I Love Lucy

Season 6 Episode 21

Lucy's Night in Town

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 25, 1957 on CBS

Episode Recap

The Ricardos and the Mertzes are all set for a wonderful evening in New York City--complete with dinner and an evening Broadway show. Lucy shares how much she's looking forward to going to New York since she hasn't been there in six weeks. Ricky hounds Lucy to make sure that she has secured the tickets for the show. A resentful Lucy assures him that she has the tickets and they are safe. On the night of the show, Lucy and Ethel arrive at the restaurant first (Fred is busy collecting the rent and Ricky is on his way from the club), and it is there that the girls discover that Lucy has goofed (yet again); Lucy has gotten tickets, but for a matinée instead. Desperate, Lucy tries stalling so that everyone will be late and opt not to go to the show. Fred arrives with $500 in rent money, which he pretends to put in Ethel's purse. Ricky arrives and is on pins and needless, ordering Lucy to eat a little faster so they won't be late for the show. The proverbial cat is let out of the bag as Lucy confesses that she got tickets for the wrong time, and the foursome head to the theater, hoping they can buy some tickets. As it turns out, Ricky is only able to wrangle two, and the four argue over who will see the first half of the show. The four agree to let the girls see the first half and the boys would see the last half. All goes well since the girls were able to see the first half of the show with no problem. Things get a little hairy, however, while the boys try watching the second half (there are two unclaimed seats behind Fred and Ricky, so Lucy and Ethel decide to waltz in and watch the second half with the boys). To Lucy's chagrin, the couple who paid for those seats finally arrive, so the girls force the boys to share their seats. Things become crowded and Lucy gets thirsty, so she goes to get an orangeade. Being engrossed in the music, Lucy returns, but to the wrong box. She goes back to the box where Ethel and the boys are sitting and accidentally knocks Ethel's purse over the balcony. Lucy goes to get the purse, but she gets the wrong purse. Lucy, Ethel and the woman whose purse was mistakenly taken all argue in the lobby, with accusations flying. The manager returns the purses to their proper owners, but when Ethel opens her purse she discovers that the rent money Fred collected is missing. After more accusations, the boys are summoned to straighten out the situation. It is at this time that Fred reveals that he merely pretended to put the $500 in Ethel's purse to throw off any would-be robbers. As the four turn to go back and watch the rest of the show, Ricky unwittingly lets it slip out in front of the manager that the four have been sharing two seats. At the manager's insistence, Ricky pays for two more tickets (making a total of eight tickets he has purchased). Just as the four head back, the show ends, and the patrons all exit the theater!
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