I watched the two versions of "The Contest" one after the other a couple days ago. I hope somebody gets to ask Hugh Wilson about it sometime. But if I had to guess, I'd say they decided the original version of the Fake Don Pesola just wasn't convincing enough. He sounded absolutely nothing like the man on the phone in terms of his vocal tone or mannerisms, and he had a very hurried "give me my money and let me get out of here" attitude. He even mispronounced his own supposed name. Schiavelli's version sounded much more like the real Don Pesola (though without the cough, which is what gave him away to Johnny), he seemed much more comfortable and even had the story prepared about using the money for his wife's operation. With the Schiavelli version, the audience could get taken in for a little while along with Herb and Les. In the original version it was very obvious to the audience from the start that Herb and Les were giving the money away to a con man. In the Schiavelli version, the audience actually groaned with realization when the real Don Pesola walked in. There were quite a few other changes, too. The "what kind of pants is the criminal wearing?" conversation is between Carlson and a bemused Jennifer in v2 instead of between Carlson and a bemused Andy in v1. The scene where Herb undercuts Andy and gets some of his old responsibility back happens off-screen. Johnny offers to pay back the money ($12.50 a month for 33 years) instead of handing in a letter of resignation, as in the original. And Johnny gets to save the day instead of being on the hook for $5,000 as in the original. I like the Schiavelli version quite a bit better. (For one thing, the "this man and I have just been fired" gag is one of the funniest moments in the episode). But I'm glad I have the original version too. It's very surprising, though. It must have cost quite a bit of money to do a re-shoot like that, and WKRP had just come back from a narrowly-averted cancellation. They must have had to do some creative budget-wrangling to pull it off.