Everybody Loves Raymond

Season 4 Episode 12

What's With Robert?

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Aired Friday 8:30 PM Jan 10, 2000 on CBS
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When Amy raises the notion that Robert's reluctance to commit to Amy may be a result of his being gay, Ray doesn't believe it. But, after further thought—and closer observation of Robert's keen sense of style and panache for interior design—Ray is not so sure anymore.

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  • Robert Gets “Outed”

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    The question of Robert’s possible homosexuality gets the full family treatment with this uproarious episode, my personal favorite.



    Robert and Amy have broken up again. A distressed Amy wonders to Debra if it’s because Robert is gay and it’s her fault (“They didn't start out gay they became gay after going out with me. I turn them!”). This notion quickly spreads to Ray, then of course to Frank and Marie. Marie is open to the possibility but Frank goes ballistic. To make that matters worse, Marie reminds Frank of “that man in Korea.” Frank loudly defends his huddling with other men to keep warm in the trenches, gets upset with the whole topic, cooling himself by applying a carton of milk to his forehead.



    In Ray’s later exchange with Frank comes one of the best bits of dialog in the series. Frank refers to Ray at one point as “Nancy” because he helps with the cleaning. Ray sits down to try to work through this with his dad:



    Ray: By Nancy you mean gay right?

    Frank: Very well.

    Ray: And when you say that you mean it as an insult.

    Frank: Yes, I believe I do.

    Ray: Well, that’s not very nice.

    Frank: That’s why it’s a good insult.

    Ray: Well, you shouldn’t do that.

    Frank: OK… Mary!



    There is a wonderful interchange between Ray and Robert at Robert’s apartment where various clues in Robert’s behavior (buying lovely knickknacks; his mother picks out his clothes) leads him to declare “I would have made an excellent gay man.” The whole issue of questioning ones own orientation is brought out for more than the laughs.



    In the closing Ray accepts a parcel from a very good looking deliveryman, then reaffirms his heterosexuality by giving Debra a big kiss, but winds up at the fridge with a milk carton on his forehead. Even the “What’s for Lunch” bit after the credits is special, a stack of pancakes with a smiley face on top.moreless

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