Everybody Loves Raymond

Season 7 Episode 2

Counseling

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Aired Friday 8:30 PM Sep 23, 2002 on CBS
8.4
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After arguing with Ray over his inability to help her with the housework, Debra becomes intrigued when their friends, Linda and Bernie, mention they've been seeing a marriage counselor. Although Ray is completely against the idea, he quickly adopts a cooperative attitude when they meet the therapist, Pamela, who instantly takes a liking to Ray when he claims that he'll do anything to make his marriage work.moreless

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  • Confronting Secrets

    8.8
    Admitting you have a problem is a lot harder than confessing it. Basically the whole episode is simply what the title says. It's just funny seeing Raymond's reluctance to go to couceling and when they go it doesn't really help because Ray is blocking and the councelor herself has the mannerism of a 70's hippie guru.



    And of course the real counceling takes place at Raymond's house there we discover the dreaded secret that was the core problem which revolved around Raymond and partially the whole show. You can say what Raymond simply has in an aedipus complex where son's or daughters sometimes have a deep love for their mom and dad. And of course discovering this freaks Debra, Frank, Robert (a little but of course he smiles with glee as if he found Ray's weakness) and Ray himself.



    The whole moral to the whole episode is simply that some deep seed issues should be confronted and understood; and of course sometimes you just keep some issues really really deep within you, in fact just find the deepest hole possible and bury it real deep.moreless
  • Very funny episode.

    8.5
    I say that this episode shows just how lazy Ray really is. Debra asks him to help her and he refuses. Then it gets worse. Ray just continues watching TV while Debra does all the work. She gets at him with the vacuum taking the remote out of his hand. Then Ray gets back at her by unplugging the vacuum when she isn't looking. Then he quickly runs out of the house.



    Bernie and Linda come over and start to talk about seeing Pamela, their marriage counselor. Ray tries to distract them by getting the vacuum out and cleaning. Then Debra forces him to go to counseling. He doesn't want to. but he ends up going anyway.



    Later, they're at counseling and things just get worse. Ray starts making up lies to avoid having to go again.



    Then at home, Ray and Debra start fighting again. Marie tries to help. Then Ray says that he's lazy because he likes to be taken care of. When Debra tells him that that's a mother, Ray says that maybe that's what he wants. Everybody stares at him with shock on their faces, except for Robert. He just smiles. Now Ray "wants" to go back to counseling because of what he said. Debra doesn't think he needs to.



    The next morning, Ray is eating breakfast when Robert walks in. He just wanted to apologize about his predicament the night before. He also got Ray a little something. It turns out to be a life-size cutout of Marie in a wedding dress. Robert leaves by saying, "Enjoy you sick bastard."



    This episode was great. I'm surprised that Ray and Debra never go back to counseling. Probably because Ray wished he had married his mother.moreless
Nancy Lenehan

Nancy Lenehan

Pamela

Guest Star

Tom McGowan

Tom McGowan

Bernie Gruenfelder

Recurring Role

Maggie Wheeler

Maggie Wheeler

Linda Gruenfelder

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Bernie and Linda mention their son Benjamin but never mention their daughter Madelyn (she was mentioned when Ray and Debra wanted Bernie and Linda as their children's Godparents).

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Frank: No son of mine needs counseling... except the big one!

    • (Debra asks Ray to help her shampoo the rug)
      Ray: Shampoo the rug?! It's Bernie and Linda, I'm not even gonna shampoo myself!
      Debra: Well, when they pass out from your smell I want them to land on a clean rug!

    • Marie: (to Ray and Debra) And what do you fight about?
      Ray: About how nuts she goes over cleaning when people are over and she asks me to shampoo the rug.
      Frank: What? You can't help out a little?
      Ray: What?! You don't help out.
      Frank: Ass.

    • Debra: That's why I want to go to counseling. I don't think it's that you're just lazy. I think there's a deeper reason behind this, and we could just figure it out, you and I could be happier.
      Ray: Come on, you know me. There's not much deepness. I, I just...I like to be taken care of.
      Debra: But, you gotta understand, Ray, that's not a wife, that's a mother.
      Ray: Well, maybe that's what I want.
      (Debra, Marie, Frank and Robert stare at Ray.)
      Frank: Holy crap!
      Robert: (grinning broadly) No, no, on the contrary, Dad. I think we've made quite a breakthrough.

    • Debra: Last week, Ray came home late from golfing, and I guess golf is kind of a hot button issue with me, and we had a fight.
      Pamela: Ray? Do you remember this?
      Ray: I do. I shot a 94.

    • Marie: I'm not a certified counselor, but I've often been told that I could be.
      Frank: That's not what people mean when they say you're 'certifiable'!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Ray Romano submitted this episode to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences as his official tape and was nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy.

    • This episode was included on the Emmy Award 'For Your Consideration' DVD for this season. It came as both a DVD and VHS.

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