I Love Lucy (1951–1957)
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Little Ricky Learns to Play the Drums 

When Little Ricky shows a natural talent for the drums, Lucy and Ricky clash over whether he should be a professional drummer when he grows up.



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When Little Ricky shows a natural talent for the drums, Lucy and Ricky clash over whether he should be a professional drummer when he grows up.

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Comedy | Family





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8 October 1956 (USA)  »

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Final appearance of Elizabeth Patterson as Mrs. Trumbull. See more »


When Ricky enters the Kitchen during the drum sequence, the nearby ice box next to the refrigerator opens on its own. Later in the scene, Lucy closes the ice box. In the next shot, the door is completely open. 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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Little Ricky is the Doctor of Noise
26 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Lucy wants their son little Ricky to become a doctor and Ricky Sr. wants him to become a drummer because little Ricky has a good beat. Both say that it is up to Little Ricky. They also agree not to try to influence Little Ricky. Lucy buys Little Ricky a toy doctor kit to practice being a doctor. Ricky Sr. purchases Little Ricky a drum to learn the drums. Lucy attempts to swipe the drum from Little Ricky until Ricky cries out " No, Momma". So little Ricky is now a drummer to be. Ricky Jr. plays the same beat over and over for days. He plays the beat so loud that it is driving everyone crazy including the Mertzes. Ricky Jr. parents are just about to tell Ricky to play only an hour a day right when Fred and Ethyl are knocking on the door to complain 'nicely'. Well, it turns out to become a huge feud between this pair of best friends. Fred shuts of the heat and water and electricity of the Ricardo apartment in full violation of the law to get the Ricardo family to move out. Lucy and Ricky will not relocate as they have a 99 years lease. Well, Little Ricky runs away to avoid the arguments between his parents and God-parents. When the four realize he his gone they get frantic. They locate Ricky Jr in the Mertzes apartment. Both pairs of best friends apologize and we have another happy ending

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