I Love Lucy

Season 1 Episode 8

Men are Messy

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 03, 1951 on CBS
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Men are Messy
"Men are nothing but a bunch of messcats," insists Lucy Ricardo while Ricky concludes that "a man's home is his castle". To make a point, Lucy divides the apartment in half so that Ricky can be as messy as he likes on his side, but when Ricky's press agent, Kenny Morgan, lines up a publicity spread in Halfbeat Magazine, Lucy decides to teach her sloppy husband a lesson by turning the Ricardo apartment into a regular pig pen. Little does Lucy know that this photographer is not from the musician's journal, but is actually from Look magazine.moreless

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  • Lucy in a mess!

    The Ricardo's apartment is usually kept pretty clean. Not so much the case in this episode. Ricky comes home from a hard day of banging on a drum and wants to get comfortable. In the span of a minute, he manages to mess up the entire living room. Not quite to the extent that I'm capable of messing up my apartment (trust me, in real life it can get much worse when us men are left to clean things up!). Lucy isn't happy when she's sees the way Ricky's arranged the living room. The two of them end up dividing the apartment in half so each of them can keep their half the way they please. Of course, this is Lucy's ideas. And like pretty much all of her ideas (when will she learn?), it's bound to backfire.

    Awww, the old divide the home in half story. I'm not sure if I Love Lucy was the first series to do this, but it certainly wasn't the last. Of course, anyone who has watched any other episode of this show can tell you that Ricky isn't normally a slob like this. That's too bad because I was liking the way he and Fred decorated the place. It really started to look like a home!

    This was a pretty good episode, and a really good indication of better things to come.moreless
  • Men are messy and girls are the cleanist

    When Lucy came home,finding the house an mess.When Fred and Ethel are about to come up.She tells Ricky to clean up the place and put some shoes on.Ricky pointed out that it was just Ethel and Fred not an important company.Lucy decided to divide the apartment by her half clean and Ricky the mess.However when Ricky tries to get something to eat.He can't used the kitchen from Lucy's side.However when Lucy wanted to show Ethel her new bath soap.She couldn't go through Ricky side either.At practice an photographer came telling Ricky that he would take picture of his home.Lucy thinking that it was the muscian magazine.She decided to make the house an pig pen.She than later find it was the look magazine not the musicen.It was funny I mean one of my fav I Love Luy episode.moreless
Hazel Boyne

Hazel Boyne


Guest Star

Harry Shannon

Harry Shannon

Photographer Jim White

Guest Star

Kenny Morgan

Kenny Morgan

Press Agent Kenny

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Lucy was referring to was the fact that the Mertzes came back in 2 weeks, Ricky would be starving & her hair would be brunette because she would be unable to dye it red. It was an ongoing joke that she dyed her hair.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • (The phone rings and Ricky gets up to answer the phone)
      Lucy: Uh, uh, uh. It's on the line.
      Ricky: We have to answer it.
      Lucy: We're going to. (Lucy and Ricky pick up the phone) Hello? (to Ricky) Well go ahead. Listen to your half and see who it is.
      Ricky: (listening through the speaker) Oh. It's Kenny, my press agent. Tell him I'm plenty mad at him.
      Lucy: (into the receiver) Hello, Kenny. Ricky says to tell you he's plenty mad at you.
      Ricky: Why am I mad at you?
      Lucy: Why am I mad at you?
      Ricky: Because you've been promising me a spread in Half Beat magazine since last Febriary. 'Splain that if you can.
      Lucy: Because you've been promising me a spread in Half Beat magazine since last Febriary. 'Splain that if you can.
      Ricky: Oh.
      Lucy: Oh.
      Ricky: Oh.
      Lucy: Oh.
      Ricky: I see.
      Lucy: I see.
      Ricky: They're gonna do the next one on me. Well, so long, kid. Take iteasy.
      Lucy: Well, so long, kid. Take iteasy.
      Ethel: (shaking her head) If I didn't see it, I wouldn't believe it!
      Fred: Well, I saw it and still don't believe it.

    • Ricky: My press agent told me that I was gonna get the next spread. It was going to be "Ricky Ricardo at Home."
      Lucy: What magazine was it gonna be in,'Better Homes and Garbage'?

    • Ricky: Honey, just drop the subject, will you?
      Lucy: I'd be glad to drop it if there was any more room on the floor.

    • Lucy: This'll give your musician fellers a laugh, huh?
      Photographer: What do you mean, 'musician fellers?'
      Ethel: Well, who else reads your darn magazine but musician fellers?
      Lucy: Yeah!
      Ricky: Lucy . . .
      Lucy: Huh?
      Ricky: This man is not from 'Half Beat' Magazine
      Lucy: He ain't?
      Photographer: No, I'm from 'Look' Magazine!
      Lucy: Eeeeewwww!

    • Lucy: You get Philip and I get Morris.

    • Lucy: It must have been quite a trip coming through the washing machine.
      Ethel: I didn't mind the washing machine, but I darn near passed out coming through the wringer.

    • Ricky: (talking about their apartment) It's a regular pig pen.
      Lucy: It ain't a regular one, but it'll do.

    • (After seeing Lucy dressed as a hillbilly)
      Jim: Do you know who this is?
      Ricky: I don't even know what it is. Get me a stick and I'll kill it.

    • Lucy: Come back in a couple of weeks, Ethel. We'll still be here - a starving Cuban and a dirty brunette.

    • (After the Mertzes watch the Ricardos answer the phone)
      Ethel: If I hadn't seen it, I wouldn't have believed it.
      Fred: I saw it, and I still don't believe it.

    • Lucy: Pull up some debris and sit down, Fred.

    • Ricky: I just want a cigarette.
      Lucy: Half of what's in this pack is mine. (crumples package)
      Ricky: You mean that's the only cigarette we have in the house?
      Lucy: Yes, you get Phillip and I get Morris. (splits cigarette in half)

    • (Lucy tells Ricky he needs to put on a tie.)
      Lucy: Because company is coming.
      Ricky: It isn't company; it's Fred and Ethel.

    • Ricky: There's nothing sloppy and dirty about this room. It just looks lived in.
      Lucy: That's a good answer if you're a pig.

    • Lucy: Look, honey, there's a new invention you'll just love. It's a hole in the wall, has a long pole in it with a little metal things hanging on it, and it's called a coat closet.
      Ricky: Well, what won't they think of next?

    • Lucy: How can a cyclone hit in here and not hit in the kitchen?

  • NOTES (3)