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The Lady Varnishes 

Andy discovers a letter from a woman who was framed for murder some forty years ago. Lew's former partner, the real murderer, will stop at nothing to keep the truth from coming out.


Jason Ensler


Conan O'Brien (creator), Jonathan Groff (creator) | 2 more credits »


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Episode credited cast:
Andy Richter ... Andy Barker
Clea Lewis ... Jenny Barker
Harve Presnell ... Lew Staziak
Tony Hale ... Simon
Marshall Manesh ... Wally
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Alfa Mark Alfa ... Sweetheart (as Candice Cash)
Edward Asner ... Mickey Doyle
Ashleigh Clesceri Ashleigh Clesceri ... Young Rita
Vincent De Paul ... Johnny Zambrano
Daniel Faltus ... Bartender
James Hong ... Jon Leibowitz
Lisa Lakatos Lisa Lakatos ... Hoomus Hottie
Christian Lanz ... Detective
Ashleigh Nichole Ashleigh Nichole ... Young Rita
Sonia Rockwell ... Hoomus Hottie / Chicken


Andy discovers a letter from a woman who was framed for murder some forty years ago. Lew's former partner, the real murderer, will stop at nothing to keep the truth from coming out.

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Comedy | Crime








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14 April 2007 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Last show of the series. See more »


When we see Doyle opening the doors to Wally's restaurant on the video monitor, he *pushes* them open, but "in person" he *pulls* them open. See more »


Andy Barker: You said in your letter that you had been framed for the murder.
Rita Spaulding: That's right, couldn't have done that. I was in the Brown Derby at the time.
Andy Barker: Well, that ought to be fairly easy to prove.
Rita Spaulding: Well, whoever framed me got everybody to done me up.
Andy Barker: So no one saw you going in?
Rita Spaulding: No, I was with a married guy. We went in the back door.
Lew Staziak: [standing in doorframe] We did that a few times, didn't we doll?
Rita Spaulding: Well Lew Staziak as I live and breathe. Actually, I was talking about going in the back door of the Brown Derby...
Lew Staziak:
Rita Spaulding:
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References Gunga Din (1939) See more »

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A wonderful final episode "The Lady Varnishes"
29 April 2007 | by boxerdzSee all my reviews

The Lady Varnishes is the second of the last two episodes of Andy Barker P.I. that aired on a Saturday, April 14, 2007. Andy and Lew visit Lew's former detective office which is being torn down. Andy finds in the mail slot a 45-year-old letter from a Rita Spaulding (Amy Sedaris) addressed to Lew about her innocence in the murder of her gangster boyfriend suave Johnny Zambrano(Vincent De Paul) which got her life. Andy visits her and finds she has a wooden leg. He and Simon go to a photographer named Johnny Leibowitz who was at Gene Kelly's birthday party the night of the murder. The photos taken there place Rita at the scene which becomes her alibi. Andy gets the pictures but gets beaten by Mickey Doyle (Ed Asner), Lew's former partner and the real killer. The next day Andy meets Doyle at Wally's restaurant where Simon attempts to record the confession but keeps having technical difficulties. Eventually, all is cleared...Another funny episode that, unfortunately, is the very last that was filmed. Great reveal of Leibowitz as an Asian who changed his name because, "Everyone loves a Jew!" Also loved the way Simon had to tell Andy without telling Mickey about his trouble recording their conversation and a subplot about Wally's having to hire some bikini-clad girls that he later ends up firing. As for Andy Richter, good luck on whatever comes in the future!

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