After realizing that Debra places bets with the kids on his questionable behavior traits, Ray is disgusted that his own children now think he's a "doof." When reflecting upon his own childhood, Ray remembers that Marie used to complain about Frank in front of him all the time – making him think his dad was a loser. Concerned that his own kids will think of him the same way as Frank, Ray contemplates how to get the kids back on his side.moreless
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When Ray goes across the street to bring Frank some cake and talk to him, he does not bring his coat with him. However, a few scenes later, when Ray comes home after going to the store, he suddenly has his coat. It's very unlikely that he went home first, especially since in this scene, he and Debra are apologizing to each other like they haven't seen one another since Ray left the first time.
At one point in the episode, Debra tells the kids to finish their homework upstairs. They run upstairs, but they leave all their homework on the living room table.
Ray: When we were kids, we would rate how grumpy Dad was from one to five.
Robert: Yeah. one was "Just plain cranky" and five was, "Run for your life!"
Ray: I just wanted you to know, I'm gonna try harder around here. Look, I even got you that yogurt you said you wanted.
Debra: Aww. (opens bag) Well, this is sour cream, but I appreciate the effort.
Ray: Mom spent our whole lives making us think Dad was a jerk.
Robert: Well, correct me if I'm wrong, Raymond, but Dad IS a jerk.
Ray: Yeah, yeah. You think that now, after 40 years of anti-Papa propaganda!
Debra: (to kids) Listen, I just want you to know that I think your daddy is a great guy. He works very hard, he's a lot of fun with you kids, and you're lucky to have him. I love Daddy very, very much. And you know what? I'd rather be married to him than Superman.
Frank: (to Ray) Am I dying?
Robert: No, Dad, you're not dying.
Frank: Then turn the TV back on.
Robert: (pointing up at Ray) Look, up in the sky, it's Bad Husband!
Ray: (about Debra) She bets the kids that I'll do stupid stuff.
Robert: Are the betting windows still open?
Ally: Daddy, you didn't notice my haircut either.
Ray: I... No, I did, I did. It's totally different.
Ally: I didn't get a haircut.
Debra: Nice one.
Ally: Ha ha, yeah.
Ray: Ha, very funny. You know, Ally, you shouldn't do that, okay, 'cause one day, you're gonna want me to notice, and, and now you're the girl who cried "haircut."
Ray says to Ally, "now you're the girl who cried 'haircut.'" He is referring to the Aesop fable about a shepherd boy who played practical jokes on the people from his village by crying "Wolf!" to see them all come running to his aid. Later when the wolf really came, no one believed him.
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