Season 1, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/21/1998
Doug receives his new big screen TV and turns the basement into a private recreation room. However, after the death of the wife of Carrie's father and the subsequent burning down of his house, Arthur and Carrie's sister Sara move in. So Doug's recreation room becomes Arthur's new room, and the big TV moves to the bedroom.
Season 1, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/28/1998
Stunned by an old photograph of Carrie's mother, Doug convinces Carrie to go on a diet and must pretend he is going on one too.
Season 1, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/5/1998
Carrie's on the fast track at her new job in a Manhattan law firm. But the trappings of success—late nights at the office, free concert tickets and being surrounded by bright, dynamic people—make Doug wonder why she ever ended up with a guy like him.
Season 1, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/12/1998
Doug can't figure out why Carrie refuses to go on a double date with Richie and his wife, Marie.
Season 1, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/19/1998
Doug's favorite aunt, Sheila, begins to date Arthur.
Season 1, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/26/1998
After feeling bad that Arthur has no friends, Doug starts taking Arthur everywhere with him.
Season 1, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/2/1998
Doug and Carrie remember when he proposed to her after a jeweler offers more money for the ring than Doug had originally paid.
Season 1, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/9/1998
Carrie signs she and Doug up for a class at the community college when she begins to think that they're becoming dumb and boring. Doug has a hard time with it, but luckily Spence in also in the class...
Season 1, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/16/1998
Doug regrets helping Ray Barone cheat on his driving test. Meanwhile, Arthur's neediness hinder's Carrie's studying.
Season 1, Episode 10 – Aired: 11/23/1998
A trip to the supermarket sees Carrie guilted into agreeing to make a homemade Thanksgiving and Doug running into an old friend he can't remember.
Season 1, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/14/1998
Doug and Carrie realize they must buy a new car after theirs breaks down. One problem: they can't afford it.
Season 1, Episode 12 – Aired: 12/21/1998
Though Doug warns against it, Carrie fixes Spence up with one of her co-workers.
Season 1, Episode 13 – Aired: 1/11/1999
Doug and Carrie attend a wedding of an old flame of Carrie's, creating an uncomfortable situation for Doug.
Season 1, Episode 14 – Aired: 1/18/1999
The Heffernans' new neighbors have a dog that keeps them up at night, but Doug wants to avoid confrontation. Arthur thinks Charles Schultz is using him as a template for Peanuts characters.
Season 1, Episode 15 – Aired: 2/1/1999
Carrie is upset about getting older when her 30th birthday rolls around.
Season 1, Episode 16 – Aired: 2/8/1999
Doug's romantic plans with Carrie are hijacked by Veronica, who has planned a last-minute surprise party for Spence. Arthur meets a woman at a Senior Center dance.
Season 1, Episode 17 – Aired: 2/15/1999
Carrie gets a speeding ticket and Doug, out of fear of the car insurance doubling, convinces her to go on a date with the cop that gave her the ticket.
Season 1, Episode 18 – Aired: 2/22/1999
Doug begins to miss being behind the wheel of his truck when he is promoted after the death of his shift supervisor.
Season 1, Episode 19 – Aired: 3/1/1999
When Ray Barone calls and asks Doug if he wants to play golf at his private club, Doug cancels on his friend Richie, who he was going to spend the day with in order to comfort him after his divorce. Meanwhile, when Ray's mother, Marie, arrives at the Heffernan's early to pick up Ray, she gives Carrie a lesson in cleaning—which Carrie milks for all it's worth.
Season 1, Episode 20 – Aired: 3/15/1999
Doug is upset when his new trainee doesn't make Carrie jealous; Meanwhile, Arthur must deal with his purchase of his tombstone in advance and changing the first two numbers of his death year from 19 to 20.
Season 1, Episode 21 – Aired: 4/5/1999
Carrie's boss is having a cocktail party to impress a client and the only way Doug made it there was by not eating anything all day. He embarrasses Carrie by searching for food after he finds out there's no food at the party; Meanwhile, Arthur and Spence have trouble while planning a new business.
8Season 1, Episode 22 – Aired: 4/26/1999
Carrie isn't happy that Doug's invited the Sackskys over—until she learns they're separating and offering them their Hamptons time-share. Meanwhile, Arthur seeks answers from an ointment company after developing a nasty rash.
Season 1, Episode 23 – Aired: 5/3/1999
Doug and Carrie send Arthur off to work at cousin Danny's pizza restaurant.
Season 1, Episode 24 – Aired: 5/10/1999
Arthur almost gets Doug fired. Doug then releases all his feelings about Arthur, which results in him moving out of the house.
Season 1, Episode 25 – Aired: 5/17/1999
Doug and Carrie consider having a baby, which results in a flashback from Arthur about the day that Carrie was born.
Season 2, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/20/1999
Against Carrie's wishes, Doug buys a motorcycle which causes them to have a huge fight; Meanwhile, Arthur gets a job at a pretzel store.
Season 2, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/27/1999
Doug feels left out after Carrie becomes friends with a new neighbor.
Season 2, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/4/1999
Doug, while goofing off at work, accidentally ends up with a staple wound to the scrotum. Carrie looks into setting up a home office.
Season 2, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/11/1999
The Palmers ask Doug and Carrie to be the godparents of their baby; Arthur runs into trouble at the pretzel store when he is put in charge.
Season 2, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/18/1999
Carrie leaves the garage door open, and Doug's big screen TV is stolen.
Season 2, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/25/1999
Arthur's inclusion at an outing to a Mets game creates problems for Doug.
Season 2, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/1/1999
Doug and Carrie, along with Deacon and Kelly, go on a weekend trip. While there, they find out that Deacon and Kelly have a very active sex life.
Season 2, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/8/1999
Doug and Carrie invite Ray and Debra Barone over for dinner.
Season 2, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/15/1999
A waitress flirts with Doug which causes him to start acting strange.
