The Courtroom


The Courtroom

I Love Lucy

The Ricardos give the Mertzes a new twenty-inch television set on the occasion of their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. Ricky's hasty tuning adjustments cause the set to blow up, and Fred retaliates by kicking in the Ricardos' TV tube.

A legal battle develops, landing the foursome in court. With Ricky as defense attorney, Lucy describes, in gruesome detail, what happened. Her testimony is like the classic fish story and culminates when Lucy exposes her shapely legs for the judge.

When Fred calls Ethel to the witness stand, she tries the same flirtatious ploy until Fred stops her: "What are you trying to do, lose the case for us?" Finally, the judge decides to reenact the drama by dragging in his own TV set from his chambers. By the time the demonstration is completed, the judge's television set is a shambles, as well.

Special Notes: Just a year before in Episode #2, "Be A Pal" the Mertzes celebrated their eighteenth wedding anniversary. This episode is based on lucy's radio show, My Favorite Husband, Episode #49, "Television".

Bloopers: In the courtroom, after the lawsuits are resolved and the Mertzes and Ricardos leave, the judge decides he wants to look at his TV set, which they had used for a re-enactment. As he starts down the stairs from his bench, the door to his chambers is open. The camera cuts to a wider shot, and the door is closed. He proceeds to connect the two loose wires at the back of his set, just as Ricky had done in the earlier scene which led to the argument in the first place. A puff of smoke rises from the back of the set, and the judge fans it away with the arms of his robe. When the camera once again goes to close-up, and the judge is still waving the smoke away, his chambers door is open again.

Episode #42
Season #2 (1952-53)

Aired: November 10, 1952
Filmed: August 8, 1952
Rating: 66.5/91

William Asher (Director),
Jess Oppenheimer (Producer),
Bob Carroll Jr. (Writer),
Madelyn Davis Pugh (Writer)

Supporting Cast:
Moroni Olsen (Judge),
Harry Bartell (Process Server),
Robert B. Williams (Bailiff)