Everybody Loves Raymond (season 1)

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Everybody Loves Raymond (season 1)
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original network CBS
Original release September 13, 1996 (1996-09-13) – April 7, 1997 (1997-04-07)
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List of Everybody Loves Raymond episodes

The first season of Everybody Loves Raymond aired from September 13, 1996 until April 7, 1997.





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Title Directed by Written by Original air date[1] Production
1 1 "Pilot" Michael Lembeck Philip Rosenthal September 13, 1996 (1996-09-13) 9601
Debra is upset with Ray's family's invasive behavior, especially the awful Mother. The Barones live across the street and have the habit of bursting in unannounced. When Debra wants to be alone on her birthday, and Ray's family wants to have a party, he tries to come up with a plan to make everyone happy, but it ends up in a mess.
2 2 "I Love You" Paul Lazarus Philip Rosenthal September 20, 1996 (1996-09-20) 9602
During dinner with their friends, Bernie and Linda, they witness public display of affection. Later Debra is dying to know why Ray can't do the same for her as he doesn't even say, "I Love You" anymore. Ray involves his parents and gets everyone upset.
3 3 "I Wish I Were Gus" Paul Lazarus Kathy Ann Stumpe September 27, 1996 (1996-09-27) 9604
When a family member on Ray's side dies it becomes Ray's job to give the eulogy at the funeral ceremony. Marie is shocked to discover her alienated sister, Alda (played by Jean Stapleton), is coming to the funeral. Marie and Alda have a huge fight during the funeral about Ray's wedding and it's up to Ray to patch them up.
4 4 "Standard Deviation" Jeff Meyer Steve Skrovan October 4, 1996 (1996-10-04) 9605
Robert wants Ray and Debra to take an IQ test as part of a police assignment. Ray becomes neurotic when he discovers Debra is smarter than he is. But Ray and Debra's moods change when they discover that Ray was the one who scored the highest. Later Robert reveals that he was just playing with their self-image for a class of his.
5 5 "Look, Don't Touch" Jeff Meyer Lew Schneider October 11, 1996 (1996-10-11) 9606
Ray is attracted to a waitress at Nemo's and Debra finds out about the so-called "attraction" after Ray accidentally leaves his wallet at the restaurant. She then drags the whole family to Nemo's to meet the waitress.
6 6 "Frank, the Writer" Paul Lazarus Tucker Cawley October 18, 1996 (1996-10-18) 9603
Frank begins to consider himself a writer after the Reader's Digest publishes one of his funny stories in the "Humor in Uniform" section. He writes his own column and asks Ray to give it to his editor.
7 7 "Your Place or Mine?" Howard Storm Jeremy Stevens October 28, 1996 (1996-10-28) 9607
Ray is babied again when his interfering mother Marie, moves in with them after a fight with Frank. Debra, however, upset about the idea of Marie moving in, decides to spend time with Frank.
8 8 "In-Laws" Alan Kirschenbaum Philip Rosenthal November 1, 1996 (1996-11-01) 9608
Debra's parents visit for a weekend. The Barones and the Whelans are complete opposites in everything and when they try to have dinner together in a fancy restaurant, it turns into a complete disaster due to Ray's parents acting up as usual.
9 9 "Win, Lose or Draw" Alan Kirschenbaum Story by : Stephen Nathan & Kathy Ann Stumpe
Teleplay by : Kathy Ann Stumpe
November 8, 1996 (1996-11-08) 9609
As soon as Debra finds out that Ray lost $2300 to his father while playing poker at Nemo's with Frank's lodge buddies, she and Marie try to get the money returned. It turns out Marie has been stealing money from Frank and wasting it behind his back.
10 10 "Turkey or Fish" Michael Lembeck Tucker Cawley November 22, 1996 (1996-11-22) 9611
Debra wants to start her own Thanksgiving tradition by serving fish instead of turkey. Marie is selfishly complaining that she is doing this on her year. Debra tries her best to make sure that the meal is a huge success when she discovers that Marie is rooting for her failure, and inviting more guests to witness it. When Ray puts the fish in the dishwasher and Marie rudely brings her own turkey, Debra loses her cool.
11 11 "Captain Nemo" Michael Lembeck Lew Schneider & Steve Skrovan December 13, 1996 (1996-12-13) 9610
When Nemo's basketball team performs badly in the Pizza League, the other players elect Robert as their captain. When Robert leaves him out of the second half, Ray is disappointed and jealous. Debra suggests giving up the team and spending time with the family, and Ray agrees. Robert bosses the team around and they kick him out. Ray becomes their new captain and misses a day out with Debra and the kids. Eventually, Ray quits and Robert joins the opposing team and wins the game for them.
12 12 "The Ball" Jeff Meyer Bruce Kirschbaum December 20, 1996 (1996-12-20) 9613
When Ray confronts Frank about a baseball signed by Mickey Mantle, Frank admits that it is a fake and that he signed it himself. Ray is very hurt and decides never to lie to his kids. His resolution is put to test when Ally asks about Santa Claus. Ray starts to question his beliefs and talks to Frank about it.
13 13 "Debra's Sick" Michael Lembeck Stephen Nathan January 3, 1997 (1997-01-03) 9612
Debra, Ally and Michael are sick, and Ray has to take to kids to the doctor. He has a meeting with Terry Bradshaw that he cannot avoid, so he tries to do the interview at the pediatrician's office. There he discovers that he brought Geoffrey to the doctor instead of Michael. Marie drops in to interfere in Debra's life again, and gets on her nerves. Frank and Robert follow her and make it worse for Debra. But in the end, she gets rid of them.
14 14 "Who's Handsome?" Howard Storm Carol Gary January 17, 1997 (1997-01-17) 9614

When Debra's friend Amy contributes to Robert's Police Welfare Fund, she and Robert hit it off. When Robert is unsure about going on a date, Debra mentions that he is the most handsome Barone she has met. Ray becomes very insecure about this comment and becomes obsessed with his appearance. Robert begins dating Amy. Ray gets a spray-on tan and a new hairstyle.

