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Everybody Loves Raymond
Season 8
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes23
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 22, 2003 (2003-09-22) –
May 24, 2004 (2004-05-24)
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List of episodes

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


See also: Everybody Loves Raymond § Production

The eighth season was produced HBO Independent Productions, creator Philip Rosenthal's company Where's Lunch, and David Letterman's Worldwide Pants. Ray Romano was paid $40 million to work on the season.[1]


Main article: List of Everybody Loves Raymond characters


  • Alexandra Romano as Molly
  • Albert Romano as Albert
  • Max Rosenthal as Max
  • Debra Mooney as Lee
  • Bunny Levine as Hilda
  • Norma Michaels as Mrs. Pechi
  • Elsa Raven as Mrs. Lopman


See also: List of Everybody Loves Raymond episodes

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
1721"Fun with Debra"Gary HalvorsonMike ScullySeptember 22, 2003 (2003-09-22)030120.63[2]

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.
1732"Thank You Notes"Kenneth ShapiroPhilip RosenthalSeptember 29, 2003 (2003-09-29)030320.47[3]
Robert and Amy are back from their 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.
1743"Home From School"Kenneth ShapiroSteve SkrovanOctober 6, 2003 (2003-10-06)030218.04[4]
When Michael stays home from school for two days in a row for no obvious reason and then miss a third day of school, 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.
1754"Misery Loves Company"Gary HalvorsonAaron ShureOctober 13, 2003 (2003-10-13)030418.18[5]
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.
1765"The Contractor"Gary HalvorsonMike RoyceOctober 20, 2003 (2003-10-20)030518.01[6]
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. Frank is upset about Ray hiring outside help and decides not to talk to him. Debra also recommends Gianni to Amy, but Robert also gets mad at him because of the laziness. When their new stove doesn't fit because of Gianni's faulty measuring, Debra decides to fire him. In trying to force the new stove in, Ray throws his back out. When Gianni gives them a huge bill for the work, Ray gets mad and they break off their friendship, although Gianni ends up returning to Ray's house to apologize and repair their friendship.
1776"Peter on the Couch"Gary HalvorsonSteven James MeyerNovember 3, 2003 (2003-11-03)030618.62[7]
Amy's brother Peter visits Amy and just stays at their apartment. This makes Robert very uncomfortable and he convinces him to move back after an argument. Ray drives Peter 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. He and Robert end up bonding over their common experiences as the eldest child and Robert decides to help Peter find a home in New York.
1787"Liars"Kenneth ShapiroTucker CawleyNovember 10, 2003 (2003-11-10)030719.25[8]
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.
1798"The Surprise Party"Jerry ZaksLew SchneiderNovember 17, 2003 (2003-11-17)030819.44[9]
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.
1809"The Bird"Kenneth ShapiroTucker Cawley & Mike Royce & Jeremy StevensNovember 24, 2003 (2003-11-24)030919.14[10]
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.
18110"Jazz Records"Gary HalvorsonTom CaltabianoDecember 15, 2003 (2003-12-15)031018.05[11]
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, having never used a CD player. Robert and Amy then find some old jazz records at the garage sales and Robert finally confesses that he was the one who long ago moved the records.
18211"Debra at the Lodge"Gary HalvorsonLew SchneiderJanuary 5, 2004 (2004-01-05)031119.10[12]
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 the lodgers are coming home to them all "preheated", forcing Ray and Frank to tell her the truth.
18312"Slave"Jerry ZaksLeslie CavenyJanuary 12, 2004 (2004-01-12)031219.33[13]
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.
18413"Whose Side Are You On?"Kenneth ShapiroMike RoyceFebruary 2, 2004 (2004-02-02)031318.80[14]
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.
18514"Lateness"Jerry ZaksSteve SkrovanFebruary 9, 2004 (2004-02-09)031417.58[15]
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.
18615"Party Dress"Kenneth ShapiroMike ScullyFebruary 16, 2004 (2004-02-16)031519.80[16]
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.
18716"Security"Gary HalvorsonTucker CawleyFebruary 23, 2004 (2004-02-23)031717.80[17]
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.
18817"The Ingrate"Gary HalvorsonAaron ShureMarch 1, 2004 (2004-03-01)031617.79[18]
Ray hurts Debra's feelings 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.
18918"Crazy Chin"Gary HalvorsonStory by : Adam Lorenzo
Teleplay by : Tom Caltabiano & Mike Royce
March 22, 2004 (2004-03-22)031818.04[19]
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 the origin of his habit.
19019"The Nice Talk"Brian K. RobertsSteve Skrovan & Aaron ShureApril 19, 2004 (2004-04-19)032216.08[20]
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.
19120"Blabbermouths"Gary HalvorsonStory by : Susan Van Allen
Teleplay by : Leslie Caveny & Jeremy Stevens & Mike Scully
May 3, 2004 (2004-05-03)031917.27[21]
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.
19221"The Model"Gary HalvorsonLeslie CavenyMay 10, 2004 (2004-05-10)032116.92[22]
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.
19322"The Mentor"Gary HalvorsonTod HimmelMay 17, 2004 (2004-05-17)032016.07[23]
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 Sam too, but Sam actually appreciated it.
19423"Golf for It"Gary HalvorsonTom Caltabiano & Tucker Cawley & Mike RoyceMay 24, 2004 (2004-05-24)032318.33[24]
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.


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