I Love Lucy

Season 1 Episode 35

Ricky Asks For a Raise

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jun 09, 1952 on CBS
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Ricky asks for a raise, but his boss (Gale Gordon) turns him down, prompting Lucy to prove just how popular a performer he is. Her scheme involves making a lot of bogus reservations at the club on the night that somebody else is playing, then show up in various disguises (including Fred in drag) feigning indignation that Ricky's not performing--and leave in a huff.moreless

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    Gale Gordon

    Gale Gordon

    Alvin Littlefield

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    Edith Meiser

    Edith Meiser

    Phoebe Littlefield

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    Maurice Marsac

    Maurice Marsac

    Maurice, the waiter

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Lucy is wearing the very same dress that she said was too tight two episodes earlier in "Lucy's Schedule."

      • Lucy, Ethel and Fred come into the club three separate times each, disguised differently each time. On Fred's last time he's dressed as a woman, so on his way out he's swinging his hips. It appears as though on his first time leaving he accidentally started doing the same, while he was still dressed as a man.

      • According to the script, the character portrayed by Maurice Marsac was actually supposed to be named William, and that's how he was credited when announcer Roy Rowan read the closing guest cast credits, but Gale Gordon addressed him as "Maurice". (This information courtsey of CBS DVD "I Love Lucy" Season 1, Volume 9).

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Lucy: Oh! That's the spirit, Ricky. Don't let this get you down. Get out and fight. You'll be bringing home a check again any day now.
        Ricky: That's right. I'm on my way to the unemployment office right now.

      • Ethel: Lucy?
        Lucy: What?
        Ethel: What's the meaning of this?
        Lucy: What?
        Ethel: This ad in the paper says that Xavier Valdez and his orchestra are opening at the Tropicana Club Thursday night. Isn't Ricky there anymore?
        Lucy: No, thanks to a certain big mouth redhead.
        Ethel: What are you talking about?
        Lucy: Well, the other night Ricky told Mr. Littlefield that he had to have a raise or he'd quit and I egged him onto it.
        Ethel: And?
        Lucy: That was some of the rottenest egging I ever did.

      • Phoebe: Where is everybody?
        Alvin: They're all out washing their hands.

      • Ethel: I can't make one more phone call. My finger is all worn down to a nub.
        Lucy: You don't have to; they're all sold out.
        Ethel: Good.
        Lucy: Harry and Bess Truman got the last two tables.

      • Ricky: Well, how does it feel to be married to an also been?
        Ethel: An also been?
        Lucy: He means a has ran.

      • Ricky: All right. I quit. K-W-I-T!

    • NOTES (4)

      • Gale Gordon would later star in The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, and Life With Lucy as Lucille Ball's co-star.

      • Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz do a rare tag scene at the end of the show. They tell everyone to watch My Little Margie. This edited footage can be seen on the season one DVD.

      • My Favorite Husband: "George Tries for a Raise"

      • This is the last episode of the first season. "Lucy" ended its season at #3 in the ratings. Five additional episodes were filmed during this season, but they were held over to be aired as part of the second season.

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • The name of Ricky's replacement at the club, Xavier Valdes, "King of the Konga", is a combination of two famous Cuban musicians: bandleader Xavier Cugat and conga player Carlos Valdés.

      • The quick change artist mentioned by the Mertzes is Hal King. The name comes from the I Love Lucy makeup artist.

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