Click here to check out a clip of Don Rickles with Lucille Carmichael and Mr. Mooney. But he was playing Eddie Rickles, not Don Rickles.
Plenty of fictional Toobworld citizens are related to the televersions of people from the Real World:
- Detective Megan Russert & Tim Russert ('Homicide: Life On The Street')
- Vera Louise Gorman & Art Carney ('Alice')
- Sammy & Bryant Gumbel ('The Nanny')
- Little Jimmy & Nat "King" Cole ('The Jack Benny Program')
- Sherlock Holmes & Horace Vernet ("The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter")
And of course, Identical Cousins are an established fact in Toobworld.
So I have no problem with the idea that Don Rickles played an ex-boxer named Eddie Rickles in "Lucy The Fight Manager", an episode of 'The Lucy Show'. I accept the fact that Eddie was the identical cousin of Don's televersion.