History Series / ILoveLucy

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* DoubleMeaningTitle: While it may have been unintentional, the pilot episode is called "The Audition". The plot is about Lucy auditioning for Ricky's show, but the episode itself was the show's audition to appear on television.
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* LetsSeeYouDoBetter: What kicks off the plot of "Job Switching"; Lucy and Ricky get into an argument over who has the harder job (Ricky as the breadwinner, Lucy doing

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* LetsSeeYouDoBetter: What kicks off the plot of "Job Switching"; Lucy and Ricky get into an argument over who has the harder job (Ricky as the breadwinner, Lucy doingdoing housework) which eventually draws Fred and Ethel to take sides. They decide to make a deal: they'll switch jobs for a day and see who really has it rough. HilarityEnsues as the guys nearly destroy the apartment trying to cook dinner while the girls have the infamous conveyor belt scene at the candy factory they got sent to. In the end, bot sides concede defeat and admit that either job is a lot of work.
* LivingProp: Ricky's band members in scenes set at the Tropacana/Club Babalu.
** A literal example - the baby chicks let loose in the house.
* LockedInAFreezer: The famous episode where Lucy buys a walk-in freezer, and locks herself in while moving all the meat she bought into the furnace.
* LoudOfWar: Lucy and Ricky tried to get out of their lease by having a loud Cuban jam session late at night. Fred and Ethel turned the tables by selling tickets to the "concert."
* LyingFingerCross: Subverted in one episode where Ricky forces Lucy to take a vow. Lucy, with one arm behind her back, begins saying the vow, but then Ricky pulls her arm out to reveal her crossed fingers, and uncrosses them.
* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'': "I Love Luny" (not during the series' original run, but in the 1980s!).
* MadAtADream:
** In "Ricky's Old Girlfriend", Lucy dreams that Ricky left her for Carlotta, leaving her poor and homeless on the streets with only a button given to her in her coin cup. Ricky, of course, doesn't get why she's so angry at him when she wakes up.
** In, "Lucy Goes to Scotland," Lucy has a near-entire episode [[ImagineSpot dream sequence]], in which being the last of the [=McGillicuddy=] Clan, she's to be fed to a cantankerous two-headed dragon (Fred and Ethel) that awakens every thirty years, and eats only [=McGillicuddy's=]. At one point in the dream, she meets Scott [=McTavish=] [=McDougal=] [=McCardo=] (Ricky), who falls in love with her, and vows to prevent the dragon from eating her, even if it means sacrificing his own life... but when the dragon is brought to the village for its meal, Scotty chickens out at the last minute, and Lucy is thrown to the dragon. Lucy then wakes up, and proceeds to hit Ricky with her pillow in a fit of rage, despite Ricky not knowing why she's upset with him.
--->'''Lucy''': You coward!
* TheMagicPokerEquation
* {{Malaproper}}: Ricky on occasion, due to his lack of familiarity with English idioms.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's never said outright in "Lucy and Superman" if it's George Reeves in costume and in character, or if it's actually Superman. Ricky mentioned meeting him in Hollywood and speaking with his secretary, and that he needs to catch a plane, suggesting the former. But Lucy seems to think he can really fly, he casually shoves aside a piano Ricky could barely budge, and doesn't hesitate to go out and risk a three-story drop to help Lucy, even casually leaping through the rain over a gap across the ledges with a smile. Either way, even the adults only ever refer to him as Superman (though of course, they wouldn't want to spoil it for the kids in the audience).
* MeaningfulName: In a gag often EditedForSyndication since it takes place at the beginning of the scene, Lucy uses a book entitled ''How To Sing'' by F. Alsetto.
* MenCantKeepHouse: The episode "Job Switching" had Ricky and Fred invoke this trope along with ADayInHerApron.
* MirrorRoutine: Lucy (dressed as Harpo Marx) and Harpo Marx.
* MissedHimByThatMuch: In "Lucy Misses The Mertzes", the Ricardos and Mertzes walk in and out of the Westport, Connecticut train station, just barely missing one another time and again.
* MistakenForCheating: More frequently than should really make sense, since Ricky was never anything but faithful.
* MultiPartEpisode: "The Dancing Star"/"Lucy Meets Harpo Marx", "Cousin Ernie Visits"/"Cousin Ernie Hangs On" and "Lucy Visits Grauman's"/"Lucy Meets John Wayne"[[note]]CBS combined these two into one hour-long ''I Love Lucy Superstar Special'' in May 2016[[/note]]. Also the hour long episode with Talula Bankhead fits this format - the first half hour deals with Lucy meeting and trying to make a good impression on the star, the second half dealing with Lucy trying to get her to preform for the PTA.
* MusicalEpisode: Plenty, considering Ricky is a band leader.
* NeverSayDie: Or "pregnant" for that matter.
* NoodleIncident: The 4th of July party Lucy organized for her Women's Club.
-->'''Ethel:''' Poor Ricky -- his eyebrows didn't grow in for a month.
* OhCrap: Pretty much any time Lucy said, [[CatchPhrase "Eeeeeeeeew!"]]
* OneSteveLimit: Subverted with Fred the Landlord and Fred the Dog.
-->'''Little Ricky''': Mommy, Mommy, Fred ran away!
-->'''Ethel''': Which Fred?
-->'''Little Ricky''': MY Fred!
-->'''Ethel''': Oh, nuts!
* PieInTheFace: "The Diner" ends with a big pie fight between the Ricardos and Mertzes.
* PlayingATree: Ricky in Little Ricky's school play.
* PlayingGertrude: Ethel is supposed to be much older than Lucy, closer in age to her husband Fred, but Vivian Vance was actually a full ''22'' years younger than her onscreen husband (and only two years older than Lucille Ball). Vance was annoyed that she was paired with such an older man, which caused some RealLife animosity between the actors behind the scenes. Rumor has it that ''no one'' got along well with William Frawley, who played Fred Mertz. He was just generally difficult to work with. Vance especially hated him, and the feeling was mutual. The pair reportedly refused to speak to each other outside of tapings or rehearsals, and Hollywood legend has it that Vance, learning of Frawley's 1966 death while dining at a restaurant, promptly [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing ordered champagne for everyone in the place]].
* ThePrecariousLedge: In "Lucy and Superman" Lucy dresses up as Superman for little Ricky's birthday party after promising that Superman would show up but then it looked like he might not. She crawls out on the ledge of the building to come in through the window but the "real" Superman [[note]]George Reeves from ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman''[[/note]] ''does'' show up while she's out there. She gets her cape stuck on a drainpipe so she's stuck out there in the rain. Superman goes out on the ledge and helps her get unstuck.
-->'''Ricky:''' Lucy, of all the crazy things you done in the fifteen years we been married this is --
-->'''Superman:''' Wait a minute, Ricardo! Do you mean to say that you've been married to her for fifteen years?
-->'''Ricky:''' Yeah, fifteen years.
-->'''Superman:''' And they call ''me'' Superman!
* PrettyInMink: Lucy's second life goal aside from getting in the show has always been to have a mink coat. In one episode, Lucy thinks a mink coat Ricky rented for a play is for her for their anniversary ([[ForgottenAnniversary which he forgot]]), and he spends the episode trying to trick her into losing it, until he fesses up. [[spoiler:It turned out she tricked him. It wasn't their anniversary at all.]]
* ProductPlacement: The characters frequently made gags about Philip Morris cigarettes, who sponsored the first four seasons. Several of these gags were [[ProductDisplacement removed in syndication]], but reinstated on home video.
** In a possible [[LampshadedTrope lampshade hanging]] over the deal, Lucy reminds Ricky that when he auditions for television producers, he'll need a "pretty girl" to show off the sponsor's products, then holds a box of Philip Morris up to the camera.
** One gag that reruns retain in some form: When Lucy hosts her own TV show in an emptied TV set, she dresses as Johnny Roventini, the Philip Morris Bellhop. The syndicated version of the episode retains scenes of Lucy wearing the costume and holding cigarettes, but cuts parts where she actually refers to the brand by name. Surprisingly, CBS kept those parts when they aired the colorized version of the episode in December 2015.
** One episode with a scene of Fred and Ricky meeting and eating at a stationary/luncheonette counter features a cardboard standee of the Phillip Morris bellhop in the background.
** This exchange as pregnant Lucy keeps changing potential baby names.
---> '''Lucy''': I always liked 'Phillip' if it's a boy...
---> '''Ricky''': And 'Morris' if it's a girl?
** In the episode in which Lucy insists on a second wedding ceremony due to a typo on the Ricardo's wedding license, the hotel owner who is the small town's Justice of the Peace, the Sherriff, and Gas station Attendant is apparently also the Bellhop. As he puts on the bellman's cap he shouts "Call for Phillip...darn, I always forget the rest of that."
** When celebrities appear, especially during the Hollywood Arc, you can be sure to hear "Oh, I just finished filming" such-an-such a movie title, followed by the Ricardos saying "We'll be sure to catch it when it comes out" or "I've heard such great things about that!"
** One episode features the foursome going out to see ''Theatre/TheMostHappyFella''... a show Creator/DesiluStudios ''just happened'' to invest in.
--->'''Ricky''': I don't know anything about this show, do you?\\
'''Fred''': Well, one thing I know is the hero's not married.\\
'''Ricky''': How do you know that?\\
'''Fred ''': Look at the title!
** When the show goes to Paris they make sure to mention American Express a lot.
** In one Hollywood episode Lucy asks Fred to buy Q-Tips for her, mainly so he can misunderstand and bring back Pool Room Cue Tips instead.
** In the episode in which Ricky tells Little Ricky "Little Red Riding Hood" in Spanish, the close ups of little Ricky show the Lucy and Desi stick figures used in the original opening sequence embroidered on his pillowcase. These pillow cases were actually available for sale at the time.
** An in-show example: When Ricky gets an offer to do a live "Mr and Mrs TV Show" (in the episode of the same name), ''every'' line in the script is an ad for the sponsor, Phipps Department Store.
* ProjectileToast: A RunningGag.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: The original intros didn't display any credits for Vivian Vance or William Frawley, until ''The Lucy-Desi Comedy Show''. The syndicated intros for ''I Love Lucy'' added their names after the show's title. Most of TV Land's updated versions of the original openings also did this.[[note]]One opening actually showed Vance and Frawley BilledAboveTheTitle.[[/note]]
* ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud: "And your nose is continued on the next page."
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Lucy's pregnancy was written into the show when Lucille Ball became pregnant in real life.
** The "Home Show" episode in which Lucy wins the furniture was written because Lucy hated the furniture on the set and requested a believable way of changing it in-story.
** In one episode Lucy writes a novel called "Real Gone With The Wind" in which she tells a story involving thinly veiled versions of herself, Ricky, and the Mertzes.
* RebelliousSpirit: Lucy is one, big time.
* RecycledPremise: Prior to ''I Love Lucy'', Lucille Ball played a scheming, nutty housewife in a radio show titled, ''My Favorite Husband'', wherein her character was married to a dull, inoffensive, American banker. Execs wanted to adapt the series almost wholesale because it tested so well, whereas Ball and Arnaz wanted to take things in a different direction (and use the series as a vehicle for improving their marriage). Even though the shows have different characters, some episodes of ''I Love Lucy'' reused storylines and gags from the radio show, since they shared three writers (Bob Carroll, Madelyn Pugh, and Jess Oppenheimer). After ''I Love Lucy'' became a hit, CBS tried to make lightning strike twice by adapting ''My Favorite Husband'' itself as a TV show (with a different cast and crew), but that show went nowhere and was soon forgotten.
** Another reason Ball and Arnaz abandoned ''My Favorite Husband'' -- that series was based on the novel ''Mr. and Mrs. Cugat'' by Isabel Scott Rorick. (In fact, the lead characters were named George and Liz Cugat for the first 20 episodes. Their last name was changed to "Cooper" to avoid confusion with bandleader Xavier Cugat and his wife.) By creating their own (albeit similar) concept, Desilu managed to avoid paying royalties to Rorick.
* {{Retool}}: ''The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour''
* ReversePsychologyBackfire: Ethel has this when she tries to talk Little Ricky into playing his drums in "Little Ricky Gets Stage Fright".
-->'''Lucy''': Did it work?
-->'''Ethel''': Well, sort of. I said, "Little Ricky, you don't want to play those nasty old drums, do you?" and he said "No."
* RidiculouslyLongPhoneHold: Lucy calls Ricky and has him stay on hold while she goes from downtown to their apartment so that Mrs. Hansen can't call and ask him about the check she gave her on the dress shop he doesn't know she and Ethel bought.
* RoadShow: An early version of story arc.
* RuleOfThree: In the episode involving the jewel thief on the train, the Mertzes go to the dining car three times. All three times [[spoiler: Lucy pulls the emergency brake, splattering them with food.]] Subverted: [[spoiler: The fourth time they go, they wear rain slickers, anticipating an emergency brake pull by Lucy. It happens.]]
* RunningGag: Several, including Lucy's hair being dyed (henna rinse was an old-fashioned hair colorant).
-->'''Lucy:''' I need to get my hair dyed-''[[LastSecondWordSwap WASHED!]]''
* SaintBernardRescue: While in the Swiss Alps, Band Manager Fred accidentally sends the band to the wrong city. After Ricky fires him Lucy says, "You can't fire Fred! What are you gonna do? Get a St Bernard to manage the band?". Later on while the foursome are out climbing a mountain Fred whistles for a passing St Bernard, saying he could use a snort of brandy.
** Subverted in one episode when Lucy suffers a St Bernard attack from Richard Widmark's dog.
* TheScrooge: Fred is a mild one.
* SecondBanana: Vivian Vance's Ethel to Lucille Ball's Lucy, most of the time.
* SelfDeprecation: Interestingly, the series often takes potshots at its own young industry of television.
