I LOVE LUCY EPISODE GUIDE
Lucy makes big plans to further a romance between Dorothy Cooke and Sam Carter by inviting the wedding-shy pair to dinner so they can observe firsthand an ideal marriage, the Ricardos'.
Lucy's scheme, starting off with a nice chicken dinner, then a peek at Little Ricky asleep in his crib, topped off with the telling of romantic tales in front of the fireplace, falls flat on Cupid's bow and arrow. Ricky itches to retire to bed early because of a morning recording session, the baby frets, and the chicken burns beyond consumption.
Lucy's matchmaker-meddling sets off a big tiff between the Ricardos, ending with Ricky storming off in a rage. Martial bliss resumes when a telegram arrives shortly thereafter from Mr. And Mrs. Sam Carter, who insist their marriage was inspired by the Ricardos' thirteen years of wedded joy.
Special Notes: The title comes from the Thornton Wilder play "The Matchmaker" about busybody and matchmaker Dolly Levi. In this episode, the Ricardos say they've been married 12 years and the Mertzes say 25 years for the two of them. Later, when a telegram arrives from the couple Lucy had 'matchmade', it says the Ricardos have been married 13 years!