The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour

Season 3 Episode 2

The Ricardos Go to Japan

Aired Unknown Nov 27, 1959 on CBS
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The Ricardos Go to Japan
Ricky's band is scheduled to perform in Tokyo, Japan and when they get settled, they meet Bob Cummings. Lucy, from her mother's suggestion, wants to get some new genuine pearls in Japan. Bob Cummings, who end up rooming next to the Ricardos has pearls, so Lucy and Ethel sneak into Fred's money belt while he's asleep and snag some cash. While planning to pay it back to Fred when they get back, Lucy and Ethel buy the pearls, but they end up not being able to afford them. They need to hatch a plan to give the pearls back to Mr. Cummings.moreless

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  • This is the last episode of the series, and the last legs of Lucy & Desi's marriage.

    This is not only the last episode of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour; this episode aired when Lucy and Desi sadly divorced. Lucy and Desi had heated arguments off camera, leaving Lucy saddened and needing moments to herself. This episode was very hard to film, and for most of the episode Lucy hides her emotions towards Desi. But in the scene where Ernie Kovacs performs his tricks, Lucy lets those emotions slip a little. If you look closely (well, actually, it's not that hard to see) two times in the scene, you can see the sadness and frustration on Lucy's face. It's very sad to watch, and although I wasn't exactly on the verge of tears, many people probably are while watching this episode.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Lucy claims that she has always wanted--but never received--genuine pearls, yet during the second season of I Love Lucy ("The Anniversary Present"), Ricky got Lucy pearls for their anniversary.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Lucy: (realizing that she won't be able to keep the pearls) Well, goodbye pearls.
      Ethel: It's either goodbye pearls or goodbye girls.

    • (Lucy has convinced Fred to postpone his trip to get his money exchanged)
      Ethel: Lucy, what are we gonna do? When he finds out that money's gone, he'll kill us.
      Lucy: You're right. (thinking) Wait a minute. What are we worrying about? How's he gonna find out we took it?
      Ethel: Well, I'll be the first one he'll suspect.
      Lucy: Yeah, but how's he gonna prove it?
      Ethel: He'll ask me and I'll confess.
      Lucy: Why?
      Ethel: Because while he's asking me, he'll have his hands around my throat.

    • (Lucy and Ethel are trying to take money out of Fred's money belt)
      Lucy: Why'd you let him fall asleep on his stomach.
      Ethel: He always does. If you had a big, soft stomach like that, you'd sleep on it too.

    • Fred: Of all the stupid customs!
      Ethel: What's the matter?
      Fred: I walked three blocks before I realized I left my shoes here. How am I supposed to remember these things?
      Bob: Why don't you tie a string around your toe?

    • Lucy: (compares the set of real pearls to the set of pearls she's wearing) Honey. See how much more beautiful real pearls are?
      Ricky: (looks at both sets of pearls) They look exactly the same to me.
      Lucy: Oh! They may be the same shape and the same size, but somehow, when you're wearing real pearls, you feel more glamorous and exciting.
      Ricky: I don't want anybody glamorous and exciting. I want you.
      Lucy: (exasperated) Oh!

    • Ethel(enters the Ricardos' suite): Good morning.
      Lucy: Oh, good morning, dear.
      Ricky: Good morning.
      Lucy: How'd you sleep?
      Ethel: Not so good. Fred kept waking me up all night complaining about pains in his stomach.
      Lucy: What was the matter?
      Ricky: Was he sick?
      Ethel: He thought he was, but I cured him in a minute.
      Lucy: How?
      Ethel: I loosened his money belt.

    • Ricky: What are you and Ethel going to do today?
      Lucy: Oh, I thought maybe we'd do a little sightseeing. Maybe go to the emperor's palace and mosey around.
      Ricky: Well, for the emperor's sake, I hope that palace doesn't have paper walls.

    • (Lucy and her mother try convincing Ricky to let her buy some genuine pearls while they're in Japan.)
      Ricky(showing Mrs. McGillicuddy Lucy's pearls): Now, what is wrong with these things that she's wearing?
      Lucy: Oh, honey! These things cost $2.98 in Macy's basement.
      Ricky: Well, that's 'spensive enough.
      Lucy(holds pearls): 'Spensive! These pearls are an insult to oysters everywhere.

    • (Fred and Ricky enter the room while Lucy and Ethel are chatting with Bob Cummings through the tear in the wall. Fred then appears over Ethel's shoulder, and Ricky under Lucy's arm.)
      Lucy: Oh, hi, honey. Look who we found: Bob Cummings. (looking at Bob) These are our husbands.
      Bob: Welcome to the "knothole gang".

    • (Lucy tries to convince Ricky to buy her real pearls. Ricky keeps turning away from Lucy while walking on his knees, and Lucy follows on her knees.)
      Lucy: Oh, honestly! You make me so mad! You know I want pearls. I came all the way to Japan, and what am I going to have to show for it?
      Bob: Black and blue knees.

  • NOTES (4)

    • It is likely that the film Bob Cummings was in Japan to film was My Geisha. It premiered in 1962, starring Yves Montand, Shirley MacLaine, and Edward G. Robinson.

    • This episode was not filmed in front of a studio audience, due to the strained relationship between Lucy and Desi.

    • This is Kathryn Card's final appearance as Mrs. McGillicuddy.

    • Toward the end of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, Lucy and Desi's marriage had all but deteriorated. During the filming of this episode, Lucy's eyes would get red from crying due to the often heated onstage exchanges between her and Desi (one can tell Lucy had been crying by closely looking at her eyes in the last scene of this episode). The crew would allow her a few moments to herself to calm down and get her makeup retouched so they could resume filming and fulfill their contractual obligations.