The BEST Episodes of The Drew Carey Show
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 26, 2020
Network: ABC (US)
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.
#1 - What's Wrong with This Episode?
Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 1, 1998
In another of his cruel firing methods, Wick gives an employee a crossbow and says that he will not let him go if he can shoot an apple off of Wick's head. When the man tries to fire, a sign comes down that says "You're fired." However, the crossbow winds up going off, and Wick gets shot in the crotch with an arrow. He puts Drew in charge of the store until Mrs. Louder's return the following week. Drew declares that he will not fire any employee for any reason, as he wants to believe that people are good. The workers initially love him, but Larry soon takes advantage of Drew's policy. Everyone stops working, and the store falls apart. Drew tries to teach the employees a lesson by emulating their laziness and refusing to fill out their paperwork. He warns that the store will go under if they don't return to work, but no one seems to care. Mrs. Louder returns early, and Larry laughs that the employees can simply blame Drew's policy for the store's collapse. Drew is forced to re
#2 - Batmobile
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 5, 1997
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
#3 - Beer Ball
Season 5 - Episode 24 - Aired May 3, 2000
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
#4 - Do Drew and Kate Have Sex?
Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 9, 2000
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
#5 - I Dishonestly Love You
Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 16, 2000
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.
#6 - Golden Boy
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 7, 1998
Drew lets Darcy dye his hair blonde and grows a goatee so that he will look more like a musician. Larry discovers that someone has been doing cocaine in the men's room at Winfred-Louder. Wick orders Drew and Mimi to collect specimens from every employee for drug testing. Drew does not like invading everyone's privacy. After the men accuse him of being a narc, he throws out all the samples. Wick orders him to give his own sample. Drew refuses and brings in a drug-sniffing dog. Wick becomes furious and fires him. Drew goes into Wick's office and discovers that Wick is the one who is on drugs. He helps him get into rehab. Oswald and Lewis become jealous of Drew's musical success and try to talk him into letting them back into the band. Mimi ends her relationship with Ron after she receives an unpleasant visit from his wife.
#7 - The Rebound
Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 8, 1998
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.
#8 - From the Earth to the Moon
Season 3 - Episode 26 - Aired May 6, 1998
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
#9 - The Wedding Dress
Season 3 - Episode 27 - Aired May 13, 1998
Greg and Janet try to talk Drew into selling his house so that they can convert it into a barn for their horse. Kate and Oswald plan their wedding, but realize that they will not be able to afford many frills. Kate is upset that she will not be able to afford her dream wedding dress (the same one worn by her Barbie doll). The gang discovers that a bridal shop is having a sale and tries to find the dress. Mimi, visiting the store in search of her costume for a music video, helps Kate fight through the throngs of bloodthirsty bargain hunters. Kate finds that the dress she wants is a designer gown that costs 5000 dollars. Drew sees how disappointed Kate is and desperately wants to make her dream come true. He lets Greg and Janet store the horse in his backyard, and uses the rent money to buy the dress. He plans to surprise Kate at her shower. Mimi learns that Oswald has bought Kate a cheap knock-off of the dress. Mimi tries to warn him about Drew's actions, but thinks better of
#10 - Drew and the Unstable Element
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 3, 1996
Kate is annoyed by the behavior of Earl, a very weird man who works at the tie counter. She thinks that he is crazy. Drew insists that Kate is exaggerating, but finds that Earl is extremely volatile and delusional. He believes that he is the store manager. Drew looks over Earl's psychological profile and discovers that he has been in numerous mental institutions. (He had written this information on the back of the page, and Drew failed to see it.) Drew fires Earl after he refuses to see the company psychiatrist. Earl threatens Drew and reveals that he knows his address. Lewis, Oswald, Kate and Jay keep Drew company and try to protect him. Kate asks Chuck, the store's security guard, to come over to check things out. Drew refuses Chuck's recommendations and says that he will not live his life in fear. After everyone leaves, Earl comes over and claims that he wants to seek counseling. He actually plans to shoot Drew, but Chuck returns and apprehends him.
