I Love Lucy

Season 4 Episode 2

Mertz and Kurtz

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 11, 1954 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Mertz and Kurtz

Fred's globetrotting old vaudeville partner, Barney Kurtz, shows up, so Fred says he's a real-estate tycoon (with a red-headed maid to prove it). Actually, Barney's a cook in the Bronx, but his grandson is coming for a visit, so it's on with the show.

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  • one of my least favorite episodes

    This episode is probably the weakest episode in the series. Mertz meats up with his old partener in show buisness, Kirtz. The whole show is just Fred talking about old stories from the past. They do a bunch of songs and it just looks like the cast and crew were lazy that day and wanted to do an easy script. I always have a good feeling inside when I watch I Love Lucy but some how this episode lost it. Although I do not like the story line, I still think that the actors did a good job as usual. And although this episode that was not up to the usual standards, it still was a fine performance.moreless
  • An unusual episode that can be admired for what it is.

    The low score this episode gets on tv.com may be explained by the fact that it is a bit of a departure for the show. Although we do get a scene with Lucy pretending to be something she isn't, it is mostly the rather sad story of old friends who try to fool each other into believing that they are doing very well for themselves. It may not be very original. (Frank Capra made two versions of the same film (Lady For A Day/Pocketful of Miracles) with just this plot.) But the loving depiction of vaudeville routines makes up for the slight plot. I was quite touched by the fact that the two old men couldn't even do their routines that well. (Especially their number in the Mertz's living room contains several mistakes.)moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • At dinner, Ethel talks about an actress by the name of Venus Jones. This was the name of Vivian's real-life sister.

    • Fred's old vaudeville partner is named Barney Kurtz in this episode. Yet in episode #19, "The Ballet," Fred said his name was Ted Kurtz.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Ethel: What else can I borrow that looks better than what I've got?
      Lucy: How about Ricky?
      Ethel: That's a thought.

    • (The Mertzes and Barney Kurtz talk about people they knew in vaudeville.)
      Ethel: Alexander the Great, what a mind reader. He could tell you anything about yourself.
      Fred: Barney, whatever happened to him?
      Barney: He's working for the Income Tax Department.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music performed on this episode included "They Go Wild Over Me", "By the Beautiful Seas", "On the Boardwalk of Atlantic City", "I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad", and "Oh, By Jingo".