I Love Lucy

Upon their return to New York, Lucy and the Mertzes are surprised to learn that Ricky has suddenly become a famous celebrity. His many fans clamor for a chance to get a glimpse of the star whom Mrs. Trumbull calls "another Valentino."

Lucy is a bit annoyed by all the attention Ricky is getting, so when reporter Nancy Graham requests an interview with her, she is delighted. Graham arrives for "The Lucy Ricardo Story" and Lucy begins her prerehearsed tale: "I was born Lucille McGillicuddy in the thriving metropolis of Jamestown, New York, in nineteen... Let's just say I was born. I graduated Jamestown High School in... Let's just say I graduated four years after I started..."

Lucy soon realizes, much to her ego's chagrin, that Graham only wants to know about Ricky Ricardo. The reporter convinces Lucy that her movie star husband is "special," that he now "belongs to the world." This prompts Lucy to begin treating Ricky like a king.

The overattention is more than her husband can stand, so he decides to teach his devoted spouse a lesson by becoming "the most revolting movie star" she's ever encountered. He has her shining his shoes, typing his song lyrics, cooking his favorite meals, lighting his cigarette, and answering his phone calls, all at the same time.

His demands become so insistent, so beleaguering, that Lucy finally rebels: "You can shine your own shoes! And if you want another roast pig, you can crawl in the oven yourself, you big ham!" Ricky is happy to have Lucy back as a wife, not a fan.

Special Notes: In this episode, Eva June Mayer plays one of the neighbors. When Lucy arrives home in New York and is greeted by her neighbors she passes Little Ricky off to a woman who is played by Eva. Eva is the real life mother of twins, Michael and Joseph Mayer who played Little Ricky as a toddler from Season 3 through Season 5.

Bloopers: Ricky tells everyone at the welcome-home party that he had lunch with Richard Widmark at Perino's. In the story where the lunch actually happened (episode #127, The Tour), he said several times that the lunch was at Romanoff's.

Episode #133
Season #5 (1955-56)

Aired: November 7, 1955
Filmed: October 13, 1955
Rating: 44.3/63

James V. Kern (Director),
Jess Oppenheimer (Producer),
Bob Carroll Jr. (Writer),
Madelyn Pugh Davis (Writer),
Bob Schiller (Writer),
Bob Weiskopf (Writer)

Supporting Cast:
Elizabeth Patterson (Mrs. Trumbull),
Elvia Allman (Nancy Graham),
Eva June Mayer (Neighbor),
Roy Schallert (Neighbor),
Charlotte Lawrence (Neighbor),
Barbara Pepper (Neighbor),
Bennett Green (Neighbor),
Hazel Pierce (Neighbor)