** When told that Ricky was going to once again show his "Home Movies" of Little Ricky, Fred complains "If I want to see old movies I might as well stay home and watch television!"
** When an actor rehearses a play with his wife, he remarks that the script is corny enough to be on television.
* SeriesContinuityError: What is Ethel's middle name? What is Ricky's ''first'' name?
** Ricky's first name is Enrique in one episode, Ricardo in another.
** And Ethel's middle name is "May". "Ethel May Potter" was her name before she got married. But it's also mentioned as being "Louise" in "Lucy and Ethel Buy the Same Dress" and "Roberta" (which was also Vivian Vance's real-life middle name) in "The Million Dollar Idea."
** In an early season episode about Ricky teaching Lucy a lesson by taking her camping, Lucy has Ethel secretly drive out to the campsite to help her out. In a later episode leading up to the California trip, Lucy offers to teach Ethel how to drive.
** Another Ethel example: In the early episode "Breaking the Lease", Ethel plays songs such as "Sweet Sue" just fine on the piano. In one of the final season Connecticut episodes, Lucy, Fred and Ethel try to form a musical trio to back up Little Ricky's drumming and Ethel plays the piano about as well as Fred and Lucy play their instruments. In fact, Lucy actually asks Ethel if she knows "Sweet Sue" and Ethel says she never learned that one.
* ShoutOut: One of the pairs of potential baby names is "Robert or Marilyn", referring to Lucy's head writers who would go on to write for her all the way up to ''Life With Lucy''.
** In "Charm School" the men are at a party discussing golf when Ricky says, "I just read an article by Harry Ackerman...." Harry Ackerman was a television producer who, along with other CBS shows such as ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'' and ''Series/DennisTheMenace'', helped develop ''I Love Lucy''.
** In one episode, Lucy tries to give herself a perm in order to save money, but she does it for too long and ends up with an afro. Fred teasingly calls her ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie.
** In the episode "Lucy Gets Her Eyes Examined", eye drops make her vision very blurry. Ethel calls her [[WesternAnimation/MrMagoo Miss Magoo]].
* TheShowGoesHollywood: The show had a season-long arc set in Hollywood where Ricky gets a part in a movie.
* SignificantReferenceDate: In "Lucy Gets A Paris Gown", Lucy wants to get a new designer dress while in France. Ricky reads a letter Lucy wrote in Hollywood, promising Ricky if he'd buy her a Hollywood designer dress, she would NEVER ask for another designer dress. The note is dated 2/28/55 -- The broadcast date of the episode "The Fashion Show" in which Lucy gets said dress. Extra coolness points awarded when you realize the writers had no idea what a rerun was at this point...let alone that anyone in the future would create episode guides, listing airdates.
* ASimplePlan
* SitCom: The TropeCodifier for years.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: This show is both one of the earliest and best known examples of the trope. A good rule of thumb: If Lucy enters a scene wearing pants, you are about to see some fantastic physical hijinx.
* SleepingSingle:
** Famously, however it's often forgotten that the twin beds were ''pushed together'' throughout the entire first season. It wasn't until after Little Ricky was born that the nightstand was put between them.
** Subverted, however, with Ethel and Fred -- in "First Stop" we find out that they have a nightly ritual that involves Ethel tying Fred to the bed (not [[HeadTiltinglyKinky ''that'']] way).
--->'''Lucy''': You do that every night?!?\\
'''Ethel''': Yeah, but it took years of practice.
* SlippingAMickey: In "Lucy Thinks Ricky Is Trying to Murder Her," Fred gives Ricky (who as far as either of them know is simply freaking out for no reason) a dose of sleeping powder to slip in Lucy's drink. Lucy thinks it's poison when she sees Ricky pouring it in her drink. Sharp-eyed viewers will notice it's Ricky who gets the drink that had the powder poured in it, but it's still Lucy who suffers the effects.
-->'''Lucy''': I got a mickey from Ricky!
* SmackOnTheBack: Ethel slaps Lucy on the back, forgetting that she has a terrible sunburn.
* SmokingIsCool: The show was produced and aired during an era where smoking was not only cool, but accepted in contemporary society, and in some contexts, expected. All four series leads were smokers and lit up during various episodes, especially those aired in the first three or four seasons. This began to be toned down by 1956, when Little Ricky became more a part of the stories (and Phillip Morris no longer the show's main sponsor).
* SocialSemicircle: A staple on ''Series/ILoveLucy'', which pioneered the three camera method and filming in front of a live studio audience. A typical dinner in the Ricardo's apartment would see Lucy and Ricky seated at opposite ends of the table, with the Mertzes seating side-by-side facing the audience. In the Connecticut episodes, they would all tend to crowd along one side of the circular dinette table. Oh well, the Mertzes were close friends after all!
* SocietyMarchesOn: Besides the above, much of the show's plot is driven by Lucy's tries to be financially independent. Also, much is made of Ricky's bad English and most modern parenting experts would recommend he speak to Little Ricky in Spanish since infants can learn two languages as easily as one.
* SpecialGuest: Frequently, particularly when Ricky went to Hollywood and some movie or TV star -- like John Wayne or George Reeves -- would appear on the show.
* {{Spexico}}: Lucy seems to think Cuban culture is a mixture of Mexico, Spain, and ''Brazil'' of all places.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''The Lucy Show'', ''Here's Lucy'', ''Life with Lucy''
* SpringtimeForHitler: An attempt to stop people from ordering Aunt Martha's Old Fashioned Salad Dressing with a tv commercial featuring an audience member picked at random (Lucy) dissing the product instead created three times as many orders from people saying "Keep up with the comedy bits!".
* StatusQuoIsGod: Subverted. Ricky went from being a nobody bandleader, to a noted bandleader, to a Night Club Manager, to a Night Club Owner, to a bit Movie Player, to the point in one of the ''Series/LucyDesiComedyHour'' where Ricky tells Lucy "...It's just ''one'' picture I'm gonna be in! We're just gonna be back from California in two weeks!" Also subverted in that as time went on Lucy got considerably less excited about meeting the Celebrity of the Week.
* StayInTheKitchen: Less because of any chauvinism on Ricky's part, and more because Lucy really can't ''do'' anything else (though not for lack of trying, which is the [[HilarityEnsues basis for a great many episodes]]).
* StickySituation: To show Ricky how ridiculous he looks with a mustache, Lucy has Fred attach a big bushy beard to her face with spirit gum. Problem is, it's not spirit gum, it's ''cement''.
%%** In one episode Lucy and Ethel wallpaper the Ricardos' bedroom.
%%And? How does that fit this trope?
* StylisticSuck: Lucy's operetta, ''The Pleasant Peasant'', boasts several {{Painful Rhyme}}s, as well as a contrived plot. Not to mention the characters. Ethel played the secretly-a-princess peasant Lily... of the Valley. Fred was Squire Quinn who ran the Inn, down by the River Out. Ricky was rehearsing his song, "I am the good Prince Lancelot. I love to sing and dance-a-lot." When the check bounced and the movers came in to repossess the props and costumes ''in the middle of the play,'' no one was really concerned.
* {{Suburbia}}: The Ricardos and Mertzes move to Westport, Connecticut in season 6.
* SubwaysSuck: Especially when you have a loving cup stuck on your head.
* SwappedRoles: "Job Switching"
* SweetPollyOliver: Lucy dressed as a man semi-often to further her schemes. For example, an episode features her dressing as a hot dog salesman with a fake 'stache and as a baseball player to try to get Bob Hope to let her go on the show.
* SyndicationTitle: When the show was retooled into the ''Series/LucyDesiComedyHour'', reruns were shown on CBS under the titles ''Lucy in Hollywood'', ''Lucy in Europe'', and ''Lucy in Connecticut''. In the 70s the ''Comedy Hour'' episodes were syndicated as one hour specials under the title ''We Love Lucy''. When Creator/NickAtNite aired them, they restored the ''Comedy Hour'' title (minus the Ford/Westinghouse sponsor tags, of course). A March 2012 marathon on the Hallmark Channel had them back to ''We Love Lucy''.
* TableclothYank: Lucy does this is one episode (much to the delight of the audience).
* TropeTelegraphing: If the episode begins with the Ricardos and the Mertz gushing about what great friends they are to each other then it's a safe bet that the episode is going to about them getting into some kind of feud.
* ThereWasADoor: In the episode "Lucy and Superman", Lucy (who is going to pose as Superman) plans to use the (several-story) window. Ethel asks her to find some other way, and Lucy responds that the other way would cause unacceptable property damage.
-->'''Ethel''': Isn't there any other way Superman enters a room?
-->'''Lucy''': Well, sometimes he comes bursting through the wall, but you know how Fred would feel about that.
* ThisIsMySide: "Men Are Messy", "The Diner".
* ThreeCameras: Again, a first for television.
* TitleDrop: In the very last ''Comedy Hour'' "Lucy Meets the Mustache", Ernie Kovacs manages to slip the phrase "Take a Good Look" into the dialouge. ''Take A Good Look'' was a comedy/game show Kovacs hosted at the time.
* TitleSequenceReplacement / ProductDisplacement: The original animated intros featured cartoon-Lucy and cartoon-Desi interacting around a giant Philip Morris cigarette pack. For decades, only the heart-logo intros made for syndication were seen. A [[Creator/TheCriterionCollection Criterion]] laserdisc of the show presented episodes with the animated openings, and TV Land later reintroduced them to broadcast (now with a slightly less giant vintage TV set showing the network logo on its screen). The Ultimate Blu-Ray sets offer a choice between the animated or heart intro.
* TricksterArchetype: Lucy is the female example of this.
* {{Troperiffic}}: At least half the tropes in all following sitcoms owe their lives to this show. ''Reruns!'' It invented ''reruns''!
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: In the episode "Cousin Ernie Hangs On", Lucy complains to Ethel that "We've found there's only one thing Cousin Ernie does well, but there's not much of a market for a Professional Eater!" In the last few years eating contests have become more and more popular, and there are now indeed some people who only participate in these events, living off the prizes and corporate sponsorships for their existance. Cousin Ernie would be a natural.
** Lucy's editing of Ricky's pilot in "Home Movies" looks like something that would be right at home on ''Series/LaughIn''.
* {{Tuckerization}}: In-universe, Little Ricky names all of his pets after people he likes (many of his different pets are named after his classmates from school), and as such, named a puppy he brought home Fred. Later, in the final episode, where the puppy Fred goes missing, HilarityEnsues with Little Ricky, Lucy, and Ethel calling for him, while Fred himself either answers when he thinks they're calling for him but are actually calling for the dog, and ''doesn't'' answer when he think they're calling the dog but are calling him.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Fred and Ethel, due to Vivian Vance PlayingGertrude.
* UnexpectedPositive: Lucy forces Ricky to go to the eye doctor where they find out that his eyes are perfectly fine...it's Lucy who can't see the eye chart correctly! In typical Lucy fashion, wackiness ensues.
* TheUnintelligible: Little Ricky could sometimes be this - one of the adults will generally laugh and say "Heh heh...did you hear that? He says..." and repeat the line of dialogue for the audience.
* UnknownRival: Xavier Cugat is often mentioned as a rival to Ricky, since they are both Cuban bandleaders. However, Cugat never made an appearance on the show. Also ironic in that in RealLife, Cugat helped give Desi Arnaz his start in show business as a guitar player in his orchestra.
* UnusualEuphemism: ''"Enciente"'' and "expecting" for "pregnant"; it was the Fifties, and you weren't allowed to ''say'' "pregnant" on television. Not even in the episode titles that the audience did not see.
* VacationEpisode: Most of the fourth season (and part of the fifth) was taken up with an entire vacation StoryArc in Hollywood. Another arc later in the fifth season involved the Ricardos and Mertzes touring around Europe, while a shorter sixth season arc had the group visiting Miami and Cuba.
* VisualPun: A subtle one, via GettingCrapPastTheRadar. In "The Benefit" Lucy and Ethel argue over who should play the part head of the horse costume, and the other playing the backside. When Ethel agrees to play the latter, she holds it up and says, "How do I get myself into these messes?"[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke She's holding an Horse's Ass.]][[/note]]
* WeNamedTheMonkeyJack: Little Ricky named his dog Fred.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** In the show's third episode, "The Diet", we get a scene involving the Mertzes' dog, Butch...who's never seen again.
** In the episode with Little Ricky bringing home Fred the puppy, a whole bunch of other pets are shown and mentioned in this one episode only.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: Whenever a rerun aired in between new episodes, the cast prepared a new introduction in which one of the characters brings up the events of that episode in conversation. They also used such introductions during Lucille Ball's maternity leave, when showing five never-before-aired episodes that Lucy participated in before she gave birth.
** A ''Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour'' episode has Lucy relating to columnist Hedda Hopper the story of how she and Ricky first met, with the expected Whole Episode Flashback ensuing.
* WorkOffTheDebt: In "Equal Rights" Lucy and Ethel have to wash dishes after Ricky and Fred make them pay for their own meals with money they don't have after they complain that they should be treated just the same as men.
* YourFavorite: Lucy's favorite breakfast is waffles.
** Little Ricky's favorite bedtime story is ''Little Red Riding Hood''.
* ZanyScheme: Pretty much every episode. Stereotypically it involves Lucy trying sneak in Ricky's nightclub, but there are plenty of different schemes, and the nightclub one was more done in spoofs than the actual show. Usually Lucy created a ZanyScheme based on some real-life trial like playing matchmaker, getting a refrigerator, or [[GetRichQuickScheme earning some quick cash]] for a new dress. As stated before, [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity Always Ensued]].
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->''I love Lucy and she loves me.''\\

