I Love Lucy

I Love Lucy (1951)

32 mistakes in season 4

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The Star Upstairs - S4-E25

Continuity mistake: When Lucy's locked out on the penthouse balcony, Ethel places the broom handle through the small round finger hole of the scissors, with the large oval finger hole to the right of the round hole and the blades pointing out, then holds the scissors in place as she puts the broom over the balcony rail. When Lucy retrieves them from the broom, the scissors have flipped over. The blades are pointing out and the broom handle is still through the small round finger hole, but now the large oval hole is to the left of the round hole. (Impossible to do on its own. Try it). (00:19:05)

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L.A. at Last! - S4-E17

Revealing mistake: At the Brown Derby, when Lucy bumps into the waiter causing him to trip and spill the tray all over William Holden, we can see that the waiter's hand is taped to the bottom of the tray for the stunt to be done efficiently. (00:15:15)

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Ricky's Movie Offer - S4-E6

Continuity mistake: After Fred secures the chain lock to the front door, with the chain mounted onto the frame of the door, Fred then slides the chain into the door's slide-catch to show Lucy the "burglarproof chain." When Ethel opens the door the chain itself is ripped off the frame, leaving the chain (and the piece that was screwed to the frame) dangling from the slide-catch attached to the door, but in Ethel's closeup the chain is still mounted to the door's frame. (00:01:40)

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First Stop - S4-E14

Visible crew/equipment: After driving all day, the Ricardos and Mertzes stop by a run-down diner that serves only stale cheese sandwiches, then end up there again only to spend the night in their one motel room. While they're all in their beds, the vibration of the nearby train causes the Ricardos' bed to shakily slide towards the Mertzes and then back again. The wire attached to the Ricardo's bed is visible, and the leg at the foot of the bed is set in a track attached to the floor, which keeps the bed on course.

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Ricky's Screen Test - S4-E7

Visible crew/equipment: After take one of Ricky's Screen Test, when the director says to Lucy, "I thought it might add interest to the scene if you could make it go around and around like a lighthouse!", the Ricardo's kitchen cupboards and fridge are visible off stage to the left of the director's head.

The Dancing Star - S4-E28

Revealing mistake: At the end of Lucy and Van Johnson's dance, Ricky and everyone else clap as Lucy walks through the curtain to head "backstage', and in the next shot just as Lucy walks through the curtain we catch a glimpse of Desi Arnaz standing there waiting for his cue. Then in a few moments Ricky, Ethel, Fred, and Caroline all rush in excitedly to congratulate Lucy. (00:24:55)

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Tennessee Bound - S4-E15

Visible crew/equipment: At the start, when Lucy pulls into the "gas station" the thin cable pulling the Pontiac can be seen in front of the car, and when Ethel walks in front of the car note that the actress quickly glances down and steps over it just as she says they're lost. Additionally, the glass windshield and rearview mirror are gone.

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First Stop - S4-E14

Visible crew/equipment: While Lucy and Ricky are lying in the sagging mattress "canoe", when the train passes and their bed rolls towards the bunk bed, the end of the set wall can be seen at the right side of the screen. (00:17:30)

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First Stop - S4-E14

Revealing mistake: After the cheese sandwich experience at Skinner's diner, when Lucy takes the wheel and they all drive off heading to Cincinnati, the Pontiac's glass windshield and rearview mirror are gone, and they're gone again when they end up back at that diner the second time. (00:09:20 - 00:10:35)

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California, Here We Come! - S4-E13

Visible crew/equipment: When they're all finally in the Pontiac ready to leave NYC, just as Ricky starts to drive away we can see cables jiggling under the Pontiac, to the left of the front tire, pulling the car. Funny to see how Ricky puts his hand on the gear stick, but never actually does anything with it. (00:23:40)

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Lucy Learns to Drive - S4-E12

Visible crew/equipment: When Ethel's on the stoop in front of the building waiting for Lucy and Ricky, right before Ethel asks Ricky about Lucy's driving lesson, just as Ricky drives up we can see cables moving in front of the new Pontiac pulling the car. Then, when Ethel crashes the new Pontiac into the old car, the jiggling cables can be seen again in front of the new car. Lastly, when Lucy finally starts the old car's engine, now a moving cable can be seen in front of the old car as well. (00:09:50)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Don Juan and the Starlets - S4-E18

Visible crew/equipment: After Fred fibs to Lucy about Ricky spending the night, when Fred walks over to the door just as Ethel walks in, the shadow of the boom mic can be seen moving at the top right corner of the screen. (00:18:30)

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Don Juan and the Starlets - S4-E18

Continuity mistake: After the maid sees Lucy sleeping on the couch and leaves, in the next shot the clock reads 10:00 and Lucy wakes up, but when Lucy checks the bedroom and walks back into the living room, the clock now reads 6:40. (00:16:25)

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L.A. at Last! - S4-E17

Continuity mistake: At the start, when the Pontiac convertible turns into the driveway of what should be the Beverly Palms Hotel, the sign with the real name of the hotel can be seen, which reads Beverly Carlton Hotel.

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First Stop - S4-E14

Continuity mistake: When Ricky stops the car and backs up trying to locate Aunt Sally's, Lucy gets out of the car wearing a coat and a pantsuit underneath, but in the exterior shot she's wearing a skirt set when she walks over to the shed to read the sign. (00:03:50)

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California, Here We Come! - S4-E13

Revealing mistake: The Pontiac's glass windshield is gone when the car is loaded down with everyone's stuff, thanks to Fred's packing, and the windshield is also very noticeably gone when they all finally drive off. The rearview mirror, which should be attached to the windshield frame, is gone as well. (00:20:30 - 00:22:50)

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California, Here We Come! - S4-E13

Visible crew/equipment: When "Mickey" takes his mother-in-law's suitcases to the back, just as Lucy and her mother sit down on the couch, we can see the bright shadow of something moving across the piano behind them. (00:06:50)

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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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