Bonus BucksÂ -Â I Love LucyÂ season 3, originally aired March 8, 1954
Since Ricky wants Lucy to have the thrill of finding the winning bonus buck (worth 300 dollars), he puts it in her purse.Â The next morning, without checking her bills again,Â she pays a bill with the winning buckâonly to have Ethel receive the winning bill when she gets changeÂ from the same person that Lucy paid.Â Once Lucy realizes that Ethel has âher’ bill,Â they start feuding over who has the rights to the bill, and end up ripping it in halfÂ while fighting over it.Â Since none of them trust each other, they decide to go to the newspaper office together, as soon as Ricky takes a shower.Â While in the shower, he puts âtheir’ half of the winning dollar bill in his pajamas shirt pocket.Â Lucy, however, grabs his âdirty’ laundry from the bathroom and off it goes to the laundry.
Once they realize what’s happened,Â the Ricardos dash off to the laundry service, where the employees won’t let them into the room where the laundry is being processedâso they quickly disguise himself, and get into the laundry room.Â While Ricky holds the workers at bay,Â Lucy finds the billâonly to be carried out of the room by a conveyor belt, where she has a close encounter with the starch vat, as you can see in the image here.Â The punchline comes at the end, when the Ricardos deduct their expenses from the winningsâleaving only one dollar, which Lucy takes.
Bonus BucksÂ is a very funny episode ofÂ I Love Lucy, and is available on theÂ I Love Lucy season 3 DVD collection.
Funny quotes fromÂ Bonus BucksÂ -Â I Love LucyÂ season 3
Fred Mertz (William Frawley): We should keep the bonus buck, possession is nine tenths of the law.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): You’re right, possession is nine tenths of the law, and I’m possessed, so I should keep it.
[after the bonus buck has been ripped in two]Â
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): We each have a very good case, I’ll tell you what to do.Â Let’s split it.Â
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): We just did.Â
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): [after Lucy and Ethel tear the bonus buck] All right, Ethel, give me your half and I’ll paste them together. [holding out her hand]Â
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): No, you give me your half.Â
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Why, Ethel Mertz! Don’t you trust me?Â
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): No!Â
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): [shocked] What an awful thing to say!Â
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): Well, you don’t trust me!Â
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): That’s different! I know I can trust me!Â