Lucy Gets Ricky on the Radio – I Love Lucy episode 32, season 1, originally aired 5/19/1952
Lucy Gets Ricky on the Radio is one of my personal favorite episodes. Ricky Ricardo comes home, and at the end of the day the Ricardos and the Mertzes are listening to a radio quiz show, where Ricky surprises everyone by knowing the correct answers to the quiz. Lucy, impressed by her husband’s brilliance, signs herself and Ricky up for the Mr. and Mrs. Quiz Show. However, it turns out that Ricky only knew all of the answers since he was in the studio at the time that the show was recorded!
What to do? Lucy decides to visit the office of the quiz show producer, under the excuse of wanting to get some audience tickets for her friends, with the purpose of stealing the answers for tonight’s show with herself and Ricky. After the normal shenanigans, Lucy leaves with what she thinks are the answers – only to be wrong. She (once Ricky learns what Lucy has done, and unable to back out due to the publicity) memorizes the wrong answers. The answers given are wrong, but hilarious. Their only chance is to answer the final, bonus question – which Ricky inadvertently does.
Lucy Gets Ricky on the RadioÂ is available as part of the season 1 I Love LucyÂ DVD collection.
Quotes from I Love Lucy
Freddy Fillmore (Frank Nelson) [over the radio]: Who was the youngest man to be inaugurated president of the United States?
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz)Â (answering): Theodore Roosevelt
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Theodore Roosevelt? Oh, no. It was one of the earlier ones. Adams or McKinley. Wasn’t it, Ethel?
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): Ask Fred, he was probably there.
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): All I know is Christopher Columbus discovered Ohio in 1776.
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): Who do you think you’re married to? A country pumpkin?
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): That’s a pretty new movie for television.
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): New?
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Yeah, that little girl is Margaret O’Brien, isn’t it?
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): Look again. It’s Shirley Temple.
Fred Mertz (William Frawley): Look again. It’s Mary Pickford.