I Love Lucy

Season 5 Episode 17

Lucy Goes to Scotland

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 20, 1956 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The Ricardos and Mertzes are on their way to Paris, but first Lucy wants to go to Scotland to seek members of the McGillicuddy family into which she was born. In a classic dream sequence, Ricky appears as Scotty MacTavish MacDougal MacCardo.

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  • Seriously dated.

    One of the strengths of this show is that the episodes are as fresh as they were in the fifties. This one, however, proves to be the exception to the rule.

    Most of the episode consists of a long dream Lucy has about Scotland. The European trip episodes already suffer from rather poor stereotypes of the Old Continent, this over-the-top depiction of Scotland feels like a sketch on a variety show. Perhaps because it is presented as a dream, the sets are simplistic; the jokes are old and predictable. I couldn't help but feel that I was watching one of those fifties variety shows with Sid Caesar or Jackie Gleason.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When doing the Sword Dance, you can not touch or hit any of the swords on the floor. In one scene a man and woman are doing it and the man hits the sword towards the end of the dance.

    • At the beginning of this episode, Lucy wants to see if she can locate some of her "Mother's" family, the MacGuillicuddy clan in Kildoonan, Scotland. Since MacGuillicuddy is Lucy's maiden name, and her Mother is Mrs. MacGuillicuddy, then she would be looking up her Father's side of the family, not her Mother's.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Fred the Dragon: What about McGillicuddy Foo Yung?
      Ethel the Dragon: Oh, no!
      Fred the Dragon: Why not?
      Ethel the Dragon: Well, we only eat once every thirty years. You know how that Chinese food is. You eat it and a year later you're hungry!

    • Lucy: (after her dance fails to prove she is McGillicuddy) Well, I am a McGillicuddy.
      Mayor Ferguson: Aye, that ye are. There never was a McGillicuddy could dance worth a hoot!

    • Lucy: Well! My hero! You just said for your bonnie honey Lucy you'd lay you down and die.
      Ricky: No, I said I'd lay me doon and dee.
      Lucy: Well, that's what doon and dee means!
      Ricky: Are you kidding me?!

    • Fred Dragon: Fee fie foe fuddy, I smell the blood of a McGillicuddy.

    • Lucy: Why does it always have to be a McGillicuddy the dragon eats?
      Scotty/Ricky: That's life, lassie, nature's way. Cats eat mice. Dogs eat bones. Cows eat grass and dragons eat McGillicuddys.

    • Mayor: Hold your britches.
      Scotty/Ricky: What britches?
      Mayor: The ones you're wearing under your kilts.
      Scotty/Ricky: You're supposed to wear britches?

    • Lucy: I have never seen anything like this before.
      Fred: Really? When I was a kid they had toy dragons.
      Ethel: When you were a kid they had real dragons.

    • (Fred the Dragon whistles at Lucy)
      Ethel the Dragon: What are you whistling at?
      Fred the Dragon: Look at those drumsticks!

  • NOTES (6)

    • If you watch carfully you will see hands move, those are the hands of Wilbur Hatch who was the conductor for "I Love Lucy." You need to look at the wagon wheel to see them at the end of the first musical number.

    • Larry Orenstein (Mayor of Kildoonan) won his role when he ran through the songs with everyone. Desi Arnaz, thought that no one else would be able to perform the role. Orenstein worked with Eliot Daniel, Wilbur Hatch, and Marco Rizo for the music in this episode.

    • Songs: "'Tis Nay a Bra Bricht Nicht", A McGillicuddy is Here", "I'm in Love with a Dragon's Dinner", "Two Heads Are Nay Better Than One", and "Dragon Waltz".

    • An audience member filmed this episode with his/her home video camera and the footage is still in the family library collection. This episode was shot 1/6/56.

      This episode was not shot in color. The set was painted in bright colors like yellow and blue.

      CBS did this to save money. Filming the episode in color would have doubled production costs.

    • For the first time, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr. were allowed to be a part of the studio audience and see the episode being filmed.

    • This episode represented the first time a series show decided to forgo its regular format to do an original musical comedy special.