"Lucy Gets a Paris Gown"
Season 5, Episode 20
#147 in Series
Network: CBS-TV
Air date: March 19, 1956
Written by: Bob Carroll Jr.
Madelyn Pugh
Bob Schiller
Bob Weiskopf
Directed by: James V. Kern
Production code: 5-20 / 147
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Lucy Gets a Paris Gown was the 147th overall episode of I Love Lucy, also the 20th episode of season 5 of the series. The episode, was directed by James V. Kern, originally aired on CBS-TV on March 19, 1956.


After much begging, Ricky buys Lucy a Paris "original"...or so she thinks!

Plot summaryEdit

After going to a fashion show of all the new chic Parisian styles, Lucy makes up her mind that she wants a Jacques Marcel dress. Ricky refuses to spend the money on another designer dress, not after buying Lucy a Don Loper original while in Hollywood the previous year. Lucy decides that she is going to go on a hunger strike until Ricky agrees to buy her a dress.

By the third day of the hunger strike, Lucy looks so gaunt and weak that Ricky is losing his resolve. He tries to force her to eat something, but Lucy refuses to break her vow. When Ricky leaves all upset, Lucy rushes to make a sandwich out of food that she has hidden throughout the hotel room. Ethel is Lucy's food supplier, and she asks Lucy what to sneak in for dinner that night. Lucy asks for a roast chicken.

Ethel brings back the chicken, and Lucy hides it in a camera bag. Ricky returns with a very nice surprise- he bought Lucy a Jacques Marcel dress, because he can't stand to see her starve. When Ricky goes to take a picture of Lucy in the new dress, her finds the roast chicken and realizes that Lucy has been faking the hunger strike all along. He intercepts the dress box when Lucy and Ethel play "monkey in the middle" with it, and he runs off.

To trick their ways as a way to get back at them for the phony hunger strike, Ricky suggests that he and Fred have dreses made out of "real potato sacks" and a phony Jacques Marcel label for their wives to wear. They also plan to make Lucy a hat out of a horse's feedbag and Ethel a hat out of an empty champagne bucket. Ricky and Fred proudly present the ugly outfits, and while Lucy and Ethel are puzzled by their strangeness, they're still Paris originals (so they think), and they proudly wear them out to lunch at a cafe. Everyone at the cafe is staring at Lucy and Ethel's bold fashion choice, including Jacques Marcel, and soon, Ricky and Fred can't keep from laughing and reveal the truth. Lucy and Ethel are beyond humiliated, and they cover themselves with a tablecloth as they flounce off back to the hotel.

Later, Ricky and Fred have apologized for pulling such a stunt. As part of the make-up agreement, Ricky must buy a Jacques Marcel dress for Lucy and pay for half of Ethel's dress that Fred has to buy. On the way to the dress shop, the foursome stop to eat at the cafe. They can't believe their eyes when they see some of Jacques Marcel's models wearing copies of their burlap creations! Ricky and Fred say that the girls don't need a new dress now, because they have the originals of what is now a fashion statement. But Lucy and Ethel admit that they burned the burlap dresses as soon as they could.


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