I Love Lucy

Season 5 Episode 15

Lucy Meets the Queen

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 30, 1956 on CBS
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Lucy is thrilled at being in London and desperate to see the Queen. She misses the Queen at Buckingham Palace, where she gets involved in the changing of the guard. Ricky is invited to meet the Royal Family when they attend a special performance at the Palladium. Lucy is not included in the invitation, but she has no intention of letting it go at that.moreless

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • If you look very closely during the scene where Lucy is trying to make the Welsh guard laugh, you can see the corners of his lips turning up slightly.

      • The costume that Lucy wears during the circus pony number is the same costume that she wore during Ethel's concert in the season 4 episode "Ethel's Home Town".

    • QUOTES (16)

      • (Lucy wincing in pain as she practices for the circus pony routine)
        Ricky: What's the matter?
        Lucy: I got a little cramp in my leg. I guess my muscles are tired from all that bowing.
        Ricky: Are you sure you're gonna be all right tomorrow?
        Lucy: Certainly I'll be all right tomorrow, for heaven's sake! A little Charlie horse--that ought to be good for a pony number!

      • Lucy: (confused after Ricky explains British currency) No wonder the Pilgrims left here to go to America!

      • (Explaining British currency to Lucy)
        Ricky: Now, you know how much a pound is?
        Lucy: Sure, sixteen ounces.

      • Lucy: Let's just go by the palace and look--you know--see if the shades are down.
        Ricky: Yeah, and if the milk is on the front porch, don't ring the bell.

      • (Ethel is trying to curtsy low enough)
        Fred: (pushing down on Ethel) Down, girl, down.
        Ethel: Just a minute now, I'll make it. Rome wasn't built in a day.
        Fred: Rome wasn't built like you either.

      • Lucy: Wouldn't you feel terrible if you went home without seeing the queen?
        Ethel: I'd feel much worse if I went home without spending the money Fred gave me.

      • Ethel: Uh, one thing stumped him, though.
        Lucy: What was that?
        Ethel: He didn't know how much to tip the bellhop.
        Fred: I didn't know whether to give him tuppence or threepence.
        Ricky: Fred, threepence is only about three cents.
        Ethel: Well, he solved it rather neatly.
        Lucy: What'd he give him?
        Ethel: Nuppence.

      • Ethel: Oh dear.
        Lucy: What's the matter?
        Ethel: Well, I can't get into my good dress with my girdle off and I can't curtsy with it on.

      • Ethel: (to British man) You'll have to pardon us. We're Americans; we don't understand English.

      • Lucy: (trying to make the guard laugh) Did you ever hear the one about the dog psychiatrist that wrote a book? It's called: Is Your Cocker off his Rocker? Is Your Collie off his Trolley? Is Your Poodle off his Noodle?

      • Lucy: (after hearing a British man's answer to her question) And after living with Ricky for 15 years I thought I could understand anybody.

      • Ricky: Well, back in Hollywood you came home with John Wayne's footprints. I don't want to find Big Ben ticking right next to my bed.

      • Lucy: Let's just go by the palace and look. You know - see if the shades are down.
        Ricky: Yeah, and if the milk is on the front porch, don't ring the bell.

      • Fred: It's not my fault. I just can't figure out the money over here.
        Ethel: What was your excuse in the USA? Fred is now the darling of the bellhops on two different continents.

      • Ethel: I'm going to be presented to a queen! Oh, Lucy I'm scared.
        Fred: Your scared? Think of the queen.

      • Lucy: Ricky, if you don't let me be in that show, I'll give you such a punch, you'll talk funnier than you do now!

    • NOTES (2)

      • The scene with Lucy teasing the Queen's guard would later be copied verbatim in the special Ethel Merman on Broadway.

      • Nancy Kulp (Maid) will earn fame as Jane Hathaway on The Beverly Hillbillies. She also appeared in the Ball-Arnaz film "Forever Darling" playing a maid.

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