Lucy (Lucille Ball) and Ethel (Vivian Vance) demand that Ricky (Desi Arnaz) and Fred (William Frawley) buy them electric dishwashers. The boys refuse, insisting that the girls have it too "soft" as it is. Before long, the husbands place a 50-dollar bet that they can live longer without modern appliances than their wives. As a result, the Ricardos and the Mertzes adopt the lifestyles of their grandparents in the "Gay Nineties" -- with unexpected consequences. This episode marks one of the few times that I Love Lucy indulges in an "impossible" gag, involving a loaf of bread that rises to a length of 18 feet!