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Business Manager

Episode: 098 | Aired: October 04, 1954

Ricky hires a business expert to solve the family budget problems. The expert places Lucy on a strict allowance. Lucy manages to find a loophole in the new restrictions, and in her inimitable way she not only adds to the financial dilemma but ends up tossing the financial wizard out.

Mertz And Kurtz

Episode: 099 | Aired: October 11, 1954

To help the Mertzes impress a guest, Lucy goes into service as a maid. As 'Bessie the Domestic,' Lucy dishes out large servings of faux pas when she forgets her duties and enters into the conversation.

Lucy Cries Wolf

Episode: 100 | Aired: October 18, 1954

Lucy decides to test Ricky's love for her by feigning a crisis that sends her husband sailing down the city streets to the side of a scheming feminine singer. Ricky becomes impatient with Lucy's false alarms and accuses her of 'yelling tiger.'

The Matchmaker

Episode: 101 | Aired: October 25, 1954

Armed with Cupid's bow and arrow, Lucy tries to bag a bachelor for a husband-hungry girlfriend. Unfortunately, the arrow Lucy shoots behaves like a boomerang.

Mr. And Mrs. Television Network

Episode: 102 | Aired: November 01, 1954

Ricky is initially reluctant to host a new TV show when he learns that the sponsor prefers a husband-and-wife format. Nonetheless, he agrees to do the show. When Lucy learns that he hadn't wanted her in the show at all, she decides to get even by sabotaging the Breakfast with Lucy and Ricky dress rehearsal. What Lucy doesn't know is that the so-called rehearsal is actually being broadcast to the entire city of New York.

Ricky's Movie Offer

Episode: 103 | Aired: November 08, 1954

Lucy mistakes a talent scout for a masher and nearly ruins Ricky's chance at a film career. Then she realizes who the scout is, and tries to make amends.

Ricky's Screen Test

Episode: 104 | Aired: November 15, 1954

The term 'helpmate' takes on a new meaning when Lucy appears on a Hollywood movie lot. The cameras roll for Ricky's screen test -- but when the big moment arrives, Lucy takes the cue.

Lucy's Mother-In-Law

Episode: 105 | Aired: November 22, 1954

Lucy meets her Spanish-speaking mother-in-law for the first time. Their language gap builds a wall of misunderstanding between the pair. Guest Star: Mary Emery makes her first and only appearance as Ricky's mother in this episode.

Ethel's Birthday

Episode: 106 | Aired: November 29, 1954

Despite Ricky's qualms, Lucy decides to help Fred pick out a birthday present for Ethel. The present turns out to be toreador pants, which Ethel decides are not only unflattering but 'unfitting.' Relations between the two women become strained almost to the shattering point.

Ricky's Contract

Episode: 107 | Aired: December 06, 1954

As Ricky paces the floor awaiting word from Hollywood about his screen test, Lucy enlists the Mertzes to distract him. The trio tries to alleviate Ricky's tension but it only makes the problem worse.

Getting Ready

Episode: 108 | Aired: December 13, 1954

A movie contract for Ricky necessitates a change in scenery and the hanging of a 'for rent' sign on the Ricardos' New York home. Lucy plans the most effective way for Ricky to make a 'Hollywood entrance.' She envisions their arrival in a royal chariot. The Mertzes, willing to give up tenants but not friends, sign on for the trip. Look for: A rare glimpse of the front of the Mertzes' apartment building.

Lucy Learns To Drive

Episode: 109 | Aired: January 03, 1955

Preparing for their trip west, the Ricardos buy a new car, and Lucy wants to drive it around the block. After giving her one driving lesson Ricky is a beaten man, but Lucy is so confident that she offers to teach Ethel Mertz how to drive. The result is a complete fiasco.

California, Here We Come

Episode: 110 | Aired: January 10, 1955

Lucy's mother wants to join the Ricardos on their trip out West. Ricky blows his stack when he hears that his mother-in-law wants to go along, and he rages about everyone's horning in on the trip -- the Mertzes included. Guest Star: Kathryn Card makes her debut as Lucy's mother

First Stop

Episode: 111 | Aired: January 10, 1955

The Ricardos and Mertzes have a hard time finding accommodations that will please everyone on their trip to California. They finally hit a greasy restaurant where stale cheese sandwiches cost them a dollar apiece. Hoping to find something better elsewhere, Ricky pays the check. The couples leave -- only to return several hours later, fooled by some purposely misleading road signs. This episode marks the first time the 'I Love Lucy' crew ventured out of the studio for a shoot.

Tennessee Bound

Episode: 112 | Aired: January 24, 1955

The Ricardos and the Mertzes are arrested for speeding in Bent Fork, Tennessee. Ricky decides to pay the fifty-dollar fine and leave, but Lucy feels they have been taken advantage of. When she rebels, the sheriff imposes a twenty-four-hour sentence and throws them in jail. Guest Star: Tennessee Ernie Ford

Ethel's Hometown

Episode: 113 | Aired: January 31, 1955

The Ricardos and the Mertzes stop at Ethel's hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico. Under the impression that Ethel has been called to Hollywood and not Ricky, the townsfolk accord her a monumental ovation. When Ethel refuses to disillusion them -- and even goes so far as to put on a 'celebrity act' -- Lucy takes matters into her own hands.

