Equal Rights – I Love LucyÂ season 3, originally aired October 26, 1953
Equal RightsÂ begins with Ricky and Lucy Ricardo (Desi ArnazÂ andÂ Lucille Ball) going out to dinner with Fred and Ethel Mertz (William FrawleyÂ andÂ Vivian Vance), but they have to wait for Lucy’s fingernail polish to dry.Â While they’re waiting,Â Ricky tries to tell a funny anecdoteâthat Lucy keeps interrupting and correcting him about, causing him to get angry and âput his foot down.’ That would have been alright, if only he had let it stop there, but Ricky goes farther and tells Lucy that she needs to âstay in her place,’ which gets Lucy’s (and Ethel’s) dander up, andÂ the ladies demand that they be treated with equal rightsâthe same rights that the men enjoy.Â After a knowing glance between Fred and Ricky, the boys agree, and the foursome is off to the restaurant.Â And âequal rights’ begin right away, with Fred and Ricky dropping their wives coats instead of helping them put them onâsince they wouldn’t do that for men.
Once they get to the restaurant,Â Ricky and Fred try to demonstrate their ideas of âequal rights’,Â but interrupting the girls when they try to orderâand when the girls decide that they need to freshen up their faces in the powder room, Fred and Ricky decide to do the same – shaving at the dinner table.Â When it’s time to pay the bill, Ricky has a word with the restaurant manager, andÂ they have the ladies pay for their own mealsÂ – âequal rights’ after all!Â Since the ladies have no money,Â they have to pay for their meals by washing dishes.
Ricky has arranged for the manager to call him once the ladies are done washing the dishes and have âlearned their lesson’ – but they have a lesson of their own to teach!Â After squabbling over all of the dishes that they have to wash, and whose fault it is,Â they call home, and pretend that they are being accosted by robbers!Â Ricky and Fred race to the rescue, calling the policeÂ to meet them there, as they wallow in guilt for having left their wives in danger.Â Once they arrive, they look through the window in the kitchen doors and see the girls there, unharmed and laughing about their husbands’ reactions.Â Â The boys decide to turn the tables on the girls, and pull their overcoats up and cover their faces with handkerchiefsÂ and pretend to be actual robbers!Â After scaring their wives, the boys start laughing at the situationâuntilÂ the police break in and arrest the boys!
The finale occurs in the police station, as the girls want to see the ârobbers’ before deciding whether or not to press charges.Â After teasing their husbands, Lucy and Ethel decide, of course, that the ârobbers’ are kind of cute, and take them home with them instead, with all four agreeing to âequal rights’ from now on.Â Â Equal RightsÂ is a very funnyÂ I Love LucyÂ episode, with the switching of the âaha!’ moments, and I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I did.Â Â Equal RightsÂ is available on theÂ I Love Lucy season 3 DVD collection.
Funny movie quotes fromÂ I Love Lucy – Equal Rights
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): And the next next time I tell a story, you stay out of it.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Yes, sir.
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): And be on time from now on or we’re gonna go without you.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Yes, sir.
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): We’re gonna run this house like they do in Cuba, where the man is the master and the woman does what she’s told.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Si, seÃ±or.
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): And don’t get smart.Â Go get your coat.
[growing indignant] Oh, yeah?
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): I am not arguing about women’s rights.Â I am the first one to agree that women should have all the rights they want, so long as they stay in their place.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): I never worked so hard in my life.
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): Neither did I. I wonder where all these came from. [referring to the large number of dishes]
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): I don’t know. I think he takes in dirty dishes from other restaurants.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): I know how to get back at them.
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): How?
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): I’ll call Ricky and tell him the place is being held up and you scream and make noises in the background like struggling.
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): Lucy, where do you get these great ideas from? [Lucy shrugs] Well promise me when you die you’ll leave your brain to science.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Okay.