Lester the Lab Rat was a hand puppet lab rat for the pilot. He had a hand-controlled mouth and full cable articulation on the eyes. The puppet performed in the pilot that sold the show. Unfortunately, right before production time, the puppeteer hired to play Lester became very ill (he has since recovered, thank you). Instead of replacing the puppeteer, producers replaced the puppet. An actor in a rat suit took Lester's place.

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