Season 2, Episode 10 – Aired: 11/22/1999
In an attempt to get away from Carrie's friends for Thanksgiving, Doug invites Spence over.
Season 2, Episode 11 – Aired: 11/29/1999
Due to financial trouble, Doug's bowling team must win the next game. Doug must help Carrie to improve her bowling ability or kick her off the team.
Season 2, Episode 12 – Aired: 12/13/1999
Carrie wants to invest Doug's Christmas bonus; Arthur competes with the neighbors about who has the largest yard decoration.
Season 2, Episode 13 – Aired: 1/10/2000
Carrie convinces Doug to be the best man at his cousin's wedding.
Season 2, Episode 14 – Aired: 1/17/2000
Doug has his old football teammates over; Meanwhile, Spence tries to get his revenge on the football players for what they did to him in high school.
Season 2, Episode 15 – Aired: 1/24/2000
Arthur is moved upstairs to Carrie's office once the weather gets cold, but have problems when the weather warms up and Arthur thinks his move was permanent.
Season 2, Episode 16 – Aired: 2/7/2000
When Carrie is caught cheating at a board game twice, they trace her cheating problem back to when she was a child.
Season 2, Episode 17 – Aired: 2/14/2000
Doug and Carrie recall the first time they met.
Season 2, Episode 18 – Aired: 2/21/2000
Doug and Carrie make new friends with the Shmenkmans, but a scheduling snafu finds all of them—plus Deacon and Kelly—at the same brunch, where the Palmers and Shmenkmans hit it off.
Season 2, Episode 19 – Aired: 2/28/2000
Doug must keep up with Arthur while Carrie organizes his 75th birthday surprise party. When Doug loses Arthur, Carrie must find him.
Season 2, Episode 20 – Aired: 3/6/2000
Doug loses a lot of money when he and Deacon go to Atlantic City to gamble.
Season 2, Episode 21 – Aired: 4/17/2000
Doug becomes a Big Brother, which leads him to running a 10K race to support heart disease; Carrie accidentally tells another Doug she loves him.
Season 2, Episode 22 – Aired: 5/1/2000
Doug gets pulled into a water filter scheme thanks to his neighbors.
Season 2, Episode 23 – Aired: 5/8/2000
After she feels mistreated there, Carrie forbids Doug from eating at his new favorite restaurant. Arthur covets a PBS pledge break tote bag.
Season 2, Episode 24 – Aired: 5/15/2000
Doug shows his romantic side as Carrie thinks he has lost it; Arthur serves on a jury.
Season 2, Episode 25 – Aired: 5/22/2000
Doug and Carrie face problems when they try to decide where to go on vacation.
Season 3, Episode 1 – Aired: 10/2/2000
Carrie is turned on by Doug's imitation of his new Hispanic co-worker, Rico; Arthur tries to chronicle his own life story.
Season 3, Episode 2 – Aired: 10/9/2000
Carrie has Doug sign a congratulatory card for his boss' twenty years at the company and the whole thing blows up in Doug's face. Now, Fisker, the boss, wants Doug to participate in the banquet roast and Doug blames Carrie for this fiasco. He does rise to the occasion, however, and even manages to get some good laughs out of the audience. That is, until he starts to tell some jokes that hit a little too close to home.
Season 3, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/16/2000
Doug and Carrie decide to say the things that don't like of each other, and then act on each other's issues. Meanwhile, Arthur keeps trying to make them use his new security dummy.
Season 3, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/23/2000
Carrie decides to return to college, with very little time to get things done.
Season 3, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/30/2000
Doug feels the urge for a new car and against Carrie's advice buys it for himself only to find out moments later that the workers at the IPS company are going on strike. He unsuccessfully tries to return the car, forcing Carrie to work major overtime to compensate for his mistake.
Season 3, Episode 6 – Aired: 11/6/2000
With no end to the IPS workers strike in sight, Doug tries substitute teaching at his sister Stephanie's school.
Season 3, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/13/2000
Doug and Deacon, who are out of work because of a strike, resort to playing sophomoric pranks, along with Arthur, to keep from going stir crazy. But they're driving Carrie and Kelly nuts. Eventually, Doug and Deacon return to work leaving Arthur alone.
Season 3, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/20/2000
After a great Thanksgiving, Doug and Carrie try to recall their first Thanksgiving together and who said, "I Love You" first. They consult Arthur, who quickly recalls some other Thanksgivings and finally recalls 1993 when he was having a fight with his new wife, Lily, as Doug was coming over to meet the family.
Season 3, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/27/2000
Doug and Carrie watch Deacon and Kelly's kids while they are out of town. When one of the kids sees them making love, they must keep him from telling his parents...
Season 3, Episode 10 – Aired: 12/4/2000
Arthur begins to work at Carrie's company; Doug and Deacon compete for the best practical joke.
Season 3, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/11/2000
A battle of who got the cheaper gift begins; Lou Ferrigno moves next door.
Season 3, Episode 12 – Aired: 1/8/2001
Doug and Carrie rush to a friend's wedding before the bride and groom realize they're not there; Meanwhile, Arthur plans a scheme involving Spence.
Season 3, Episode 13 – Aired: 1/29/2001
Doug sets up his sister with Carrie's boss so that he can watch the Super Bowl on a high-definition TV.
Season 3, Episode 14 – Aired: 2/5/2001
Doug becomes jealous when Carrie makes the mistake of telling him she finds Deacon attractive; The gang go paintballing to celebrate Deacon's birthday, which turns into a war of jealousy.
Season 3, Episode 15 – Aired: 2/12/2001
Doug is surprised to find his married best friend, Deacon, out with another woman. Meanwhile, Carrie questions her relationship with Doug because of their different views on cheating.
Season 3, Episode 16 – Aired: 2/19/2001
After Deacon and Kelly's separation, Carrie begins to wonder about her own marriage. She and Doug agree to put their sex lives on hold for a few weeks because Carrie feels that they should resolve arguments verbally, not always physically. Meanwhile, Arthur dates a woman who claims she was once Frank Sinatra's girlfriend.
