I Love Lucy (1951–1957)
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Lucy Thinks Ricky Is Trying to Murder Her 

After becoming too involved in a murder mystery book, Lucy believes that Ricky is trying to murder her.



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Episode credited cast:
... Lucy Ricardo
... Ricky Ricardo
... Ethel Mertz
... Fred Mertz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Jerry
Hector and His Pals


After becoming too involved in a murder mystery book, Lucy believes that Ricky is trying to murder her. Written by Tami Smart

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Comedy | Family






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5 November 1951 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The end scene with Lucy having a string to retrieve her book after it goes out the window is cut from the syndication version. See more »


In episode 1.4 when Lucy and Ricky swap the cups (one contains sleeping powder Lucy thinks is poison) first Lucy's (containing the powder) is on the right and Ricky's is on the left. Lucy swaps them, so that they are now on the opposite sides. Then Ricky switches them back, meaning they are back to their original places. Then, Lucy sips the cup on the left (which was originally Ricky's cup and did not contain the powder). For the rest of the episode we are told that she drank the sleeping powder, but this would not be correct. See more »


Ricky Ricardo: Lucy's acting crazy!
Fred Mertz: Crazy for Lucy or crazy for ordinary people?
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Referenced in Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter (1991) 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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Reading Murder Mystery goes to Lucy's head
11 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

Lucy loves to read mysteries. She enjoys them so much that it seems to go deep into her psyche. She is reading it and Ethyl walks in the room and Lucy has her wits scared out of her. Another time Ricky walks into the room and Lucy has her senses frightened again. Each time she is scared the book she is reading jumps out of her hand and out the window. She is so involved with the drama that is unfolding in the book she does not know when people enter into the room. Lucy tells Ethyl about the story she is reading. The story is about a husband that is planning to murder his wife. Ethyl suggests that isn't that something and imagines out loud about what would a wife do if she found out her husband was trying to murder her? Lucy starts to imagine what she would do if Ricky was going to murder her. Between finding one of Ricky's props for a show at the nightclub, which happens to be a gun and overhearing Ricky in the midst of a conversation, Lucy is sure Ricky is about to kill her. Lucy is so scared and jittery that Ricky gets some sleeping powder from Fred. He puts it in a drink that he is going to give to Lucy. Lucy sees Ricky placing it in her drink and is positive Ricky is trying to poison her. So she makes a toast with Ricky and switches glasses. Ricky then switches glasses. Finally, Lucy is sure Ricky has the poison glass. At the very last second she stops Ricky from drinking it. She does not want Ricky to die even though he wants her dead to run off with another woman. She tells Ricky this. Ricky said that he did not have the doctored drink anyway. He further explains that she drank it. Lucy begins to grab her throat and thinks she was poisoned and is dying. She goes to lay down. Ricky leaves for the nightclub. Lucy gets up and is determined to get to the nightclub and confront Ricky and his new girlfriend. Lucy makes it to the nightclub and there Ricky tells her everything. Lucy is now happy and Ricky is happy and the Mertez couple is happy. Great show with Ricky being an excellent front man to Lucy and her slapstick humor. I enjoyed this show very much.

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