The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour

Season 1 Episode 3

Lucy Hunts Uranium

Aired Unknown Jan 03, 1958 on CBS
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Lucy Hunts Uranium
The Ricardos and the Mertzes head to Las Vegas' Sands Hotel where Ricky and his orchestra are performing. Lucy and the rest of the gang (including Fred MacMurray) catch the uranium hunting bug, but it's every man for himself as the race is on to see who will be the first to claim $10,000. MacMurray's wife June Haver also guest stars.moreless

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  • Once again Lucy and her crazy antics outdo one another...

    This was perhaps one of the more memorable episodes of the L-D comedy hour. It was certainly one of my favorites as a kid. It was a non-stop riot. I haven't watched it in ages, and thus the details are sketchy, but of course there are scenes that were so poignantly funny that they've stuck with me through the ages: The coyote scare, the camp paranoia, the hilarious car rides through the desert and the various tactics from each group to derail the other...gosh, I'm cracking up just thinking about it. This episode was just an all around gem. Excellent comedic writing and above par acting, as usual.moreless
  • This is my favorite of the hour-long programs, partly because of Fred MacMurray. Similar to the later hit film "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World".

    Special guest star Fred MacMurray, one of my all-time favorite actors, shows up on the train that the Ricardos and Mertzes are taking to Las Vegas, and upon meeting him Lucy has her usual mishaps, as whenever she meets a celebrity. Forbidden by Ricky from hunting uranium, she plants a fake headline to fool him into thinking there has been a uranium strike, but she abandons the plan and casts the fake paper into the trash. The cleaning lady, however, doesn't know it's fake, and spreads the word of a uranium strike. Everyone in the area is caught up in the excitement and goes uranium hunting, including Lucy, not knowing it was her phony headline that caused the uproar. The Ricardos, Mertzes, and MacMurray (afraid of his wife June Haver's wrath for losing a mere 100 dollars gambling) take the hunt together, and find a uranium sample, but scheme against each other to be the first to return to Vegas and collect the 10,000 dollar claim for finding it. Upon returning to Vegas they realize their scheming against one another was based on fear, mistrust and misunderstanding, and make up. This scene provides a nice moral lesson. They also learn that the uranium sample they found was the one Lucy got when she purchased her Geiger counter, and that the uranium fever was caused by Lucy's fake headline, making for a hilarious ending. The late cameo by actress June Haver, MacMurray's real-life wife, as herself is a plus, as is the southern Nevada desert scenery, in spite of it being filmed in B&W. As has been noted in the episode guide, MacMurray would go on to star in the long-running sitcom "My Three Sons", which co-starred William Frawley as his father-in-law and housekeeper (before Uncle Charley) during its little-seen first five seasons.moreless
  • Lucy and the gang join Fred MacMurray and while hunting for uranium in the desert. But a misunderstanding leads to a race to the claims office, an action packed car chase, and a very enjoyable episode.moreless

    Well, though it's not my favorite, it still has its moments. Fred MacMurray is pretty good. Lucy and Ricky are good. And the Mertzes are as hilarious as usual. Somehow the storyline seems kind of stretched. Like there was alot of extra material just to fill the time. But the episode is still enjoyable. This also marks the first appearence of Lucy's new hairdo! I'll admit, it makes her look older but she seems to wear it well. Like I said, though it's not one of the best episodes, it is one that (like most of Lucy's shows,) won't be forgotten.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The big stick Lucy is carrying is made of rubber. When Ethel startles her, she hits Ricky with it and, if you watch really closely, you can see the stick bending!

    • It is out of character for Fred MacMurray to lose money to gambling, because in real life, he was really tight with his money.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Ricky: Oh, well whatd'ya know? Nobody's a claim yumper.
      Lucy: Yeah, there's not a yumper in the crowd.

    • (Lucy shows the Mertzes a Geiger counter)
      Ethel: What is that?
      Lucy: It's a Geiger counter to hunt uranium with while we're up in Las Vegas.
      Ethel: A Geiger counter?
      Lucy: Yeah.
      Ethel: Now, Lucy, I thought when you asked Ricky if you could go uranium hunting he put his foot down.
      Lucy: Oh, he put down so many feet I feel like I'm married to a Cuban centipede!

    • Lucy: How can you be so meek in real life and be so brave in pictures?
      Fred: Heavy makeup.

    • (Ricky has just forbid Lucy to go uranium hunting)
      Ethel: (with Fred, enters the Ricardos' hotel room) Are you ready? (seeing Ricky) Oh, uh... Hi, friend! What's up?
      Lucy: The jig.

    • Ricky: I don't want you out there in the middle of the desert by yourself. You might get lost.
      Lucy: How could I get lost? Fred'll be with us.
      Ricky: Oh great. (chuckles) With his sense of direction, he couldn't find his way out of a telephone booth.

    • Ricky: So the minute that my back was turned, you were going to go uranium hunting. And I thought I told you distinctly you couldn't.
      Lucy: Well, nothing personal, dear, but you've never told me anything distintcly in your whole life.

    • Ricky: Is that a geiger counter?
      Lucy: Have you ever seen a geiger counter?
      Ricky: No.
      Lucy: Well, this is an electronic popsicle.

  • NOTES (4)

    • While shooting in the Mojave desert, the crew had difficulty making one of the cars come to a skidding stop to make the scene. After wasted time and money, Desi got into the car and performed the stunt perfectly. After receiving applause for an outstanding performance, it was discovered that the camera had no film. Desi went ballistic while the rest of the crew got hysterical.

    • Louis A. Nicoletti guest starred in several episodes of I Love Lucy, he also had a recurring role on the series as "Boom Man."
      Additionally, Nicoletti was a waiter in "Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana;" and Charles Lane appeared on both I Love Lucy, and other episodes of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.

    • Bob Ellison appeared in several episodes of the I Love Lucy series. He played a milkman and a bellhop.

    • After his run as Fred Mertz ends, William Frawley will play Fred MacMurray's father-in-law on My Three Sons.