The Best Episodes of The Drew Carey Show

This long-running sitcom stars comedian Drew Carey as a sort of blue-collar everyman. The show chronicles Drew's working life, the ups and downs of his romances and his strong relationship with his long-time friends Lewis, Oswald and Kate.

Batmobile

#1 - Batmobile

Season 3 - Episode 7

Drew wins the Batmobile through a contest at a fast food restaurant. His friends are astonished to learn that he could have taken $200,000 cash in lieu of the car, but turned it down. Mimi blackmails Drew into driving her to work in the Batmobile. Nicki asks Drew to drive his regular car when they meet with her parents for dinner that night, as she wants them to see that he is more stable than her last few boyfriends. Lewis and Oswald take the Batmobile for a joyride in their Batman and Robin outfits. Drew becomes paranoid about the car being taken, and skips the dinner with Nicki's parents. He later apologizes and tries to convince her that he cares about the relationship. They go for a ride in the Batmobile so that they can park in a secluded place and talk. Nicki gets really turned on by the car. The police see the car and approach because they believe it has been stolen again. They catch Drew and Nicki having sex. Drew is forced to return the Batmobile because he violate

star 8.38
32 votes
Directors: Sam Simon
Drew's Cousin

#2 - Drew's Cousin

Season 3 - Episode 25

Drew hosts the family barbecue for all of the Carey cousins. Kristen, his 18-year-old cousin, comes to the event while looking at colleges. She plans to attend Cleveland State, and asks to stay with Drew until she can get a place at the dorm. He also gets her a temporary job at the store. Drew is horrified to discover that Kristen and Mr. Wick are secretly dating. He worries that the relationship will cause him problems with his family and at work. Kristen and Wick point out that they are both adults and are free to date whomever they choose. Wick confesses that he is in love with Kristen. Drew reluctantly agrees not to stand in their way, but is more than a little disgusted to find a pantsless Wick in his house the next morning. Wick overreacts when Kristen makes plans with two guys from Cleveland State. She becomes freaked out by his possessive behavior and dumps him. He tries to win her back by standing on Drew's pool table and playing Foreigner's "I Wanna Know What Love

star 8.29
21 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Nicki's Parents

#3 - Nicki's Parents

Season 3 - Episode 18

Drew and Oswald buy engagement rings. Drew plans to present the ring to Nicki at dinner as he meets her parents for the first time. Drew is forced to dine alone with Mr. and Mrs. Fifer after Nicki gets snowed in at her sister's place. When her parents see a recent photo of Nicki, they comment on how much weight she has gained. Although they initially blame Drew, they soon get into an argument about who is responsible for their daughter's problems. They begin screaming at each other and complaining about their sex life. Mrs. Fifer announces that she is moving out. Mr. Fifer convinces Drew to take him out on the town to meet women. Drew's plan to discourage him fails, but Mr. Fifer soon goes running back to his wife after an evening with the gang shows him that single life may not be as exciting as he had imagined. Kate and Oswald go to marriage counseling after she complains that he spends too much time with Lewis.

star 8.22
23 votes
Directors: Sam Simon
The Rebound

#4 - The Rebound

Season 3 - Episode 23

An attractive handywoman named Sharon comes to the house after the gang breaks several appliances during a drunken celebration honoring Drew's last payment on the engagement ring. She seems to get along well with Drew, so Oswald and Lewis push him to ask her out. Kate feels that Drew is on the rebound and will only get hurt. Drew makes up an excuse to see Sharon again. He asks her out, but insists that he only wants to be friends. He tries to cheer her up after a date stands her up, only to have her leave when the guy gets out of his work commitment. A lonely Drew interrupts Sharon's date by calling her for help with a plumbing problem, then intentionally breaks a pipe. He accidentally floods the entire basement. Drew tries to get Sharon's attention by riding through the flood waters in a raft and playing his accordion for her. She says that she is just not interested in dating him. Kate cheers up Drew by telling him how sweet and romantic he is.

star 8.17
23 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Drew Between the Rock and a Hard Place

