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Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder Her

Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder HerI Love Lucy season 1, originally aired November 5, 1951

The first I Love Lucy episode to be filmed, Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder Her has the insecure Lucy’s overactive imagination get her in trouble, not for the last time. Turning molehills into mountains is a specialty with Lucy, and she thinks that Ricky is planning to kill her. Once Ricky learns what is going on, he decides to play along in order to teach Lucy a lesson. Will he never learn? Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Do Away With Her is available as part of the season 1 I Love Lucy DVD collection.

Funny quotes from Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder Her—I Love Lucy

Lucy thinks Ricky is trying to murder herLucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Who was it?  The butler, the upstairs maid, or the cook?
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): It was the husband.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): He had no reason to murder her.
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): He was married, wasn’t he?


Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): Did I scare you?
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): No, I was going to scream and throw my book out the window anyway.


Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): When your card is next to the ace of spades, that means that you’ll be dead.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Dead?  You mean like a doornail?


Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): [to Ethel about fortune telling] Yeah, I know there’s nothing to it. But I want to know what it is there’s nothing to.


Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): A trained seal? Does he do an act?
Jerry (Jerry Hauser): No, the seal’s the manager. He has a couple of trained people


Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): [reading list of names] Mary, Cynthia, Ellen …
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Waah!  I’m not even dead yet and he’s getting ready to replace me!


Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): He won’t shoot you!  It’s me he’s after!
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): Yes, but to get to you he has to go through me!


Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Well, fortunately I’m too big for the garbage disposal.


Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): Lucy’s acting crazy!
Fred Mertz (William Frawley): Crazy for Lucy, or crazy for normal people.
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): Crazy for anybody. She has this idea that I am going to kill her.
Fred Mertz (William Frawley): That doesn’t mean anything. Sooner or later every married woman decides her husband wants to kill her. [pause] She’s usually right.


Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): I got a Mickey from Ricky!

Trivia about Lucy Thinks Ricky Is Trying to Murder Her

  • Technically the first I Love Lucy episode.  Although the first episode filmed, it wasn’t shown until the fourth week of the series
  • In this first episode, Desi Arnaz was trying to film the production live, with no breaks; this is why the cast is wearing multiple layers of clothing – in order to ‘shed’ one layer for a quick change
  • First appearance of Jerry Hauser as Ricky’s agent, Jerry

 

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