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HEFFERNAN, Doug S. & Carrie
(The King of Queens)
3121 Aberdeen
New York City, NY (Queens)

Doug Stephen Heffernan is a delivery man [#62287] for International Parcel Service (IPS). Born February 9th, 1965 (Pisces) Doug is overweight, a former club bouncer, and a recipient of IPS’s ‘Driver of the Month’ award. He loves to watch sports, plays the harmonica (badly), belongs to a bowling team and was a former football player in high school.

Doug & Carrie Heffernan
Doug & Carrie Heffernan

Doug’s spitfire wife, Carrie [née Spooner] is tough, nearly thirty-years-old, sneaks a cigarette once in a while, cheats at board games, cooks lousy, and works as a legal secretary at a posh Manhattan law firm (laid off in 2003) She wears a size two dress and a bit too much make-up. Her mother Sophia was heavyset (per the family photo albums). Unfortunately for Carrie, all the women in Sophia's family "fatten up as they age.”

Now, the Heffernan’s lived happily in their modest two-story brick home until Carrie’s recently widowed father, Arthur Spooner - in his 70s - burned down his own house and had to move in the Heffernan's basement that was supposed to be Doug’s TV room. Consequently, Doug's brand new 70-inch big screen set got moved into the garage (a.k.a. “The Love Zone”) and later was stolen when Carrie left the garage door open. To watch Arthur, Doug and Carrie had a camera installed (“Arthur Cam”) so they could monitor him in the basement.
 

Arthur SpoonerBesides Arthur's boisterous personality, he exhibited a number of other quirky traits. When it comes to holidays, Arthur hates Halloween and bans it in the Heffernan household (due to a traumatic childhood experience when his father forcibly dragged Arthur around house to house to collect money and candy because he was so cheap). But Arthur loves Christmas and will take on any neighbor who thinks they can put a bigger wreath or better decorations. Arthur gave Doug and Carrie a a small European roadster called a Douchenberger as a Christmas present which they quickly unloaded to a friend.

In addition, Arthur once dated a woman who claimed she was once Frank Sinatra's girlfriend. And he believed that Charles Schultz used his likeness as inspiration for Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts© gang. He also purchased a partially engraved headstone years ago that does not provide for him to live past 1999. In November of 2001, Arthur had heart surgery..

Now Arthur wasn't the only one in the family with issues. Doug and Carrie, for instance, had a problem keeping their credit card bills paid off. When they finally paid off their bill after six years, Carrie went out and bought a $400 dollar leather jacket to celebrate getting out of debt, which put her back into debt. To augment her clothing wardrobe, Carrie wears new cloth for a week and then returns them to the store with the original receipt for a refund. Her husband called her a “shopping bulimic” and she developed a rash on her wrist from hiding the tags. OF course, Carrie buys Doug‘s clothes at the “Big and Tall Shop.”

Doug Heffernan
Doug on the job at IPS

Doug and Carrie first met on a date (where Carrie was originally intentioned for Richie and Doug for her friend, Lynn),. and over the course of the evening Doug and Carrie fell in love. A few years later, Doug and Carrie sell their engagement rings to buy a hot tub and satellite dish.

To spice up their sex life, Carrie likes Doug to imitate the accent of his fellow worker Rico to get her hot. Carrie, in turn, imitates the voice of Rico’s girlfriend Francesca to accelerate the sexual mood. But Doug is easy in the sex department, To get him sexually aroused, Doug thinks of Alyssa Milano, she’s sexy and her last name is a cookie. Yum!

Although sexually active, the Heffernan’s have no children, but time to time Carrie has tried to get pregnant, without success. She had a miscarriage in the spring of 2001. Speaking of childbirth once Doug accidentally shot himself with a staple and when they pulled it out at the hospital emergency room, the yelps he made were reminiscent of those heard in a delivery.

The Heffernan’s friends included Doug’s former roommate Spence, a subway toll collector [he had dated Carrie]; black IPS coworker Deacon Palmer, his sons Kirby & Major [The Hefferman’s are his Godparents] and wife, Kelley [They are separated]; sportswriter Ray Barone and his wife, Deborah; actor Lou Ferrigno [a.k.a. The Incredible Hulk] who moved in next store; later neighbors Mike and Debi, both yuppie professionals; Gary and Abby Shropshire, a childless couple dubbed the new “Saturday Night; annoying neighbors, Tim and Dorothy Sacksky; Doug's firefighter friend, Richie Iannucci, a sports fanatic; and Holly, a dog walker who takes Arthur on a stroll three times a week and listens to his WWII war stories. Arthur served in the 71st Army infantry during WWII. Inspired by the book "Tuesday's With Morrie," Arthur tried to find someone to chronicle his wisdom.

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