The Best Episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond

Last Updated: Jan 31, 2019

Everybody Loves Raymond revolves around Ray Barone, a successful sportswriter living on Long Island with his wife, Debra, 12-year-old daughter, Ally, and 8-year-old twin sons, Geoffrey and Michael. That's the good news. The bad news? Ray's meddling parents, Frank and Marie, live directly across the street and embrace the motto "Su casa es mi casa," infiltrating their son's home to an extent unparalleled in television history. Frank's favorite expression, "Holy Crap," is shouted at regular intervals, and Marie's "cooking advice" is less than appreciated by Debra. Brother Robert, a divorced policeman, is constantly moving in and out of his parents' house, and loves to drop over and resent Ray's successful career and happy family life. Ray and Debra just wish someone would knock once in a while. Finalizing it's 9th and final season, the cast and crew of "ELR" has had a very successful run, and it makes it even harder for them all to say good-bye. This show has a place in televi

No Fat

#1 - No Fat

Season 3 - Episode 10

When Marie and Frank get some test results back they find out that they're not as healthy as they thought. So Marie throws out all the unhealthy food and makes Frank go on a diet with her. This doesn't sit well with him and the rest of the family when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner. Instead of the traditional turkey dinner she makes a tofu turkey. So Ray orders a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from a restaurant. Debra thinks that Ray might have hurt his mother's feelings but it's quite the opposite when he catches Marie eating his Thanksgiving dinner in the middle of the night.

star 8.00
181 votes
Writers: Susan Van Allen, Ellen Sandler
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Frank Paints the House

#2 - Frank Paints the House

Season 5 - Episode 24

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.

star 7.98
116 votes
Directors: David Lee
Writers: Scott Buck
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Finale

#3 - Finale

Season 9 - Episode 16

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. Fortunately, thirty seconds later, the doctor comes out and says he's just fine. Everyone agrees not to tell Ray or Marie about it; however, Frank ends up telling Marie who rushes over to smother Ray with kisses. Ray finds out about it and begins acting weird as if he thinks he really is going to die. After a couple minutes, he gets out of it. The show closes with the entire family sitting around the table eating and arguing, just like the Barones always have in the past nine years.

star 7.94
139 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Philip Rosenthal, Ray Romano, Tucker Cawley, Lew Schneider, Steve Skrovan, Jeremy Stevens, Mike Royce, Aaron Shure, Tom Caltabiano, Leslie Caveny
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Lucky Suit

#4 - Lucky Suit

Season 6 - Episode 16

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.

star 7.93
129 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Tucker Cawley
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Halloween Candy

#5 - Halloween Candy

Season 3 - Episode 6

After Debra suggests that she might be more consistently romantic if she weren't in charge of the birth control, Ray decides to make the drastic move of "cutting the wires." But after a discussion with Robert, and other top "medical experts" he chickens out, but does muster enough bravery to go to the drugstore and buy "the stuff." He even goes crazy and splurges on "the rainbow pack" but the plan for Halloween romance goes awry when Grandpa distributes the "chocolate coins in brightly colored wrappers" that he found to the remaining trick-or-treaters in the neighborhood.

star 7.92
166 votes
Writers: Steve Skrovan
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The Canister

#6 - The Canister

Season 5 - Episode 19

Tempers flare when Marie accuses Debra of not returning a borrowed canister that holds sentimental value and Debra insists that she has already given it back. Debra is then horrified when she discovers that she does indeed still have the canister in her possession. With Ray and Robert's reluctant assistance, she concocts an elaborate scheme to get rid of the evidence, rather than confess to Marie that she was wrong and her mother-in-law was right all along.

star 7.92
132 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: David Regal
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The Angry Family

#7 - The Angry Family

Season 6 - Episode 1

The Barones clash even more than usual in the sixth-season opener when they get a child's-eye view of all the bickering that goes on in the family. The fireworks begin when the whole gang attends an open house at first-grader Michael'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 then Michael gets up and reads the title to his story, "The Angry Family." The shocked Barones fear the worst---and for good reason---as Michael begins the saga of a clan that is constantly arguing.

star 7.91
164 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Philip Rosenthal
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The Ride-Along

#8 - The Ride-Along

Season 2 - Episode 17

Raymond decides to spend a shift accompanying his brother Robert, a policeman. 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 the hold-up. When Robert saves the day by throwing a hot pizza in the burglar's face, Raymond sees for the very first time how courageous his brother really is.

star 7.90
143 votes
Writers: Jeremy Stevens
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The Power of No

#9 - The Power of No

Season 9 - Episode 14

Ray's latest manipulative plan involves constantly turning down Debra in the bedroom.

star 7.87
129 votes
Writers: Tucker Cawley, Aaron Shure
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The Letter

#10 - The Letter

Season 2 - Episode 11

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 – but he fails. Surprisingly, the family discovers that honesty really may be the best policy.

star 7.86
160 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Kathy Ann Stumpe
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Bad Moon Rising

#11 - Bad Moon Rising

Season 4 - Episode 22

Ray's attempts to alleviate Debra's PMS moodiness only make her more irritable. 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.

star 7.86
160 votes
Directors: David Lee
Writers: Ray Romano, Philip Rosenthal
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The Wedding (2)

#12 - The Wedding (2)

Season 2 - Episode 25

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 10 years before when he popped the big question. Ray gets unexpected, unsolicited and unwelcome help with from his parents, but Debra says yes anyway. That leaves the gloomy groom wondering if she did so because she loves him or because she felt pressured. So Ray decides he's "gotta give her another chance to say no."

