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I Love Lucy: Season 3
Season 3
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Season 3 DVD Cover
Episodes 31
Aired from October 5, 1953 - May 24, 1954
Premiere Ricky's 'Life' Story
Finale The Sublease
Season guide
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I Love Lucy season three lasted from October 5, 1953 to May 24, 1954, with a total of 31 episodes.


Season 3 (1953-54)Edit

# # in Series Prod. Code Title Written by Directed by Film Date Original Air Date
1 68 3-1 / 068 The Girls Go Into Business Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher September 11, 1953 October 12, 1953
Lucy and Ethel buy a dress shop on a shoestring, but they wind up in the red.
2 69    3-2 / 069 Lucy and Ethel Buy the Same Dress Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher September 17, 1953 October 19, 1953
The girls are going to appear on TV with their club, having chosen to sing Cole Porter's "Friendship" in celebration of their bond. Everybody's pleased, until the two women buy the same dress for the occasion.
3 70 3-3 / 070 Equal Rights Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher September 24, 1953 October 26, 1953
Tired of Ricky and Fred's attitude towards them, the girls demand equal rights. Ricky and Fred turn the tables on them when, out to dinner, they call for separate checks, and Ethel and Lucy, lacking any money in their purses, must wash dishes to pay for their meals.
4 71  3-4 / 071 Baby Pictures Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher October 1, 1953 November 2, 1953
The Ricardos have decided they're not going to brag about their new baby.
5 72 3-5 / 072 Lucy Tells the Truth Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher October 8, 1953 November 9, 1953
Ricky bets Lucy that she can't go twenty-four hours without telling a fib. Problems begin when Lucy starts being brutally frank with everyone.
6 73 3-6 / 073 The French Revue Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher October 15, 1953 November 16, 1953
Ricky's going to stage a French Revue at his club and Lucy bets him fifty dollars that she can get into the act no matter what he does to stop her.
7 74 3-7 / 074 Redecorating the Mertzes' Apartment Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher October 22, 1953 November 23, 1953
The Ricardos help the Mertzes redecorate their apartment. They paint the walls and cover the furniture - in typical Ricardo fashion.
8 75 3-8 / 075 Too Many Crooks Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher October 29, 1953 November 30, 1953
The police are looking for "Madame X," the mysterious cat burglar. Due to mutual misunderstandings, Lucy is suspected by the Mertzes, and Ethel is suspected by the Ricardos.
3 76 3-9 / 076 Changing the Boys' Wardrobe Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher November 5, 1953 December 7, 1953
Ricky and Fred infuriate the girls by wearing their oldest clothes in public. So Lucy and Ethel secretly sell their husbands' clothes to a second-hand clothes dealer. Hans Conried guest stars.
10 77    3-10 / 077 Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher November 12, 1953 December 14, 1953
A visit to the eye doctor leaves Lucy's vision hopelessly blurred for the rest of the day. But that doesn't stop her from auditioning a jitterbug number at the club.
11 78 3-11 / 078 Ricky's Old Girlfriend Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher November 19, 1953 December 21, 1953
Lucy wants to know about Ricky's old girlfriends, so he invents one named Carlotta Romero. Then a singer with that name shows up in town.
12 79    3-12 / 079 The Million-Dollar Idea Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher November 26, 1953 January 11, 1954
Lucy concocts a delicious salad dressing, and Fred tells her she ought to sell it. Marketing the product as "Aunt Martha's Old Fashioned Salad Dressing," the girls manage to receive hundreds of orders. The problem: they've priced the product so cheaply that it will cost them rather than make them money.
13 80    3-13 / 080 Ricky Minds the Baby Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher December 3, 1953 January 18, 1954
Ricky decides that Lucy deserves a rest, so he offers to take care of Little Ricky, who wanders into the Mertzs' apartment while he is distracted.
14 81 3-14 / 081 The Charm School Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher December 10, 1953 January 25, 1954
After seeing the boys give a pretty girl the eye, Lucy and Ethel decide to go to charm school. Future Gilligan's Island star Natalie Schafer appears as the charm school instructor.
