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"I Love Lucy": Season 1
Season 1
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Season 1 DVD Cover
Episodes 35
Aired from October 15, 1951 - June 9, 1952
Premiere The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub
Finale Ricky Asks for a Raise
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Season 2

I Love Lucy season one lasted from October 15, 1951 to June 9, 1952, with a total of 35 episodes (not including the lost pilot).

 Series overview Edit

Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiere Season finale
Season 1 35 October 15, 1951 June 9, 1952
   Season 2 31 September 15, 1952 June 29, 1953
Season 3 31 October 5, 1953 May 24, 1954
Season 4 30 October 4, 1954 May 30, 1955
Season 5 26 October 3, 1955 May 14, 1956
Season 6 27 October 1, 1956 May 6, 1957


Season 1 (1951-52)Edit

# # in Series Prod. Code Title Written by Directed by Film Date Original Air Date
1 1 1-01 / 002 The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels September 15, 1951 October 15, 1951
The Ricardos and the Mertzes agree to celebrate the Mertzes' wedding anniversary together. The girls decide on The Copacabana. The men opt for the prize fights. An old friend helps the girls play a trick on their husbands, but the men see through the ruse and turn the tables.
2 2 1-02 / 003 Be a Pal Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels September 21, 1951 October 22, 1951
Lucy thinks Ricky is losing interest in her. Ethel finds a book full of advice on how to rekindle the flame, and insists that Lucy take up Ricky's interests. Her attachment quickly becomes very annoying after failed attempts at seducing Ricky and joining his card game. Determined to remind Ricky of his childhood in Cuba, Lucy puts on a performance as Carmen Miranda.
3 3 1-03 / 004 The Diet Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels September 28, 1951 October 29, 1951
Ricky provides an incentive for Lucy's diet by telling her she can appear in his show if she can fit into a size 12. Can Lucy resist the tempatations of eating?
4 4 1-04 / 001 Lucy Thinks Ricky Is Trying to Murder Her Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels September 8, 1951 November 5, 1951
After reading a murder mystery and listening to Ethel's fortune-telling, Lucy concludes that Ricky is trying to do away with her.
5 5 1-05 / 005 The Quiz Show Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels October 5, 1951 November 12, 1951
Desperate to win a $1000 jackpot to balance her household accounts, Lucy agrees to a quiz show stunt in which she has to introduce a stranger to Ricky as her "long lost husband."Frank Nelson makes the first of several appearances as game show emcee "Freddie Fillmore".
6 6 1-06 / 006 The Audition Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels October 12, 1951 November 19, 1951
Ricky tries to keep Lucy away from the club while he does a TV audition, but when a clown has an accident and can't make it, Lucy shows up in his place. (This is a remake of an original unaired pilot that was considered "lost" until 1990.)

Absent: Vivian Vance as Ethel Mertz

7 7 1-07 / 007 The Séance Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels October 19, 1951 November 26, 1951
Lucy and Ethel have taken up the art of Numerology. When Ricky and Fred scoff, Lucy arranges for a "spirit" to show up at a séance that evening. Problems arise when Ricky and Lucy have the same idea!
8 8 1-08 / 008 Men Are Messy Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels October 25, 1951 December 3, 1951
Tired of Ricky's messy habits, Lucy divides the apartment in half—he can be a slob in his half, but not hers. Lucy gets the door and kitchen, while Ricky gets the bathroom and bedrooms. Unfortunately, Ricky-and his apartment-are going to appear in a magazine spread, and the photographer comes to the apartment!
9 9 1-09 / 009 The Fur Coat Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels November 9, 1951 December 10, 1951
Ricky borrows a mink coat for an act at the club, but Lucy thinks it's for her, and won't take it off. He arranges for Fred to pose as a burglar and "steal", it, but when a real thief comes in, Lucy manages to hang on to it!
10 10 1-10 / 010 Lucy Is Jealous of Girl Singer Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels November 16, 1951 December 17, 1951
Lucy, upset by a gossip column item that links Ricky's name with a girl at the club, dons a disguise and heads for the Tropicana.
11 11 1-11 / 011 Drafted Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels November 2, 1951 December 24, 1951
Lucy intercepts a letter for Ricky that asks him to appear at a local Army station. She becomes convinced that he has been drafted. When Ricky asks Fred to join him, Ethel thinks the same, and they begin knitting their husbands going away presents. Ricky and Fred, however, think the girls are pregnant.
12 12 1-12 / 012 The Adagio Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels November 23, 1951 December 31, 1951
Lucy hears that Ricky needs a dancer for the Parisian Apache dance number at the club, and thinks she can fill the bill. But her Parisian dance teacher has more than dancing in mind.
13 13 1-13 / 013 The Benefit Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels November 30, 1951 January 7, 1952
Ethel wants Ricky for the club's benefit show, but Lucy thinks a husband and wife team would be more appropriate.

