Ricky Thinks He's Getting Bald


Ricky Thinks He's Getting Bald

I Love Lucy

When Ricky takes to sporting a hat around the apartment, Lucy fears he's worrying needlessly about going bald. She visits a store that specialized in hair restoration products and devices. Its manager, Mr. Thurlough, demonstrates some of the cures, but Lucy feels these are too drastic in Ricky's minor case.

Later, Lucy and Ethel dream up a better stunt, they'll invite a group of bald men to the apartment to prove to Ricky how well off he really is. Lucy: "I want this place looking like a sea of honeydew melons."

Thurlough arrives with a number of bald men (mssrs. Johnson, Miller, and Davis), each demanding ten dollars for his services and a meal. Lucy pays up just before Ricky phones from work to inform her he won't be home for hours.

Lucy dismisses the bald-headed aggregation and opts for the drastic measures previously shunned. When Ricky arrives home, Lucy warns him, "Your roots won't know what hit 'em" as she proceeds to use vibrators, mustard plasters, a plunger, and heat cap ("you have to bake for twenty minutes").

Hoping he'll dislike the treatment, Lucy says he'll have to "do it every other night for six months." Strangely Ricky like the notion, and Lucy sighs, defeated.

Special Notes: Lucille Ball was a frustrated hairdresser herself. When she was growing up, her aunt owned a beauty shop and Lucy would go often to observe. At the Chatsworth ranch, Lucy had a mini-beauty parlor and liked nothing better than giving friends permanents and trying the latest egg rinses.

Episode #34
Season #1 (1951-52)

Aired: June 2, 1952
Filmed: April 25, 1952
Rating: 56.0/90

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

Supporting Cast:
Milton Parsons (Mr. Thurlough)