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A bus driver and his sewer worker friend struggle to strike it rich while their wives look on with weary patience.
Audrey Meadows was the only cast member to receive residual payments for the show for her entire life. This was a result of her shrewd manager, who predicted the prospect of a "rerun" even in the early stages of television, before precedent was set for it. As a part of her contract, she was told to stipulate that if the show were to air in subsequent time slots in the future, she would be paid royalties, which is an interesting bit of history, because it's now a standard condition for all television work that the involved parties from an episode should get paid for each showing of it. These days it applies to directors, actors, actresses, writers, and voice actors, along with others in different capacities as well.
If any of the Racoons ever get sick, it'll be my responsibility to go and visit them.
Alice: Oh, that is a very important responsibility, Ralph. You better start now and find out what the visiting hours are at Bellevue.
Ralph: That did it, Alice - that did it. ...
The background behind the stove and the window were actually curtains. There are a few episodes in which the corner (where the two meet) would separate and you could see a little of what was behind it.
Besides the modification to the opening title sequence when prepared for syndication, original announcer Jack Lescoulie's voice was replaced with that of Gaylord Avery, a longtime CBS staff announcer.
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