LA At Last

Episode: 114 | Aired: February 07, 1955

Lucy arrives in Hollywood with stars in her eyes. She heads for The Brown Derby, a celebrity hangout, where she encounters Eve Arden and William Holden -- and inadvertently presents Holden with a custard pie in the face. Guest Stars: legends William Holden and Eve Arden appear as themselves.

Don Juan And The Starlets

Episode: 115 | Aired: February 14, 1955

Lucy is forced to lend Ricky to five dazzling starlets for an evening of publicity pictures. She tries to wait up for him but falls asleep on the sofa and doesn't awake until late the next morning. When she finds Ricky's bed unused, she jumps to the conclusion that he spent the night out with the starlets and decides she wants a divorce.

Lucy Gets In Pictures

Episode: 116 | Aired: February 21, 1955

Lucy finally gets her big break when she snares a bit part in an MGM motion picture. Cast as a showgirl who meets death while parading down a long flight of stairs in a glamorous nightclub setting, Lucy vows to make her death scene the most unforgettable one ever recorded by Hollywood cameras.

The Fashion Show

Episode: 117 | Aired: February 28, 1955

Mrs. William Holden, Mrs. Dean Martin, Mrs. Gordon MacRae, Mrs. Richard Carlson, Mrs. Van Heflin, Mrs. Forrest Tucker, famed couturier Don Loper, and a scarlet-skinned Lucy Ricardo are the contributors to a dazzling fashion show. The charity benefit, hosted by Loper and featuring the wives of motion picture stars, is a sheer burst of good fortune for Lucy, who is eager to perform before an audience.

The Hedda Hopper Show

Episode: 118 | Aired: March 14, 1955

Lucy takes a dive in an effort to further Ricky's career by creating a big splash in Hedda Hopper's Hollywood column. Her scheme turns out to be 'all wet' in an adventure that could only happen to Lucy and Ethel. Hedda Hopper, the renowned Hollywood gossip columnist, guest-stars as herself.

Don Juan Is Shelved

Episode: 119 | Aired: March 21, 1955

An item in Variety hints at the imminent cancellation of Ricky's picture Don Juan, and proves to be correct. Lucy, the Mertzes, and Mrs. McGillicuddy take matters into their own hands by penning five hundred fan letters to Ricky and dressing as bobby-soxer members of the Ricky Ricardo Fan Club. Factoid: Phil Ober, Vivian Vance's first husband, makes a cameo as film producer George Spelvin in this episode.

Bull Fight Dance

Episode: 120 | Aired: March 28, 1955

Lucy literally blackmails Ricky into getting her a part in one of his guest appearances on television. He does get her a role -- as a bull. When Lucy is displeased with the turn of events, she transforms the bull's image from that of a snarling beast to a mincing creature resembling Elsie, the Borden Cow. Look for: The classic scene where Lucy upstages Ricky

Hollywood Anniversary

Episode: 121 | Aired: April 04, 1955

Frantic over having forgotten the date of their wedding anniversary, Ricky tells Lucy that he has a big party planned in a famous nightclub. He doesn't tell her when it is, desperately wiring their marriage license bureau for the correct date. Factoid: This episode is based on an actual surprise anniversary party that Desi Arnaz threw for Lucy.

The Star Upstairs

Episode: 122 | Aired: April 18, 1955

Cornel Wilde becomes the one-hundredth movie star Lucy has seen in Hollywood; he is living in the penthouse directly above the Ricardo suite. Determined to get a glimpse of the handsome actor, Lucy disguises herself as a bellboy, then hides under the star's luncheon cart to gain entry into Wilde's suite. Things go smoothly until she finds herself locked out on the terrace. Guest Star: Swashbuckler Cornel Wilde as himself

In Palm Springs

Episode: 123 | Aired: April 25, 1955

Simultaneous marital tiffs in the Ricardo and Mertz households drive Lucy and Ethel off on a mate less vacation to one of California's desert play lands, where they encounter Hollywood legend Rock Hudson as himself.

Dancing Star

Episode: 124 | Aired: May 02, 1955

Lucy begs Van Johnson to let her dance a number with him at the nightclub to impress her rival Carolyn Appleby, who is visiting from New York. Van accepts the challenge by waltzing her across the ballroom floor as his dance partner. Guest Star: Van Johnson as himself

Harpo Marx

Episode: 125 | Aired: May 09, 1955 | Available until:

Lucy decides to impersonate some Hollywood notables to impress a nearsighted girlfriend visiting from New York. A mix-up occurs when Lucy, having introduced her friend to 'Gary Cooper,' 'Clark Gable,' 'Marlon Brando,' and 'Jimmy Durante,' decides to impersonate Harpo Marx just as the real Harpo arrives at the apartment with Ricky.

Ricky Needs An Agent

Episode: 126 | Aired: May 16, 1955

Lucy decides that Ricky needs an agent to negotiate more money and cut down on his fruitless personal appearances. She appoints herself to the post. Her action results in the studio canceling Ricky's contract, and Lucy's efforts to save the situation only make matters worse. Don't miss a classic outburst of Cuban temper in this episode.

The Tour

Episode: 127 | Aired: May 30, 1955

Lucy and Ethel are abandoned by their sightseeing bus tour when they try to get a grapefruit from Richard Widmark's garden. When Lucy is stranded inside the garden wall, she and Ethel, who is outside, launch plans to get Lucy out. Guest Star: Richard Widmark as himself