"Lucy and the Dummy"
Season 5, Episode 3
#130 in Series
Network: CBS-TV
Air date: October 17, 1955
Written by: Bob Carroll Jr.
Madelyn Pugh
Bob Schiller
Bob Weiskopf
Directed by: James V. Kern
Production code: 5-03 / 130
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Lucy and the Dummy was the 130th overall episode of I Love Lucy, also the 3rd episode of season 5 of the series. The episode, was directed by James V. Kern, originally aired on CBS-TV on October 17, 1955.


MGM asks Ricky to help entertain executives at a studio party. Ricky has plans to go deep-sea fishing, but as far as Lucy is concerned, "the show must go on"—and she ends up being offered a contract.

Plot summaryEdit

Lucy wants to star with Ricky in a show for MGM executives, but Ricky declines, saying he wouldn't miss his fishing trip for the world. Lucy has to find a way to "appear" with Ricky on stage, so she decides to dance to "I Get Ideas" with a dummy whose likeness looks like Ricky. She plans to pretend to have Ricky become "suddenly ill" during the performance, so she won't be found out. But the dummy falls apart and keeps clinging to her dress after it becomes "ill," and Lucy's plan crumbles. To her surprise, everyone loves her comedy performance, and she's offered a contract. Her dream of being in show business has finally come true! But Lucy gets too sad thinking about how much she'll miss her husband and son, so she ends up turning down her dream to be with her family.


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