#5 - Drew Between the Rock and a Hard Place

Season 4 - Episode 4

Mrs. Louder asks Drew to fill in as store manager while Mr. Wick is in rehab. He refuses, as he is having a great time with his band and doesn't want to deal with all the hassles of the job. Mrs. Louder reluctantly gives the job to Larry. A man approaches Drew and offers the Horndogs the chance to go on a tour of all the Ramadas in Ohio. He decides to accept the offer and quit his job. Kate doesn't think this is a good idea, as she ended up working as a "booze wench" at the Ramada after quitting Winfred-Louder. A plastered Wick shows up at Drew's show and says that he was kicked out of rehab because of a change in his health insurance. Drew discovers that Larry changed the employee coverage to an HMO so that he could spend $100,000 on a Jacobs Field skybox for Mrs. Louder. Drew is upset because he had fought hard to get good coverage for everyone. The employees plead with him to go through the budget and find some way to make up the lost money and get their health plan back.

star 8.16
25 votes
Directors: Sam Simon
Do Drew and Kate Have Sex?

#6 - Do Drew and Kate Have Sex?

Season 5 - Episode 16

Kate tells Drew that she is ready to have sex with him. They get into an argument, and Kate ends up leaving. They apologize the next day and agree that they were feeling too much pressure. Kate suggests that it would be easier if things were spontaneous. Drew realizes that he is not very good with spontanaeity, and plans a romantic evening. He asks Lewis and Oswald to get Speedy out of the house so that he and Kate can be alone, and to cut the lights. (They remember this by singing "Leave, Dog, Lights" to the tune of the Spiderman theme.) Kate figures out what is going on, but doesn't get mad. Speedy outwits Lewis and Oswald and gets back into the house. Drew trips over him on the way back from the bathroom and sprains his penis. The doctors and interns continually gawk at him and laugh at his injury. When Mimi fails to get pregnant for several months, she and Steve consult a specialist. They learn that they both have fertility problems. Mimi begins taking hormones, which

star 8.14
21 votes
Directors: Sam Simon
Sexual Perversity in Cleveland

#7 - Sexual Perversity in Cleveland

Season 4 - Episode 5

Darcy breaks up with Drew after he admits that he is not a full-time musician. He starts spending a lot of time at his computer, and begins a steamy on-line affair with an anonymous woman. He becomes concerned after learning that his chat room girlfriend works at a department store and has a large collection of troll dolls. When he confirms that it is Mimi, Drew begins showering compulsively. He feels extremely awkward when he and Mimi run into each other while visiting Wick in rehab. Mimi does not realize that she was involved with Drew, and is angry that she hasn't heard from her online man for a while. Drew gets really drunk and writes her a kiss-off note in which he claims to be Bill Clinton. Meanwhile, Oswald grows concerned about his mother's financial status after her birthday check to him bounces. He learns that her business partner deserted her, and that she may lose her beauty salon and house. Oswald follows Lewis's advice and agrees to test breast implants for DrugC

star 8.14
22 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
A Very, Very, Very Fine House

#8 - A Very, Very, Very Fine House

Season 3 - Episode 5

Drew's lawyer gets all charges dropped by threatening a lawsuit for wrongful arrest. However, the government seizes the house as evidence because Larry used drug money to pay the mortgage. They plan to sell it at auction. Drew stays with Lewis and Oswald in their new apartment above the Warsaw. After Nicki mentions that the price will probably end up far less than the real value of the house, Drew gets an idea. He decides to declare bankruptcy to get out of debt, and have Lewis bid on the house on his behalf. Mimi shows up and begins bidding, hoping to make Drew miserable and get herself a cheap house. Drew's new neighbors outbid her, as they want to expand their property. Drew gets Greg to back off by talking about the importance of his childhood home--and convincing him that their other neighbor will probably die soon. Drew ignores Kate after learning of her relationship with Oswald. He unconvincingly insists that he is happy for her, but snaps at her for laughing after Osw

star 8.12
32 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Mr. Wick Returns

