I Love Lucy

Season 5 Episode 10

Ricky's European Booking

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 12, 1955 on CBS
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Ricky's European Booking
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Ricky's band is going on a European tour but he can't afford to take Lucy — who's not about to take this lying down. Her plan: raffle off a TV set to benefit "Ladies Overseas Aid." "We're ladies," Lucy tells Ethel (who's scheming to go, too). "We want to go overseas. And, boy, do we need aid." The Pied Pipers perform the theme from Ball and Arnaz's 1956 movie Forever Darling.moreless

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    The Pied Pipers

    The Pied Pipers

    Themselves

    Guest Star

    Harry Antrim

    Harry Antrim

    Mr. Feldman

    Guest Star

    Barney Phillips

    Barney Phillips

    Mr. Jamison

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    Hazel Pierce

    Hazel Pierce

    Hazel Pierce

    Recurring Role

    Louis A. Nicoletti

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    • QUOTES (15)

      • (Fred is playing with blocks alone.)
        Lucy: Where's the baby?
        Fred: Napping. He got bored.

      • Lucy: All we have to do for our needy cause is think up a good phony name.
        Ethel: I don't suppose we could call it "Two Bundles for Britain".
        Lucy: No, it has to sound real. How about Ladies Overseas Aid?
        Ethel: Well?
        Lucy: Look we're ladies, we want to go overseas, and boy do we need aid.

      • Ethel: Raffles are always held for needy causes.
        Lucy: Ethel, at this moment you and I are the two neediest causes I can think of.

      • Ethel: What we need is a good local raffle where they're giving away two trips to Europe, and we've got all the tickets.
        Lucy: Ha ha. Hey, why not hold our own raffle?
        Ethel: What?
        Lucy: The money we take in will pay for our trip. Now what could we raffle off?
        Ethel: Your brain, for thinking up an idea like that.

      • Lucy: How much do you get for selling blood?
        Ethel: Lucy, you couldn't get $2,800 worth of blood out of a herd of elephants.

      • Lucy: Money found in over stuffed chairs and sofa cushions: $9.73. Money from sugar bowls: $29.25. Piggy banks: $28.16. GTHP: $15.36.
        Ethel: What's GTHP?
        Lucy: Going through husband's pants.
        Ethel: Oh yeah.
        Lucy: Didn't you go through Fred's pants?
        Ethel: Every pair including his World War I calvary britches.
        Lucy: What did you get?
        Ethel: A handful of lint and a Woodrow Wilson button.

      • Ethel: I don't want to see Europe anyway. It's so old.

      • Ricky: It was just a wild thought. You wouldn't want to leave Ethel.
        Fred: Try me.

      • Lucy: If I raise the money myself, can I go?
        Ricky: Look, if you can raise enough money to go to Europe, let me know and I'll quit the band business.

      • Lucy: I bet I could get your boys all over Europe.
        Ricky: Yeah, but we play a lot better when we're all in one place.

      • Lucy: He doesn't think I ought to go with him.
        Ethel: What husband would?

      • Ethel: Lucy, Lucy, I was just down at the market and the butcher told me you were going to Europe.
        Lucy: The butcher? How'd he know?
        Ethel: The grocery boy told him.
        Lucy: How'd he get it?
        Ethel: He just made a delivery to Marion Strong.
        Lucy: Well how in the world did Marion...(realizes) Oh Marion Strong. She's just a hop, skip, and a blab from Caroline Appleby.

      • Ricky: What do I do now?
        Fred: Well you're married to her. I just read her mind.

      • Ricky: Fred, she won't act like that.
        Fred: Are we talking about the same Lucy?
        Ricky: If I promise her a wonderful trip later on, I think she will be reasonable.
        Fred: My Lucy has red hair and blue eyes. What does your Lucy look like?

      • Ricky: My agent has booked me and my band on a tour of Europe.
        Fred: Going to Europe? Say that's great. What's the problem?
        Ricky: I can't take Lucy along.
        Fred: Yeah, that is a problem.

    • NOTES (6)

      • There is also a plug for the Ball-Arnaz film "Forever Darling" when Ricky is seen singing the theme song of the movie with the Pied Pipers in a recording studio. This clip is cut from syndacated versions.

      • Hazel Pierce, Lucille Ball's stand-in and an extra on the show, was the raffle winner with ticket number 2825.

      • The reason the Ricardos and the Mertzes sailed to Europe was because American Export Lines paid Desilu Productions $12,000 to be put toward set building costs. They donated uniforms, deck chairs, and life preserves to give the set a more authentic feel.

      • When Lucy gets excited and curious about her going to Europe, she asks twice "how much will it be" but she mis-spoke the line both times.

      • Song: "Forever Darling"

      • This episode begins the first of 17 episodes devoted to the Ricardos' and the Mertzes' trip to Europe.

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