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"Getting Ready"
Season 4, Episode #11
#108 in Series
Air date: December 13, 1954
Written by: Bob Carroll Jr.
Madelyn Pugh
Jess Oppenheimer
Directed by: William Asher
Production code: 4-11 / 108
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Getting Ready was the 108th overall episode of I Love Lucy, also the 11th episode in Season four of the series. The episode, was directed by William Asher, originally aired on CBS-TV on December 13, 1954.


The Ricardos and the Mertzes are all ready to leave for California, until they see the antique car Fred has bought for the trip.

Plot summaryEdit

The gang has to figure out the best way to get out to California. Lucy changes her mind a dozen times on the mode of transportation, but she finally settles on going by car, so they could take their time and go do whatever sightseeing activities they wanted. Fred goes out and buys a car for only $300. He says it's a Cadillac. Lucy can hardly contain her excitement. But Fred forgot to mention that the Cadillac is a old relic from the '20s that can barely run in New York, let alone carry a group all the way to Hollywood!


  • This is the first time we get to see the outside of the apartment building.
  • The Cadillac is a 1923 model.
  • Fred says that he refuses to help pay for gas or oil on the trip. He only will pitch in for water.
  • The Ricardos announce in this episode that they'll be in Hollywood for one month. That month ends up being much, much longer!
  • When Ricky is enraged about the bathing suit Lucy bought that he feels is too skimpy, he says in Spanish that Lucy won't wear the sut any place in the world. What is odd, though, is that this small bathing suit looks JUST like the one she later buys to go to Florida. It appears to stretch when it goes on, making it NOT skimpy. So, why didn't Lucy explain this like she did with the later Florida bathing suit?
  • Al Hergershimer is the used car salesman who used to be in vaudeville with Fred and sold Fred the ancient Cadillac.
  • When Ethel is sad about the Ricardos leaving for LA, Lucy reassures her that she and Ricky will only be gone a month. Ethel says that she know's the Ricardos will end up staying in California longer. It's a good thing the Mertzes ended up going on the trip, because Ethel was certainly right about the trip lasting longer than a month!


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