| Season 5, Episode #14 |
#141 in Series
|Air date:||January 23, 1956|
|Written by:|| Bob Carroll Jr.|
|Directed by:||James V. Kern|
|Production code:||5-14 / 141|
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Second Honeymoon was the 141st overall episode of I Love Lucy, also the 14th episode of season 5 of the series. The episode, was directed by James V. Kern, originally aired on CBS-TV on January 23, 1956.
Lucy plans to make the ocean voyage a second honeymoon, but Ricky has previous shipboard engagements with his band.
The Ricardos and the Mertzes are finally on their way to Europe, aboard the SS Constitution. But Lucy's not having a very good time. The Mertzes are enjoying a second honeymoon of sorts, but Ricky is too busy with his band to spend any romance time with Lucy. When Lucy tries to lock Ricky in the cabin, she ends up getting stuck in one of her room's portholes, trying to find a way out of the room.
- This episode's gags and plots copy events from the Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). In Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Marilyn Monroe's character, Lorelai, ends up with a little boy for a dining partner, and also gets stuck in a porthole on a ship. Lorelai covers her stuck shoulders with a blanket, to make the illusion that her whole body is outside.
- This is the second time we can be sure the Mertzes have a sex life, according to Geoffrey Mark Feldman, author of The Lucy Book.
- Lucy's kid trophy-winning ping-pong partner is named Kenneth Hamilton.
- Just as in the last episode, ship officials scoffed at the illogical nature of part of this episode's plot. Apparently, it is not possible to get stuck halfway through a ship's porthole the way Lucy did.
- The ship's captain is Capt. Jacobson.
- The foursome will be on the ship for 5 days.
- Fred's seasickness pills must have done their job, because he does not get sick while on the ship.
- Lucy and Ethel synchronized their watches at 5:03 pm.
- The S.S. Constitution is scheduled to take five days to get to Europe.
- The full list of on-deck activities Lucy and the Mertzes signed up for consists of shuffleboard, ping-pong, deck tennis, a bridge tournament, and tea dancing.
- Lucille Ball ... as Lucy Ricardo
- Desi Arnaz ... as Ricky Ricardo
- Vivian Vance ... as Ethel Mertz
- William Frawley ... as Fred Mertz