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"I Love Lucy:" Season 2
Season 2
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Season 2 DVD Cover
Episodes 31
Aired from September 15, 1952 - June 29, 1953
Premiere Job Switching
Finale Never Do Business With Friends
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I Love Lucy season two lasted from September 15, 1952 to June 29, 1953, with a total of 31 episodes.


Season 2 (1952-53) Edit

# # in Series Prod. Code Title Written by Directed by Film Date Original Air Date
1 36 2-1 / 036 The Anniversary Present Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels May 9, 1952 September 29, 1952
Ricky asks a neighbor, Grace Foster (Gloria Blondell), to help him surprise Lucy with an anniversary present, but Lucy gets the wrong idea.
2 37 2-2 / 037 The Handcuffs Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels May 16, 1952 October 6, 1952
One of Lucy's practical jokes backfires when she and Ricky are locked without a key in a pair of antique handcuffs.
3 38 2-3 / 038 The Operetta Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

Marc Daniels May 23, 1952 October 13, 1952
Lucy and Ethel decide to write an operetta, and Lucy pays for the costumes and scenery with a post-dated check. Meanwhile, Ethel and Ricky persuade the chorus to join in whenever Lucy, playing "Camille, Queen of the Gypsies," starts to sing.
4 39 2-4 / 039 Job Switching Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher May 30, 1952 September 15, 1952
Ricky and Fred think doing housework is much easier than earning money. Lucy and Ethel feel the opposite. So the boys try doing the housework while the girls attempt to hold down a job at a candy factory. Problems soon arise on both fronts. Ricky and Fred cause a huge mess in the apartment by burning the clothes with irons and getting food all over the kitchen. Lucy and Ethel find themselves fighting against a speedy belt of chocolate. Elvia Allman guest stars.
  • In 1996, TV Guide included this episode as part of its "100 Most Memorable Moments in TV History", ranking it # 2.[1]
5 40    2-5 / 040 The Saxophone Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher June 6, 1952 September 22, 1952
Lucy plots to join Ricky's band for a series of one-night engagements by trying to play a saxophone. There's only one problem: she can't play a single note.
6 41    2-6 / 041 Vacation from Marriage Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher August 1, 1952 October 27, 1952
Bored with married life, Lucy and Ethel decide that a few days away from their husbands would be a welcome change.
7 42    2-7 / 042 The Courtroom Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher August 8, 1952 November 10, 1952
The Ricardos buy the Mertzes a new TV set for their wedding anniversary. When Ricky tries hooking it up, the picture tube explodes! In retaliation, Fred marches up to the Ricardo apartment and kicks in their own picture tube. The whole issue ends up with both couples in court.
8 43    2-8 / 043 Redecorating Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher August 15, 1952 November 17, 1952
Ricky decides to fool Lucy into thinking she's won a new home furnishings contest. But the joke backfires when Lucy sells all their furniture.
9 44    2-9 / 044 Ricky Loses His Voice Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher August 22, 1952 November 24, 1952
Ricky catches a cold and loses his voice during rehearsals for a new show, prompting Lucy to secretly stage the show herself. Arthur Q. Bryan appears as Ricky's new boss.
10 45    2-10 / 045 Sales Resistance Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher August 29, 1952 January 26, 1953
When Lucy buys yet another new gadget, Ricky complains that she's "got no sales resistance." Sheldon Leonard guest stars as the salesman.
11 46    2-11 / 046 The Inferiority Complex Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher September 6, 1952 February 2, 1953
A handsome psychiatrist might be the cure for Lucy's "inferiority complex." Gerald Mohr guest stars as "Dr. Molin" (aka "Chuck Stewart").
12 47 2-12 / 047 The Club Election Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher September 12, 1952 February 16, 1953
It's Lucy versus Ethel for President of the Wednesday Afternoon Fine Arts League.
13 48    2-13 / 048 The Black Eye Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher September 19, 1952 March 9, 1953
The Mertzes won't accept Lucy's truthful explanation of how she got a black eye.
14 49    2-14 / 049 Lucy Changes Her Mind Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher September 26, 1952 March 30, 1953
Whether it's getting dressed or ordering dinner at a restaurant, Lucy seems unable to finish anything without changing her mind. Ricky loses his temper, so Lucy tries to play a trick with an old, unfinished love letter to a beau from high school. Fred warns Ricky of Lucy's plot, and Lucy is soon in over her head.
15 50    2-15 / 050 Lucy Is Enceinte Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher October 3, 1952 December 8, 1952
Lucy feels strange, and tells Ethel. She responds by suggesting Lucy might be pregnant! Lucy laughs...but comes back from a doctor's visit and reveals that Ethel was right. Lucy tries to prepare the "perfect" moment to tell Ricky, but his business at the club keeps him away. Eventually, Lucy anonymously requests that Ricky perform his song "We're Having A Baby" at the club. Ricky gets quite a surprise when he finds out who requested the song!

1The title of the episode uses the French word for "pregnant," Ball's way to get around the network censor restriction at the time which barred the word "pregnant" from being spoken or referred to directly.

