Season 1, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/13/1996
Debra is sick and tired of having Raymond's parents and his brother show up unannounced. With her birthday coming up they try not to let Ray's parents and Robert to come over, so they can have a nice peaceful birthday party.
Season 1, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/20/1996
I Love You
When newlywed friends make a public display of their affection, Debra wonders why reticent Raymond has trouble telling her that he loves her.
Season 1, Episode 3 – Aired: 9/27/1996
I Wish I Were Gus
It seems even "dead people love Raymond," as reticent Ray learns when he's chosen to deliver the eulogy at his great uncle's funeral. It's an occasion that serves as a reunion for Ray's mother and her feuding sister, Alda.
Season 1, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/4/1996
For a criminal-psychology course, Robert issues standard IQ tests to Raymond and Debra and boy, is Raymond smarting when they get the results.
Season 1, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/11/1996
Look Don't Touch
Nemo's niece, Angelina, takes employment waitressing at his place. When Angelina catches Ray's eye, he has a lot of explaining to do to Debra, especially when Angelina calls him at home.
Season 1, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/18/1996
Frank, the Writer
When Frank gets a few anecdotes published in Reader's Digest, he submits his writing samples to Ray's editor, hoping to get his own column in the newspaper.
Season 1, Episode 7 – Aired: 10/28/1996
Your Place or Mine?
Marie gets fed up with Frank after 40 years of marriage and moves in with Ray and Debra. Ray and Robert enjoy being mothered by Marie, while Debra spends quality time with Frank, who discovers salsa and is enjoying being a "bachelor" again.
Season 1, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/1/1996
When Ray's upper class in-laws come for a visit, he begs his parents to be nice to them and accept their differences even though their lifestyles are worlds apart.
Season 1, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/8/1996
Win, Lose or Draw
Ray gets tired of being treated like a kid at his father's poker game, so he ignores his father's advice, which he quickly regrets.
Season 1, Episode 10 – Aired: 11/22/1996
Turkey or Fish
Debra's plan to create her own family tradition by serving fish for Thanksgiving is underminded by Marie, who takes it upon herself to make a turkey on her own. Meanwhile, Ray's idea of a traditional holiday at home becomes even more untraditional when the relatives opt not to watch football, much to his dismay.
Season 1, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/13/1996
When Robert is forced out as captain of Nemo's basketball team, Ray gets the title and the opportunity to lead his team to victory. Meanwhile, Frank and Marie are upset with Ray for de-throning Robert as captain, and feeling guilty Ray begs Robert to re-join the team.
Season 1, Episode 12 – Aired: 12/20/1996
Ray discovers, after many years, that the autographed Mickey Mantle ball he got as a kid from his father isn't authentic. Feeling hurt by the fact that his father was not truthful about the ball, Ray decides he's going to tell Ally the truth about Santa Claus.
Season 1, Episode 13 – Aired: 1/3/1997
When Debra comes down with the flu and is bedridden, inexperienced Raymond must take care of her and the three kids, complicating his plans to meet Terry Bradshaw.
Season 1, Episode 14 – Aired: 1/17/1997
Raymond can't face the fact that everybody thinks that his brother Robert is "classically handsome," while he is merely "adorable, like a hamster."
Season 1, Episode 15 – Aired: 1/31/1997
Debra, already annoyed at getting stuck driving the old car Ray bought from his parents, really gets upset when she discovers that it was his old "make-out-mobile."
Season 1, Episode 16 – Aired: 2/7/1997
Ray decides to replace the fake diamond on Debra's engagement ring, not realizing she'd already had it replaced with a diamond of her grandmother's.
Season 1, Episode 17 – Aired: 2/21/1997
When Ray and his family play Scruples after their cable goes out and they have nothing but time on their hands, they find themselves arguing about honesty.
Season 1, Episode 18 – Aired: 2/28/1997
When Debra tries to change Ray's pessimistic attitude about winning the "Sports Writer of the Year Award," he agrees to change his ways and become more upbeat—and suffers the downside of being the only optimist in his family.
Season 1, Episode 19 – Aired: 3/3/1997
Ray brings home a stray bulldog that reminds him of the dog he had to give up as a boy due to his allergies, but his brother, Robert, bonds with the animal and the siblings then have to decide who gets to keep him.
Season 1, Episode 20 – Aired: 3/10/1997
Irate neighbors are seriously up in arms over Ray's noisy dad and meddling mom; they demand a pow-wow at Ray's house, where his parents stumble upon the raucous caucus.
Season 1, Episode 21 – Aired: 3/17/1997
A popular radio psychologist comes to the house to interview Debra for a book on the American family. But the doctor finds that the rest of the eccentric Barones are more captivating, leaving "normal" Debra feeling left out because she's not "quirky or funny or interesting."
Season 1, Episode 22 – Aired: 4/7/1997
Why Are We Here?
Ray and Debra remember their days in their first apartment, she discovers she's having twins, and they decide they need a house. Ray maps a strategy where they are not close enough for everyday visits from his folks but not far enough for overnight stays. Meanwhile, Robert discovers his wife wants a divorce.
Season 2, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/22/1997
Ray's on TV
Ray is devastated when he discovers his family lied to him about his performance during his TV debut on a sports chat show. When he gets a second chance to appear on the show, his family decides it's time they gave him some pointers on how to correct his awkwardness with certain words.
Season 2, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/29/1997
Father Knows Least
Ray gets to use the "active listening technique" he and Debra learned in parenting class on his parents when their stubbornness goes too far. Ray doesn't realize how much he's mastered the technique learned in class until he uses his skills first on his parents and then on Ally, both with surprising results.
Season 2, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/6/1997
At the urging of his parents and Debra, Raymond reluctantly takes Robert for a night out on the anniversary of Robert's divorce. The brothers begin a newfound bonding experience until Robert wants to get in touch with Ray's feelings.
Season 2, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/13/1997
Ray resumes his interest in the piano to teach Ally a lesson about quitting when she refuses to continue with her lessons. But it's Marie who orchestrates an even more valuable lesson when she strikes a sentimental chord from Ray's past.
Season 2, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/20/1997
Ray's love of the links is in jeopardy after he tricks Debra into letting him play golf, and his guilty conscience translated into a big bogey. Marie gives Debra marital advice, much to Debra's dismay.
Season 2, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/27/1997
At a big surprise party for Frank and Marie's 40th wedding anniversary, Raymond is shocked to learn that his parents were once separated for a year and might have gotten divorced if Frank hadn't returned home to help with Ray's broken arm. After the initial shock wears off, Ray starts to wonder if it's his fault that his parents are still together... and miserable.
Season 2, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/3/1997
Working Late Again
After Debra reads a newspaper article about people who enjoy being at work more than being at home, she hopes to convince Ray to set up an office in their house.
Season 2, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/10/1997
The Children's Book
Sick of reading Ally the same stories night after night, Debra decides to try her hand at writing a children's book. Feeling great about doing something other than being a mom, she invites Raymond to write the story with her—and quickly regrets doing so.
