to read them. Ricky goes to mail them and returns after discovering that Lucy has told her friends that she would be in a movie. The Mertzes arrive, announcing that a fellow vaudeville performer-turned producer, Jimmy O'Connor, has given them a part in a movie, so for the next two weeks, they would busy filming the movie. Feeling left out, a depressed Lucy spends her time playing Solitaire. Bobby the bellboy comes in announcing that even he has a part in a movie. Seeing how sad Lucy is, Bobby explains how some actors were actually discovered doing regular, everyday things (Lana Turner simply sitting at counter at Schwab's Drug Store, for example), and suggests she go out and be discovered. Lucy decides to do just that, but ends up getting sick from too many sodas and ice cream treats. Ricky, feeling sorry for her, he agrees to talk to some friends to see what they can arrange. As luck would have it, one of Ricky's director friends, Mr. Williams, has a part for Lucy--a scene in which she would be the star performer who ends up being murdered. The scene requires her to wear a headdress, which is too heavy for her, and she must head down the stairs. After a couple of takes, it becomes apparent to Mr. Williams that Lucy can't do the scene. After Lucy's coaxing, an exasperated Mr. Williams decides to shoot the death scene using a different concept. Lucy is disappointed after learning that her face will be covered because no one seeing the movie would recognize her. Determined to be recognized, Lucy paints her name on the soles of her shoes--much to Mr. Williams' consternation.