| Season 6, Episode 22 |
#175 in Series
|Air date:||April 1, 1957|
|Written by:|| Bob Carroll, Jr.|
|Directed by:||William Asher|
|Production code:||6-22 / 176|
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Housewarming was the 175th overall episode of I Love Lucy, also the 22nd episode of season 6, the final season of the series. The episode was directed by William Asher, originally aired on CBS-TV on April 1, 1957.
Ethel is jealous of Lucy's friendship with Betty Ramsey. But when Betty reveals that she's from Ethel's home town of Albuquerque, the two become fast friends, and now it's Lucy who feels left out.
Lucy doesn't like that Ethel finds Betty Ramsey snobby, so she invites them both to lunch one day, to try and get them to be good friends. Ethel is not into making friends with Betty, still upset that Betty didn't invite the Mertzes to her last party. But all this changes when it's mentioned that Ethel grew up in Albuquerque. It turns out that Betty also grew up in Albuquerque, and the two knew each other when they were little girls. This commonality between the women bonds them, and they become fast friends. Lucy becomes jealous of the budding friendship and feels left out.
When Lucy overhears Ethel discussing housewarming gifts with Betty over the new house intercom, Lucy gets excited and thinks that Ethel and Betty are planning a surprise housewarming party for the Ricardos. Lucy and Ricky wait all night for the guests, dressed in their best, but nobody comes, of course. Ethel then hears Lucy crying about being unloved and friendless to Ricky over the intercom, and she wakes up Fred and quickly throws together a housewarming party for the Ricardos.
- Lucille Ball ... as Lucy Ricardo
- Desi Arnaz ... as Ricky Ricardo
- Vivian Vance ... as Ethel Mertz
- William Frawley ... as Fred Mertz