Note: This episode was edited together with the episodes "Breaking the Lease" and "The Ballet", along with twenty minutes of new footage to create the unreleased I Love Lucy movie in 1953.

14 14 1-4 / 014 The Amateur Hour Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels December 7, 1951 January 14, 1952
Lucy makes an unexpected leap into show business when she takes care of a young boy who is to appear in an amateur hour. His desperate mother drops off his twin brother without telling Lucy, leaving her to take care of both rambunctiously rude children.

AbsentWilliam Frawley as Fred

15 15 1-5 / 015 Lucy Plays Cupid Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels December 13, 1951 January 21, 1952
Lucy's neighbor, Miss Lewis, has her eye on Mr. Ritter, the grocer. Lucy tries her hand at playing Cupid, but Mr. Ritter thinks that her dropped hints mean that she is attracted to him! Lucy must make herself a little less desirable to scare Mr. Ritter off.

Guest Stars: Bea Benaderet as Miss Lewis and Edward Everett Horton as Mr. Ritter. Benaderet was one of the original choices to play Ethel Mertz but was unavailable.

16 16 1-16 / 016 Lucy Fakes Illness Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels December 18, 1951 January 28, 1952
Lucy fears that if Ricky keeps refusing to hire her as part of his night club act, she may just have a nervous breakdown. She suffers from the "three stages" of one-amnesia, delusions of being Tallulah Bankhead and regression to childish behavior. Ricky learns of the trick and quickly turns the tables by inviting a "doctor" to the house to examine Lucy! Hal Marchappears as "himself".
17 17 1-17 / 017 Lucy Writes a Play Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels December 22, 1951 February 4, 1952
Playwright Lucy pens a drama with a Cuban locale. She figures Ricky for the star. The hitch: he refuses the part. So she changes her play from Cuba to England and has Fred take Ricky's spot. However, Ricky has decided to surprise Lucy and appear in the play...only problem is he has the wrong script.
18 18 1-18 / 018 Breaking the Lease Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels January 5, 1952 February 11, 1952
Everyone is having fun at a mirth-filled "at home" evening with the Ricardos and Mertzes. But when the Ricardos continue singing after Fred and Ethel go back downstairs to their apartment, the Mertzes, as landlords, decide that the Ricardos' merrymaking has gone too far.

Notes: I Love Lucy was briefly a radio program, also, and this episode, retitled "The Lease Breakers," was broadcast on February 27, 1952. Also, this episode was edited together with the episodes "The Benefit" and "The Ballet" to create the unreleased I Love Lucy movie.

19 19 1-19 / 019 The Ballet Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels January 11, 1952 February 18, 1952
Lucy performs an unexpected stint as a ballerina, then has a lesson in burlesque from a professional comic. Included is the classic routine "Slowly I Turned". Mary Wickes appears as the ballet teacher.

Notes: This episode was edited together with the episodes "The Benefit" and "Breaking the Lease" to create the unreleased I Love Lucy movie.

20 20 1-20 / 020 The Young Fans Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels January 18, 1952 February 25, 1952
A teenager (Janet Waldo) has a crush on Ricky. Lucy tries pairing her up with another teenager (Richard Crenna) who quickly thinks that Lucy herself has feelings for him! The "old" couple decide to make themselves appear a bit longer in the tooth to fool their young chargers.

