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The Ricardos Go to Japan 

Lucy and the gang head to Japan on business and encounter Bob Cummings. Chaos ensues with a string of pearls in a Geisha house.


Desi Arnaz


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Episode credited cast:
Lucille Ball ... Lucy Ricardo
Desi Arnaz ... Ricky Ricardo
Robert Cummings ... Self (as Bob Cummings)
Vivian Vance ... Ethel Mertz
William Frawley ... Fred Mertz
Richard Keith ... Little Ricky Ricardo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kathryn Card ... Mrs. McGillicuddy
May Lee May Lee ... Mama-san
Teru Shimada ... Osato
Sondi Sodsai Sondi Sodsai ... Girl
Linda Wong ... Girl


Lucy and the gang head to Japan on business and encounter Bob Cummings. Chaos ensues with a string of pearls in a Geisha house.

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Comedy | Family


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Although not visible due to the show being filmed in black and white, Lucille Ball shot many scenes with red eyes due to constant fighting and subsequent crying with then husband Desi Arnaz. See more »


When Lucy and Ethel dress as Geisha girls to get in so they can talk to Bob Cummings, the house manager catches them outside the dining room. She scolds the girls for being late, and tells them to get to work, but speaks to them in English. At a Tokyo Geisha house, logically she would have spoken to her employees in Japanese. (The show's writers could have used subtitles, as they did in I Love Lucy: Lucy's Italian Movie when Lucy went to Turo, outside Rome, to stomp grapes into wine.) See more »


Ethel Mertz: Old Japanese custom: when geisha girl like gentleman, she tap him with fan.
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References Sayonara (1957) See more »

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I love Lucy Was great...This not so much.
28 August 2018 | by pappyspriteSee all my reviews

I am a huge I Love Lucy Fan, but the show just progressed to such a terrible show after the original series ended. I was just watching this episode of their Japan visit this evening. I was shocked to find out Lucille Ball was only 48 and even worse Desi was only 42 years old!!! They look SO OLD in this show. Minimally, I thought Lucy and Desi were both very close to 60 or even older. I would say neither of them aged well at all! I am sure all their smoking didn't help. I was very shocked!

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27 November 1959 (USA) See more »

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Desilu Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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