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Sara Spooner (played by Lisa Rieffel) is Carrie's younger half-sister, an irresponsible aspiring actress. She appears in only five of the first six episodes. She was only mentioned one other time (although not by name) in Episode 52 ("Roast Chicken") by Doug as an excuse to his boss to get out of performing a roast. After the show became more popular, Kevin James was asked to explain what happened to Sara during an interview. According to James, the producers could not think of any story-lines to develop Rieffel's character, so she was discontinued. During the pilot she was on camera for roughly half the episode. However, in the other episodes in which she was included, her character did not have much to say or do. Subsequent dialogue suggests that Sara Spooner never existed, and that Carrie is an only child. (The disappearance of her character, coupled with the show's subsequent contention that the character never existed, is an example of the "Chuck Cunningham Syndrome".)

The character of Richie Iannucci was quietly written out of the show in Season 3 so that the actor (Larry Romano) could work in a leading role on another sitcom (Kristin, starring Kristin Chenoweth). However, Kristin was canceled after only six episodes.

Richie Iannucci's last appearance on The King of Queens was in the 2001 episode "The King of Queens: Paint Misbehavin' (#3.14)" (Season 3; Episode 14). He was also briefly seen in a few clips during the flashback montage at the end of the series finale.

The character's absence was never explained.

The show was NOT canceled. The one-hour series finale of CBS's King of Queens drew a solid 8.8 rating and a 13 share Monday night, representing 13.5 million viewers -- some of them drawn away from the competing Heroes on NBC and 24 on Fox. As a long-running successful series, the show was growing more expensive each year with slowly declining ratings. After extensive negotiations, an abbreviated final season was agreed upon by the network and producers.

In season one episode 4 "Richie's Song", Spence is in the back of Doug's car eating Peanut M&M's. In season four episode 4 "Friender Bender", Spence tells Kirby he has a peanut allergy. Kirby stops calling Spence the "Spencinator" and calls him the "Scaredinator" instead.

Yes. Kevin James, Ray Romano, and Bill Cosby appeared on the sitcom Becker, in the 1999 episode entitled "Drive, They Said" (Season 1; Episode 20).

All three actors appeared in a brief "tag" scene, the closing scene at the end of the episode. However, this was in the originally aired episode only. For legal reasons, that tag scene was edited out when the episode was packaged for syndicated re-runs and for the DVD set.

All three actors are uncredited in the episode.

At the end of the episode, Doctor Becker (Ted Danson) walks into his waiting room to find Doug Heffernan, Ray Barone, and Hilton Lucas all sitting in chairs waiting to see the doctor. These were cameo appearances for the three in a "cross-over" episode because each actor was in one of the other three sitcoms (respectively, The King of Queens, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Cosby) that aired along with Becker on Monday nights on CBS at the time the episode was broadcast.

The episode synopsis indicates: "Doug is hit by a baseball and meets a new friend (Bill Cosby) at Dr. Becker's (Ted Danson) office."


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