| Season 1, Episode 23 |
#23 in Series
|Air date:||March 17, 1952|
|Written by:|| Bob Carroll Jr.|
|Directed by:||Marc Daniels|
|Production code:||1-23 / 023|
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The Moustache is the twenty-third episode of the first season of I Love Lucy, also the 23rd overall episode of the series. Directed by Marc Daniels, it first aired on CBS-TV on March 17, 1952.
When Ricky grows a moustache, Lucy decides to fight fire with fire—she acquires a white beard. Things go bad when the beard won't come off and a movie agent decides to visit Ricky at the apartment.
Ricky decides to grow a moustache to audition for an exotic movie role. Lucy hates his moustache, and she begs her husband to shave. Ricky refuses. Lucy seems to be the only one who dislikes the moustache. Even the Mertzes rave about how good Ricky looks. Being Lucy, she isn't happy until she gets her own way. So, she collaborated with the Mertzes to come up with a plan to make Ricky shave. Fred took an old fake beard he owned from his vaudeville trunk and glued it to Lucy's face with a couple dabs of spirit gum.
When Ricky came home, Bearded Lucy greets her husband. Ricky is repulsed by the sight of his wife. She tells him that she doesn't plan on taking her beard off until Ricky shaves off his moustache. Ricky soon agrees to shave, as the sight of Lucy is just too ridiculous for him to bear. After Ricky shaves and Lucy tries to take off the beard, she's horrified to find that it's stuck. What Fred thought was spirit gum really was Bulldog Cement! And, to make matters worse, Bulldog Cement Remover #3 isn't even made anymore! What is Lucy to do, especially since the talent scout for Ricky's movie audition is coming over tonight?
Lucy still manages to find a way to audition for talent scout Bennett Green by hiding her nose and mouth behind an Arabian-style veil. Mr. Green is impressed with Lucy's dancing, but he's dying to see her face. When her beard is revealed, Mr. Green is shocked. But the beard didn't scare off Mr. Green. When Ricky finds out that he is going to be tested for the movie's lead role, he tells Lucy that they want her to audition, too. For the part of Ricky's father...
- Lucille Ball as Lucy Ricardo
- Desi Arnaz as Ricky Ricardo
- Vivian Vance as Ethel Mertz
- William Frawley as Fred Mertz
- John Brown as Mr. Murdoch
- Bennett Green as Talent Scout