Everybody Loves Raymond (season 8)

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Everybody Loves Raymond (season 8)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 23
Original channel CBS
Original release September 22, 2003 (2003-09-22) – May 24, 2004 (2004-05-24)
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List of Everybody Loves Raymond episodes

This is a list of episodes for the eighth season of Everybody Loves Raymond.


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
172 1 "Fun with Debra" Gary Halvorson Mike Scully September 22, 2003 (2003-09-22) 0801

When Ray has a nice time with the twins at the golf course, Debra decides to go with him too. Initially they have a lot of fun, with Debra complimenting Ray and Ray teaching Debra, having a good time with him. As the day progresses, they start fighting about golfing and Debra finally admits that she hates golfing.

Note: As Robert and Amy are on their honeymoon, this is the only episode in the entire series, that Brad Garrett (Robert) does not appear in.
173 2 "Thank You Notes" Kenneth Shapiro Philip Rosenthal September 29, 2003 (2003-09-29) 0802
Robert and Amy are back from the honeymoon, and Marie tries to guilt Amy into writing thank you notes. When Amy answers back and Marie leaves, fuming. Debra takes this as an opportunity to team with her and sideline Marie altogether, but Ray and Robert are too afraid of Marie to team up with them. Marie hears about this and puts an end to it, turning Amy against Debra.
174 3 "Home From School" Kenneth Shapiro Steve Skrovan October 6, 2003 (2003-10-06) 0803
When Michael stays home from school for two days in a row for no obvious reason, Ray makes Michael spend the day without television, games or comics to teach him a lesson. This leads him to confide why he doesn't want to return to class: he was teased for accidentally calling the teacher "Mommy" and crying about it. Ray then tells him an embarrassing story from his school days, which makes him return to school.
175 4 "Misery Loves Company" Gary Halvorson Aaron Shure October 13, 2003 (2003-10-13) 0804
Debra and Ray are annoyed at the over-the-top affection Robert and Amy express. Robert and Amy then give Ray marriage advice and Debra a book about it. This ticks off Ray and Debra and they make a scene at the dinner table. Marie then gives them both some sound marriage advice.
176 5 "The Contractor" Gary Halvorson Mike Royce October 20, 2003 (2003-10-20) 0805
Debra persuades Ray to hire Gianni to do some remodeling in their kitchen, but they both soon regret it due to their friend's laziness. He gets a stove that does not fit, so Debra decides to fire him. When Gianni gives them a huge bill, Ray gets mad. Frank is upset about hiring outside help and decides not to talk to Ray. Debra also recommends Gianni to Amy and Robert also gets mad at him because of the laziness.
177 6 "Peter on the Couch" Gary Halvorson Steven James Meyer November 3, 2003 (2003-11-03) 0806
Amy's brother Peter visits Amy and just stays back. This makes Robert very uncomfortable and he convinces him to move back. Ray drives him back, and they discover that Hank and Pat have thrown away Peter's stuff and made a prayer room. Peter then returns to Long Island and Robert finds a apartment to him to live, finally getting along with Peter.
178 7 "Liars" Kenneth Shapiro Tucker Cawley November 10, 2003 (2003-11-10) 0807
Ray fakes a headache to get out of spending time with Marie and lies to her about it. This lie leads to a series of lies from Ray and Debra which leads to a huge mess. Marie finally cracks it, and then the lies of Robert and Amy and also Marie come out in the open.
179 8 "The Surprise Party" Jerry Zaks Lew Schneider November 17, 2003 (2003-11-17) 0808
Debra's mother suggests throwing Debra an "old-fashioned English tea party" for her birthday with Ray's help. When Debra discovers that Ray has some plan, she insists on a Chinese banquet instead. Ray lies to Lois and gets her to plan a Chinese party. During the party, Ray blurts out that Debra knows about the surprise and that the theme was her idea. When Debra walks in and acts surprised, she makes a fool of herself.
180 9 "The Bird" Kenneth Shapiro Tucker Cawley & Mike Royce & Jeremy Stevens November 24, 2003 (2003-11-24) 0809
At Thanksgiving at the McDougalls', Pat puts an injured bird out of its misery, much to everyone's despair. Soon, the families take sides during the live-action pageant of the First Thanksgiving.
181 10 "Jazz Records" Gary Halvorson Tom Caltabiano December 15, 2003 (2003-12-15) 0810
Thirty years ago, the furnace melted Frank’s favorite jazz records on Christmas, and Frank has never forgiven Ray for it. Ray attempts to make it up to him by buying him CDs of the same records, which Frank does not appreciate. Robert and Amy then find some old jazz records at the garage sales and Robert finally confesses that he was the one who melted the records.
182 11 "Debra at the Lodge" Gary Halvorson Lew Schneider January 5, 2004 (2004-01-05) 0811
Debra accepts a position at Frank's lodge to help plan a member recruitment party, and quickly becomes very popular with the lodge brothers. Ray is upset about all the time Debra is spending away from home-and surprisingly, so is Frank, who dislikes his friends' treatment of his daughter-in-law. Marie and the wives of the lodgers are also upset about it, since they have bigger self-esteem, and in the end, even the lodgers are annoyed with Debra, forcing Ray to tell her the truth.
