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"Ricky Sells The Car"
Season 5, Episode #4
#131 in Series
Air date: October 24, 1955
Written by: Bob Carroll Jr.
Madelyn Pugh
Bob Schiller
Bob Weiskopf
Directed by: James V. Kern
Production code: 5-04 / 131
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Ricky Sells The Car was the 131st overall episode of I Love Lucy, also the 4th episode of season 5 of the series. The episode, was directed by James V. Kern, originally aired on CBS-TV on October 24, 1955.


Ricky sells the car and buys train tickets for the trip back East, but he forgets about Fred and Ethel.

Plot summaryEdit

Ricky announces that he has sold the car, and that they'll be going home on the train. But he didn't remember to buy train tickets for Fred and Ethel! The Mertzes feel extremely rejected, thinking Ricky has stranded them in California. They buy an old used motorcycle, hoping that it will get them back to New York, but they crash it in the garage. Ricky promises to buy them tickets. Lucy is so sure that Ricky will remember the Mertzes' tickets this time that she gives Fred and Ethel her and Ricky's tickets. Ricky returns home with the Mertzes' tickets, but they are only upper berths, not fancy compartments like the Ricardos' tickets. So, Lucy tries to switch the tickets while Fred is sleeping, but Ethel thinks Lucy is fooling around with her husband. In the end, everything is worked out, and everybody gets the right train tickets.


  • The train that will take everyone home to New York is called The City of Los Angeles.
  • Ethel gets a ticket for "dumping rubbish" regarding the broken motorcycle.
  • Lucy sends Fred out to buy Q-Tips, but he brings back CUE tips for billiards. This is one of the few jokes on the show that never really goes anywhere, according to Geoffrey Mark Fidelman, author of The Lucy Book.
  • Ricky's friend Ralph Berger buys the Pontiac.
  • When he first read the script for this episode, Desi didn't like it. He thought that the two new "Bobs" (Schiller and Weiskopf) had written it, that it was a bad script because it was from new writers. But Desi learned that the OLD writers Madelyn Pugh and Bob Carroll, Jr. had written this episode. Weiskopf said, "That made our stock soar in Desi's eyes."
  • Fred uses the money he got from selling the fancy train compartment to pay for the motorcycle.


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