Everybody Loves Raymond

Season 7 Episode 22


Aired Friday 8:30 PM May 05, 2003 on CBS
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Episode Summary


When Robert asks Ray if he can borrow a suitcase sitting on the stairway landing for his honeymoon, Ray explains he and Debra have been locked in an "unspoken" battle of wills since a weekend trip over who is responsible for putting the suitcase away.

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  • Luggage sits at the bottom of stairs too long, and tension and humor ensues. Awesome episode!

    This is one of my favorite 30 minutes in t.v history. Not because of funny one-liners and gags, but because it speaks perfectly and humorously to real life. I came home from a business trip one week and left my suitcase in our entryway for a few days, and that week "Baggage" comes on air, with my wife and I watching it together. We laughed so hard afterward, and I ended up moving the suitcase. It reminds me of the episode "Bad Moon Rising." Patricia Heaton has stated that she had friends that were left speechless (which was actually uncomfortable for her) after watching that episode because they stated the scenario and conversations were almost verbatim to their real experience. That is how one can define "classic."moreless
  • Ray & Debra have a "mexican standoff" about a suitcase Ray doesn't think he has to pick it up. Antics ensue, and we learn a lot about Frank & Marie as well.moreless

    I can understand why this was voted the # 4 funniest episode of all time. (The only episode that I would rate funnier was called "Not So Fast" from season 9, where Frank & Marie are kicked out of the retirement home). I laughed from start to finish here, I can identify a lot with Debra on having a husband who refuses to do "women's work" lol. There isn't one un-funny moment here, especially when they start testing each other. By the end of the episode, Ray & Debra are arguing over who "gets" to put the suitcase away, and we've learned the origin of the "big fork & spoon" in Marie's kitchen. All in all, extremely funny.moreless
  • One of the Top 5 Best Episodes of the show. Ray and Debras "Mexican standoff" over a Suitcase on the top of the stairs.

    This Episode is very well written.

    All the main characters have very funny lines and all bring something to the table.

    The best bits are:-

    1. Ray and Debra’s fight about ray bringing a plastic bag to the air port instead of the suitcase.

    2. Frank and Debra's fight about "how it's ment to be". With Debra winning her fight with frank.

    3. Debra and Marie's talk about the suitcase and the big fork and spoon.

    4. Then, Frank and Marie's end scene about the big fork and spoon.

    This is a very funny episode. If it reruns on TV soon, I suggest you take 30mins out of your life to watch it.


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • If Raymond and Deborah's washer and dryer are downstairs off of the kitchen, as we have seen in several previous episodes, and the suitcase is full of dirty laundry, why are they trying to take the suitcase upstairs at all?

    • In the scene where Debra says she'll be the one who "get's" the suitcase, if you look out the window, it is daylight. Later, when Robert comes in and finds Ray pulling Debra trying to get her to let go of the suitcase, the outside scene behind him is dark as if it's night time.

    • Watch after Marie takes the fork and spoon off the wall, then puts them back in the final scene. The fork is lopsided, but in the next shot it is straight again.

    • The big fork and big spoon are different to the set shown in earlier seasons, and have switched positions.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Marie: (to Debra) Don't let a suitcase full of cheese become your big fork and spoon.

    • (Debra rips the grocery bag)
      Ray: Oh, fine! Real mature! That's alright! Thanks to the good people at Waldbaums, I've got a complete set of luggage right here!

    • Marie: (about the big fork and spoon) I wanted him to return them because it was his Aunt Sophia that gave them to me. His family, let me tell you, the groom's side of the church was like a gypsy camp.

    • Debra: (Ray comes downstairs carrying a few items in a grocery bag) That's how you're getting on the airplane?
      Ray: What? I like to travel light.
      Debra: What are you, a hobo?

    • Frank: Listen, you're the one who does all the laundry, right? So why don't you just carry the suitcase up yourself? See? That's how it's supposed to be.
      Debra: (getting angry) All right, now let me tell you something! If I'm the one who has to do the laundry, then why should I be the one to carry that thing upstairs? Isn't that the man's job? Isn't that the "manly" thing to do, huh? Isn't THAT how that's supposed to be?
      Frank: (stunned) Obviously, you've put a lot more thought into this than I have!

    • Robert: You are such a baby.
      Ray: I am not a baby. Give me back my cheese!

    • Ray: (to Debra after he put the cheese in the suitcase) Then I got to thinking about....cheese. I love cheese, and yet I used it as a weapon.

    • Debra: I have to do everything around here! I swear, if I don't do it, then it doesn't get done!
      Frank: Well, that's because—now, take it easy—that's how it's supposed to be.

    • Debra: (after Ray stuffs cheese into the suitcase) Ray does not get to win because of this! Trust me, if smells bothered me, I would have left him a long time ago!

    • Marie: When Frank and I got married, one of our gifts was the big fork and spoon. (points to the huge fork and spoon hanging on the wall)
      Debra: Really? I always thought those were Robert's baby utensils.

    • Ray: Do you remember when Debra and I went to Connecticut for the weekend?
      Robert: (sarcastically) Yes, Raymond, I remember all your comings and goings. You're my whole life.
      Ray: Do you want to hear this or not?
      Robert: Sadly, yes.

    • Robert: (referring to the suitcase) Well, I wanted to see if I can borrow that, but I don't think the airline will let me carry on all three of you.

    • Marie: That was our first fight as husband and wife.
      Debra: Wow, the shot heard 'round the world!

    • (Marie marches into the kitchen and glares at Frank)
      Marie: Today's the day, Frank. Today's the day that the big fork and spoon come down!
      (Marie goes for the giant fork and spoon that hang above their counter. These giant "silverware" have been sitting there for 45 years, so, as she takes them off, the filth that collected over the years shows a perfect outline of the fork and spoon. Marie jams them back on the wall)
      Marie: This is all your fault!
      (she marches out of the kitchen. Frank just stares at the fork and spoon)
      Frank: When did we get those?

    • (Marie starts to smell the old cheese in the suitcase)
      Marie: Debra, are you cooking something?

    • Marie: What, are you taking Frank's side?

    • (Ray is repentent over his cheese 'surprise' for Debra)
      Ray: So I went to get some pizza, cuz, you know in Chicago they got that deep dish cheese pizza, and I got to thinking...cheese.

    • Marie: Debra, you can't keep cheese in a suitcase!

  • NOTES (4)


    • Marie: That was our first fight as husband and wife.
      Debra: Wow. The shot heard 'round the world.

      Debra says this famous phrase which, in history, referred to the start of the American Revolutionary War.

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