I Love Lucy

Season 4 Episode 29

Ricky Needs an Agent

Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 16, 1955 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Ricky needs an agent, Lucy figures, so she nominates herself (unbeknownst to Ricky, of course) and heads off to negotiate with a studio executive to land him a role in a movie. Her strategy: use a nonexistent Broadway musical as a bargaining chip. It works too well.moreless

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  • A Perfect Episode

    One of the most consistently funny episodes in the show. When Lucy gets the idea (Ethel: "...those four horrible words, 'I've got an idea'") to pretend to be Ricky's agent so that MGM will give him more work, chaos ensues. Not only does she fail at getting him more roles, the studio man, Mr Riley, releases Ricky from his contract ("Heeeeeeeee's released!!"). The cleverly written banter between Lucy and Riley (played by Parley Baer) is classic. Then comes Ricky's reaction: smashing up the hotel room bric-a-brac. Lucy's very clever method of resolving the problem and the denoument are satisfying and funny at the same time. An absolute gem in the great sequence of Hollywood episodes.moreless

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • (Lucy, posing as Ricky's agent, has just convinced Mr. Reilly that Rodgers and Hammerstein want to sign Ricky in a Broadway show)
      Mr. Reilly: This throws an entirely new light on things.
      Lucy: I thought it would.
      Mr. Reilly: This could cause quite a stir around here.
      Lucy: I'm sure it could.
      Mr. Reilly: I'd better call Mr. Schary about this.
      Lucy: I think you should.

    • Ethel: (entering Lucy's hotel room with a newspaper) Lucy, did you see this picture of Ricky in the paper?
      Lucy: Yeah, I saw it.
      Ethel: You don't sound very excited.
      Lucy: (reads picture's caption) "Ricky Crowns Queen of the Automobile Show." That's the third one this week. Ricky's crowned more queens than the archbishop of Canterbury.

    • Lucy: This is the last publicity stunt you are going to do.
      Ricky: Yes?
      Lucy: Yes. I've made up my mind, I'm putting your foot down.

    • Ethel: How can you stand there in the middle of all this mess and utter those four horrible words, "I have an idea"?

    • Ethel: You know Ricky's temper.
      Lucy: Yes, we've met.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Lucy: I can't reveal their names, but Oscar and Dick are just wild about the boy.

      When Lucy claims Broadway is interested in Ricky she refers to Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960) and Richard Rodgers (1902-1979), creators of classic shows such as Oklahoma!, South Pacific.