I Love Lucy

Season 1 Episode 12

The Adagio

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 31, 1951 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (Jean is surprised that Ricky didn't react like all American men.)
      Ricky: American men, eh? I guess I fooled you with my Brooklyn accent.

    • Ricky: What do you mean, you came here...?
      Jean: Please, please, this is no time to argue. If we stay here much longer, her stupid husband will return and find us here.
      Lucy: Watch what you're saying! (points at Ricky) He is my stupid husband. (stutters) He's my husband.

    • Lucy: There's just two things keeping me from dancing in that show.
      Fred: Your feet?

    • Jean: Why are American women so stubborn?
      Lucy: Why are French men so amorous?
      Jean: I don't know, just fortunate I guess.

    • Lucy: Ricky, what are you doing here?
      Ricky: I live here, remember?

    • Lucy (on learning Fred is going to be her dance partner): I suppose a fat Apache is better than none.

    • Lucy: Oh Ethel, did you ever wish there was something else to marry besides men?

    • (Lucy and Ethel come back from fixing their makeup.)
      Fred: Same old one. (uncrosses his fingers)
      Ricky: Same old one here too.
      Ethel: What are they talking about?
      Lucy: I don't know but whatever it is, ours aren't young enough.

    • Ricky: If Lucy doesn't have any lipstick on, she thinks she's nekkid.
      Fred: Nekkid?
      Ricky: Yeah, you know not wearing a thin.
      Fred: A thin what?
      Ricky: Clothes, clothes!
      Fred: Nekkid - not wearing no thin clothes.

    • Fred: Ethel keeps going out to put on a new face, but she always comes back with the old one.

  • Notes

    • Guest star Shepard Menken (Jean Valljean Raymand) makes three other appearences in the series: season 2 episode "Lucy Becomes a Sculptress" where he plays the art store owner William Abbott, season 3 episode "Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined" where he plays the eye doctor, and season 5 episode "Paris at Last" where he plays the street artist named Charpontier.

    • My Favorite Husband: "The French Lessons"

    • In Lucille Ball's autobiography, Love, Lucy, she mentions that she once dislocated her shoulder doing an Apache dance at the age of twelve.

  • Allusions

    • (Ricky lights two cigarettes at once.)
      Ricky: Hey, look at me. I'm making like Paul Henreid.

      Ricky refers to the famous scene in "Now Voyager" (1942) in which Paul Henreid lit a cigarette for Bette Davis.

    • Desi: All this shaving is wearing my chin out.
      Lucy: Okay, Andy Gump.

      Andy Gump was a chinless comic strip character created by J.M. Patterson and Sidney Smith in 1917.

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