Off to Florida


Off to Florida

I Love Lucy

When Lucy misplaces two train tickets to Florida, she and Ethel consult the classified section, hoping to "share a ride" with someone who's driving south.

They team up with a peculiar middle-aged woman, Mrs. Grundy, who's bent on getting to Florida in record time. The health food fanatic even refuses to stop for meals, preferring to dine on watercress sandwiches while she drives. Lucy and Ethel are famished, and the prospect of one of Grundy's gastronomical delights does not overwhelm the two tag-along travelers. Lucy: "Very tasty, if you like buttered grass."

While traversing the back roads of South Carolina, Mrs. Grundy's convertible develops a flat tire, and Lucy and Ethel are called upon to fix it. Grundy: "You'll find everything you need in the trunk." Ethel: "I hope we find a mechanic in there."

Exhausted after their tire-changing travails, the girls fall asleep, only to be awakened by a radio broadcast: "Evelyn Homby, the famed hatchet murderess, has escaped from a New York State prison and is believed to be heading south in a cream-colored convertible." The gals panic-they're riding in a similar car and they found a hatchet in the trunk while searching for the jack.

Before they have time to escape, the lady driver, having slept a few hours in a sleeping bag, reappears and continues driving toward Miami. While the girls are dozing, Mrs. Grundy hears a radio report that leads her to believe that Lucy and Ethel are the wanted criminals.

Hoping to get help, the trio finally stop at a roadside café. Grundy slips out and quickly drives off, leaving Lucy and Ethel stranded. The café owner then informs them that the hatchet murderess has already been captured in Kentucky.

Defeated, tired, and broke, they hitch a ride on a poultry truck and arrive at the North Miami train station in order to make it appear they came by rail. When they are met by Ricky and Fred, who have been enjoying a fishing vacation, the girls try to explain how they arrived two hours before the train, and without tickets, which were safely tucked away in Little Ricky's wallet.

Special Notes: Elsa Lanchester (Mrs. Grundy) was known as the original Bride of Frankenstein. She was paid a flat fee of $500.00 for her guest appearance.

Bloopers: When Mrs. Grundy turns on the car radio while the girls are asleep she is clearly miming the action. Her whole hand is visible.

Episode #159
Season #6 (1956-57)

Aired: November 12, 1956
Filmed: September 13, 1956
Rating: 34.7/45

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

Supporting Cast:
Keith Thibodeaux (Little Ricky),
Elsa Lanchester (Mrs. Grundy),
Strother Martin (Cafe Owner)