Lucy Hates to Leave


Lucy Hates to Leave

I Love Lucy

Ricky is losing sleep over the prospect of being a homeowner. He laments: "Do you realize how many times I'm going to have to sing 'Babalu' to pay for that house?" Lucy tries to reassure her husband by calling his paranoia "a bad case of homeowner's heebie-jeebies."

A twenty-year mortgage and the thought of buying a houseful of new furniture enters his mind: "Maybe I can get a hit record or something." Fred tears up the Ricardos' ninety-nine year lease, then asks permission to show their 3-D apartment to some prospective tenants, a young married couple, the Taylors.

The couple agrees to rent the flat with the stipulation that they be permitted to move in immediately. The Ricardos kindly agree to vacate four days early and move in with the Mertzes. Since Lucy and Ricky have decided to sell their old furniture to the young couple, there won't be much stuff cluttering Fred and Ethel's apartment before the move to Connecticut. However, when Lucy finds out that the Taylors have plans to cut off the legs on the coffee table, she gets sentimental about her belongings and refuses to part with them.

Suddenly, the Mertz apartment looks like a warehouse and living under such cramped conditions becomes unbearable for the five friends. To make matters worse, the Spauldings phone with the news that their move has been delayed two weeks. The Ricardos will be unable to take possiesson of their new home in Connecticut until then.

Special Notes: Mr. Taylor was portrayed by a friend of Bob Schiller, a young, not-very-successful actor who, until this part came along, had been financially stranded in New York. Desilu paid him five hundred dollars for four days' work, and Gene Reynolds decided to stay in California. Today, he is one of TV's most respected producers, responsible for such shows as "Room 222," "Lou Grant," and "M*A*S*H," and others. This is the last episode that takes place in the Ricardos' apartment.

Bloopers: When we see Lucy get out of bed and pace at 4am there is a smoldering cigarette in the bedroom table ashtray but no one was awake to have light it. When the Ricardos' and Mertzes' are moved in together temporarily, the phone rings and Fred hands it to Ricky without answering it first, but the phone and the apartment belongs to Fred, so he should of answered it first.

Episode #169
Season #6 (1956-57)

Aired: February 4, 1957
Filmed: December 13, 1956
Rating: 42.5/57

William Asher (Director),
Bob Carroll Jr. (Writer),
Madelyn Davis (Writer),
Bob Schiller (Writer),
Bob Weiskopf (Writer)

Supporting Cast:
Keith Thibodeaux (Little Ricky),
Gene Reynolds (Mr. Taylor),
Mary Ellen Kaye (Mrs. Taylor)