Raymond Albert Barone
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.
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: 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!
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.
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