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Redecorating – I Love Lucy episode 43, season 2, originally aired 11/24/1952

In Redecorating, Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) enters a drawing for brand new furniture.  However, when her husband Ricky (Desi Arnaz) gets tickets to a new show, Lucy refuses to leave the apartment in case the telephone call comes while she’s out telling her that she won.  Ricky then decides on a slight subterfuge, having someone call pretending to be from the drawing and telling Lucy that she’s won!  All is well for Ricky, until Lucy decides to sell all of their existing furniture, and wall paper as well!

A wonderful episode that gives Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance good opportunity for slapstick comedy with the wall papering of the apartment.

Redecorating is available as part of the season 2 I Love Lucy DVD collection.

Quotes from I Love Lucy – Redecorating

Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) [hatching a scheme]: Well, Fred I’d be glad to do it.  I’d love to do it, but she’d recognize my accent in a minute.
Fred Mertz (William Frawley): You’re gonna use an accent?

Trivia from I Love Lucy – Redecorating

  • Lucy wears oversize painter’s overalls to cover her pregnancy – she was four months pregnant when this episode was filmed.
  • This is the first time, but far from the last, that the apartment furniture is at the heart of the episode.
  • Hans Conried plays Mr. Jenkins, the furniture man who buys the Ricardos “old” furniture for $75 — and sells it back to them for $395.

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