I Love Lucy (1951–1957)
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The I Love Lucy Christmas Show 

On Christmas Eve, the Ricardos and the Mertzes recall past events in their lives, as seen in clips from past episodes.


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Episode cast overview:
Richard Keith ...
Little Ricky (as Keith Thibodeaux)
A. Cameron Grant ...
Santa Claus (as Cameron Grant)


It's that time of year again. Christmas! Ricky and Lucy tell Little Ricky all about Santa claus, each in their own unique way. Then Little Ricky is sent to bed and then Fred and Ethel come with the Christmas tree. Lucy has Fred saw off several branches while the gang recall the time Lucy announced to Ricky she was "expectant" with Little Ricky. They also recall the time Lucy forced herself to be in Ricky's barbershop quartet. Back to the present, Fred has overtrimmed the tree and is sent out to buy another one. He soon returns with another tree and is overjoyed, because due to the time of day, he got the tree at half price. The gang then recalls the night Lucy announced the baby was ready to come and everybody frantically races off to the hospital--forgetting Lucy. Well, Christmas morning soon arrives and Ricky, Lucy, Ethel and Fred are each dressed as Santa Claus. Suddenly, in comes a 5th Santa. It was Fred! It turns out the 4th Santa was in fact THE Santa Claus. He disappears as the... Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

24 December 1956 (USA)  »

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(colorized version)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode is referred to as "The Lost Episode" because it was not included in the syndication package. It was not included because of its Christmas theme and because it mostly consists of flashbacks to previous episodes. This episode remained unseen until the year Lucille Ball passed away and was aired by CBS on December 18, 1989. In December 1990 CBS aired a colorized version of the episode. See more »


After Fred sets the Christmas tree in the Ricardo's living room, Ricky asks how it looks. Lucy tells Ricky that "there's a branch on the right side that spoils the shape". Ricky asks her which one and she walks up to the tree, grabs the branch with her fingers and, with Ricky and Fred both watching, tells Ricky that's the branch she's talking about and asks Fred to get a saw and cut it off. Fred whips a saw out of his pocket, walks up to the Christmas tree, and proceeds to cut off a totally different branch. See more »

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Theme From 'I Love Lucy' (Instrumental)
Written by Eliot Daniel
Performed by Wilbur Hatch and the Desi Arnaz Orchestra
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The "lost" episode
23 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Christmastime with the Ricardos, the Mertzes and Little Ricky. Little Ricky wants to see Santa. Naturally Lucy dresses as him to surprise the little boy.

Basically this isn't a new episode--it contains plenty of flashbacks to previous seasons. I heard this was considered lost and was found under Desi Arnazs' bed after his death. It was restored and aired (just once) on CBS in 1989. It's not great but just seeing the old gang in a somewhat "new" episode was plenty of fun. This is probably still out of syndication because of the flashbacks but worth catching if you're a Lucy fan.

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