183 12 "Slave" Jerry Zaks Leslie Caveny January 12, 2004 (2004-01-12) 0812
Debra and Ray accidentally leave Michael and Geoffrey home alone when they go to the grocery store. When they get home, they are surprised to find that Ally took over, cooking them breakfast and doing laundry. Debra quickly gets used to the idea of having Ally as her helper, but Marie accuses her of "enslaving" her granddaughter.
184 13 "Whose Side Are You On?" Kenneth Shapiro Mike Royce February 2, 2004 (2004-02-02) 0813
After realizing that Debra places bets with the kids on his questionable behaviour traits, Ray is disgusted that his own children now think he's a "doof". He objects to the fact in Robert and Marie's presence. Their comments on it make Ray realize that Marie did the same with them in their childhood. Ray and Robert then try to bond with Frank.
185 14 "Lateness" Jerry Zaks Steve Skrovan February 9, 2004 (2004-02-09) 0814
Fed up with his wife's constant lateness, Ray makes a deal with Debra on ESPY awards night. Debra keeps up her end of the deal, but in the end, a curling iron gets stuck to her hair and she comes out to ask for Ray's help. She then realizes that she was a minute late and Ray has driven off without her. Ray finally realizes his mistakes and comes home to find Debra in her formal dress with the curling iron still stuck to her hair.
186 15 "Party Dress" Kenneth Shapiro Mike Scully February 16, 2004 (2004-02-16) 0815
Ray and Debra disagree over whether they should purchase an expensive dress for Ally to wear to a friend's formal 13th birthday party, which costs $250. When all the other family members agree with Ray, Debra gives in. When Ally refuses to go the party, Ray buys her the dress.
187 16 "Security" Gary Halvorson Tucker Cawley February 23, 2004 (2004-02-23) 0816
After Robert takes a second job selling home security systems, he reveals he's been asked to join the security firm full-time. He is unable to decide whether he should quit the police force. He asks everyone for his or her opinion. Frank, Hank, Debra and Amy want him to continue as a cop, but Marie and Pat want him to quit. Finally Ray decides to interfere and convinces Robert in the basement to make his own opinion, and Robert decides to stay in the police force. Marie, who has been eavesdropping to the basement, starts to slowly walk to Ray in a rage.
188 17 "The Ingrate" Gary Halvorson Aaron Shure March 1, 2004 (2004-03-01) 0817
Ray hurts Debra's feeling when he forgets to thank her during an acceptance speech for an honorary degree. To make up for it, he thanks her in his column. This angers Marie and Robert. The entire family starts yelling at Ray and asks for credit in his life. He finally gives them all a sarcastic thank you, which they seem to like.
189 18 "Crazy Chin" Gary Halvorson Teleplay: Tom Caltabiano & Mike Royce
Story: Adam Lorenzo
March 22, 2004 (2004-03-22) 0818
The MacDougalls notice that Robert touches food to his chin when he eats. Amy thinks it is a response to stress and tries to help out. Robert dislikes the fact that everyone considers him a "freak". Ray, Frank and Marie all recall when Robert first started doing the "chin thing", prompting Debra to piece together a solution for his habit.
190 19 "The Nice Talk" Brian K. Roberts Steve Skrovan & Aaron Shure April 19, 2004 (2004-04-19) 0819
The MacDougalls and the Barones attempt to bond over a 500-piece puzzle during Easter, but only Ray and Pat stay up to do it. While they work, they share private stories about themselves and their families. Soon, everyone is talking about their "weird" friendship. Ray tries to defend his sweet relationship with her only to realize that she is nice to everyone.
191 20 "Blabbermouths" Gary Halvorson Teleplay: Leslie Caveny & Jeremy Stevens & Mike Scully
Story: Susan Van Allen
May 3, 2004 (2004-05-03) 0820
Debra shares Ray's "choo choo gone" dream with the girls, and Amy tells Robert. The guys make fun of Ray for dreaming about a train and he tells them that he was dreaming about a girl whose nickname was "Choo Choo." They then start talking about their wives. This snowballs into a lot of gossip and all their feelings get hurt.
192 21 "The Model" Gary Halvorson Leslie Caveny May 10, 2004 (2004-05-10) 0821
A modelling agent convinces Robert to pose for headshots with their "in-house" photographer. But when they later return to collect them, the agent has disappeared with Robert's $2000. Ray then photographs Robert to fool the family, which turn out to be very bad. He is then forced to tell the truth, but Robert uses his police role to find and arrest the agent.
193 22 "The Mentor" Gary Halvorson Tod Himmel May 17, 2004 (2004-05-17) 0822
A young man, Sam, arrives at Frank's house and everyone is surprised when they fondly embrace. He explains Frank had been like a mentor to him. His sons scoff, claiming that gruff Frank cannot possibly be warm and kind, which hurts Frank's feelings. They then realize that Frank was rude to him too, but Sam actually liked that.
194 23 "Golf for It" Gary Halvorson Tom Caltabiano & Tucker Cawley & Mike Royce May 24, 2004 (2004-05-24) 0823
Marie tries to guilt Robert and Ray into helping her with a shelf-building project. The brothers band together to resist her, and go to get a prime spot on a golf course. While there, they engage in a long battle over who will take care of Marie when she becomes too old to live alone. They decide to golf for it. Finally the boys make Marie her shelf and Ray informs Debra that he won at golf and Marie is going to live with them after Frank dies.