I Love Lucy

Season 1 Episode 15

Lucy Plays Cupid

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 21, 1952 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Ricky seems to forget that Miss Lewis isn't married. That doesn't keep him from referring to her as "Mrs. Lewis," however.

    • No explanation is ever given as to where Lucy got all of the children to pose as her own and discourage Mr. Ritter.

  • Quotes

    • Lucy: (just getting off the phone with Ricky) Ricky isn't coming home to dinner. You know, I just think I might keep that date with Mr. Ritter tonight.
      Miss Lewis: That's not fair! He's mine!
      Lucy: Oh, you don't understand, dear. I'm going to get him up here and disappoint him so completely that he wouldn't have me on a silver platter. Then the road will be nice and clear for you.
      Miss Lewis: Oh, oh, fine, fine.
      Lucy: Let's see now. How can I disappoint Mr. Ritter? What do you know about him?
      Miss Lewis: Well, we had a long conversation once over the pickle barrel that sort of raised my hopes. Um...can't stand children. And he likes a tidy appearance. He demands immaculate housekeeping. He likes good cooking--
      Lucy: Hold it, hold it! I think I can change Mr. Ritter's heartthrob to heartburn in one sitting.

    • Mr. Ritter: Steak, haven't had it for months. We have them down at my store, but I can't afford to buy them.

    • Miss Lewis: Oh, husband, that's the most beautiful word in the English language.

    • Miss Lewis: Look, elderberry wine. I made it myself. It's been fermenting since I was 21 years old.
      Lucy: Twenty-one! Must have quite a tang by now.
      Miss Lewis: I thought Mr. Ritter and I could have a couple of belts before dinner.

    • Miss Lewis: I thought that we'd eat by candlelight, because they say it makes you look younger.
      Lucy: Oh, yes, that's right.
      Miss Lewis: Maybe I'll look like a girl of 50 again huh?
      Lucy: Oh, easily.

    • Lucy: They might even get married, and then they'll thank me.
      Ricky: She'll thank you; he'll sue you.
      Lucy: Well! Is that the way you feel about marriage?
      Ricky: No, honey of course not. I think marriage is wonderful. Why, I think marriage is the greatest thing there is in the whole world. It's the only way to live. But if the guy had been clever enough to 'scape it this long, why louse him up now?
      Lucy: What?
      Ricky: Honey, I didn't mean--
      Lucy: I suppose you weren't clever enough.
      Ricky: Well, honey,... now, ... I mean, uh...Well I could have been clever enough, but you were so cute I decided to play dumb.

    • Lucy: Listen, don't let Grandma Lewis fool you. Yes sir! You never know what's in a box by the wrapper.
      Ricky: Well, really, I didn't even look at her wrapper.
      Lucy: I didn't mean that. It's just an expression. It means just because there isn't any fire on a roof that there is no snow in the furnace.
      Ricky: Huh?
      Lucy: (thinks about what she said) It sounded better when she said it.

    • Miss Lewis: I've been carrying the blow torch for Mr. Ritter for five years.

    • Ricky: Just stand there like you are. I want to remember you like this.

    • Ricky: I pass her onto you.
      Mr. Ritter: You pass her into waiting hands.
      Lucy: Wait a minute. Can the football say something?

    • Mr. Ritter: Me? I can't kick. Rheumatism.

    • Miss Lewis: You know the old saying: Just because there's snow on the roof doesn't mean there's no fire in the furnace.

  • Notes

    • In the episode, a member of Desi's band hits the cymbal by mistake!

    • My Favorite Husband: "Valentine's Day"

    • Bea Benaderet (Miss Lewis) was Lucille Ball's first choice to play Ethel Mertz. At the time Bea Benaderet was appearing as a regular on The George Burns & Gracie Allen Show as their neighbor, Blanche Morton.

    • Lucille Ball and Edward Everett Horton appeared in several movies together while they were contract players at RKO studio. Among them are Top Hat, That's Right-You're Wrong and Her Husband's Affairs.

    • Neither of the Mertzes appeared in this episode.

  • Allusions