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Lucy and Superman

"Lucy and Superman"
I Love Lucy episode
Episode no. Season 6
Episode 13
Directed by James V. Kern
Written by Bob Carroll, Jr.
Madelyn Pugh
Bob Schiller
Bob Weiskopf
Production code 167
Original air date January 14, 1957

"Lucy and Superman" is an episode from the sitcom I Love Lucy, and was first broadcast on January 14, 1957 on CBS. The episode was written by Bob Carroll, Jr., Madelyn Pugh, Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf. Directed by James V. Kern, it is the 13th episode of the sixth season, and the 166th episode of the series.

The episode features a guest appearance by [1]

Plot summary


Lucy watches Little Ricky's birthday party from the window ledge.

Because Stevie and Little Ricky are in the same class at school and have the same friends, Lucy worries that none of the children will attend Little Ricky's party – especially since Stevie's party will include a clown, puppet show and magician. Realizing that she must have more exciting entertainment for her son's party, Lucy convinces Ricky to ask Superman to appear at Little Ricky's party. Since Superman is in town – and since Ricky met him when the Ricardos and Mertzes visited Hollywood – Ricky agrees to ask him. Meanwhile, Lucy promises her son that Superman will be there. Even Stevie wants to come to Little Ricky's party upon learning about Superman, thus Caroline relents and changes the date of her son’s party. However, Ricky later calls and tells Lucy that Superman will be leaving town on Saturday and cannot appear at the party. Desperate to avoid disappointing Little Ricky, Lucy decides to dress up as Superman herself. She and Ethel hatch a plan whereby Lucy will use the vacant apartment next door to walk onto the ledge and enter through the window of the Ricardo apartment during the party, hoping to fool their children into believing that she is the Man of Steel.

During the party on Saturday, Lucy dons her makeshift Superman costume (complete with a football helmet to hide her red hair) and steps onto the ledge, just as Ethel enters the vacant apartment with a pair of prospective tenants, who have arrived unexpectedly. Meanwhile, Ricky returns home with the real Superman (me Superman!" Still on the ledge, an embarrassed Lucy hides her face in shame.

Video releases

In 1998, the episode was released on VHS as part of two separate compilations: "I Love Lucy Collection, Volume 5 - Lucy and Bob Hope/Lucy and Superman", and "I Love Lucy - The Classics: Lucy and Superman/The Freezer".

The episode was released on DVD in 2006 as part of the box set "I Love Lucy - The Complete Sixth Season".


  1. ^ Kashner, Sam; Nancy Schoenberger (1997) [1996]. "The Phantom Zone". Hollywood Kryptonite: Accident, Suicide, or Cold-Blooded Murder - The Truth About the Death of TV's Superman. St. Martin's Press. p. 94.  

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