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"The Quiz Show"
Season 1, Episode 5
# 5 overall in series (180 episodes)
The Quiz Show
Air date November 12, 1951
Written by Bob Carroll Jr.
Madelyn Davis
Jess Oppenheimer
Directed by Marc Daniels
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The Quiz Show is the fifth episode of the first season and also the 5th overall episode of I Love Lucy. Directed by Marc Daniels, it first aired on CBS-TV on November 12, 1951.

SynopsisEdit

Desperate to win a $1000 jackpot to balance her household accounts, Lucy agrees to a quiz show stunt in which she has to introduce a stranger to Ricky as her "long lost husband."

PlotEdit

With her household accounts in disarray, Lucy resorts to being a contestant on the game show "Females Are Fabulous" to win some money. The only catch is that she must introduce a stranger to Ricky as her "long-lost first husband." Lucy mistakes a bum at the door for the actor from the quiz show, so when the real actor comes over, she must do the charade all over again.

TriviaEdit

  • This is the first of three appearances of the character Freddie Fillmore.
  • For the "Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean" scene, Lucy took off her false eyelashes before filming, so as not to get them wet.
  • The original name for "Females Are Fabulous" was "Women Are Wonderful."
  • The Ricardos are shown to have liquor bottles in their living room in this episode. The liquor is taken away for future episodes, so the Ricardos didn't look like drunks.
  • The "real first husband" (not the bum) was played by Vivian Vance's husband at the time, Phil Ober.

QuotesEdit

Lucy: This is my system for paying bills. See, I throw 'em all up in the air, and those that land face-up are the winners!

Ethel: By "the winners," do you mean the ones you pay?

Lucy: Uh-huh!

Ethel: Well, what happens if they ALL land face-up?

Lucy: Well, then I switch- I only pay the ones that land face-down!

Lucy: Ricky, I want you to meet my SECOND first husband...

StarringEdit

Guest StarringEdit

  • John Emery as Harold
  • Lee Millar as Announcer
  • Frank Nelson as Freddie Fillmore
  • Philip Ober as Arnold
  • Hazel Pierce as Mrs. Peterson
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