Everybody Loves Raymond

Season 5 Episode 14

Ray's Journal

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Feb 05, 2001 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When Marie blurts out an embarrassing incident from Ray's past, he can't figure out how she could have possibly known that information. That is, until he deduces that she must have read—and broken the secret code he used when writing—his journal. And in the process, his mother has learned about his most personal, and perverted, thoughts.moreless

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  • Ray finds out his mother read his journal as a child.

    Everybody Loves Raymond was original in its unique approach to family comedy, by throwing non-stop insults and incorporating three-dimensional characters into seemingly normal situations, resulting in hilarity ensuing. We got some solid laughs in this installment, and it was also a Marie-driven episode, something we rarely get. The overrated Frank was kept to a minimum in this show. There was a pointless Robert scene, but we can ignore that as the general flow of the episode was fast-moving and entertaining. As we delved deeper into the story we discovered that not only were there embarrassing things in the journal, but there were perverted things as well. The payoff in the end was great with Marie making Ray cross out "I hate my mom" and then changing it to loving her. These are the kind of episodes that made ELR a classic.moreless
  • Ray's outrage over learning that his mother used to read his teen-age journal is overcome by the realization of the effect one of his private adolescent thoughts had on her, a scar she has quietly borne for years.moreless

    With the possible exception of "It's the Thought That Counts" (Episode No. 157, The Seventh Season Christmas Episode), this is perhaps the most sentimental show of the series, or at least it contains the most sentimental scene. Doris Roberts ("Marie") delivers her best performance of the series in the climatic scene when she explains to Debra the heartache of loving a rebelious teenaged Raymond. True fans of the series will find that scene to not only be one of the best of the series, but one of the more tearjerking scenes in any situation comedy in television history. Definitely one of the five best episodes!moreless
  • Nobody has secrets in Marie’s house.

    Of the 209 individual episodes of ELR, this is one of the 44 that I believe have put this show into a category of its own.

    Ray is upset because something his mother said indicates she may have read his very personal teenage journal. He doesn’t see how this could be possible since he wrote it in code. Debra easily breaks the code after asking Ray to say only a few things using it, realizing that he simply used the last letter of a word as the first, so “wife” comes out “ewif.”

    Ray confronts Marie with his suspicions. She denies it until Frank admits that the journal used to be their favorite bedtime reading. Marie righteously claims a mother’s right to know, and was not very pleased with what she learned. Ray consults with Robert who admits he kept two journals, one for his actual thoughts and an innocuous decoy for Marie to find (he kept the real one in a safety deposit box at the bank!). As Ray reviews some of the journal entries he made he realizes that intimate details about his sexual development probably offended his mother (“I used to measure things”). Robert finds all this quite amusing.

    Ray tries to apologize for all the personal things he wrote about, but Marie claims those did not bother her (however, mentioning some of them bothered Ray so much he sticks his head inside the little curtain stretched over the kitchen door window). What really upset Marie was one entry that said “I ehat my mom.” Debra barges into the middle of this and demands that Marie apologize for invading Ray’s privacy back then. Marie makes a sincere and heartfelt defense, asking Debra how she would feel if a teenage Michael wrote “I hate my mom.” Debra immediately demands that Ray apologize to Marie. As Marie will not be satisfied unless the actual journal entry is corrected, she amazingly produces both Ray’s journal and Robert’s (the fake one covered with smiley faces) from her locked Sucrets drawer. Ray scratches out the offending sentence, but Marie is still not happy until he writes “I elov my mom,” initials and dates both actions. Marie is victorious, even though it took twenty-five years. This episode hits on all cylinders, and was an oasis in the middle of a relatively dry season.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Marie acts like she is reading from Raymond's diary, however from the angle that she's holding it, it's obvious that there's no writing on the page except for a standard header on every page. Raymond also doesn't write anything when she asks him to amend the entry.

    • Robert says they left him at a gas station in Arizona, but in "Traffic School," he says they left him at a station in New Mexico.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Ray: I wrote private stuff in that journal.
      Frank: Like how you glued bottle caps to the bottom of your socks because you wanted to be a tap dancer?

    • Ray: How could you do that to me, Ma? Huh? How could you read my journal?
      Marie: I wanted to know what was in there.

    • Debra: (about Ray's childhood journal) You had a code? What was the code?
      Ray: It was nothing.
      Debra: Oh, come on, say something to me in your code.
      Ray: Yoka.
      Debra: What?
      Ray: I just answered you in my code. Yoka.
      Debra: Okay, one more.
      Ray: Yoka, ym ewif.
      Debra: Okay, my wife? So you just took the last letter of the word and put it in front?
      Ray: It was a very good code!
      Debra: Oh, yeah, you're right. It's not at all "elam!"

    • Marie: (in response to Ally dragging her brothers across the floor) Raymond, aren't you the least bit concerned? I mean, girls shouldn't be dragging boys around like that.
      Debra: They were just playing, Marie. It's okay.
      Marie: (shakes her head) Oh, that's right. We're "feminists."

    • Ray: And I had the... chart.
      Robert: What do you mean? Chart for what?
      Ray: For awhile I used to... measure things.

    • Marie: Raymond, I never read your journal!
      Ray: Dad, did mom ever read my journal?
      Marie: Okay, I read your journal!

    • Ray: How did you get a safety deposit box? You were a kid.
      Robert: I was tall.

    • Marie: (when Ally is dragging one of the twins by the legs) Oh, Ally! Ally! Stop dragging Geoffrey. We don't play like that!
      Stephanie: Don't worry, Ma. That's how Debra took me down the aisle.

    • Marie: Imagine little Michael, who loves you, who lights up whenever you get near him. Now imagine him at 15, and he doesn't talk to you anymore. And you don't want to push him, so you just give him more love. Then one night, you make his favorite dinner and try to give him a kiss good night, and he goes up the stairs with a grunt. Then one day, you come across his journal, and you open it, and it reads "I hate my mom." I wouldn't wish that on you, Debra.

    • Marie: Let me ask you something, Debra. Have you ever had any doubts as a mother?
      Debra: Of course, Marie, but—
      Marie: No, I mean serious doubts. I mean, do you have any idea what it's like having a husband who doesn't help you at all?
      Debra: (understands) Go on.
      Marie: And then when you try to go to him for support, he only enhances those doubts? That was my life.

    • Ray: I can't believe she would read my journal!
      Debra: Oh, come on, Ray, it's your mother. She would ride a Q-tip into your brain if she could!

  • NOTES (3)

    • The music playing on the radio when Robert is clipping his nose hairs with the scissors is the theme to the French movie A Man and a Woman (a.k.a. Un homme et une femme)

    • This was one of two episode submissions that won Doris Roberts her first Emmy for Everybody Loves Raymond. The other was "The Sneeze."

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