I Love Lucy (1951–1957)
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Lucy Wants to Move to the Country 

After spending an idyllic weekend in Connecticut with friends, Lucy decides she wants to change her surroundings entirely.



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Episode credited cast:
Ricky Ricardo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eleanor Spaulding
Joe Spaulding


Lucy waxes longingly when she tells Ethel of the wonderful weekend she and Ricky had with friends who live in the suburbs. She mentions that there's a house for sale, but she can't convince Ricky to move. Ethel is very anxious of the idea of not having Lucy right next door to her, but Ricky confides in the Mertzes that he has put a $500 deposit on the house as surprise anniversary present for his wife. When Lucy catches Ethel crying, she wonders what's wrong and Ricky's surprise is out. Lucy can't imagine life away from Ethel and convinces Ricky that she wants to stay in her New York apartment. But the owner and his wife will not refund Ricky his deposit, so Lucy and the Mertzes venture out to Westport, to convince the couple that they don't belong there. Things go awry, but when Ethel tells Lucy she doesn't blame her for wanting to live in this lovely colonial home, Lucy tells Ricky, definitively, that she wants the house after all. Written by gaelicguy

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Comedy | Family






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28 January 1957 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Eleanor Audley, who plays Mrs.Eleanor Spaulding, owner of the house in Westport, CT that the Ricardos are purchasing, has worked With Lucille Ball prior to this episode: she portrayed Mother Cooper, Liz (Lucille Ball's) domineering, smothering mother-in-law on the radio show "My Favorite Husband." See more »


While Lucy tries to convince Ricky how dirty city living is, several spots of dirt suddenly appear on Ricky's suit coat, near his right shoulder. Moments later, just before the Mertzes arrive, the spots are gone. See more »


Lucy Ricardo: [after Ricky puts down a deposit on a house in the country, Lucy changes her mind and doesn't want to leave Ethel and Fred] There must be some way to get that $500 back. Fred, you know about real estate and things. Isn't there some way that we can make Mr Spaulding give, um, give that deposit back?
Fred Mertz: Well, I don't know, unless you could fix it some way to make him think you're undesirable, and he didn't want you to have the house.
Lucy Ricardo: Hey, that's a good idea.
Fred Mertz: Yeah.
Lucy Ricardo: Now let's think. How can we do that?
Ethel Mertz:
Lucy Ricardo:
Ethel Mertz:
Fred Mertz:
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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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