Everybody Loves Raymond

Season 1 Episode 4

Standard Deviation

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Aired Friday 8:30 PM Oct 04, 1996 on CBS
8.7
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For a criminal-psychology course, Robert issues standard IQ tests to Raymond and Debra and boy, is Raymond smarting when they get the results.

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  • Is Ray really dumber than Debra?

    9.4
    This is the first episode in which Robert plays a major role. He administers an IQ test on Ray and Debra and then gives them their fake scores. Ray scores 100 and Debra 115 and Ray starts acting stupid so Debra can feel sorry for him. Robert then tells them he "accidentally" switched the scores so this gives Raymond his self-esteem back, but it doesn't last long. Robert tells them that he set them up and then Frank and Marie take the test... This episode doesn't have the biggest jokes around, but it is consistently hilarious and the story line is executed so well. "Mmm... Fudgy."moreless
  • One of the best episodes in the series.

    9.9
    This episode was classic, and had so many hilarious jokes.



    It starts off when Robert barges in through the front door, in the middle of Ray and Debra fooling around, and makes them take an I.Q. test. Once they're finished, they ask to know the scores, he tells them that Debra scored much higher.



    The reason that this episode is so funny is how Ray uses his low score as a way to get Debra to do things for him, and the fact that the scores keep changing. At the end you find out that they were completely made up in the first place.



    The way the characters reacted to their scores is very funny. At one point, right after they found out that Ray got a better score than Debra, she takes the ice cream she's eating and throws it on his crotch.



    This episode was hilarious because of the way it was written. The timing of the character's reactions were perfect, which is part of what is so funny. This is one of my favorite episodes, and one of the best in the whole series.moreless
Tom McGowan

Tom McGowan

Bernie Gruenfelder

Recurring Role

Maggie Wheeler

Maggie Wheeler

Linda Gruenfelder

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Raymond runs out of the shower at the beginning of the episode, you can see that he's wearing nude colored shorts.

    • In the opening sequence of "Standard Deviation", Ray offers to rub Debra's feet instead of doing another chore. He takes her black socks off and throws them on the floor, under the table. The socks can be seen for a few shots, in the same spot, after Robert comes in. At one point, however, one of Debra's black socks can be seen on the couch in the middle, and in the next shot, the sock has been removed.

    • This episode's meal is meatloaf with mixed vegetables and mashed potatoes.

    • This episode's dinner dish is a bowl of beans with cheese and onions.

    • Debra said, "...smarter than me." Ray corrected her by saying, "...smarter than I." But then later Ray said, "...smarter than her." instead of the correct way: "smarter than she."

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Maggie Wheeler, who guest stars as Linda, and who would be a recurring minor character, was a finalist for the role of Debra. Ray Romano and Phil Rosenthal lobbied for her, but CBS thought her character to be too ethnic.

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