Lucy Meets the Queen – I Love Lucy season 5
In Lucy Meets the Queen the Ricardos and the Mertzes arrive in London, where Lucy wants to see the Queen of England. After a funny moment when trying to understand English currency, Lucy and Ethel go to the palace in hopes of seeing the Queen — and after struggling to understand English as spoken by an Englishman, Lucy tries to make one of the palace guards smile; she fails, but due to the distraction she manages to miss seeing the Queen!
Heading back to the hotel, they think the Queen is making an appearance, and she manages to get a celebrity autograph — but the “celebrity” turns out to be her husband, Ricky! Back at the hotel, she’s angry at Ricky for the “mean trick” — until he informs her that, since Ricky’s orchestra will be performing at the Palladium, she’ll not only see the Queen there — she’ll be presented to her!
This leads to the ladies trying to practice curtseying, while Fred and Ricky practice bowing — while a hotel maid comes in, and tells them the “right” way to curtsy. After a funny moment of practice, Fred, Ricky, and Ethel leave to eat — while Lucy stays behind to practice.
Upon returning, however, Ricky has bad news — only the performers will be allowed to meet the Queen. Lucy plays her “let me be in the show” routine like never before, threatening to hurt him if he doesn’t! He quickly agrees, with Lucy playing the part of one of the circus ponies in a routine — if her charley horse in her “curtseying” leg doesn’t get in the way.
Later, during the performance, her leg indeed causes her trouble in a very funny routine, including trying to leap through a large hoop with her injured leg. Afterward, Lucy is too embarrassed to meet the Queen, until Ricky tells her that the Queen has requested to meet the funny lady from the pony routine! However, while practicing her curtsey, her leg has locked up … but that’s not about to stop her, as she has two ushers carry her off to triumphantly meet the Queen!
Lucy Meets the Queen is available as part of the I Love Lucy season 5 DVD collection.
Funny quotes from Lucy Meets the Queen – I Love Lucy
Fred Mertz (William Frawley): It’s not my fault. I just can’t figure out the money over here.
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): What was your excuse in the USA? Fred is now the darling of the bellhops on two different continents.
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): Well, back in Hollywood you came home with John Wayne’s footprints. I don’t want to find Big Ben ticking right next to my bed.
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): [to British man] You’ll have to pardon us. We’re Americans; we don’t understand English.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): [trying to make the guard laugh] Did you ever hear the one about the dog psychiatrist that wrote a book? It’s called: Is Your Cocker off his Rocker? Is Your Collie off his Trolley? Is Your Poodle off his Noodle?
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) [to palace guard]: You make Ed Sullivan look like laughing boy.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): [after hearing a British man’s answer to her question] And after living with Ricky for 15 years I thought I could understand anybody.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): I haven’t used my curtsy muscles in years.
Fred Mertz (William Frawley): I’d love to have the liniment concession for this group.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Ricky, if you don’t let me be in that show, I’ll give you such a punch, you’ll talk funnier than you do now!