Season 2, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/17/1997
Ray, feeling guilty about only getting his dad a card for his 65th birthday, makes up for it by buying him a fancy and expensive aquarium just like the one he always admired in the Chinese restaurant. At first Frank adores the gift, but after one of the fish dies, he starts to hate it.
Season 2, Episode 10 – Aired: 11/24/1997
Ray makes a startling discovery when he takes Debra to his 20th high school reunion. It turns out that Debra's one of them—the cool people who hated him and used to throw him into the girls' bathroom! Depressed about being unmasked as a "nerd," Ray tries to deal with their mixed marriage.
Season 2, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/8/1997
When Marie crashes and ruins her Tupperware party, Debra decides that she's had just about enough of her mother-in-law's constant interference. She takes pen to paper and writes a letter to her mother-in-law, telling her to stop intruding into her life. Horrified by the problems that this letter might trigger, Ray does everything in his power to intercept the offending document.
Season 2, Episode 12 – Aired: 12/15/1997
All I Want for Christmas
All Ray wants for Christmas is a little loving from his wife and he's willing to try anything and everything to have his holiday wish come true.
Season 2, Episode 13 – Aired: 1/5/1998
Feeling left out when he thinks that his father selectively asked his brother to join a Civil War re-enactment, Ray voluntarily enlists for the Battle of Gettysburg.
Season 2, Episode 14 – Aired: 1/12/1998
When Ally has to do a school project on genealogy and interview her oldest living relative, Ray helps her track down Frank's long-lost Aunt Sarina, who lives in Italy. The unmarried Sarina has taken "stop by if you're ever in America" a little too literally and shows up at the front door. Her American family instantly adores her for her way with pizza and old world charm. Ray, as always, suspects it's too good to be true.
Season 2, Episode 15 – Aired: 1/19/1998
When Raymond chooses his mother's spaghetti and meatballs over his wife's lemon chicken for dinner, Debra blows a gasket. With good intentions, Ray asks Marie to teach Debra how to make her world-famous dish.
Season 2, Episode 16 – Aired: 2/2/1998
When Raymond takes over the family checkbook to prove to Debra how "easy it can be" to balance it, he discovers he's no accountant.
Season 2, Episode 17 – Aired: 2/23/1998
Raymond decides to spend a shift accompanying his brother Robert on routine patrol. Initially, spending a shift in the back of Robert's patrol car bores Raymond and he wonders why he even bothered putting on the bullet-proof vest, but his boredom quickly turns to terror during a chance visit to Nemo's restaurant that puts them in the middle of a hold-up.
Season 2, Episode 18 – Aired: 3/2/1998
The Family Bed
Imagining scary monsters in her room sends Ally scurrying nightly to the safety of her parents' bed, so sleep-deprived Ray decides it's time to call in an expert—his mother.
Season 2, Episode 19 – Aired: 3/9/1998
Debra discovers that Marie likes Robert's girlfriend, Amy, better than her because Amy is a virgin. Jealous of the attention Amy is receiving from Marie, Raymond minimizes Debra's premarital activities, leading his mother to believe that Debra was a "good girl," too.
Season 2, Episode 20 – Aired: 4/6/1998
Debra brings an "unapproved snack" to Ally's T-ball game and Ray doesn't stand up for her—prominently displaying his fear of being disliked.
Season 2, Episode 21 – Aired: 4/20/1998
Robert proves to be a crashing bore when it comes to teaching traffic school, so he decides to practice his presentation on the family-which drives them crazy. In an attempt to lighten things up, he puts in an assist-officer call to "Traffic Cop Timmy," a puppet dressed as a policeman.
Season 2, Episode 22 – Aired: 4/27/1998
Six Feet Under
When six-foot-tall Raymond discovers that he's shrunk a quarter of an inch, the resultant midlife crisis grows until he decides to make a list of his dreams and goals in life. Meanwhile, Marie gets mad at Frank when she discovers that he sold half of their burial plot for a profit.
Season 2, Episode 23 – Aired: 5/4/1998
The Garage Sale
As the entire family prepares for "Honest Frank's Yard of Bargains," Ray is surprised to see Debra unloading their cribs and baby clothing for the sale and even more surprised to hear that she just assumed they were finished having children.
Season 2, Episode 24 – Aired: 5/11/1998
The Wedding (1)
After Raymond asks Debra why she ever married him, they take a walk back in time—to the very beginning of it all.
Season 2, Episode 25 – Aired: 5/18/1998
The Wedding (2)
While the Barones prepare for a friend's wedding, Ray kiddingly asks Debra, "Why did you marry me?" When she hesitates, he flashes back to the not-so-magical night ten years before when he popped the big question.
Season 3, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/21/1998
When Ray and Debra's house is tented for termites, they move the entire family into his parents' house and give Frank and Marie a taste of their own medicine.
Season 3, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/28/1998
After Frank has one accident too many, Debra decides that the kids can't ride with him anymore, which makes Raymond realize that his dad is getting older.
Season 3, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/5/1998
Debra decides to hire a babysitter so she hires Lisa, who is both highly recommended and very popular with the kids she baby-sits, and ends up insulting Marie in the process.
Season 3, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/12/1998
After embarrassing Debra at an auction she vows to get even with Ray but doesn't tell him when. This drives him crazy and leads him to believe that everything she does is to get even at him.
Season 3, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/19/1998
Debra's highly anticipated week of "quality time" with her mom, Lois, and the family quickly turns into a big disappointment when her mother seems more interested in the Renoir exhibit and her crossword puzzles than in Debra, Ray, and the children.
Season 3, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/26/1998
Ray's purchase of a colored condom variety pack goes awry when Frank mistakes them for chocolate coins and gives them out for Halloween.
Season 3, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/2/1998
Feeling pathetic because he lives with his parents, Robert finally musters up the courage to move out on his own—and into an apartment owned by a couple very much like Frank and Marie.
Season 3, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/9/1998
Ray is jealous of Andy, whose article is published by Sports Illustrated. He feels better however, when he learns they had rewritten the article.
Season 3, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/16/1998
The Lone Barone
When Robert and Amy break up, Raymond is blamed by everyone because of some bad things he told Robert about marriage.
Season 3, Episode 10 – Aired: 11/23/1998
When Marie and Frank get some test results back they find out that they're not as healthy as they thought, prompting Marie to throw out all the unhealthy food, make Frank go on a diet with her, and subject the family to a tofu Thanksgiving turkey.
Season 3, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/7/1998
Ray feels jealous of Robert when he visits his new apartment and sees that it's filled with beautiful women. Also, Frank turns Robert's old room into a lounge.
Season 3, Episode 12 – Aired: 12/14/1998
Ray is overjoyed by the reaction he is getting from friends and family who received a personalized "Barone" toaster from him as a gift--even Debra's pretentious parents are thrilled with it. But, having heard nothing from his parents, Ray confronts Frank and Marie, the two people whose approval matters most, and is amazed beyond belief to hear what they did with the gift--and then what they resort to in order to get it back.
Season 3, Episode 13 – Aired: 1/11/1999
When Ray finds out that his father let him win a game of Ping-Pong when he was twelve, he challenges him to a game.
Season 3, Episode 14 – Aired: 1/18/1999
Pants On Fire
Marie starts to favor Robert when Ray admits to having a party 20 years ago. The tables turn, however, when Robert tells her it was his party, not Ray's.
