I Love Lucy (1951–1957)
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Changing the Boys' Wardrobe 

The girls decide they are tired of Ricky and Fred wearing the same old worn out clothes at home and decide to make some changes.



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Episode credited cast:
Lucy Ricardo
Ricky Ricardo
Ethel Mertz
Fred Mertz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zeb Allen
Alberto Calderone ...
Joseph A. Mayer ...
Little Ricky Ricardo
Michael Mayer ...
Little Ricky Ricardo
Lee Millar ...
Paul Power ...
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The girls decide they are tired of Ricky and Fred wearing the same old worn out clothes at home and decide to make some changes.

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Comedy | Family





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7 December 1953 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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In this episode Fred has a sweater he had won boxing in the 1909 Golden Gloves. However, the first Golden Glove tournament took place in 1923, in Chicago, with miniature gloves given as prizes. See more »


Theme From 'I Love Lucy' (Instrumental)
Written by Eliot Daniel
Performed by Wilbur Hatch and the Desi Arnaz Orchestra
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Old Clothes and New Ideas
29 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

Ricky is upset at his publicist for his lack of recent publicity and calls him to complain. Getting ready to attend the movies to see the newest Marilyn Monroe movie ("How to Marry a Millionaire"?), Lucy is appalled that Ricky refuses to change out of his raggedy around-the-house clothes into something nice. Finally she browbeats into changing but when Fred and Ethel show up to join, Fred is dressed even worse than Ricky was, which makes a defiant Ricky change back into his own comfortable rags. They go off to the movies but (off camera) the girls refuse to walk with them and boys play up their hobo image with opening garbage cans and the like.

Ricky's publicist manages to wrangle a "Best Dressed" title for Ricky the next day and a smirking Ricky wants to surprise Lucy and Ethel with his title, inviting them to come to the club for a night out unaware that Ricky and Fred will be honored for their fashion sense. a devious Lucy however has her own secrets for the night.

This episode is funny but one of the more improbable plots for the show. We've never seen Ricky as a slob before on the show, why is he suddenly now one around the house? And being an entertainer he certainly is not likely to have gone to the movies dressed in old, torn clothes even if "Marilyn won't mind". The cast is great as always and Vivian Vance has a terrific bit when Lucy asks "How would you like to eat out tonight with the boys?" "Sure!" Ethel replies "What boys?"

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