I Love Lucy (1951–1957)
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Lucy Raises Tulips 

Lucy vies to beat Betty Ramsey when the two compete in a local gardening contest.



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Flower Judge
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Richard Keith ...
Little Ricky Ricardo (as Little Ricky)


Lucy has fully acclimated to her new suburban life with her green thumb and beautiful garden. She enters Westport's garden contest and is in direct competition with her new neighbor and friend, Betty Ramsey. Betty is amused at Lucy's efforts, but tells her that it's inconceivable that Lucy could win first prize. Infuriated at her smug attitude, Lucy and Betty get into a dust up. More arguing ensues when Ricky fails to mow the lawn and goes off to a baseball game. Lucy tries to use the Ramsey's power lawn mower and winds up 'mowing every lawn halfway' between her home and the main street of town. Worse, she has ruined Betty's garden and replaces her tulips with waxed ones. Ricky, contrite at what he's failed to do for his wife, agrees to finish the lawn at twilight and, without her knowing it, Lucy's tulip bed is very similar to Betty's. All comes to light the next day, in front of a panel of judges, under a very hot Connecticut sun. Written by gaelicguy

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Comedy | Family





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29 April 1957 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Lucy and Ethel threaten Ricky and Fred to mow the lawn it is learned that the men's full names are Enrique Alberto Ricardo y de Acha III and Frederick Hobart Edie Mertz I. Ricky's name borrows from Desi Arnaz's real name Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III. 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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What Made Them Professional
10 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

Now what I have always found remarkable about this episode, when Lucy is stuck on the out-of-control rider mower, is after she gets it to stop, she and Vivian Vance engage in one of the most brilliant exchanges of what transpired, but we have to rely entirely on Lucy's vivid description, nothing else.

Vance manages to ask each question, allowing Lucy to follow thru with the next response. Neither lady misses a beat. No doubt, by this time, they were masters of their craft, but I always envisioned this Lucy Ricardo stunt, then I finally realized there was no stunt, just writing and two comedic performers.

I suspect it may be difficult to catch today, as if it is shown in reruns on TVland, some of the dialogue may be edited, which is a shame, and I imagine that my own memory is embellishing the exchange somewhat considerably as well.

Still, I did enjoy it.

Ethel hears a crash. Lucy enters.

Ethel: Lucy, where have you been?

Lucy: Where haven't I been? I've seen parts of Connecticut I didn't even know existed.

E: Was there much damage?

L: Well, every lawn between here and town is half-mowed.

E: Did anyone see you?

L: The way people came running out, you would have thought I was Lady Godiva riding by.

E: You poor thing.

L: Then we got on the Boston post road. -- Against traffic all the way!

E: Oh, no, why did you do that?

L: It wasn't me, that beast has a mind of its own!

E: Were you scared?

L: Was I scared? If I skipped my next henna rinse, my roots would come in snowy white.

E: Well, how did you get it to stop?

L: Remember that hedge we were thinking about getting rid of? You don't have to worry about it anymore.

E: Was the mower damaged?

L: No, not a scratch on it. That thing is indestructible.

In truth, Lucy's adventure on the mower would have made a much better plot than the actual plot; a flower show in which the real tulips are replaced with wax ones that then melt in the hot sun.

Or maybe keeping this stunt as a supporting device made it so much more memorable.

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