Season 3, Episode 15 – Aired: 2/1/1999
When Robert's entire demeanor changes when he starts clubbing with his patrol partner, Judy, and her black friends, Ray and the rest of the family find it hard to believe the extent to which Robert will go to fit in with his new friends.
Season 3, Episode 16 – Aired: 2/8/1999
When Frank wins "Man of the Year" at his lodge Ray and Robert are asked to make a video tribute about Frank. However, while making the video, they come to realize none of his lodge buddies like him.
Season 3, Episode 17 – Aired: 2/15/1999
Cruising with Marie
Frank fakes an injury so he won't have to go on a cruise with Marie. Since the tickets are non-refundable, Ray goes in his place, and to his utter dismay, gets mistaken for Marie's lover.
Season 3, Episode 18 – Aired: 2/22/1999
Ray Home Alone
Debra brings the kids to her parents' house, and Ray stays home alone, which he's scared to do.
Season 3, Episode 19 – Aired: 3/1/1999
Trying to impress Robert when they visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Ray uses his "weight" as a sports writer for Newsday to jump to the front of the line to meet the stars of the 1969 New York Mets.
Season 3, Episode 20 – Aired: 3/15/1999
When Ray confides to Debra that her constant need to cuddle and "be on top of him" when they are sleeping is causing him too many sleepless nights, Debra is more than happy to comply with his request to give him his space in bed. Now, Ray is learning the hard way that you have to be careful what you wish for!
Season 3, Episode 21 – Aired: 4/5/1999
Debra and Ray feel tremendous pressure to show each other a good time on a romantic weekend getaway in Vermont, and from the moment they set foot in the quaint bed and breakfast, it's apparent that Debra and Ray are trying a bit too hard for this to be a perfect weekend. Meanwhile, Marie spies on Robert, who is left to babysit for the kids.
Season 3, Episode 22 – Aired: 4/26/1999
When Debra gets a job, Ray isn't happy because now he has to help around the house. But when Debra gets fired on her first day, Ray tries to get her job back.
Season 3, Episode 23 – Aired: 5/3/1999
When Ray and Debra realize they're nicer to strangers than to each other, they vow to each other to work on changing their ways.
Season 3, Episode 24 – Aired: 5/10/1999
Dancing with Debra
After Ray urges Debra to go swing dancing with Robert to let himself off the hook, he can't believe how infatuated the two become with their new hobby and it's starting to tick him off. Meanwhile, Ray sees a side of Marie that he never fully expected.
Season 3, Episode 25 – Aired: 5/17/1999
Robert Moves Back
When Robert and Amy get caught alone by some of Robert's fellow apartment tenants, they are desperate to find someplace where they can have some time to themselves. Ray comes to the rescue, at Debra's urging, by allowing Robert to move into their basement for a while, where they soon find themselves in an even more mortifying position.
Season 3, Episode 26 – Aired: 5/24/1999
How They Met
Ray and Debra reminisce about their fateful first meeting 15 years before. Memories flood back when Ray and Debra prepare Ally for her first playdate with a little boy. The first time Ray and Debra laid eyes on each other, their first kiss, the first time Marie met her future daughter-in-law and what she thought of her, and the first time Ray sampled Debra's cooking are all revealed.
Season 4, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/20/1999
Debra is upset when she sees Ray's giddy reaction to her friend's recently acquired "new and improved" breasts. Anxious to find out whether or not Ray is content with her body as it is or if he would prefer it if she, too, made some minor enhancements to the upper region, Debra decides to conduct a little experiment to determine just how truly satisfied Ray is with her current physique.
Season 4, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/27/1999
The Can Opener
Everyone in the family takes sides when Ray and Debra have a senseless argument over a newly purchased can opener.
Season 4, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/4/1999
When Frank starts showing a keen interest in Ray's work, walking around in a cheery mood and not being his usual grumpy self, everyone questions the radical change in behavior. While Debra suggests that it may be because he's getting older, and Marie is convinced he has a "chippy" on the side, Ray uncovers the real reason behind Frank's transformation is he's been betting with the inside information Ray's giving him.
Season 4, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/11/1999
Ray and Debra are discouraged when they realize that their sex life isn't what it used to be. Trying to make themselves feel better, they approach Frank and Marie about what constitutes a "normal" sex life for an older couple, but are left feeling more inadequate when they discover the disturbing bedroom secrets of the elder Barones.
Season 4, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/18/1999
Upon drafting their wills, Ray and Debra must decide who would make the best guardians for their children, but their choice doesn't meet with everyone's approval.
Season 4, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/25/1999
It's a good indication that something is up when Debra's sister, Jennifer, shows up for a visit with rosary beads and prayer cards as gifts for the kids. Unable to share the real reason why she is so upset with Jennifer's decision to become a nun, Debra reacts by accusing her sister of going through yet another phase and not being truly worthy of the calling to the religious life.
Season 4, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/8/1999
When Ray hires his overwhelmingly annoying cousin Gerard to assist him, and Debra points out how alike the two men are, Ray is mortified. When Ray confronts his family to refute Debra's findings, he realizes that he's just made a bad situation worse.
Season 4, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/15/1999
Ray is bewildered, but not altogether displeased when Debra starts initiating sex on a more than regular basis and is even willing to give up his golf game to satiate Debra's desires. But, never able to leave well enough alone, Ray looks for a reason behind her sudden burst of energy and gets a crushing blow to his ego.
Season 4, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/22/1999
Inspired by how well the Barones got along at Thanksgiving dinner, Debra is intent on finding a way to improve her relationship with Marie. When Debra spends the whole day cooking with Marie, it's the perfect opportunity to test out her new "shrug it off and let the criticisms roll off your back" attitude that she feels will win Marie over. Meanwhile, Ray gets roped into having Frank and Robert accompany him to a car show, where he has his own method of getting along with his family.
Season 4, Episode 10 – Aired: 11/29/1999
While discussing the possibility of having to hold Michael back for another year of pre-school, Ray is shocked to discover that he too was left back when he was that age. Once Ray learns of his scholastic past, he is convinced that of all the traits a parent could pass on to a child, his legacy is to pass his stupidity on to Michael. Meanwhile, Frank heads over to the school to sweet talk the kindergarten teacher into letting Michael advance with the other kids.
Season 4, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/13/1999
The Christmas Picture
Ray is thrilled when he hits upon the perfect gift—a family photo that his mom and dad can treasure forever. But, when the day arrives to take the picture, Ray tries in vain to keep the peace when Debra and Marie have very conflicting opinions about the meaning of "family" in family photo.
Season 4, Episode 12 – Aired: 1/10/2000
What's With Robert?
When Amy raises the notion that Robert's reluctance to commit to Amy may be a result of his being gay, Ray doesn't believe it. But, after further thought—and closer observation of Robert's keen sense of style and panache for interior design—Ray is not so sure anymore.