to:

->''I ->''"I love Lucy and she loves me.''\\



''And Lucy (beat) loves me!''\\

-->--'''ForgottenThemeTuneLyrics''' to the ''I Love Lucy'' Theme Song, as sung by Ricky to Lucy in "Lucy's Last Birthday"

to:

''And Lucy (beat) loves me!''\\

-->--'''ForgottenThemeTuneLyrics'''
me!"''
-->-- '''ForgottenThemeTuneLyrics'''
to the ''I Love Lucy'' Theme Song, as sung by Ricky to Lucy in "Lucy's Last Birthday"



* LetsSeeYouDoBetter: What kicks off the plot of "Job Switching"; Lucy and Ricky get into an argument over who has the harder job (Ricky as the breadwinner, Lucy doing housework) which eventually draws Fred and Ethel to take sides. They decide to make a deal: they'll switch jobs for a day and see who really has it rough. HilarityEnsues as the guys nearly destroy the apartment trying to cook dinner while the girls have the infamous conveyor belt scene at the candy factory they got sent to. In the end, bot sides concede defeat and admit that either job is a lot of work.
* LivingProp: Ricky's band members in scenes set at the Tropacana/Club Babalu.
** A literal example - the baby chicks let loose in the house.
* LockedInAFreezer: The famous episode where Lucy buys a walk-in freezer, and locks herself in while moving all the meat she bought into the furnace.
* LoudOfWar: Lucy and Ricky tried to get out of their lease by having a loud Cuban jam session late at night. Fred and Ethel turned the tables by selling tickets to the "concert."
* LyingFingerCross: Subverted in one episode where Ricky forces Lucy to take a vow. Lucy, with one arm behind her back, begins saying the vow, but then Ricky pulls her arm out to reveal her crossed fingers, and uncrosses them.
* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'': "I Love Luny" (not during the series' original run, but in the 1980s!).
* MadAtADream:
** In "Ricky's Old Girlfriend", Lucy dreams that Ricky left her for Carlotta, leaving her poor and homeless on the streets with only a button given to her in her coin cup. Ricky, of course, doesn't get why she's so angry at him when she wakes up.
** In, "Lucy Goes to Scotland," Lucy has a near-entire episode [[ImagineSpot dream sequence]], in which being the last of the [=McGillicuddy=] Clan, she's to be fed to a cantankerous two-headed dragon (Fred and Ethel) that awakens every thirty years, and eats only [=McGillicuddy's=]. At one point in the dream, she meets Scott [=McTavish=] [=McDougal=] [=McCardo=] (Ricky), who falls in love with her, and vows to prevent the dragon from eating her, even if it means sacrificing his own life... but when the dragon is brought to the village for its meal, Scotty chickens out at the last minute, and Lucy is thrown to the dragon. Lucy then wakes up, and proceeds to hit Ricky with her pillow in a fit of rage, despite Ricky not knowing why she's upset with him.
--->'''Lucy''': You coward!
* TheMagicPokerEquation
* {{Malaproper}}: Ricky on occasion, due to his lack of familiarity with English idioms.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's never said outright in "Lucy and Superman" if it's George Reeves in costume and in character, or if it's actually Superman. Ricky mentioned meeting him in Hollywood and speaking with his secretary, and that he needs to catch a plane, suggesting the former. But Lucy seems to think he can really fly, he casually shoves aside a piano Ricky could barely budge, and doesn't hesitate to go out and risk a three-story drop to help Lucy, even casually leaping through the rain over a gap across the ledges with a smile. Either way, even the adults only ever refer to him as Superman (though of course, they wouldn't want to spoil it for the kids in the audience).
* MeaningfulName: In a gag often EditedForSyndication since it takes place at the beginning of the scene, Lucy uses a book entitled ''How To Sing'' by F. Alsetto.
* MenCantKeepHouse: The episode "Job Switching" had Ricky and Fred invoke this trope along with ADayInHerApron.
* MirrorRoutine: Lucy (dressed as Harpo Marx) and Harpo Marx.
* MissedHimByThatMuch: In "Lucy Misses The Mertzes", the Ricardos and Mertzes walk in and out of the Westport, Connecticut train station, just barely missing one another time and again.
* MistakenForCheating: More frequently than should really make sense, since Ricky was never anything but faithful.
* MultiPartEpisode: "The Dancing Star"/"Lucy Meets Harpo Marx", "Cousin Ernie Visits"/"Cousin Ernie Hangs On" and "Lucy Visits Grauman's"/"Lucy Meets John Wayne"[[note]]CBS combined these two into one hour-long ''I Love Lucy Superstar Special'' in May 2016[[/note]]. Also the hour long episode with Talula Bankhead fits this format - the first half hour deals with Lucy meeting and trying to make a good impression on the star, the second half dealing with Lucy trying to get her to preform for the PTA.
* MusicalEpisode: Plenty, considering Ricky is a band leader.
* NeverSayDie: Or "pregnant" for that matter.
* NoodleIncident: The 4th of July party Lucy organized for her Women's Club.
-->'''Ethel:''' Poor Ricky -- his eyebrows didn't grow in for a month.
* OhCrap: Pretty much any time Lucy said, [[CatchPhrase "Eeeeeeeeew!"]]
* OneSteveLimit: Subverted with Fred the Landlord and Fred the Dog.
-->'''Little Ricky''': Mommy, Mommy, Fred ran away!
-->'''Ethel''': Which Fred?
-->'''Little Ricky''': MY Fred!
-->'''Ethel''': Oh, nuts!
* PieInTheFace: "The Diner" ends with a big pie fight between the Ricardos and Mertzes.
* PlayingATree: Ricky in Little Ricky's school play.
* PlayingGertrude: Ethel is supposed to be much older than Lucy, closer in age to her husband Fred, but Vivian Vance was actually a full ''22'' years younger than her onscreen husband (and only two years older than Lucille Ball). Vance was annoyed that she was paired with such an older man, which caused some RealLife animosity between the actors behind the scenes. Rumor has it that ''no one'' got along well with William Frawley, who played Fred Mertz. He was just generally difficult to work with. Vance especially hated him, and the feeling was mutual. The pair reportedly refused to speak to each other outside of tapings or rehearsals, and Hollywood legend has it that Vance, learning of Frawley's 1966 death while dining at a restaurant, promptly [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing ordered champagne for everyone in the place]].
* ThePrecariousLedge: In "Lucy and Superman" Lucy dresses up as Superman for little Ricky's birthday party after promising that Superman would show up but then it looked like he might not. She crawls out on the ledge of the building to come in through the window but the "real" Superman [[note]]George Reeves from ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman''[[/note]] ''does'' show up while she's out there. She gets her cape stuck on a drainpipe so she's stuck out there in the rain. Superman goes out on the ledge and helps her get unstuck.
-->'''Ricky:''' Lucy, of all the crazy things you done in the fifteen years we been married this is --
-->'''Superman:''' Wait a minute, Ricardo! Do you mean to say that you've been married to her for fifteen years?
-->'''Ricky:''' Yeah, fifteen years.
-->'''Superman:''' And they call ''me'' Superman!
* PrettyInMink: Lucy's second life goal aside from getting in the show has always been to have a mink coat. In one episode, Lucy thinks a mink coat Ricky rented for a play is for her for their anniversary ([[ForgottenAnniversary which he forgot]]), and he spends the episode trying to trick her into losing it, until he fesses up. [[spoiler:It turned out she tricked him. It wasn't their anniversary at all.]]
* ProductPlacement: The characters frequently made gags about Philip Morris cigarettes, who sponsored the first four seasons. Several of these gags were [[ProductDisplacement removed in syndication]], but reinstated on home video.
** In a possible [[LampshadedTrope lampshade hanging]] over the deal, Lucy reminds Ricky that when he auditions for television producers, he'll need a "pretty girl" to show off the sponsor's products, then holds a box of Philip Morris up to the camera.
** One gag that reruns retain in some form: When Lucy hosts her own TV show in an emptied TV set, she dresses as Johnny Roventini, the Philip Morris Bellhop. The syndicated version of the episode retains scenes of Lucy wearing the costume and holding cigarettes, but cuts parts where she actually refers to the brand by name. Surprisingly, CBS kept those parts when they aired the colorized version of the episode in December 2015.
** One episode with a scene of Fred and Ricky meeting and eating at a stationary/luncheonette counter features a cardboard standee of the Phillip Morris bellhop in the background.
** This exchange as pregnant Lucy keeps changing potential baby names.
---> '''Lucy''': I always liked 'Phillip' if it's a boy...
---> '''Ricky''': And 'Morris' if it's a girl?
** In the episode in which Lucy insists on a second wedding ceremony due to a typo on the Ricardo's wedding license, the hotel owner who is the small town's Justice of the Peace, the Sherriff, and Gas station Attendant is apparently also the Bellhop. As he puts on the bellman's cap he shouts "Call for Phillip...darn, I always forget the rest of that."
** When celebrities appear, especially during the Hollywood Arc, you can be sure to hear "Oh, I just finished filming" such-an-such a movie title, followed by the Ricardos saying "We'll be sure to catch it when it comes out" or "I've heard such great things about that!"
** One episode features the foursome going out to see ''Theatre/TheMostHappyFella''... a show Creator/DesiluStudios ''just happened'' to invest in.
--->'''Ricky''': I don't know anything about this show, do you?\\
'''Fred''': Well, one thing I know is the hero's not married.\\
'''Ricky''': How do you know that?\\
'''Fred ''': Look at the title!
** When the show goes to Paris they make sure to mention American Express a lot.
** In one Hollywood episode Lucy asks Fred to buy Q-Tips for her, mainly so he can misunderstand and bring back Pool Room Cue Tips instead.
** In the episode in which Ricky tells Little Ricky "Little Red Riding Hood" in Spanish, the close ups of little Ricky show the Lucy and Desi stick figures used in the original opening sequence embroidered on his pillowcase. These pillow cases were actually available for sale at the time.
** An in-show example: When Ricky gets an offer to do a live "Mr and Mrs TV Show" (in the episode of the same name), ''every'' line in the script is an ad for the sponsor, Phipps Department Store.
* ProjectileToast: A RunningGag.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: The original intros didn't display any credits for Vivian Vance or William Frawley, until ''The Lucy-Desi Comedy Show''. The syndicated intros for ''I Love Lucy'' added their names after the show's title. Most of TV Land's updated versions of the original openings also did this.[[note]]One opening actually showed Vance and Frawley BilledAboveTheTitle.[[/note]]
* ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud: "And your nose is continued on the next page."
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Lucy's pregnancy was written into the show when Lucille Ball became pregnant in real life.
** The "Home Show" episode in which Lucy wins the furniture was written because Lucy hated the furniture on the set and requested a believable way of changing it in-story.
** In one episode Lucy writes a novel called "Real Gone With The Wind" in which she tells a story involving thinly veiled versions of herself, Ricky, and the Mertzes.
* RebelliousSpirit: Lucy is one, big time.
