The King of Queens was a popular sitcom that ran for just over 10 years, helping to kickstart Leah Remini and Kevin James’ careers. The show centered around newlyweds Doug, played by Kevin James, and Carrie, played by Leah Remini. Doug and Carrie live a relatively quiet life until Carrie’s father Arthur, played by Jerry Stiller, moves into their home. When Arthur enters the picture, he wreaks havoc on everyone’s lives and clashes with Doug in the most hilarious ways possible.
While the show gave fans years of laughs, there are also some hidden character details that they probably miss unless they were looking specifically for them. Some of these details don’t exactly make sense, either.
Spence Is Allergic To Peanuts, But He Eats Peanut M&Ms
During season four, episode four, “Friender Bender,” Spence is babysitting Deacon and Kelly’s kids. When Kirby finds out that Spence is allergic to peanuts, he teases him for it.
Then Spence tries to explain his allergy. However, earlier in the show, this apparently isn’t a thing. In season one, episode four, “Richie’s Song,” Spence eats expired peanut M&Ms that he finds in Doug’s car. When Spence asks Doug if they’re peanut M&Ms, Doug says yes, and then Spence just eats them anyway. So, is Spence allergic or isn’t he?
Doug’s Uniform Is Too Tight
According to an interview with Kevin James, he hated wearing the IPS uniform because it was too snug. In fact, sometimes he’d ask the producers if he could just not be wearing the uniform at all, even when he’s shown at work.
The audience can see the snug fit in a lot of the scenes where he’s sitting and driving his truck. Or any scene where he has to bend his body. In real life, the company would have given him a size that actually fits him. Working like that would be really uncomfortable after a while.
Continuity Errors In The Story Of How Doug And Carrie Met
The story of Doug (one of Kevin James’ best TV roles) and Carrie meeting for the first time changes. In some episodes, they talk about how they knew each other in middle school. There’s an episode where “their song” comes on TV and Carrie makes a comment about them dancing to it as children.
But then in a flashback in another episode, Carrie meets Doug at a bar where he’s working as a bouncer. Richie tells Doug he’s met a girl, who he introduces as Carrie and is planning to take on a double date. The double date doesn’t work out, and Carrie ends up leaving. Doug ends up trying to go back to Carrie to get her to give him a second chance.
In One Episode, Spence Stood Completely Motionless For Three Minutes
In an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in 2011, Patton Oswalt pointed out this gem. During one of the opening scenes in season eight, episode 19, “Emotional Rollercoaster,” Spence stands completely motionless for about three entire minutes.
The scene is Doug’s 40th birthday party. Apparently, the whole thing was a prank. Oswalt claimed that all of the writers on the show were big potheads and thought it would be weird to include this to see if anyone noticed. It turns out, people did notice.
Carrie’s Sister May Or May Not Exist
Sara Spooner, Carrie’s younger sister, appears in the first six episodes of the first season. Played by Lisa Rieffel, she’s shown as a young aspiring actress who doesn’t know how to handle responsibilities. Later on, though, the show refers to Carrie as an only child, begging the question ‘what happened to Carrie’s sister on King Of Queens?’
In season three, Doug mentions Carrie’s sister again, but this is the only other time she’s acknowledged. At that point, Doug doesn’t even say her name, just that Carrie’s sister had an event so he could get out of another one. According to Kevin James, the producers just ran out of ideas for her character and she just disappeared altogether. Similarly, there are also things that make no sense about Carrie.
Richie Silently Disappears From The Show
For the first few seasons, Doug’s relationship with Richie is one of his longest-running friendships. Richie is actually the reason that Doug and Carrie get together in the first place (although there are times that prove Carrie deserved better than Doug.) Richie is a firefighter who loves romancing the ladies.
However, after those first few seasons, Richie disappears entirely. This disappearance is never acknowledged on screen, leaving viewers to wonder ‘what happened to Richie on King Of Queens?’ The real reason it happened was that the actor left the show. Larry Romano, who played Richie, asked to be let out of his contract with the show after landing a role on another sitcom.
Leah Remini Was Pregnant During Season Six
During season six of the show, Leah Remini was pregnant. To deal with her growing belly, the producers decided to have her character lose her job and then lounge around the house eating all day and gaining weight.
This way, they didn’t really have to hide her stomach as much and could refer to her weight on screen to make it more believable. The pregnancy can be seen in some scenes. In these episodes, she’s usually seen wearing baggy clothing.
Spence’s Mom Was Recast
King Of Queens has one of the greatest representations of old age on TV. When the audience first meets Veronica, Spence’s mom, and Arthur’s on-and-off love interest, in season one, she’s played by Grace Zabriskie. However, she was recast after that episode.
The actress who replaced her and became synonymous with the character was Anne Meara, who was actually married to Jerry Stiller (Arthur) in real life until her death in 2015. The two are Ben Stiller’s parents.
Doug Was Born In Canada
This is a little detail fans may have missed because it’s mentioned in one episode in season five. In episode 23, “Dog Shelter,” Doug and Carrie visit his parents at their home in Florida.
When they get there, they find out quite a few shocking details about Doug’s childhood. It turns out that his parents lie to him to cover things up instead of dealing with confrontation or problems. One of those secrets is the fact that Doug was actually born in Canada.
Carrie And Doug Had A Dog For A Few Episodes
Doug and Carrie adopt a dog named Stanley that had previously belonged to their obnoxious neighbors, the Sackskys. They were going to leave him, so the Heffernans took him in.
However, Stanley only appears in a few episodes, and then he mysteriously vanishes and isn’t seen again. No one ever acknowledges the dog again.
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