I Love Lucy

The Moustache - S1-E23

Visible crew/equipment: After Lucy tells Ethel her plans for gluing on a mustache, Ethel congratulates her on the crazy idea, and in the next shot of Lucy in her bedroom just as she opens the door for Fred and Ethel, a crewmember's arm moves into the shot at the right side of the screen. (00:06:15)

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Lucy Is Jealous of Girl Singer - S1-E11

Visible crew/equipment: After Lucy goes into the bedroom with the newspaper and raises the window shades, when she walks around to Ricky's side of the bed, a crewmember's shoulder/arm moves into the shot at the right side of the screen. (00:04:10)

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The Séance - S1-E7

Visible crew/equipment: After the first shot of Mr. Merriweather trying to contact Tilly on his ouija board, when it cuts to him answering the telephone we can see the moving shadow of the boom mic, on the door to the right.

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The Girls Want To Go To the Nightclub - S1-E2

Visible crew/equipment: When Lucy and Ethel are talking about going to the Copacabana, just as Lucy leans toward Ethel before her remark about catching more flies with honey, the second camera/equipment can be seen at the right side of the screen. The same thing happens later, when Ricky laughs at the idea that Lucy and Ethel will have dates as he walks over to Fred, who's standing at the desk. (00:01:45)

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Ricky's Old Girlfriend - S3-E11

Continuity mistake: In Lucy's dream, when Carlota Romero comes to their apartment, Little Ricky is sitting in a highchair with a hat on his head. Although later in the scene, you see his hat fall off, the first close-up shot of Little Ricky shows him without the hat. Then immediately, when you see a wide-shot of the scene, his hat is back on his head again.


Ethel's Home Town - S4-E16

Continuity mistake: Ethel's full name in this episode is Ethel Mae Potter; however in a earlier episode, Fred calls her Ethel Louise, and in another episode she is called Ethel Roberta.


Lucy Does a TV Commercial - S1-E30

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where Lucy supposedly stumbles on a few minutes before hand because she is drunk from the Vitameatavegamin, you can see a sliver from her living room in the backstage area.

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Plot hole: In some episodes Lucy can not sing at all. In other episodes she can sing.

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Never Do Business With Friends - S2-E32

Continuity mistake: In Lucy and Ricky's apartment there are six shutters between the kitchen and living room, a set of three open to the left and three open to the right, but after the washing machine falls off the porch, when Mrs. Trumble's nephew thinks they're all crazy he runs through the back door and we see a set of four shutters on one side. Also note the round knobs are at the bottom corners, when they should be higher up at the center. (The prop shutters that we see through the doorway during the porch's "exterior" shots are identical to the seven shutters that were in apartment 4A, before the Ricardos moved downstairs). (00:22:10 - 00:24:25)

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Deliberate mistake: In episode "Redecorating" Lucy wins new furniture, then in the next episode "Ricky Loses His Voice" the new furniture's delivered to the apartment, and the new couch has two normal and identical seat cushions. Starting in the next episode "Lucy is Enceinte" until the episode "Lucy Wants New Furniture", in some scenes the couch has the identical short cushions, however, in other scenes one of its seat cushions (depending on the episode, it's either left or right) is much higher than the other. For example, in "Lucy Hires a Maid" the higher seat cushion's on left side while Lucy waits for her lunch, then after Ethel urges Lucy to fire the maid the short cushion's on the left. The uneven cushions are usually seen in scenes with either Desi or another male actor, who sit on the side of the couch which has the higher seat cushion. There are even scenes where both of the seat cushions are the higher ones, such as in "Lucy's Last Birthday."

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Lucy and Superman - S6-E13

Revealing mistake: While Lucy is out on the ledge, if you look at the pipe as it runs from above the ledge to below it, the two pieces of pipe don't line up. They are off about the full diameter of the pipe. Also when the pipe pulls out, it's obvious the pipe is on a hinge at the bottom and not really attached to the lower pipe. Later, there is also no stream of water falling from above where the pipe was supposed to be connected as a drain even though it is pouring out.

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Lucy Wants New Furniture - S2-E28

Continuity mistake: Lucy runs back and forth from Ricardo's and Mertz's apartment through a door in Mertz's living room that is not there in other episodes before or since.


First Stop - S4-E14

Continuity mistake: In this episode, Fred and Ethel claim that the bed they are sleeping in is just like the one they have been sleeping on for years. It is double bed with a big sag in the middle. However in an earlier episode "Vacation from Marriage" they show Lucy and Ethel in the the Mertz's bedroom and they have twin beds.


Home Movies - S3-E19

Plot hole: Toward the end of the episode, when the spliced-together movie is shown, there are several scenes from the movie Lucy, Fred and Ethel shot, often showing all three of them on screen at the same time. The problem is that no one else was there with them, yet the camera follows them as they move around the room. Who was running their camera?

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Lucy Learns to Drive - S4-E12

Revealing mistake: Look closely at the Ricardos' new Pontiac convertible. There is no glass within the windshield frame.


Home Movies - S3-E19

Factual error: In the film Lucy and the others make, there is a long sequence of footage played forwards, then "mistakenly" repeated backwards. With the equipment and techniques they were using, this would have required not only making a complete copy of the segment, but also reversing the order of individual frames. Just feeding the film in backwards would have also flipped the image vertically. The result seen would be nearly impossible to produce accidentally.

The Fur Coat - S1-E10

Revealing mistake: When Lucy is cutting up the fake fur coat to scare Ricky, it is clear that the parts that she has to remove are already cut and just loosely sewn in place.

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Other mistake: In some episode Ethel can play the piano and in others she cant.


Lucy Is Jealous of Girl Singer - S1-E11

Revealing mistake: During the rehearsal for the Jezebel number, the dancer's skirt trim is already partially torn or unattached to make it easier to tear, and it is clear that Ricky purposely steps on the trim to rip it off the skirt.

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The Ricardos Are Interviewed - S5-E7

Visible crew/equipment: When Ricky's new agent stops by the apartment to talk to him, Fred and Ethel are standing in front of the desk, and a T-mark can be seen on the floor in front of Ethel's feet. (00:04:50)

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Lucy Ricardo: I made a funny?

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Trivia: Fred and Ethel's bickering relationship didn't require much acting; in real life Vivian Vance and William Frawley didn't care for each other at all.

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