#11 - Drew and the Activist II
Season 6 - Episode 25 - Aired May 16, 2001
Drew and Rachel decide to see each other exclusively. Mimi suggests holding a barbecue for bar and restaurant owners as a promotion for Buzz Beer. Rachel tries to convince Drew to change his lifestyle to be more conscious of the environment. She is horrified to hear about the barbecue, and he agrees to serve veggie burgers. Lewis, Oswald and Mimi are angry at Drew for making decisions for the business without consulting them, and point out that they already had the meat. They secretly serve the meat without telling Drew. Mimi doesn't tell Rachel until she has had three burgers. She becomes addicted to meat-eating, and begins to lose all passion for her causes because she feels like a hypocrite. Drew helps her find her way by renting a live cow from a slaughterhouse and telling her that they are going to kill it and make it dinner. He realizes that they are too different to be together, and tells her to continue her activism. She liberates the cow, costing Drew his thousand-do
#12 - My Best Friend's Wedding
Season 3 - Episode 28 - Aired May 20, 1998
Lewis brings Drew and Oswald together and gets them to patch things up. Kate tries to come up with a way to tell Oswald that she isn't in love with him and wants to call off the wedding. Drew insists that she must talk with Oswald face-to-face. Drew accompanies Kate to the couple's apartment to give her moral support and make sure she shares her feelings with Oswald. Just as she is about to break the news to him, Oswald's mother arrives. Kate decides to sneak out and stay with Drew for the time being. They arrive at his house to discover that Oswald has organized a surprise wedding. Kate is so afraid of humiliating Oswald that she decides to just go through with the marriage. Drew cannot change her mind. Lewis picks up on her doubts and tries to help break up the ceremony. When Lewis and Drew play catch with the ring, Oswald finally realizes that they are trying to protect him from bad news. Kate tells him that she doesn't want to get married. Oswald puts on a brave front,
#13 - He Harassed Me, He Harassed Me Not
Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 14, 1998
Mr. Wick finds a memo in which Mrs. Louder discusses plans to "celebrate [his] firing." Panicked, he approaches Mimi and suggests a phony sexual harassment scheme. She will claim that he harassed her and file a suit against the store. After she receives her winnings, they will split the money and go off to live on a tropical island. Wick makes a pass at Mimi in front of Drew so that he will serve as their witness. He gets her reassigned to mail room duty to protect her from Wick. Mrs. Louder tries to bribe Drew to get him not to testify. When he refuses, she demotes him to duty on the sales floor (in the fur department). Oswald delivers a suspicious package for Mimi and Wick. Drew opens it and discovers that they are opening a bank account in the Cayman Islands. The gang sneaks around the store at night and sees Wick making out with Joanne, a cafeteria worker. He asks her to come to the islands with him. Drew confronts Mimi and tells her about Joanne. Mimi is heartbroken,
#14 - Volunteer
Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 3, 1997
Drew's pastor convinces him to volunteer at a retirement home whose residents have a particularly bad reputation. When Mr. Wick learns of this, he sucks up to Mrs. Louder by suggesting that the store get some good publicity by forcing all employees to "volunteer" at retirement homes on the weekend. Gus, one of the residents, convinces Drew to ease the seniors' boredom by taking them along to the store and letting them help with inventory. Gus takes a bunch of photographs and convinces a local TV reporter that Drew is abusing the residents. The home receives an outpouring of gifts from horrified citizens, and the elderly begin picketing Winfred-Louder. Mrs. Louder plans to issue a press release that says Drew is fired, then hide him at another store until he eventually apologizes at a press conference. Drew doesn't want to take the blame for something he didn't do, so she gives him one day to coax a confession from Gus. When he cannot get him to crack, Mrs. Louder shows up and th
#15 - Vacation
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 17, 1997
Winfred-Louder holds a contest, offering two tickets to the Bahamas for the employee with the best desk decorations. Mimi tries to impress Wick by re-creating the abbey of his youth and having a children's choir sing insulting songs about Drew. Wick points out that he was regularly beaten by choir boys as a child, and tells her that she lost. Drew creates an entirely edible cubicle, while Kate just dances on the cosmetics counter. Wick names them co-winners and gives them each a ticket. Drew confesses to Lewis that he is worried about being alone with Kate, as he has always dreamed of being stranded with her on a deserted island and doesn't know if he can control himself. He offers the ticket to Oswald, but he has to work. Drew tries to get Kate to give her ticket to Nicki; but she also must work, and thinks that she is too fat to wear a swimsuit because she is now eating all of the time. Lewis accidentally spills the beans about Drew's feelings for Kate to Oswald. An enraged
