I Love Lucy

Season 3 Episode 1

Ricky's Life Story

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 05, 1953 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • This episode marks the third time Ricky spanks Lucy. Ricky spanks Lucy in "Lucy Plays Cupid" in the first season, and in "The Ricardos Change Apartments" in the second season.

  • Quotes

    • Lucy: I told all my friends to look for pictures of me.
      Ethel: Now, Lucy...
      Lucy: If they don't recognize my left arm, I'm dead.
      Ethel: It isn't everybody who gets their arm in Life Magazine.
      Lucy: I don't want my arm in there, I want my face in there. For heaven's sake, if I had know what they were up to, I'd held the baby in my mouth.

    • Lucy: It's only because of little Ricky that I want to get my break in show business.
      Ricky: Well, I know I'm going to be sorry I asked this, but how do you figure?
      Lucy: You just think ahead a little bit. When little Ricky goes to school and some of his playmates ask who his parents are...
      Ricky: Yeah?
      Lucy: Just what is he going to have to say? "My father is Ricky Ricardo, the internationally know entertainer. And there's my mother, whose name escapes me for the moment."

  • Notes

    • The original opening sequence for the first nine episodes of this season began with a Philip Morris box with the animated Lucy and Desi sitting on their name credits as they crawl on the screen and Desi brings up the title in a heart. This opening was also used for Episodes 77 and 79.

    • Music performed on this episode included "Lady of Spain", "Babalu", and "The Loveliest Night of the Year".

  • Allusions