March 2, 1960: Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz finish filming the final episode of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour. The end of the episode called for a clinch, kiss, and fade. The next day, Lucy filed for divorce, making this their final screen appearance together.
We had to do the last Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, and I would direct it. Not because I wanted to; I would have rather had one of our other directors do it, but they were all busy.
Doing that last Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour was not easy. We knew it was the last time we would be Lucy and Ricky. As fate would have it, the very last scene in that story called for a long clinch and a kiss-and-make-up ending. As we got to it, we looked at each other, embraced, and kissed. This was not just an ordinary kiss for a scene in a show. It was a kiss that would wrap up twenty years of love and friendship, triumphs and failures, ecstasy and sex, jealousy and regrets, heartbreaks and laughter… and tears. The only thing we were not able to hide was the tears.
After the kiss we just stood there looking at each other and licking the salt.
Then Lucy said, “You’re supposed to say ‘cut’.”
"I know. Cut, goddamn it!"
I Love Lucy was never just a title.
- “A Book” by Desi Arnaz