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"Sentimental Anniversary"
Season 3, Episode 15
#82 in Series
Network: CBS-TV
Air date: February 1, 1954
Written by: Bob Carroll Jr.
Madelyn Pugh
Jess Oppenheimer
Directed by: William Asher
Production code: 3-15 / 082
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Sentimental Anniversary was the 82nd episode of I Love Lucy, also the 15th episode of Season 3 of the series. The episode, was directed by William Asher, originally aired on CBS-TV on February 1, 1954.


The Ricardos want to spend their 13th wedding anniversary celebrating quietly at home. But when they find out the Mertzes are planing a surprise party for them, they have to find a way to sneak out of the closet they end up hiding in.


It's the Ricardos' wedding anniversary, and they plan to spend it alone, together. That's the plan, anyway.


  • For the scrapbook at the beginning of the episode, the writers specifically wanted to use the picture of Lucy and Desi on their wedding night. They knew that Lucy had this picture in her dressing room, on top of her cigarette box, and they indicated this amount of detail in the script as to which picture to use.
  • Ricky hides Lucy's stole martins inside the piano bench.
  • Lucy hides Ricky's golf clubs in the closet. Ricky hid the putter under the couch after he snuck a practice round.
  • This episode is directly mentioned in episode #96, when Ethel says that the reason the boys are so into golf is because Lucy bought Ricky the golf clubs for their anniversary.
  • Just like in episode #55, the pictures the Ricardos looked at from their scrapbook were real pictures of Lucy and Desi.
  • This is the sexiest we ever see Ethel. Her charm school outfit is a dress that is skin-tight, made of leopard print, and hangs off one shoulder. On her bare shoulder, she wears a golden snake-like coil bracelet.
  • Vivian Vance, who plays the part of Ethel Mertz, was fighting a really bad cold the night the episode was filmed..
  • We learn in this episode that the apartment that the Mertzes live in is apartment 3C.


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