Season 4, Episode 13 – Aired: 1/17/2000
Bully on the Bus
Ray and Debra have differing points of view on how best to handle the situation when they learn that Ally has been bullying another child on the school bus. Ray thinks Ally's pushiness and "don't take any crap from anyone" attitude comes from Debra. Meanwhile, Debra thinks if she doesn't instill that independence in Ally, she'll end up being a wuss—just like her dad.
Season 4, Episode 14 – Aired: 1/31/2000
Everyone gets on Ray's case because he doesn't go to Sunday Mass. When Ray starts feeling guilty about the good example Frank is setting by attending church, he commits to becoming a regular parishioner. But, when Ray shows up at the church, he quickly realizes what it is that draws Frank to this house of worship week after week—and it isn't the sermon.
Season 4, Episode 15 – Aired: 2/7/2000
Ray feels tremendous guilt when he cancels plans with Robert, who then gets hurt in the line of duty, when he should have been hanging out with his brother. At first, it's all laughs and snide remarks from Ray when he finds out the cause of Robert's job-related injury, but after some prodding from Debra, Ray decides to show Robert just how much he really cares for him.
Season 4, Episode 16 – Aired: 2/14/2000
The Tenth Anniversary
As Debra and Ray celebrate their 10th anniversary, she discovers that he taped over their wedding video years before with the '91 SuperBowl. Realizing how much he has upset Debra with his careless actions, Ray is willing to go to any lengths to atone—little realizing that it will mean renewing wedding vows in front of family and friends with all the trimmings.
Season 4, Episode 17 – Aired: 2/21/2000
Ray thinks he's being the perfect father by taking an interest in Ally's "Hackidu" hobby and advising her on a card swap. But when he inadvertently gives away her favorite card, he has to pay for his mistake—he just didn't realize how much.
Season 4, Episode 18 – Aired: 2/28/2000
Debra Makes Something Good
Ray can't believe it when he samples Debra's braciole. Even though her past attempts at cooking seemed to have ruined his taste buds, it's simply delicious. But, when Marie gets wind of Debra's cooking prowess, and sees the effect that the braciole has on Ray, Robert, and Frank, it's war!
Season 4, Episode 19 – Aired: 3/20/2000
Marie and Frank's New Friends
Ray and Debra devise a plan to push Frank and Marie into making some new friends, thus leaving the older couple with less time to bother them. It seems like the perfect plan. But, the situation is complicated by the reaction Frank and Marie's new friends have towards Ray.
Season 4, Episode 20 – Aired: 4/17/2000
When Debra realizes that all her time is spent with the kids, Ray and his family, she implores Ray to take the kids out more often so that she can have more time to herself. Of course, this makes Marie think that something must be wrong in their marriage, despite Ray's assurances. However, when Ray spies on Debra to see what she actually does with her "alone time," he is not so sure all is okay.
Season 4, Episode 21 – Aired: 5/1/2000
Still recuperating from his recent run-in with a bull, a cantankerous Robert is driving everyone crazy with his mean-spirited and nasty behavior. When Robert is told by his doctor that he will need two more weeks of convalescing at his parents' home before he can return to living on his own, everyone figures that's the reason for his foul attitude. But Debra gets to the heart of the matter when, playing amateur psychiatrist, she uncovers the real reason behind Robert's cruel conduct.
Season 4, Episode 22 – Aired: 5/8/2000
Bad Moon Rising
When Ray witnesses Debra's hypersensitive mood and generally annoyed reaction to everything he says and does, he checks the calendar and realizes it's going to be a long couple of days ahead. In his desire to get a "quick fix" for Debra's womanly problems—thus making his life a heck of a lot easier—he turns a bad situation worse by suggesting that a simple pill will help with his wife's insufferable mood swings.
Season 4, Episode 23 – Aired: 5/15/2000
Confronting the Attacker
After losing his nerve on the job during his first day back from medical leave, Robert quits the police force. No one realized how much of an effect the "bull incident" had on Robert's mental state—and his ability to confront fear and the unexpected.
Season 4, Episode 24 – Aired: 5/22/2000
While out for a family dinner, the Barones spot Robert's ex-wife, which prompts them to reminisce about the demise of his marriage. The family tells Amy the truth about Robert's failed marriage to Joanne, but the surprise sighting also brings back some personally harrowing memories for Robert—although, when Joanne suggests the ex-spouses get together, Robert seems interested.
Season 5, Episode 1 – Aired: 10/2/2000
When Marie surprises the family with the news that she's treating them all to a two-week vacation in Rome, everybody loves the idea, except Raymond. Not willing to let his sour mood spoil it for the rest of the family, Debra, Frank, Marie, Robert and the kids go on their merry way and soak up the atmosphere, sights, smells and tastes of the city of love and try their best to ignore Ray. Meanwhile, Robert meets the girl of his dreams—she's stunningly beautiful, unbelievably sexy, and works in a gelato shop.
Season 5, Episode 2 – Aired: 10/2/2000
When Marie surprises the family with the news that she's treating them all to a two-week vacation in Rome, everybody loves the idea, except Raymond. Not willing to let his sour mood spoil it for the rest of the family, Debra, Frank, Marie, Robert and the kids go on their merry way and soak up the atmosphere, sights, smells and tastes of the city of love and try their best to ignore Ray. Meanwhile, Robert meets the girl of his dreams—she's stunningly beautiful, unbelievably sexy, and works in a gelato shop.
Season 5, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/9/2000
Ray and Debra lose their cool when Frank and Marie pull the ultimate unannounced visit to their home. Their untimely appearance sets off a series of events that becomes the "straw that broke the camel's back" with respect to Ray's relationship with his parents. Meanwhile, Debra tries her best to play peacemaker among the family members and to get Ray to reveal the true reason for his hostility towards his folks.
Season 5, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/16/2000
Meant to Be
Robert finds himself in the most unlikely position of having to choose one of three women—girlfriend Amy, ex-wife Joanne, or Italian bombshell Stefania—to share the future with him. But when he tells Amy about his recent reunion with ex-wife, it all starts to come apart.
Season 5, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/23/2000
Ray accidentally kills Ally's pet hamster, so Debra insists that they must have a pet funeral. It gets very emotional when Ray realizes how much Ally has grown.
Season 5, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/30/2000
Ray's dreams of authoring a sports book get squashed when the publishing company takes a pass on it, just as Robert receives the good news that he is being promoted to lieutenant. The Barone family doesn't quite know how to react to this most bizarre of situations in which Ray has failed at something while Robert has succeeded. But worst of all, Ray doesn't know how (or if) he's ever going to get past this.
Season 5, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/6/2000
The Walk to the Door
Ray is mortified when he meets a girl whom he dated 25 years earlier and believes he treated disrespectfully, and he's determined to apologize. However, when he finds out the real reason Elizabeth went out with him that night long ago, he regrets ever bringing up the past. Meanwhile, Debra demands that Ray give her an example of something he regrets, but incredibly he can't come up with anything.
Season 5, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/13/2000
Robert starts to date a 22-year old woman. Marie and Debra don't think it's right, due to his being 43 years old. Meanwhile, Frank is having a birthday where everything goes wrong.
Season 5, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/20/2000
While celebrating Thanksgiving, Debra discovers that her seemingly contented parents are really not very happy with each other.
