Car 54, Where Are You?: Season 2, Episode 28

The Loves of Sylvia Schnauser (31 Mar. 1963)

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Sylvia Schnauser helps the police dept. to set a trap for con artists posing as book publishers.



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Sylvia Schnauser is chosen by the police department to help set a clever trap for con-artists,posing as publishers,looking to take people's money. Sylvia tells them she's writing the story of her romantic history. Making the officers of the precinct wonder if she's really writing a book or not. Written by happipuppi13

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Opening up a Pandora's Box
27 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Charlotte Rae had an interesting recurring role in CAR 54, WHERE ARE YOU? She played Sylvia Schnauser, possibly the last neurotic romantic in the Bronx. Married to Policeman Leo Schnauser (the wonderful Al Lewis), they made a perfect couple with Lewis desperately trying to keep his wacko romantic other half down to earth. Despite his best endeavors, Leo couldn't do it all the time.

This episode dealt with the bored Sylvia deciding to write her memoirs. Considering that she has never, in her forty odd years, accomplished anything of importance, what can Sylvia write that is worth discussing. Well, she accidentally mentions that she will concentrate on her sex life. Leo is rather unimpressed, as he considers their current sex life rather drab, but when he mentions this in the Precinct it causes a lot of nervousness. You see, over the years some of the cops (including several who have been Leo's partners or have worked closely with him) have flirted at parties with Sylvia - maybe even given her a light peck on the face. But now they are not sure what that dingbat is going to say about these events (and worrisome if they are married).

Soon Sylvia is sending her manuscript to various publishers. Most of them are quick to return the manuscript with a "Thank you, not interested!" But then rumors start spreading about the contents - due to the apparent constant stream of police officers who are visiting Sylvia. In the end several book publishers (among them Kenneth Mars, Joseph Sweeney, and Charles Nelson Reilly) are anxiously trying to outbid each other to publish the sure fire scandal success book of the year...or is it?

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