Episode: 175 | Aired: September 19, 2005
While at the gym with his friends Doug sees a pole dancing class. He decides he has to convince Carrie to take the class. She reluctantly agrees, but then she loves it. She decides to show Doug on a pole that they installed in their room, but Doug finds out she is horrible.
Episode: 186 | Aired: December 19, 2005
Doug and Carrie are roped into helping out at their church during the holidays: he guards the manger, while she tries to bake a cake. Also, Arthur and Spence attempt to write a Christmas song so they can cash in on the holiday, but soon realize it is going nowhere and decide to try writing songs for other holidays.
Episode: 188 | Aired: February 27, 2006
Doug convinces Carrie that he can get rid of their bug problem and doesn't need to hire the creepy and expensive exterminator, Pete. But when his bug bomb fails to work, Doug and Carrie are forced to sleep in the car while Pete does his exterminating. Meanwhile, when the hotel that Arthur stayed at gives Carrie a free hotel voucher for their pest inconvenience, Carrie and Doug offer it to Spence and Danny, so that they can bunk at their place while their house is being gassed.
Episode: 185 | Aired: March 06, 2006
When Arthur discovers that Doug is fully recovered, he blackmails him in order to get things that Carrie won't let him have. Meanwhile, when the slam ball court becomes available at Doug's gym, he tells Carrie he's at his physical therapist's office in order to buy him some playing time. But when Carrie comes home and discovers that someone has doped Arthur with sleeping pills, she becomes frantic and goes to find Doug.
Episode: 187 | Aired: March 13, 2006
When the Heffernans receive an oil painting of themselves as an anniversary gift from Deacon and Kelly, they dislike the picture so much that they decide to stage a robbery rather than hang the painting in their home.
Episode: 189 | Aired: March 20, 2006
After convincing Carrie to sell her hair to a wig maker so they can afford to join Deacon and Kelly on a cruise, Doug realizes he doesn't find Carrie's new shorter hairdo attractive. When Carrie catches Doug making fun on her hair to the cruise ship's entertainer, Robert Goulet, Carrie locks herself in their cabin. Doug and Deacon then turn to Goulet and his wardrobe department to help them find a wig for Carrie. Meanwhile, when Arthur sees Carrie's new hairdo, he starts thinking that Carrie might not be his biological daughter and uncorks a plan to gather DNA to prove whether or not Carrie is his offspring.
Episode: 177 | Aired: November 14, 2011
Carrie gets mad at Doug when she realizes that he is constantly getting haircuts from a hairstylist just because he thinks she is hot. Spence asks Lou to go to a Sci-Fi convention with him and Lou reluctantly agrees. Soon Lou is excited about it. Spence has to get Lou not to go after he meets Adam West in the subway and he agrees to go.
Episode: 172 | Aired: January 22, 2012
Doug and Carrie get into a fight and a program on Carrie's computer records the entire thing. When they see the things they said to each other they decide to talk to a marriage counselor.
Episode: 173 | Aired: January 23, 2012
Doug and Carrie feel like they might not be popular at work and start to try to win people over.
Episode: 174 | Aired: January 23, 2012
Carrie finds out that Doug lied about getting a job while they were dating so that he could have sex with her.
Episode: 176 | Aired: January 24, 2012
Holly is getting married and moving away and Arthur does not believe it. Carrie tries to stop her from moving by coming up with a bunch of stupid reasons for her not to get married. Doug notices a sandwich called the Deacon at Cooper's and gets mad, accusing Deacon of stealing the sandwich idea from him.
Episode: 178 | Aired: January 25, 2012
Doug takes Carrie to a bed and breakfast, thinking it would be romantic, but it ends up being a terrible place. The owners are disgusting but nice, so Doug does not want to hurt their feeling by leaving, but they try to find a way out.
Episode: 179 | Aired: January 26, 2012
When Doug is not allowed to hold Danny's girlfriend's baby, Doug gets annoyed and tries to convince Carrie to have a child so he can get back at Danny. In order to help convince Carrie it's time for a child, Doug borrows the baby from Danny so they can give parenting a test run. Doug quickly adjusts to being a dad, but the transition isn't as smooth for Carrie. Meanwhile, Arthur resorts to blackmail when he's denied the title of "customer of the month" at a local coffee shop.
Episode: 180 | Aired: January 26, 2012
When Doug starts receiving fan mail from someone who saw his performance at a karaoke club, he lets the attention go to his head, only to have his ego shattered when the emails suddenly stop coming. When the emails applauding Doug's singing suddenly stop, Doug goes back to the karaoke club in an attempt to get his fans back. But when Carrie discovers an email from a rabid fan, she jealously puts a block on all of Doug's incoming emails. After Doug finally unblocks his email, he discovers that the adoring emails have turned insulting and threatening.
