First Stop


First Stop

I Love Lucy

Tired and hungry after a long first day on the road, the Ricardos and Mertzes pull up to a rundown café outside Cincinnati. Owner George Skinner greets them cheerily, then serves up the "specialty of the house", stale, cellophone-wrapped cheese sandwiches (he's all out of steak, roast beef, and chicken).

Hoping to find something better elsewhere, Ricky pays the check, $4.80, and they leave, only to return several hours later, fooled by some purposely misleading road signs. Ricky: "We're not in the same place, are we?" Lucy: "We are, unless there's a chain of these across the country."

Because it is late and they are hopelessly tired, the four decide to rent Skinner's only cabin for sixteen dollars. As everyone quietly prepares for bed, a freight train passes precariously close, causing the shaky cabin to quake severly.

Unable to rest with the noise, the four weary travelers decide to leave without paying for the room. When they get to their car, they discover the steering wheel is missing. By coincidence, Skinner has one just like the one they had, and he'll sell it to them for sixteen dollars. Relunctantly, Ricky pays, and the Hollywood-bound contingent is on its way west again.

Special Notes: This was the first time the "I Love Lucy" crew ventured out of the studio to film location footage. When the car is outside the motel, it has no windshield nor window glass other than the vent window, and the headlights have a dull, white covering, probably to eliminate glare or reflections from studio lights.

Bloopers: When the Ricardos and the Mertzes are staying in the cabin and the bed keeps sliding across the floor due to the train, you can see the cables attached to the bedpost on the left at the foot of the bed pulling the bed across. Lucy's wearing a coat while riding in the car, but when she steps out to check Old Aunt Sally's diner on the side of the road, she isn't wearing her coat, and when she gets back in the car, she's wearing it again. Also notice, Lucy is wearing pants in the car and the restaurant where they stop later yet she's wearing a skirt when she gets out of the car at Aunt Sally's.

Episode #111
Season #4 (1954-55)

Aired: January 17, 1955
Filmed: November 11, 1954
Rating: 50.6/65

I'm Afraid to Come Home in the Dark

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

Supporting Cast:
Olin Howlin (George Skinner)