Rules of Engagement (season 5)

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Rules of Engagement
Season 5
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Release
Original network CBS
Original release September 20, 2010 (2010-09-20) –
May 19, 2011 (2011-05-19)
Season chronology
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List of Rules of Engagement episodes

The fifth season of the American television comedy series Rules of Engagement premiered on September 20, 2010. It consisted of 24 episodes, each running approximately 22 minutes in length, marking the first and only time that the program received a full-season order. CBS initially broadcast the fifth season on Mondays at 8:30 pm ET in the United States between How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men. In February, the show moved to 8:30 ET on Thursdays, following The Big Bang Theory.

Cast[edit]

Main Cast[edit]

Recurring Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
U.S. Viewers
(millions)
49 1 "Surro-gate" Ted Wass Tom Hertz September 20, 2010 (2010-09-20) 503 8.35[1]
Jeff and Audrey's idea of the perfect candidate (Jaime Pressly) to serve as their surrogate is ruined by Russell's fling with her.
50 2 "The Bank" Ted Wass Mike Sikowitz September 27, 2010 (2010-09-27) 502 8.15[2]
Jeff reveals that he keeps track of Audrey's faults, which upsets her. Adam tries using the same technique with Jennifer, and it backfires. Timmy falls for a co-worker. Guest star: Taryn Southern.
51 3 "Rug-of-War" Ted Wass Barry Wernick October 4, 2010 (2010-10-04) 501 8.43[3]
When Jeff and Audrey decide to purchase a new rug, they give their old and "broken in" one to Jennifer and Adam. Jeff and Audrey try to go to an adoption fair and end up with big confusion.
52 4 "Handy Man" Ted Wass Mike Haukom October 11, 2010 (2010-10-11) 504 7.99[4]
When his love life doesn't move at the desired pace, Jeff takes matters into his own hands, which makes Audrey want to spice things up. Russell invites Timmy on a trip to Miami, but doesn't tell Timmy that he's afraid of flying.
53 5 "Play Ball" Ted Wass Vanessa McCarthy October 18, 2010 (2010-10-18) 505 7.86[5]
Audrey is too busy with work and Jeff convinces her to play softball. After a game full of interruptions from work, she quits. Timmy gets frustrated when he is "cut off" by his new girlfriend. Adam and Jennifer try to make up a good story about how they met. Guest star: Taryn Southern.
54 6 "Baked" Ted Wass Tim Doyle October 25, 2010 (2010-10-25) 506 8.17[6]
Trying to find her calling in life, Audrey decides to start a cookie business. Meanwhile, Jennifer and Adam discover marijuana in an old storage box, and become more "baked" than Audrey's cookies. Guest star: Taryn Southern.
55 7 "Mannequin Head Ball" Ted Wass Michael A. Ross November 1, 2010 (2010-11-01) 508 8.69[7]
Jeff and Adam use Audrey's rented retail space for a game of mannequin head ball. Jennifer and Audrey also enjoy their game through a security camera. Russell and Timmy go on a double-date. Guest star: Taryn Southern.
56 8 "Les-bro" Ted Wass Gloria Calderon Kellett November 8, 2010 (2010-11-08) 507 8.19[8]
Audrey and Jeff become tired of finding a surrogate, but Jeff's lesbian friend agrees to help them out. Adam is desperate to have a boys' night out, but ends up in the elevator. Russell's mother comes to town with expensive gifts, but leaves after cutting off Russell. Guest stars: Sara Rue, Joan Collins and Rebel Wilson.
57 9 "The Big Picture" Ted Wass Becky Mann & Audra Sielaff November 15, 2010 (2010-11-15) 509 7.92[9]
Audrey, upset by her appearance in a photograph belonging to Jeff's boss, decides to replace the picture. Russell is trying to cut his expeditures.
58 10 "Fun Run" Ted Wass Tom Hertz November 22, 2010 (2010-11-22) 510 7.96[10]
Jeff, tired of co-workers asking for donations, informs his employees that he will no longer take part in their charities. He soon regrets this, however, when Audrey needs donations for her 10K charity run. Meanwhile Russel dates a woman who gives him a very familiar series of excuses.
59 11 "Refusing to Budget" Ted Wass Mike Sikowitz December 6, 2010 (2010-12-06) 511 8.78[11]
Timmy tries to teach Russell to budget his money, now that his mother has cut him off. Audrey pretends that she's still at her old job to impress an old friend. Adam tries to get Jennifer to stop cracking her knuckles.