Season 5, Episode 10 – Aired: 11/27/2000
Ray fears that he is going to come down with something dreadful after someone sneezes on him. When Marie hears that Ray is under the weather, she doesn't waste any time in coddling her younger son with homemade chicken soup, special treats, and intense TLC, and he laps up every second of it, much to Debra's disgust.
Season 5, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/11/2000
Ray buys Debra an elaborate Christmas gift in the hopes that she will be so impressed, she will let him go on a weekend golf trip with his buddies, but he doesn't count on the even more extravagant gift that Debra has purchased for him.
Season 5, Episode 12 – Aired: 1/8/2001
What Good Are You?
When Ray doesn't react to Debra's choking everyone makes fun of him so he tries to be more attentive in relative situations.
Season 5, Episode 13 – Aired: 1/29/2001
Ray gets to go to the Super Bowl and cover it for his newspaper. He brings Gianni but feels bad about not having brought Debra when he sees that all the other reporters brought their wives so he has her flown in and to prove that he wants to spend time with her he rips up the tickets to the Super Bowl.
Season 5, Episode 14 – Aired: 2/5/2001
When Marie blurts out an embarrassing incident from Ray's past, he can't figure out how she could have possibly known that information. That is, until he deduces that she must have read—and broken the secret code he used when writing—his journal. And in the process, his mother has learned about his most personal, and perverted, thoughts.
Season 5, Episode 15 – Aired: 2/12/2001
Ray and Debra discover that they have nothing to talk about except the kids.
Season 5, Episode 16 – Aired: 2/19/2001
Ray is upset when he finds out that Debra signed up Michael and Geoffrey to play fairies in a school play.
Season 5, Episode 17 – Aired: 2/26/2001
Robert gets a surprise visit from Stefania, the woman with whom he fell head-over-heels in love when the Barones vacationed in Italy. Robert's excitement over having his beloved, and stunningly gorgeous, Stefania so close quickly gives way to annoyance when he is witness to a few of her idiosyncrasies. Meanwhile, Stefania's father, who has accompanied her to America, has his own change of heart with respect to his feelings for Robert.
Season 5, Episode 18 – Aired: 3/19/2001
Ray purchases a new state-of-the-art vacuum cleaner from an attractive door to door saleswoman, and it ignites a housekeeping war between Marie and Debra.
Season 5, Episode 19 – Aired: 4/9/2001
Tempers flare when Marie accuses Debra of not returning a borrowed canister that holds sentimental value, while Debra insists that she has already given it back. Debra is then horrified to discover that she does still have the canister in her possession, and with Ray and Robert's reluctant assistance, concocts an elaborate scheme to get rid of the evidence, rather than admit to Marie that she was right all along.
Season 5, Episode 20 – Aired: 4/23/2001
Debra becomes angry when Ray contributes $1,000, without first consulting her, to his friends' harebrained scheme to open a go-cart business.
Season 5, Episode 21 – Aired: 4/30/2001
Let's Fix Robert
Marie gathers Robert's ex-girlfriends, Amy and Stefania, and his police partner, Judy, together so they can dissect his character in an effort to help her better understand why her eldest son can't commit to a relationship.
Season 5, Episode 22 – Aired: 5/7/2001
When Ray realizes that his kids would rather spend time with their Uncle Robert than with him, he decides to do something about the situation. When Robert makes the observation that, as a parent, Ray finds it boring to be around his kids, Debra couldn't agree more. She then suggests that Ray follow Robert's example and to try to have more fun with his children.
Season 5, Episode 23 – Aired: 5/14/2001
Debra gets upset when she finds out that her parents have separated.
Season 5, Episode 24 – Aired: 5/21/2001
Frank Paints the House
When Ray and Debra find Frank painting their house, they find out that Marie put him up to the job due to his retirement. But, when Frank paints it the color they don't like, Ray fires him. That's when Marie reveals the truth behind Frank's retirement.
Season 5, Episode 25 – Aired: 5/21/2001
As Ray escorts Ally to a father-daughter dance, he realizes how grown up and independent his daughter has become. As a result, he begins to recall the day, nine years ago, when the Barone clan welcomed her into the family, but not without incident.
Season 6, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/24/2001
The Angry Family
The Barones attend an open house Michael and Geoffrey's school, during which the kids all read stories that they've written themselves. Most of the students tell tall tales that are obviously fictional, but Michael's story, "The Angry Family", feels all too factual to the family.
Season 6, Episode 2 – Aired: 10/1/2001
When Debra tells Ray that he's too selfish in bed and that she wants a little variety, he goes out and buys an adults-only board game to spice things up.
Season 6, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/8/2001
Odd Man Out
Frank is so green with envy that he forces Marco to choose either Marie or him as a friend. Meanwhile, Ray sides with Frank because he doesn't approve of a married woman (especially his mother) having a male friend.
Season 6, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/15/2001
When Ray gets hit on at the airport after losing his wedding ring on a business trip, Debra gets jealous and tries to get back at him by going to the supermarket without her wedding ring.
Season 6, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/22/2001
Ray and Debra are horrified when Marie presents them with an abstract sculpture she made in art class which bears a striking resemblance to a part of the female anatomy. Frank, on the other hand, is totally mesmerized by Marie's creation, though neither he nor Marie have picked up on its erotic resemblance.
Season 6, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/29/2001
Frank Goes Downstairs
Ray lies and tells Frank that he and Debra fell down the stairs, so Frank tries fixing the stairs and ends up in the hospital, leading Ray to reveal the embarrassing truth.
Season 6, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/5/2001
Marie and Debra set up Amy with Gianni to get Robert jealous so he'll want to get back together with Amy but their plan backfires when Amy and Gianni hit it off.
Season 6, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/12/2001
It's Supposed to Be Fun
While the Barones watch their sons play, Ray finds that Geoffrey is having trouble getting the hang of the game. As Geoffrey skips down the court and does pirouettes at the free throw line, Ray is mortified. He then learns the hard way that his son's lack of ability shouldn't interfere with either of them enjoying the game.
Season 6, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/19/2001
It's the first Thanksgiving since Debra's parents have been divorced and Debra is thrilled that both her parents have agreed to have dinner with the Barones. However, she soon learns that Warren is bringing a date. Everyone is horrified except Debra's mother, who thinks it's just great.
Season 6, Episode 10 – Aired: 11/26/2001
Robert meets a beautiful woman who is a big fan of Raymond's sports column. But when the woman mistakes him for Raymond, Robert doesn't set her straight. Now, he has to involve Raymond in a complicated plot to keep the woman from learning his true identity.
Season 6, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/10/2001
While enjoying a college football game, Frank catches a football from a record setting field goal and refuses to give it back to the kicker. When word of this gets back to the local sports community via a talk radio show, he becomes a wanted man among sports fans. The rest of the family devise a way to get the football away from Frank and back to its rightful owner, but Frank might be too crafty for them.
Season 6, Episode 12 – Aired: 12/17/2001
When Marie receives a letter from a relative detailing how wonderful her life is and how well her kids are doing, it drives Marie insane with jealousy. She enlists Debra's help in writing a Barone "family update," but despite efforts to make everyone sound successful, the letter makes them all feel inadequate about what they have done – or not done.
