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Latka the Playboy 

Latka creates a suave but obnoxious alter ego, Vic Ferrari, to help him score with the ladies. However, nobody likes his new persona, and Alex tries to convince him to bring the old Latka back.

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Latka Gravas / Vic Ferrari
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Latka creates a suave but obnoxious alter ego, Vic Ferrari, to help him score with the ladies. However, nobody likes his new persona, and Alex tries to convince him to bring the old Latka back.

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Our introduction to Latka's Vic Farrari character.
7 September 2008 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

The episode begins with Louie have an exterminator spray in his cage to kill the world's largest cockroach that terrorizes Louie and steals his lunch. The guest actor was a young George Wendt as the exterminator, many years before he became famous on "Cheers."

The main story begins at Mario's and Latka lamenting that he doesn't have what it takes to attract pretty American women, and proves it by being rejected by pretty Robin Klein as Karen. So he tells his friends he will take an 8 day vacation, study Playboy and a tape of an FM radio Deejay, and "alter his lifestyle to fit the fast lane." He repeats that phrase to them a number of times, each time sounding a little less like "Latka."

Latka does accomplish his transformation, and as he meets up with his buddies at Mario's, after 8 days of practicing, his dress, mannerisms, and voice are all different. And, Karen is there, and becomes a girl that Latka picks up. But in the process no one likes Latka anymore, they want the old Latka to come back and Vic Farrari to disappear.

SPOILERS: The episode ends in Alex's apartment, Latka has come to him for help. Alex tells him to relax, and try to recall what the old Latka sounded like. Finally Latka puts his head back for a few seconds and when he looks at us again he has that silly Latka grin, and talks like him. As he and Alex are celebrating, he gives the camera a sly grin as if to say "Vic Farari is still here, he will be back." And we now know he does come back.


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