I Love Lucy: Season 4

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1

The Business Manager

Ricky hires a business manager, and Lucy finds him tighter with money than Ricky.

2

Mertz and Kurtz

Fred’s globetrotting old vaudeville partner, Barney Kurtz, shows up, so Fred says he’s a real-estate tycoon (with a red-headed maid to prove it). Actually, Barney&…

3

Lucy Cries Wolf

Lucy cries wolf once too often when she decides to see whether Ricky would come to her aid in an emergency. He assures her that he’d rush home from the club ““…

4

The Matchmaker

Lucy wants to nudge a shy couple to the altar. Lucy’s idea: show them how wonderful her and Ricky’s marriage is. Her plan: invite them to a quiet at-home dinner. A…

5

Mr. and Mrs. TV Show

Ricky is initially reluctant to host a new TV show when he learns that the sponsor prefers a husband-and-wife format. Nonetheless, he agrees to do the show. But when Lucy learn…

6

Ricky's Movie Offer

A Hollywood talent scout is coming over to the apartment to audition Ricky for a movie role. But Ricky won’t be the only one looking to attract the scout’s attentio…

7

Ricky's Screen Test

The term ““helpmate”“ takes on a new meaning when Lucy appears on a Hollywood movie lot. The cameras roll for Ricky’s screen test — but when…

8

Lucy's Mother-in-Law

Ricky’s mother comes to visit, and poor Lucy can’t speak Spanish. So she finds a Spanish-speaking mindreader and it works like a charm — as long as he’s aro…

9

Ethel's Birthday

Despite Ricky’s qualms, Lucy decides to help Fred pick out a birthday present for Ethel. The present turns out to be toreador pants, which Ethel decides are not only unfl…

10

Ricky's Contract

As Ricky paces the floor awaiting word from Hollywood about his screen test, Lucy enlists the Mertzes to distract him. The drastic steps taken by the trio to alleviate Ricky…

11

Getting Ready

California, here they come: Lucy and movie-star-to-be Ricky, plus Fred and Ethel, who are tagging along. Their mode of transport: a used Cadillac that Fred bought. And used it…

12

Lucy Learns to Drive

Lucy learns to drive — then teaches Ethel everything she knows. The crash course begins as Ricky buys a brand new convertible for their California trip. Lucy wants to learn t…

13

California, Here We Come!

The Ricardos and Mertzes head for California. But first, of coures, there are complications. The chief one: Lucy’s mother, who shows up and wants to accompany them. Ricky…

14

First Stop

The Ricardos and Mertzes have a hard time finding accommodations that will please everyone on their trip to California. They finally hit a greasy restaurant where stale cheese…

15

Tennessee Bound

The Ricardo-Mertz westward trek faces a delay — they’re all thrown in jail for speeding — in Bent Fork, Tenn., home of Lucy’s ““cousin”“…

16

Ethel's Home Town

The Ricardos and the Mertzes stop at Ethel’s hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico (Vivian Vance’s real-life hometown). Under the impression that Ethel has been called…

17

L.A. at Last

Lucy arrives in Hollywood with stars in her eyes. She heads for The Brown Derby, a celebrity hangout, where she encounters Eve Arden and William Holden — and inadvertentl…

18

Don Juan and the Starlets

Lucy is forced to lend Ricky to five dazzling starlets for a proposed evening of publicity pictures. She tries to wait up for him but falls asleep on the sofa and doesn’t…

19

Lucy Gets in Pictures

Lucy finally gets her shot at Hollywood stardom — as a chorus girl photographed in a lavish musical. But she had better not get a swelled head, because the headdress she has…

20

The Fashion Show

Lucy’s a model at a charity fashion show, but the redhead — wearing a scratchy tweed suit — is red all over from too much time in the California sun.

21

The Hedda Hopper Story

Lucy takes a dive in an effort to further Ricky’s career by creating a big splash in Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood column. Her scheme turns out to be ““all w…

22

Don Juan is Shelved

Ricky’s movie is shelved, so Lucy schemes to get Ricky another role. The plan: impress MGM studio boss Dore Schary by any means necessary, even…

23

Bull Fight Dance

Lucy literally blackmails Ricky into getting her a part in one of his guest appearances on television. He does get her a role — as a bull. When Lucy is displeased with th…

24

Hollywood Anniversary

Frantic over having forgotten the date of their wedding anniversary, Ricky tells Lucy that he has a big party planned in a famous nightclub. He doesn’t tell her when it i…

25

The Star Upstairs

Cornel Wilde becomes the one-hundredth movie star Lucy has seen in Hollywood; he is living in the penthouse directly above the Ricardo suite. Determined to get a glimpse of the…

26

In Palm Springs

Lucy and Ricky and Ethel and Fred are bored with each other so the gals head off to Palm Springs for a break. Rock Hudson guests as himself (and has a hand in getting the coupl…

27

The Dancing Star

Lucy begs Van Johnson to let her dance a number with him at the nightclub to impress her rival Caroline Appleby, who is visiting from New York. Van accepts the challenge by wal…

28

Lucy and Harpo Marx

Lucy decides to impersonate some Hollywood notables to impress nearsighted Caroline Appleby, who is visiting from New York. A mixup occurs when Lucy, having introduced her frie…

29

Ricky Needs an Agent

Ricky needs an agent, Lucy figures, so she nominates herself (unbeknownst to Ricky, of course) and heads off to negotiate with a studio executive to land him a role in a movie.…

30

The Tour

Lucy and Ethel are abandoned by their sightseeing bus tour when they try to get a grapefruit from Richard Widmark’s garden. When Lucy is stranded inside the garden wall,…

About I Love Lucy

I Love Lucy (1951 – 1960) is an American sitcom that centers on an unforgettable showbiz-wannabe redhead, her Cuban bandleader husband, and their landlords, who also happen to be their best friends and co-conspirators.
Technically, I Love Lucy ended May 6, 1957 with the sixth-season episode “The Ricardos Dedicate a Statue.” This set, however, collects the 13 episodes of what can be considered the successor to I Love Lucy, known as The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour. First airing on November 6, 1957, the show was more an offering of hour-long specials rather than a regular series — it was often months between shows. Picking up where I Love Lucy left off, Lucy (Lucille Ball), husband Ricky (Desi Arnaz), and best friends Ethel (Vivian Vance), and Fred (William Frawley) continue their popular comedy formula honed during the original series.

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