The Drew Carey Show

Season 3 Episode 17

The Engagement

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 11, 1998 on ABC
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The Engagement
Drew and Lewis are shocked when Oswald announces that he is going to move in with Kate. A jealous Drew feels that it is too soon for them to live together. As Oswald moves out of his apartment, he and Kate get into a shouting match. When Oswald returns a moment later and says that "it's over," Drew assumes that he and Kate have broken up and admits that he thought they were totally wrong for each other. Oswald clarifies that he meant the argument was over, not the relationship. He accuses Drew of pining for Kate. Drew keeps accidentally referring to Kate as his girlfriend instead of Nicki. He claims that he isn't after Kate, but still doesn't think she and Oswald are a good couple. Oswald insists that they are more compatible than Drew and Nicki. They decide to test the relationships by slipping questions from a magazine's compatibility test into the conversation during the couples' Valentine's Day dinner. Oswald and Kate do agree on a few things, while Drew and Nicki seem to have nothing in common. Oswald proposes to Kate, who accepts. Drew tries to compete by asking Nicki to marry him. She is confused, but says yes. Lewis tries to handle his girlfriend, Pinky, who behaves strangely after testing a cat vaccine for DrugCo. Meanwhile, Mimi and Wick take lie detector tests in anticipation of their court appearances for her lawsuit. Wick realizes he is in trouble after witnessing Mimi's mastery of the machine.moreless

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  • Oswald and Drew argue with one another about who knows their girlfriend better.

    The show opens with Mimi talking to a man, who she's trying to hire to lie in court, so that she can win money from the store. He's not entirely interested because she's trying to commit fraud.

    At home, Drew and Lewis are sitting on the couch, opening Valentine's Day cards. One of them is from Drew's mother, and she warns Drew of getting his prostate checked because Drew's father is having problems with his. A minute later, a police officer comes by and asks Drew and Lewis about their neighbor, who killed her husband. The police officer asks Lewis to come down to the station to answer some more questions. When Oswald comes by, he's asked by the police officer to come by as well. When the officer leaves, Oswald tells Drew that he and Kate are moving in together, and the news really surprises Drew.

    In Lewis and Oswald's apartment, everyone is helping Oswald pack things up to move in. Kate and Oswald end up getting into a big fight. With Drew thinking their relationship is over, he confesses to Oswald that he never thought he and Kate were right for one another. Oswald gets angry because his relationship isn't over with Kate, just their fight. Angry at Drew, he ends up walking out of the apartment, still angry at Drew.

    At Winfred-Louder, Drew is questioning Mr. Wick, while he's connected to a lie detector. Drew's asking Mr. Wick about the lawsuit, and he's trying to find any holes in Mr. Wick's story. Mr. Wick ends up lying to nearly every question, and he pulls off the cuff to the lie detector. Mimi then comes in and tries out the lie detector, and she seems to be able to lie to any question asked, without setting off the machine. She then leaves the scene to allow Oswald to enter. He and Drew get into a fight over who's more compatible, he and Kate or Drew and Nicki. They decide to ask their dates questions from a compatibility test during their Valentine's Day dinner to see who's the most compatible. When Oswald leaves, Mr. Wick comes back in to take the test. He pours hot coffee on his lap to distract himself, all in an attempt to help him pass the lie detector.

    Back home, Lewis, Drew, and Oswald are making dinner for their dates. As they walk into the living room with wine, Drew and Oswald ask Nicki and Kate questions from the compatibility test. Lewis' date, Pinky, isn't acting quite right because of a cat vaccine she's testing. As the night progresses, Drew and Nicki are doing terribly, while Kate and Oswald are doing pretty well. Oswald ends up getting on one knee and proposes to her, putting Drew in an awkward position, so he does the same, so Nicki agrees.

    The show ends with Lewis and Pinky having some wine at Lewis' apartment, when all of a sudden, they decide to go have sex.

    Tonight's episode was pretty funny; the test during dinner got to be a little ridiculous, but it wasn't over the top. My favorite part of the episode was the second scene, where Drew and Lewis were reading Valentine's Day cards.moreless
Eugene Levy

Eugene Levy

Dr. Rider

Guest Star

Ashley Gardner

Ashley Gardner


Guest Star

Tim Haldeman

Tim Haldeman

Officer Barker

Guest Star

Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh

Nicki Fifer

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Drew attempts to prove that Mimi can't beat a polygraph test)
      Drew: First I have to ask you a base question. Mimi Bobeck, did you invent the automobile?
      Mimi: Yes, I did.
      (the polygraph does nothing)
      Mr. Wick: Give her something more difficult. Something impossible for her to say yes to. It'll set this thing off like a pinball machine.
      Drew: All right, hey Mimi, how'd you like to get out the butter and massage oil and do a little slip and slide with me later on?
      Mimi: (after two deep breaths) Sounds great.
      (again, the polygraph does nothing)
      Mimi: I am a god! Yes! Yes! Yes!

    • Mr. Wick (referring to Mimi): She's pure evil, Carey.

    • (About the polygraph)
      Drew: Mimi, you can lie to me, you can lie in court. If you want, you can even lie in front of my car, but you will never beat this machine.

  • NOTES (1)

    • In the beginning of the scene where Drew, Lewis, Kate and Oswald help Oswald move out of his apartment, the top of the stage set is visible briefly when the camera pans around the room, showing the empty space above.