I Love Lucy

Season 4 Episode 10

Ricky's Contract

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 06, 1954 on CBS
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Ricky's Contract
As Ricky paces the floor awaiting word from Hollywood about his screen test, Lucy enlists the Mertzes to distract him. The drastic steps taken by the trio to alleviate Ricky's tension boomerang into a king-sized headache for them all.

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Lucy: All right, all right. I'll tell him.
        Ethel: Really?
        Lucy: If you'll stay here and give me moral support.
        Ethel: Okay.
        Lucy: Of course, when I tell him, I'll be holding Little Ricky. He wouldn't dare hit a woman with a baby in her arms.
        Ethel: Oh, that's a great idea!
        Lucy: I'll just say, 'Ricky, it's all a mistake dear. You didn't really get any call from Hollywood. Fred wrote the note and Ethel accidentally left it here and I innocently called you...'
        Fred: (interrupting) Now hold it. I'll stay on one condition. When you come to 'Fred wrote the note,' you hand me the baby!

      • Lucy: He says this whole thin' has him on pins and niddles.

      • Ethel: Any word?
        Lucy: Not yet.
        Ethel: Wonder why.
        Lucy: Who knows?
        Ethel: How's he?
        Lucy: Just awful.
        Ethel: No kidding.
        Lucy: Getting worse.
        Fred: What are you talkin', shorthand?

      • (Ethel rejects Fred's plan.)
        Fred: Ethel, give me one good reason.
        Ethel: Well, first of all, it sounds like one of Lucy's ideas. And second...
        Fred: Hold it, that's enough for me.

    • NOTES (2)

      • The scene between Ethel and Fred with the notepad by the phone was used for a 2006 medicare drug benefit ad. Voiceover actors imitated Vivian Vance and William Frawley, while the actors' mouths were digitally altered to match the new dialog concerning a change in medicare rules starting January, 2006. The commercial consisted of Ethel convincing Fred that the new plan was cost-efficient and they should join it. The tagline of the ad was "If Fred could've done it, he would have."

      • Music performed on this episode included "When You're Smiling" and "I'll See You in C-U-B-A".

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