I Love Lucy

Season 4 Episode 21

The Hedda Hopper Story

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Mar 14, 1955 on CBS

Episode Recap

A telegram is delivered from Mother McGillicuddy. She and the baby are arriving by plane. No details, just at 9:30. Ricky calls the airlines, there aren't any flights arriving then.

The phone rings and it's Mother McGillicuddy, she's in California. Lucy tells her to stay where she is and they'll come after her.

An hour later the group returns back to the hotel, they couldn't find mother anywhere and can't imagine where she could be. She comes waltzing out the bedroom. She was down in the lobby when she called.

She tells them of her flight and about a real nice newspaper lady she met on the plane who's interest in doing a story about Ricky. He thinks he'll pass.

Ricky's new agent arrives and Ricky insists that he gets better publicity. All Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons are talking about in their columns is Marilyn Monroe.

The agent, Charlie Pomerantz, comes up with a plan. Hedda Hopper is supposed to be down by the pool covering a tea that's being held there. Ricky will save someone from drowning in the pool. Lucy readily volunteers to be in the act.

As they're getting ready to go to the pool, Mother McGillicuddy isn't all to happy that they won't be there to meet her new friend from the plane.

Lucy, Ricky and Charlie arrive at the pool and await Hedda Hopper. Every crazy flower arrangement Charlie sees he thinks is one of the reporters crazy hats. After a couple close misses, he finally insists that's her coming around the corner so he pushes Lucy into the pool. Another young man jumps in and tries to help her but she pushes him away. Ricky then arrives and dives into the pool to save his wife. They crawl out of the pool dripping and Charlie explains that it wasn't Hedda Hopper after all, only a plant. Lucy pushes him in the pool.

Back up in the room, Lucy and Ricky are dripping, but at least Mother McGillicuddy is happy because they're in time to meet her friend after all. In walks Hedda Hopper.