Note: First appearance of Monica Horan as Amy MacDougall.
15 15 "The Car" Howard Storm Lew Schneider January 31, 1997 (1997-01-31) 9615
After buying the Plymouth Valiant from his father for $462.25, Ray gives the car to Debra. She complains about all the problems with the car and asks him to return it. Later she discovers that Ray wants to keep the car because it's the car in which he first got "lucky".
16 16 "Diamonds" Michael Lembeck Kathy Ann Stumpe February 7, 1997 (1997-02-07) 9617
Ray is shocked to learn that the engagement ring he bought for Debra, with Frank's help, is fake. He comes up with schemes to exchange the ring with a new one. He succeeds and throws out the fake ring. But the tables are turned when Debra announces she had already changed it when she realized it was cheap, replacing the stone with a $15,000.00 gem from one of her ancestors. Amy gets Robert a tie with guns for Valentine's Day and he gets her a unique Valentine's Day gift, a Iguana because her favorite color is green.
17 17 "The Game" Jeff Meyer Tucker Cawley February 21, 1997 (1997-02-21) 9616

When the cable goes out, Frank, Marie and Robert come barging into Ray and Debra's house, but their TV service is dead too. The guys all freak out and decide to rent a movie. The women suggest a game and pick up Scruples. Marie gets upset over an "adult diaper" question from Debra's card. Robert challenges Ray's answer about not stealing an umbrella and mentions a childhood story when Ray took his shoes. It's later revealed that Frank took them. Marie makes up a question about her moving in with Ray and Debra after Frank dies. Ray agrees to it and Debra is upset that he did not consult her. Everyone starts fighting, but it stops when the cable repair guy comes in and fines them for having an illegal splitter which is splitting Ray's cable signal and directing a signal to Frank's & Marie's house.

Note: Jon Manfrellotti appears here as the cable guy from Lynbrook cable. He will later go on to play a totally different character for the rest of the series, that being Ray's good friend Gianni.
18 18 "Recovering Pessimist" Jeff Meyer Steve Skrovan February 28, 1997 (1997-02-28) 9618
Robert wins a Perfect Attendance Medal, but Ray's Sports Writer of the Year nomination overshadows it. Ray refuses to enjoy it because he is scared of losing and doesn't want to raise his expectations. Ray wins, but is still sad. Debra then points out that Ray is a pessimist and proves it. He promises to be more optimistic. He tries to enjoy the promotion that came from the award, but his parents are not helpful. The promotion leads to coverage of a dog-sledge ride in Alaska in extreme temperatures. His pessimism returns and he is truly happy. Katarina Witt and Marv Albert make cameo appearances as themselves, attending the banquet where Ray wins his award.
19 19 "The Dog" Rod Daniel Bruce Kirschbaum March 3, 1997 (1997-03-03) 9619
A bulldog follows Ray home and he decides to keep it. After Debra's objection he gives it to Robert, because Robert had a bulldog named Shamsky when they were young and Robert had to give him up because of Ray's allergies. Robert gets very attached to the bulldog and calls him Shamsky II. When the owner comes looking for her pet, Robert is shattered. When the owner sees that Shamsky II has been fixed, she forces Ray to buy it for $2000.
20 20 "Neighbours" Jeff Meyer Jeremy Stevens March 10, 1997 (1997-03-10) 9620
Ray presents Frank with a big book of hobbies to keep him from disturbing them, but it backfires. Frank starts disturbing the entire neighborhood with the buzz saw, car alarm, etc. The neighbors come to Ray and Debra's house to discuss the issues and Marie walks into it. They get very upset and Ray feels guilty. Frank and Marie have a small party for the neighbors and patch things up. Ray still feels guilty and goes to the church. When the priest learns that Ray is Frank's and Marie's son, he absolves him immediately.
21 21 "Fascinatin' Debra" Jeff Meyer Story by : Kathy Ann Stumpe & Lew Schneider
Teleplay by : Jeremy Stevens & Tucker Cawley
March 17, 1997 (1997-03-17) 9621
Dr. Nora, a phone shrink, comes to interview Debra for a book she's writing. Debra tries hard to make a good impression when the Barone family interrupts and, to her dismay, Dr. Nora finds them more interesting. When she confides in Ray that she feels left out, Debra realizes that she is boring and normal with no weird quirks. The whole family tries to prove that she is not so. Later Ray concludes that she must be a weirdo to have knowingly married into the Barone family.
22 22 "Why Are We Here?" Jeff Meyer Ray Romano & Tom Paris April 7, 1997 (1997-04-07) 9622
Debra and Ray think about the time when Debra was pregnant with the twins. The flashback shows them in their old apartment and looking for a new house. Although Ray warns her about his parents, Debra wants to buy a house near Frank and Marie. In the present, Debra is regretting not listening to Ray.