Be a Pal – I Love Lucy episode 03, originally aired 10/22/1951
Chapter 2 suggests that she ‘be a pal’, resulting in Lucy joining Ricky, Fred Mertz (William Frawley) and two friends for a game of poker – and beating them all.
Chapter 3 suggests surrounding her spouse with things that remind him of his childhood, so Lucy redecorates the apartment with a Cuban theme including sombreros, palm trees, a flock of chickens and a mule. Lucy even lip-syncs to Carmen Miranda. This is a highlight of the episode, with Lucy showcasing her physical comedy skills, bopping Ricky with her hips, etc. until the record starts skipping, which Ethel (also having fun in disguise as a Cuban peasant in sombrero, mustache and poncho) tries to fix – giving Lucy more comedy material as she starts singing at twice the normal speed, and then slowing down.
Ricky has no idea what insanity is going on until Lucy explains her fear of Ricky losing interest in her. Ricky reassures Lucy, telling her that he fell in love with her because she’s so different from anyone he ever knew in Cuba – before Ricky convinces Lucy of his love with a kiss.
Be a Pal is available as part of the season 1 I Love Lucy DVD collection.
I Love Lucy Quotes
Lucy (Lucille Ball): [to Ethel]: As a dancer I got two left feet, and as a singer I sound like a bull moose pulling his foot out of the mud.
[Lucy is at Ricky’s poker game.]
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): My this is a problem. [looks at cards]
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): Honey, please, you’re holding up the game.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Well, I can’t decide whether to throw away my two queens or my three kings.
[Ethel describes poker to Lucy.]
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): It’s a lot like hearts, only you bet, and there isn’t any old maid.
[Ethel reads from the book by Dr. Humphries.]
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): If he hunts, take up hunting. If he fishes, take up fishing. If he golfs, take up golfing.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Ricky plays poker. I’ll have to take up poking.
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): What’s the matter with you, you crazy or something?
I Love Lucy Trivia
- For her parody of Carmen Miranda, Lucy purportedly received permission from Carmen Miranda first, to avoid hurt feelings
- Richard J. Reeves appears in a cameo appearanceâhe reappears in later episodes as a neighbor, an electrician and as an actor auditioning for Ricky’s “Indian Show“