"Lucy Writes a Novel"
Season 3, Episode 23
#90 in Series
Network: CBS-TV
Air date: April 5, 1954
Written by: Bob Carroll Jr.
Madelyn Pugh
Jess Oppenheimer
Directed by: William Asher
Production code: 3-23 / 090
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Lucy Writes a Novel was the 90th episode of I Love Lucy, also the 23rd episode of Season 3 of the series. The episode, was directed by William Asher, originally aired on CBS-TV on April 5, 1954.


Lucy reads about a housewife who makes a fortune writing a novel in her spare time, so she takes a crack at it by writing her first novel, "Real Gone with the Wind." However, Ricky, Ethel, and Fred don't like the way Lucy has portrayed them and try to stop the book from being published.

Plot summaryEdit

Lucy is inspired to write a novel called Real Gone with the Wind. Ricky and the Mertzes secretly read her manuscript and don't want the things written about them to be printed. A mix-up has Dorrance and Co. buy her manuscript. When the mistake is discovered, Lucy tears up all copies of her manuscript in disappointment and frustration. Soon after, Mr. Dorrance calls to tell Lucy that his friend Mel Eaton may be interested in her manuscript. Lucy and the rest of the gang rush to save Lucy's torn-up manuscript before Fred burns the trash. The foursome piece together the ripped pages like a jigsaw puzzle, and Lucy stays up all night to re-type her novel. She then finds out that Mel Eaton only wants her work for a how-to textbook about writing, in a section called "Don't Let This Happen to You"!


  • The basic idea of this episode's plot is a like episode #17, only with Lucy writing a novel instead of a play. However, the details of the story are very much different.
  • This episode is the first time we see the Ricardos' fireplace lit.
  • In her novel, Lucy writes a tearjerking description of Ricky first coming to the country on a boat, arriving at Ellis Island. Ricky said that he really to America by way of plane with his band of 40 musicians, arriving in Miami from Havana. In real life, Desi Arnaz came to the country via a boat from Havana to Miami.
  • Lucy plans to name the sequel to her novel Sugar Cane Mutiny.
  • The mix-up involving Lucy's manuscript happened because Mr. Dorrance's secretary just got married and didn't have her mind on the job.
  • Dorrance and Co. is a real publishing company located in Pittsburgh.


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