Lucy Hates to Leave

Lucy Hates to LeaveI Love Lucy season 6, episode 168, originally aired February 4, 1957

Lucy Hates to Leave - Ricky pacing

Now that Ricky (Desi Arnaz) and Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) have bought a country house in Connecticut, they’re preparing to move out.  Lucy Hates to Leave begins with Ricky pacing, at 2:00 a.m., nervous about how he’s going to pay for everything.  Lucy gets up to console him and brings him back to bed, only for her to be pacing in the living room an hour later. 

Despite everything, they manage to get some sleep, and the new tenants arrive.  Ricky has arranged to sell their old furniture to them, since they’re buying all new furniture for their house in the country.  However, as Lucy hears how they plan to change ‘her’ furniture, she ends up buying the items back, one at a time. And storing them in the Mertzes’ apartment, soon filling the entire place with boxes until it looks like a labyrinth.

Lucy Hates to Leave - boxes galore in the Mertzes apartment, with Fred and Lucy trying to navigate

Some comedy ensues as people try to traverse the maze, and with Lucy ‘hopping’ up to make herself seen, and then hiding when the displeased Ricky arrives at the Mertzes … And then the man selling the house calls, informing them that the title search has been delayed. And they’ll be staying with the Mertzes for 2 more weeks!

Lucy Hates to Leave is available as part of the season six I Love Lucy DVD collection.

Funny quotes from Lucy Hates to Leave – I Love Lucy

Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): [to Fred, with a little shove] You back up.
Fred Mertz (William Frawley): [to Ethel, with a little shoveYou back up.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): [in the middle, spilling chocolate milk as she is pushed] Why push me? I’m an innocent bystander.

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