#9 - Mr. Wick Returns

Season 5 - Episode 22

Mr. Wick returns from his retraining and begins duty in the mail room. He again vows revenge against Drew. On the morning of a major sale, a cowboy ambushes Drew in his back yard and ties him up. Drew fails to open the store on time, marking the first time in history that Winfred-Louder did not open on schedule. Soulard tells Drew that he is demoting him to his old job. Mimi pleads for a chance at the manager position. Soulard agrees to give her one day to prove that she can run the store. Mimi taunts Drew and reveals that she was the one who sent the cowboy--not Wick. Wick and Drew agree to join forces to keep Mimi from becoming permanent store manager. Wick suggests dipping the pickle she eats for lunch in grain alcohol to get her drunk. Their plan fails when the cowboy again jumps Drew. He arrives very late, and Mimi seems to be on the verge of winning the job. Steve brings by some remote-controlled vibrating panties that may help her get pregnant. She puts them on to w

star 8.11
19 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
The Dating Consultant

#10 - The Dating Consultant

Season 3 - Episode 24

Drew meets a woman at the Warsaw who recommends that he sign up for her dating advice service (for $250). He is reluctant, but finally agrees. She embarrasses him by taking hidden video of his date and using it as a "teaching aid" for the class. Drew becomes the laughingstock of the class, despite the fact that most of the students are dorks and losers who have never had sex. Drew seeks the help of the Better Business Bureau to have the service shut down. However, he ends up enlisting tips from the class to get a date with the Better Business Bureau employee. He quickly scares her off with his overeager behavior, and ends up back in the class. Lewis interviews potential new roommates, but Oswald keeps driving them all away. Lewis enjoys the freedom of having the place to himself. Mr. Wick bribes Lewis into letting him use the extra bedroom for a one-night stand. Mimi messes with Oswald's head by trying to convince him that Kate really loves Drew.

star 8.09
22 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Drew's the Other Man

#11 - Drew's the Other Man

Season 2 - Episode 8

Drew is confused when Bonnie refuses to go out anywhere with him. She always insists that they just pick up some fast food and go back to his house. Drew believes that she is just concerned about putting a strain on his finances, but wishes that they could do something special. Kate suggests that Drew surprise Bonnie. Drew shows up at her apartment with a gourmet meal, only to find that she is married. He ends up having to impersonate a caterer and serve dinner to the couple. Bonnie comes to Drew's house the next day to apologize. She says that her marriage had been dead for a long time, and that she had been planning to end it. Ironically, Drew's dinner helped to rekindle the passion in the marriage. Oswald wins Global Parcel's intramural boxing championship. The man he defeated, Joe "Special Delivery" Lupo, takes him to dinner to celebrate. After Joe begins showering Oswald with gifts, the gang finally forces Oswald to realize that Joe has the wrong impression about their

star 8.06
34 votes
I Dishonestly Love You

#12 - I Dishonestly Love You

Season 5 - Episode 17

Kate feels extremely threatened when Drew receives a call from Wendy, his recently divorced college girlfriend. Drew assures her that she has no reason to worry, and agrees to have lunch with Wendy. She tells him that she returned to town in the hopes of escaping an obsessive ex-boyfriend. She hasn't worked for years, but hopes that Drew can give her a job at the store to help her get back on her feet. He hires Wendy as his assistant, and tries unsuccessfully to hide the truth from Kate. Kate gets jealous and storms off. While at the Warsaw, Drew receives a call from a panicked Wendy, who fears that her ex-boyfriend has tracked her down. Mimi overhears and suspects that the whole thing is a ploy to get Drew into bed. Drew begins to agree with her after he arrives at Wendy's apartment to find her in her underwear. She claims that her radiator is broken. Even after Wendy's ex-boyfriend shows up, Drew still believes it is a scam. He changes his mind after the guy punches him.

star 8.05
20 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
From the Earth to the Moon

