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Lucy Meets Bob Hope

I Love Lucy – Lucy Meets Bob Hope – season 6, originally aired October 1, 1956

When Bob Hope is going to appear at Ricky’s club, Lucy is afraid that he’s afraid of her … and so she goes to the baseball game to explain that he has nothing to fear. This leads to her impersonating a hot dog vendor, and being the cause of Bob Hope being hit on the head! Later, she tries to impersonate a baseball player in order to get near to him, but Ricky turns the tables on her … with Lucy having the last laugh, appearing in the show with Ricky and Bob Hope, where the trio perform Nobody Loves the Ump.

Lucy meets Bob Hope - Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, Bob Hope

Lucy Meets Bob Hope is available as part of the I Love Lucy season 6 DVD collection.

Funny quotes from I Love Lucy – Lucy Meets Bob Hope

Fred Mertz (William Frawley): He’s the guy they hired to replace Joe DiMaggio.
Little Ricky (Keith Thibodeaux): Who’s Joe Maggio?
Fred Mertz (William Frawley): You talk more like your father every day.

Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): He’s heard what happens when I get near celebrities.  It happened in Hollywood and in Europe.  I’m the scourge of two continents.

Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): You don’t understand! I’m Ricky Ricardo’s wife!
Guard: That’s keen! I’m Phoebe Goldblatt’s husband, and it’s still no dice!

Bob Hope: You don’t get the message.  I don’t want a hot dog!  Look upon me as a vegetarian.

Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): Hi, Bob, I heard about getting hit on the head.  Are you all right?
Bob Hope: Oh, they can’t hurt me.  I worked in vaudeville.

Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): I heard a hot dog vennor caust the whole thin’!
Bob Hope: You’re trying to tell me something!

[Lucy is disguised as a ballplayer]
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Hello, Mr. Hope. [sees Ricky] Well, goodbye, Mr. Hope!

Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball):Well, back to the ol’ ball game.

Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): [referring to the baseball farm for minor leaguers] How are things on the farm?
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Well, the pig’s all right, but the cow died.

Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): (to Lucy) You stay out of this!
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): I didn’t say anything.
Bob Hope: You mean ‘the kiss of death’ can sing and dance?

Bob Hope: [to Lucy disguised as a baseball player] Baseball players don’t cry.

Bob Hope: Don’t speak to me, you Cuban heel!
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): Wha’ hoppen?

Bob Hope: [to Lucy trying to sing] You’ve got a lifetime job looking for that note.

Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): My spiked shoes are stuck in the floor!
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): Spiked shoes?
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): C’mon fellows, give me a couple of yanks.
Bob Hope: Yanks?  You have to say those words!

Bob Hope: Hey, I may never go back to NBC! [after being kissed by Lucy]

Trivia about I Love Lucy – Lucy Meets Bob Hope

Lucy and Desi as a baseball player and umpire, for the song routine Nobody Loves the Ump - click to buy from
  • Bob Hope was a close friend of both Lucy and Desi.  Lucy and Bob Hope worked together in four movies and numerous radio and television shows. Desi’s orchestra played the music on Bob Hope’s weekly radio show.
  • Music performed on this episode included Nobody Loves the Ump and Thanks for the Memories.
  • This is Keith Thibodeux’s first episode as Little Ricky.

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