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The Audition
Episode Info
Series: I Love Lucy
Season: 1
Episode: 6
Broadcast Info
Air Date: November 19, 1951
Channel: CBS
Production Info
Directed By: Marc Daniels
Written By: Jess Oppenheimer
Madelyn Pugh
Bob Carroll, Jr.
Produced By: Jess Oppenheimer

The Audition is the sixth episode of I Love Lucy, and a remake of the pilot. It first aired on November 19, 1951.


Ricky's band is set to have a T.V. audition, and Lucy can't get into the act. However, when Buffo the Clown gets injured while riding his bicycle, Lucy gets her big break to save the audition for Ricky.


The episode starts with Ricky sleeping in bed, while Lucy comes in to wake him up. Lucy tries to wake him up for an appointment, but he doesn't wake up until she plays his drum. Lucy asks Ricky if he's had any word for his T.V. audition, but Ricky hasn't. Lucy wants to be on the T.V. audition with him, but Ricky is against it. Lucy claims she's a good entertainer, but Ricky still says no.

The Audition 1

Ricky doesn't want a wife in show business

The doorbell rings, and Ricky answers it to let Fred in. Fred gives Ricky a letter that says tonight is the night of Ricky's T.V. audition, and Ricky tells him not to tell Lucy. Inside the letter are the Ricardo's wills. Ricky decides to send Lucy down to the attorney with the wills to get rid of her for the day. Lucy walks in pretending to be a showgirl, but Ricky still says no. Ricky tells her about the will, and Lucy panics, especially when she finds out about her will.

At the club, Ricky is rehearsing the band for the audition that night. Buffo the Clown, an act set to appear at the audition. While practicing an act, Buffo crashed into a table when the brakes locked. Ricky decides to have him rest at his apartment until that evening.

At Ricky's apartment, Lucy comes home while Buffo is sleeping, and thinks he's a criminal. Buffo tells Lucy about the T.V. audition, and tries out his bike to see if it will work, but with no luck. Buffo suggests Lucy take his place, which Lucy immediately agrees to.

The Audition 2

Lucy as Buffo the Clown

At the club that night, Ricky is singing his signature number, Babalu, for the T.V. audition. When the number is finished, Ricky asks Fred where Buffo is, but Fred doesn't know either. Ricky's about to wrap the show when Lucy walks in, starting a comedic act. Lucy's act consists of trying to get in the band playing the cello. Lucy does many stunts, like putting a plunger on the cello to make it stay up, and pretending to play the cello like without a bow. Ricky introduces a new instrument to Lucy, which are a number of squeaky horns. Lucy acts like a seal and hits them with her nose. After her performance, the audience applauds and the show is concluded.

Back at the Ricardo's apartment, Ricky isn't speaking to Lucy, because Lucy got a contract instead of Ricky. Ricky tells Lucy that he wants her just to be his wife, and Lucy tries to show him by cleaning the house and giving him his slippers. Ricky also gets the impression that she's pregnant, but Lucy tells him she just baked him his favorite pie.


Lucille Ball Lucy Ricardo
Desi Arnaz Ricky Ricardo
Vivian Vance Ethel Mertz
William Frawley Fred Mertz
Pat Moran Buffo the Clown
Jess Oppenheimer TV Network Rep #1
Harry Ackerman TV Network Rep #2
Hal Hudson TV Network Rep #3
Bennett Green Stagehand


Producer Jess Oppenheimer
Director Marc Daniels
Writers Jess Oppenheimer
Madelyn Pugh
Bob Carroll, Jr.
Director of Photography Karl Freund
Music Wilbur Hatch
Associate Producer Al Simon
Art Director Larry Cuneo
Editor Dann Cahn
Make-up Max Factor

Memorable QuotesEdit

"So how would you like to have your product sponsored by a gorgeous redhead?"
"I'd love it. Do you know where I can find one?"
- Lucy, Ricky

"Never mind making fun of my English."
"That's English?"

- Ricky, Lucy

"And cook for you, and be the mamma for your children."
"Let's see you pull that out of your pocket."

