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This was one of two episode submissions that won Doris Roberts her 2nd consecutive Emmy for Everybody Loves Raymond. The other was "Marie's Sculpture."
Alexandra Romano, who plays Ray's daughter Ally's best friend, is Ray Romano's daughter.
Marie mentions in this episode that Robert never attended college, but how is that possible if he is a New York cop?
The adults all dance to "Jungle Love" at the end of the episode. This is the very same music used in the opening credits for the following year, which was Season 7.
In the syndicated version, the episode starts out with an outside shot of Ray's house. But then it goes straight to a scene in Marie's kitchen.
Debra says she used to read Ray's column a lot when they were dating, even though in "The Wedding (1)", Ray used his very first column to ask Debra to marry him.
Robert says that he used to have a slight bed-wetting problem, but in an earlier episode we find out that Ray would actually dump water in Robert's bed while he was sleeping to make it look like he wet his bed.
In this episode Ray addresses his mother-in-law Lois as 'mom', and when he does this Marie is within listening distance in the next room and acknowledges this. However in "Call Me Mom", Marie is shocked to hear Ray call Lois 'mom'.
Goof: After Geoffrey is fouled, he takes his free throws on the wrong end of the court.
Ray Romano's kids can be seen during the basketball scenes. Alexandra "Ally" Romano, who plays Ally's friend Molly in many episodes, is in the bleachers, and there's a point at the end of the episode where Ray even sits between his real-life twins, Gregory and Matthew (which, if you remember, were the names that Ray's on-screen twins had in the pilot episode, before they were quickly changed to Geoffrey and Michael).
In "Good Girls", we find out that Marie and Frank got married because she was pregnant with Robert. However in this episode, both Frank and Marie say that she tricked him in to proposing to her.
Look closely in the scene where Ally and the twins come into the house yelling and screaming. They run toward the kitchen, and all of a sudden the noise completely and abruptly stops.
When Ray and Debra go in for the conference with the twins' teacher, you can totally tell that it's the same room used two years ago, in Season 4's "Left Back." For that matter, it seems that the same sets were used for all the kids' classroom scenes throughout the series. For instance, it was Ally's fifth grade classroom in Season 7's "Homework," and her seventh grade room in Season 9's "Ally's F."
After the family returns home after the open house, the kids are seen running into the house first through the kitchen before the adults enter. If you watch closely, you will see one of the twins trip and fall as he is running into the living room.
The timing of this episode is way off. In season 4 episode "Left Back," Ray and Debra decide to leave Michael and Geoffrey in pre-school one more year. This would mean that they were in preschool again in season 5 and in kindergarten during season 6. However, it's a first grade open house.
When Debra asks Frank if he had found a parking space she accidentally calls him Ray. "Did you find a parking space Ray?"
The colors "Lemon Meringue" that Frank paints the house in and "Chantilly Lace" that Ray wanted were both references to the X-files episode 'Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose', for which Peter Boyle won an emmy for portray the title character.
When Raymond is throwing the Twix bars on the bed, they rearrange themselves halfway through the scene.
Marie's canister can be seen in Ray and Debra's kitchen. Two episodes prior, in "The Canister", she and Debra argued over where the canister was, and once it was found at Ray and Debra's they went to great lengths to smuggle it back into Marie's home without her knowing it. This is caused by "The Canister" airing before this episode, despite being produced after.
How is it that the canister didn't get the least bit bent up when Debra was stuffing it in the garbage can and jumping up and down on top of it to make it stay in the garbage?
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Family Comedies, Sitcoms, 90s