#16 - Mr. Louder's Birthday Party
Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 28, 1998
When no one else is available, Mrs. Louder asks Drew to make one of the toasts at a birthday party honoring her late husband. The person with the best toast will receive 500 shares of company stock. Drew has trouble figuring out what to say because Mr. Louder was a terrible person. He recruits Oswald and Lewis to run the lights at the event and laugh at his bad jokes. Nicki does not want to accompany Drew to the dinner because she has gained so much weight that her dress no longer fits. She eventually shows up, but wants to hide in the back of the room. Drew hopes to make her feel better by mentioning how pretty she is during the speech and having Oswald and Lewis put the spotlight on her. However, it proves disastrous, as everyone sees her stuffing her face. Drew assures Nicki that there are much worse things than being fat, and that he loves her anyway. She is still determined to lose some weight. Meanwhile, Mr. Wick and the store try desperately to convince Mimi to drop he
#17 - Mr. Laffoon's Wild Ride
Season 7 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 28, 2001
Drew begins to feel emasculated when Christine repeatedly bosses him around and has him do all of her errands. Mimi prepares to buy a minivan. She is heartbroken when Dee Snider of Twisted Sister shows up at the office and tells her that she can no longer be president of the group's fan club, as she has been neglecting her duties because of motherhood. She grows dissatisfied with her life and longs for the excitement of her past. She decides to buy a convertible sports car instead of the minivan. She runs into Drew, who is driving Christine's sports car, and they decide to have a race. They are both thrilled by the experience, and begin sneaking out and taking part in drag races every night. Steve finds out and shows up with Gus to convince Mimi to stop racing. Christine learns why Drew has been racing, and agrees to be less demanding. After the racegoers make fun of him for being a wuss, she lets him race one last time.
#18 - Steve and Mimi Get Married
Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 1, 1999
Beulah comes to town for Steve and Mimi's wedding. George is laid up with a back injury; but Drew and Steve's uncle, Alfred, makes the trip. Steve grows angry at Drew for making cracks about Mimi during a family dinner. Drew and Kate decide that they're not ready to tell his mom that they're dating, but she sees right through them. Steve discovers that Drew made a mistake on the order form for the wedding napkins; they have a typo that is insulting to Mimi. Steve accuses Drew of sabotaging the wedding, but forgets the dispute after they learn that Alfred has died. As a last request, Alfred asked to be buried in Drew's back yard, as he once lived in the house and was very happy there. Drew, Oswald and Lewis grow tired of digging the grave and decide to take a break. They get drunk and don't wake up until after Mimi has arrived for the wedding the next morning. The guys try to keep people away from the coffin, but Ed pulls away the cover during a magic trick. A distraught Steve
#19 - The High Road to China
Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 18, 1998
Drew pulls off an elaborate practical joke against Mimi and boasts that she will never be able to top it. A few days later, he wakes up to find himself on the Great Wall of China with no money or passport. Mimi has left a tape recording in his pocket in which she taunts him. Drew gets a ride into a small town, where a young woman who speaks English offers him shelter. She gets him a job helping her family sell chickens so that he can eventually afford bus fare to Beijing and go to the U.S. embassy. Kate, Lewis and Oswald grow concerned after they discover that Drew never made his scheduled business trip to Winnipeg. Mimi brags about sending Drew to China. She explains that she had her father's secretary drug Drew and put him on a courier flight. The gang has no idea what to do to help him. Ming finally agrees to drive Drew to Beijing, but the embassy is closed for Thanksgiving. He tries to make enough money to get himself a hotel room by putting on a sock puppet show, but onl
#20 - A Very, Very, Very Fine House
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 15, 1997
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
#21 - The Salon
Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 4, 1998