* RecycledPremise: Prior to ''I Love Lucy'', Lucille Ball played a scheming, nutty housewife in a radio show titled, ''My Favorite Husband'', wherein her character was married to a dull, inoffensive, American banker. Execs wanted to adapt the series almost wholesale because it tested so well, whereas Ball and Arnaz wanted to take things in a different direction (and use the series as a vehicle for improving their marriage). Even though the shows have different characters, some episodes of ''I Love Lucy'' reused storylines and gags from the radio show, since they shared three writers (Bob Carroll, Madelyn Pugh, and Jess Oppenheimer). After ''I Love Lucy'' became a hit, CBS tried to make lightning strike twice by adapting ''My Favorite Husband'' itself as a TV show (with a different cast and crew), but that show went nowhere and was soon forgotten.
** Another reason Ball and Arnaz abandoned ''My Favorite Husband'' -- that series was based on the novel ''Mr. and Mrs. Cugat'' by Isabel Scott Rorick. (In fact, the lead characters were named George and Liz Cugat for the first 20 episodes. Their last name was changed to "Cooper" to avoid confusion with bandleader Xavier Cugat and his wife.) By creating their own (albeit similar) concept, Desilu managed to avoid paying royalties to Rorick.
* {{Retool}}: ''The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour''
* ReversePsychologyBackfire: Ethel has this when she tries to talk Little Ricky into playing his drums in "Little Ricky Gets Stage Fright".
-->'''Lucy''': Did it work?
-->'''Ethel''': Well, sort of. I said, "Little Ricky, you don't want to play those nasty old drums, do you?" and he said "No."
* RidiculouslyLongPhoneHold: Lucy calls Ricky and has him stay on hold while she goes from downtown to their apartment so that Mrs. Hansen can't call and ask him about the check she gave her on the dress shop he doesn't know she and Ethel bought.
* RoadShow: An early version of story arc.
* RuleOfThree: In the episode involving the jewel thief on the train, the Mertzes go to the dining car three times. All three times [[spoiler: Lucy pulls the emergency brake, splattering them with food.]] Subverted: [[spoiler: The fourth time they go, they wear rain slickers, anticipating an emergency brake pull by Lucy. It happens.]]
* RunningGag: Several, including Lucy's hair being dyed (henna rinse was an old-fashioned hair colorant).
-->'''Lucy:''' I need to get my hair dyed-''[[LastSecondWordSwap WASHED!]]''
* SaintBernardRescue: While in the Swiss Alps, Band Manager Fred accidentally sends the band to the wrong city. After Ricky fires him Lucy says, "You can't fire Fred! What are you gonna do? Get a St Bernard to manage the band?". Later on while the foursome are out climbing a mountain Fred whistles for a passing St Bernard, saying he could use a snort of brandy.
** Subverted in one episode when Lucy suffers a St Bernard attack from Richard Widmark's dog.
* TheScrooge: Fred is a mild one.
* SecondBanana: Vivian Vance's Ethel to Lucille Ball's Lucy, most of the time.
* SelfDeprecation: Interestingly, the series often takes potshots at its own young industry of television.
** When told that Ricky was going to once again show his "Home Movies" of Little Ricky, Fred complains "If I want to see old movies I might as well stay home and watch television!"
** When an actor rehearses a play with his wife, he remarks that the script is corny enough to be on television.
* SeriesContinuityError: What is Ethel's middle name? What is Ricky's ''first'' name?
** Ricky's first name is Enrique in one episode, Ricardo in another.
** And Ethel's middle name is "May". "Ethel May Potter" was her name before she got married. But it's also mentioned as being "Louise" in "Lucy and Ethel Buy the Same Dress" and "Roberta" (which was also Vivian Vance's real-life middle name) in "The Million Dollar Idea."
** In an early season episode about Ricky teaching Lucy a lesson by taking her camping, Lucy has Ethel secretly drive out to the campsite to help her out. In a later episode leading up to the California trip, Lucy offers to teach Ethel how to drive.
** Another Ethel example: In the early episode "Breaking the Lease", Ethel plays songs such as "Sweet Sue" just fine on the piano. In one of the final season Connecticut episodes, Lucy, Fred and Ethel try to form a musical trio to back up Little Ricky's drumming and Ethel plays the piano about as well as Fred and Lucy play their instruments. In fact, Lucy actually asks Ethel if she knows "Sweet Sue" and Ethel says she never learned that one.
* ShoutOut: One of the pairs of potential baby names is "Robert or Marilyn", referring to Lucy's head writers who would go on to write for her all the way up to ''Life With Lucy''.
** In "Charm School" the men are at a party discussing golf when Ricky says, "I just read an article by Harry Ackerman...." Harry Ackerman was a television producer who, along with other CBS shows such as ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'' and ''Series/DennisTheMenace'', helped develop ''I Love Lucy''.
** In one episode, Lucy tries to give herself a perm in order to save money, but she does it for too long and ends up with an afro. Fred teasingly calls her ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie.
** In the episode "Lucy Gets Her Eyes Examined", eye drops make her vision very blurry. Ethel calls her [[WesternAnimation/MrMagoo Miss Magoo]].
* TheShowGoesHollywood: The show had a season-long arc set in Hollywood where Ricky gets a part in a movie.
* SignificantReferenceDate: In "Lucy Gets A Paris Gown", Lucy wants to get a new designer dress while in France. Ricky reads a letter Lucy wrote in Hollywood, promising Ricky if he'd buy her a Hollywood designer dress, she would NEVER ask for another designer dress. The note is dated 2/28/55 -- The broadcast date of the episode "The Fashion Show" in which Lucy gets said dress. Extra coolness points awarded when you realize the writers had no idea what a rerun was at this point...let alone that anyone in the future would create episode guides, listing airdates.
* ASimplePlan
* SitCom: The TropeCodifier for years.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: This show is both one of the earliest and best known examples of the trope. A good rule of thumb: If Lucy enters a scene wearing pants, you are about to see some fantastic physical hijinx.
* SleepingSingle:
** Famously, however it's often forgotten that the twin beds were ''pushed together'' throughout the entire first season. It wasn't until after Little Ricky was born that the nightstand was put between them.
** Subverted, however, with Ethel and Fred -- in "First Stop" we find out that they have a nightly ritual that involves Ethel tying Fred to the bed (not [[HeadTiltinglyKinky ''that'']] way).
--->'''Lucy''': You do that every night?!?\\
'''Ethel''': Yeah, but it took years of practice.
* SlippingAMickey: In "Lucy Thinks Ricky Is Trying to Murder Her," Fred gives Ricky (who as far as either of them know is simply freaking out for no reason) a dose of sleeping powder to slip in Lucy's drink. Lucy thinks it's poison when she sees Ricky pouring it in her drink. Sharp-eyed viewers will notice it's Ricky who gets the drink that had the powder poured in it, but it's still Lucy who suffers the effects.
-->'''Lucy''': I got a mickey from Ricky!
* SmackOnTheBack: Ethel slaps Lucy on the back, forgetting that she has a terrible sunburn.
* SmokingIsCool: The show was produced and aired during an era where smoking was not only cool, but accepted in contemporary society, and in some contexts, expected. All four series leads were smokers and lit up during various episodes, especially those aired in the first three or four seasons. This began to be toned down by 1956, when Little Ricky became more a part of the stories (and Phillip Morris no longer the show's main sponsor).
* SocialSemicircle: A staple on ''Series/ILoveLucy'', which pioneered the three camera method and filming in front of a live studio audience. A typical dinner in the Ricardo's apartment would see Lucy and Ricky seated at opposite ends of the table, with the Mertzes seating side-by-side facing the audience. In the Connecticut episodes, they would all tend to crowd along one side of the circular dinette table. Oh well, the Mertzes were close friends after all!
* SocietyMarchesOn: Besides the above, much of the show's plot is driven by Lucy's tries to be financially independent. Also, much is made of Ricky's bad English and most modern parenting experts would recommend he speak to Little Ricky in Spanish since infants can learn two languages as easily as one.
* SpecialGuest: Frequently, particularly when Ricky went to Hollywood and some movie or TV star -- like John Wayne or George Reeves -- would appear on the show.
* {{Spexico}}: Lucy seems to think Cuban culture is a mixture of Mexico, Spain, and ''Brazil'' of all places.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''The Lucy Show'', ''Here's Lucy'', ''Life with Lucy''
* SpringtimeForHitler: An attempt to stop people from ordering Aunt Martha's Old Fashioned Salad Dressing with a tv commercial featuring an audience member picked at random (Lucy) dissing the product instead created three times as many orders from people saying "Keep up with the comedy bits!".
* StatusQuoIsGod: Subverted. Ricky went from being a nobody bandleader, to a noted bandleader, to a Night Club Manager, to a Night Club Owner, to a bit Movie Player, to the point in one of the ''Series/LucyDesiComedyHour'' where Ricky tells Lucy "...It's just ''one'' picture I'm gonna be in! We're just gonna be back from California in two weeks!" Also subverted in that as time went on Lucy got considerably less excited about meeting the Celebrity of the Week.
* StayInTheKitchen: Less because of any chauvinism on Ricky's part, and more because Lucy really can't ''do'' anything else (though not for lack of trying, which is the [[HilarityEnsues basis for a great many episodes]]).
* StickySituation: To show Ricky how ridiculous he looks with a mustache, Lucy has Fred attach a big bushy beard to her face with spirit gum. Problem is, it's not spirit gum, it's ''cement''.
%%** In one episode Lucy and Ethel wallpaper the Ricardos' bedroom.
%%And? How does that fit this trope?
* StylisticSuck: Lucy's operetta, ''The Pleasant Peasant'', boasts several {{Painful Rhyme}}s, as well as a contrived plot. Not to mention the characters. Ethel played the secretly-a-princess peasant Lily... of the Valley. Fred was Squire Quinn who ran the Inn, down by the River Out. Ricky was rehearsing his song, "I am the good Prince Lancelot. I love to sing and dance-a-lot." When the check bounced and the movers came in to repossess the props and costumes ''in the middle of the play,'' no one was really concerned.
* {{Suburbia}}: The Ricardos and Mertzes move to Westport, Connecticut in season 6.
* SubwaysSuck: Especially when you have a loving cup stuck on your head.
* SwappedRoles: "Job Switching"
* SweetPollyOliver: Lucy dressed as a man semi-often to further her schemes. For example, an episode features her dressing as a hot dog salesman with a fake 'stache and as a baseball player to try to get Bob Hope to let her go on the show.
* SyndicationTitle: When the show was retooled into the ''Series/LucyDesiComedyHour'', reruns were shown on CBS under the titles ''Lucy in Hollywood'', ''Lucy in Europe'', and ''Lucy in Connecticut''. In the 70s the ''Comedy Hour'' episodes were syndicated as one hour specials under the title ''We Love Lucy''. When Creator/NickAtNite aired them, they restored the ''Comedy Hour'' title (minus the Ford/Westinghouse sponsor tags, of course). A March 2012 marathon on the Hallmark Channel had them back to ''We Love Lucy''.
* TableclothYank: Lucy does this is one episode (much to the delight of the audience).
* TropeTelegraphing: If the episode begins with the Ricardos and the Mertz gushing about what great friends they are to each other then it's a safe bet that the episode is going to about them getting into some kind of feud.
* ThereWasADoor: In the episode "Lucy and Superman", Lucy (who is going to pose as Superman) plans to use the (several-story) window. Ethel asks her to find some other way, and Lucy responds that the other way would cause unacceptable property damage.
