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Be a Pal
Episode Info
Series: I Love Lucy
Season: 1
Episode: 2
Broadcast Info
Air Date: October 22, 1951
Channel: CBS
Production Info
Directed By: Marc Daniels
Written By: Jess Oppenheimer
Madelyn Pugh
Bob Carroll, Jr.
Produced By: Jess Oppenheimer

Be a Pal is the second episode of the first season of I Love Lucy.  It first aired on October 22, 1951.  


After Ricky ignores Lucy one morning, Lucy is desperate to prove to the girls that the honeymoon isn't over with Ricky. She takes lessons from a book, and goes so far as to imitate Ricky's mother.


Be a Pal 1

Lucy trying to attract Ricky's attention

The episode starts with the Ricardo's at breakfast. Lucy asks Ricky for coffee, but he is too busy with the paper to pay attention to her. Lucy gets angry at him, and tries to catch his attention with toast out of the toaster, but with no luck. She goes outside and knocks on the door so he'll notice her, which she succeeds in. However, Ricky is still absorbed in the paper he didn't know she was there in the first place.

Ethel arrives after Ricky leaves for rehearsal, and helps herself to the Ricardo's food. Lucy explains her problems to Ethel, who provides her with a book that gives tips on how to keep the honeymoon from ending. The Ricardos have the book, and Ethel reads through it. In the book, the author claims that the fault is of the wife, as they become careless of their appearance, which Lucy has done. The book suggests to dress up and be glamorous in the morning, which Lucy decides to do.

The next morning, Lucy is dressed up very glamorous, and tries to get Ricky's attention, but still with no luck. Frustrated, Lucy burns the paper to stop him from reading it. She tries to point out the way she's dressed, but he still doesn't notice as he leaves for the office. Ethel arrives again, and Lucy criticizes the book because of her failure. Ethel is persistant, and continues reading Chapter 2. Chapter 2 suggests the "Be a Pal" system, or taking up your husband's hobbies. Ricky plays poker, so Lucy decides to learn and play with him that evening.

Be a Pal 2

Lucy trying to play poker.

At the Mertz's apartment that evening, Ricky, Fred, Charlie, and Hank are playing Poker. Lucy arrives and joins the game. However, Lucy is inexperienced at poker, and makes mistakes, like saying what her cards are, and not knowing how to bet, even though she is getting very good cards. The game ends in a catastrophe, and doesn't help Lucy's problem at all.

The next morning, Lucy doesn't care for the book at all anymore, but Ethel continues to trust it. In Chapter 3, the book suggests that Lucy becomes like Ricky's mother, to remind him of his boyhood. Lucy and Ethel make a plan to play a record in the kitchen while Lucy pretends to sing in the other room. When Ricky gets home, the house is filled with objects from Cuba. Ethel is dressed in Spanish clothes, and goes to the kitchen to start the record. Lucy comes into the room and pretends to sing and dances around Ricky. However, the record gets stuck, and the scheme falls apart. Lucy tells Ricky her problem, and Ricky tells Lucy that he loves her, and he doesn't want her to change.


Lucy Ricardo Lucille Ball
Ricky Ricardo Desi Arnaz
Ethel Mertz Vivian Vance
Fred Mertz William Frawley
Hank Richard J. Reeves
Charlie Tony Michaels


Producer Jess Oppenheimer
Director Marc Daniels
Writers Jess Oppenheimer
Madelyn Pugh
Bob Carroll, Jr.
Director of Photography Karl Freund
Music Wilbur Hatch
Associate Producer Al Simon
Art Director Larry Cuneo
Editor Dann Cahn
Make-up Max Factor

Memorable QuotesEdit

"Ricky plays poker. I'll have to take up poking."
- Lucy

"I want a divorce."
"That's nice, dear."

- Lucy, Ricky
I Love Lucy Episodes
Season 1 The Girls Want to Go to a NightclubBe A PalThe Diet
Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder HerThe Quiz ShowThe AuditionThe Séance
Men are MessyThe Fur CoatLucy is Jealous of Girl SingerDraftedThe Adagio
The BenefitThe Amateur HourLucy Plays CupidLucy Fakes Illness
Lucy Writes a PlayBreaking the LeaseThe BalletThe Young FansNew Neighbors
Fred and Ethel FightThe MoustacheThe GossipPioneer Women
The Marriage LicenseThe KleptomaniacCuban PalsThe Freezer
Lucy Does a TV CommercialThe Publicity AgentLucy Gets Ricky on the Radio
Lucy's ScheduleRicky Thinks he's Getting BaldRicky Asks for a Raise
Season 2 Job SwitchingThe SaxophoneThe Anniversary PresentThe HandcuffsThe Operetta Vacation From MarriageThe CourtroomRedecoratingRicky Loses His Voice
Lucy Is EnceintePregnant Women Are UnpredictableLucy's Show Biz Swan Song
Lucy Hires An English TutorRicky Has Labor PainsLucy Becomes A Sculptress
Lucy Goes To The HospitalSales ResistanceThe Inferiority Complex
The Club ElectionThe Black EyeLucy Changes Her MindNo Children Allowed
Lucy Hires A MaidThe Indian ShowLucy's Last Birthday
The Ricardos Change ApartmentsLucy Is MatchmakerLucy Wants New Furniture
The Camping TripRicky And Fred Are TV FansNever Do Business With Friends
Season 3 Ricky's 'Life' StoryThe Girls Go Into BusinessLucy And Ethel Buy The Same Dress
Equal RightsBaby PicturesLucy Tells The TruthThe French Revue
Redecorating The Mertzes' ApartmentToo Many CrooksChanging The Boys' Wardrobe Lucy Has Her Eyes ExaminedRicky's Old GirlfriendThe Million-Dollar Idea
Ricky Minds The BabyThe Charm SchoolSentimental Anniversary
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Tennessee Ernie Hangs OnThe Golf GameThe Sublease
Season 4 The Business ManagerMertz and KurtzLucy Cries WolfThe Matchmaker
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The Fox HuntLucy Goes to ScotlandParis at LastLucy Meets Charles Boyer
Lucy Gets a Paris GownLucy in the Swiss AlpsLucy Gets Homesick in Italy
Lucy's Italian MovieLucy's Bicycle TripLucy Goes to Monte Carlo
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