I Love Lucy

Season 1 Episode 31

The Publicity Agent

Aired Monday 9:00 PM May 12, 1952 on CBS
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The Publicity Agent
Lucy poses as a princess for a publicity stunt.

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  • Trying to get Ricky some publicity, Lucy becomes the "Maharincess of Franistan", royalty from a faraway land who is a big fan of Ricky's.

    When Lucy tries to get Ricky some publicity, there can only be humorous results! Lucy and Ethel dress up as the Maharincess of Franistan and her attendant, respectively. There are several funny moments in the episode, as well as classic quotes. Particularly funny is the final scene in the Waldorf hotel room, as Lucy and Ethel unwind from the performance at the club. Fred and Ricky turn the tables on them, pretending to be assassins who are after Franistan's royalty. Refuting the claim that she has the red and black hair of the Franistan royal family, Lucy states, "I'm not a Maharincess, I'm a henna rinses!" Another classic episode of "I Love Lucy".moreless
  • one of the best episodes

    Most people think that "Job switching" and "Lucy does a tv commerical" are the best episodes. When I talk to someone who is not into lucy, these are the only 2 episodes they have seen. Most people fail to realize that, although there are a few that stand out, most episodes are equally funny. This episode does stand out though. Lucy is just a loving wife who wants to help her performing husband in any way possible. How many wives today would dress up as the maharincess on Franistan and faint when ever she hears her husband's voice. The authors of this series were amzing. with the actors and authors, this show and this episode are unbeatable.moreless
Peter Leeds

Peter Leeds


Guest Star

Gil Herman

Gil Herman


Guest Star

Bennett Green

Bennett Green


Recurring Role

Richard Reeves

Richard Reeves

Assassin (as Richard J. Reeves)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Reporter: Your Highness, is it true that Ricky Ricardo's your favorite vocalist?
      Lucy: (disguised as the Maharincess of Franistan) Yes.
      Reporter: Do you like any other American performers?
      Lucy: No.
      Reporter: Now let me see if I have this straight. You've never seen Ricky Ricardo in person, you first heard his records two years ago, and you fell in love with his voice and decided to come to America to see him. Your father didn't approve but you came anyway and you can hardly wait to hear him sing. Is that right?
      Lucy: Yes, no, yes, yes, yes, no and yes.

    • (Ricky is in a foul mood and playing solitaire)
      Lucy: What'll we do tonight, Ricky?
      Ricky: Nothing.
      Lucy: What do you mean 'nothing'? Let's call the Mertzes and play some cards.
      Ricky: I don't feel like seeing the Mertzes and I don't want to play cards.
      Lucy: What do you call what you're doing here?
      Ricky: Tiddly Winks.
      Lucy: Lay your black tiddly on your red wink.

    • Lucy: How did you know it was me?
      Ricky: Who else but you would listen to me sing 25 songs and ask for more?

    • Lucy: (about Ricky) Why did he have to sing so many songs? Twenty-five numbers and every other one was "Babalu". If I had to faint one more time, I'd have fainted.

    • Ricky: Do you know what they speak in Franistan?
      Fred: I don't know. Where is it?
      Ricky: Where is it?! Oh Fred, don't you know anything.
      Fred: No. Where is it?
      Rcky: Franistan.
      Fred: Yeah.
      Ricky: It's right between Czechoslovakia and uh, below the border of Austria. Well you know it's right in between Switzerland and Persia. In there somewhere.

    • Lucy: Princess Sherazade, daughter of the Maharajah of Franistan.
      Ethel: If she was the daughter of a Maharajah, they wouldn't call her a Princess.
      Lucy: What would they call her?
      Ethel: A Maharani.
      Lucy: Oh no Ethel, that's a Maharajah's wife.
      Ethel: Oh.
      Lucy: I guess she'd be a Maharincess.

    • Ethel: How about letting Ricky win a title like Miss America?
      Lucy: He doesn't have the right measurements.

    • Lucy: I'm not a maharincess, I'm a hennarincess!

  • NOTES (1)