Season 8 Episodes

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Golf For It

Season 8, Episode 23 - Air Date: 5/24/2004
Robert and Ray end up with the mother of all guilt trips when they decide not to help Marie with a home project so they can land a prime spot on the golf course.
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The Mentor

Season 8, Episode 22 - Air Date: 5/17/2004
A young man, Sam Gilula, arrives at Frank and Marie's and everyone is surprised when he and Frank fondly embrace.
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The Model

Season 8, Episode 21 - Air Date: 5/10/2004
After the agent tells Robert he has a unique look, he convinces him to pose for head shots with their ""in-house"" photographer.
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Season 8, Episode 20 - Air Date: 5/3/2004
When Robert informs Ray that Amy filled him in on some juicy gossip about him, Ray decides to get even with Debra by sharing some nasty secrets of his own.
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The Nice Talk

Season 8, Episode 19 - Air Date: 4/19/2004
When the MacDougals are invited to spend Easter with the Barones, the families attempt to bond over a 500-piece puzzle.
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Crazy Chin

Season 8, Episode 18 - Air Date: 3/22/2004
Amy's parents put Robert on the defensive when they point out his strange habit of touching food to his chin before he eats it.
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The Ingrate

Season 8, Episode 17 - Air Date: 3/1/2004
Debra is hurt when Ray receives an honorary doctorate and thanks everyone except her in his acceptance speech.
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Season 8, Episode 16 - Air Date: 2/23/2004
After Robert takes a second job selling home security systems, he reveals he's been asked to join the security firm full-time and is mulling over retiring from the police force early.
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Party Dress

Season 8, Episode 15 - Air Date: 2/16/2004
Ray and Debra disagree over whether they should purchase an expensive dress for Ally to wear to a friend's formal 13th birthday party.
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Season 8, Episode 14 - Air Date: 2/9/2004
Fed up with his wife's constant lateness, Ray leaves Debra at home rather than take her to the ESPY Awards.
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Whose Side Are You On?

Season 8, Episode 13 - Air Date: 2/2/2004
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.
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Season 8, Episode 12 - Air Date: 1/12/2004
After inadvertently leaving the twins home alone, Ray and Debra are impressed with Ally when she steps up and takes care of the twins until they return.
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Debra at the Lodge

Season 8, Episode 11 - Air Date: 1/5/2004
When Debra accepts a position at Frank's lodge to help plan a member recruitment party, Ray begins to resent how much time she is spending away from home.
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Jazz Records

Season 8, Episode 10 - Air Date: 12/15/2003
When the kids ruin Ray's dictionary, Frank shares how Ray ruined his prized jazz collection. After trying to make amends for his childhood mistake, Ray discovers that he may not have been the culprit.
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The Bird

Season 8, Episode 9 - Air Date: 11/24/2003
Robert and Amy convince their families to spend Thanksgiving together. When the Barones arrive at the Pennsylvania home of Amy's parents, they find that their differing family traditions encourage lots of lively conversation.
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The Surprise Party

Season 8, Episode 8 - Air Date: 11/17/2003
After Debra's mother suggests throwing Debra an ""old-fashioned English Tea Party,"" Ray reluctantly agrees after she promises to do all the work.
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Season 8, Episode 7 - Air Date: 11/10/2003
Ray and Debra get caught up in telling lies in order to cover up previous falsehoods after Ray fibs to Marie about why he missed a scheduled time with her.
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Peter on the Couch

Season 8, Episode 6 - Air Date: 11/3/2003
After Amy invites her brother Peter to stay for dinner, he makes himself at home on the couch and never leaves.
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The Contractor

Season 8, Episode 5 - Air Date: 10/20/2003
Debra persuades Ray to hire Gianni to do some remodeling in their kitchen, but they both soon regret it due to their friend's laziness.
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Misery Loves Company

Season 8, Episode 4 - Air Date: 10/13/2003
Debra and Ray are annoyed at the over-the-top affection Robert and Amy are expressing towards each other.
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Home From School

Season 8, Episode 3 - Air Date: 10/6/2003
When Michael stays home from school for two days in a row, Ray suspects he simply has homework he hasn't finished.
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Thank You Notes

Season 8, Episode 2 - Air Date: 9/29/2003
Marie instantly tries to get the upper hand in her relationship with her new daughter-in-law when Amy and Robert return from their honeymoon, but Debra steps in, determined to stop Marie's meddling once and for all, which horrifies the guys.
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Fun with Debra

Season 8, Episode 1 - Air Date: 9/22/2003
Debra convinces Ray to let her join him on the golf course after she (once again) realizes that they don't have fun together anymore.