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Little Ricky's School Pageant
Episode Info
Series: I Love Lucy
Season: 6
Episode: 10
Broadcast Info
Air Date: December 17, 1956
Channel: CBS
Production Info
Directed By: James V. Kern
Written By: Madelyn Martin
Bob Schiller
Bob Carroll, Jr.
Bob Weiskopf

Little Ricky's School Pageant is the tenth episode of the sixth season of I Love Lucy. It first aired on December 17, 1956.


Little Ricky has a school play, and Ricky tries to teach him and Lucy to work as a team and not the star. However, things change when Ricky doesn't get the director position that he wanted and instead is playing a tree. Lucy is a witch in the play, Fred is a frog, and Ethel is a fairy princess.


The episode starts with Lucy returning home from Florida. Caroline Applebee calls and Lucy tells her all about her trip. Ethel walks in with Little Ricky, who was just playing with Fred. Ricky walks in, and starts helping Fred carry the trunk down, but goes in and out of the apartment after Lucy tells him about Little Ricky's school pageant. Lucy hopes that Little Ricky will be the star of the pageant, but Ricky doesn't want her to get her hopes up, and thinks Little Ricky should learn to be part of a group.

Later, Lucy and Ethel have set out snacks for when Little Ricky gets home. When he gets home, Little Ricky says he didn't have a good time at school because he got a little part in his school pageant. Lucy convinces Little Ricky that he should learn to work with others.

That evening, Ethel comes over to the apartment to play bridge, but Ricky has to go to a PTA meeting for Ricky's play. Ricky thinks that he'll probably be the producer and director of the project because of his show business connections. Lucy decides to play three-handed bridge with Fred and Ethel. When Ricky comes back from the meeting, he is raging with fury. Ricky isn't directing the play, and is instead playing a hollow tree. During his rant, Little Ricky comes in and tells him that he should learn to work well with others, the same talk Ricky said to Lucy earlier. Ricky realizes his mistake, and decides to be a tree. Ricky also reveals that Lucy is playing an old witch, Ethel is a fairy princess, and Fred is a frog.

The next day, Little Ricky comes home with a note from his teacher. The note says that the lead in the play dropped out and the school would like Little Ricky to play the lead. Lucy calls the school saying Little Ricky would love to play the lead, only to find out that Little Ricky doesn't know what a lead is. A few nights later, Lucy is rehearsing Little Ricky's lines, although he doesn't know all of them. Lucy assures Ricky that someone will always be around to help him if he need help.

On the day of the play, Little Ricky is playing the boy in the play. Little Ricky and the other star observe all the creatures of the enchanted forest. Ricky forgets some of his lines, but Ricky, as a tree, helps him out. Fred arrives as Hippety Hoppity Frog and has to help Ricky with his lines as well. The children want to live in the forest, but Hippety Hoppity warn them of the wicked with that lives in the forest. Lucy arrives on stage as the witch, and tries to take the children. She grabs them, but the Ethel, as the fairy princess, comes to rescue them. The fairy princess banishes the witch from the forest to protect the children. The children want to give the witch a second chance, and the witch decides to be a good witch so she can stay. Lucy forgets her lines, but Little Ricky helps her out. The episode ends with the play ending and the children singing about the witch.




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
Fan Magazine InterviewOil WellsRicky Loses His TemperHome Movies
Bonus BucksRicky's Hawaiian VacationLucy Is EnviousLucy Writes A Novel
Lucy's Club DanceThe Black WigThe DinerTennessee Ernie Visits
Tennessee Ernie Hangs OnThe Golf GameThe Sublease
Season 4 The Business ManagerMertz and KurtzLucy Cries WolfThe Matchmaker
Mr. and Mrs. TV ShowRicky's Movie OfferRicky's Screen TestLucy's Mother-In-Law Ethel's BirthdayRicky's ContractGetting ReadyLucy Learns to Drive
California, Here We Come!First StopTennessee BoundEthel's Home Town
L.A., At LastDon Juan and the StarletsLucy Gets Into PicturesThe Fashion Show
The Hedda Hopper StoryDon Juan is ShelvedBull Fight Dance
Hollywood AnniversaryThe Star UpstairsLucy in Palm SpringsDancing Star
Harpo MarxRicky Needs an AgentThe Tour
Season 5 Lucy Visits Grauman'sLucy and John WayneLucy and the Dummy
Ricky Sells the CarThe Great Train RobberyHomecomingFace to Face
Lucy Goes to a RodeoNursery SchoolRicky's European BookingThe Passports
Staten Island FerryBon VoyageSecond HoneymoonLucy Meets the Queen
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
Return Home from Europe
Season 6 Lucy and Bob HopeLittle Ricky Learns to Play the DrumsLucy Meets Orson Welles Little Ricky Gets Stage FrightVisitor from ItalyOff to FloridaDeep-Sea Fishing
Desert IslandThe Ricardos Visit CubaLittle Ricky's School Pageant
I Love Lucy Christmas ShowLucy and the Loving CupLucy and Superman
Little Ricky Gets a DogLucy Wants to Move to the CountryLucy Hates to Leave
Lucy Misses the MertzesLucy Gets Chummy With the Neighbors
Lucy Raises ChickensLucy Does The TangoRagtime BandLucy's Night in Town HousewarmingBuilding a B-B-QCountry Club DanceLucy Raises Tulips
The Ricardos Dedicate a Statue