Lucy in the Swiss Alps


Lucy in the Swiss Alps

I Love Lucy

When band manager Fred fouls up by sending the orchestra to Locarno, Switzerland, instead of Lucerne, Lucy tries to appease Ricky's ruffled nerves by suggesting a healthy hike in the Alps.

All goes well until an unexpected snowstorm forces the foursome into a deserted mountaintop cabin. Lucy hints that an avalanche, like the one featured in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers", could prove fatal. Moments later, she makes the dreadful mistake of slamming the shack's door, causing a mountain of snow to cover the tiny cabin.

After being trapped for five hours, they become famished. Suddenly, Lucy remembers a sandwich in her knapsack; she quietly attempts to eat it without the others discovering her. No such luck, the Mertzes and Ricky pounce on her for a portion of the food.

After they've polished off the last crumb, Ethel reveals she would prefer dying with a clear conscience, she confesses she wasn't eighteen when she married Fred, but nineteen. Fred: "I've got news for you - you were twenty-four!"

Fred clears his soul by telling the Ricardos he's charged them an extra ten dollars a month in rent; Ethel reveals she gave back the money every month. When asked if he would like to get something off his chest, Ricky responds: "I'm no fool. We might be saved!"

Within seconds, the distant sound of music is heard, and they are rescued by a Bavarian band playing a sad version of "La Cucaracha."

Special Notes: The episode is placed in Lucerne but outside there are big mountains. Although Switzerland is famous for the Alps, Lucerne is in the lowland.

Bloopers: The scenery behind the alps on which the group is lunching has an obvious seam between sections, most notably in the middle of a cloud.

Episode #148
Season #5 (1955-56)

Aired: March 26, 1956
Filmed: February 23, 1956
Rating: 43.9/62

La Cucaracha,
Swiss Yodel

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

Supporting Cast:
Torben Meyer (Swiss Band Leader)