#13 - From the Earth to the Moon

Season 3 - Episode 26

As Drew's carpool arrives at Winfred-Louder, Mrs. Louder calls and tells him that he has been chosen to coordinate hiring for the corporation's new stores in Europe. He must make it to the boardroom quickly to hold onto the promotion. Drew falls in an oil slick in the parking garage and has to buy a new shirt. The replacement shirt gets torn as he intervenes in a dispute between Kate and an irate customer. The clerk charges him several thousand dollars for the shirt, and panics when Drew asks him to correct the mistake. Mrs. Louder repeatedly admonishes Drew over the loudspeaker for not showing up in the boardroom. Larry and Drew get stuck in the elevator at a time when both badly need to use the bathroom. Lewis and Oswald then detain Drew and make him listen to a ridiculous story about a "recovered memory" of Lewis's. Mrs. Louder warns Drew that he will lose the promotion unless he shows up in ten minutes. A bunch of workers block the stairs with a giant toy castle and go on

star 8.05
21 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Drew and the Trail Scouts

#14 - Drew and the Trail Scouts

Season 6 - Episode 7

Drew agrees to marry Wick and help him get his green card if Wick lets him have his old job. They head for Vermont to get married, and Oswald and Lewis come along to cheer the depressed Drew. During the ceremony, Drew nearly backs out because he realizes that the whole thing is really, really stupid and that he should still be with Kate. He finally agrees to go through with it. While moping in a nearby park, he encounters a scout troop. They prompt him to recall his old scouting days, and encourage him to volunteer to help with a troop. Drew is soon named a scoutmaster, and learns that his predecessor was forced out because the scouts do not allow gays. Drew tries to hide the truth about his marriage to Wick. An INS agent shows up to investigate Drew and Wick while the scout troop is at Drew's house. Drew must either tell the agent the truth and get Wick deported, or give up his scoutmaster duties. He protects Wick, who responds by promoting him to head of personnel.

star 8.05
22 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Beer Ball

#15 - Beer Ball

Season 5 - Episode 24

Mr. Wick brings in a bunch of ringers for the company softball team. After Wick refuses to let him on the team, Drew decides to organize his own team and let anyone play, regardless of ability. After watching the players in action, he realizes that they have no chance against the Winfred-Louder squad. Lewis and Oswald suggest that he ask Steve to join the team. Steve is already playing for the other squad, as spouses of employees are allowed. He and Drew become very competitive and decide to make a bet on the outcome of the game. If Steve loses, he will have to eat bugs and other disgusting things; and if Drew's team loses, he must walk around the field in a diaper. Drew convinces Steve to play "beer ball," in which the players have to drink at every base. Steve's team gets so drunk that Drew's team (filled with players that are used to handling a lot of liquor) makes a comeback. Drew gets the tying hit, but gets caught between third and home. Before Steve can tag him, Drew m

star 8.04
23 votes
Directors: Sam Simon
Drew and the Conspiracy

#16 - Drew and the Conspiracy

Season 4 - Episode 1

Drew suffers a constant series of mishaps at work, from dumpsters blocking his parking space to broken chairs and a seemingly endless supply of faulty pencil points. He begins to suspect that someone is out to get him, but his friends feel that he is just paranoid. However, Chuck shows Drew a videotape in which three men sit around discussing how much they hate Drew, and all the things they have done to make him miserable for the last decade. The men indicate that they will pull their ultimate prank the next day. When they cannot be found at work, Drew evacuates the store. The men then show up, and Drew demands to know why they dislike him. One of them says that Drew caused him to lose his fiancée by getting jelly on his collar; she mistook it for lipstick and dumped him. Drew got the second man in trouble by repeating his insults about the boss when he was in earshot, and the third guy didn't like being reported for drinking at work. The guys decide that they are tired of hara

star 8.04
24 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
A House Reunited

#17 - A House Reunited

Season 4 - Episode 15

Celia returns from an out-of-town trip and learns about Drew's fight with Winfred-Louder. She offers her support. The store recruits Mimi to try to drive Drew out of the house. She points blinding lights at the house and constantly blasts "Panama" by Van Halen. Larry and Chuck later tell Drew that Winfred-Louder's investors gave up and backed out of the mall project. The store decides to rent all of the houses it had purchased to employees. After learning that Mimi continued to torment him for days after he had already won the battle, Drew gets revenge by tricking her into sending her outfits to a fake dry cleaner, who ruins them. Drew asks Celia to move in with him. Lewis, Oswald and Kate become creeped out by Drew's relationship with Celia, as they feel that they are acting like mother and son. The store's contractor reassembles Drew's house in an improper fashion, causing the kitchen to slope. Wick refuses to pay for the repairs, so Drew has to contact a lawyer. Drew and

