"Italy"
Everybody Loves Raymond episodes
Episode nos.Season 5
Episodes 1/2
Directed byGary Halvorson
Written byPhilip Rosenthal
Production code0001/0002[1]
Original air datesOctober 2, 2000 (Part 1)
October 9, 2000 (Part 2)
Running time44 minutes
Guest appearances
  • Silvana De Santis as Colletta
  • Pierrino Mascarino as Giorgio
  • Alex Meneses as Stefania
  • David Proval as Marco Fogagnolo
  • Sergio Sivori as Italian man 1
  • Vanni Bramat as Italian man 2
  • Luca Francucci as kid 1
  • Alessandro Francucci as kid 2
  • Enzo Vitagliano as Bocce player
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"Italy" is the two-part season five premiere of the American television sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Constituting the 98th and 99th overall episodes of the series, they were written by the creator Philip Rosenthal and directed by Gary Halvorson. In this episode of the show, which revolves around the life of Italian-American Newsday sportswriter Raymond Barone and his oddball family, his parents, Marie and Frank, announce that they're all going to Italy to visit the former's cousin Colletta, and everyone is excited to go except Raymond. Meanwhile, during the trip, Ray's brother Robert is attracted to a woman named Stefania, and tries to get past her father Signore Fogagnolo to meet her. With part one originally airing on October 2, 2000 and the concluding half on October 9, both on CBS, the episode has earned positive reviews from critics and received a Writers Guild of America Award.

Plot

Frank (Peter Boyle) and Marie (Doris Roberts) announce to their family that they're all going to Italy for two weeks. The latter reasons that with her birthday coming up, she is using the money she had kept aside for 45 years to pay for the family to meet her cousin Colletta (Silvana De Santis), who lives in a small village outside of Rome. Everyone is excited to go, except Raymond (Ray Romano). Ray informs Debra (Patricia Heaton) that he doesn't want to go on the trip because he has no interest in other cultures. Debra replies that she doesn't want his "dumbness" to ruin the vacation.

The family arrive at Colleta's home, who welcomes them along with her husband Giorgio. Ray begins developing a cold which he claims he got from the air conditioning on the van they rode. Robert (Brad Garrett), also becomes miserable, due to his "dilemma"; because he plans to marry Amy but keeps focusing on his ex-wife Joanne, he claims that he is unable to sort out his feelings. At a gelato parlor, he becomes attracted to a waitress named Stefania Fogagnolo (Alex Meneses), whose father Signore Fogagnolo[2] (David Proval) is also the owner. He visits Rome with Stefania, but she tells him she doesn't want her dad to know she is dating. Meanwhile, Ray also goes to the city with the rest of the family, but while Debra, Frank and Marie are apparently having a great time, Ray is not.

After some time visiting Rome, Debra finally bursts out about Ray's attitude towards the trip and compares his behavior to Frank and Marie's; she argues that while his parents are at least trying to make the best out of things, he has been "a grumpy pain-in-the-ass". Angered, Ray tells her he "will not be a pain in anyone's ass anymore" and gets away from the three. Meanwhile, Signore Fogagnolo catches Stefania and Robert about to make out in her room, and goes after Robert. It also appears that the trip is starting to go downhill for Frank, Marie and Debra. Marie decides Ray should take a walk with her to lighten him up and release her stress from Debra's behavior towards him moping and not wanting to have fun. It seems with the walk, he is starting to become positive and enjoying the vacation.

At lunch, Robert, who confronts Marco again, decides to talk with him so he can convince him to be with Stefania. Meanwhile, Ray gives flowers to some of the women, including Colleta, Marie and Debra. Ray shows Debra that he is starting to enjoy being in the country, which makes Debra happy, and the two go on their own date around Rome, as well and Marie and Frank. Colleta and Giorgio give a farewell to the family, while Robert and Stefania say goodbye to each other with Marco watching them. During the van ride, all the family members together sing "C'è La Luna Mezzo Mare" by Lou Monte.

The episode ends with Ray annoying his fellow passengers by singing loudly in Italian on the plane back to New York.

