Lucy discovers that she's gained 22 lbs since she got married. She then auditions for a part in Ricky's show, but she needs to lose 12 lbs to fit the costume. Ricky agrees to give her the part if she can lose the weight, and Lucy is determined to do so.
I classified this episode as "Character Development" because this is the first episode in which we see Lucy's determination to "get in the show". The classic theme which surfaces again and again in the series begins in this episode. There is a great scene with Lucy trying to fit in with the other girls who are auditioning for the show, and another of Lucy trying to maintain her diet while Ethel, Fred, and Ricky eat a delicious dinner. Lucy wrestling with the Mertzes' dog Butch, who is seen only in this episode, is definitely a highlight of this classic "I Love Lucy" episode.
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