As long-time readers will know, I really am a big fan of family-themed sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. And some of my favourite scenes were when the otherwise pompous Marie was brought down to earth by the only person willing to stand up to her, her husband Frank. And if you can’t get enough from Frank, there’s also a previous post here.
Robert: If you didn’t hit my car then how did all the black and white paint get on yours?
Frank: I hit a penguin!
Marie: Oh Robby, that’s wonderful! As a boy, you were always a looker.
Frank: I always thought he was more of a “Look at that!”
Marie: You think Michael’s book is my fault, don’t you? Don’t you? Huh? If there’s ever a problem in the family, it’s the mother. It’s *always* the mother. Well, you all ought to be ashamed of yourselves. And you, you-you allow that, Father Hubley? Shame on you. That’s right. You had a mother. And you allowed all this to happen in your school, in your parish. This “new psychology” that children are always right, that they’re being rewarded for every little thing they do with the stickers. I mean, these kids are coming home full of stickers for doing nothing! “Ooh, I went to the potty.” “Here’s a sticker.” In my day, you had to *earn* a reward, and even then, you didn’t get it. And if there was yelling in the house, you earned that, too. There was nothing to be ashamed of. I want to tell you something. There is nothing wrong with this family. We’re very close, we’re very open, and we’re very loving, cause I make sure of it. But everybody has to make a big deal. You have to have a meeting, you have to have an inquiry, you have to have a witch hunt!
Frank: I think they found one.
Marie: We haven’t talked for 35 years.
Frank: I didn’t want to interrupt!
Ray: Okay, I regret not loving you more. I do. You deserve all the love that can fit in the ocean.
Frank: [laughs] Oh, man!
Marie: I thought that was beautiful, Frank. Why can you say something like that?
Frank: Alright… I would love it if you were in the ocean!
Ray: [to Marie] Nothing is ever good enough and it’s *always* our fault!
Frank: You can’t speak to your mother that way!
Ray: You do!
Frank: She’s not my mother!
Frank: Let’s go (eat) I’ve got two minutes until the commercials are over.
Marie: Frank. Doesn’t Raymond look all worn out and tired?
Frank: What do you expect? He’s been talking to you.
Ray: The thing is, I don’t hate him. I don’t hate anybody.
Marie: Yes, that’s one of your many qualities. You get that from me.
Frank: Can I get an iced tea from you?
Marie: Your father on the other hand hates everybody.
Frank: That’s not true. There’s only some people I hate. The rest I tolerate.
Marie: Be quiet.
Frank: Careful Marie, you’re right on the fence.
Raymond – definitely one of my favourites.
So many laughs. And such a talented cast.
These are so funny! I sadly was not brought up on this show. I need to check it out sometime.
If you need any more argument happy to send you some links. I hope your neighbours aren’t as intrusive haha.
One of he best sitcoms ever.
And probably my favourite final episode. Do you remember the scene when Robert gets married and Marie halts the wedding to make a speech questioning whether Robert is making the right decision? She goes to Frank for support and he replies: “I don’t know who you are lady!”
Yes, he had the best lines. I’m going to watch the series again
What a wonderful idea 🙂
Thanks for the inspiration
Peter Boyle–gotta love him!
He really was a great actor. He got nominated for seven Emmys for his portrayal as Frank but never won sadly.
Frank was one of my favourite characters 😀
Maybe not for the penguin 😉
Haha yeah I think the penguin would disagree
Like anyone could hit anything this cute though
I would be devastated if I hit one of those (or all of them!)
Is it ice tea or iced tea? Interesting….
Always seen it as iced. I love the joke when he leaves a drop of it in the bottle and puts it back in the fridge and says he will drink it later. When he asks for a sandwich Marie breaks off a crumb and says he might prefer that too haha.
Frank is the best!
Their marriage is hilarious. I’m not quite sure how it works!
Awesome lines!! 😀 😀
He’s just so brilliant. It’s like the fact that he’s the only one who is able to stand up to her means that he has to be even stronger.
I LOVE this show…great extract 🙂
An incredible character and such sharp lines. So many laughs.
The late, great and underrated Peter Boyle. Everybody Loves Raymond was class.
It really was. It was never the coolest show on the planet but shows about family rarely are. It had superb writing and acting, and great set ups. The characters were really well drawn out too. Any episodes stand out particularly to you?
I love Frank and Marie. They are too funny together.
And yet it works! Her food must be amazing. All those great Italian dishes!
Yes she looks like a great. As she often points out in comparison with the food of her daughter in law.
Those jokes are great. Especially as she insults her in such a soft voice.
Yes it achieves a certain pleasant nastiness.
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