"Ricky Has Labor Pains"

(Episode #54)

OAD: January 5, 1953 - CBS Television Network

FILMED: Friday, October 31, 1952 - General Service Studios

PREMISE: With pregnant Lucy suddenly the center of everyone's attention, Ricky starts complaining of not feeling well. The family physician diagnoses him as having psychosomatic "morning sickness" -- and suggests Lucy come up with some way of making Ricky feel more involved with what's happening. She and Ethel talk Fred into throwing a "Daddy Shower," then fear that it might turn into a stag party. They decide to disguise themselves as gents, and crash the affair.

GUEST CAST: Louis Merrill (Dr. Rabwin); Jerry Hausner (Jerry)


Two of the cleverest scenes in this episode were often edited out when the show went into syndication -- to make time for more commercials. One found a very pregnant Lucy sitting in a chair, but unable to stand up... She ultimately pulls the coffee table over for support. A very funny "real-life" moment.

The other scene finds Ricky preparing to watch a program on television, and Lucy unwittingly moves his chair...

"We always tried to open the show with little scenes that established what was happening in these people's lives," said writer Madelyn Davis. "Many times we worked on these longer than we did the big block comedy scenes... It makes you cry when some editor comes along and clips them out."

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