Lucy Fakes IllnessÂ -Â I Love LucyÂ episode 16, originally aired 1/28/1952
Once again being told that she can’t be in the show, Lucy Â Ricardo (Lucille Ball) decides to pretend that this final rejection has driven her to mental illnessâshe imitates becoming Tallulah Bankhead, and then reverting to childhood, including riding a tricycle around the apartment!
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) is about to let Lucy be in the show in order to help his “ailing” wife, until Fred Mertz (William Frawley) informs him that she is faking the entire thing.Â Ricky decides that turnabout is fair play, and hires an actor friend to pretend to be a doctor, who diagnoses Lucy with a case of “the gobloots“âvery rare, and touch and go; in fact, while Lucy falls asleep in her bed, Ricky puts a green light bulb in Lucy’s bedside lamp, to make her think that she’s turning greenâthe final stage of gobloots!Â It’s one of these rare moments that makes you wish that this had been filmed in color.
Lucy Fakes IllnessÂ is available as part ofÂ the season 1Â I Love LucyÂ DVD collection.
I Love LucyÂ Quotes
Ricky (Desi Arnaz)Â [to Lucy, fearing that she has amnesia]: Could it be possible that you’re suffering from magnesia?
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball)Â [faking amnesia]: My mother told me never to talk to strange menâ¦ whoever she is.
Lucy (Lucille Ball)Â : I got this book at the library and it says anybody who is constantly frustrated may do all sorts of things.
Ethel (Vivian Vance): So?
Lucy (Lucille Ball): So Look.
Ethel (Vivian Vance)Â [reads book]: Abnormal Psychology.
Lucy (Lucille Ball): Yeah, I’m learning to act abnormal.
Ethel (Vivian Vance): For this you need a book?
I Love LucyÂ Trivia
- This is the first time that Lucy utters “Ewwww”, a Lucy trademark that her scriptwriters referred to as “the spider look.”
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