star 8.04
24 votes
A House Divided

#18 - A House Divided

Season 4 - Episode 14

A corporation tries to convince everyone in Drew's neighborhood to sell their houses to make way for a new mall. Drew is reluctant, but agrees to think it over. Mrs. Louder reveals that Winfred-Louder is behind the project. She and Mr. Wick try to sweet-talk Drew to get him to sell. He is interested in moving to lakefront property, but does not want to give up his family home. Mimi suggests that Winfred-Louder move the entire house, and Mrs. Louder agrees. Mimi later tells Drew that she has accessed Wick's E-mail and learned that the house will not be moved to the lake. Drew goes home and discovers that half of his house has been taken away, a week earlier than scheduled. Mrs. Louder and Wick claim that Drew's house was rejected by the lakeside property owners' association. They offer him another lot, which he accepts. Oswald, Kate and Lewis lodge a protest against the homeowners association, only to learn that Winfred-Louder never bought a lot in the area or submitted Drew's

star 8.04
25 votes
Daddy Dearest (2)

#19 - Daddy Dearest (2)

Season 7 - Episode 20

Lord Mercer refuses to show concern for Milan, claiming that she regularly threatens to kill herself to get attention. Drew gets her to come off the ledge. Drew is upset when his father refuses to congratulate him for his promotion, instead sending him a fish wrapped in the newsletter that announced his new position. Lord Mercer fires Milan for repeatedly refusing to show up for meetings. She feels that she has no reason to make an effort because her father is never satisfied by anything she does. Drew, inspired by his own situation, pleads with Lord Mercer to give Milan another chance. He promises to help her do a better job running the store. However, Milan only knows how to do one thing--party. She throws a rave in the store. It seems to be a disaster, but actually boosts sales considerably. Lord Mercer still disapproves because raves are bad for the store's reputation. Milan decides that she doesn't always need to seek her father's approval. Meanwhile, Lewis inadvertent

star 8.00
16 votes
Mimi Moves In

#20 - Mimi Moves In

Season 5 - Episode 15

Steve and Mimi buy a trailer and plan a trip to Dollywood. Mr. Soulard orders Mimi to alter her appearance and remove all personal items from her desk. When she objects, he puts walls around her desk so that she can't be seen by visitors. Mimi refuses to stay in her office, and Mr. Soulard fires her for failing to answer her phone. She and Steve decide to leave with the trailer, and never plan to return. They announce their plans when they stop by Drew's house to pick up some of Steve's belongings. A jubilant Drew offers to take their truck to the gas station for a fill-up; but has it stolen when he goes inside for a pretzel. Mimi and Steve are left stranded in Drew's yard, and cannot get a new truck because Steve allowed their insurance to lapse. Drew grows tired of the couple's monopolization of his food and utilities, and sickened by the continuous rocking of the trailer. Kate finds an affordable trailer park, and Drew offers to pay the first six months' rent. Mimi angrily

star 8.00
22 votes
Directors: John Fuller
Drew and the Racial Tension Play

#21 - Drew and the Racial Tension Play

Season 5 - Episode 13

Winfred-Louder celebrates its centennial. Drew selects Arthur Crawford, a board member who has worked at the store since 1936, to speak at the festivities. He puts aside the speech Drew had written and begins making stereotypical remarks about other races and religions, as well as gays. All of the employees are outraged; they threaten to go on strike and sue the store. They soon turn on each other and begin making offensive comments about one another. Drew promises that he will either get Crawford to apologize or resign. Crawford refuses to cooperate, and the board just tells Drew to look through the store's handbook for a solution. The tension between employees results in a race riot in the cafeteria. Drew tries to calm everyone by following the handbook and putting on a play about stereotypes with Kate, Mimi, Chuck, Doreen and another woman. The play is really awful, and doesn't have any effect on anyone. When Drew returns to the board to explain, he discovers that the Dutc

