I Love Lucy

10 Worst Episodes of I Love Lucy

Cuban Bandleader Ricky Ricardo would be happy if his wife Lucy would just be a housewife. Instead she tries constantly to perform at the Tropicana where he works, and make life comically frantic in the apartment building they share with landlords Fred and Ethel Mertz, who also happen to be their best friends.

Written by Sophie and last updated on nov 18, 2022.

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#10 - Lucy Goes to Sun Valley (Season 7 - Episode 5)

Lucy and Ricky are about to go on a "second honeymoon," but it falls through when Ricky has to do a TV show. Can Ricky and Lucy put the romance back into their marriage? Fernando Lamas guest stars as himself, assuming the role as the Ricardos' unlikely marriage counselor.

The episode was rated 7.21 from 19 votes.

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#9 - The Fox Hunt (Season 5 - Episode 16)


Tally ho! In England, Lucy hounds a movie producer (Walter Kingsford) about her riding prowess and ends up on a fox hunt.

The episode was rated 7.20 from 15 votes.

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#8 - Ricky Sells the Car (Season 5 - Episode 4)

Ricky sells his car, and the Mertzes think they are being stranded in California. Ricky buys train tickets for everyone, but a reservations mixup puts Lucy in an apparently compromising position with Fred Mertz. Watch for Fred and Ethel decked out in motorcycle gear and riding on a Harley.

The episode was rated 7.18 from 22 votes.

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#7 - Lucy Gets Homesick in Italy (Season 5 - Episode 22)


Fred is conscience-stricken about the expense involved when he misrouted Ricky's band. He books second-class train passage for their overnight trip to Florence and a fourth-class hotel for their stay. Lucy wants to call home to see if Little Ricky has received the birthday presents she sent him from London, but the difficulties of calling from a fourth-class room almost prove too much for her. In the end, Lucy invites an Italian shoeshine boy and his friends to celebrate Little Ricky's birthday.

The episode was rated 7.18 from 17 votes.

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#6 - Lucy and Bob Hope (Season 6 - Episode 1)

Ricky is opening a new club, and he wants Bob Hope to appear at the grand opening. Lucy fears Hope won't appear because of her widespread reputation for monkey-wrench throwing, and wants to reassure him that this time she's butting out.

The episode was rated 7.17 from 23 votes.

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#5 - Lucy's Summer Vacation (Season 8 - Episode 5)


Harry Bailey, an agent of Ricky's, told the Ricardos that they can use his summer home for a vacation. But he also promises actors Ida Lupino and Howard Duff the same thing. Both the couples arrive at the cabin not knowing at first that the others are there. After the couples both decide to stay, the wives brew up a plan to spend more time with their husbands, who are more interesting in fishing than bonding.

The episode was rated 7.17 from 12 votes.

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#4 - The Matchmaker (Season 4 - Episode 4)

Lucy wants to nudge a shy couple to the altar. Lucy's idea: show them how wonderful her and Ricky's marriage is. Her plan: invite them to a quiet at-home dinner. A quiet dinner at the Ricardos'? Who ever heard of such a thing?

The episode was rated 7.17 from 24 votes.

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#3 - Mertz and Kurtz (Season 4 - Episode 2)


Fred's globetrotting old vaudeville partner, Barney Kurtz, shows up, so Fred says he's a real-estate tycoon (with a red-headed maid to prove it). Actually, Barney's a cook in the Bronx, but his grandson is coming for a visit, so it's on with the show.

The episode was rated 7.03 from 32 votes.

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#2 - Lucy Goes to Scotland (Season 5 - Episode 17)

The Ricardos and Mertzes are on their way to Paris, but first Lucy wants to go to Scotland to seek members of the McGillicuddy family into which she was born. In a classic dream sequence, Ricky appears as Scotty MacTavish MacDougal MacCardo.

The episode was rated 6.71 from 14 votes.

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#1 - Lucy Hunts Uranium (Season 7 - Episode 3)


The Ricardos and the Mertzes head to Las Vegas' Sands Hotel where Ricky and his orchestra are performing. Lucy and the rest of the gang (including Fred MacMurray) catch the uranium hunting bug, but it's every man for himself as the race is on to see who will be the first to claim $10,000. MacMurray's wife June Haver also guest stars.

The episode was rated 6.32 from 22 votes.

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