Season 6, Episode 13 – Aired: 1/7/2002
When Debra grudgingly agrees to let Ray be more involved in daily decision making, Ray starts grocery shopping for things that he likes, and Debra lets him choose where the family will go for their next vacation. However, these newfound powers quickly become Ray's undoing.
Season 6, Episode 14 – Aired: 1/14/2002
Held captive at Frank and Marie's during a snowstorm, Debra, Ray and Amy actually find themselves having a great time. The light mood is soon halted, however, when Debra unintentionally insults Frank. This causes Marie to defend her husband and finally reveal her true feelings for Debra.
Season 6, Episode 15 – Aired: 1/28/2002
When Ray learns that Troop Leader Peggy and her daughter targeted his parents house as a spot to make a big sale for themselves during the Frontier Girls' selling competition, it's war. Ray vows to get even with this woman no matter what and to take home the grand prize in the cookie drive.
Season 6, Episode 16 – Aired: 2/4/2002
Robert is ecstatic when he is recommended for an FBI job. That is, until it becomes apparent that Marie's intrusive ways may be his undoing. This time, she may have gone too far and Robert may not be able to forgive and forget.
Season 6, Episode 17 – Aired: 2/25/2002
Thinking it would be hilarious to show the partygoers a typical day in the life of Frank and Marie, Ray and Debra do a dead-on impersonation of the two that brings down the house at the party. But, when Frank and Marie turn the tables and do a "Ray and Debra" imitation, Ray and Debra don't find it funny at all.
Season 6, Episode 18 – Aired: 3/4/2002
The Breakup Tape
When Debra stumbles across a cassette tape that contains a message from Ray's ex-girlfriend, she wants to know why he has saved it all of these years. Ray then insists that Debra divulge any gifts that she's kept from her former boyfriends, and he's in for quite a shock when he sees the quantity of gifts still in her possession.
Season 6, Episode 19 – Aired: 3/18/2002
Talk to Your Daughter
Armed with research and much preparation, Ray is ready to speak with Ally about the facts of life only to find that Ally's interest has changed from where babies come from to the meaning of life. Totally unprepared for this line of questioning, a baffled Ray gets unsolicited advice from his family on how to answer.
Season 6, Episode 20 – Aired: 3/25/2002
A Vote for Debra
Debra decides to run for school president, but Ray isn't sure he can handle the twins by himself during all those meetings so he votes against her. When she finds out that he voted against her, there's hell to pay.
Season 6, Episode 21 – Aired: 4/29/2002
Call Me Mom
Marie gets upset when she sees Ray calling Lois, Debra's mother, mom so Ray tells Debra that maybe she should start calling Marie mom. When Debra calls Marie mom in front of Lois Lois gets upset because she doesn't think that Debra should be calling Marie mom since she isn't her mother.
Season 6, Episode 22 – Aired: 5/6/2002
Mother's Day (1)
Debra takes offense when Marie accuses her of being rude and the two wind up fighting and not speaking to each other. When Ray tries to make things better by getting each of the women to apologize to the other, he only achieves in making a bad situation worse.
Season 6, Episode 23 – Aired: 5/13/2002
The Bigger Person (2)
The feud continues when Ray realizes that he can use the feud to get Debra to do almost anything for him, dragging Frank into doing the same with Marie, but Robert tells both Debra and Marie that Ray and Frank are "exploting the situation" in order to bring them back together.
Season 6, Episode 25 – Aired: 5/20/2002
The First Time (3)
After Marie has Frank return an anniversary gift Ray and Debra gave them Ray and Debra reminisce about the first time they slept together. Debra then decides to go apologize to Marie but Marie refuses to accept her apology when she learns that Debra lied to her in front of a priest.
Season 6, Episode 24 – Aired: 4/28/2002
Everybody Loves Raymond: The First Six Years
A series of classic clips from the show's first six years interspersed with stories of family life by celebrities.
Season 7, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/23/2002
Depressed that Marie and Debra can't seem to resolve their differences, Robert decides to join a support group that the family believes is a cult. After taking the feud between Marie and Debra very hard, Robert's cousin Gerard convinces him to attend a "Inner Path" meeting – a group seeking the path to inner peace and unlocking one's potential.
Season 7, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/23/2002
After arguing with Ray over his inability to help her with the housework, Debra becomes intrigued when their friends, Linda and Bernie, mention they've been seeing a marriage counselor. Although Ray is completely against the idea, he quickly adopts a cooperative attitude when they meet the therapist, Pamela, who instantly takes a liking to Ray when he claims that he'll do anything to make his marriage work.
Season 7, Episode 3 – Aired: 9/30/2002
When Ally's teacher, Miss Purcell, overhears Ray commenting about the kids' excessive workload, she invites Raymond to address the curriculum review board and gives him a mountain of material for review and evaluation. But when Raymond still hasn't touched the material the night before the review, and Debra refuses to bail him out, he goes to the one person he knows will help him with his homework... Marie.
Season 7, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/7/2002
Pet the Bunny
As a challenge, Ray writes a eulogy for Frank—who hasn't died yet—and sets off a firestorm when it's discovered.
Season 7, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/14/2002
Who Am I?
Ray fears something is wrong with him after he comes back from a night out with his friends and tells Debra that he didn't enjoy it. She thinks Ray is finally growing up. But then Ray says he wants to join his Father's lodge.
Season 7, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/21/2002
Robert Needs Money
After deciding to lend Robert $1,000 when he complains he's struggling with finances, Ray and Debra are miffed when Robert uses the money for Las Vegas vacation.
Season 7, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/4/2002
Frank and Robert tease Ray that he no longer rules his house after he moves his stuff to the kids' bathroom to give Debra extra space.
Season 7, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/11/2002
The Annoying Kid
Ray and Debra are excited to have finally met a couple, Neil and Lauren, who are just like them. However, Ray starts having mixed feelings when their annoying eight-year-old son, Spencer, wreaks havoc around the Barone household.
Season 7, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/18/2002
She's the One
Robert think he has finally found "the one"—Angela, an international-trade lawyer who's bright, speaks four languages, clearly loves Robert, and seems too good to be true. When Ray sees her do something that would burst the bubble, he has a hard time getting anyone to believe him.
Season 7, Episode 10 – Aired: 11/25/2002
Raymond, Robert, and Frank don't want to bring up the fact that Marie is having vision trouble, because they are scared about how she will react. Meanwhile, Robert gets back together with Amy and invites her to a Thanksgiving dinner.
Season 7, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/9/2002
The Thought That Counts
Robert gives Ray a great idea on what to get Debra for Christmas, but he isn't very happy when Ray takes all the credit for it.
Season 7, Episode 12 – Aired: 1/6/2003
During a trip to the supermarket with Ray and Ally, Frank starts nibbling on some trail mix, completely ignoring the nearby "no sampling" sign. He's soon confronted by a testy manager, and a heated argument ensues. Watching it all unfold is Ally, who becomes frightened by Frank's ranting.
