Lucy’s ScheduleÂ -Â I Love LucyÂ episode 33, originally aired 5/26/1952
A very funny, âgirls vs. guys’ episode.Â Lucy is perpetually tardy, and so she sets the clock back an hour to make sure that she and Ricky will be on time for their dinner with Ricky’s boss, Mr. Littlefield (Gale Gordon).Â However, it turns out that she turned the clockÂ aheadÂ an hour, so that they’re now over an hour late.Â Mr. Littlefield is a stickler for time, and their lateness means that he is no longer considering Ricky as a potential manager for the Tropicana ClubÂ â to paraphrase Mr. Littlefield, after all, if a man can’t manage his wife, how can he be trusted to manage the club?
Ricky decides that enough is enough, and he puts Lucy on a very tight schedule, which strangely enough works for her â as long as she âborrows’ an hour from the following day.Â Ricky decides to demonstrate how well he is now âmanaging’ his wife’s time to Mr. Littlefield, in hopes of becoming the new manager.Â However, Ethel Mertz and Mrs. Littlefield convince Lucy that she is letting down all women if Lucy goes along â after all, thenÂ theirÂ husbands will expect the same from them!Â So, with the cooperation of Ethel and Mrs. Littlefield, Lucy decides to demonstrate just how constricting a tight schedule can be!
At the end of the dinner farce, with rolls being tossed from the kitchen and caught with a catcher’s mitt, Mr. Littlefield announces to Ricky that this isÂ noÂ way to run a household â butÂ exactlyÂ the way a club should be run; congratulations, Mr. Manager!
Lucy’s ScheduleÂ is available as part ofÂ the season 1Â I Love LucyÂ DVD collection.
Quotes fromÂ I Love LucyÂ – Lucy’s Schedule
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz)Â We’re going to have dinner with the new bus.
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz)Â I’m making out a schedule so you can budget your time.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball)Â Budget my time? You mean like I budget my money?
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz)Â Heaven forbid!
Mr. Littlefield (Gayle Gordon): Don’t you people ever eat at your house?
Trivia aboutÂ I Love LucyÂ – Lucy’s Schedule
- This is Gale Gordon’s first appearance as Mr. Littlefield, Ricky’s boss.Â Although he’s best remembered for his role asÂ Mr. MooneyÂ onÂ The Lucy Show, he had previously worked with Lucille Ball on her radio seriesÂ My Favorite Husband, and was Lucy’s original choice to play Fred Mertz.
- Likewise, Vivian Vance had worked with Edith Meiser, who played Mrs. Littlefield, on Broadway.