I Love Lucy

Season 1 Episode 26

The Marriage License

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Apr 07, 1952 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Ricky's last name on the marriage license is spelled "Bicardi". Desi's maternal grandfather, Albert Acha, was actually one of the founders of Bicardi Rum.

  • Quotes

    • (Mother Willoughby lets Lucy and Ricky leave with free gas)
      Bert Willoughby: But I'm the sheriff!
      Mother Willoughby: Well, you're forgetting that I'm the mayor!
      (She puts on a mayor's sash, Bert salutes her as Lucy and Ricky leave)

    • (Ricky is speaking in Spanish)
      Bert Willoughby: Aha a spy! (shoves Ricky toward the door.)
      Lucy: Just a minute, Mr. Willoughby. He isn't a spy.
      Bert Willoughby: You don't kid me. I know Russian when I hear it.
      Lucy: That wasn't Russian. That was Spanish.
      Bert Willoughby: Spanish. Well we licked then in '98 and by golly we can do 'er again.
      Ricky: Look you better give this character his money or he's going to have me shot.

    • Bert Willoughby: Where's the fire?
      Lucy: There is no fire.
      Bert Willoughby: I heard the bell. I saw the flame. (pause) Your hair!

    • Lucy: Gee, I don't remember this seat being so small. Do you? I guess the trees grew in a little from each side.
      Ricky: Let's face it, we've grown out a little on each side.

    • Lucy: I didn't know what to do so I've just been walking.
      Ricky: You've been walking all this time.
      Lucy: Well, the last hour I've been on a train coming home.
      Ethel: On a train? Where did you walk to?
      Lucy: East Orange, New Jersey. How I ever got through the Holland Tunnel I don't know.

    • Fred: Ethel just told me about the mistake on your marriage license.
      Ricky: Isn't that silly?
      Fred: Yeah and I just got ours out and took a look at it. Some darn fool spelled my name right.
      Ricky: It wouldn't make an difference anyway.
      Fred: I know. I thought I could worm out on a technicality.

    • Lucy: Suppose there is a Ricky Bicardi. For all I know, I could be married to a rum factory.

    • Ricky: It's our marriage license.
      Lucy: Yup. (gulps)
      Ricky: Well, what's the matter? Don't tell me it's expired.

    • Ethel: Lucy, you're an incurable sentimentalist.
      Lucy: Yeah, I'm sticky over Ricky.

  • Notes

    • Adapted from the My Favorite Husband radio scripts "Anniversary" [4/16/50] and "Marriage License" [1/21/49]

    • If you look close you can see a picture of Lucy & Desi when they first wed.

    • Songs: "I Love You Truly"

    • Irving Bacon would later return to play Ethel's father in season 4.

    • Elizabeth Patterson makes her first appearance on the show. In the next season, she starts her recurring role as Mrs. Trumbull.

    • Lucy and Ricky go to the Bryam River Beagle Club in Grenwich, Connecticut. This is the place where Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz got married in 1940.

    • Lucy and Desi actually DID get married twice. They eloped in 1940. However, they believed that their marriage lacked a cerain sacred quality since they weren't married in a church. So they "remarried" in 1949 at the Our Lady of the Valley Church in California.

  • Allusions

    • The New Disney Channel Series, "The Suite Life on Deck" Episode: Parrot Island, Alluded to this Episode when Mr. Simms changes hats to become different people such as the karate teacher, police officer, taxi driver, play director, judge, and baker of Parrot Island. Similar to the way Bert Willoughby changes hats.