"Lucy Gets Homesick in Italy"
Season 5, Episode 22
#149 in Series
Network: CBS-TV
Air date: April 9, 1956
Written by: Bob Carroll Jr.
Madelyn Pugh
Bob Schiller
Bob Weiskopf
Directed by: James V. Kern
Production code: 5-22 / 149
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Lucy Gets Homesick in Italy was the 149th overall episode of I Love Lucy, also the 22nd episode of season 5 of the series. The episode, was directed by James V. Kern, originally aired on CBS-TV on April 9, 1956.


Lucy, while in Florence, gets homesick for Little Ricky on his birthday, makes a lengthy, expensive phone call, and then hosts an impromptu party for several Italian children who all claim it's their birthday too

Plot summaryEdit

It's Little Ricky's third birthday, and Lucy can't be with her son. She's in Italy, and while she's having a great time on her European trip, she misses Little Ricky terribly. She walks up and down the Italian hotel's many flights of stairs to try and call Little Ricky on the phone. When her mother finally answers the phone, Lucy realizes she forgot about the time change. Little Ricky is barely coherent. Lucy is so sad that she ends up throwing a makeshift birthday party for a poor Italian shoeshine boy and all of his friends. This makes Lucy feel better, both by getting to honor Little Ricky's birthday and by helping bring joy to the poor Italian children.


  • The name of the shoeshine boy is Giuseppe. Some of the friends he brought to the birthday party were Antonio, Maria, and Tulio. His cousin Teresa also came, and she was the one who really WAS celebrating her birthday that day!
  • Lucy and Ricky's room on the fourth floor is really the "bridal suite." The Mertzes' room is on the fifth floor, and Ethel quips that their room must be the "bridal suite for mountain goats."
  • Giuseppe admits that it's not really his birthday when Lucy gives him a pair of new shoes that he won't accept. But it really IS little Maria's birthday, so the party wasn't for naught!


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