Season 3, Episode 17 – Aired: 2/26/2001
Doug lies to Carrie about having to work late so he can play mud football and get out of going to her seminar. Now sick from his night of football in the rain, Doug starts watching TV and begins to drift off to sleep... The Honeymooners Doug dreams that he is Ralph and Deacon is Ed and they scheme to get Doug out of the house to go bowling. Wheel of Fortune Doug dreams that he, Arthur and Carrie are contestants on The Wheel of Fortune, where the puzzle being "Doug Heffernan is a big fat liar." Brian's Song Doug dreams he is in Brian's Song as Brian Piccolo and Deacon is Gale Sayers. The Young and the Restless Doug dreams that he, Arthur and Carrie are on The Young and the Restless, where Carrie and Jack Abbott kiss. Doug, finally full of guilt, goes to tell Carrie the truth of what happened and she doesn't react exactly the way she thought she would.
Season 3, Episode 18 – Aired: 3/19/2001
Doug feels sorry for Arthur and agrees to let him go to a cocktail lounge instead of to the weekly dance at a senior center. When Carrie finds out, she goes ballistic and turns her father's care over to Doug—a job he soon regrets taking on.
Season 3, Episode 19 – Aired: 4/9/2001
Doug, feeling underappreciated at work, hears that drivers at FedEx are making twice what he makes. When he runs into a former co-worker now working for the big overnight service, he takes his friend's casual banter to mean that FedEx wants to hire him. Meanwhile, after Lou Ferrigno asks Carrie to smear his body with tanning cream while his wife is on vacation, she gets addicted to the stuff.
eason 3, Episode 20 – Aired: 4/16/2001
During the Palmer's separation, Doug and Carrie go to the movies with Kelly while Deacon takes the kids. While there, Carrie runs into a co-worker who seems interested in Kelly. The two end up going on a date, and when Deacon finds out he is ready to patch things up with her.
Season 3, Episode 21 – Aired: 4/30/2001
Doug, Carrie and Arthur head out to the airport to visit with Doug's parents while they have a short layover at Kennedy Airport on their way to Montreal. While there, his parents ask him to sign their living will, making him the one responsible for pulling the plug. When his sister Stephanie gets wind of this, she is offended that she wasn't the one asked to be responsible.
Season 3, Episode 22 – Aired: 5/7/2001
Doug and Carrie meet the neighbors after a hurricane destroys both of their backyards, and when Carrie's cool to their idea of a combined backyard, they retaliate by installing an above ground pool.
Season 3, Episode 23 – Aired: 5/14/2001
Doug's Uncle Stu asks him to get his son, Danny, a job at IPS. Doug doesn't want him working there but he doesn't want to look bad to the family so he instructs his boss to interview him but not hire him. Meanwhile, Arthur fills out audience comment cards on a new movie.
Season 3, Episode 24 – Aired: 5/21/2001
Pregnant Pause (1)
Carrie discovers that she's pregnant, and she's panicked that the timing is wrong. Meanwhile, Deacon and Kelly begin to reconcile and Spence is left out in the cold and Arthur insists that Doug build him his own bathroom in the basement.
Season 3, Episode 25 – Aired: 5/21/2001
Pregnant Pause (2)
Doug tells Carrie not to panic about having the baby, that he will take care of all her "burden," so he takes on a second job so that they can store a little extra money before the due date. Meanwhile, Arthur is annoyed that Doug still hasn't finished his bathroom, and Deacon and Kelly reconcile.
Season 4, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/24/2001
Looking to decrease his evening hyperactivity and get some time to themselves, Doug and Carrie hire a dog walker to take Arthur on her rounds.
Season 4, Episode 2 – Aired: 10/1/2001
Doug thinks he has come up with the perfect birthday gift for Carrie: laser eye surgery. That is until Carrie ends up nearly blind from the operation.
Season 4, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/8/2001
Doug is about to break IPS' record of 951 consecutive perfect delivery days. Meanwhile, Carrie has trouble dealing with the fact that Holly, the dog walker, actually enjoys spending time with Arthur.
Season 4, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/15/2001
Doug rear-ends Kelly and Deacon's car, and he and Carrie insist that they personally pay for the damage so they can leave the insurance company out of it, but the estimate leads to a rift between the families. Meanwhile, Spence is babysitting Kirby and goes from being the "Spencinator" to the "Scaredinator" once Kirby finds out that he is allergic to peanuts.
Season 4, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/22/2001
Doug's distraught when a weekend with Carrie at her company's retreat is lacking television. Meanwhile Arthur, all alone at home in Queens, ends up destroying Doug and Carrie's bedroom and begs Deacon to help him hide the damage before they return home.
Season 4, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/29/2001
Miffed over Arthur's banishment of Halloween, Doug's forcing it down his throat lands Arthur in the hospital. Deacon worries Kirby may be gay when he'd rather have a traditionally female costume.
Season 4, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/5/2001
As Arthur prepares to undergo heart surgery, he asks Carrie and Doug to bring him his sleep mask, and she makes some interesting discoveries while looking for it. Meanwhile, Doug makes friends with a quirky stranger in the hospital and soon regrets it.
Season 4, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/12/2001
When Carrie suggests life insurance, Doug worries she could die, leaving him to take care of Arthur. Deacon, Spence, and Danny enjoy watching Arthur's mundane daily activity via a camera Doug installs.
Season 4, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/19/2001
Coming across the top tier from her and Doug's wedding cake sends Carrie reminiscing about their wedding day, including desperately wanting to find a sign that she's meant to be with Doug, Arthur tricking Doug's parents into paying for the wedding, and Danny wanting to sing.
Season 4, Episode 10 – Aired: 11/26/2001
Carrie's miffed when Doug fits an emergency airplane oxygen mask on himself before assisting her; Spence looks for a new place to live
Season 4, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/10/2001
Doug becomes an expert witness for a case of Carrie's boss; Danny and Spence squabble over Holly
Season 4, Episode 12 – Aired: 12/17/2001
Doug's parents plan a Christmas visit, interfering with his and Carrie's attempt to get pregnant during her "fertile time."
