I Love Lucy

Season 6 Episode 25

Lucy Raises Tulips

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Apr 29, 1957 on CBS
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Suburban living gets Lucy into a flower-show competition, and she raises tulips with a vengeance as she tries to beat out her neighbor, Betty Ramsey, for first prize. Lucy asks Ricky to mow the lawn so that her garden will look just right. But he only mows half before taking off for a baseball game, leaving Lucy and Ethel to tiptoe through the tulips -- with the lawnmower.


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  • Lucy growing flowers for a flower show and wants to win. Ricky and Fred mow the lawn for her. Lucy and Ethel go to the store. When they get back, they find a note. It says they went to a baseball game. They didn't finish mowing the lawn. Lucy does it hermoreless

    self. When Ethel starts the lawnmower, it will not stop. Lucy goes all over Connedicut on that thing. When Lucy gets back, she tells Ethel she ran over Betty Ramsey's flowers. Lucy and Ethel get some fake flowers to replace them. Ricky decides to finish the lawn when he gets back. Ricky runs over Lucy's flowers because it is so dark. Ricky gets some fake flowers to replace them. Betty Ramsey's flowers melt because it is so hot the next day. The juges come over to Lucy's flower garden. They said she won. Lucy's flowers start to melt. Very funny.moreless
  • Lucy raises tulips

    It all started when Ricky brought an lawn mower.Lucy enters the gardening contest to beat her neighbor Betty Ramsey,for the first prize.She wanted the lawn to looked beautiful.She asked Ricky to do it to mow the lawn.When Ricky and Fred,left.Lucy decided that she would try to mow the lawn herself.Except the lawnmower machine,went crazy! Making Lucy almost mow half of town,and also Betty garden.Feeling guity for what she did.She place fake tulips in her garden.When Ricky,decided that he would mow the lawn in night.Apparently he accidently mow Lucy's tulips as well! He kept it quiet.During the contest,Betty forefit because her tulips were fake.She blamed it on Lucy.It turned out they were both equal and out.

    This was an funny and silly episode.moreless
  • One of "I Love Lucy"'s best episodes...ever.

    "Lucy Raises Tulips" was one of the most well-written and entertaining episodes of the series. Lucy feuds with Betty Ramsey in a tulip competition and to make her tulips look better she needs Ricky to mow the lawn, with a fun new gadget: a riding lawn mower! Ricky becomes tired and only mows half of the lawn...so Lucy must jump in-rather jump on the mower. Lucy, of course, doesn't know how to work this wonderful gizmo and ends up, on a mower, riding through her suburan neighborhood and then through a crowded highway--against traffic the whole time! "The way people came out of their lawns to look at me ride by, you'da thought I was Lady Godiva." Fantastic episode!! Ethel also shines as she talks to the shop owner (where the lawn mower was purchased) and is forced to scream over the audience's laughter! Ms. Ball was brilliant at physical comedy and this was episode was no exception! Of course, when Lucy runs over Betty's tulips--things seem to become even worse..we then find out Ricky accidently mowed over Lucy's tulips as well---both women have fake tulips that melt in the sun. Funny, wonderful episode! 5 stars out of 5. ...And a bit ahead of it's time...moreless
Eleanor Audley

Eleanor Audley

Flower Judge

Guest Star

Peter Brocco

Peter Brocco

Flower Show Judge

Guest Star

Mary Jane Croft

Mary Jane Croft

Betty Ramsey

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • What's In a Name?: Just what was Ricky Ricardo's full name anyway? During season four in "Hollywood Anniversary," Ricky calls Western Union to get the License Bureau to wire him the date of his marriage to Lucy. He gives his name as Ricardo Alberto Fernando Ricardo y de Acha. In "Lucy Raises Tulips," however, when Lucy insists that Ricky keep his promise to cut their lawn, she uses this moniker: Enrique Alberto Ricardo y de Acha III. Desi Arnaz's real full name is Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III.

    • The sneakers Desi Arnaz (Ricky Ricardo) wears during the show are Keds Surfers (most likely Navy Blue as the episode is in Black & White). They have the inlaid Keds logo in the gum sole showing they are from the late 1950's or the 1960's. The logo moved from the gum sole to the heel around 1973.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Ethel: I was just next door at Betty Ramsey's and her tulips are beautiful too. In fact her whole garden is just gorgeous. She really has a green thumb.
      Lucy: If I win that prize tomorrow, she'll be green all over.

    • Lucy: Ralph cut the grass for Betty.
      Ricky: Well, I would too if I had a power mower like Ralph has.
      Lucy: Well, good. And Ralph said you could borrow his power mower any day you want. So then it's all settled.
      Ricky: Except that today is not the day I want to borrow it.
      Lucy: You promised to cut the grass, Enrique Alberto Ricardo y de Acha III! (Ricky gets up to cut the grass)
      Fred: Are you gonna do it?
      Ricky: When she uses my full name, I'm cooked.
      Ethel: Go help him, Fred.
      Fred: I will not!
      Ethel: You go out there and help him, Frederick Hobart y de Mertz the first! (Fred gets up to join Ricky)
      Ricky: Hobart, huh? (chuckling)

    • Lucy: Ricky?
      Ricky: Oh hi, honey.
      Lucy: Do you think if a person makes a promise, he should keep it?
      Ricky: Sure, honey.
      Lucy: And if a husband makes a promise to his wife and doesn't keep it, isn't he a cad?
      Ricky: I guess so.
      Lucy: Then why didn't you cut the grass?
      Ricky: Hi, Ethel.
      Lucy: What have you got to say?
      Ricky: Well, it looks like you're married to a cad.

    • (Lucy talking to Ethel about Betty Ramsey's gardening skills)
      Lucy: You know, the way she brags about the cross pollination she does, you'd think she was a bee.

    • Lucy: You know, you ought to have a garden, Ethel. Then you could have fresh flowers all the time.
      Ethel: Oh, who has to work so hard? I just went down to the village gift shop and bought some wax tulips and you can't tell the difference.
      Lucy: Wax tulips? Oh, Ethel! How can you live with a substitute when you could have the real thing?
      Ethel: I've been asking myself that ever since I married Fred.

    • Ethel: Lucy, was there much damage?
      Lucy: Well every lawn between here and town is half mowed.
      Ethel: Well, at least nothing too terrible happened.
      Lucy: Don't be so sure. As I was coming back I plowed straight throught Betty's garden.
      Ethel: Lucy, what happened?
      Lucy: (makes a violent horizontal slashing motion) Whoosh!
      Ethel: All of 'em?
      Lucy: All the tulips. When I looked back all I could see was a sea of stems.

    • Lucy: Next thing I knew, I was on the Boston Post Road.
      Ethel: The Boston Post Road! Why did you go onto a busy highway like that?!
      Lucy: It wasn't my idea! That beast has a mind of its own! I was on that road for a mile and a half. Against traffic all the way!

    • Ethel: Lucy, where've you been?
      Lucy: Oh, where haven't I been? I've seen parts of Conneticut I didn't even know existed.

    • Lucy: First that monstrosity took me right through the main street of town. From the way people came out of their houses to watch me go by you'd have thought I was Lady Godiva.

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