I Love Lucy

Season 1 Episode 5

The Quiz Show

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 12, 1951 on CBS
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Needing to make some extra money to pay some outstanding bills, Lucy competes on the show "Females are Fabulous," a title that Lucy justifies elaborately. In this episode, Frank Nelson makes the first of many cameos as Freddy Fillmore.

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  • Yeeeeesssss?

    The first review I read of this episode really hit the nail on the head, but I'll write my own anyway. Maybe I have too much time on my hands?

    This episode begins with our gal going over her finances. Let's just say she isn't happy with the results. But someone else is even less happy. Want to take a guess who that might be? No, not Fred. It's Ricky, of course. Can't believe you couldn't figure that one out genius. Anyway, the bottom line is that Lucy needs money. And we all know she can't make it by singing. Fortunately (and all-too coincidentally) for her, Ethel is able to get her a spot on a radio show where the grand prize is $1000. That's not a bad figure, even today, especially for the work involved. Lucy is told she must introduce a man to Ricky as her long-lost husband and keep him believing it until 12:00. Sounds easy, but things go horribly wrong when a bum shows up at the door and Lucy mistakes him for the man from the radio show. As the other review pointed out, there are a lot of holes in this story. No radio show in the world would rely so much on physical humor or a stunt that takes place entirely outside of the studio. They might as well have just given her the thousand dollars! Of course, it can mostly be forgiven since much of what follows is funny. This episode is also notable because it marks the first appearence of Frank Nelson on the program. Nelson would appear in many more episodes. He's also the inspiration behind the Simpson's character who always says, "yeeeeessssss?"

    Anyway, this is a pretty typical early episode of Lucy. My personal feeling is that the show didn't really hit it's stride until the latter half of the first season. That's true of many shows though, and by that measure, Lucy's early episodes are still pretty impressive.moreless
  • Wonderful example of "I Love Lucy" logic.

    This episode stands out for several reasons. Apart from the first appearance of Freddie Filmore, there is that great scene with Harold, beautifully played as an aristocratic bum by John Emery.

    But what I really liked are the many examples of "I Love Lucy" logic, holes in the plot that you can drive a truck through, but that you tend to ignore in the fun of it all. What a peculiar radio show Freddie Filmore has, one that resorts to so much visual humour. How can radio listeners fully enjoy Lucy being spritzed in the face? Last week's badly injured contestant merely mumbles some unintelligible words. The biggest absurdity is Lucy's task which completely takes place off the air. Who is to enjoy Lucy's dilemma? Let's not even mention the fact that all she had to do was inform Ricky in advance and let him play along. That would have been the easiest 1,000 dollars they could have made.moreless
Philip Ober

Philip Ober


Guest Star

John Emery

John Emery


Guest Star

Lee Millar

Lee Millar


Guest Star

Hazel Pierce

Hazel Pierce

Mrs. Peterson

Recurring Role

Frank Nelson

Frank Nelson

Freddie Filmore

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • This is the first of Frank Nelson's eleven guest appearances. In this episode he plays Freddy Fillmore. Nelson will play Fillmore two more times (once later in season 1, and the second time in season 3). The other characters he plays are a waiter and police sergeant in season 2, Dickie Davis in season 3, Ben Benjamin in season 4, a train conductor and customs officer in season 5, and Ralph Ramsey in season 6.

    • This episode first reran on October 20, 1952. As he planned out the second season, Jess Oppenheimer knew Lucille could not film enough episodes in advance to use during her maternity leave. Finally realizing that the shows were on film, allowing for rebroadcast, he reran several of the first season episodes to use throughout Lucille's pregnancy. It was from this show that the idea of television show reruns originated.

    • Notice that when Harold the Bum leaves the Ricardo apartment he still has some of their possessions in his pockets due to the bulges that aren't there when he walked in.

    • Lucille Ball takes off her false eyelashes before being sprayed with seltzer.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Freddie Filmore: Oh no, now that time I didn't squirt you because the last line had nothing to do with water. Now do you get the idea of our little game?
      Lucy: Yes, I see.
      Freddie Filmore: (squirting Lucy) Sea!
      Lucy: Listen, I've got a notion--
      Freddie Filmore: (squirting Lucy again) Ocean!

    • Ethel: I'm on my way to a radio show and I got two tickets. Why don't you come with me? It'll take your mind off your troubles.
      Lucy: No.
      Ethel: Come on, it's the Freddie Filmore show! You know, the one that's called "Females are Fabulous?"
      Lucy: I just came from a show called "Husbands are Horrible."

    • Lucy: Ricky, I want you to meet my second first husband.

    • Ricky: How old were you when you got married?
      Lucy: I was very young.
      Ricky: Yeah, as a matter of fact how old are you now?
      Lucy: (thinks) Sixty-five.
      Ricky: What do you think I'm a dope or somethin', you couldn't possibly be sixty-five.
      Lucy: I couldn't?
      Ricky: Of course not. Look at you. Fifty-five, yes, but not sixty-five.

    • Lucy: It's really nothing dear.
      Lucy: it's just that a long time ago, before I met you I was friends with...
      Ricky: You were not friends; you were married.
      Lucy: Yeah, just a little bit.
      Ricky: A little bit?!?
      Lucy: Alright, I was married to Sam.
      Harold: Harold.
      Lucy: Harold.
      Harold: Sam.

    • Harold: it's good to see you too. I, uh, ... (sees Ricky) I beg your pardon. (Heads for door)

    • (After finding out what her task is on Females are Fabulous)
      Lucy: How 'bout letting me go over Niagara Falls in a paper bag?

    • Freddie Filmore: Welcome to another segment of Females are Fabulous, our very outstanding program based on the theory that any woman is willing to make an idiot of herself in order to win a prize.

    • Ricky: What month bills are you paying?
      Lucy: Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, oh what fun it is to ride... (trails off)

  • NOTES (6)