I Love Lucy (1951–1957)
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The Fashion Show 

Lucy models fashions with other celebrities' wives.


William Asher


Jess Oppenheimer, Madelyn Davis (as Madelyn Pugh) | 1 more credit »


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Episode credited cast:
Lucille Ball ... Lucy Ricardo
Desi Arnaz ... Ricky Ricardo
Vivian Vance ... Ethel Mertz
William Frawley ... Fred Mertz
Amzie Strickland ... Amzie the Salesgirl
Don Loper Don Loper ... Don Loper
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mona Carlson Mona Carlson ... Mona Carlson (as Mrs. Richard Carlson)
Sue Carol ... Sue Carol
Marilyn Johnson Marilyn Johnson ... Marilyn Johnson (as Mrs. Forrest Tucker)
Sheila MacRae ... Sheila MacRae (as Mrs. Gordon MacRae)
Brenda Marshall ... Brenda Marshall (as Mrs. William Holden)
Jeanne Martin Jeanne Martin ... Jeanne Martin (as Mrs. Dean Martin)
Frances E. Neal Frances E. Neal ... Frances Neal (as Mrs. Van Heflin)


Lucy convinces Ricky to let her buy a dress from the exclusive Don Loper salon, but he will only let her spend $100, which will only get her the cheapest dress in the salon. The few dresses that she and Ethel manage to see the price tags of are retailing for $500, so Lucy asks for something simpler, figuring that simpler equates to cheaper. At the same time, Sheila MacRae aka Mrs. Gordon MacRae comes into the salon, and talks to Don about the upcoming charity fashion show where the wives of movie stars will be modeling their Don Loper exclusives. Lucy does her not so subtle best to get herself into the fashion show, which she manages to do. But in doing so, she is forced to declare to Sheila on the spot which dress she bought and will be modeling, that dress Lucy chooses to be the simple one. It isn't until she gets the altered dress home that Lucy finds out it costs $500. Not able to take the dress back since it has already been altered, Lucy figures that her best course of action is... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family


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Don Loper tells Lucy that she can't wear her dress in the fashion show because Mrs. Alan Ladd decided to wear the same dress; however, Mrs. Ladd doesn't appear in the show. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the December 2017 colorized version of this episode that CBS aired in prime time, Mrs. Dean Martin (Jeanne Martin) was edited out and does not appear in the fashion show. 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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Release Date:

28 February 1955 (USA) See more »

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Desilu Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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