Season 7, Episode 13 – Aired: 1/27/2003
Somebody Hates Raymond
Raymond's friend Andy tells him that Jerry Musso, a radio talk show host, hates him. While Raymond is in shock over this, Robert enjoys seeing him fall over like this and they fight.
Season 7, Episode 14 – Aired: 2/3/2003
Just a Formality
Robert travels to Pennsylvania—hoping to secure the MacDougalls' permission to marry Amy—and brings Raymond along for the ride.
Season 7, Episode 15 – Aired: 2/10/2003
Tired of being labeled the "evil witch" around the house, Debra convinces Ray that it's his turn to discipline the kids. Meanwhile, Frank proclaims himself a model disciplinarian, only to learn that despite his scare tactics, Ray and Robert broke plenty of rules around the house.
Season 7, Episode 16 – Aired: 2/17/2003
Ray reluctantly agrees to do some charity work at a hospital after Debra signs him up, but he soon becomes a hit with the patients and starts spending more time there than at home, much to his wife's dismay.
Season 7, Episode 17 – Aired: 2/24/2003
Meeting the Parents
Amy's folks show up unexpectedly at their daughter's house on a Sunday morning, hoping to talk her out of marrying Robert and take her home to Pennsylvania with them. First, they are stunned to see Robert there. Then Frank and Marie arrive. It doesn't take long for the two sets of parents to disliking each other.
Season 7, Episode 18 – Aired: 3/10/2003
Following Raymond and Frank's advice, Robert purposefully botches the wedding invitations in hopes of getting Amy to do all the preparations herself.
Season 7, Episode 19 – Aired: 3/31/2003
Sleepover at Peggy's
Ray takes Ally over to her friend's house for a sleepover and is mortified when the girl's mother pats his behind after he helps set up a tent for her. Ray finds out that the mother is the same one Ray had a nasty run-in with over some Frontier Girl cookies a year before.
Season 7, Episode 20 – Aired: 4/14/2003
Debra and Ray pick out replacement spouses for each other and jealousy starts. Marie announces that Rose, the elderly lady next door, has passed away. Marie is upset because Rose is the woman she'd chosen for Frank if she hadn't died. Debra thinks it would be fun to fantasize about who should take her place and tells Ray she's selected her friend Linda. But then Ray picks Linda's husband Bernie for Debra.
Season 7, Episode 21 – Aired: 4/28/2003
Debra gives a bridal shower for Amy, but her good intentions get sidetracked by Marie's overzealous participation.
Season 7, Episode 22 – Aired: 5/5/2003
When Robert asks Ray if he can borrow a suitcase sitting on the stairway landing for his honeymoon, Ray explains he and Debra have been locked in an "unspoken" battle of wills since a weekend trip over who is responsible for putting the suitcase away.
Season 7, Episode 23 – Aired: 5/12/2003
The Bachelor Party
After his first attempt at throwing Robert a bachelor party fizzles, the women make Raymond host another one at the lodge that Amy's relatives can attend.
Season 7, Episode 24 – Aired: 5/19/2003
Robert and Amy exchange vows in a classic Barone family wedding ceremony.
Season 8, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/22/2003
Fun with Debra
Debra convinces Ray to let her join him on the golf course after she (once again) realizes that they don't have fun together anymore. Let's just say, it wasn't all fun.
Season 8, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/29/2003
Thank You Notes
Marie instantly tries to get the upper hand in her relationship with her new daughter-in-law when Amy and Robert return from their honeymoon, but Debra steps in, determined to stop Marie's meddling once and for all, which horrifies the guys.
Season 8, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/6/2003
Home From School
When Michael stays home from school for two days in a row, Ray suspects he simply has homework he hasn't finished. While everyone in the family has an explanation for Michael's sudden aversion to school, Ray decides the tough love approach is the way to go—making Michael spend the day without television, games or comics.
Season 8, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/13/2003
Misery Loves Company
Debra and Ray are annoyed at the over-the-top affection Robert and Amy are expressing towards each other. In fact, Robert feels compelled to give Ray marriage advice (as does Amy to Debra at the newlywed couple's three-month anniversary dinner... a book called, "Marriage is an Amusement Park"), much to his annoyance.
Season 8, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/20/2003
Debra persuades Ray to hire Gianni to do some remodeling in their kitchen, but they both soon regret it due to their friend's laziness. His hiring also upsets Frank, who believes he should be allowed to do any handiwork needed around Ray's house.
Season 8, Episode 6 – Aired: 11/3/2003
Peter on the Couch
After Amy invites her brother Peter to stay for dinner, he makes himself at home on the couch and never leaves. Meanwhile, Robert overhears a conversation that hits close to home when the Barones and Amy talk about the difficulties of having a 40-year-old man living under the same roof with his mother and father.
Season 8, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/10/2003
Ray and Debra get caught up in telling lies in order to cover up previous falsehoods after Ray fibs to Marie about why he missed a scheduled time with her. When the lies snowball into an out of control degree, Marie picks up the scent and traces everything back to the initial fib. Marie seems to have won – until Frank reveals a damaging lie of her own.
Season 8, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/17/2003
The Surprise Party
After Debra's mother suggests throwing Debra an "old-fashioned English Tea Party," Ray reluctantly agrees after she promises to do all the work. When Debra realizes Ray is planning something for her birthday, she suggests he change the theme to a Chinese banquet. Unfortunately, Lois has already started planning the tea party and now Ray must find a way to convince her to change her plans.
Season 8, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/24/2003
Robert and Amy convince their families to spend Thanksgiving together at the Pennsylvania home of her parents, and the lack of a television is only the first of the rude surprises awaiting the Barones.
Season 8, Episode 10 – Aired: 12/15/2003
When the kids ruin Ray's dictionary, Frank shares how Ray ruined his prized jazz collection. After trying to make amends for his childhood mistake, Ray discovers that he may not have been the culprit.
Season 8, Episode 11 – Aired: 1/5/2004
Debra at the Lodge
When Debra accepts a position at Frank's lodge to help plan a member recruitment party, Ray begins to resent how much time she is spending away from home.
Season 8, Episode 12 – Aired: 1/12/2004
After inadvertently leaving the twins home alone, Ray and Debra are impressed with Ally when she steps up and takes care of the twins until they return. Ally asks if she can baby-sit more often, and, in yet another attempt to rid her house of Marie, Debra consents. However, Marie believes Debra is turning her daughter into a slave when she gives Ally additional responsibilities, including cooking and laundry chores.
Season 8, Episode 13 – Aired: 2/2/2004
Whose Side Are You On?
After realizing that Debra places bets with the kids on his questionable behavior traits, Ray is disgusted that his own children now think he's a "doof." When reflecting upon his own childhood, Ray remembers that Marie used to complain about Frank in front of him all the time – making him think his dad was a loser. Concerned that his own kids will think of him the same way as Frank, Ray contemplates how to get the kids back on his side.
Season 8, Episode 14 – Aired: 2/9/2004
Fed up with his wife's constant lateness, Ray leaves Debra at home rather than take her to the ESPY Awards. While Debra seethes over Ray's actions, Marie and Amy get into a heated debate with Frank and Robert when they air their own grievances about their wives' blatant disregard for the time.
