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Lucy Hunts Uranium
(featuring Fred MacMurray)
Ricky has a band engagement in Las Vegas, and Lucy, Little Ricky, and the Mertzes are traveling there with him. Lucy has special plans for her Vegas holiday - she intends to prospect for uranium in the nearby hills, even through Ricky strictly forbids it. Aboard the train, she encounters movie star Fred MacMurray, who soon falls prey to Lucy's get-rich-quick scheme.
It seems that MacMurray is afraid to tell his wife, June Haver, about some Vegas gambling losses he incurred, and the prospect of recouping his losses sounds promising. Hoping to persuade Ricky, Lucy has a phony newspaper headline ("Big Uranium Strike Outside Vegas") printed at a local novelty shop. Ricky doesn't believe the news - but the hotel chambermaid does, and soon the whole town, Ricky included, is out prospecting for riches.
Lucy, Ricky, the two Freds, and Ethel find what they believe to be uranium, but, in typical Ricardo/Mertz fashion, jealousy takes over, and in a madcap chase, each tries to beat the other back to the land office. Once again in town, the gang woefully discovers their claim is worthless.
Special Notes: Lucille Ball changed her hairstyle beginning with this episode to a style similar to what she would wear the rest of her TV career. In fact, in one scene, when Lucy Ricardo reaches for a hatbox (in which she's hidden her Geiger counter) Ethel mistakenly guesses: 'Oh, you've bought a new hat to go with your new hairdo?'
Bloopers: 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!