Lucy's Bicycle Trip


Lucy's Bicycle Trip

I Love Lucy

After an exhausting day bicycling from Italy toward the French Riviera, the Ricardos and Mertzes decide to look for a place to spend the night. The terrain is rural and the best accommodations are to be found in the barn of a friendly farmer.

With fresh hay as mattresses and a cow as a roommate, the four tired travelers bed down for the night. Bright and early the next morning, the peasant host arrives with their breakfast, cheese and a huge loaf of Italian bread and milk to wash it down. Unfortunately, the milk is still inside the cow and it becomes Lucy's task to coax it into a pail.

Rested and full, the bikers continue their journey toward Nice, coming to a stop at the Italian and French border. Everyone but Lucy is permitted to cross the guard-patrolled border, for her passport is in a purse that was sent ahead to Nice with the rest of the luggage.

Reluctantly, Ricky and Fred bicycle on to Nice to retrieve the required passport. Remaining behind at the border, Lucy and Ethel find it impossible to persuade the rule-spouting guards to allow her to pass without the document.

When Ricky phones from the Plaza Hotel in Nice, unable to unlock the suitcase containing the pocketbook that holds the passport, Lucy realizes she has the key with her. Ethel is sent to Nice with the key, as Lucy remains behind at the boundary gate.

More confusion reigns before the mixup is unraveled, but Lucy finally is on her way to Nice for the next leg of her European trip.

Special Notes: The bicycles were courtesy of Schwinn. Jerry Miggins, the "Lucy" propman, recalls that they used honey as "goat nip" for the scene where lucy is awakened by a goat in the barn.

Episode #151
Season #5 (1955-56)

Aired: April 23, 1956
Filmed: March 22, 1956
Rating: N/A

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

Supporting Cast:
Mario Siletti (Farmer),
Francis Ravel (French Guard),
Felix Romano (Italian Guard),
Henry Dar Boggia (Italian Guard)