"Oil Wells"
Season 3, Episode 17
#84 in Series
Network: CBS-TV
Air date: February 15, 1954
Written by: Bob Carroll Jr.
Madelyn Pugh
Jess Oppenheimer
Directed by: William Asher
Production code: 3-17 / 084
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Oil Wells was the 84th episode of I Love Lucy, also the 17th episode of Season 3 of the series. The episode, was directed by William Asher, originally aired on CBS-TV on February 15, 1954.


Lucy and Ethel learn that their new neighbors own stock in a Texas oil well.


Lucy is asked to do an interview about how happily married she and Ricky are. Lucy puts on a big show, wearing her most beautiful outfits and cooking such delicacies as crepe suzettes. But when Lucy finds a postcard meant to be a publicity stunt in Ricky's jacket, she harbors doubt about Ricky's faithfulness, thanks to ideas the reporter has put in her head.


  • The Johnsons first names are Sam and Nancy.
  • A still from this episode of the Ricardos and the Mertzes reading a newspaper article in the Ricardos' kitchen was used on the cover of a VHS tape entitled "Lucy's Lost Episodes."
  • Ricky found out that making a periwinkle blue custom Cadillac whose horn would toot "Babalu" would cost $20,000.
  • When trying to record the Johnsons' conversations, Lucy runs the wire down her pants leg and hides the microphone behind her blouse's built-in handkerchief.
  • Fred bought 10 shares of stock from Mr. Johnson, and he eventually lets the Ricardos have half.


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