15 82 3-15 / 082 Sentimental Anniversary Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher December 17, 1953 February 1, 1954
It's the Ricardos' wedding anniversary, and they plan to spend it alone, together. That's the plan, anyway.
16 83 3-16 / 083 Fan Magazine Interview Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher January 7, 1954 February 8, 1954
The Ricardos prepare for an interview with a reporter from a fan magazine by putting on their best clothes and manners.
17 84  3-17 / 084 Oil Wells Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher January 14, 1954 February 15, 1954
Lucy and Ethel learn that their new neighbors own stock in a Texas oil well.
18 85    3-18 / 085 Ricky Loses His Temper Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher January 21, 1954 February 22, 1954
Lucy has a scheme that's sure to net her a new hat. All she has to do is get Ricky to lose his temper.
19 86  3-19 / 086 Home Movies Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher January 28, 1954 March 1, 1954
Ricky's home movies inspire Lucy to become a professional moviemaker, with disastrous results when Ricky's TV pilot is shown with Lucy's footage (which was a disaster to begin with) spliced in.
20 87    3-20 / 087 Bonus Bucks Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher February 4, 1954 March 8, 1954
Lucy has the winning dollar bill in the newspaper's "Bonus Buck" contest, but lets it slip through her fingers. Now she has only a few hours left to get it back.
21 88    3-21 / 088 Ricky's Hawaiian Vacation Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher February 11, 1954 March 22, 1954
Ricky's band gets an offer to play in Honolulu. Lucy disguises herself as her mother and goes on a TV game show to try to raise enough money so she and Mertzes can go along.
22 89   3-22 / 089 Lucy Is Envious Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher February 16, 1954 March 29, 1954
After Lucy inadvertently pledges a five-hundred dollar donation to the charity run by her rich high-school pal, she and Ethel pose as "women from Mars" to earn the money. Herb Vigranguest stars.
23 90    3-23 / 090 Lucy Writes a Novel Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher March 4, 1954 April 5, 1954
Lucy reads about a housewife who makes a fortune writing a novel in her spare time, so she takes a crack at it by writing her first novel, "Real Gone with the Wind." However, Ricky, Ethel, and Fred don't like the way Lucy has portrayed them and try to stop the book from being published.
24 91    3-24 / 091 Lucy's Club Dance Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher March 11, 1954 April 12, 1954
The girls decide to raise money for their Wednesday Afternoon Fine Arts League by sponsoring a dance.
25 93 3-25 / 093 The Diner Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher March 18, 1954 April 26, 1954
Ricky decides to quit show business, and the Ricardos and the Mertzes decide to open up a diner. The Mertzes struggle with all the difficult cooking, while Ricky only has to be the greeter. Because of a road detour, there are few customers.
26 92 3-26 / 092 The Black Wig Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher March 25, 1954 April 19, 1954
Lucy dons a black wig, believing it changes her appearance enough to test Ricky's marital fidelity. Eve McVeagh guest stars.
27 94 3-27 / 094 Tennessee Ernie Visits Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher April 1, 1954 May 3, 1954
Tennessee Ernie Ford shows up in the big city with his guitar and a letter of introduction to the Ricardos.
28 95    3-28 / 095 Tennessee Ernie Hangs On Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher April 8, 1954 May 10, 1954
Ernie is still boarding at the Ricardos'. They try to get resources to pay for his travel home.
29 96 3-29 / 096 The Golf Game Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher April 15, 1954 May 17, 1954
The girls take up golf, and in an attempt to scare them off, Ricky and Fred complicate the game's rules and regulations. Golf champion Jimmy Demaret guest stars as himself.
30 97    3-30 / 097 The Sublease Jess Oppenheimer

Madelyn Pugh Bob Carroll, Jr.

William Asher April 22, 1954 May 24, 1954
The Ricardos have sublet their apartment. But Lucy, deciding they were too hasty, decides to frighten away the new tenant. After discovering that the new tenant was a witness in a murder trial, Lucy and Ethel decide to stage a murder in front of him.

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