"Vacation from Marriage"
Season 2, Episode 6
#41 in Series
Network: CBS-TV
Air date: October 27, 1952
Written by: Bob Carroll Jr.
Madelyn Davis
Jess Oppenheimer
Directed by: Marc Daniels
Production code: 2-6 / 041
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Vacation from Marriage was the 41th overall episode of I Love Lucy, which first aired on CBS-TV on October 27, 1952; it was also the 6th episode of Season 2. It was directed by William Asher.


Lucy convinces Ethel that both of their marriages are in a rut. They decide to take some time away from their spouses. Lucy moves in with Ethel and Fred moves in with Ricky. By Saturday night they all get bored and both attempt to check the activity of the other pair at the same time. Lucy and Ethel almost get caught spying and end up getting locked on the roof in their night clothes.


Lucy and Ethel are sick of the predictability in their marriages. They know what Ricky and Fred are going to do and say every morning. They decide to take advice from a book and take a "vacation from marriage." Lucy will go live with Ethel in the Mertzes' apartment, and Fred will stay with Ricky at the Ricardos'. They hope some time apart from one another will spice things up and make them fresh again. Vacation from marriage turns out to be very dull. Lucy and Ethel are sick of going to movies and want to do something exciting. So, they decide to pretend that they are all dressed up for a date, to make their husbands think that they've been having a grand time out on the time during their time apart. When Ricky and Fred see their wives all glamorous, Ricky makes up the lie that he and Fred also have dates. This was not the reaction that the women had hoped for.

Lucy and Ethel decide to wait outside of the Ricardos' apartment, to see what time their husbands come in from their big date. Little do they know that Fred and Ricky decide to do the same thing for their wives' dates. The only place the women can hide is up on the roof, but they're not able to make an escape, because Ricky and Fred sit at the bottom of the staircase heading up to the roof.

When Ricky and Fred finally do leave, Lucy and Ethel try to go back downstairs, but the roof's door is locked! They attempt to catch a neighbor's attention by throwing stones at her window. They also try to get to the next building's ledge by walking across a wooden board. Eventually, they give up trying to get free, and they huddle next to each other for warmth, freezing cold in their thing nightgowns. Just when things can't get any worse, it begins raining. The wives moan about how they wish their husbands were here, and when they look up, they realize that Ricky and Fred were making the "rain" with a garden hose. The couples reunite and go back inside.