Season 4, Episode 13 – Aired: 1/7/2002
Carrie gets jealous when Doug's attention is focused on Spence's new girlfriend, Becky, a professional chef.
Season 4, Episode 14 – Aired: 1/14/2002
Carrie and Doug go on a group trip to Atlantic City organized by Deacon, but the only other person to show up is Supervisor O'Boyle.
Season 4, Episode 15 – Aired: 2/4/2002
Trying to get Deacon's mind off Kelly, Doug realizes he misses the single life. Meanwhile, Carrie feels threatened by the new office assistant at the firm, Lila, who has an uncanny resemblance to her.
Season 4, Episode 16 – Aired: 2/25/2002
When Doug and Carrie find a decade-old $1,500 check in an old wedding gift, they hope to get a new check and go to New Orleans. Meanwhile, Arthur tries to get a comic he wrote published in Playboy.
Season 4, Episode 17 – Aired: 3/4/2002
Carrie doesn't like the girl Deacon brings to her company's golf outing. Meanwhile, he has Holly care for the kids, oblivious she has a crush on him.
Season 4, Episode 18 – Aired: 3/18/2002
Doug starts to dream more seriously about running his own sandwich shop now that his Uncle Stu has generously offered him a large sum of money to see him realize his dream. However, Carrie has major reservations about this, knowing that Doug's gifts are not in running a business. Not to mention that Danny, Stu's son, is very jealous and angry that his own father would back Doug's business venture, but not his own.
Season 4, Episode 19 – Aired: 3/25/2002
Doug's parents visit while Carrie's on a business trip and take over running the house, making Doug feel like a kid again. Also, Arthur tries to strike it rich by inventing a new type of screwdriver called "the Arthur's head."
Season 4, Episode 20 – Aired: 4/8/2002
When Carrie's new afterwork routine of apple martinis—along with an accompanying much more relaxed attitude—come to an abrupt end, Doug and Arthur join forces to keep her drunk, a course of action Lou doesn't approve of.
Season 4, Episode 21 – Aired: 4/29/2002
As his high school reunion approaches, Doug worries that Carrie's new hairdo will make her look like a librarian, rather than his usually sexy wife. Hoping to show Carrie off in front of his former classmates, Doug tries to find a way to tell her that he hates her bun without hurting her feelings. Meanwhile, Spence informs the guys that he's nervous about seeing one of his old teachers because he never called her back after the two shared an intimate encounter.
Season 4, Episode 22 – Aired: 5/6/2002
When the Heffernans realize maybe they should give a little more to charities, what starts out as a nice gesture soon becomes all about getting credit.
Season 4, Episode 23 – Aired: 5/13/2002
Against Carrie's commands, Doug takes $100 from the "emergency fund jar" to bet on a boxing match. When he and Deacon win $5,000, Doug realizes he can't let Carrie know he won big or she'll realize he stole the money. Deacon and Doug set out to burn it all off in a day of luxury spending. Meanwhile, Carrie is offered a job from the owner of the firm and when she finally works up the nerve to give notice, the offer ends up not being as firm as she thought.
Season 4, Episode 24 – Aired: 5/20/2002
Doug believes that his new dentist—who once had a crush on Carrie—is hurting him on purpose.
Season 4, Episode 25 – Aired: 5/20/2002
The fourth season concludes with Arthur visiting a psychiatrist and recalling via flashback a disturbing encounter with his dad that may explain Arthur's abrasive personality.
Episode Clip Play Season 5, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/23/2002
With Carrie temporarily working a night shift, Doug begins to rely on Arthur for companionship, and starts to warm up to him.
Season 5, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/30/2002
Feeling inferior to, and looked-down upon by, the new neighbors, Carrie tries to make a good impression, but Doug couldn't care less. Meanwhile, Arthur tries to use Spence for free subway rides.
Season 5, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/7/2002
Doug and Carrie bump into their pastor and feel roped into going to church. Meanwhile, Arthur entertains offers to buy the house, regardless of the fact it's not his to sell.
Season 5, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/14/2002
Deacon asks Doug to help him coach Kirby's football team, and the boy challenges Doug to try out for a semi-pro team, but Carrie isn't thrilled with the idea until she sees an interesting photo of him.
Season 5, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/21/2002
Doug's bowling team prepares for a tournament, while Carrie agrees to babysit Mr. Kaplan's son, in hopes of furthering her career. But when Doug throws out a mercy flirt and Carrie runs into an awkward set of hands, all goes downhill.
Season 5, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/28/2002
Doug stops by Carrie's office, and is introduced to her work-husband Curt. Although Carrie assures him that he has nothing to worry about since Curt is gay, Doug is threatened by just how close the two are. Meanwhile, Arthur is jealous of a new dog that Holly has added to her route.
Season 5, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/4/2002
Doug and Carrie run into Doug's high school girlfriend, Margie, at his favorite sports bar. Carrie gets jealous when she discovers that Doug's mother would rather spend time with his ex-girlfriend than her, while Margie and Doug fight over the song that he was meant to write for her back in high school.
Season 5, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/11/2002
At a wedding, Doug takes a naughty picture with a disposable camera supplied by the bride and groom. After letting Danny take the blame, and after confessing to a priest, he has the dreaded task of coming forward with the truth.
Season 5, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/18/2002
Carrie wins four company seats to Knicks games, but insists on taking a couple over Doug's friends. Meanwhile, Arthur digs himself a hole by pretending he can "fix" parking tickets.
Season 5, Episode 10 – Aired: 11/25/2002
Doug loans Carrie to Deacon to help prepare Thanksgiving dinner. When Deacon ditches her for Holly's services, his web of lies soon gets out of control. Trying to cover it up, Doug continues to dig a hole for himself.
