Lucy Meets Charles Boyer – I Love Lucy season five, episode 146, originally aired 3/5/1956
Still in Paris, Lucy keeps seeing her favorite French film star, Charles Boyer, everywhere she looks. Eventually, Lucy Meets Charles Boyer, but while she is decoyed into the ladies room to ‘freshen up’ before meeting the film star, Ricky introduces himself and convinces Charles Boyer to tell Lucy that he’s actually a lookalike actor named Maurice DuBois — in an attempt to keep Lucy from interfering with a business lunch between Ricky and Charles Boyer later that week.
Ricky then schemes to convince Lucy that he’s insanely jealous of Charles Boyer, and Lucy then decides to hire that ‘look alike’ actor to pretend to be Charles Boyer, in order to show Ricky that Charles Boyer means nothing to her. One of the funniest moments comes when Lucy is coaching ‘Maurice DuBois’ on how to act and talk like Charles Boyer — hysterically funny. During their business lunch, Charles Boyer reveals the plot to Ricky, who decides to play along, All moves to the ‘confrontation’ — with Ethel eventually revealing the true identity. At the end, Lucy and Ethel unintentionally get their revenge, as Lucy accidentally sits on Charles Boyer’s hat, then accidentally squirts ink on his shirt, and then rip his overcoat fighting over who helps Charles Boyer get his coat on.
Lucy Meets Charles Boyer is available on the I Love Lucy season 5 collection.
Funny quotes from I Love Lucy – Lucy Meets Charles Boyer
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): If this is one of your crazy schemes, you can leave me out of it.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Who asked you in?
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): Well you always do drag me into your crazy schemes.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Well, this is one time I can do without you.
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): What’s wrong with me all of a sudden?
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): Nothing. This I can handle by myself.
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): I know this sounds crazy, but I feel left out.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): How would you feel if Fred were smoldering with jealousy?
Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance): Fred wouldn’t smolder if he backed into a blow torch.
Charles Boyer/Maurice DuBois: I’m sorry. I’m not Charles Boyer.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): That makes three of us.
Fred Mertz (William Frawley): I’ve been watching him and I don’t know. What do dames see in him?
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): Well, I guess he’s, uh …
Fred Mertz (William Frawley): What’s he got that I haven’t got?
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): Nothing. It’s just what you’ve got that he hasn’t got that louses you up.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): If you want to see someone who looks more like that man I keep seeing than anyone we’ve seen yet, then look over there.
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): [to Lucy] You’re mine, mine! All mine!
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball): What kind of acting do you do?
Charles Boyer/Maurice DuBois: Mostly Westerns.
Charles Boyer: Wait until you hear the plot she has cooked up.
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): Don’t do it!
Charles Boyer: But you haven’t even heard what it is yet.
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz): It doesn’t matter, don’t do it!