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Ricky's feelings are hurt when the Mertzes walk out and Lucy falls asleep in the middle of his home movies. The next day, Lucy implores her friends to apologize to Ricky. But when Fred eloquently comments, "I'm just dying to see those lousy movies again," Ricky informs the trio that they will never have to see another film of his … not even the TV pilot he is making.

Taking theatrical matters into their own amateurish hands, Lucy and the Mertzes make their own film, a "Western-musical-drama" shot entirely in the Ricardo living room.

When TV producer Bennett Green arrives to see Ricky's pilot, "Ricky Ricardo Presents Tropical Rhythms," he is treated to a spliced-in sampling of Lucy's theatrical travesty.

Ricky's on-screen singing of "Vaya con Dios" is not-so-professionally intercut with "I'm an Old Cowhand", making for a ridiculously jumbled montage. Ricky is ashamed, but Green loves the "comedy" and calls Ricardo a "genius". Lucy: "How did you ever think of it, dear?" Ricky: "I don't know. Just came to me."

Special Notes: The camera equipment Lucy uses to make her "Western Drama" as competition for Ricky's audition film is all mixed up, to say the least. The camera is clearly an 8mm camera of the type used for home movies in the 1950s, yet when she is seen later editing the film, it is 16mm. Also, when Fred sees the setup, he points to one machine that he calls a projector (and it looks like a projector), and asks what it is for. Lucy explains that it's one of those "new ones", that records the sound right on the film. Sound on film, while rare on home movies in the 1950s, would have been recorded in the camera (where the film is!), not on a projector (where the film will later be shown).

Bloopers: When Lucy, Ethel and Fred make their Western movie, they set camera on automatic exposure so all of them can all appear on screen at once: yet when film is shown, camera somehow follows their action as they move out of set camera range.

Episode #86
Season #3 (1953-54)

Aired: February 28, 1954
Filmed: January 28, 1954
Rating: 58.5/83

I'm an Old Cowhand,
Vaya con Dios

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

Supporting Cast:
Stanley Farrar (Bennett Green)