-->'''Ethel''': Isn't there any other way Superman enters a room?
-->'''Lucy''': Well, sometimes he comes bursting through the wall, but you know how Fred would feel about that.
* ThisIsMySide: "Men Are Messy", "The Diner".
* ThreeCameras: Again, a first for television.
* TitleDrop: In the very last ''Comedy Hour'' "Lucy Meets the Mustache", Ernie Kovacs manages to slip the phrase "Take a Good Look" into the dialouge. ''Take A Good Look'' was a comedy/game show Kovacs hosted at the time.
* TitleSequenceReplacement / ProductDisplacement: The original animated intros featured cartoon-Lucy and cartoon-Desi interacting around a giant Philip Morris cigarette pack. For decades, only the heart-logo intros made for syndication were seen. A [[Creator/TheCriterionCollection Criterion]] laserdisc of the show presented episodes with the animated openings, and TV Land later reintroduced them to broadcast (now with a slightly less giant vintage TV set showing the network logo on its screen). The Ultimate Blu-Ray sets offer a choice between the animated or heart intro.
* TricksterArchetype: Lucy is the female example of this.
* {{Troperiffic}}: At least half the tropes in all following sitcoms owe their lives to this show. ''Reruns!'' It invented ''reruns''!
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: In the episode "Cousin Ernie Hangs On", Lucy complains to Ethel that "We've found there's only one thing Cousin Ernie does well, but there's not much of a market for a Professional Eater!" In the last few years eating contests have become more and more popular, and there are now indeed some people who only participate in these events, living off the prizes and corporate sponsorships for their existance. Cousin Ernie would be a natural.
** Lucy's editing of Ricky's pilot in "Home Movies" looks like something that would be right at home on ''Series/LaughIn''.
* {{Tuckerization}}: In-universe, Little Ricky names all of his pets after people he likes (many of his different pets are named after his classmates from school), and as such, named a puppy he brought home Fred. Later, in the final episode, where the puppy Fred goes missing, HilarityEnsues with Little Ricky, Lucy, and Ethel calling for him, while Fred himself either answers when he thinks they're calling for him but are actually calling for the dog, and ''doesn't'' answer when he think they're calling the dog but are calling him.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Fred and Ethel, due to Vivian Vance PlayingGertrude.
* UnexpectedPositive: Lucy forces Ricky to go to the eye doctor where they find out that his eyes are perfectly fine...it's Lucy who can't see the eye chart correctly! In typical Lucy fashion, wackiness ensues.
* TheUnintelligible: Little Ricky could sometimes be this - one of the adults will generally laugh and say "Heh heh...did you hear that? He says..." and repeat the line of dialogue for the audience.
* UnknownRival: Xavier Cugat is often mentioned as a rival to Ricky, since they are both Cuban bandleaders. However, Cugat never made an appearance on the show. Also ironic in that in RealLife, Cugat helped give Desi Arnaz his start in show business as a guitar player in his orchestra.
* UnusualEuphemism: ''"Enciente"'' and "expecting" for "pregnant"; it was the Fifties, and you weren't allowed to ''say'' "pregnant" on television. Not even in the episode titles that the audience did not see.
* VacationEpisode: Most of the fourth season (and part of the fifth) was taken up with an entire vacation StoryArc in Hollywood. Another arc later in the fifth season involved the Ricardos and Mertzes touring around Europe, while a shorter sixth season arc had the group visiting Miami and Cuba.
* VisualPun: A subtle one, via GettingCrapPastTheRadar. In "The Benefit" Lucy and Ethel argue over who should play the part head of the horse costume, and the other playing the backside. When Ethel agrees to play the latter, she holds it up and says, "How do I get myself into these messes?"[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke She's holding an Horse's Ass.]][[/note]]
* WeNamedTheMonkeyJack: Little Ricky named his dog Fred.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** In the show's third episode, "The Diet", we get a scene involving the Mertzes' dog, Butch...who's never seen again.
** In the episode with Little Ricky bringing home Fred the puppy, a whole bunch of other pets are shown and mentioned in this one episode only.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: Whenever a rerun aired in between new episodes, the cast prepared a new introduction in which one of the characters brings up the events of that episode in conversation. They also used such introductions during Lucille Ball's maternity leave, when showing five never-before-aired episodes that Lucy participated in before she gave birth.
** A ''Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour'' episode has Lucy relating to columnist Hedda Hopper the story of how she and Ricky first met, with the expected Whole Episode Flashback ensuing.
* WorkOffTheDebt: In "Equal Rights" Lucy and Ethel have to wash dishes after Ricky and Fred make them pay for their own meals with money they don't have after they complain that they should be treated just the same as men.
* YourFavorite: Lucy's favorite breakfast is waffles.
** Little Ricky's favorite bedtime story is ''Little Red Riding Hood''.
* ZanyScheme: Pretty much every episode. Stereotypically it involves Lucy trying sneak in Ricky's nightclub, but there are plenty of different schemes, and the nightclub one was more done in spoofs than the actual show. Usually Lucy created a ZanyScheme based on some real-life trial like playing matchmaker, getting a refrigerator, or [[GetRichQuickScheme earning some quick cash]] for a new dress. As stated before, [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity Always Ensued]].
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* LetsSeeYouDoBetter: What kicks off the plot of "Job Switching"; Lucy and Ricky get into an argument over who has the harder job (Ricky as the breadwinner, Lucy doing housework) which eventually draws Fred and Ethel to take sides. They decide to make a deal: they'll switch jobs for a day and see who really has it rough. HilarityEnsues as the guys nearly destroy the apartment trying to cook dinner while the girls have the infamous conveyor belt scene at the candy factory they got sent to. In the end, bot sides concede defeat and admit that either job is a lot of work.
* LivingProp: Ricky's band members in scenes set at the Tropacana/Club Babalu.
** A literal example - the baby chicks let loose in the house.
* LockedInAFreezer: The famous episode where Lucy buys a walk-in freezer, and locks herself in while moving all the meat she bought into the furnace.
* LoudOfWar: Lucy and Ricky tried to get out of their lease by having a loud Cuban jam session late at night. Fred and Ethel turned the tables by selling tickets to the "concert."
* LyingFingerCross: Subverted in one episode where Ricky forces Lucy to take a vow. Lucy, with one arm behind her back, begins saying the vow, but then Ricky pulls her arm out to reveal her crossed fingers, and uncrosses them.
* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'': "I Love Luny" (not during the series' original run, but in the 1980s!).
* MadAtADream:
** In "Ricky's Old Girlfriend", Lucy dreams that Ricky left her for Carlotta, leaving her poor and homeless on the streets with only a button given to her in her coin cup. Ricky, of course, doesn't get why she's so angry at him when she wakes up.
** In, "Lucy Goes to Scotland," Lucy has a near-entire episode [[ImagineSpot dream sequence]], in which being the last of the [=McGillicuddy=] Clan, she's to be fed to a cantankerous two-headed dragon (Fred and Ethel) that awakens every thirty years, and eats only [=McGillicuddy's=]. At one point in the dream, she meets Scott [=McTavish=] [=McDougal=] [=McCardo=] (Ricky), who falls in love with her, and vows to prevent the dragon from eating her, even if it means sacrificing his own life... but when the dragon is brought to the village for its meal, Scotty chickens out at the last minute, and Lucy is thrown to the dragon. Lucy then wakes up, and proceeds to hit Ricky with her pillow in a fit of rage, despite Ricky not knowing why she's upset with him.
--->'''Lucy''': You coward!
* TheMagicPokerEquation
* {{Malaproper}}: Ricky on occasion, due to his lack of familiarity with English idioms.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: It's never said outright in "Lucy and Superman" if it's George Reeves in costume and in character, or if it's actually Superman. Ricky mentioned meeting him in Hollywood and speaking with his secretary, and that he needs to catch a plane, suggesting the former. But Lucy seems to think he can really fly, he casually shoves aside a piano Ricky could barely budge, and doesn't hesitate to go out and risk a three-story drop to help Lucy, even casually leaping through the rain over a gap across the ledges with a smile. Either way, even the adults only ever refer to him as Superman (though of course, they wouldn't want to spoil it for the kids in the audience).
* MeaningfulName: In a gag often EditedForSyndication since it takes place at the beginning of the scene, Lucy uses a book entitled ''How To Sing'' by F. Alsetto.
* MenCantKeepHouse: The episode "Job Switching" had Ricky and Fred invoke this trope along with ADayInHerApron.
* MirrorRoutine: Lucy (dressed as Harpo Marx) and Harpo Marx.
* MissedHimByThatMuch: In "Lucy Misses The Mertzes", the Ricardos and Mertzes walk in and out of the Westport, Connecticut train station, just barely missing one another time and again.
* MistakenForCheating: More frequently than should really make sense, since Ricky was never anything but faithful.
* MultiPartEpisode: "The Dancing Star"/"Lucy Meets Harpo Marx", "Cousin Ernie Visits"/"Cousin Ernie Hangs On" and "Lucy Visits Grauman's"/"Lucy Meets John Wayne"[[note]]CBS combined these two into one hour-long ''I Love Lucy Superstar Special'' in May 2016[[/note]]. Also the hour long episode with Talula Bankhead fits this format - the first half hour deals with Lucy meeting and trying to make a good impression on the star, the second half dealing with Lucy trying to get her to preform for the PTA.
* MusicalEpisode: Plenty, considering Ricky is a band leader.
* NeverSayDie: Or "pregnant" for that matter.
* NoodleIncident: The 4th of July party Lucy organized for her Women's Club.
-->'''Ethel:''' Poor Ricky -- his eyebrows didn't grow in for a month.
* OhCrap: Pretty much any time Lucy said, [[CatchPhrase "Eeeeeeeeew!"]]
* OneSteveLimit: Subverted with Fred the Landlord and Fred the Dog.
-->'''Little Ricky''': Mommy, Mommy, Fred ran away!
-->'''Ethel''': Which Fred?
-->'''Little Ricky''': MY Fred!
-->'''Ethel''': Oh, nuts!
* PieInTheFace: "The Diner" ends with a big pie fight between the Ricardos and Mertzes.
* PlayingATree: Ricky in Little Ricky's school play.
* PlayingGertrude: Ethel is supposed to be much older than Lucy, closer in age to her husband Fred, but Vivian Vance was actually a full ''22'' years younger than her onscreen husband (and only two years older than Lucille Ball). Vance was annoyed that she was paired with such an older man, which caused some RealLife animosity between the actors behind the scenes. Rumor has it that ''no one'' got along well with William Frawley, who played Fred Mertz. He was just generally difficult to work with. Vance especially hated him, and the feeling was mutual. The pair reportedly refused to speak to each other outside of tapings or rehearsals, and Hollywood legend has it that Vance, learning of Frawley's 1966 death while dining at a restaurant, promptly [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing ordered champagne for everyone in the place]].