- Lucy, Ricky
I Love Lucy Episodes
Season 1 The Girls Want to Go to a NightclubBe A PalThe Diet
Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder HerThe Quiz ShowThe AuditionThe Séance
Men are MessyThe Fur CoatLucy is Jealous of Girl SingerDraftedThe Adagio
The BenefitThe Amateur HourLucy Plays CupidLucy Fakes Illness
Lucy Writes a PlayBreaking the LeaseThe BalletThe Young FansNew Neighbors
Fred and Ethel FightThe MoustacheThe GossipPioneer Women
The Marriage LicenseThe KleptomaniacCuban PalsThe Freezer
Lucy Does a TV CommercialThe Publicity AgentLucy Gets Ricky on the Radio
Lucy's ScheduleRicky Thinks he's Getting BaldRicky Asks for a Raise
Season 2 Job SwitchingThe SaxophoneThe Anniversary PresentThe HandcuffsThe Operetta Vacation From MarriageThe CourtroomRedecoratingRicky Loses His Voice
Lucy Is EnceintePregnant Women Are UnpredictableLucy's Show Biz Swan Song
Lucy Hires An English TutorRicky Has Labor PainsLucy Becomes A Sculptress
Lucy Goes To The HospitalSales ResistanceThe Inferiority Complex
The Club ElectionThe Black EyeLucy Changes Her MindNo Children Allowed
Lucy Hires A MaidThe Indian ShowLucy's Last Birthday
The Ricardos Change ApartmentsLucy Is MatchmakerLucy Wants New Furniture
The Camping TripRicky And Fred Are TV FansNever Do Business With Friends
Season 3 Ricky's 'Life' StoryThe Girls Go Into BusinessLucy And Ethel Buy The Same Dress
Equal RightsBaby PicturesLucy Tells The TruthThe French Revue
Redecorating The Mertzes' ApartmentToo Many CrooksChanging The Boys' Wardrobe Lucy Has Her Eyes ExaminedRicky's Old GirlfriendThe Million-Dollar Idea
Ricky Minds The BabyThe Charm SchoolSentimental Anniversary
Fan Magazine InterviewOil WellsRicky Loses His TemperHome Movies
Bonus BucksRicky's Hawaiian VacationLucy Is EnviousLucy Writes A Novel
Lucy's Club DanceThe Black WigThe DinerTennessee Ernie Visits
Tennessee Ernie Hangs OnThe Golf GameThe Sublease
Season 4 The Business ManagerMertz and KurtzLucy Cries WolfThe Matchmaker
Mr. and Mrs. TV ShowRicky's Movie OfferRicky's Screen TestLucy's Mother-In-Law Ethel's BirthdayRicky's ContractGetting ReadyLucy Learns to Drive
California, Here We Come!First StopTennessee BoundEthel's Home Town
L.A., At LastDon Juan and the StarletsLucy Gets Into PicturesThe Fashion Show
The Hedda Hopper StoryDon Juan is ShelvedBull Fight Dance
Hollywood AnniversaryThe Star UpstairsLucy in Palm SpringsDancing Star
Harpo MarxRicky Needs an AgentThe Tour
Season 5 Lucy Visits Grauman'sLucy and John WayneLucy and the Dummy
Ricky Sells the CarThe Great Train RobberyHomecomingFace to Face
Lucy Goes to a RodeoNursery SchoolRicky's European BookingThe Passports
Staten Island FerryBon VoyageSecond HoneymoonLucy Meets the Queen
The Fox HuntLucy Goes to ScotlandParis at LastLucy Meets Charles Boyer
Lucy Gets a Paris GownLucy in the Swiss AlpsLucy Gets Homesick in Italy
Lucy's Italian MovieLucy's Bicycle TripLucy Goes to Monte Carlo
Return Home from Europe
Season 6 Lucy and Bob HopeLittle Ricky Learns to Play the DrumsLucy Meets Orson Welles Little Ricky Gets Stage FrightVisitor from ItalyOff to FloridaDeep-Sea Fishing
Desert IslandThe Ricardos Visit CubaLittle Ricky's School Pageant
I Love Lucy Christmas ShowLucy and the Loving CupLucy and Superman
Little Ricky Gets a DogLucy Wants to Move to the CountryLucy Hates to Leave
Lucy Misses the MertzesLucy Gets Chummy With the Neighbors
Lucy Raises ChickensLucy Does The TangoRagtime BandLucy's Night in Town HousewarmingBuilding a B-B-QCountry Club DanceLucy Raises Tulips
The Ricardos Dedicate a Statue