Season 8, Episode 15 – Aired: 2/16/2004
Ray and Debra disagree over whether they should purchase an expensive dress for Ally to wear to a friend's formal 13th birthday party. Debra thinks they should, but Ray can't see spending $250 for a dress that will be worn only once. The price tag has Ray seething, especially since the mom he loves to hate, Peggy, is hosting the soiree. Naturally, Marie takes her son's side.
Season 8, Episode 16 – Aired: 2/23/2004
After Robert takes a second job selling home security systems, he reveals he's been asked to join the security firm full-time and is mulling over retiring from the police force early. While Marie is overjoyed, Amy questions if this is really what Robert wants or if he's only retiring early to make his mother happy. The disagreement about his future leads to a tense birthday party for Robert.
Season 8, Episode 17 – Aired: 3/1/2004
Ray hurts Debra's feeling when he forgets to thank her during an acceptance speech for an honorary degree.
Season 8, Episode 18 – Aired: 3/22/2004
Amy's parents put Robert on the defensive when they point out his strange habit of touching food to his chin before he eats it. When Amy confides in Debra, who tells her that Robert's strange behavior could be psychological, she devises a plan to break him of his chin habit for good.
Season 8, Episode 19 – Aired: 4/19/2004
The Nice Talk
When the MacDougalls are invited to spend Easter with the Barones, the families attempt to bond over a 500-piece puzzle. While members of the Barone and MacDougall families get frustrated with the complicated puzzle, Ray and Pat continue working on it until the wee hours of the night while sharing private stories about themselves and their families.
Season 8, Episode 20 – Aired: 5/3/2004
When Robert informs Ray that Amy filled him in on some juicy gossip about him, Ray decides to get even with Debra by sharing some nasty secrets of his own.
Season 8, Episode 21 – Aired: 5/10/2004
After the agent tells Robert he has a unique look, he convinces him to pose for head shots with their "in-house" photographer. But when Robert and Ray return for the pictures, they are surprised to find the modeling agency has mysteriously disappeared.
Season 8, Episode 22 – Aired: 5/17/2004
A young man, Sam Gilula, arrives at Frank and Marie's and everyone is surprised when he and Frank fondly embrace. Sam explains Frank had been quite an inspiration to him as a lad, a mentor in fact, much to Ray and Robert's disbelief. Later, Ray and Robert make fun of Frank, wondering how he could have inspired anyone.
Season 8, Episode 23 – Aired: 5/24/2004
Golf For It
Robert and Ray end up with the mother of all guilt trips when they decide not to help Marie with a home project so they can land a prime spot on the golf course. Their overnight wait in the car for a tee time becomes a brawl over their respective roles in their parents' future.
Season 9, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/20/2004
Frank and Marie return from a trip down to a retirement home in New Jersey and they tell the family that they plan on moving there. Everyone, besides Frank and Marie, is overjoyed after hearing the news. Marie and Frank sell their house to Robert and Amy for $26,000. On they day of their moving, however, Debra reveals some mixed feelings about their moving and doesn't feel right about it.
Season 9, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/27/2004
Not So Fast
When Ray and Debra visit Frank and Marie's condo, they learn that the owners are going to kick them out. Marie and Frank move out. Robert and Amy are upset, but they let Frank and Marie live with them.
Season 9, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/4/2004
When Debra and Marie have a big fight, Ray is struck with worry when he thinks Debra's anger will cause her to forget about their sex that night. But, it's the opposite when that anger causes a more intense night of sex.
Season 9, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/11/2004
P.T. & A
After being chided for wearing a shoddy shirt and getting stains on it, Ray lies and tells Debra that members of the PTA called her outfit "trampy." This leads her to dress extra-trampy on purpose at a PTA meeting in their home, where the truth finally comes out.
Season 9, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/18/2004
After Ally comes home with an "F" on her report card, Debra feels she is not paying enough attention. Ray, however, feels it might be the teacher. After a small meeting, Ray goes on how Debra didn't do anything to stick up for Ally and how you should always stick up for your kids.
Season 9, Episode 6 – Aired: 11/15/2004
The women pressure Ray and Frank to accompany Robert to one of his therapy sessions. Instead, they go out to the horse track, and then put on an act in front of the wives. However, even though they skip the therapy sessions, the three unwittingly get closer.
Season 9, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/22/2004
Debra invites her divorced parents, Warren and Lois, to the family Thanksgiving. When Ray walks in on the two making love, he and Debra assume that they are getting back together. Later on, Warren and Lois inform Debra otherwise and an unprecedented turn of events shocks everyone.
Season 9, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/29/2004
A Job for Robert
Ray becomes jealous when Marie starts treating Robert better than him. Ray finds out that Marie gave Robert a "gift basket" full of lotions, massage oil, candles, etc. Ray deduces Marie is just manipulating Robert by giving him all this, so it will put him and Amy 'into the mood'. She does this with the intention of eventually having new grandchildren. Robert sees this as wrong, and actually puts him out of the mood with Amy, not able to get Marie out of his head.
Season 9, Episode 9 – Aired: 1/3/2005
A Date for Peter
Amy's parents ask Ray to give their son, Peter, some tips on dating. Later, Debra throws a cocktail party and invites some single women to meet Peter, but Ray isn't thrilled with the guest list.
Season 9, Episode 10 – Aired: 1/17/2005
When Debra accidentally throws out Ray's letter from Muhammad Ali, Marie covers for her, setting off a chain off favors that quickly overwhelm Debra.
Season 9, Episode 11 – Aired: 2/7/2005
The Faux Pas
Ray accidentally insults the twins' new friend and the faux pas quickly spirals out of control when he repeats it to the boy's dad.
Season 9, Episode 12 – Aired: 2/14/2005
Marie is astounded when Franks puts salt on her homemade lasagna, leading her to believe that she's lost her touch in the kitchen. However, Ray and Robert discover that the problem is Frank, who has lost his sense of taste. They believe it's a side-effect from some potency medication Frank is taking, but Frank doesn't want to give it up, and he doesn't want anyone to know he's taking it, especially Marie.
Season 9, Episode 13 – Aired: 4/18/2005
Ray tells Robert that Amy talks too much after she chats with Ray for over an hour while he tries to watch a basketball game on TV. Of course, Robert tells Amy, which leads to a heated confrontation between "Lady Chatterly" and her insensitive brother-in-law.
Season 9, Episode 14 – Aired: 5/2/2005
The Power of No
Ray's latest manipulative plan involves constantly turning down Debra in the bedroom.
Season 9, Episode 15 – Aired: 5/9/2005
Robert discovers Pat smoking, and she pleads for him not to tell, but smell of his clothes makes the family think he's the secret smoker.
Season 9, Episode 16 – Aired: 5/16/2005
Everybody Loves Raymond: The Last Laugh
A one-hour documentary features behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and producers, highlights from past seasons, and the drama of the last week of production, including never released footage of the two postponements of the final episode filming.
Season 9, Episode 17 – Aired: 5/16/2005
Ray fears getting his adenoids removed, but Debra convinces him to go through with the surgery. At the hospital, while Marie is in the bathroom, the nurse says that Ray isn't waking up from the anesthesia, and everyone fears he may die.