Little Ricky Gets Stage Fright

Little Ricky Gets Stage FrightI Love Lucy season 6, episode 157, originally aired October 22, 1956

Little Ricky Gets Stage Fright is a very sweet episode of I Love Lucy, where Little Ricky Ricardo (Keith Thibodeaux) is going to put his drum skills to use before a live audience.  It’s very funny to see how nervous the adults are, and how calm Little Ricky is … until he ‘catches’ their nervousness, and is unable to play the drums.  Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) is insistent that he needs to ‘€˜get back on the horse’, and it’s a moment both funny and touching as Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) tries to explain to Little Ricky, using the boy’s toys to illustrate, how he needs to play the drums – €”to not be afraid.

Little Ricky Gets Stage Fright - Lucy tries to get Little Ricky interested in playing the drums again
Little Ricky Gets Stage Fright – Lucy tries to get Little Ricky interested in playing the drums again

Lucy sets up another recital for Little Ricky’s band, at (big) Ricky’s club. At the last moment, one of the boys in the band becomes ill, and Little Ricky is afraid to go on … but momma Lucy promises that she’ll be right by him.  And she is, in the missing boy’s outfit. This time, Lucy is in the show – €”but for her little boy’s sake.  A funny and sweet episode.

Little Ricky Gets Stage Fright is available on the I Love Lucy season 6 DVD collection.

Funny quotes from Little Ricky Gets Stage Fright – €”I Love Lucy

Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): I was so nervous I couldn’t eat my breakfast.
Fred Mertz (William Frawley): And for Ethel, that’s nervous!

Fred Mertz (William Frawley): You’ll be glad to know I’ll be fixing that loose rail on the back porch.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): What’s the rush?  We only reported it 5 years and 3 delivery boys ago.

Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): Lucy, what’s come over you?
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Bad idea?
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): No, good idea!  What’s come over you?

[Fred and Ethel enter as Ricky and Lucy are kissing]
Fred Mertz (William Frawley): Close your eyes, Ethel, I don’t want you to get any ideas.

Trivia for Little Ricky Gets Stage Fright

  • Howard McNear (The Andy Griffith Show – Floyd the barber) makes an appearance as Mr. Crawford, Little Ricky’s music teacher
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