I Love Lucy: The Business Manager (1954)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Domestic Comedy, Sitcom [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |  
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In the first episode of I Love Lucy's fourth season, Ricky (Desi Arnaz) hires a business manager named Hickox (Charles Lane) to get Lucy's household budget in order (for the first time in 13 years!). When the penny-pinching Hickox allots Lucy (Lucille Ball) a mere five dollars spending money for the next month, she begins cooking up schemes to earn some quick cash. The main plan is to purchase groceries for her neighbors, overcharging them to a credit account that Hickox has set up for the Ricardos, and keeping the spare cash. Misreading a grocery order stating "buy can All Pet," Ricky assumes that Lucy's sudden financial windfall is the result of stock-market speculation -- and he wants a piece of the action.