I Love Lucy

Season 3 Episode 22

Lucy is Envious

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 29, 1954 on CBS
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Lucy's past fibs to her rich and snotty ex-schoolmate are about to catch up with her when she unwittingly pledges $500 to a charity drive. In order to come up with the money, she and Ethel agree to a publicity stunt that puts them on top of the Empire State Building posing as women from Mars.moreless

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  • This episode had some funny moments, but the storyline was a little sloppy. This review may spoil the episode if you haven't seen it yet...

    With Lucy and Ethel posing as Martian women, this is one of the more memorable episodes. But the driving plot of the whole episode--that Lucy is jealous of an old classmate--was kind weakly thought out. Actually, Lucy is not so much jealous as she is a little concerned with keeping up appearances. Because of that, Ricky's repeated lecturing to Lucy about her 'jealousy' isn't really convincing. Finally, the ending of the episode did not make sense to me. How did Ricky and Fred know that Lucy and Ethel were the Martian women? And then, why would they go out of their way to dress up as Martian men to scare them and take away the money the girls earned--it was supposed to be for charity. Even if the guys were just playing a joke, it was plain silly and I suppose the writers were just trying to fill up the time to finish off this weak episode.moreless
Herb Vigran

Herb Vigran

Al Sparks

Guest Star

Dick Elliott

Dick Elliott


Guest Star

Kay Wiley

Kay Wiley


Guest Star

Mary Jane Croft

Mary Jane Croft

Cynthia Harcourt

Recurring Role

Louis A. Nicoletti

Louis A. Nicoletti

Elevator Operator

Recurring Role

Michael Mayer

Michael Mayer

Little Ricky

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Lucy and Ethel the "Martian Women" are in costume scaling the outside railing of the Empire State Building, the first shot of them shows they both have ray guns tucked in to their belts. When the shot pans back to them climbing down, only Lucy has her gun and the two of them hand it off to each other whenever they use it. But when the full shot is shown of the observation platform, you can see the other gun lying off in the background where Ethel dropped it!

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Ricky: Money always marries money.
      Lucy: Yeah. Why doesn't money ever marry broke?

    • Lucy: I'm never going to be envious of anyone again.
      Ricky: Good.
      Lucy: So what if I'm not sitting in the lap of luxury? I'm happy where I am, on the bony knees of nothing.

    • Ricky: Honey, the only way to be real happy is to be satisfied with what you got.
      Lucy: Oh? What have I got?
      Ricky: Me!
      Lucy: (sarcastically) My cup runneth over!

    • Ricky: How much did she bid you for?
      Lucy: Five measly dollars. I'm taking her a check.
      Ricky: Why don't you mail it to her?
      Lucy: Oh, because I want to see her penthouse. I bet it's just fabulous.
      Ricky: There you go again! Wanting something that you haven't got!
      Lucy: I do not! I just wanna see what it is that I haven't got that I don't want!

    • Cynthia: Parlez francais?
      Lucy: Huh?
      Cynthia: Parlez-vous francais?
      Lucy: How's that again?
      Cynthia: Do you speak French?
      Lucy: Oh yes! Fluently!

    • Ricky: Lucy, why do you envy those people?
      Lucy: I don't envy them. I just wish I could dress like them and live the way they do, that's all.

    • Lucy: Not even for sweet charity am I gonna box three rounds with a kangaroo!

    • Lucy: (posing as a woman from Mars) It's a Moo Moo!

  • NOTES (3)

    • At the very end of the episode when Lucy and Ethel constantly hit Ricky and Fred with napkins, Lucy accidentally drops hers before wailing on Ricky.

    • Mary Jane Croft makes her debut appearance with Lucy in this episode. She appeared with Lucy many times over the years in I Love Lucy and Lucy's later TV shows.

    • This was writer/producer Jess Oppenheimer's least favorite "Lucy" episode.