| Season 6, Episode 23 |
#176 in Series
|Air date:||April 8, 1957|
|Written by:|| Bob Carroll, Jr.|
|Directed by:||William Asher|
|Production code:||6-23 / 177|
|IMDB||Building a B-B-Q|
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Building a B-B-Q was the 176th overall episode of I Love Lucy, also the 23rd episode of season 6, the final season of the series. The episode was directed by William Asher, originally aired on CBS-TV on April 8, 1957.
Lucy and Ethel decide that the only way to get Ricky to build the backyard barbecue is to start the project themselves. Things go bad when Lucy can't find her wedding ring and decides to take apart the entire B-B-Q.
Ricky has a week's vacation off work, and all he's doing is sitting around, bored, criticizing Lucy's housework. Lucy wants him out of her hair, so she makes a plan to get Ricky and Fred started on building the barbecue in the backyard that they've been planning. Lucy and Ethel pretend to want to start the job themselves, hoping that the men will take over when they see how clueless their wives are about the whole thing. But Ricky merely puts them to work, giving them jobs to do to help out himself and Fred. Things get worse when Ricky finds that Lucy took off her wedding ring and put it on a bench before getting her hands dirty. Ricky keeps telling Lucy that taking off her ring is the easiest way to lose it. To teach her a lesson, Ricky puts the ring in his shirt pocket.
When Lucy realizes her ring is missing, she thinks it has to be in the cement used to make the barbecue. Lucy and Ethel stay up all night taking apart the barbecue and building it again. Sadly, though, they do all this work for nothing, and Lucy doesn't find her ring. The next day, the gang sits down to eat hamburgers cooked on the brand-new barbecue. Lucy thinks her ring's long gone by now, since Little Ricky used the shirt Ricky put the ring in to use on his kite, and the kite blew away. But Lucy gets a big surprise when she bites into her hamburger. Her ring's inside the meat! Ricky figures out that, when he bent down to pick up the plate of raw meat yesterday, the ring must have fallen out of his pocket and into the meat.
- Lucille Ball ... as Lucy Ricardo
- Desi Arnaz ... as Ricky Ricardo
- Vivian Vance ... as Ethel Mertz
- William Frawley ... as Fred Mertz