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The Girls Go Into Business

Episode: 068 | Aired: October 11, 1953

It's touch-and-go for Lucy and Ethel as they buy a dress shop on a shoestring and promptly go into the red. With typical beginner's luck, they unwittingly unload the losing venture on their husbands, Ricky and Fred.

Equal Rights

Episode: 070 | Aired: October 25, 1953

After a heated argument about equal rights, during which the girls insist they want to be treated exactly as if they were men, the Ricardos and the Mertzes go off to an Italian restaurant for dinner. When the waiter, on Ricky's insistence, presents four separate checks, the girls discover they have no money.

Lucy Tells The Truth

Episode: 072 | Aired: November 08, 1953

Lucy vows to tell the truth for twenty-four hours in order to win a bet. This lands her in a knife-throwing act on television. Her predicament stems from a little white lie during her round-the-clock truth test -- namely, that she can understand a talent agent who can't speak English. When he hires her, Lucy has a choice of facing the knife-thrower's blades or losing the bet. This is the episode where Lucy unwittingly reveals her true age, weight, and original hair color.

Redecorating The Mertzes' Apartment

Episode: 074 | Aired: November 22, 1953

The Ricardos nearly wreck the apartment of their landlord friends, the Mertzes, when they try to help decorate their apartment and Lucy proves herself an inferior decorator.

Too Many Crooks

Episode: 075 | Aired: November 29, 1953

Fred's birthday is approaching, and the Ricardos decide to buy him a custom-made tweed suit as a surprise. Lucy sneaks into the Mertz apartment to borrow one of Fred's old suits as a model. Mrs. Trumbull, unaware of Lucy's intentions, sees her and tells Ethel. Because of a robbery scare in the neighborhood involving a 'Madame X,' Ethel immediately jumps to the conclusion that Lucy is she.

Ricky's Old Girlfriend

Episode: 078 | Aired: December 20, 1953

Ricky creates a fictitious old flame (Carlota Romero) to make Lucy fly into a jealous rage. By coincidence, a singer by the same name is actually appearing in New York. The next evening, a press agent arranges for Carlota Romero (with whom Ricky did work many years ago) to see Ricky again.

Million-Dollar Idea

Episode: 079 | Aired: January 10, 1954

Lucy and Ethel have visions of making a million dollars by bottling and selling old-fashioned salad dressing -- until their operations reach the point of diminishing returns, largely because of their bizarre views on how to run a business. Watch as Lucy and Ethel, a.k.a. Isabella Klump and Margaret McMertz, invent the infomercial.

Ricky Minds The Baby

Episode: 080 | Aired: January 17, 1954

Ricky changes his vacation plans so he can spend all his time with Little Ricky. Lucy uses her free time to go shopping, but when she returns she finds Little Ricky wandering the hallway by himself. Ricky and Fred have been so involved in a TV football game, they hadn't seen him wander off. To teach Ricky a lesson, Lucy phones her husband and nonchalantly asks about Little Ricky. Panic sets in when the father realizes his son is missing.Look For: A classic father-and-son moment occurs when Ricky reciting Little Red Riding Hood in Spanish.

Charm School

Episode: 081 | Aired: January 24, 1954

Lucy and Ethel enroll in a charm school to cope with their husbands' interest in a sweet young thing who exudes personality-plus. Guest Star: Natalie Schafer, who played Lovey Howell on Gilligan's Island, guest-stars in this episode

Sentimental Anniversary

Episode: 082 | Aired: January 31, 1954

Lucy and Ricky want to spend their thirteenth anniversary at home, but the Mertzes have arranged a surprise party for them. When Ethel asks Lucy where they'll be that night, Lucy quickly concocts some story that they'll be out. As the party guests start arriving, Lucy and Ricky move their champagne dinner into the hall closet. Finally they manage to divert the guests' attention so they can slip out the front door and make a properly 'surprised' entrance.

Oil Wells

Episode: 084 | Aired: February 14, 1954

When a fast-talking petroleum 'tycoon' from Texas tries to foist some phony stock off on the Ricardos and the Mertzes, they discover the ruse just in time to avoid being fleeced. Listen for: The classic Ricky quote: 'Don't cross their chickens before their bridges are hatched.'

Bonus Bucks

Episode: 087 | Aired: March 07, 1954

Lucy and Ethel engage in a tiff over the ownership of a 'bonus buck' when its serial number turns up in a newspaper; watch Lucy jump into a vat of starch for a half-dollar.

Lucy Is Envious

Episode: 089 | Aired: March 28, 1954

A wealthy ex-schoolmate of Lucy's is collecting for a charity. Lucy tells her friend to put her down for 'five.' But when the uppity friend arrives to collect the pledged funds, Lucy is shocked to learn that her 'five' meant five hundred dollars. In order to raise the money, Lucy and Ethel get a job dressed as two maids from Mars in a stunt to publicize a science fiction movie. They 'invade' the top of the Empire State Building and scare the daylights out of a group of hotel patrons.

Lucy Writes A Novel

Episode: 090 | Aired: April 04, 1954

Lucy decides to become an author after reading about a woman who won $10,000 for her book. Ricky, Fred, and Ethel find themselves the central characters in Lucy's first novel, Real Gone with the Wind.

The Black Wig

Episode: 092 | Aired: April 18, 1954

Ricky forbids Lucy to get 'one of those new Italian haircuts.' She rebels by borrowing a wig from her hairdresser Roberta, who insists Lucy looks like a different person with it on. Lucy plans to wear the wig so she can test Ricky's fidelity, but the salon manager tips off Ricky to the scheme. When Lucy puts on the wig and starts flirting, Ricky flirts back.

The Diner

Episode: 093 | Aired: April 25, 1954

Ricky becomes interested in a diner that is for sale, so the Ricardos and the Mertzes all buy it together. Right away, Ethel and Fred decide that they are doing all the work while Lucy and Ricky have all the fun. The couples decide to split the diner down the middle. The Ricardos' side says 'A Little Bit of Cuba,' and the Mertzes' side says 'A Big Hunk of America.'

Tennessee Ernie Visits

Episode: 094 | Aired: May 02, 1954

When country cousin Tennessee Ernie Ford -- a hillbilly's hillbilly -- wears out his welcome with the Ricardos, Lucy tries a vamp act to scare him back to the mountains. Guest star: Tennessee Ernie Ford

The Golf Game

Episode: 096 | Aired: May 16, 1954

Championship golfer Jimmy Demaret visits the Ricardos when Lucy and Ethel arrive at a bizarre scheme for combating their 'golf widowship.' The girls install a basketball court in the Ricardo living room and pretend to be as deeply absorbed in the game as their husbands are in the fairways. Guest star: Jimmy Demaret.

The Sublease

Episode: 097 | Aired: May 23, 1954

Hoping to spend the summer away, the Ricardos decide to sublet their apartment and split the profits with the Mertzes. Their tenant is a shy, timid soul who has been a witness in a murder trial and who wants nothing but peace and quiet. The deal is made when Ricky suddenly learns that his summer job has been canceled. Lucy stages a murder scene to frighten the tenant away so that she and Ricky can move back into the apartment. Guest Star: Jay Novello as Mr. Beecher, the timid tenant