"Lucy Goes to a Rodeo"
Season 5, Episode 8
#135 in Series
Network: CBS-TV
Air date: November 28, 1955
Written by: Bob Carroll Jr.
Madelyn Pugh
Bob Schiller
Bob Weiskopf
Directed by: James V. Kern
Production code: 5-08 / 135
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Lucy Goes to a Rodeo was the 135th overall episode of I Love Lucy, also the 8th episode of season 5 of the series. The episode, was directed by James V. Kern, originally aired on CBS-TV on November 28, 1955.


Ricky is dismayed to learn that he signed up to do not a radio show, but a rodeo show. Lucy works on a rodeo act to fill in for Ricky at the talent show for Fred's lodge.

Plot summaryEdit

Fred's lodge is putting on a Western-themed show, and Lucy and Ethel can't wait to take part in it. Soon, Ricky finds out that the radio show he thought he was performing on is really a RODEO show! What to do? Combine Fred's lodge show with Ricky's performance, that's what!


  • The foursome plays "Down By the Old Mill Stream" on bells for the rodeo performance.
  • When Ricky's belt falls down, that was both scripted and unscripted. Desi really did have the belt fall by accident when he started singing the song, but filming stopped when his belt fell off. Desi purposely made the belt drop the second time around, since the audience found it so funny.
  • Lucy and Ethel suggest reprising the great operetta The Pleasant Peasant for Fred's lodge show. Lucy is all set to play Camille again, as we see her practicing playing a tambourine. She also says that she's trying to feel like a gypsy.
  • We learn that Fred is in a lodge, where he was once the flagbearer. His dream is to be the lodge's Sergeant of Arms.
  • It's ironic that Ricky says in this episode that he was born in West Havana, when Lucy was born in West Jamestown.
  • During the rodeo show, Lucy is referred to as Lucy "Cannonball" McGillicuddy.


Guest starringEdit

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