"Lucy Plays Cupid"
Season 1, Episode 15
#15 in Series
Lucy Plays Cupid
Network: CBS-TV
Air date: January 21, 1952
Written by: Bob Carroll Jr.
Madelyn Davis
Jess Oppenheimer
Directed by: Marc Daniels
Production code: 1-15 / 015
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Lucy Plays Cupid is the fifteenth episode of the first season of I Love Lucy, also the 15th overall series episode. Directed by Marc Daniels, it first aired on CBS-TV on January 21, 1952.


Lucy's neighbor, Miss Lewis, has her eye on Mr. Ritter, the grocer. Lucy tries her hand at playing Cupid, but Mr. Ritter thinks that her dropped hints mean that she is attracted to him! Lucy must make herself a little less desirable to scare Mr. Ritter off.


When Lucy's neighbor Miss Lewis ask for help giving a dinner invitation to her crush, Mr. Ritter, Lucy is eager to help. Ricky says no and spanks her for being nosy. Lucy doesn't want to get in more trouble, so she decides not to give him the invitation, but when she sees how excited Miss Lewis is about the dinner, she tries to give hints to Mr. Ritter that Miss Lewis likes him. Instead, Mr. Ritter starts to think that Lucy is the one who likes him, and admits to liking her too. She tries to clear things up by giving him the invitation, but since it's signed "Your secret lover" he thinks that he has been invited to Lucy's for dinner and tells her he's coming over.

Conviently, Ricky calls to tell Lucy that he won't be able to come home for dinner. Lucy decides to keep the date with Mr. Ritter, and dissapoint him so he doesn't want to date her. She puts on a messy outfit and serves him bad food, and even pretends to have dozens of children. However, this does not discourage him, and he says he'll love her no matter what. Ricky comes home and Miss Lewis accidentaly tells him what's going on. To teach Lucy a lesson, he pretends that he's okay with her leaving him, and hands her over to Mr. Ritter. While Lucy runs after Ricky to reason with him, Miss Lewis comes in. Mr. Ritter seems to like her, and the two of them walk of together.


  • The actress who plays Miss Lewis (Bea Benederet) was Lucy's first choice for the role of Ethel Mertz. Benederet played the role similar to Ethel (Iris Atterbury) on the radio show My Favorite Husband. She is also famous for doing the voice of Betty Rubble in The Flintstones years after this episode aired.
  • Bea Benederet was really around Lucy's age. They just made her up to look like a senior citizen.
  • This is one of the only episodes where neither Fred NOR Ethel appears.
  • Miss Lewis enjoys elderberry wine.
  • Mr. Ritter brings Lucy a bag of gumdrops when he comes to dinner.


  • Miss Lewis: Just because there's snow on the roof doesn't mean there's no fire in the furnace!
  • Lucy: Listen, don't let Grandma Lewis fool you. Yes, sir, you never know what's in a box by the wrapper.

Ricky: Well, really. I didn't even look at her wrapper!

  • Lucy: I think I can change Mr. Ritter's heartthrob to heartburn in one sitting.


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