I Love Lucy

Season 4 Episode 6

Ricky's Movie Offer

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 08, 1954 on CBS
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Ricky's Movie Offer
A Hollywood talent scout is coming over to the apartment to audition Ricky for a movie role, but Ricky won't be the only one looking to attract the scout's attention. (Who's that gal in the Marilyn Monroe getup?)

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  • Talent scout Ben Benjamin gives Ricky a chance to read for the part of Don Juan in an upcoming Hollywood movie. Seeing this as her opportunity to break into show biz, Lucy dresses up for a Marilyn Monroe-like part described in the script.moreless

    "Ricky's Movie Offer" kicks off the "Ricardos and Mertzes Go to Hollywood" phase of "I Love Lucy", which continues for the rest of the fourth season and into the beginning of the fifth season. When Mr. Benjamin first arrives at the Ricardos' apartment, he gets knocked out by Lucy, who thinks she is protecting Ethel from a traveling salesman who had broken into the apartment. Some great Lucy and Ethel moments follow as they try to cover up their mistake, after finding out they misjudged Mr. Benjamin. It's not the best of the "getting ready for Hollywood" episodes, but it's a good one.moreless
James Dobson

James Dobson


Guest Star

Frank Nelson

Frank Nelson

Ben Benjamin

Recurring Role

Elizabeth Patterson

Elizabeth Patterson

Mrs. Trumbull

Recurring Role

Joseph Mayer

Joseph Mayer

Little Ricky

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • This is Frank Nelson's (Ben Benjamin) seventh guest appearance on the show. He appears a total of eleven times and plays various characters: Freddie Fillmore (three times during seasons 1 and 3), Henry the waiter and Sergeant Nelson in season 2, Dickie Davis in season 3, a train conductor and customs officer in season 5, and Ralph Ramsey in season 6.

    • After Mr. Benjamin is knocked unconscious, Ethel combs his hair forward and uses the comb as a moustache to make him look like Oliver Hardy of the comedy duo Laurel & Hardy.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Lucy: I thought we all agreed that you weren't going to do anything to ruin Ricky's chance.
      Ethel: Well, you're ruining it.
      Lucy: That's different. I'm his wife. I have a right to ruin it!

    • (Lucy enters the living room dressed as Marilyn Monroe)
      Ethel: Hey, who are you supposed to be?
      Lucy: Guess.
      Fred: Humphrey Bogart in a wig.

    • Pete, the grocery boy: But, Mrs. Ricardo, when I play the trumpet, I'm real gone.
      Lucy: (shooing Pete out of the apartment) Then go, man, go!

    • Ricky: Mr. Benjamin, that sounds very, very exciting. Is it gonna be Cinemascopy and Stereonophic?
      Mr. Benjamin: I beg your pardon?
      Ricky: Is it gonna be Cinemascopy and Stereonophic?
      Lucy: Mr. Benjamin, I think he means Cinemascope and Stereophonic.
      Ricky: That's what I said!

    • Ricky: Would you leave me alone? I've been in show business a long time.
      Lucy: It doesn't make you an actor just because you've been shouting "Babalu" and beating on a cowhide.

    • (Lucy is giving Ricky some acting tips.)
      Fred: What do you want him to do?
      Lucy: For one thing, I would like him to develop a distinctive way of speaking.
      Fred & Ethel: Ricky?

    • Lucy: How did they find out?
      Ethel: I don't know, I didn't tell anybody. Did you?
      Lucy: Certainly not. I didn't tell a soul and they all promised to keep it a secret.

    • Lucy: I never knew this neighborhood was so full of frustrated performers. At last I've found out where vaudeville went to die.

  • NOTES (3)