I Love Lucy: Season 1, Episode 18

Breaking the Lease (11 Feb. 1952)

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The Ricardos try to break their lease after a fight with the Mertzes.


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The Ricardos try to break their lease after a fight with the Mertzes.

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Comedy | Family




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In this episode, as in another, you can see Lucy reading magazines with Lucy and Desi on the covers. In this episode, "Breaking the Lease," when Lucy is packing to move out after a fight with the Mertzes, on the coffee table is a magazine with Lucy and Desi on its cover. In another episode, ''Ricky is Jealous," Lucy is resting in a chair, being very pregnant. She is reading a magazine featuring an article listed on its cover about Lucy and Desi expecting their baby in real life. The magazine can be clearly seen. See more »


Throughout the series, Lucy's abhorring singing voice is a reoccurring plot point, but when she's singing with Ricky and the Mertzs (as well as in episode "California Here We Come!") her singing voice sounds fine. See more »


Ricky Ricardo: Honey I won't be home until late tonight. I have to rehearse down at the club.
Lucy Ricardo: Ricky, why don't you hold the rehearsal here?
Ricky Ricardo: Honey are you crazy? I got a 16 piece band, I'll blow the roof off the joint!
Lucy Ricardo: Well? It doesn't look like rain.
Ricky Ricardo: [thinks about it] I'll do it!
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Edited into I Love Lucy (1953) See more »


Sweet Sue, Just You
Sung by Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley
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Nertz to The Mertz!!
18 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the funniest I LOVE LUCY episodes, "Breaking the Lease" starts off with longtime friends Lucy & Ricky & Fred & Ethel enjoying a long night of singing around the piano and reminiscing about their wonderful friendship. Sometime after 2 am the Mertzs decide to go home and go to bed and after Lucy and Ricky decide to sing a duet, call up and let them know the Ricardo "noise" is not appreciated. Incensed, they also decide to go to sleep but not before a spat about keeping the bedroom window open or close which results in another sharp phone call from the Mertzs. The final straw is when the Ricardo's leaky bathroom faucet keeps them up and Ricky's noisy attempts at fixing it result in yet another testy call which the Ricardos respond to in kind, insulting the Mertz's about their antique plumbing system. The Ricardos announce they are moving out which the Mertzs are only to pleased to hear but when Ethel coldly informs Lucy she will be expecting the full five months rent for the remaining months on their lease Ricky concocts a scheme that the Ricardos will be the loudest, most disagreeable tenants the Mertzs will gladly tear up the lease.

This episode is hilarious and fun and one of the classic Ricardo/Mertz feuds with the "boys" just as bad as the girls this time around. Indeed, Ricky is the one to come up with the sneaky break the lease scheme which normally would have been from Lucy's brain! Lots of good laughs as Lucy, Ricky, and their mysterious guests stomp away to "The Mexican Hat Dance" (the other players include Lucille Ball's longtime friend actress Barbara Pepper in one of her many bit appearances on ILL and Lucy and Desi's stand-ins, Hazel Pierce and Bennett Green.

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