Lucy Cries Wolf – I Love LucyÂ season 4, episode 98, originally aired October 18, 1954
Lucy Cries WolfÂ begins in an ordinary enough way, with Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) and his wife Lucy (Lucille Ball) at the breakfast table.Â There,Â Lucy points out to Ricky an article about a burglary in a nearby apartment building,Â and soon gets herself worked up over the fear that they may be burglarized.Â Â Ricky tries to reassure her that he would dash home from performing at the club if she was threatened, but that’s not good enough for Lucyâshe has to put it to the test.
Pretending that there’s a strange man lurking outside of the apartment,Â Lucy calls Ricky home from rehearsal â only for there to be no prowler.Â After trying this again, Ricky is quite upset, and determined not to come running homeÂ the next time she cries wolf … or as he puts it, âyelling tiger.âÂ As a final test,Â she ransacks her own apartment, screams for help and hides out on the window ledge.Â When their friends and landlords Fred (William Frawley) and Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance) come to investigate, after a few (funny) moments of decision,Â they call Ricky home from practice.Â All three are worried sick, until a neighbor lady calls to let them know that âMrs. Ricardo is on the window ledge.â Armed with this knowledge, they get their revengeÂ on the eavesdropping Lucy, talking about how Ethel can have her things, and how Ricky will have to get remarried after a suitable mourning periodâ10 days.
Lucy eventually comes in from the ledge, angry at how her friends are treating her âdead’ body, andÂ all is seemingly resolvedâuntil that night.Â The foursome are playing cards at the Ricardos, with Ricky, Fred and Ethel still teasing Lucy about her crying wolf.Â Â Lucy takes a break by going out into the hall, where she encounters actual burglarsâand in aÂ veryÂ funny scene, she fights with the burglars, who end up tying her up.Â Later, she makes her way into the apartment bound and gaggedâbut nobody believes her story!
Lucy Cries WolfÂ is a wonderful episode, well worth watching, and is available as part ofÂ theÂ I Love LucyÂ season 4 DVD collection.
Funny quotes fromÂ Lucy Cries WolfâI Love Lucy
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Isn’t that terrible.Â
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): Horrible.Â
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Unforgivable.Â
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): Absolutely.Â Imagine being uninsured.Â
[later in the conversation]Â
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): If I called you at work about burglars, would you come home?Â
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): What for?Â We’re insured.Â
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): [giving away Lucy’s items now that she’s âgone’] What about her lynx stole?Â
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): No, I don’t think so.Â
Fred Mertz (William Frawley): Aw, go ahead.Â We can always use it as a bath mat.Â