I Love Lucy (1951–1957)

Lucy and the Loving Cup 

After Ricky makes fun of Lucy's new hat, she puts on a trophy that Ricky is supposed to present at a ceremony. She finds out it goes on a lot easier than it comes off.



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After Ricky makes fun of Lucy's new hat, she puts on a trophy that Ricky is supposed to present at a ceremony. She finds out it goes on a lot easier than it comes off.

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Comedy | Family





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7 January 1957 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Much of "I Love Lucy" is rightly described as timeless, but certain details also reveal significant differences between the culture in America in the mid-1950s and later times. In this episode, Lucy has a loving cup stuck on her head (you kinda had to be there to understand!), and is due to deliver the cup, and herself, to a banquet honoring jockey Johnny Longden. As she doesn't have much time to get there, Ethel suggests that they take the subway. Lucy agrees, but insists there isn't enough time for Ethel to change her clothes. Ethel is offended that Lucy would even suggest such a thing: "I have never ridden on a subway in my blue jeans, and I'm not gonna start now." New York City subway riders today observe no such dress code. See more »


In addition to stock footage of subway trains that was reversed, as noted elsewhere on this page, Lucy and Ethel's subway journey is full of continuity problems. The interior shots with the actors were shot on the Desilu stage, in a mock-up of a subway car with signs on the sides indicating "Lexington Avenue Local", "Flatbush Avenue" and "Woodlawn". The IRT Lexington Avenue Local (today the 6 train) runs between the Bronx and lower Manhattan, not into Brooklyn (where Lucy ends up). It is the express (today the 4 train) that runs from Woodlawn (Bronx) to Flatbush Avenue (Brooklyn). The Lexington Avenue Local would have been the closest line to the Ricardo/Mertz apartment building on East 68th Street (though their address of 623 would have been a block or so into the East River, as the addresses only go into the 500s!). That line does pass through Bleecker Street and Spring Street, in that order, as shown in the episode. The first train seen as an establishing shot for the subway car scenes is marked "AA", which was once a local version of the express "A" train, and is no longer in use today. The "A" route does go to Brooklyn, but it runs on Manhattan's West side, not the East side where Lucy and Ethel were traveling, and does not go through the Bleecker or Spring Street stations. As Lucy leaves Spring Street, the first train shown is marked "7 Times Square" (with a reversed image). This isn't even a North-South train, but rather a cross-town route that ends in Flushing, Queens. This cuts to a second shot, this time of the Westside "AA" train again, marked 168th Street, which would make it a Northbound train. Finally, arriving into Flatbush Avenue station, we see a train marked "New Lots Ave". The only train going to that station is the 3, which travels through Flatbush (Brooklyn), but does not go to Flatbush Avenue Station. See more »


Lucy Ricardo: [on the Flatbush Avenue subway platform, with a loving cup stuck on her head] Pardon me, can you tell me where I am?
Train Passenger: [looks at her, horrified] Yeah. You're on earth!
Lucy Ricardo: [she tries again with another bystander] Pardon me, where am I?
Train Passenger: Where are you... *what* are you?
Lucy Ricardo: Whatsa matter with everybody. Haven't you ever seen anybody with a loving cup on their head before?
Train Passenger: No, I haven't, and I've lived in Brooklyn for fifty-six years!
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Referenced in The Vampire Diaries: You're Undead to Me (2009) 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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