The Golf Game


The Golf Game

I Love Lucy

When Lucy and Ethel become lonely golf "widows," they decide to take up the game, but their husbands do not share their "togetherness" enthusiasm. Fred: "It's against the law." Ricky: "Mamie [Eisenhower] doesn't play."

The wives are not swayed, so the boys plot to make their first round incredibly difficult by concocting a cockamamie collection of rules for the new duffers to follow. After playing a few holes, Lucy and Ethel meet golf pro Jimmy Demaret, who sets them straight, golf-wise. Lucy: "There's a rotten Cuban in Denmark."

They convince Demaret to help teach their husbands a lesson. Since Ricky and Fred are teamed with Demaret in a National Golf Day championship tournament, Lucy and Ethel decide to act as their caddies.

When Demaret himself employs some of the "unconventional" golf-rules, like asking "May I?" before attempting a shot, Ricky is surprised but soon learns that he has been played the fool.

Special Notes: As Ricky and Fred look up a rule in their golfing book, Lucy and Ethel drop the bombshell that they are going to learn the game, too. Ricky slams the book closed on Fred's finger. The book cover, seen on screen, identifies it as Jimmy Demaret's book, "My Partner, Ben Hogan" (New York: McGraw Hill, 1954). Jimmy Demaret would go on to guest star in an episode of The Lucy Show with Lucille Ball and her second husband, Gary Morton.

Bloopers: During the golf course scenes, the background has visible wrinkles and ripples making it very obvious that it's a paper-made background.

Episode #96
Season #3 (1953-54)

Aired: May 17, 1954
Filmed: April 15, 1954
Rating: 54.2/81

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

Supporting Cast:
Jimmy Demaret (Himself),
Louis A. Nicoletti (Announcer),
George Pirrone (Caddy)