Season 5, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/16/2002
A toy from their childhood leads to a rift between Deacon and Doug. Meanwhile, Carrie tries to give her father a great Christmas gift, but this proves hard to do when everyone thinks of the wrong gifts they are receiving, altering their original gift choices.
Season 5, Episode 12 – Aired: 1/6/2003
Carrie thinks Doug needs professional help to control his excessive eating habits, so she persuades him to see a therapist. When Carrie sees Doug's great improvements, she asks the therapist to work on Doug's other issues. Meanwhile, Arthur believes he's addicted to nasal spray and fights to stay off of it.
Season 5, Episode 13 – Aired: 1/20/2003
Doug becomes obsessed with his own Super Bowl party after learning that many of his friends will be attending a party thrown by a new co-worker. While Doug is focused on winning back as many guests as possible, Carrie complains that Doug doesn't think about her enough during the day. Problems arise when Doug tries to throw the ultimate Super Bowl party and prove to Carrie he's an attentive husband.
Season 5, Episode 14 – Aired: 2/3/2003
Doug and Carrie photos get mixed up with another couples. When Doug and Carrie look at the other couples photos, they find out that their lives aren't as good as the others, so they try to do what are seen in the photos. Arthur's new cellphone is in no use when no one calls him.
Season 5, Episode 15 – Aired: 2/10/2003
Doug cannot spend time with Carrie on Valentine's Day, because he has to deliver penguins, with Deacon, from one zoo to another. Meanwhile, Carrie and Holly go out, with Carrie giving Holly tips to land a man. Also, when Arthur and Spence go to up a pick a date for the holiday, he accidentally gets himself a date that is old enough to be his grandmother.
Season 5, Episode 16 – Aired: 2/17/2003
Doug and Carrie are having fun on their vacation with their neighbors in St. Croix, but once Arthur calls with a quote on the current mold problem in the house, all is not so fun.
Season 5, Episode 17 – Aired: 2/24/2003
The mold problem in the Heffernan household grows and Doug and Carrie find out to fix the problem will cost them $12,000! Doug, with his tail between his legs, goes to his father to ask for the money, but hits a wall when he wants to know why he and Carrie don't have it in the bank.
Season 5, Episode 18 – Aired: 3/10/2003
Doug and Carrie try to get the Russian workers to repair their house, by going to extreme lengths of giving them vodka.
Season 5, Episode 19 – Aired: 3/31/2003
Carrie gets tickets to an opera but Doug doesn't want to go so he has Deacon help him lie to get out of it. Carrie catches him in the lie which prompts Doug to confess to a series of lies he's been hiding. Doug then tells Carrie that the reason he's been lying is because she's too overbearing. They both agree to be "supportive" of one another but this only leads to more problems.
Season 5, Episode 20 – Aired: 4/14/2003
Danny asks Doug for a letter of recommendation at IPS so he can move up to being a driver like Doug. Since this idea does not appeal to Doug, Carrie decides she will write the letter and have Doug sign it. Danny ends up getting the job and puts Doug's skills to the test, and his job on the line, when his ability to beat Doug's delivery time has the boss giving Danny Doug's route.
Season 5, Episode 21 – Aired: 4/21/2003
Carrie can't stop buying expensive clothes and then returning them within a few days. Spence's new girlfriend is afraid of his dog and tells him to decide who he wants, the dog or her.
Season 5, Episode 22 – Aired: 4/28/2003
Arthur and his half-brother Skitch are reunited when Doug sets it up for them to meet again at the tollbooth Skitch works at on the freeway. When Doug realizes they own a house together, he sees the possibility of getting his personal life back when he envisions the basement empty and he and Carrie having some personal time.
Season 5, Episode 23 – Aired: 5/5/2003
Carrie learns from Janet that Doug had a dog when he was eleven, that they claim is still alive today. Janet admits to Carrie that the original dog died, and they've replaced it—several times—without Doug knowing.
Season 5, Episode 24 – Aired: 5/12/2003
Since Doug never gets what he wants from Carrie, he uses Arthur to ask Carrie for them, so he gets what he wants. Meanwhile, Spence is first on line to see a new movie.
Season 5, Episode 25 – Aired: 5/19/2003
After Doug breaks their bed, Doug and Carrie find temporarily having separate beds is improving their marriage. Arthur discovers that their sweet neighbor, Lou Ferrigno, is actually quite a gossip, when he overhears him through a peep hole in the basement that looks right into his yard.
ESeason 6, Episode 1 – Aired: 10/1/2003
Doug Less (1)
The sixth season opens with a newly svelte Doug and a surprisingly jealous Carrie, who just can't hide her disdain when people constantly compliment her hubby on his weight loss. Doug decides to suprise her by taking her to an old holiday spot of theirs.
Season 6, Episode 2 – Aired: 10/1/2003
Doug Less (2)
Doug surprises Carrie with a romantic weekend away at a resort. Doug and Carrie try to get over an argument they've been having, but only make things worse. Deacon finds Spence and Danny in bed together. Arthur decides he is in an emergency situation.
Season 6, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/8/2003
When Arthur handily beats Doug in several games of ping-pong, Doug decides to test his skills on Carrie, but is humiliated when he loses once again. In a desperate attempt to keep his ego intact, he asks Arthur to train him so that he can beat his wife. Meanwhile, Spence's girlfriend, Denise, gets promoted to waitress at the bowling alley, but Spence becomes jealous of the flirting she must do to get tips.
Season 6, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/15/2003
Endless complications make Doug and Carrie quickly regret their decision to renew their wedding vows. In the midst of the wedding planning Arthur is praying that his wedding present, aged Port wine, will go unused when he discovers the value of the fine wine on eBay.
Season 6, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/22/2003
Doug and Carrie don't agree on whether to tell Deacon, who's going on a weekend away with a stewardess girlfriend, that Kelly wants to reconcile.
