Getting Ready


Getting Ready

I Love Lucy

After a little Lucy Ricardo indecisiveness, Ricky lays down an ultimatum: She must make up her mind about the trip to California. Is it to be via plane, train, or bus? Lucy's final decision: car.

When the Hollywood-bound pair informs the Mertzes of their plan to travel cross-country by auto, Ethel gets teary-eyed. Lucy: "Even after we win the Oscar, we'll still be the dearest, closest friends." Ethel longs to go with her friends and complains to Fred that they never get to go anywhere. Not so, says Fred, who reminds his wife of her visit to Minnesota. Ethel: "I went to Mayo Brothers to have my gallstones taken out!"

After a little good-natured haggling, the Mertzes are invited to go along on the trip; Ricky even agrees to pay their expenses. Now all they need is a car, but finding suitable, reasonably priced transportation is not easy.

Fred recalls a friend who owns a used-car lot and returns with a Cadillac convertible. The Ricardos are delighted until they see the vehicle, a vintage roadster more than twenty-five years old.

Fred defends his three-hundred dollar purchase: "Two other people wanted to buy this car." Lucy: "Where were they from, the Smithsonian Institution?" All their efforts to dispose of the antique auto fail, and it appears Ricky is out some money.

Special Notes: When Ricky suggests to Lucy that she read the bus brochure, she says, "Don't be silly. The bus." This was a mistake when it's clear that she has just told Ricky that she wants to ride the train.

Bloopers: When Fred pulls up to the stoop in front of the apartment building, a careful look at the bottom of the car reveals the cables pulling the car to its parking place.

Episode #108
Season #4 (1954-55)

Aired: December 13, 1954
Filmed: October 21, 1954
Rating: 47.6/66

California Here I Come

William Asher (Director),
Jess Oppenheimer (Producer),
Bob Carroll Jr. (Writer),
Madelyn Davis Pugh (Writer)