"The Adagio"
Season 1, Episode 12
#12 in Series
The Adagio
Network: CBS-TV
Air date: December 31, 1951
Written by: Bob Carroll Jr.
Madelyn Davis
Jess Oppenheimer
Directed by: Marc Daniels
Production code: 1-12 / 012
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The Adagio is the twelfth episode of the first season of I Love Lucy, as well the 13th overall series episode. First airing on December 31, 1951 on CBS-TV, it was directed by Marc Daniels, and written by Bob Carroll, Jr., Madelyn Davis, and Jess Oppenheimer.


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.


Lucy hires an Apache dancer from Paris to teach her the moves for Ricky's new act at the club. But the overly romantic Romeo decides to fight Ricky for Lucy's honor, via a pistol-fueled duel.


  • Ricky discusses moving to the country with Lucy in this episode. The Ricardos won't move to the country until season 6, but obviously, Lucy forgot this long-ago conversation with Ricky. Otherwise, she would have known that Ricky wasn't opposed to the idea.
  • In season 1, a preview of the next week's episode was shown at the end of the show to entice viewers. This was the first episode to have such a preview.
  • Jean Valjean Ramon really has a wife and five kids.
  • Ethel insults Jean Valjean Ramon by calling him a "crepe suzette." This is even funnier when you remember that Ethel makes crepe suzettes for Lucy to serve to Eleanor Harris in episode #83.

Scene excerptEdit

  • Ricky: (about Fred crossing fingers) What's that for?

Fred: Well, I'm always hoping that this time'll be the charm.

Ricky: What do you mean?

Fred: Ethel keeps going out to put on a new face, but she always comes back with the old one...

  • Lucy: There's just two things keeping me from dancing in that show.

Fred: Your feet?

  • Fred: Who's dueling?

Lucy: Ricky and Jean Valjean Ramon.

Fred: All four of 'em?!


Guest StarringEdit

  • Shepard Menken as Jean Valijean Raymand