Episode: 181 | Aired: January 27, 2012
When the couple next door decides to sell their home, the Heffernan's try to persuade Deacon and Kelly to buy it. Doug and Carrie realize something is wrong when the two are completely disinterested in the home. In confidence, Deacon tells Doug that Carrie is the reason they don't want to move next to them while Kelly confides to Carrie that Doug is the reason. Meanwhile, Danny and Spence go to extremes to impress the couple's beautiful niece
Episode: 182 | Aired: January 27, 2012
After convincing his mom they could make a fortune, Doug and his mom set off on a series of smaller poker games in order to come up with the $1,000 buy-in to play in the high stakes game. Meanwhile, when a job promotion becomes available, Carrie's boss tells her that she would have a better chance of landing the job if she could lose her accent. Carrie hesitantly agrees to let Spence, who proclaims to be a speech coach, help her lose her thick accent. Although after several difficult sessions, both Carrie and Spence realize this is going to be tougher than they expected.
Episode: 183 | Aired: January 28, 2012
Doug and his gang rent an apartment upstairs from their favorite restaurant, but when the excitement of having their own secret sanctuary wears off, the guys stop hanging out, leaving Doug all alone. Desperate not to lose their hideout, Doug takes a job as a busboy in the restaurant downstairs until Carrie discovers his secret life. Meanwhile, in order to keep her new client, Kirstie Alley, happy, Carrie is forced to consume large quantities of food in front of her as part of Kirstie's bizarre weight loss program.
Episode: 184 | Aired: January 28, 2012
When Doug runs into his old pal Ray Barone, and both wives happen to be out of town, they decide they're long overdue for a guys' night out. After a quick shopping spree for some snazzy new clothes, the boys decide to check out the new nightclub in town. Confident to prove they still have the moves, they make a small wager to see which one can convince a girl to dance with them first. But things get heated when Ray opts to pay a young lady to dance with him and her boyfriend sees the transaction. Meanwhile, after 20 years, Carrie, for the first time, accompanies Arthur to his mother's grave. Upon arriving, Carrie becomes confused and angry when she sees the epitaph on the tombstone that reads, "Devoted Mother of Simone."
Episode: 190 | Aired: January 31, 2012
Doug lies to Carrie and tells her that he regrets not accomplishing more in life and that he's going to sign up for the IPS management program. As part of his new outlook on life, he tells Carrie that he also he needs to conquer a local roller coaster called "Goliath." However, Doug gets busted when he and Carrie run into his boss at the amusement park and she thanks him for accepting Doug into the IPS management course. Meanwhile, Deacon, Arthur and Spence have a wonderful day at the amusement park, when they learn they can skip waiting in the long lines by putting Arthur in a wheelchair.
Episode: 191 | Aired: February 01, 2012
Everything is going smoothly between the newly formed friendships until Kelly grows tired of Doug's forgetfulness. With Kelly no longer available, Deacon and Carrie invite Doug to hang out with them, but Doug is so distraught over losing Kelly that he ruins their evening. Meanwhile, Arthur feels betrayed by the coffee shop girl, Gloria, who is having great success by taking Arthur's relationship advice and doing the exact opposite.
Episode: 192 | Aired: February 01, 2012
Carrie convinces her female co-workers to blow off work and take advantage of a hotel spa, after telling Doug that she'll be working all weekend. She gets caught in the lie when he discovers that she already has an appointment.
Episode: 193 | Aired: February 02, 2012
Arthur accidentally starts a fire while cooking bacon and Carrie and Doug decide it is time to move Arthur into a retirement home. While Doug is cleaning up the scorched basement in preparations for his new media room, he finds some playbills that reveal that Arthur was once a well-respected actor. When Doug confronts Arthur about his days in the theater, Arthur confirms that he was an actor, but that he gave it up to raise Carrie. Doug starts feeling guilty for abandoning Arthur and tries to convince Carrie to let him stay. Meanwhile, Danny and Spence agreed that after two years in their apartment, Spence would get the larger bedroom back from Danny, though Danny now refuses to move into the smaller room, so Spence moves into the room with Danny and a classic standoff begins.
Episode: 194 | Aired: February 02, 2012
When Doug starts hanging out with Joe, a driver at Priority Plus, his fellow drivers lose all respect for him. When Joe invites Doug to join him at a Neil Diamond concert, he discovers that Joe was only acting like his friend to get him alone so that he and his fellow Priority Plus drivers could play a trick on Doug.