Production

"Italy" was filmed in the town of Anguillara Sabazia outside of Rome.
"Italy" was filmed in the town of Anguillara Sabazia outside of Rome.

After the first season of Everybody Loves Raymond ended in 1997, the series' creator, Philip Rosenthal, asked Ray Romano what he was going to do over the summer. When Rosenthal suggested he go to Italy, Romano did not accept because he was "not really interested in other cultures." According to Rosenthal, "After I got up off the floor, I realized: Here's an episode."[3] Directed by Gary Halvorson, "Italy" guest stars Silvana De Santis as Colletta, Pierrino Mascarino as Giorgio, Alex Meneses as Stefania, David Proval as Signore Fogagnolo, Enzo Vitagliano as the Bocce player, Sergio Sivori, Vanni Bramat, Luca Francucci and Alessandro Francucci.[1] It was filmed in July 2000 in the town Anguillara Sabazia outside of Rome.[3] Romano first hinted of the episode in an interview published that same month in the Rome News-Tribune.[4]

According to the Los Angeles Times, Brad Garrett threatened not to participate in the two-part episode unless he got a raise, which he was given.[5]

Release and reception

"Italy" initially aired on the American television network CBS, part one on October 2, 2000 and part two on October 9.[6] In 2005, it was released to DVD as part of the official DVD release for the fifth season, which also came with an audio commentary for both parts of the episode by Phil Rosenthal and Ray Romano.[7] "Italy" has been positively received by critics. Former DVD Verdict writer Russell Engebretson said that while the episode "veers into sentimentality, it provides a dose of sweetness to counter a few of the more darkly comic episodes [of season five], especially the funny but bitter "Christmas Present." He also praised the impressive cinematography.[8] DVD Talk's Jeffrey Robinson called it "a fun way to start the season. It was a nice change of pace after the same settings and atmospheres." He also highlighted the introduction of a new love interest for Robert.[7] However, in a mixed review published in The Gadsden Times, David Kronke opined that in keeping with the nature of usual "special" episodes, "it's not quite up to the series' usual laugh quotient."[9] On March 2, 2002, Rosenthal won the Writers Guild of America Award for Episodic Comedy for writing "Italy".[10] He has cited the episode to be one of his favorites of Everybody Loves Raymond.[11]

References

  1. ^ a b Official episode guide for two parts:
    • Part 1: ""Italy Part 1" Episode #0001". Archived from the original on 2014-09-07. Retrieved 2014-09-07.
    • Part 2: ""Italy Part 2" Episode #0002". Archived from the original on 2014-09-07. Retrieved 2014-09-07.
    Everybodylovesray.com Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  2. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0574178/reference
  3. ^ a b Fretts, Bruce (September 15, 2000). "Amore the Merrier: Ray in Italy". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  4. ^ Rohan, Virginia (July 22, 2000). ""Raymond" star plots some strategies". Rome News-Tribune. 183 (157 ed.). News Publishing Company. p. 27. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  5. ^ Braxton, Greg (14 August 2003). "'Raymond' co-star is ready to walk". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Everybody Loves Raymond – Episode Guide (Season 5)". Zap2it. Tribune Media. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  7. ^ a b Robinson, Jeffrey (December 6, 2005). "Everybody Loves Raymond - The Complete Fifth Season". DVD Talk. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  8. ^ Engebretson, Russell (January 11, 2006). "Everybody Loves Raymond: The Complete Fifth Season". DVD Verdict. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  9. ^ Kronke, David (October 1, 2000). "'Everybody Loves Raymond' premier pretty typical fare". The Gadsden Times. Halifax Media Group. p. 31. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  10. ^ Mitchell, Gregg (January 8, 2013). "Everybody Loves Raymond Creator Phil Rosenthal to Receive 2013 WGAW Valentine Davies Award". Writers Guild of America, West. Archived from the original on September 7, 2014. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  11. ^ Beth Martin, Molly (January 1, 2007). "More than luck: Phil Rosenthal, the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, talks to AJL about his new book, Johnny Carson, and life after television's most successful sitcom". American Jewish Life Magazine. Genco Media, LLC. Retrieved September 6, 2014.