"Lucy Becomes a Sculptress"
Season 2, Episode 20
#55 in Series
Network: CBS-TV
Air date: January 12, 1953
Written by: Bob Carroll Jr.
Madelyn Davis
Jess Oppenheimer
Directed by: William Asher
Production code: 2-20 / 055
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Lucy Becomes a Scupltress was the 55th episode of I Love Lucy, also the 20th episode aired in Season 2 of the series. The episode, was directed by William Asher, aired on CBS-TV on January 12, 1953.


No child should grow up without artistic influence, so Lucy takes up sculpting. When Ricky scoffs, Lucy arranges for an art critic to arrive and judge her work. When her sculpture accidentally breaks, though, she ends up disguising herself as a bust to fool the critic.


Lucy finds a picture in the family photo album of her great-grandfather, who was a famous artist. This sparks Lucy's interest in becoming an artist to expose her unborn baby to culture. She ends up being talked into buying clay at the art supply store, and she decides to become a sculptress. She makes a horrible sculpture of a child at its mother's knee and one almost equally horrible of Fred bent over holding a pie plate-made discus. Lucy tells Ricky that she wants an art critic to come judge her work, but Ricky doesn't think she has the talent to show off her pieces to a critic. Still, he agrees to have a critic come over, on the agreement that, if the critic also says she doesn't have talent, she has to drop the whole venture.

In preparation for the art critic, Lucy plans to make a bust copy of her whole head in plaster of Paris. Ethel stops her, saying that Lucy wouldn't be able to breathe if she put her whole head in plaster. So, instead, Lucy covers her head in clay and hides her body under a table. The result looks like a perfect replica sculpture, and the art critic insists that he must have it. Is he ever surprised when he tries to pick up the sculpture and has Lucy's body move with the "sculpture"!


Episode credited cast:

  • Lucille Ball ... as Lucy Ricardo
  • Desi Arnaz ... as Ricky Ricardo
  • Vivian Vance ... as Ethel Mertz
  • William Frawley ... as Fred Mertz

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