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"Little Ricky Gets Stage Fright"
Season 6, Episode #4
#157 in Series
Air date: October 22, 1956
Written by: Bob Carroll, Jr.
Madelyn Martin
Bob Schiller
Bob Weiskopf
Directed by: James V. Kern
Production code: 6-04 / 156
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Little Ricky Gets Stage Fright was the 157th overall episode of I Love Lucy, also the 3rd episode of season 6, the final season of the series. The episode was directed by James V. Kern, originally aired on CBS-TV on October 22, 1956.


Little Ricky gets stage fright before his first school music recital. Howard McNear guest stars.

Plot summaryEdit

t's time for Little Ricky's first drum performance, and he's scared to death by stage fright. To get her son playing drums again, Lucy ends up filling in for the ukulele player, who is home sick, at the next recital, so Little Ricky will still want to go on stage and play.


  • The filming order for this episode make no sense whatsoever. This episode was filmed before "Little Ricky Learns to Play the Drums." So, going by filming order, Little Ricky has his first drum concert before he even learns how to play the drums! This is similar to the messed-up chronology filming order of episodes #124 and #125.
  • One of the reasons this is such a terrible episode is because it focuses directly on Little Ricky, NOT the four main characters. Geoffrey Mark Fidelman, author of The Lucy Book, eloquently explained why the worst scene in this episode is so horrible: "The scene between Ricky and his son in the bedroom is more reminiscent of Father Knows Best than this series. Although it is well written and performed, it doesn't really fit the format."
  • Little Ricky's music teacher is Mr. Crawford.
  • Little Ricky has only been playing drums for a month, and he's already starting to perform in public.
  • Fred is fixing a loose railing on the Ricardos' back porch in this episode. It's said that this railing has needed fixing for five years. Could this possibly be the railing that broke from the falling washing machine back in "Never Do Business with Friends"?


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