Season 6, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/29/2003
The partners of Carrie's law firm ask Doug to be a ringer on their company team, but he's all too convincing as a lawyer, aw well. Meanwhile, after tracing his ancestry, Arthur believes his great-grandfather was a slave owner and makes it his own personal mission to correct things with Deacon on his ancestor's behalf.
Season 6, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/12/2003
Carrie plugs Danny to do some landscaping for her new gynocologist, but when Danny gets greedy with the bill she worries he'll dump her as a patient.
Season 6, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/19/2003
Carrie hears that her law firm is laying off people and worries about her job, though her resigning boss is only worried about getting an omelette bar goodbye party. Meanwhile, Doug is in hot water with Deacon when he loses the Koosh ball Deacon received from his son as a gift.
Season 6, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/26/2003
It's Thanksgiving in the Heffernan household and while Carrie cooks dinner for ten people, Doug lets a stranger into the house to use the phone. He is convinced the stranger is a nice guy but Carrie is not so trusting. Everyone at dinner feels sorry for the man, who's been left outside to wait for a ride, but when Carrie finally gives into the holiday spirit, it turns out her instincts may have been right.
Season 6, Episode 10 – Aired: 12/3/2003
With Doug on her back over her lack of motivation in finding a new job, Carrie enlists the help of Arthur and opens up her own company making decorative cell phone covers—then forces her friends to come to a showing.
Season 6, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/17/2003
Doug feels suffocated when Carrie takes a holiday job at IPS. Arthur attempts to get a Christmas card picture taken with friends.
Season 6, Episode 12 – Aired: 1/7/2004
Flashbacks show Doug and Carrie's search a decade ago for their house, and how Doug caved to get what she wanted.
Season 6, Episode 13 – Aired: 1/14/2004
Arthur wins $2,500 at a bingo game, and agrees to share some of his winnings with Doug and Carrie. Unfortunately, Arthur feels that he should decide how they will spend their portion.
Season 6, Episode 14 – Aired: 2/11/2004
After countless times of babysitting Deacon and Kelly's children, Doug and Carrie feel that Deacon and Kelly should return the favor and babysit Arthur every once in a while. Deacon and Kelly decide to take Arthur out to dinner so Doug and Carrie can be alone, but they ignore a warning about Arthur's reaction to spicy food.
Season 6, Episode 15 – Aired: 2/11/2004
Though she quickly realizes why Doug dumped her so long ago, Carrie stays friends with his former girlfriend to take advantage of her employee discount at Saks Fifth Avenue. Meanwhile, Spence agrees to go out with a guy, even though he's not gay, just to boost his morale.
Season 6, Episode 16 – Aired: 2/18/2004
Carrie's infuriated when Doug sleep-talks about women while anesthetized, so she comes up with a proscribed list of women for Doug's daydreams.
Season 6, Episode 17 – Aired: 2/25/2004
When Arthur tries to sell Spence his adjoining burial plot, he somehow winds up selling it to Spence's mother, Veronica. Doug's new route has a man who answers the door wearing only a towel. Meanwhile, Carrie takes on dog walking with Holly to make some money, but immediately hates the job.
Season 6, Episode 18 – Aired: 3/3/2004
Doug and Deacon's relationship hits a speed bump when Deacon unknowingly befriends Doug's grade school archenemy. Meanwhile, Arthur seeks revenge against Larry King for getting him expelled as a youth.
Season 6, Episode 19 – Aired: 3/17/2004
Carrie asks Deacon and Kelly to accompany her and Doug to Florida for their visit with the in-laws so that they'll be forced to stay at a hotel instead of with Doug's parents, prompting a guilt-trip from Janet.
Season 6, Episode 20 – Aired: 3/24/2004
Doug must heal the breach between father and daughter when Arthur's antics in the lobby of a real estate company cost Carrie getting a job there.
Season 6, Episode 21 – Aired: 4/7/2004
Doug sabotages Carrie's attempts to start hanging out with her co-workers by scaring them off with several crude techniques. Meanwhile, Spence and Danny realize that women like men who take care of the elderly and start using Arthur as bait.
Season 6, Episode 22 – Aired: 5/5/2004
What starts out as a valiant effort to win back the heart of Spence's ex-girlfriend, Denise, quickly goes south as Danny gets a sudden case of lockjaw and the group spends all the money they took out as cash advances from their credit cards. Meanwhile, Arthur fills in at the front desk of the senior center and has some words with the pudding vendor.
Season 6, Episode 23 – Aired: 5/12/2004
A bedridden Carrie gets Doug to team with Arthur for a shuffleboard tournament, but his skills aren't to Arthur's liking. Meanwhile, Carrie pretends to continue being sick so that Holly will continue to cook for her.
Season 6, Episode 24 – Aired: 5/19/2004
After Holly gets kicked out of her apartment, Arthur insists that she stay with him in the basement until she finds a new place, making Doug realize the benefits of having two women in his life.
Season 7, Episode 1 – Aired: 10/27/2004
Doug starts pampering Carrie, hoping to get her okay for a Las Vegas trip with the guys. Meanwhile, Arthur trains Spence in counting cards, hoping to strike it rich at a charity casino night.
Season 7, Episode 2 – Aired: 11/3/2004
Doug starts feeling lonely when Carrie's new job has her staying many late nights.
Season 7, Episode 3 – Aired: 11/10/2004
Forced by Carrie to go to an overeating support group, Doug notices an abusive relationship group—complete with a lush snack table—and joins them instead.
Season 7, Episode 4 – Aired: 11/24/2004
Doug feels the heat when a new hire at IPS does impressions that overshadow Doug's funny stories. Meanwhile, Carrie gets an assistant who does almost all her work for her.
Season 7, Episode 5 – Aired: 12/1/2004
Doug fakes a heart attack to avoid angering Carrie for not knowing her co-worker's name. Meanwhile, Veronica unknowingly sets off a war of wills between her son and Danny.
