Cousin Ernie in the episode "Tennessee Ernie Visits" in Season 3.
|Personal and Family information|
|Hometown||Bent Fork, Tennessee|
|Country bumpkin cousin of Lucy who visits New York City, and then helps the Ricardos and Mertzes get out of a court traffic fine sentence when they drive through Bent Fork on the way to California|
|Appeared on:||I Love Lucy|
|Episodes appeared in:||"Tennessee Ernie Visits" in Season 4"|
Tennessee Ernie Hangs On" in Season 3
"Tennessee Bound" in Season 4
|Character played by:||Tennessee Ernie Ford|
Cousin Ernie, was a country cousin of Lucy who appeared in three episodes of I Love Lucy appearing in the season 3 episodes "Tennessee Ernie Hangs On", "Tennessee Ernie Visits", and the Season 4 episode titled "Tennessee Bound". The part of Ernie was played by lagendary Country music singer/actor/entertainer Tennessee Ernie Ford..
The Ricardos and the Mertzes met Ernie when he came to visit the Ricardos from his home in Bent Fork, Tennessee (population of 54). Ernie is related to the Ricardos by being Lucy's mother's friend's college roommate's cousin's middle boy. Ernie refers to the Ricardos and the Mertzes as "cousin," due to the habit of everyone calling one another "cousin" down in Tennessee. While Ernie proved to be a nuisance as a house guest by overstaying his welcome, he is a good-natured, jovial, sweet, loving soul. He enjoys eating, singing, and playing his guitar. His favorite song to play and sing is "Wabash Cannonball."
The Ricardos and Mertzes love him like family and enjoyed performing with him as the Four Hot Chicken Pickers on the TV show Millikan's Chicken-Mash Hour. As a way of paying back the hospitality the Ricardos and Mertzes granted him in New York in 1954, Ernie helped the foursome escape from jail in 1955 on their way to Hollywood, when the gang got in trouble with the law after getting a speeding ticket in Bent Fork. Ernie was not only happy to help his cousins, but he also enjoyed getting back at the town sheriff, who has had an enmity for Ernie, ever since Ernie jilted daughter Teensy at the alter! While Teensy and Ernie once had a romance of some sort, Teensy's twin sister, Weensy, "can't stand the sight" of Ernie!