star 8.00
21 votes
Directors: Sam Simon
What the Zoning Inspector Saw

#22 - What the Zoning Inspector Saw

Season 2 - Episode 7

Drew catches the eye of an attractive stranger at the Warsaw. The woman, Bonnie, agrees to come back to his house to see his brewery. After she learns that he does not have a permit, she reveals that she is a zoning inspector and says that she must report him. Mimi (for a fee) suggests a way that Drew might get out of the situation. She says that the gang could organize a party and sell maps to the location, then give away the appropriate amount of beer. Bonnie comes to Winfred-Louder to apologize to Drew, and agrees to attend his party. She brings a policewoman friend to the gathering. Unfortunately, she threatens to arrest Drew and his friends for soliciting to sell alcohol unless they shut down the party and return everyone's money. Bonnie and Drew sleep together. She feels bad about causing him so many problems. She recommends that he get signatures on a petition and appear before the city council to request a change in the zoning laws for his neighborhood. The council h

star 7.97
37 votes
Directors: Sam Simon
Mimi's Day Parade

#23 - Mimi's Day Parade

Season 2 - Episode 9

Drew finishes his holiday hirings early and plans to spend Thanksgiving alone with his date. However, Mr. Wick decides to throw together a Winfred-Louder Thanksgiving Day parade at the last minute. He places Drew in charge, and warns him that many people will be fired unless the parade helps boost holiday sales. With just two weeks to go until Thanksgiving, Drew has a very difficult time locating balloons, and cannot obtain permits from the city to block off traffic. Mimi tells him that her father owns a trucking company and can loan the store flat bed trucks to use for floats. He can also arrange for the permits, so long as Mimi is allowed to sit on the lead float and serve as "snow queen." Drew agrees. Mr. Wick kidnaps actor David Lander from the airport and forces him to serve as grand marshal. A furious Mimi steals the keys to all of the floats and goes home. Drew goes after her, and warns that Mr. Wick has given him permission to fire her unless she returns the keys. Dre

star 7.97
32 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen
Drew vs. the Pig

#24 - Drew vs. the Pig

Season 3 - Episode 6

Drew is confused when Nicki refuses to eat at the Warsaw's annual "Bust-a-Gut" night. She explains that she used to be heavy, but lost 85 pounds. She must watch her diet carefully. Drew volunteers to lose ten pounds to show his support. Mimi overhears this and laughs at Drew. He bets her twenty dollars per pound that he can lose the weight. Mimi convinces Drew that Nicki was never fat, and lied so that she could pressure Drew into a diet because she is unhappy with his appearance. Drew searches for a way to find out if Nicki is telling the truth. The gang discovers why Drew's diet is failing: he is eating in his sleep. Lewis, Oswald and Kate try to think of a good way to promote Buzz Beer at a local expo. They display a giant mug of beer, which springs a leak. After Lewis dives in to plug the hole in the mug, the gang promotes him as "Beer Boy" and tries to get customers to pay for photos with him. Nicki runs into a high school classmate, who says that she hasn't changed at

star 7.97
32 votes
Cain and Mabel

#25 - Cain and Mabel

Season 4 - Episode 6

Steve comes to the Warsaw while dressed in drag. A man mistakes him for a woman and tries to buy him a drink. He gets angry when he learns the truth about Steve, and insults him. Drew stands up for his brother. Steve's transvestite friends begin frequenting the Warsaw as a show of solidarity. They dance and play loud music all of the time. Drew, Lewis and Kate become annoyed when other customers begin staying away, as this makes it even harder for any of them to find a date. Drew suggests that the bar get the female customers back by holding a ladies' night with half-price drinks. Steve is outraged when the bartender only gives the discount to actual women, not the cross-dressers. Drew refuses to take his side. Steve accuses Drew of trying to force him out of the Warsaw because he is ashamed of him. Drew insists that he is actually upset because Steve is trying to take away his bar. He says that Steve has been stealing things that Drew liked since they were children. Steve

star 7.95
22 votes
Directors: Gerry Cohen