60 12 "Little Bummer Boy" Ted Wass Christopher Shiple December 13, 2010 (2010-12-13) 512 9.59[12]
Audrey attempts to prove she is the funny one in her relationship with Jeff, at Jeff's office Christmas party. Meanwhile, Russell dresses Timmy as an elf, in yet another way to embarrass him, and Adam's gifts to Jennifer are handed out to his co-workers.
61 13 "The Home Stretch" Gail Mancuso Lance Whinery January 3, 2011 (2011-01-03) 513 9.76[13]
Adam reveals his cheerleading past to Jennifer, which embarrasses her a lot. Russell and Timmy fight for the affections of the new waitress at the Island Diner. Jeff is upset when he discovers that Audrey's new Pilates instructor is a guy.
62 14 "Uh-Oh It's Magic" Gail Mancuso Vanessa McCarthy January 17, 2011 (2011-01-17) 514 9.89[14]
Russell makes Timmy babysit his new girlfriend's son, while he and the woman go to the Criss Angel show. Jeff and Audrey double-date Brenda and her partner, Becky. Audrey lets out the surrogate news, and Becky is very upset because Brenda hasn't told her yet. Adam tries to prove to Jennifer that he can fix things around the house. Guest stars: Sara Rue, Criss Angel.
63 15 "Singing and Dancing" Gail Mancuso Tim Doyle February 7, 2011 (2011-02-07) 515 9.41[15]
Russell expresses his wish to join Timmy's singing group, but later backs off. Audrey and Jeff try their best to avoid their annoying neighbor, Liz. Guest stars: SoCal VoCals, Wendi McLendon-Covey.
64 16 "Jeff Day" Gail Mancuso Barry Wernick February 24, 2011 (2011-02-24) 517 9.45[16]
Jeff's day off is interrupted by the presence of his maid. Meanwhile, Adam tries to find out what's causing his eye twitch. Timmy tries to mess with Russell's date by calling her and speaking in Russell's voice. Audrey starts her new job.
65 17 "Zygote" Gail Mancuso Michael A. Ross March 3, 2011 (2011-03-03) 518 8.24[17]
Jeff and Audrey find a zygote when visiting the fertility specialist with their surrogate. Adam impersonates Jeff to receive an order of Omaha Steaks. Meanwhile, Russell and Timmy double date WNBA basketball players. Guest stars: Sara Rue, Kalena Ranoa, Noelle Bellinghausen.
66 18 "Anniversary Chicken" Gail Mancuso Mike Haukom March 10, 2011 (2011-03-10) 516 9.40[18]
After Jeff stuns Audrey by remembering their wedding date, the surprise is on Jeff. Meanwhile, Timmy helps Russell on a date with a sexy Italian woman. Guest star: Moran Atias.
67 19 "The Set Up" Leonard R. Garner Jr. Gloria Calderon Kellett March 31, 2011 (2011-03-31) 519 8.25[19]
In an attempt to ditch Liz, their annoying neighbor, Jeff and Audrey set her up with a guy from Jeff's office. Adam begins working out at a new kind of gym. Meanwhile, Timmy forbids Russell from having any form of contact with his sister. Guest stars: Larry Joe Campbell, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Melanie Kannokada.
68 20 "Beating the System" Victor Gonzalez Becky Mann & Audra Sielaff April 7, 2011 (2011-04-07) 520 8.69[20]
Jeff gets a rude awakening when he assumes that the surrogate pregnancy will give him the best of both worlds. Timmy takes over as planner for Adam and Jennifer's wedding. Guest star: Sara Rue.
69 21 "The Jeff Photo" Tom Hertz Tom Hertz April 28, 2011 (2011-04-28) 521 7.86[21]
Jeff tries to regain his youthful appearance after discovering an old photograph of himself, which encourages Adam to take a current photo of himself. Russell and Liz both feel embarrassment the day after sleeping together. Guest star: Wendi McLendon-Covey.
70 22 "Double Down" Ted Wass Mike Sikowitz May 5, 2011 (2011-05-05) 523 7.72[22]
Jeff and Audrey fear the possibility of having twins. Russell throws a "citizenship party" for Timmy to impress a girl. Guest star: Sara Rue.
71 23 "The Power Couple" Gail Mancuso Vanessa McCarthy May 12, 2011 (2011-05-12) 522 8.16[23]
Jeff has a hard time accepting Audrey's raise. While feigning disinterest, Russell is curious about Liz's "other man". Guest stars: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Larry Joe Campbell.
72 24 "The Last of the Red Hat Lovers" Tom Hertz Story by : Andy Roth
Teleplay by : Michael A. Ross
May 19, 2011 (2011-05-19) 526 8.80[24]
Russell goes on a cruise to meet what he thinks are potential "hot young" lovers. As the ship sets sail, he discovers the cruise has been booked by members of the Red Hat Society. Audrey and Jeff have to stay elsewhere while their apartment is being painted. Adam and Jennifer ruin the paint job as well as Jeff and Audrey's couch.