Absent: William Frawley and Vivian Vance as Fred & Ethel Mertz

21 21 1-21 / 021 New Neighbors Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels January 25, 1952 March 3, 1952
After snooping in the new tenant's apartment, she finds herself over-hearing the couple talking about murdering her and Ricky; stealing their identities; and then blowing up the Capitol. Little does Lucy realize that the new tenants are rehearsing a scene for their job. Lucy sneaks out of the apartment and puts the apartment on lock-down as the Ricardos and Mertzes prepare to defend themselves. Hayden Rorke and K.T. Stevens both guest star as the new tenants.
22 22 1-22 / 022 Fred and Ethel Fight Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels January 30, 1952 March 10, 1952
The Mertzes have a row, and Lucy makes an attempt to patch up their marriage. In the end, it isn't their marriage that's in trouble; it's her own.
23 23 1-23 / 023 The Moustache Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels February 8, 1952 March 17, 1952
When Ricky grows a moustache, Lucy decides to fight fire with fire—she acquires a white beard. Things go bad when the beard won't come off and a movie agent decides to visit Ricky at the apartment.
24 24 1-24 / 024 The Gossip Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels February 15, 1952 March 24, 1952
The boys try to prove that women are bigger gossips than men.
25 25 1-25 / 025 Pioneer Women Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels February 22, 1952 March 31, 1952
The Mertzes and the Ricardos bet they can live the same pioneer existence as their ancestors. This episode contains the classic moment when Lucy's loaf of bread explodes from the oven.
26 26 1-26 / 026 The Marriage License Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels February 28, 1952 April 7, 1952
After taking another look at her marriage license, Lucy is not sure that she and Ricky are man and wife.
27 27 1-27 / 027 The Kleptomaniac Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels March 7, 1952 April 14, 1952
Ricky finds some extra money and silverware in the apartment and jumps to the conclusion that Lucy is a kleptomaniacJoseph Kearns guest stars.
28 28 1-28 / 028 Cuban Pals Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels March 14, 1952 April 21, 1952
A visiting Cuban dance troupe asks Ricky to do a number with "Little Renita Perez"—a little girl he used to dance with in Havana. Lucy's all for it—until she finds out that "Little Renita" isn't so "little" anymore. She takes Renita's place at the club-but Ricky switches numbers, and Lucy is chased by a man in full voodoo garb!
29 29 1-29 / 029 The Freezer Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels March 21, 1952 April 28, 1952
Lucy and Ethel have a meat freezer installed in the basement and celebrate by buying two sides of beef, unaware of how much a side is. Now they must try to get rid of the excess, by peddling it to customers outside a grocery, before Ricky and Fred find out. Lucy learns the hard way how cold it is - she gets locked inside and is frozen stiff!
30 30 1-30 / 030 Lucy Does a TV Commercial Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels March 28, 1952 May 5, 1952
Ricky needs a girl to act in a commercial for his television debut. Lucy immediately volunteers, but Ricky denies her. Irrepressible Lucy goes to the set anyway, and ends up in the sponsor's "Vitameatavegamin" health tonic commercial. As the tonic is 23% alcohol, Lucy soon ends up completely drunk.

AbsentVivian Vance as Ethel Mertz.

31 31 1-31 / 031 The Publicity Agent Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels April 4, 1952 May 12, 1952
Feeling that Ricky's publicity has fallen off, Lucy dreams up a stunt which involves her posing as the "Maharincess of Franistan."
32 32 1-32 / 032 Lucy Gets Ricky on the Radio Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels April 11, 1952 May 19, 1952
Lucy is so impressed at Ricky's correct answers to a radio quiz show that she gets him on the show as a contestant.
33 33 1-33 / 033 Lucy's Schedule Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels April 18, 1952 May 26, 1952
After being late for dinner with his new boss (Gale Gordon), Ricky is determined to teach Lucy the importance of punctuality, so he puts her on a rigid time schedule. Gordon was one of the early choices to play Fred Mertz but was unavailable. He later starred with Lucille Ball in each of her later series.
34 34 1-34 / 034 Ricky Thinks He Is Getting Bald Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels April 25, 1952 June 2, 1952
Ricky's receding hairline is giving him much concern, so Lucy decides to give him painful scalp treatments.
35 35 1-35 / 035 Ricky Asks for a Raise Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels May 2, 1952 June 9, 1952
At Lucy's insistence, Ricky tries to pressure his boss (Gale Gordon's second appearance as "Mr. Littlefield") into giving him a raise...only to get him fired. To get his job back, Lucy and the Mertzes pose as various club-goers who leave after hearing Ricky isn't performing at the club anymore.

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