* ThePrecariousLedge: In "Lucy and Superman" Lucy dresses up as Superman for little Ricky's birthday party after promising that Superman would show up but then it looked like he might not. She crawls out on the ledge of the building to come in through the window but the "real" Superman [[note]]George Reeves from ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman''[[/note]] ''does'' show up while she's out there. She gets her cape stuck on a drainpipe so she's stuck out there in the rain. Superman goes out on the ledge and helps her get unstuck.
-->'''Ricky:''' Lucy, of all the crazy things you done in the fifteen years we been married this is --
-->'''Superman:''' Wait a minute, Ricardo! Do you mean to say that you've been married to her for fifteen years?
-->'''Ricky:''' Yeah, fifteen years.
-->'''Superman:''' And they call ''me'' Superman!
* PrettyInMink: Lucy's second life goal aside from getting in the show has always been to have a mink coat. In one episode, Lucy thinks a mink coat Ricky rented for a play is for her for their anniversary ([[ForgottenAnniversary which he forgot]]), and he spends the episode trying to trick her into losing it, until he fesses up. [[spoiler:It turned out she tricked him. It wasn't their anniversary at all.]]
* ProductPlacement: The characters frequently made gags about Philip Morris cigarettes, who sponsored the first four seasons. Several of these gags were [[ProductDisplacement removed in syndication]], but reinstated on home video.
** In a possible [[LampshadedTrope lampshade hanging]] over the deal, Lucy reminds Ricky that when he auditions for television producers, he'll need a "pretty girl" to show off the sponsor's products, then holds a box of Philip Morris up to the camera.
** One gag that reruns retain in some form: When Lucy hosts her own TV show in an emptied TV set, she dresses as Johnny Roventini, the Philip Morris Bellhop. The syndicated version of the episode retains scenes of Lucy wearing the costume and holding cigarettes, but cuts parts where she actually refers to the brand by name. Surprisingly, CBS kept those parts when they aired the colorized version of the episode in December 2015.
** One episode with a scene of Fred and Ricky meeting and eating at a stationary/luncheonette counter features a cardboard standee of the Phillip Morris bellhop in the background.
** This exchange as pregnant Lucy keeps changing potential baby names.
---> '''Lucy''': I always liked 'Phillip' if it's a boy...
---> '''Ricky''': And 'Morris' if it's a girl?
** In the episode in which Lucy insists on a second wedding ceremony due to a typo on the Ricardo's wedding license, the hotel owner who is the small town's Justice of the Peace, the Sherriff, and Gas station Attendant is apparently also the Bellhop. As he puts on the bellman's cap he shouts "Call for Phillip...darn, I always forget the rest of that."
** When celebrities appear, especially during the Hollywood Arc, you can be sure to hear "Oh, I just finished filming" such-an-such a movie title, followed by the Ricardos saying "We'll be sure to catch it when it comes out" or "I've heard such great things about that!"
** One episode features the foursome going out to see ''Theatre/TheMostHappyFella''... a show Creator/DesiluStudios ''just happened'' to invest in.
--->'''Ricky''': I don't know anything about this show, do you?\\
'''Fred''': Well, one thing I know is the hero's not married.\\
'''Ricky''': How do you know that?\\
'''Fred ''': Look at the title!
** When the show goes to Paris they make sure to mention American Express a lot.
** In one Hollywood episode Lucy asks Fred to buy Q-Tips for her, mainly so he can misunderstand and bring back Pool Room Cue Tips instead.
** In the episode in which Ricky tells Little Ricky "Little Red Riding Hood" in Spanish, the close ups of little Ricky show the Lucy and Desi stick figures used in the original opening sequence embroidered on his pillowcase. These pillow cases were actually available for sale at the time.
** An in-show example: When Ricky gets an offer to do a live "Mr and Mrs TV Show" (in the episode of the same name), ''every'' line in the script is an ad for the sponsor, Phipps Department Store.
* ProjectileToast: A RunningGag.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: The original intros didn't display any credits for Vivian Vance or William Frawley, until ''The Lucy-Desi Comedy Show''. The syndicated intros for ''I Love Lucy'' added their names after the show's title. Most of TV Land's updated versions of the original openings also did this.[[note]]One opening actually showed Vance and Frawley BilledAboveTheTitle.[[/note]]
* ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud: "And your nose is continued on the next page."
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Lucy's pregnancy was written into the show when Lucille Ball became pregnant in real life.
** The "Home Show" episode in which Lucy wins the furniture was written because Lucy hated the furniture on the set and requested a believable way of changing it in-story.
** In one episode Lucy writes a novel called "Real Gone With The Wind" in which she tells a story involving thinly veiled versions of herself, Ricky, and the Mertzes.
* RebelliousSpirit: Lucy is one, big time.
* RecycledPremise: Prior to ''I Love Lucy'', Lucille Ball played a scheming, nutty housewife in a radio show titled, ''My Favorite Husband'', wherein her character was married to a dull, inoffensive, American banker. Execs wanted to adapt the series almost wholesale because it tested so well, whereas Ball and Arnaz wanted to take things in a different direction (and use the series as a vehicle for improving their marriage). Even though the shows have different characters, some episodes of ''I Love Lucy'' reused storylines and gags from the radio show, since they shared three writers (Bob Carroll, Madelyn Pugh, and Jess Oppenheimer). After ''I Love Lucy'' became a hit, CBS tried to make lightning strike twice by adapting ''My Favorite Husband'' itself as a TV show (with a different cast and crew), but that show went nowhere and was soon forgotten.
** Another reason Ball and Arnaz abandoned ''My Favorite Husband'' -- that series was based on the novel ''Mr. and Mrs. Cugat'' by Isabel Scott Rorick. (In fact, the lead characters were named George and Liz Cugat for the first 20 episodes. Their last name was changed to "Cooper" to avoid confusion with bandleader Xavier Cugat and his wife.) By creating their own (albeit similar) concept, Desilu managed to avoid paying royalties to Rorick.
* {{Retool}}: ''The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour''
* ReversePsychologyBackfire: Ethel has this when she tries to talk Little Ricky into playing his drums in "Little Ricky Gets Stage Fright".
-->'''Lucy''': Did it work?
-->'''Ethel''': Well, sort of. I said, "Little Ricky, you don't want to play those nasty old drums, do you?" and he said "No."
* RidiculouslyLongPhoneHold: Lucy calls Ricky and has him stay on hold while she goes from downtown to their apartment so that Mrs. Hansen can't call and ask him about the check she gave her on the dress shop he doesn't know she and Ethel bought.
* RoadShow: An early version of story arc.
* RuleOfThree: In the episode involving the jewel thief on the train, the Mertzes go to the dining car three times. All three times [[spoiler: Lucy pulls the emergency brake, splattering them with food.]] Subverted: [[spoiler: The fourth time they go, they wear rain slickers, anticipating an emergency brake pull by Lucy. It happens.]]
* RunningGag: Several, including Lucy's hair being dyed (henna rinse was an old-fashioned hair colorant).
-->'''Lucy:''' I need to get my hair dyed-''[[LastSecondWordSwap WASHED!]]''
* SaintBernardRescue: While in the Swiss Alps, Band Manager Fred accidentally sends the band to the wrong city. After Ricky fires him Lucy says, "You can't fire Fred! What are you gonna do? Get a St Bernard to manage the band?". Later on while the foursome are out climbing a mountain Fred whistles for a passing St Bernard, saying he could use a snort of brandy.
** Subverted in one episode when Lucy suffers a St Bernard attack from Richard Widmark's dog.
* TheScrooge: Fred is a mild one.
* SecondBanana: Vivian Vance's Ethel to Lucille Ball's Lucy, most of the time.
* SelfDeprecation: Interestingly, the series often takes potshots at its own young industry of television.
** When told that Ricky was going to once again show his "Home Movies" of Little Ricky, Fred complains "If I want to see old movies I might as well stay home and watch television!"
** When an actor rehearses a play with his wife, he remarks that the script is corny enough to be on television.
* SeriesContinuityError: What is Ethel's middle name? What is Ricky's ''first'' name?
** Ricky's first name is Enrique in one episode, Ricardo in another.
** And Ethel's middle name is "May". "Ethel May Potter" was her name before she got married. But it's also mentioned as being "Louise" in "Lucy and Ethel Buy the Same Dress" and "Roberta" (which was also Vivian Vance's real-life middle name) in "The Million Dollar Idea."
** In an early season episode about Ricky teaching Lucy a lesson by taking her camping, Lucy has Ethel secretly drive out to the campsite to help her out. In a later episode leading up to the California trip, Lucy offers to teach Ethel how to drive.
** Another Ethel example: In the early episode "Breaking the Lease", Ethel plays songs such as "Sweet Sue" just fine on the piano. In one of the final season Connecticut episodes, Lucy, Fred and Ethel try to form a musical trio to back up Little Ricky's drumming and Ethel plays the piano about as well as Fred and Lucy play their instruments. In fact, Lucy actually asks Ethel if she knows "Sweet Sue" and Ethel says she never learned that one.
* ShoutOut: One of the pairs of potential baby names is "Robert or Marilyn", referring to Lucy's head writers who would go on to write for her all the way up to ''Life With Lucy''.
** In "Charm School" the men are at a party discussing golf when Ricky says, "I just read an article by Harry Ackerman...." Harry Ackerman was a television producer who, along with other CBS shows such as ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'' and ''Series/DennisTheMenace'', helped develop ''I Love Lucy''.
** In one episode, Lucy tries to give herself a perm in order to save money, but she does it for too long and ends up with an afro. Fred teasingly calls her ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie.
** In the episode "Lucy Gets Her Eyes Examined", eye drops make her vision very blurry. Ethel calls her [[WesternAnimation/MrMagoo Miss Magoo]].
* TheShowGoesHollywood: The show had a season-long arc set in Hollywood where Ricky gets a part in a movie.
* SignificantReferenceDate: In "Lucy Gets A Paris Gown", Lucy wants to get a new designer dress while in France. Ricky reads a letter Lucy wrote in Hollywood, promising Ricky if he'd buy her a Hollywood designer dress, she would NEVER ask for another designer dress. The note is dated 2/28/55 -- The broadcast date of the episode "The Fashion Show" in which Lucy gets said dress. Extra coolness points awarded when you realize the writers had no idea what a rerun was at this point...let alone that anyone in the future would create episode guides, listing airdates.
* ASimplePlan
* SitCom: The TropeCodifier for years.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: This show is both one of the earliest and best known examples of the trope. A good rule of thumb: If Lucy enters a scene wearing pants, you are about to see some fantastic physical hijinx.
* SleepingSingle:
** Famously, however it's often forgotten that the twin beds were ''pushed together'' throughout the entire first season. It wasn't until after Little Ricky was born that the nightstand was put between them.
** Subverted, however, with Ethel and Fred -- in "First Stop" we find out that they have a nightly ritual that involves Ethel tying Fred to the bed (not [[HeadTiltinglyKinky ''that'']] way).
--->'''Lucy''': You do that every night?!?\\
