I Love Lucy

Season 6 Episode 27

The "I Love Lucy" Christmas Episode

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 24, 1956 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The "I Love Lucy" Christmas Episode
It's Christmas Eve and Ricky warns his young son: "Santa won't bring the tree and the presents until you go to sleep." It takes some effort to cajole the boy, but after Lucy convinces him that Santa will have no trouble coming down the chimney ("he brings the North Pole with him and slides down it like a fireman."), he's off to bed. The coast clear, Fred and Ethel arrive with a Christmas tree. "It's a gift from me and Ebenezer," Ethel reveals about the five-dollar fir. The four friends begin to trim the tree until Lucy discovers "a branch on the right side that spoils the shape." Fred solves the symmetry problem with a pocket saw as Ricky says to Lucy, "Our lives have sure been different ever since you told me you were going to have a baby." We flash back to the sentimental moment at the Tropicana in 1952 when Lucy breaks the baby news to Ricky (from "Lucy is Enceinte"). This reminiscence over, we discover that Fred got carried away with his saw while listening to the baby tale - the tree is now a spindly stripling. While Fred goes off in search of a replacement, Ethel and Ricky start singing "Jingle Bells," but when Lucy joins in with her off-key rendition, they recall, once again in a flashback sequence, the barbershop quartet harmonizing of "Sweet Adeline" (from "Lucy's Show Biz Swan Song"). With the last note sung, we return to the Ricardo apartment just as Fred enters with a new tree - he got this "last minute" one for only fifty cents. The foursome starts decorating the tree and discussing Little Ricky's Christmas gifts, as Ethel realizes: "It seems like only yesterday he was born." This is the perfect lead-in to a flashback of Ricky, Fred, and Ethel rehearsing Lucy's trip to the hospital (from "Lucy Goes to the Hospital"). Finally, it's Christmas morning. The four principals are up early and wearing Santa outfits. When they hear Little Ricky approaching the living room, they hasten to the kitchen so the boy won't be disillusioned by seeing four Santas. Suddenly, however, there are five St. Nicks crowding the kitchen - who's the real one? The "real" one disappears optically as the Ricardos and Mertzes stare into the camera and say, hesitantly, "Merry Christmas, everybody."moreless

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  • As the Ricardos and the Mertzes get ready for Christmas, they begin to look back at the happiest, and not so happiest, moments of the recent past.

    "The I Love Lucy Christmas Show" is not a great episode of this classic television series, but it is very entertaining and even a little fun which is why I am giving it a high rating. While the episode may not be great like such episodes as "Lucy Does a TV Commercial" or "Job Switching" it is a significant episode in which it is the first to use flashback sequences. However that is a reason for a small criticism. The second flashback sequence, a clip from the season two episode "Lucy's Showbiz Swansong", is cut. The whole first verse of the song and part of the second verse is omitted. That is a bit of a disappointment. However the other flashbacks are shown in their entirety which makes up for this to a small degree. The episode also ends very well. The final scene is very well done. While this episode is not perfect, it is very entertaining. You will not be disappointed if you watch it.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • On December 23, 2015 CBS aired this episode, as well as the classic season one episode "Lucy Does a TV Commercial", as part of a one hour special.  Both episodes were colorized.  The Christmas episode has been shown colorized in the past but previous versions had only the present day sequences in color and the flashback sequences in black and white.  For this particular version, the entire episode, present day and flashback sequences, were colorized.

    • The colorized version of this episode is available on DVD.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Lucy: "Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle ALL the way." Ohh... I don't know what has happened to my voice lately. I don't seem to sing well anymore.
      Ricky: Lately?
      Ethel: Anymore?
      Lucy: Now that's not very nice. I grant you my voice isn't quite what it used to be.
      Ricky: It's exactly what it used to be. That's what is wrong with it.
      Lucy: Why do you say that? I used to sing quite well as I recall.
      Ricky: Well dear girl, then something is wrong with your memory.

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode wasn't not sold into syndication with the rest of the series because CBS didn't think that the viewing audience would want to watch a holiday episode at other times of the year.

    • This is the first ever retrospective episode on a sitcom.

    • While not a part of CBS' syndication package, this episode can be found on the Season 6 DVD release, in the original black and white format and with the wraparound scenes colorized.

    • This episode was re-broadcast (colorized) December 18,1989 on CBS

    • TV Land aired this episode in its entirety in December 2002 - but in its original black-and-white format, not colorized as it is on most video versions.

    • Also known as 'The Lost Episode' or 'Jingle Bells'. Because this was a "special" and employed so many long flashback sequences, this episode was not included in the eventual syndication package. The last time even a portion of it was telecast was December 1981 on Rona Barrett's short-lived NBC series, "Television: Inside and Out." Today, most fans can find this episode available on video.