Staten Island Ferry


Staten Island Ferry

I Love Lucy

Fred suddenly remembers he suffers from seasickness. Lucy tries to allay his fears, insisting the problem only exists on small vessels: "We're going on the Constitution, one of the best."

A visit to the huge liner fails to relieve Fred of his doubts; he gets sick even though the ship is tied to the dock. Lucy suggests some new seasickness pills and a trial run on the Staten Island Ferry as a surefire cure.

Before embarking on the ferry trip, Lucy is reminded that the Passport Office closes at 5 p.m.; she must be back before then to file her application. Amid the "high" seas of New York harbor, Fred does fine, thanks to the pills. Lucy, on the other hand, begins to feel queasy, so she swallows a handful of seasickness tablets, unaware of their side effects.

After five trips to Staten Island, a ferry attendant awakens the two, fast asleep on a bench. With only six minutes left to apply for their passports, Lucy and Fred burst into the government office where the officious clerk tries desperately to get sleepheaded Lucy to sign the application. It's a comedy of errors that ends happily for the four travelers.

Special Notes: When Lucy and Fred fall asleep on the Staten Island Ferry, the boat is shown in the harbor traveling to and from New York in what is probably "stock footage", not a scene filmed just for this show. The Staten Island Ferry is a passenger ferry service operated by the New York City Department of Transportation that runs between Manhattan Island and Staten Island. The five mile journey takes about 22 minutes each way and since 1977 is free of charge, but for many decades and at the time of this episode, the fare was only a nickel making it the best bargain in New York City.

Bloopers: When Fred is talking to Lucy in German, he calls her "Fräulein"; which is the German word for "miss". He should have called her "Frau", the German word for "missus".

Episode #139
Season #5 (1955-56)

Aired: January 2, 1956
Filmed: November 24, 1955
Rating: 45.2/63

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

Supporting Cast:
Charles Lane (Passport Clerk),
Stanley Farrar (Ferry Attendant)