The Kleptomaniac


The Kleptomaniac

I Love Lucy

When Ricky discovers a large amount of cash in Lucy's purse (Lucy: "It's my mad money." Ricky: "There's two hundred dollars here." Lucy: "I get awfully mad.") and a closetful of silverware and other valuables, unaware that Lucy is collecting items for a club bazaar, he immediately jumps to the conclusion she's a kleptomaniac.

At first, Fred finds it hard to believe the heartbreaking news. "She's a poor, sick creature. Hey, that dirty crook just stole my clock!" Ricky's only hope is to call in a psychiatrist, Dr. Robinson, who tries to hypnotize Lucy.

What the doctor, Ricky, and Fred don't know is that Lucy is wise to her hubby's plan. She puts on quite an act, "reliving" her childhood and telling of her graduation to pickpocketing: "I've picked a peck of pockets!" The climax comes in the form of a baby elephant, which Lucy says she stole from the Clyde Beatty Circus.

Special Notes: Joseph Kearns (Dr. Tom Robinson) went on to star as George Wilson in Dennis the Menace.

Bloopers: In the last scene of the episode, just after Lucy pulls a gun out of the guitar case, you can see the living room table has been propped up on four blocks to make it taller.

Episode #27
Season #1 (1951-52)

Aired: April 14, 1952
Filmed: March 7, 1952
Rating: 63.3/85

Marc Daniels (Director),
Jess Oppenheimer (Producer),
Bob Carroll Jr. (Writer),
Madelyn Davis Pugh (Writer)

Supporting Cast:
Joseph Kearns (Dr. Tom Robinson)