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Job Switching

Episode: 036 | Aired: September 14, 1952

Convinced that they need to do something more lucrative than keep house, Lucy and Ethel get jobs in a candy factory. The girls are forced to work at a conveyer belt that brings the sweets to them faster than their unskilled hands can pack them. This episode is a classic among classics

The Operetta

Episode: 040 | Aired: October 12, 1952

Lucy persuades members of her women's club to stage her original operetta with 'John Charles Ricardo' as the leading man. Lucy plays a witchlike gypsy in the show, and Ricky plays the hero 'good Prince Lancelot.' In the midst of the performance, men from the costume and scenery rental company arrive and proceed to repossess the items.

Vacation From Marriage

Episode: 041 | Aired: October 26, 1952

The Ricardos and Mertzes decide that their marriages are in a rut. A library book suggests a 'week's vacation from marriage' as the solution. Lucy moves in with Ethel, and Fred with Ricky. Their newfound freedom creates a difficult situation.

The Courtroom

Episode: 042 | Aired: November 09, 1952

On the occasion of the Mertzes' 25th wedding anniversary, Lucy and Ricky present them with a television set that doesn't work. This generates a feud between the two families -- and an explosive courtroom scene.

Redecorating

Episode: 043 | Aired: November 16, 1952

A visit to the Home Show prompts Lucy and Ethel to enter a contest where the winner gets five rooms of new furniture. All the wives have to do is sit by the phone and wait to see if they won. Fred makes a phony phone call to Lucy and tells her that she's won. This causes Lucy to sell all her furniture and then demonstrate how not to put up wallpaper.

Ricky Has Labor Pains

Episode: 049 | Aired: January 04, 1953

When Ricky feels jealous of all the attention Lucy is getting, she decides to throw Ricky a 'daddy shower' -- but Fred turns it into a stag party. Lucy decides to crash the daddy shower disguised as a newspaper reporter with Ethel posing as her photographer-partner.

Lucy Becomes A Sculptress

Episode: 050 | Aired: January 11, 1953

Lucy decides that their unborn child should have artistic leanings. Salesmen in an art supply store put her to work on a lump of clay, and she uses the Mertzes as models for a modernistic creation. Art critics laud her weird effort as a masterpiece.

Lucy Goes To The Hospital

Episode: 051 | Aired: January 18, 1953

Lucy approaches the zero hour and is rushed to the hospital to have her baby. Ricky carefully works out an elaborate plan with his neighbors, Ethel and Fred, whereby each is supposed to know exactly what to do 'at the psychological moment.' When the big moment arrives, bedlam breaks loose.

Sales Resistance

Episode: 052 | Aired: January 25, 1953

Lucy buys a tricky kitchen gadget in response to a TV pitch. Ricky accuses all women of having no sales resistance. Lucy retaliates by demanding to know why Ricky bought a 20-foot rubber life raft. Guest star: Sheldon Leonard. The song 'There's a Brand New Baby at Our House,' from this episode, was originally written by Desi Arnaz for daughter Lucy's birth.

The Black Eye

Episode: 055 | Aired: March 08, 1953

When a book accidentally tossed by Ricky hits Lucy in the eye, she winds up with a shiner. Fred and Ethel jump to the conclusion that the Ricardos are having a family tiff. They intercede -- with black-eyed results.

Lucy Changes Her Mind

Episode: 056 | Aired: March 29, 1953

When Ricky complains that Lucy is constantly changing her mind and never completing things, she decides to complete an old high-school romance by finishing a love letter she started when she was in high school. Rather than being jealous, Ricky offers to mail it for her. Lucy must intercept the letter, or her ex-boyfriend will think she's out of her mind. Guest Star: I Love Lucy regular Frank Nelson returns, this time as a myopic waiter.

Lucy Hires A Maid

Episode: 058 | Aired: April 26, 1953

Exhausted from walking the baby all night, Lucy and Ricky hire a maid. Lucy has never had anyone work for her before. She practices interviewing Ethel, using a businesslike, tough attitude as Ricky has instructed. But the woman she hires, Mrs. Porter, completely overpowers Lucy. Ethel talks Lucy into firing Mrs. Porter, but this is easier said than done. Guest Star: Classic character actress Verna Felton guest-stars and cleans house in this episode.

The Ricardos Change Apartments

Episode: 061 | Aired: May 17, 1953

Lucy thinks the Ricardos need a larger apartment now that they have the baby. She tries all her tricks to cajole Ricky into switching apartments with Mr. and Mrs. Benson, who have recently married off their daughter and don't need the extra bedroom. Lucy fills her apartment with junk, including a sliding pond and teeter-totter, to give it a 'cramped' appearance. This is the episode when the Ricardos move up in the world. . .to Apartment 3-B.

Lucy Is Matchmaker

Episode: 062 | Aired: May 24, 1953

When Eddie Grant, a friend of the Mertzes, stops by for an unexpected visit and finds they are not at home, he leaves them a message with Lucy. When Lucy learns that the lingerie salesman is an eligible bachelor, she immediately begins brewing plans to fix him up with her girlfriend Sylvia Collins.

Lucy Wants New Furniture

Episode: 063 | Aired: May 31, 1953

A frantic economy wave engulfs the Ricardo household. Lucy buys some furniture against Ricky's orders and is forced to pay for it out of her own allowance. Ricky confiscates the furniture and takes it to the club until it's paid off. Lucy also needs a new dress and a new hairstyle for the Carrolls' party at the Tropicana on Saturday night. She tries to make her own dress and then does some 'permanent damage' in this episode.

The Camping Trip

Episode: 064 | Aired: June 07, 1953

When Lucy and Ethel come to the conclusion that good marriages are based on mutual interests, they invite themselves on a rugged camping trip with their spouses. Ricky submits to the proposal, assuming that the sound of the first coyote's howl will send the girls dashing back to the city.

Ricky And Fred Are TV Fans

Episode: 065 | Aired: June 21, 1953

When Lucy and Ethel become TV boxing-match widows, they decide to go out for a bite to eat, leaving their husbands in front of the Ricardo TV set. Everyone at the local cafe is also glued to the TV set, so Lucy decides to help herself and gets caught with her hand in the cash register. She manages to escape the cop's clutches by yelling, 'Look -- a knockout!' With Ethel, she takes refuge on the roof of their apartment building. Guest star: Frank Nelson is back and in uniform as Sergeant Nelson in episode 66.

Never Do Biz With Friends

Episode: 066 | Aired: June 28, 1953

The Ricardos get a new washing machine. Despite Ricky's apprehensions, they sell their old one to the Mertzes for thirty-five dollars. The next day, the old machine erupts like a volcano. The Mertzes call the machine a 'lemon' and take the stance that since no money has changed hands yet, the deal is invalid. This causes a tremendous fight between the couples. Look For: A rare glimpse of the back of the Mertzes' apartment building.