| Season 3, Episode 27 |
#94 in Series
|Air date:||May 3, 1954|
|Written by:|| Bob Carroll Jr.|
|Directed by:||William Asher|
|Production code:||3-27 / 094|
|IMDB||Tennessee Ernie Visits|
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Lucy's country cousin Ernie shows up from Bent Fork, Tennessee; He arrives in the big city with his guitar and a letter of introduction to the Ricardos. When he gets a shine to the big city life, he won't leave, So Lucy gets creative trying to find a way to get him to go home.
The Ricardos are forced to have a very, very distant relative/connection of Lucy's mother, Cousin Ernie, stay with them for a while. Cousin Ernie Ford hails from Bent Fork, Tennessee, and while he's a sweetheart, he has many annoying habits that make the Ricardos (particularly Ricky) want him gone. Lucy even tries dressing like a "wicked city woman" (which Ernie was warned about by his mother) to scare off Ernie by "vamping" him, but Ernie ends up liking getting vamped, which results in an aroused Ernie chasing Lucy around the apartment, until she escapes to the Mertezes where she then collaborates with Fred and Ethel to try to cook up another plot to get him to want to leave! The Ricardos don't know what else to do to get rid of Ernie!
- Lucille Ball ... as Lucy Ricardo
- Desi Arnaz ... as Ricky Ricardo
- Vivian Vance ... as Ethel Mertz
- William Frawley ... as Fred Mertz