16 51  2-16 / 051 Pregnant Women Are Unpredictable Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher October 10, 1952 December 15, 1952
With the baby coming, Ricky decides that Lucy should stay in bed while he does the chores.
17 52    2-17 / 052 Lucy's Show Biz Swan Song Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher October 17, 1952 December 22, 1952
Even with motherhood fast approaching, Lucy still wants to be in Ricky's "Gay 90's Revue."
18 53    2-18 / 053 Lucy Hires an English Tutor Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher October 24, 1952 December 29, 1952
Lucy wants her baby to be raised in the "proper vocal environment," so she hires a tutor (Hans Conried) to teach Ricky proper English diction. The tutor turns out to be a struggling actor, and hopes that Ricky will give him a break. Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel all sing a ridiculous song composed by the tutor.|
19 54 2-19 / 054 Ricky Has Labor Pains Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher October 31, 1952 January 5, 1953
With all the attention that mother-to-be Lucy has been getting, father-to-be Ricky feels neglected.
20 55 2-20 / 055 Lucy Becomes a Sculptress Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher November 7, 1952 January 12, 1953
No child should grow up without artistic influence, so Lucy takes up sculpting. When Ricky scoffs, Lucy arranges for an art critic to arrive and judge her work. When her sculpture accidentally breaks, though, she ends up disguising herself as a bust to fool the critic.
21 56 2-21 / 056 Lucy Goes to the Hospital Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher November 14, 1952 January 19, 1953
With the baby due at any moment, Ricky and the Mertzes carefully rehearse the trip to the hospital. But when the fateful moment actually comes, things don't go quite so smoothly. When they eventually get there, Lucy stays in labor for quite a while, so Ricky goes to do a show at the club. He is in full tribal face makeup when the call comes from the hospital, and he rushes over still in costume!

2This episode aired the same day Lucille Ball's son Desi Arnaz, Jr. was born. For five episodes after this one, any scene featuring Lucy was filmed in advance to accommodate Ball's leave, with bookending scenes featuring only the other cast members filmed closer to the actual airdate.

22 57 2-22 / 057 No Children Allowed Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher March 20, 1953 April 20, 1953
The Ricardos' lease says no children allowed, and the squalling new baby doesn't help matters with the landlord. This episode marked the beginning of a recurring character- Mrs. Trumbull (Elizabeth Patterson).
23 58 2-23 / 058 Lucy Hires a Maid Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher March 27, 1953 April 27, 1953
Ricky hires a maid because Lucy keeps falling asleep during the day from staying up nights with the new baby. Verna Felton guest stars as the pushy, demanding maid.
24 59 2-24 / 059 The Indian Show Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher April 3, 1953 May 4, 1953
Ricky is planning an Indian number for his nightclub act, and assumes that motherhood has ended Lucy's show business ambitions. No such luck, as Lucy persuades the girl singer in the number to switch places with her.
25 60 2-25 / 060 Lucy's Last Birthday Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher April 10, 1953 May 11, 1953
When it seems that everyone has forgotten Lucy's birthday, she becomes depressed and wanders around town. She meets the "Friends of the Friendless" in the park, and joins the ranks of the unhappy mob. They all march to Ricky's club to protest-where a surprise party is waiting for the birthday girl! This episode features Ricky singing "I Love Lucy", a version of the show's theme song with lyrics.
26 61 2-26 / 061 The Ricardos Change Apartments Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher April 16, 1953 May 18, 1953
Lucy thinks they need a bigger apartment, but Ricky says they can't afford it.
27 62 2-27 / 062 Lucy Is Matchmaker Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher April 25, 1953 May 25, 1953
Lucy tries to fix up her girlfriend with a bachelor friend of the Mertzes but ends up as an unwitting third party in a love triangle. Hal March guest stars.
28 63 2-28 / 063 Lucy Wants New Furniture Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher May 1, 1953 June 1, 1953
When Lucy buys a new sofa and coffee table without Ricky's permission, he says she'll have to pay for it out of her allowance. To save money, Lucy attempts to make her own clothes and gives herself a home perm.
29 64 2-29 / 064 The Camping Trip Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher May 8, 1953 June 8, 1953
Lucy develops an annoying attachment to Ricky. She finally goes too far when she decides to join him and his friends on a camping trip. Fred suggests that Ricky take Lucy into the wilderness for some "camping practice" to scare her, but Lucy and Ethel team up to thwart their husbands.
30 65 2-30 / 065 Ricky's 'Life' Story Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher May 15, 1953 October 5, 1953
A magazine does a picture story on Ricky's life, but Lucy's not in it. Lucy decides to upstage Ricky during his "Lady in Spain" number at the club. .
31 66    2-31 / 066 Ricky and Fred Are TV Fans Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher May 22, 1953 June 22, 1953
Ricky and Fred are excited about watching a big fight on TV. Lucy and Ethel claim that they will have a wonderful time away from their husbands. While Ricky and Fred stay glued to the set, Lucy and Ethel are mistaken for jewel thieves. Frank Nelson and Allen Jenkins guest star
32 67    2-32 / 067 Never Do Business With Friends Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher May 29, 1953 June 29, 1953
A beautiful friendship is almost ruined when the Ricardos sell their old washing machine to the Mertzes, who find that it needs repairs and demand their money back, but then change their mind again. In the ensuing argument over who owns the machine, the couples push the washer off the balcony.Herb Vigran guest stars.

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