With Debra and the kids sick, Ray tries to juggle the responsibilities of home and work and ends up with chaos and an aborted meeting with ex-Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Terry Bradshaw.
Robert is reluctant to go on a date because hes insecure about his appearance, so when Debra tells him hes attractive, Ray starts feeling insecure about his own looks.
Debra, already annoyed at getting stuck driving the old car Ray bought from his parents, really gets upset when she discovers that is was his old make out mobile.
When Ray and his family play a game of Scruples after their cable goes out and they have nothing but time on their hands, they find themselves arguing about honesty.
When Debra tries to change Rays pessimistic attitude about winning the Sports Writer of the Year Award, he agrees to change his ways and become more upbeat -- and suffers the downside of being the only optimist in his family.
Ray brings home a stray bulldog that reminds him of the dog he had to give up as a boy due to his allergies, but his brother Robert bonds with the animal and the siblings then have to decide who gets to keep him.
When Franks late-night buzz sawing and Maries persistent meddling bother the neighborhood, they meet with Ray to discuss how hell inform his parents of their complaints.
When Debra is being interviewed by a psychotherapist for a book on the American family, the doctor discovers that Ray and his family are more fascinating, in a quirky way, than she is.
Father Knows Least
Ray gets to use the active technique he and Debra learned in parenting class on his parents when their stubbornness goes too far.
At the urging of his parents, Ray takes his brother, Robert, out for a night on the town.
When Ally decides to stop taking piano lessons from her Grandma Marie, Ray tries to teach her an important lesson about not quitting by resuming the lessons he took from his mother 25 years earlier.
Feeling left out when he thinks that his father selectively asked his brother to join a Civil War re-enactment, Ray voluntarily enlists for the Battle of Gettysburg.
When Rays Zia Sarina comes to visit all the way from Italy to help Ally with a school project on family trees, hes thrilled to finally meet a relative whom the whole family likes.
The Ride Along
When Raymond goes on a citizens ride along in his brothers patrol car and sees Robert risk his life during a hold-up, he gains a new respect for him.