I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy mistake picture

The Diner - S3-E25

Visible crew/equipment: During the scenes at The Diner when it's open for business, such as when Marco walks in, two small chalk T-marks can be seen on the floor in the area near the door. The T-marks can also be seen when Ethel and Fred walk back into The Diner. (00:12:35)

Super Grover Premium member
I Love Lucy mistake picture

Job Switching - S2-E4

Visible crew/equipment: While Ricky and Fred are trying to clean up the volcanic rice eruption, when Ricky slips on the floor the second time the front edge of the raised kitchen set's platform can be seen. (00:19:15)

Super Grover Premium member
I Love Lucy mistake picture

Bonus Bucks - S3-E20

Visible crew/equipment: After Ricky sneaks the dollar bill into Lucy's purse he sees her stirring in bed, and when Ricky ducks down to hide from Lucy, the two curved chalk actor's marks can be seen on the carpet. (00:07:15)

Super Grover Premium member
I Love Lucy mistake picture

Pregnant Women Are Unpredictable - S2-E16

Trivia: When Lucy's reading the book about infant care, she's holding a baby doll wearing a bonnet in order to learn how to bathe and diaper a baby, and the doll she's using is not just any prop. It's actually one of the show's endorsed products named the "I Love Lucy Baby" doll, which were sold in stores.

Super Grover Premium member
I Love Lucy mistake picture

Season 2 generally

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."

Super Grover Premium member
I Love Lucy mistake picture

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)

Super Grover Premium member
I Love Lucy mistake picture

Lucy Learns to Drive - S4-E12

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

Bobby1956
I Love Lucy mistake picture

The Great Train Robbery - S5-E5

Revealing mistake: When Ricky and Lucy find their train compartment, while they stand outside their door talking we can see the actor playing the porter peeking out of the next compartment's door waiting for his cue, and in a few moments he opens the door just as Lucy approaches. (00:02:20)

Super Grover Premium member
I Love Lucy mistake picture

Lucy's Schedule - S1-E33

Visible crew/equipment: When Lucy and Mrs. Littlefield bring out the soup and then salad, at the start of the shots just as they leave the kitchen, the shadow of another camera can be seen on the edge of the set's "wall" at the right side of the screen. (00:20:25)

Super Grover Premium member
I Love Lucy mistake picture

Cuban Pals - S1-E28

Visible crew/equipment: Right after Lucy phones for a cab the doorbell rings, and when she opens the door for Fred the cabbie, the shadow of the moving boom and mic appear on the kitchen door. (00:17:20)

Super Grover Premium member
I Love Lucy mistake picture

The Sublease - S3-E30

Visible crew/equipment: While Ethel and Lucy are trying to frighten Mr. Beecher so he'll leave the apartment, when Lucy blows up the balloon the reflections of all the overhead set lights can be seen on the balloon. (00:23:00)

Super Grover Premium member
I Love Lucy mistake picture

Tennessee Ernie Visits - S3-E27

Continuity mistake: When Fred and Ethel leave to get the rollaway bed, note the two L-shape actor's marks on the carpet where Ernie had placed his small suitcase and then sat, earlier in the scene. (00:08:50)

Super Grover Premium member
I Love Lucy mistake picture

The Black Wig - S3-E26

Visible crew/equipment: During the scenes in the living room after wig-wearing Lucy comes home in a huff about Ricky, an actor's mark can be seen on the carpet at the fireplace, and a T-mark can be seen on the carpet between the couch and desk.

Super Grover Premium member
I Love Lucy mistake picture

Lucy Writes a Novel - S3-E23

Visible crew/equipment: When Lucy tells Ricky, Fred, and Ethel that she made a carbon copy of the novel they just burned in the fireplace, the actors' tape marks can be seen on the carpet when Lucy says, "Pardon me," in the wideshot. Then later, when Ricky, Fred, and Ethel walk in while Lucy's typing up her sequel, they stand at tape marks again. (00:11:05)

Super Grover Premium member
I Love Lucy mistake picture

Lucy Writes a Novel - S3-E23

Visible crew/equipment: While Lucy starts taking notes about Ethel, Fred walks in and soon asks, "What's going on this booby hatch," then just as Lucy rushes back to the desk, we can see the end of the set wall and there's some kind of partition in front of the kitchen set. (00:02:35)

Super Grover Premium member
I Love Lucy mistake picture

Ricky's Hawaiian Vacation - S3-E21

Continuity mistake: When Ricky has five seconds left on Freddie Fillmore's show, in the wideshot Ricky starts singing "Let's have another piece of" and he's holding the paper with his right hand while snapping the fingers of his left, but it cuts to Ricky's closeup and the paper's now in his left hand while he's snapping the fingers of his right hand. (00:24:40)

Super Grover Premium member
I Love Lucy mistake picture

Bonus Bucks - S3-E20

Continuity mistake: After Ricky takes out the extra expenses from the prize money, when starched-up Lucy walks into the office Fred's holding the last dollar bill, and in the closeup of Ethel's and Fred's shocked reactions to Lucy's appearance we see Lucy's hand holding the dollar, but in the next wideshot Lucy's open hand is empty so Fred gives her the dollar. (00:24:35)

Super Grover Premium member
I Love Lucy mistake picture

Ricky's Life Story - S2-E30

Continuity mistake: At the end of Ricky's song "Lady of Spain" when he sings the verse "all that my eyes are revealing, Lady of Spain", in this wideshot we see Lucy in front of the balcony doors facing forward raising her arms, then in the next side closeup Lucy's still facing forward and a flag has suddenly appeared behind her on the balcony door. (00:21:50)

Super Grover Premium member
I Love Lucy mistake picture

The Club Election - S2-E12

Continuity mistake: While Lucy's taking a tally of who everyone's voting for, the writing on the posterboard changes in Lucy's closeups. (00:14:45)

Super Grover Premium member
I Love Lucy mistake picture

Lucy Is Jealous of Girl Singer - S1-E11

Continuity mistake: When Ethel walks in while Lucy's vacuuming, Ethel has the folded newspaper under her arm and there's only small print on the paper, but after Lucy offers Ethel a cup of coffee now the headline can be seen on the still folded paper under Ethel's arm. Then, when Lucy unfolds the paper we see both the front and back page filled with pictures and the headline, but that area of small print which was seen in the earlier shots does not exist on either side. (00:00:40)

Super Grover Premium member
I Love Lucy mistake picture

The Séance - S1-E7

Continuity mistake: After Lucy tells Mr. Merriweather that he's invited to the seance, when it cuts to Lucy unfolding the card table legs, note the couch behind her with one normal seat cushion on the left, but in the next wideshot there's an additional shorter cushion under the normal cushion. The small towel also repositions itself neatly on the couch. (00:11:55)

Super Grover Premium member
More mistakes in I Love Lucy

Lucy Ricardo: I made a funny?

More quotes from I Love Lucy

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.

Krista
More trivia for I Love Lucy

Join the mailing list

Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback.