"The Amateur Hour"
Season 1, Episode 14
#14 in Series
The Amateur Hour
Network: CBS-TV
Air date: January 14, 1952
Written by: Bob Carroll Jr.
Madelyn Davis
Jess Oppenheimer
Directed by: Marc Daniels
Production code: 1-14 / 014
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The Amateur Hour is the fourteenth episode of the first season of I Love Lucy, also the 14th overall in the series. Directed by Marc Daniels, it first aired on CBS-TV on January 14, 1952.


Lucy makes an unexpected leap into show business when she takes care of a young boy who is to appear in an amateur hour. His desperate mother drops off his twin brother without telling Lucy, leaving her to take care of both rambunctiously rude children.


Needing money, Lucy applies for a newspaper ad about babysitting. She ends up having to control two unruly twins in her apartment before performing with the twins in an amateur hour contest for $100.


  • Jimmy's pet frog is named Elmer.
  • "Twins" Jimmy and Timmy Hudson are not only NOT played by twins, the two actors aren't even brothers!
  • Lucy gets paid $5 an hour for babysitting the evil twins.
  • Lucy and the twins sing "Ragtime Cowboy Joe" at the amateur hour contest.
  • This is the first time the Ricardos' address of 623 East 68th Street is mentioned in the show. If the address really existed, it would be right in the middle of New York's East River!
  • Lucy wore shin pads to protect her from the twins kicking her repeatedly, but they didn't work out too well and she ended up very badly

Scene ExcerptEdit

  • Lucy: Of course I'll have to shorten [the dress] a little?

Ricky: (asking price of dress) How much?

Lucy: About 2 1/2 inches.

  • Lucy: What kind of nitwit do you think I am?

Jimmy: I don't know. What kind are you?


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