Lucy Misses the Mertzes


Lucy Misses the Mertzes

I Love Lucy

After fifteen years of being together, the Ricardos and Mertzes must finally part. They exchange house keys and tearful good-byes. After Ricky carries his wife over the threshold of the Connecticut house, a big basket of fruit, a housewarming gift from the Mertzes, arrives.

Lucy contends that they must have been really upset and sad. Ricky: "For Fred to spend ten dollars on a basket of fruit, he must have been hysterical!" That night, with Little Ricky spending the night with his new friend, Billy Munson, the Ricardos become lonely.

Suddenly, they get the idea to take the train into Manhattan and surprise the Mertzes. At the same time, the Mertzes decide to take the train to Westport to surprise the Ricardos. But when Ricky arrives at the railroad station and tries to contact Fred and Ethel by phone, he naturally doesn't find them at home.

Disappointed, the Ricardos return home and go to bed. The Mertzes make it to Connecticut, but Fred refuses to spend any more money (he's already forked over $8.16) on taxis and he insists they walk to the Ricardos'. When they find the house dark, they open the front door with the key Lucy gave them and make themselves at home.

The Ricardos are awakened by the noise downstairs and suspect a burglar. After some confusion, the four friends are reunited and enjoy the basket of fruit, especially Fred.

Special Notes: Notice the fireplace in the Ricardos' bedroom. We won't see the bedroom again until 1958 on The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour episode #7, "Lucy Makes Room for Danny" when the fireplace has mysteriously disappeared.

Bloopers: Fred takes a bite of an apple out of the fruit basket but when the Ricardo's notice later the close up shot shows an orange.

Episode #170
Season #6 (1956-57)

Aired: February 11, 1957
Filmed: December 20, 1956
Rating: 38.8/50

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

Supporting Cast:
Keith Thibodeaux (Little Ricky),
Tristram Coffin (Harry Munson), Jesse Kirkpatrick (Station Clerk), Robert Bice (Moving Man), Gary Gray (Deliveryman)