Paris at Last


Paris at Last

I Love Lucy

On a sidewalk in gay Paree, Lucy encounters a friendly Frenchman who offers to exchange her American dollars for francs, at a rate of four hundred and fifty francs for every buck (a bonus of a hundred francs).

The generous guy claims "low overhead" as the reason why he can be so benevolent, so Lucy gladly exchanges twenty dollars for nine thousand francs. Nearby, she admires the work of a Parisan painter and eagerly purchases his "masterpiece" for a thousand francs.

Fred and Ethel happen along, and Lucy shares her sudden "wealth" with them, exchanging ten dollars of Fred's money. Next stop for Lucy, while the Mertezes enjoy a conducted tour of the city, is lunch at a typical sidewalk café, A La Porte Montmartre.

When the waiter brings her escargots, she grimaces: "Waiter, this food has snails in it." She can hardly bring herself to eat them ("I think one of your American cousins ate my geranium.", so asks the waiter for a bottle of catsup.

When the chef learns of her request, he creates such a ruckus that Lucy decides to pay the check and leave. Suddenly, she is accosted by a police officer and accused of passing counterfeit francs!

Hauled off to the Bastille, she summons Ricky from their Hotel Royale suite, lamenting: "Nobody speaks English. They're all foreigners!" Ricky rushes to her rescue and through a clerverly devised translation method (featuring a German drunk who speaks Spanish and a French cop who speaks German) manages to clear his confused wife of counterfieiting charges.

Special Notes: Writers Bob Carroll Jr. and Madelyn Pugh were featured in the sidewalk café scene. They are sitting at the cafe and Lucy toasts Carroll with a glass of wine.

Bloopers: In the cafe scene sequence, the Desilu prop department made an error by placing a bottle of California wine, Paul Masson, on the table.

Episode #145
Season #5 (1955-56)

Aired: February 27, 1956
Filmed: January 12, 1956
Rating: 49.7/67

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

Supporting Cast:
Lawrence Dobkin (Counterfeiter),
Shepard Menkin (Artist),
Maurice Marsac (Waiter),
Rolfe Sedan (Chef),
Fritz Feld (Tour Guide),
Trevor Ward (Arresting Officer),
Ramsey Hill (Policeman at Station),
John Mylong (Policeman at Station),
Vincent Padula (Drunk),
Hazel Pierce (Tourist)