Ratings[edit]

Episode # Title Air Date Rating Share 18-49 Viewers
1 Surro-gate September 20, 2010 5.2 8 3.1/8 8.35 million
2 The Bank September 27, 2010 5.0 7 3.2/8 8.15 million
3 Rug-of-War October 4, 2010 5.1 8 3.0/8 8.43 million
4 Handy Man October 11, 2010 4.9 7 3.0/8 7.99 million
5 Play Ball October 18, 2010 4.8 7 2.9/8 7.86 million
6 Baked October 25, 2010 4.9 7 3.0/8 8.17 million
7 Mannequin Head Ball November 1, 2010 5.2 8 3.4/9 8.69 million
8 Les-bro November 8, 2010 5.0 7 3.0/8 8.19 million
9 The Big Picture November 15, 2010 4.9 7 2.9/7 7.92 million
10 Fun Run November 22, 2010 4.7 7 2.9/8 7.96 million
11 Refusing to Budget December 6, 2010 5.4 8 3.1/8 8.78 million
12 Little Bummer Boy December 13, 2010 5.7 9 3.2/8 9.59 million
13 The Home Stretch January 3, 2011 5.9 9 3.4/9 9.76 million
14 Uh-Oh It's Magic January 17, 2011 6.0 9 3.3/8 9.89 million
15 Singing and Dancing February 7, 2011 5.7 9 3.2/8 9.41 million
16 Jeff Day February 24, 2011 5.7 9 2.8/8 9.45 million
17 Zygote March 3, 2011 5.0 8 2.4/7 8.24 million
18 Anniversary Chicken March 10, 2011 5.7 9 2.8/8 9.40 million
19 The Set Up March 31, 2011 5.1 8 2.4/7 8.25 million
20 Beating The System April 7, 2011 5.3 9 2.6/8 8.69 million
21 The Jeff Photo April 28, 2011 4.8 7 2.3/7 7.86 million
22 Double Down May 5, 2011 4.8 7 2.2/7 7.72 million
23 The Power Couple May 12, 2011 6.1 TBA 2.5/7 8.16 million
24 The Last of the Red Hat Lovers May 19, 2011 5.9 TBA 2.5/7 8.80 million

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