"The Sublease"
Season 3, Episode 30
#97 in Series
Network: CBS-TV
Air date: May 24, 1954
Written by: Bob Carroll Jr.
Madelyn Pugh
Jess Oppenheimer
Directed by: William Asher
Production code: 3-30 / 097
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The Sublease was the 97th episode of I Love Lucy, also the 31st episode and finale episode of Season 3 of the series. The episode, was directed by William Asher, originally aired on CBS-TV on May 24, 1954.


The Ricardos have sublet their apartment. But Lucy, deciding they were too hasty, decides to frighten away the new tenant. After discovering that the new tenant was a witness in a murder trial, Lucy and Ethel decide to stage a murder in front of him.

Plot summaryEdit

Ricky has a gig playing at a summer resort in Maine, and while they're gone, the Ricardos decide to sublet their $125-a-month apartment for $300 a month. This starts a feud between the Ricardos and the Mertzes. When they finally agree to split the $300 down the middle, they settle on subletting the apartment to Mr. Beecher, a nervous wreck of a man who needs time to relax after being a witness on a murder trial. Once Mr. Beecher is moved in, Ricky finds out that the gig in Maine has been canceled. Where will they live now? The Mertzes offer to let the Ricardos stay with them, but the crowded conditions just cause friction between the two couples. Lucy tries her best to find an apartment for the summer, but she's not having good luck. If only she could get rid of Mr. Beecher!

Lucy and Ethel decide to pretend to put on a murder scene, so Mr. Beecher will run away. Ethel storms in the Ricardos' apartment with a toy gun, accusing Lucy of having an affair with Fred. They put on a good fake performance, and Mr. Beecher runs out, wailing.

Lucy and Ethel proudly return to the Mertzes' apartment, to tell everyone the good news. But the good news quickly becomes bad news. Fred just got home from finding the Ricardos a summer apartment, and he's already put down a deposit for the next two months! And what's worse, the Ricardos won't even need ONE apartment, let alone two, because Ricky's just been offered another summer job, this time in Del Mar, California!


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