I Love Lucy

Season 3 Episode 25

The Diner

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Apr 26, 1954 on CBS
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The Ricardos and the Mertzes buy a diner, name it "A Little Bit of Cuba" and go to work. Well, the Mertzes go to work; the Ricardos "greet." Not surprisingly, relations are soon strained. Can a food fight be far behind?

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Notice the scene in the diner where Ricky asks the Mertzes, "Are you going to get behind the counter or 'nut'(not)", and Ethel asks Ricky the same question also saying "nut". This is a very rare incident in which someone other than Lucy makes fun of Ricky's english. Strangly, the audience never cared for anyone to make fun of Ricky, but had a blast when Lucy did.

      • The transitional music leading into the scene where the Ricardos and the Mertzes have split the diner in half features "La Cucaracha" and "Yankee Doodle" to represent the two cuisine specialties (and the diner names each couple had chosen)--A Little Bit of Cuba and Big Hunk of America, respectively.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Ricky: (frustrated at the thought of losing money in his business venture) Why did I let Fred talk me into this?
        Fred: Me?! You're the one that wanted to quit show business. Don't blame it onto me! You had the name!
        Ricky: Yeah, and you had the know-how. Where's your know-how now? We got no customers nohow!

      • Fred: Now listen, once and for all. If we come back, are you gonna take turns doin' the dirty work?
        Ricky: Now look, Fred. You got the know-how and I got the name.
        Fred: (looking back at Ethel) I told ya, Ethel. This guy knows two songs: "Babalu" and "You Got the Know-How, I Got the Name Blues."

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