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Lucy Goes to the Hospital

Lucy Goes to the Hospital – I Love Lucy episode 57, season 2, originally aired 1/19/1953

Desi Arnaz performing 'Voodoo' on I Love LucyThe climactic episode where Lucy is finally going into labor — where Ricky, Fred, and Ethel have planned, prepared and rehearsed the event until they are a well-oiled machine; only to forget everything when the moment arrives, including Lucy!  A very funny episode, well-deserving its’ status as a comedy classic.

And, as you can see from the photograph, Desi Arnaz is in the middle of performing “Voodoo” at the Tropicana when the call comes in and he has to go to the hospital – still in costume and makeup!

Quotes from I Love Lucy – Lucy Goes to the Hospital

Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) [entering from the bedroom]: Ricky, this is it.
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz), Fred and Ethel [after a short pause, suddenly panicked]: This is it!


Fred Mertz (William Frawley): [Upon learning that another new father has nine girls]: Hey, you can always start a girl’s softball team!


Trivia about I Love Lucy – Lucy Goes to the Hospital

  • Music performed on this episode included “Voodoo” — explaining Ricky’s outfit at the hospital.
  • This episode had more viewers than the coronation of Queen Elizabeth, and than President Eisenhower’s Inauguration.
  • TV Land ranks this as episode #59 out the 100 most memorable television moments.
  • This is not Desi Arnaz Jr. in the episode — in fact, Desi Jr. never portrayed himself on the series.

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