“King of Queens”: The Detail About One of the Characters Everyone Missed

King of Queens
was a popular sitcom that centered around married couple Doug and Carrie Heffernan, played by Kevin James and Leah Remini. The couple lives a fairly quiet life until Carrie’s father Arthur, played by Jerry Stiller, manages to burn down his house and is forced to move in with them. However, King of Queens isn’t just another run-of-the-mill sitcom. It’s full of quirks, oddities, and mysteries, and none more mysterious than Carrie’s sister. Sara Spooner, played by Lisa Rieffel, is Carrie’s younger sister. She appears in the first 6 episodes of Season 1 as an 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?” In Season 3, Episode 2 — “Roast Chicken” — Doug mentions Carrie’s sister, but it’s the only other time she’s acknowledged. Doug doesn’t even say her name, just that Carrie’s sister had an event that enabled him to out of another one. It’s just one of the many things that make no sense on King of Queens. Sara’s not the only one who magically disappears. Richie Iannucci, played by Larry Romano (yes, Ray Romano’s brother), is Doug’s childhood friend and the reason Doug and Carrie got together in the first place. However, all of a sudden, in Season 3 he disappears. The disappearance is never acknowledged on screen, leaving viewers scratching their heads. The real reason behind Richie’s disappearance is that he asked to be let out of his contract to take a role on the ABC sitcom Kristin, starring Kristin Chenowith, which only lasted 6 episodes before being cancelled. It's likely Romano regrets his decision.