| Season 3, Episode 1 |
#68 in Series
|Air date:||October 12, 1953|
|Written by:|| Bob Carroll Jr.|
|Directed by:||William Asher|
|Production code:||3-1 / 068|
|IMDB||The Girls Go Into Business|
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The Girls Go Into Business was the 68th episode of I Love Lucy, also the 1st and opening episode of Season 3 of the series. The episode, was directed by William Asher, originally aired on CBS-TV on October 12, 1953.
Lucy and Ethel buy a dress shop on a shoestring, but they wind up in the red.
Fred and Ricky are thinking about going into business, and Lucy and Ethel announce that Hansen's, their favorite dress shop, is up for sale. The boys say how they'd know absolutely nothing about running a dress shop, and Lucy and Ethel say that they don't have to do anything- they'll do all the work. Fred and Ricky are wary about this proposition, but Lucy and Ethel go ahead and buy the store anyway, without their husbands knowing. The store seemed to be booming with business when Lucy and Ethel bought it, but now that they own it, the only sales they're getting are coming out of their own purses.
They get into more trouble when Mrs. Hansen tells Lucy her check for the store bounced. Lucy says that Ricky can attest to the fact that the check is good, but she lies and says he only speaks Spanish. Mrs. Hansen says that she knows Spanish. So, Lucy rushes home and makes up an excuse for Ricky to say "the check is good" in Spanish ("El cheque esta` bueno."). The girls still need to sell the store, so Lucy plans to use the sick old grandmother bit on Mrs. Hammond that Mrs. Hammond originally used on Lucy and Ethel to make them pay full price for the store. But when she goes downtown to the store in an old woman disguise and wheelchair, she finds out that Ethel has left a note on the door, saying that she found a buyer for the store and was down at the bank signing the papers.
- Lucille Ball ... as Lucy Ricardo
- Desi Arnaz ... as Ricky Ricardo
- Vivian Vance ... as Ethel Mertz
- William Frawley ... as Fred Mertz