I Love Lucy

Season 1 Episode 25

Pioneer Women

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 31, 1952 on CBS
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Pioneer Women
Having been bet by their husbands that they can't do without modern conveniences, Lucy and Ethel churn butter and bake bread from scratch-an eighteen foot loaf! But then Lucy demands that Ricky live as if it's the turn of the century for him, too.

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  • Lucy and Ethel want a dishwasher. Ricky tells Lucy that she has it easy and that his grandma did it the old fashion way. They decide to have a bet that if they live like a pioneer for one week they get $50. They pick 1900 as there year. When Lucy andmoreless

    Ethel bake bread it's so big that it comes all the way to the sink when opened the oven. Lucy realise that they are not dressed right for 1900. They decide to dress like people in 1900. Lucy,Ethel and Fred like the cloth but Ricky does not. He does not want to wear them to work. Lucy makes Ricky take a bath like a pioneer. Ricky tells Lucy the stove is the only thing Lucy can use modern. The women from the womens club show up. Lucy tells them she does not want to be in that silly club.Good Episode.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Lucy calculates all the dishes she'd allegedly washed in the ten years she and Ricky were married. She arrives at 219,000 dishes (10 years times 365 days, times 3 meals at about 20 dishes per meal). In all that time, the Ricardos never ate out?

    • Lucy doesn't seem to realize bread is baked in a bread pan instead of a flat cookie sheet.

    • The bet involved that neither the Merztes nor the Ricardos could use conveniences past 1900 (with exception of the stove). If that was the case, then wouldn't Fred (who was in front, so it's assumed) lose the bet since he rang the buzzer to get into the apartment?

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Lucy: Now I didn't mention transportation, so if Ricky comes home in a taxi, a bus or a subway, we win the bet. (sees Ricky coming) Oh no! (Ricky rides up on a horse)

    • Lucy: (telling off Mrs. Pettebone and Mrs. Pomerantz from the Society Matrons League) Well, perhaps we have something against the League. When you get back to your blue-blooded sisters, would you tell them that the Ricardo-Mertz investigating committee looked you over and we have no desire to join your phony baloney club!

    • (The Ricardos and the Mertzes agree that for their bet they can't use anything invented after 1900)
      Lucy: Did they use electric lights before then, Fred?
      Lucy: Don't look at me. Ask Ethel.

    • Lucy: OK. What do you wanna bet?
      How about ten dollars?
      Ethel: What's the matter with twenty dollars?
      Ricky: Well, what's the matter with thirty dollars?
      Lucy: What's the matter with fifty dollars?
      Fred: What was the matter with ten dollars?

    • Ricky: Why honey, this is the electric age. All you have to do is flip a swish.
      Lucy: (to Ethel) We flip a swish.

    • Fred: What are you wearing that bustle for? You don't need it.
      Lucy: Pay no attention to him. You leave it on.
      Ethel: I'm not wearing a bustle.

    • Lucy: (talking about the yeast) Gee, I must have hurt this some way.
      Ethel: What do you mean?
      Lucy: It's all swollen.

    • Lucy: I had to go to three or four stores before I could get enough yeast though.
      Ethel: Why? How much did you need?
      Lucy: Thirteen cakes.
      Ethel: Thirteen cakes! That seems like an awful lot.
      Lucy: Well here's the recipe right here. (hands Ethel the book)
      Ethel: Lucy.
      Lucy: What?
      Ethel Three cakes.
      Lucy: Oh really. Oh well. They're small, it won't make much difference.

    • Ricky: And my grandmother baked her own bread.
      Lucy: Baked? Like I bake a cake?
      Ricky: I hope not.

    • Lucy: Ricky.
      Ethel: Fred.
      Lucy: We're revolting.
      Ricky: No more than usual.

  • NOTES (4)


    • The last names of Pettebone and Pomerantz come from Jean Pettebone, a CBS photographer and Charles Pomerantz, press representative for I Love Lucy sponsor Phillip Morris.