Lucy’s Club DanceâI Love LucyÂ season 3, episode 91, originally aired April 12, 1954
Lucy’s Club DanceÂ begins with Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) and Ethel Mertz’s (Vivian Vance) club, The Wednesday Afternoon Fine Arts League, once again being in dire financial strits.Â The idea of a benefit dance is proposed, and once again Lucy volunteers Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) and his band.Â But this time, Ricky adamantly (and very humorously) refuses.Â What to do now?Â Well, the ladies realize that they all play different musical instruments, and so they decide to make their own all-girl bandâand also decide to exclude Lucy, since they’ve heard her play the saxophone.
The other ladies, however, are nearly as bad as Lucyâincluding Ethel, who despite having played the piano well in previous episodes has apparently forgotten how to playâand Lucy decides to get back in the act by offering Ricky’s services to âmentor’ the group, and help them to be less lousyâin exchange for letting Lucy play.Â Ricky, however, is only human, and even after bringing his band in to show the ladies how the song (Twelfth Street Rag) should soundâand the ladies are just as lousy afterwards.
To make matters worse, Marion Strong has put an article in the paper about how band leader Ricky Ricardo leading an all-girl band.Â Lucy and Ethel try to prevent the boys from reading about it by clipping the articles out of their newspapersâand going a step farther by going to the news stand and clipping it out of their copies as well.Â Eventually, of course, Ricky reads the article, and can’t allow his reputation to be ruined by having this terrible band to have his name attachedâso there’s only one thing to do!
In the conclusion, Ricky is present at the ladies club dance – as his band, dressed as women (and very homely as well) enter to playÂ the Twelfth Street Rag.Â Â Lucy’s Club DanceÂ is a very funny episode, and is available as part of theÂ I Love LucyÂ season 3 DVD collection.
Funny quotes fromÂ Lucy’s Club DanceâI Love Lucy
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): Lucy’s saxophone playing sounds like a bull moose with a head cold.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): I wouldn’t be in your band if you begged me to!
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): Ah, you really mean that Lucy?
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Yes, I do!
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): Good!
Carolyn Appleby (Doris Singleton): It’s just sour grapes.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): [referring to band] Listen, grapes aren’t the only thing that’s sour around here!
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): This [referring to the ladies’ music] is supposed to be bright and with a bounce?Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): That’s right.
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): It sounds more like a funeral coming down 12th Street!
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): [hearing that Lucy’s all-girl band is scheduled to perform live] What!?!
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Good news, dear?