'''Ethel''': Yeah, but it took years of practice.
* SlippingAMickey: In "Lucy Thinks Ricky Is Trying to Murder Her," Fred gives Ricky (who as far as either of them know is simply freaking out for no reason) a dose of sleeping powder to slip in Lucy's drink. Lucy thinks it's poison when she sees Ricky pouring it in her drink. Sharp-eyed viewers will notice it's Ricky who gets the drink that had the powder poured in it, but it's still Lucy who suffers the effects.
-->'''Lucy''': I got a mickey from Ricky!
* SmackOnTheBack: Ethel slaps Lucy on the back, forgetting that she has a terrible sunburn.
* SmokingIsCool: The show was produced and aired during an era where smoking was not only cool, but accepted in contemporary society, and in some contexts, expected. All four series leads were smokers and lit up during various episodes, especially those aired in the first three or four seasons. This began to be toned down by 1956, when Little Ricky became more a part of the stories (and Phillip Morris no longer the show's main sponsor).
* SocialSemicircle: A staple on ''Series/ILoveLucy'', which pioneered the three camera method and filming in front of a live studio audience. A typical dinner in the Ricardo's apartment would see Lucy and Ricky seated at opposite ends of the table, with the Mertzes seating side-by-side facing the audience. In the Connecticut episodes, they would all tend to crowd along one side of the circular dinette table. Oh well, the Mertzes were close friends after all!
* SocietyMarchesOn: Besides the above, much of the show's plot is driven by Lucy's tries to be financially independent. Also, much is made of Ricky's bad English and most modern parenting experts would recommend he speak to Little Ricky in Spanish since infants can learn two languages as easily as one.
* SpecialGuest: Frequently, particularly when Ricky went to Hollywood and some movie or TV star -- like John Wayne or George Reeves -- would appear on the show.
* {{Spexico}}: Lucy seems to think Cuban culture is a mixture of Mexico, Spain, and ''Brazil'' of all places.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''The Lucy Show'', ''Here's Lucy'', ''Life with Lucy''
* SpringtimeForHitler: An attempt to stop people from ordering Aunt Martha's Old Fashioned Salad Dressing with a tv commercial featuring an audience member picked at random (Lucy) dissing the product instead created three times as many orders from people saying "Keep up with the comedy bits!".
* StatusQuoIsGod: Subverted. Ricky went from being a nobody bandleader, to a noted bandleader, to a Night Club Manager, to a Night Club Owner, to a bit Movie Player, to the point in one of the ''Series/LucyDesiComedyHour'' where Ricky tells Lucy "...It's just ''one'' picture I'm gonna be in! We're just gonna be back from California in two weeks!" Also subverted in that as time went on Lucy got considerably less excited about meeting the Celebrity of the Week.
* StayInTheKitchen: Less because of any chauvinism on Ricky's part, and more because Lucy really can't ''do'' anything else (though not for lack of trying, which is the [[HilarityEnsues basis for a great many episodes]]).
* StickySituation: To show Ricky how ridiculous he looks with a mustache, Lucy has Fred attach a big bushy beard to her face with spirit gum. Problem is, it's not spirit gum, it's ''cement''.
%%** In one episode Lucy and Ethel wallpaper the Ricardos' bedroom.
%%And? How does that fit this trope?
* StylisticSuck: Lucy's operetta, ''The Pleasant Peasant'', boasts several {{Painful Rhyme}}s, as well as a contrived plot. Not to mention the characters. Ethel played the secretly-a-princess peasant Lily... of the Valley. Fred was Squire Quinn who ran the Inn, down by the River Out. Ricky was rehearsing his song, "I am the good Prince Lancelot. I love to sing and dance-a-lot." When the check bounced and the movers came in to repossess the props and costumes ''in the middle of the play,'' no one was really concerned.
* {{Suburbia}}: The Ricardos and Mertzes move to Westport, Connecticut in season 6.
* SubwaysSuck: Especially when you have a loving cup stuck on your head.
* SwappedRoles: "Job Switching"
* SweetPollyOliver: Lucy dressed as a man semi-often to further her schemes. For example, an episode features her dressing as a hot dog salesman with a fake 'stache and as a baseball player to try to get Bob Hope to let her go on the show.
* SyndicationTitle: When the show was retooled into the ''Series/LucyDesiComedyHour'', reruns were shown on CBS under the titles ''Lucy in Hollywood'', ''Lucy in Europe'', and ''Lucy in Connecticut''. In the 70s the ''Comedy Hour'' episodes were syndicated as one hour specials under the title ''We Love Lucy''. When Creator/NickAtNite aired them, they restored the ''Comedy Hour'' title (minus the Ford/Westinghouse sponsor tags, of course). A March 2012 marathon on the Hallmark Channel had them back to ''We Love Lucy''.
* TableclothYank: Lucy does this is one episode (much to the delight of the audience).
* TropeTelegraphing: If the episode begins with the Ricardos and the Mertz gushing about what great friends they are to each other then it's a safe bet that the episode is going to about them getting into some kind of feud.
* ThereWasADoor: In the episode "Lucy and Superman", Lucy (who is going to pose as Superman) plans to use the (several-story) window. Ethel asks her to find some other way, and Lucy responds that the other way would cause unacceptable property damage.
-->'''Ethel''': Isn't there any other way Superman enters a room?
-->'''Lucy''': Well, sometimes he comes bursting through the wall, but you know how Fred would feel about that.
* ThisIsMySide: "Men Are Messy", "The Diner".
* ThreeCameras: Again, a first for television.
* TitleDrop: In the very last ''Comedy Hour'' "Lucy Meets the Mustache", Ernie Kovacs manages to slip the phrase "Take a Good Look" into the dialouge. ''Take A Good Look'' was a comedy/game show Kovacs hosted at the time.
* TitleSequenceReplacement / ProductDisplacement: The original animated intros featured cartoon-Lucy and cartoon-Desi interacting around a giant Philip Morris cigarette pack. For decades, only the heart-logo intros made for syndication were seen. A [[Creator/TheCriterionCollection Criterion]] laserdisc of the show presented episodes with the animated openings, and TV Land later reintroduced them to broadcast (now with a slightly less giant vintage TV set showing the network logo on its screen). The Ultimate Blu-Ray sets offer a choice between the animated or heart intro.
* TricksterArchetype: Lucy is the female example of this.
* {{Troperiffic}}: At least half the tropes in all following sitcoms owe their lives to this show. ''Reruns!'' It invented ''reruns''!
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: In the episode "Cousin Ernie Hangs On", Lucy complains to Ethel that "We've found there's only one thing Cousin Ernie does well, but there's not much of a market for a Professional Eater!" In the last few years eating contests have become more and more popular, and there are now indeed some people who only participate in these events, living off the prizes and corporate sponsorships for their existance. Cousin Ernie would be a natural.
** Lucy's editing of Ricky's pilot in "Home Movies" looks like something that would be right at home on ''Series/LaughIn''.
* {{Tuckerization}}: In-universe, Little Ricky names all of his pets after people he likes (many of his different pets are named after his classmates from school), and as such, named a puppy he brought home Fred. Later, in the final episode, where the puppy Fred goes missing, HilarityEnsues with Little Ricky, Lucy, and Ethel calling for him, while Fred himself either answers when he thinks they're calling for him but are actually calling for the dog, and ''doesn't'' answer when he think they're calling the dog but are calling him.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Fred and Ethel, due to Vivian Vance PlayingGertrude.
* UnexpectedPositive: Lucy forces Ricky to go to the eye doctor where they find out that his eyes are perfectly fine...it's Lucy who can't see the eye chart correctly! In typical Lucy fashion, wackiness ensues.
* TheUnintelligible: Little Ricky could sometimes be this - one of the adults will generally laugh and say "Heh heh...did you hear that? He says..." and repeat the line of dialogue for the audience.
* UnknownRival: Xavier Cugat is often mentioned as a rival to Ricky, since they are both Cuban bandleaders. However, Cugat never made an appearance on the show. Also ironic in that in RealLife, Cugat helped give Desi Arnaz his start in show business as a guitar player in his orchestra.
* UnusualEuphemism: ''"Enciente"'' and "expecting" for "pregnant"; it was the Fifties, and you weren't allowed to ''say'' "pregnant" on television. Not even in the episode titles that the audience did not see.
* VacationEpisode: Most of the fourth season (and part of the fifth) was taken up with an entire vacation StoryArc in Hollywood. Another arc later in the fifth season involved the Ricardos and Mertzes touring around Europe, while a shorter sixth season arc had the group visiting Miami and Cuba.
* VisualPun: A subtle one, via GettingCrapPastTheRadar. In "The Benefit" Lucy and Ethel argue over who should play the part head of the horse costume, and the other playing the backside. When Ethel agrees to play the latter, she holds it up and says, "How do I get myself into these messes?"[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke She's holding an Horse's Ass.]][[/note]]
* WeNamedTheMonkeyJack: Little Ricky named his dog Fred.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** In the show's third episode, "The Diet", we get a scene involving the Mertzes' dog, Butch...who's never seen again.
** In the episode with Little Ricky bringing home Fred the puppy, a whole bunch of other pets are shown and mentioned in this one episode only.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: Whenever a rerun aired in between new episodes, the cast prepared a new introduction in which one of the characters brings up the events of that episode in conversation. They also used such introductions during Lucille Ball's maternity leave, when showing five never-before-aired episodes that Lucy participated in before she gave birth.
** A ''Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour'' episode has Lucy relating to columnist Hedda Hopper the story of how she and Ricky first met, with the expected Whole Episode Flashback ensuing.
* WorkOffTheDebt: In "Equal Rights" Lucy and Ethel have to wash dishes after Ricky and Fred make them pay for their own meals with money they don't have after they complain that they should be treated just the same as men.
* YourFavorite: Lucy's favorite breakfast is waffles.
** Little Ricky's favorite bedtime story is ''Little Red Riding Hood''.
* ZanyScheme: Pretty much every episode. Stereotypically it involves Lucy trying sneak in Ricky's nightclub, but there are plenty of different schemes, and the nightclub one was more done in spoofs than the actual show. Usually Lucy created a ZanyScheme based on some real-life trial like playing matchmaker, getting a refrigerator, or [[GetRichQuickScheme earning some quick cash]] for a new dress. As stated before, [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity Always Ensued]].
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12th Jul '16 11:04:35 AM dsneybuf
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* MultiPartEpisode: "The Dancing Star"/"Lucy Meets Harpo Marx", "Cousin Ernie Visits"/"Cousin Ernie Hangs On" and "Lucy Visits Grauman's"/"Lucy Meets John Wayne". Also the hour long episode with Talula Bankhead fits this format - the first half hour deals with Lucy meeting and trying to make a good impression on the star, the second half dealing with Lucy trying to get her to preform for the PTA.