Season 7, Episode 6 – Aired: 12/8/2004
When Joe's too worked over over a model train convention to use the theater tickets Doug got him and his mother, Janet goes with Arthur and a fast friendship blooms.
Season 7, Episode 7 – Aired: 12/15/2004
Doug suspects a midget who hit on Carrie also stole his wallet while he was Christmas shopping at the mall and looks to Arthur for assistance.
Season 7, Episode 8 – Aired: 1/5/2005
After a tiff with Deacon and Kelly, Doug and Carrie seek a new couple to be their best friends, and try to use a couple they hate to get in good graces with one they like.
Season 7, Episode 9 – Aired: 1/12/2005
Doug refuses to back down when Carrie hates his new cologne. Meanwhile, Arthur schools Holly and Spence in the art of movie hopping.
Season 7, Episode 10 – Aired: 1/19/2005
When feels the maid Carrie hired is not to his liking, he hires Spence's mom, who's both incompetent and an attractant for Arthur.
Season 7, Episode 11 – Aired: 1/26/2005
Thought Carrie's hesitant, Doug pursues an old dream of becoming a bartender, but soons realizes it won't be like Cocktail. Meanwhile, Arthur runs for president of the senior center.
Season 7, Episode 12 – Aired: 2/9/2005
When the Heffernans begin working out with the Ferrignos, Doug secretly makes a pact with Lou so he can sit around instead of working out.
Season 7, Episode 13 – Aired: 2/16/2005
Carrie stumbles onto the fact that one of the most romantic things Doug ever said to her was stolen from a movie. Following a break-up, Danny develops a crush on Holly.
Season 7, Episode 14 – Aired: 2/23/2005
Doug runs into his former football coach when delivering to his old high school and—much to Carrie's chagrin—keeps going back to relive his glory days. Meanwhile, after losing his eye drops, Arthur manages to lose his sense of hearing, sight, and speech in one day and becomes completely reliant on Holly.
Season 7, Episode 15 – Aired: 3/2/2005
With Carrie despondant that her looks may be fading as she nears 35, Doug arranges for construction workers to give her self-esteem a boost. Meanwhile, Arthur looks to get her just the right present.
Season 7, Episode 16 – Aired: 3/16/2005
Doug tries to act more "black" when Deacon starts hanging out more with a new black friend. Meanwhile, Carrie tries to learn why her manicurist never seems to have an appointment available for her.
Season 7, Episode 17 – Aired: 3/30/2005
When Doug wins a trip to St. Louis to see the Final Four, he is reluctant to bring Arthur, but Carrie convinces him otherwise.
Season 7, Episode 18 – Aired: 4/6/2005
A waitress finds herself so annoyed with Doug that she challenges him to a fight. Meanwhile, Carrie pretends to enjoy shopping with Holly so she can use her for her van.
Season 7, Episode 19 – Aired: 4/13/2005
Carrie braves a heavy snow to get an iPod and finds herself stuck both on the street and in an ethical quandary. Meanwhile, a couple quickly regrets giving Doug respite from the storm when he dishes out unsolicited advice.
Season 7, Episode 20 – Aired: 4/20/2005
With the gang in a luxury suite for one of Carrie's work-related events, Spence pretends to be her husband when a client finds Doug to be off-putting. Arthur's miffed when Holly's uncle becomes the center of attention at a dinner he throws.
Season 7, Episode 21 – Aired: 5/9/2005
Doug convinces Carrie to go on a "free" ski weekend that's a pitch to buy a time share. Meanwhile, Danny and Spence also go along, pretending to be life-partners to get the free weekend as well.
Season 7, Episode 22 – Aired: 5/18/2005
The death of Doug and Carrie's neighbor leads them to contemplate entering the world of real estate flipping, but they suspect Lou Ferrigno is out to quash their dreams.
Season 8, Episode 1 – Aired: 9/19/2005
Doug convinces Carrie to take pole dancing lessons, but is disappointed when she puts on a show for him. Meanwhile, Arthur worries her new hobby is a result of his poor parenting, and smothers her in effort to make up lost time.
Season 8, Episode 2 – Aired: 9/26/2005
When Doug and Carrie accidentally get a transcription of one of their arguments, they decide marriage counseling might not be a bad idea. And when Arthur gets hold of it, their argument becomes entertainment for a senior citizens' group.
Season 8, Episode 3 – Aired: 10/3/2005
Carrie finds out that while dating, Doug lied about getting a job to get her to sleep with him.
Season 8, Episode 4 – Aired: 10/10/2005
Doug and Carrie both have feelings of not being entirely popular at their workplaces, and both overcompensate to rectify the situation
Season 8, Episode 5 – Aired: 10/17/2005
A sandwich named for Deacon at Coopers ruffles Doug's feathers. Meanwhile, Carrie schemes to prevent Holly from moving to Manhattan.
Season 8, Episode 6 – Aired: 10/24/2005
Doug's frequent hair salon visits make Carrie suspicious. Meanwhile, Spence has his own adventures en route to a sci-fi convention.
Season 8, Episode 7 – Aired: 11/7/2005
A trip to a bed & breakfast becomes more than Doug and Carrie can handle. Meanwhile, Arthur has a romantic dilemma of his own.
Season 8, Episode 8 – Aired: 11/14/2005
Doug and Carrie hear conflicting reasons why Deacon and Kelly are not interested in becoming neighbors. Meanwhile, Danny and Spence each have their eye on a beautiful Albanian girl, who misinterprets the situation.
Season 8, Episode 9 – Aired: 11/21/2005
Doug's karaoke performance gets him an e-mail stalker.
Season 8, Episode 10 – Aired: 11/28/2005
Doug and Ray Barone have a "guy's night out." Meanwhile, Carrie gets a shock upon visiting her mother's grave.
Season 8, Episode 11 – Aired: 12/19/2005
Doug and Carrie are roped into helping out at their church during the holidays: he guards the manger, while she tries to bake a cake. Also, Arthur and Spence attempt to write a Christmas song so they can cash in on the holiday.
