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Episode Info
Series: I Love Lucy
Season: 1
Episode: 11
Broadcast Info
Air Date: December 24, 1951
Channel: CBS
Production Info
Directed By: Marc Daniels
Written By: Jess Oppenheimer
Madelyn Pugh
Bob Carroll, Jr.
Produced By: Jess Oppenheimer

Drafted is the eleventh episode of I Love Lucy. It first aired December 24, 1951.


Lucy sees a letter to Ricky and believes he's been drafted into the army. Ricky sees Lucy knitting socks and thinks she's about to have a baby.


The episode starts in the Ricardo's apartment, when Ethel just brought up their mail. In the mail, Lucy finds a letter addressed to Ricky from the war department, and believes he's been drafted. The letter tells Ricky to report to New Jersey, which confirms it for Lucy. After reading the letter, Lucy begins to cry. Ethel suggests Lucy go shopping to take her mind off her problems, and Lucy decides to buy some yarn to knit Ricky some socks.

When Ricky gets home, he begins looking through the mail. Ricky reads the same letter Lucy found, and explains to Fred he's just doing a show for the boys. He offers Fred to come along, and Fred has a civil war act that they can both do. When Lucy comes in, Fred leaves and Lucy tries to ask Ricky about the letter to Fort Dix. Lucy begins crying again and walks off into the bedroom.

Drafted 1

Ricky and Fred practicing the civil war number

At the Mertz's apartment, Lucy tells Ethel what Ricky told her, and Ethel starts crying. She tells Lucy that Fred is going with Ricky, and she thinks he volunteered for the army. The girls try to control themselves and not burst into tears, but it doesn't work.

In the Ricardo's apartment, Fred and Ricky are practicing the civil war number for the show, although Ricky hasn't gotten it down yet. Ricky confesses that he's worried because he's seen Lucy knitting socks and crying. Fred thinks that Lucy is going to have a baby, and thinks Ethel is going to have a baby as well once he realizes she's been knitting too. The two of them decide to give the girls a surprise party, while the girls decide to give the boys a going-away party that is on the same night.

Drafted 2

Ricky and Fred trying to hide their guests

On the night of the party, everyone is anticipating their guests arriving for the party. Lucy and Ethel ask for a glass of water when their guests arrive, while Ricky and Fred ask the girls to powder their nose. All of them hide their guests in the closet without realizing there's anyone else in there. Ricky and Fred reveal they know the girls are pregnant, only to be met with confusion. The girls explain they were knitting because they know about Fort Dix and want to see the boys in their uniform. When Fred and Ricky come out in their Civil War uniforms, Lucy is shocked to see they're on opposite sides.

Some time later, everyone is laughing about all the wrong assumptions and reveal the surprise parties they had planned. At the same time, they all realize that their guests are still stuck in the closet. They quickly pull them out, stuck together, and separate them.


Lucille Ball Lucy Ricardo
Desi Arnaz Ricky Ricardo
Vivian Vance Ethel Mertz
William Frawley Fred Mertz


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

"Some people build model airplanes. Ethel reads postcards."
- Fred

"Have you ever heard Lucy sing? Our fighting men have been through enough."

- Ricky

"Ethel, they're fighting on opposite sides!"

- Lucy
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Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder HerThe Quiz ShowThe AuditionThe Séance
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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
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The Ricardos Change ApartmentsLucy Is MatchmakerLucy Wants New Furniture
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