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* MultiPartEpisode: "The Dancing Star"/"Lucy Meets Harpo Marx", "Cousin Ernie Visits"/"Cousin Ernie Hangs On" and "Lucy Visits Grauman's"/"Lucy Meets John Wayne".Wayne"[[note]]CBS combined these two into one hour-long ''I Love Lucy Superstar Special'' in May 2016[[/note]]. Also the hour long episode with Talula Bankhead fits this format - the first half hour deals with Lucy meeting and trying to make a good impression on the star, the second half dealing with Lucy trying to get her to preform for the PTA.
30th Jun '16 7:21:35 AM dangerdan97
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** 99% of a ContinuityNod to the episode in which Lucy gives birth, in which Ricky calls Circle1-2099 for Fred to bring his make-up case.

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** 99% of a ContinuityNod to the episode in which Lucy gives birth, in which Ricky calls Circle1-2099 [=Circle1-2099=] for Fred to bring his make-up case.
30th Jun '16 7:21:01 AM dangerdan97
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** On multiple occasions, the phone number for the Ricardos' apartment is stated to be Murray Hill5-9099.

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** On multiple occasions, the phone number for the Ricardos' apartment is stated to be Murray Hill5-9099.[=Murray Hill5-9099=].



*** In the earlier episode "Getting Ready" (one of episodes leading up to the California trip) Lucy uses Murray Hill5-9099 as a fake number she gives to the car lot guy who sold Fred the old Cadillac.
** In "The Million Dollar Idea", the phone number given to order "Aunt Martha's Old Fashioned Salad Dressing" is Circle7-2099

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*** In the earlier episode "Getting Ready" (one of episodes leading up to the California trip) Lucy uses Murray Hill5-9099 [=Murray Hill5-9099=] as a fake number she gives to the car lot guy who sold Fred the old Cadillac.
** In "The Million Dollar Idea", the phone number given to order "Aunt Martha's Old Fashioned Salad Dressing" is Circle7-2099[=Circle7-2099=]
8th Jun '16 9:00:24 AM AnotherGuy
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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Many of the episode titles are simply descriptions of the plot: "Lucy Thinks Ricky Is Trying To Murder Her", "Lucy and Ethel Buy the Same Dress", "The Ricardos Dedicate a Statue"[[labelnote:]] (incidentally, the final regular episode)[[/labelnote]], etc. To get past the MoralityGuardians, [[BilingualBonus one episode title was in Spanish]], "Lucy Es Enciente"[[note]]"Lucy Is Pregnant"[[/note]].

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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Many of the episode titles are simply descriptions of the plot: "Lucy Thinks Ricky Is Trying To Murder Her", "Lucy and Ethel Buy the Same Dress", "The Ricardos Dedicate a Statue"[[labelnote:]] (incidentally, the final regular episode)[[/labelnote]], etc. To get past the MoralityGuardians, MoralGuardians, [[BilingualBonus one episode title was in Spanish]], "Lucy Es Enciente"[[note]]"Lucy Is Pregnant"[[/note]].
8th Jun '16 8:59:50 AM AnotherGuy
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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Many of the episode titles are simply descriptions of the plot: "Lucy Thinks Ricky Is Trying To Murder Her", "Lucy and Ethel Buy the Same Dress", "The Ricardos Dedicate a Statue"[[labelnote:]] (incidentally, the final regular episode)[[/labelnote]], etc.

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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Many of the episode titles are simply descriptions of the plot: "Lucy Thinks Ricky Is Trying To Murder Her", "Lucy and Ethel Buy the Same Dress", "The Ricardos Dedicate a Statue"[[labelnote:]] (incidentally, the final regular episode)[[/labelnote]], etc. To get past the MoralityGuardians, [[BilingualBonus one episode title was in Spanish]], "Lucy Es Enciente"[[note]]"Lucy Is Pregnant"[[/note]].
3rd Jun '16 5:46:52 PM garfield2710
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* VisualPun: A subtle one, via GettingCrapPastTheRadar. In "The Benefit" Lucy and Ethel argue over who should play the part head of the horse costume, and the other playing the backside. When Ethel agrees to play the latter, she holds it up and says, "How do I get myself into these messes?"[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke She's holding an Horse's Ass.]][[/note]]
16th May '16 5:21:41 PM teddybear334
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** In "Ricky and Fred are TV Fans," Fred and Ricky are glued to the TV set for a boxing set. When Fred runs down to the corner store in between rounds, Ethel says, "You know, he's got himself trained so he can do anything in less than a minute." After a hearty laugh from the audience, Lucy glumly tells Ethel that she knows exactly what she means.
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