Everybody Loves Raymond

Season 7 Episode 19

Sleepover at Peggy's

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Aired Friday 8:30 PM Mar 31, 2003 on CBS
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Ray takes Ally over to her friend's house for a sleepover and is mortified when the girl's mother pats his behind after he helps set up a tent for her. Ray finds out that the mother is the same one Ray had a nasty run-in with over some Frontier Girl cookies a year before.

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  • Ray tangles with his old nemesis Peggy, the scout leader from hell, and learns a lot about himself.

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    Debra is sick. This doesn't seem to be of much concern to Ray until he learns that he must drive Ally to a sleepover at her friend Molly's house. What really upsets Ray is that Molly's mom is Peggy, the Frontier Girl scout leader who "beat him up" in the episode "Cookies" from the previous season. Ray drops off Ally in a driving rain, hoping to avoid any contact, but at the door Molly asks her mom if Ray can help them set up a tent in the living room. Peggy doubts Ray's ability and that's all that's needed to get him involved. Ray sets up the tent, bragging "maybe I should get a merit badge." As he bends over to tie the tent to a table leg Peggy thanks him and gives him a friendly pat on the behind. Whoa! What was that all about?



    Back home Ray discusses the meaning of the gesture with Robert and Gianni. It's a wonderful scene with Robert conducting the investigation like a police detective. They are convinced it was a sexual pass and get Ray thinking so too. Just as Ray is recreating the incident using Robert's rear end Debra interrupts and tells Ray he needs to go back because Ally's feeling sick. Gianni and Robert begin composing the erotic "Dear Penthouse" letter Ray will be writing. At Peggy's it turns out Ally is okay now so Ray can go back home. It's still raining hard and Ray discovers, much to his horror, that he has locked himself out of his car. He is now at Peggy's mercy. He borrows her phone and asks an amused Robert to have Frank come pick him up. Ally and Molly are out of the scene because they have decided to sleep in the basement. Peggy tries to take off Ray's rain-soaked jacket but he resists, finally screaming "No means NO!" The verbal duel just gets better from there on. He accuses her of "having a picnic on my back yard," and calls her a "mean scary lady." Peggy responds with "How do you think I got this way?" and proceeds to tell Ray about her terrible ex-husband. Only it turns out that many of the things that made him terrible sound familiar to Ray: he lied all the time, he never helped out; he was only interested in her for brief sex (Ray says, "Eight minutes; that's bad, right?"). Then she says she kicked her ex out after twelve years of marriage, which is how long Ray and Debra have been married. All these revelations seem to bring about a reconciliation of sorts and Ray offers to help take down the tent. Just as Ray gets in the tent with Peggy kneeling behind him Marie comes in to pick Ray up, misunderstands what she is seeing, and runs out screaming "Oh my God!"



    Sobered by Peggy's story, Ray comes home with a bagful of medications and a vaporizer for Debra, and is making her chicken soup. This is so out of character for Ray that Debra wonders, "Maybe I died."



    In the wrap-up segment Marie is telling Ray all the reasons any woman would be attracted to him. Hearing all these things from his own mother drives Ray from the room. Marie comments, "That's the last time he'll do that again."moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Ray says he'll help set up the tent, we hear "Thanks, Dad!" You'd think it was Ally who said it, but that wasn't her voice. It was actually Molly's voice, which makes sense since the actress, Alexandra Romano, is really his daughter.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Debra: Listen, just take Ally, okay? She's got a sleepover at Molly's.
      Ray: Whoa, whoa. Molly's?
      Debra: Yeah, Molly's.
      Ray: Isn't Molly's mom that Peggy, the scoutmaster-Nazi-cookie-Hitler?
      Debra: Yeah, that's how she's listed in the phone book.

    • Debra: Did you get my medicine?
      Ray: Yeah.
      Debra: Ray, I asked you for the night time one. Don't you ever listen? This is day time. This is going to keep me up all night.
      Ray: Oh...then take a drink with it.

    • Peggy: (about the tent) I told him not to buy this stupid thing.
      Ray: Your husband?
      Peggy: Ex-husband.
      Ray: Oh...surprise, surprise.

    • Gianni: The cookie lady fondled you?

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