I Love Lucy

Season 1 Episode 13

The Benefit

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 07, 1952 on CBS
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The Benefit
Ethel wants Ricky to a headline a benefit show for her women's club, but Lucy refuses to ask him unless she can be on the bill, too. After plenty of coaxing on the part of Lucy, Ricky finally says that he'll do it, but Lucy then gets a chance to look at the act that she and Ricky will be doing for the benefit. Ricky has all the punch lines! She decides to rewrite the jokes and teach her husband a lesson.moreless

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    • QUOTES (11)

      • (Ethel learns that Lucy was unable to convince Ricky to perform with her for Ethel's women's club benefit)
        Lucy: So you can't get Ricky. You still have me? After all, what's Ricky got that I haven't got, except a band, a reputation...?
        Ethel: And talent!

      • Lucy: Well, you look again. You'll be able to find me one.
        Ricky: No, I wun't.
        Lucy: Not much, you wun't. You find me another song tomorrow or just dun't come home. Auf! Auf! Auf!

      • Lucy: Do you love me?
        Ricky: Sure I love you.
        Lucy: Would you climb the highest mountain for me?
        Ricky: Mm-hmm.
        Lucy: Would you swim the widest ocean?
        Ricky: Yeah.
        Lucy: (kissing Ricky) Would you do anything in the world for me?
        Ricky: Yeah. Anything but sing at Ethel's club next week.
        Lucy: I don't know what you're talking about. And who told ya?

      • (The Ricardos and the Mertzes are gathered around the piano and discover Lucy is singing off key)
        Ricky: Aw, honey, why don't you just go and sit down and listen to the rest of us.
        Lucy: No! Either we all sing or nobody sings.
        (Ricky and the Mertzes retreat to the other side of the living room)
        Lucy: Well, all right then. If nobody wants to sing, I'll just sing by myself.
        Ricky, Fred and Ethel: No!

      • (Lucy and Ricky on Auf Weidersein)
        Ricky: What's the matter? Don't you like the song?
        Lucy: Auf!
        Ricky: What's wrong with it?
        Lucy: What's wrong with it? I sound like a hungry seal.
        Ricky: Why, honey, don't be silly. The audience will love it.
        Lucy: Well, they might love you, but they're gonna throw me a fish!

      • Ethel: Even for sweet charity, I am not going to be the back end of a horse.

      • Lucy: "Auf Wiedersehen"? That's a nice Cuban melody.

      • Lucy: I love you.
        Ricky: Lucy, what do you want?

      • Ethel: My women's club wants Ricky.
        Lucy: Well I'd be very glad to help them out, but I'm not through with him yet.

      • Ricky: Fix us a snack. I'm hungry.
        Lucy: No, you can't insult me and then expect me to feed you.

      • Lucy: Well, if no one wants to sing, I'll just sing by myself.
        Ethel, Ricky, Fred: NO!

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      • In the scene where Lucy is warming up to practice her duet with Ricky, we see a book on top of the piano entitled, "How to Sing," with F. Alsetto as the author. Falsetto is actually a vocal technique (literally meaning "false") that allows a vocalist to sing beyond his or her normal vocal range.