The Best Episodes Directed by Jerry Zaks
#2 - Season's Greetings
Everybody Loves Raymond Season 6 - Episode 12
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.
#3 - Jack's Back
Hope & Faith Season 1 - Episode 22
Jack returns to be comforted by his daughters after being jilted by his fiancee. Faith tries to set him up with her friend Mandi's mother, but he falls for Mandi instead. When Mandi refuses to end the relationship, Faith tries to teach her a lesson by going out with her father.
#5 - Odd Man Out
Everybody Loves Raymond Season 6 - Episode 3
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.
#6 - Tissues
Everybody Loves Raymond Season 6 - Episode 13
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.
#7 - Lateness
Everybody Loves Raymond Season 8 - Episode 14
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.
#8 - The Breakup Tape
Everybody Loves Raymond Season 6 - Episode 18
When Debra stumbles across a cassette tape that contains a message from Ray's college girlfriend, she wants to know why he has saved it all of these years. So Ray retaliates by asking Debra to divulge any gifts that she's kept from her former boyfriends – but he's in for quite a shock when he sees the quantity of gifts still in her possession.
#9 - Robert's Wedding (1)
Everybody Loves Raymond Season 7 - Episode 24
Robert and Amy exchange vows in a classic Barone family wedding ceremony.
#10 - Meeting the Parents
Everybody Loves Raymond Season 7 - Episode 17
Amy's mom and dad finally meet the Barone Family. Amy's folks show up unexpectedly at their daughter's house on a Sunday morning. They want to talk Amy 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.
#11 - The Plan
Everybody Loves Raymond Season 7 - Episode 18
Yet another bump appears on the rocky road to Robert and Amy's wedding, which was nearly blocked by her disapproving parents. When the bride-to-be (Monica Horan) puts her betrothed (Brad Garrett) in charge of writing the wedding invitation, he seeks input from Ray and Frank. While they can't believe Robert let himself get roped into such a chore, they nevertheless come up with a plan: If Robert makes a mess of the job, it will convince Amy that she should take care of all the wedding plans herself. So the groom drafts an appalling mock invite---complete with the wrong date and names---and waits for Amy's reply...which is worse than he ever expected.
#12 - A Vote for Debra
Everybody Loves Raymond Season 6 - Episode 20
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. She loses and finds out that he voted against her so they get into an argument but her mouth is quickly shut when she reveals that she denied knowing him because he was embarrassing her.
#13 - The Shower
Everybody Loves Raymond Season 7 - Episode 21
Debra gives a bridal shower for Amy, but her good intentions get sidetracked by Marie's overzealous participation. When Marie attempts to "take over" Amy's wedding shower, Debra gets upset and yells at her, prompting Marie to leave in a huff. Returning to the party festivities, Debra starts drinking a little too much champagne and winds up being too tipsy to drive. When she can't reach Ray on the phone, Debra decides to take a nap in her car with the keys in the ignition and is awakened by a police officer, who arrests her for drunk driving. When her license is suspended, Debra finds herself in a precarious situation when she's forced to rely on Marie for help.
#14 - The Disciplinarian
Everybody Loves Raymond Season 7 - Episode 15
Tired of being labeled the "evil witch" around the house, Debra convinces Ray that it's his turn to discipline the kids. While leaving to take Ally to a Frontier Girls meeting, Debra tells Ray that he must force the twins to clean up their room or they can't go out and play. Reluctant at first to spoil their fun, Raymond starts to tire of their devilish antics and winds up going overboard with the boys' punishment. 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.
#16 - Ally's Birth
Everybody Loves Raymond Season 5 - Episode 25
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. In the flashback, expectant parents Ray and Debra are caught by surprise when Debra goes into labor in the back seat of Robert's patrol car, forcing him to be called into action. Meanwhile, Ray and Debra plot to keep a pushy Marie away from the delivery room until after the baby is born, not an easy feat.
#17 - The Surprise Party
Everybody Loves Raymond Season 8 - Episode 8
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.
#18 - The Sigh
Everybody Loves Raymond Season 7 - Episode 7
Ray moves his things out of his bathroom and into the kids' bathroom so Debra has more space, but he soon regrets it when his dad and Robert start teasing him and tell him that he is no longer the king of his own house, Debra is.
#19 - Tucked, Taped and Gorgeous
Two and a Half Men Season 4 - Episode 21
Alan and Charlie re-examine their sexual identities after Alan befriends Greg, a gay man. Meanwhile, Jake has a crush on Greg's daughter.
#20 - And the Plot Moistens
Two and a Half Men Season 3 - Episode 21
Jake’s teacher has a meeting with Alan and Judith to discuss the lack of interest Jake has at school. Alan starts to fall for Francine, in a platonic way, because he is tired of the lack of intelligent communication he has with Kandi. Charlie helps Jake audition for his school musical.
#21 - Sweet Charity
Everybody Loves Raymond Season 7 - Episode 16
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.
#22 - Grandpa Steals
Everybody Loves Raymond Season 7 - Episode 12
Boisterous Frank learns a difficult lesson in humility from his granddaughter, Ally. 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. When the trio returns home, Ray speaks to his father about his behavior. While Ray's comments initially fall on deaf ears, Frank later realizes he needs to talk to Ally... but now he's scared because he's never had a real conversation with her.
#23 - Roe to Perdition
Frasier Season 10 - Episode 18
Frasier and Niles become a big hit when, at a party, they serve beluga caviar they purchased on the black market. Meanwhile, Martin has a tough time returning $40 an ATM gave him in error.
#24 - Somebody Hates Raymond
Everybody Loves Raymond Season 7 - Episode 13
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.
#25 - Wheels of Fortune
Frasier Season 9 - Episode 16
Frasier is suspicious of Blaine Sternin, Lilith's former-con artist brother, when he visits in a wheelchair and is now preaching.
#26 - Don't Go Breaking My Heart (3)
Frasier Season 10 - Episode 9
Niles recovers rapidly from his heart surgery and receives the go-ahead from doctors to resume normal activities, but seems reluctant to do this. He maintains his strict post-operative diet, and refuses to exercise or share a bed with Daphne. He annoys everyone by constantly going around making speeches about his near-death experience and how much he appreciates life. Frasier refuses to argue with Niles because he promised God that he would never quarrel with his brother again if he recovered from his sickness. The frustration of having to agree with everything Niles says begins to drive Frasier crazy, especially when Niles starts monopolizing his radio show to give his own advice to callers. Frasier believes he has found a way to back out of his promise after he learns that Daphne had already made her own deal with God. In the meantime, Martin talks with Niles about the feelings he experienced after his shooting, and forces his son to overcome his fears and go on with his life.
#27 - Talk to Your Daughter
Everybody Loves Raymond Season 6 - Episode 19
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.
#28 - The Annoying Kid
Everybody Loves Raymond Season 7 - Episode 8
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 8 year-old son, Spencer, wreaks havoc around the Barone household.
#29 - Faith's Maid
Hope & Faith Season 1 - Episode 19
Olga, Faith's former maid, comes to move in with the family. Hope fires her, but Olga misunderstands and invites her pregnant daughter to join them. Soon, their efforts to find new jobs ends up with Hope and Faith working at a club Charley wants to join.
#30 - We Two Kings
Frasier Season 10 - Episode 10
Frasier and Niles bicker over who gets to host the family Christmas celebration. When it seems that Martin will have to work, they decide to bring Christmas to him, with disastrous results. Meanwhile, Roz finds herself attracted to a hunky shopping mall Santa.