Breaking the Lease


Breaking the Lease

I Love Lucy

After a fun evening around the piano singing "Sweet Sue" and other favorites, the Mertzes retire to bed, leaving Lucy and Ricky alone to pursue a short encore. Ethel then telephones, demanding quiet, Lucy: "Ethel, you were just up here and said it sounded great." Ethel: "Well, I'm down here now, and it sounds lousy!"

One noise leads to another until Ricky threatens to move. The next morning, Ethel informs Lucy that they owe them the next five months' rent to pay off their lease. When Ricky hears this, he decides to break the contract by becoming "the most undesirable tenants" imaginable.

After a day of constant racket the Ricardos even resort to wielding a riveter's hammer against a garbage can lid; they decide to have Ricky's sixteen-piece band rehearse in the apartment. The jam session lasts until 4am, when Lucy suggests the band play "El Breako the Leaso," a special version of "The Mexican Hat Dance."

When the disgruntled Fred and Ethel arrive at the door, covered with plaster (Fred sports a chandelier), they reluctantly surrender the lease. On moving day, Lucy and Ethel become emotional as they tenderly recall the fun times they've had during the past nine years. Tears are shed and all is forgiven.

Special Notes: This was the first Ricardo-Mertz fight, a story device that was repeated many times.

Bloopers: When Fred and Ethel come upstairs to 'throw in the towel' in the lease battle; Fred has a light fixture on his head and shoulders that apparently fell on him. It was sitting in an upside down orientation; 180 degrees from what it should have been if it had actually fallen from the ceiling. When Fred and Ethel leave the Ricardo apartment after singing Sweet Sue, they go off in separate directions in the "hallway." When the band is playing in the Ricardos' apartment, a flash can be seen from a flash photograph taken by an audience member.

Episode #18
Season #1 (1951-52)

Aired: February 11, 1952
Filmed: January 5, 1952
Rating: 53.4/73

Sweet Sue,
I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad,
El Cumbanchero,
La Raspa,
The Mexican Hat Dance

Marc Daniels (Director),
Jess Oppenheimer (Producer),
Bob Carroll Jr. (Writer),
Madelyn Davis Pugh (Writer)

Supporting Cast:
Bennett Green (Bum),
Hazel Pierce (Party Guest),
Barbara Pepper (Party Guest)