star 7.86
127 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Philip Rosenthal, Ray Romano
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Let's Fix Robert

#13 - Let's Fix Robert

Season 5 - Episode 21

Marie gathers Robert's ex-girlfriends Amy and Stefania and his female 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. Unfortunately, Robert unexpectedly drops in and is forced by his mother to listen to his character being assassinated by the women as they discuss his relationship hang-ups in detail and compare notes on his quirky dating behavior, inability to commit to one woman and his flawed personality.

star 7.84
113 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Jennifer Crittenden, Mike Royce
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Driving Frank

#14 - Driving Frank

Season 3 - Episode 2

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. Not only did Frank back into Robert's patrol car, but further investigation reveals that his driver's license is expired! Uncomfortable with the fact the he's not a safe driver anymore, Debra decides she doesn't want the kids in his car. But the most uncomfortable part for Ray is thinking about the fact that his parents are really getting older and unsafe driving is only the beginning of the journey.

star 7.84
163 votes
Directors: Will Mackenzie
Writers: Cindy Chupack
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How They Met

#15 - How They Met

Season 3 - Episode 26

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.

star 7.83
119 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Ray Romano, Philip Rosenthal
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Marie's Sculpture

#16 - Marie's Sculpture

Season 6 - Episode 5

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 it's erotic resemblance.

star 7.82
142 votes
Directors: Randy Suhr
Writers: Jennifer Crittenden
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The Visit

#17 - The Visit

Season 3 - Episode 5

When Debra's mother comes to visit the family for a week, Debra finds herself shocked to discover that she wishes her mom were more like Marie. 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. When her frustration with Lois' disinterest reaches a boiling point, Debra makes the mistake of blurting out that she wishes her mother were more like Marie. Then she has the unfortunate double trouble of making amends with her mom -- and dealing not only with Marie's glee, but also with her claim that she deserves credit for teaching Debra parenting skills.

star 7.82
152 votes
Directors: Richard Marion
Writers: Susan Van Allen
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Look Don't Touch

#18 - Look Don't Touch

Season 1 - Episode 5

Nemo's niece, Angelina, takes employment at Nemo's as a waitress at Nemo's. When Angelina catches Ray's eye, he has a lot of explaining to do to his wife, Debra especially when Angelina calls him at home. Ray accidentally leaves his wallet at Nemo's, and Angelina calls him at home to let him know she found it. But, because he feels guilty about his innocent attraction, Ray denies ever knowing her. When the situation is blown out of proportion by the Barone family, Debra decides to visit Nemo's to see what all the fuss is about.

star 7.81
231 votes
Directors: Jeff Meyer
Writers: Lew Schneider
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Why Are We Here?

#19 - Why Are We Here?

Season 1 - Episode 22

In this flashback episode, Ray and Debra remember their days in their first apartment. Debra finds out she's having twins, and so 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. A mustached Robert discovers his wife wants a divorce. Part-time realtor Frank finds Ray and Debra a perfect house across the street from him and Marie. Debra decides living across from her in-laws is a good idea.

star 7.80
136 votes
Writers: Ray Romano, Tom Paris
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Baggage

#20 - Baggage

Season 7 - Episode 22

Ray and Debra wind up in a two-week standoff over a suitcase. 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. Although Robert thinks Ray and Debra are insane, Frank and Marie can easily relate and offer their own words of wisdom – with Frank counseling Ray and Marie advising Debra on how to resolve their marital differences.

star 7.80
137 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Tucker Cawley
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Pat's Secret

#21 - Pat's Secret

Season 9 - Episode 15

Robert discovers Pat smoking and she pleads for him not to tell. Later, when Amy smells smoke on Robert, she thinks Robert smokes. Frank, Marie, Peter, Hank and Amy all think Robert smokes. Robert gets yelled at, and Pat doesn't tell the truth or back him up. The next day, Robert tells Raymond and Debra about Pat, and the family comes over. There is a bitter argument and then Ray and/or Debra yells out that Pat smokes. She confesses and tells the truth. There is another argument and Peter confesses something, then Hank, then Ray, then Debra. It ends with Frank and Marie telling them that they are weird and that they shouldn't do the stuff they are doing.

star 7.79
122 votes
Writers: Tucker Cawley
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The Bird

#22 - The Bird

Season 8 - Episode 9

Robert and Amy convince their families to spend Thanksgiving together. When the Barones arrive at the Pennsylvania home of Amy's parents, they find that their differing family traditions encourage lots of lively conversation. If only the MacDougals owned a television set! Things start to come together when the families separate into Pilgrims and Indians for the annual MacDougal Thanksgiving Family Pageant. All is well until a bird flies into the house and Pat McDougal decides to "put it out of it's misery."

star 7.79
117 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Tucker Cawley, Jeremy Stevens, Mike Royce
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Cookies

#23 - Cookies

Season 6 - Episode 15

When Ray learns that Troup Leader Peggy and her daughter have 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.

star 7.78
108 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Steve Skrovan
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Robert's Wedding (2)

#24 - Robert's Wedding (2)

Season 7 - Episode 25

Robert and Amy exchange vows in a classic Barone family wedding ceremony.

star 7.78
36 votes
Directors: Jerry Zaks
Writers: Philip Rosenthal
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Stefania Arrives

#25 - Stefania Arrives

Season 5 - Episode 17

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. After spending some quality time with the Italian beauty, sans gelato and gondolas, Robert has to rethink his feelings for her. Meanwhile, Stefania's father, who has accompanied her to America, has his own change of heart with respect to his feelings for Robert.

star 7.78
119 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Lew Schneider, Tucker Cawley
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