I Love Lucy: Season 1, Episode 27

The Kleptomaniac (14 Apr. 1952)

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Lucy is the chairman of a bazaar for her club, but doesn't tell Ricky. When he finds all the cash and donations hidden in the apartment, he accuses her of being a compulsive thief.



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Lucy is the chairman of a bazaar for her club, but doesn't tell Ricky. When he finds all the cash and donations hidden in the apartment, he accuses her of being a compulsive thief.

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14 April 1952 (USA)  »

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The $200 that Ricky finds in Lucy's bag is worth ~$1600 in 2008 dollars. See more »


In the last scene of the episode, just after Lucy pulls a gun out of the guitar case, you can see the living room table has been propped up on four blocks to make it taller. See more »


Lucy Ricardo: Well it all started when I was a little girl. I was riding around on the streetcar and I looked up and there was a box and it said take one. So I took one.
Dr. Tom Robinson: Well there was nothing wrong with that.
Lucy Ricardo: Oh yes there waaaas. From then on, I took anything that came into my pretty hands, even though it didn't say take one. I took a bright new penny, I took a bicycle, I took a little boy!
Dr. Tom Robinson: You took a little boy?
Lucy Ricardo: Yeah, but my mother made me give him back!
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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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Corny but funny
15 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This show is such a gem! Even when things are ridiculous - such as Lucy keeping a baby elephant in the bedroom and having it appear at the fadeout - we love the show so much that we simply don't care! Lucy and Ethel are sensational in their scenes in the Ricardo living-room shocking Ricky and Fred into thinking that they may indeed be crooked.

Fans of baby boomer telly will notice Mr. Wilson of "Dennis the Menace" show up: Joseph Kearns is a psychiatrist who's posing as Ricky's friend.

Lucy's Ginger Rogers ("The Major and the Minor") type baby talk is a hoot as is her treatment of Ethel and her collection of purses.

Timing is so great and essential to real comedy and this show had it all. In spades.

Nearly 60 years ago this show premiered on television; doubtless it will never go off the air: it'll 'outlive' all of us.

Lucy herself once stated: "It's a nice thing to leave the world": millions of us agree, dear Lucy!

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