Season 8, Episode 12 – Aired: 1/9/2006
Doug borrows a baby from Danny to prove to Carrie that they're ready for a family. Meanwhile, Arthur feels he deserves to be a coffee shop's "customer of the month."
Season 8, Episode 13 – Aired: 1/23/2006
After she beats him and his friends in a friendly poker game, Doug convinces his mother to try to enter a high-stakes tournament. Meanwhile, Carrie gets Spence to help her lose her accent to improve her chances of getting a promotion.
Season 8, Episode 14 – Aired: 2/6/2006
Doug and his pals rent an apartment to use as a secret hang-out. Meanwhile, Carrie goes to great lengths to please her newest client, Kirstie Alley.
Season 8, Episode 15 – Aired: 2/27/2006
Bed bugs brought home by Arthur from a vacation force Doug and Carrie out of the house while a creepy exterminator does his job. Meanwhile, Spence and Danny argue over where to go for vacation.
Season 8, Episode 16 – Aired: 3/6/2006
After Carrie accidentally injures Doug, he milks it to avoid distasteful tasks. Meanwhile, Arthur catches on to the ruse and uses it to his advantage.
Season 8, Episode 17 – Aired: 3/13/2006
The Heffernans hate an anniversary gift from the Palmers so much, they stage a robbery to rid themselves of it.
Season 8, Episode 18 – Aired: 3/20/2006
In order to afford a cruise, Doug convinces Carrie to cut her hair to sell to a wig maker, but regrets his idea after the deed is done.
Season 8, Episode 19 – Aired: 4/10/2006
Doug's lie to get Carrie to let him ride a rollercoaster at an amusement park blows up in his face. Meanwhile, Arthur lets Deacon shuttle him around in a wheelchair so they can jump to the front of the park's lines and Danny and Spence search for girls to pick up.
Season 8, Episode 20 – Aired: 5/1/2006
Doug and Deacon discover they have more in common with each other's wives than their own, so they start hanging out with each other's wives as well. When Kelly tires of Doug, he ruins Deacon and Carrie's good time. Meanwhile, Arthur dispenses romance advise, and the recipient finds success simply doing the opposite.
Season 8, Episode 21 – Aired: 5/8/2006
Doug crashes Carrie's weekend company retreat, not realizing she's blown it off for a relaxing day with her girlfriends. Meanwhile, Danny and Spence pose as staff to sneak into a Huey Lewis concert.
Season 8, Episode 22 – Aired: 5/15/2006
Doug befriends a driver from one of IPS' competitors, but eventually discovers it's just a ruse to make him the butt of a joke. Meanwhile, Carrie becomes a mentor for a troubled teen, but isn't the best of influences.
Season 8, Episode 23 – Aired: 5/22/2006
After he sets a fire in the basement, Carrie decides it's time for Arthur to enter a retirement home, but Doug makes a discovery that makes him want to change Carrie's mind. Danny and Spence have a face-off over an agreement to swap bedrooms.
Season 9, Episode 1 – Aired: 12/6/2006
Doug decides to spend the Heffernans' tax refund on an ice cream truck. Meanwhile, Carrie fills in as a pretend mom at model homes, and discovers a reemergence of her maternal desires.
Season 9, Episode 2 – Aired: 12/6/2006
Doug panics when he starts getting sexy phone messages meant for another Doug Heffernan, but Carrie doesn't seem to care. Meanwhile, Danny tries to force a wedge between Spence and a new lady friend.
Season 9, Episode 3 – Aired: 12/13/2006
Doug and Deacon fill in for Supervisor O'Boyle at the IPS depot. Carrie regrets her decision to complain about her company's chinzy gift for work on an important project.
Season 9, Episode 4 – Aired: 12/13/2006
The Palmers' vacation plans are ruined when Doug frightens Major so much that he refuses to be babysat by the Heffernans. In the meantime, Arthur begins hiring out himself and friends from the senior center to ride with solo drivers so they can use car-pool lanes.
Season 9, Episode 5 – Aired: 12/20/2006
Feeling hurt over not being invited to a block party, Doug adopts a dog just to prove to the neighbors that he's an okay guy—a decision he soon regrets. Meanwhile, Arthur falls prey to the gambling bug when trying to help Danny beat it.
Season 9, Episode 6 – Aired: 1/3/2007
An unflattering picture by Major prompts Arthur to ask Doug and Carrie for braces. Meanwhile, Kelly hires an out-of-work Spence to help out around the house.
Season 9, Episode 7 – Aired: 4/9/2007
Carrie is convinced that Deacon and Kelly were only able to afford a vacation home by being cheap. Meanwhile, Arthur tries to help Spence get a new job.
Episode Clip Play Season 9, Episode 8 – Aired: 4/16/2007
Carrie soon grows tired of Doug's forcing his new vegetarian lifestyle down her throat. Meanwhile, Carrie's boss wants to start discussing novels with her, and Spence takes on some humiliating new jobs.
Season 9, Episode 9 – Aired: 4/23/2007
Doug's 20th high school reunion seems like a dud until an old friend comes up with a way to retaliate for past grievances with their old principal, while Danny and Spence try to hook up with old classmates. Carrie and Arthur try to have a movie night together.
Season 9, Episode 10 – Aired: 4/30/2007
Carrie's ecstatic when an affordable apartment opens in Manhattan, but Doug's reluctant to leave Queens. Arthur meets singer Ava St. Clair.
Season 9, Episode 11 – Aired: 5/7/2007
Seeing friends who recently had a child makes Doug and Carrie consider adopting.
Season 9, Episode 12 – Aired: 5/14/2007
China Syndrome (1)
Doug and Carrie's marital tension continues, as they ponder whether they have a future together. Arthur and Ava's wedding day turns problematic.
Season 9, Episode 13 – Aired: 5/14/2007
China Syndrome (2)
At Arthur's wedding reception, Doug and Carrie's marital tension continues, and they ponder whether they have a future together.