| Season 4, Episode 10 |
#107 in Series
|Air date:||December 6, 1954|
|Written by:|| Bob Carroll Jr.|
|Directed by:||William Asher|
|Production code:||4-10 / 107|
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Ricky's Contract was the 107th overall episode of I Love Lucy, also the 9th episode in Season four of the series. The episode, was directed by William Asher, originally aired on CBS-TV on December 6, 1954.
Ricky's still waiting for the results of his screen test, to later find out he got the job. Everyone is on pins and needles awaiting the results!
Ricky is nervously awaiting a phone call from Hollywood about his screen test. When Lucy has to go out, she has Ethel stay at her apartment to take any potential phone calls. Fred is hungry and only wants Ethel to come fix him lunch. So, Fred writes a fake message saying that Hollywood called and he got the job, as a way for Ethel to make lunch. Ethel forgets to throw the phony note away, so Lucy finds it and excitedly calls Ricky. When Ricky comes home, the trio is scared to death to tell him the message was fake. But Ricky reveals that Hollywood really DID call, and that he couldn't understand how Lucy found out about it before he did!
- This episode was, according to a CBS press release of August 14, 1954, to be broadcast in color, but ultimately plans to film it in color were abandoned.
- The main plot to this episode is very similar to "Redecorating." Why was Fred too scared to make a phony call about winning home show furniture but NOT about the far more important issue of Ricky getting to star in a movie?!
- Ricky took all of his band members out to celebrate at Lindy's.
- Fred puts all of the rent money in a secret hiding place. He thinks Ethel is unaware of where this hiding place is, but she knows. She took apart the whole apartment one day to find it.