A few weeks after the show [Wildcat - 1960] opened, despite having met Gary, Lucy decided that a bad marriage to Desi with all its fighting had more loving than none at all and was ready to call off the divorce. Lucy and Desi had seen each other every night the week the show opened, going to public places but sitting and talking for hours at quiet tables. Much of it was about Wildcat, but for the first time in years they had the pleasure of being together on their best behavior while they worked on a common purpose. Desi telephoned her every evening after he returned to California, timing his calls to reach her between the first and second acts. If he was a minute or two later than she expected, she became obviously agitated until the phone rang.
They came close to reconciling, according to friends, around the time of Desi Jr.’s eighth birthday [January 19, 1961]. Desi was so on her mind that she bought him a vicuna coat so he could keep warm when he came to visit in the New York winters. He did propose again, and her pride demanded she keep him waiting for an answer. As she contemplated a future with Desi, one night an elderly couple came backstage after the show bearing something they had found in Hawaii they believed must belong to her - a gold chain with a St. Christopher medal and a wedding ring inscribed “To Desi with Love from Lucy.” He had lost them following an argument during their vacation in Hawaii the summer after they bought RKO. When the couple left, she held the ring and started weeping. Remembering not the good times she had with Desi but their argument on the day he lost the ring in the Pacific waves, and all the others fights before and since, she decided they could never be married to each other again.