Kate hopes to receive a promotion to wardrobe buyer, but Mrs. Louder doesn't feel she has enough class for the job. Drew tries to help Kate come up with a plan to change Mrs. Louder's mind. They decide to organize a salon at Drew's house and discuss social and political issues. Drew suggests focusing on a few pre-selected topics so that Kate has time to study. Lewis also invites his boss from DrugCo to the event in the hopes of impressing him. Kate and Mrs. Louder get into a heated argument over the issue of Internet censorship. They begin insulting each other, and Mrs. Louder fires her. Kate takes a temporary job with Global Parcel, but Oswald has to fire her the first day after she endangers him and the cargo by getting into an altercation with other drivers. Drew meets Mrs. Louder's idol, Rush Limbaugh, and convinces him to come to the store. He tells Mrs. Louder that he agrees with Kate's opinion that the Internet should allow free speech. Mrs. Louder lets Kate come back
#22 - The Bachelor Party
Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 11, 1998
Drew and Nicki plan to videotape themselves having sex. Drew's parents come to town to celebrate his engagement, and arrive very early in the morning. After Nicki leaves, Drew tries to tell his mom about a problem involving the couple's relationship. Before he can finish, Kate, Oswald and Lewis stop by to share details of Drew and Oswald's bachelor party. Drew finally tells Beulah that he has called off the wedding. She pleads with him to go through with the bachelor party and let her break the bad news to George, as he has been depressed recently. Steve shows up in a dress, and Drew and Beulah plead with him not to tell George that he is a cross-dresser. Oswald nearly screens the video of Drew and Nicki at the bachelor party. After the guys try to give Drew a bunch of money as a wedding present, Drew breaks down and tells his father that he isn't getting married. Steve pops out of the cake in a dress. George and Beulah leave, but he seems to take Steve's news better than exp
#23 - O Brother, Who Art Thou?
Season 7 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 3, 2002
Drew is perplexed when Steve attacks one of the other fathers at Gus's kiddie gym with little provocation. Drew theorizes that Steve is just frustrated at being cooped up with the baby all the time and having no adult conversation. He hires him to fill an opening in the cosmetics department, despite Wick's objections. Drew visits Steve on the job and points out some matters that he needs to handle. Steve suddenly begins pounding a customer who tries to return a bottle of perfume without a receipt. Kate figures out that Steve's behavior is the result of jealousy over Drew's professional success. Drew looks at some old home movies and gets Steve to admit that he has always resented him because he liked having their parents to himself. Steve takes a job as a prison guard to deal with his hostility. Lewis and Oswald help DrugCo administer an experimental drug that causes empathy in prison inmates. Lewis takes the drug himself after Oswald points out his lack of sensitivity. Howev
#24 - Two Weddings and a Funeral for a Refrigerator
Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 4, 1998
Drew and the gang are depressed when his refrigerator breaks. Drew sees a beautiful new refrigerator in a Winfred-Louder ad, and convinces Mr. Wick to make it the grand prize in the annual employee games. Mimi teams up with Larry in the hopes of continuing her unbeaten streak at the event. Drew worries that he and Nicki won't be able to win the competition. Kate and Oswald and Lewis and Pinky also enter, promising to give Drew the fridge if they win. Unfortunately, Pinky has been involved in a DrugCo experiment that encourages competitive behavior. She takes out Drew, leaving him on crutches with his arm in a sling. After Mimi wins the final tug-of-war to take the contest, the injured Drew challenges her to a grudge match. She sends him flying headfirst into a refrigerator. Drew's friends chip in to buy him the dented model, and tell him that he got it as a consolation prize.
#25 - Howdy Neighbor
Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 7, 1998
The Buzz Beer tank explodes, sending beer flying all over the Clemens' yard. Drew has Greg and Janet over for dinner in the hopes of persuading them not to sue. Janet talks Greg into investing in Buzz Beer so that the gang can get a new tank and won't go out of business. Greg insists on calling all of the shots. He promises to double the profits, but forces the gang to work constantly. Greg and Wick divide up Drew's schedule so that they claim all of his time. Greg angers Janet by neglecting her to spend all of his time obsessing over the business. Drew gets Greg drunk in the hopes of getting him to loosen up. They steal a neighbor's leftover Christmas decorations. The tank explodes again, but Greg had insured it. Drew and Janet convince Greg to be less demanding. Lewis begins dating a woman who works as a guinea pig for DrugCo.