Everybody Loves Raymond: Season 7, Episode 14

Just a Formality (3 Feb. 2003)

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Robert decides that it's time to propose to Amy. But her parents say "no". So Ray and Robert try to make them change their minds.



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Robert decides that it's time to propose to Amy. But her parents say "no". So Ray and Robert try to make them change their minds.

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Ray Romano's real-life brother has a cameo as Robert's partner. He's accompanying Robert as he approaches Amy to propose to her. See more »


Robert goes to the MacDougall's to ask for her father hand in marriage. In the scene Hank and Pat MacDougall are putting together a puzzle of Jesus. 1. there are more pieces scattered around the puzzle than there is room. 2. Hank tells Pat he found another piece of his (Jesus') beard but his beard is clearly a finished piece of the puzzle. See more »


Peter MacDougall: Oh, I think Miss Puss has a kiss for you, Raymond.
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Robert wants to propose and asks Amy's parents first
29 August 2008 | by (Greensboro, NC) – See all my reviews

This episode is from Season 7 of "Everybody Loves Raymond" and originally aired in February 2003. Robert and Amy had just recently gotten back together and he decides he is ready to propose. But first, he decides he wants to be a proper suitor and ask Amy's parents for her hand in marriage. So he drives to Pennsylvania and shows up on their doorstep.

This is the first episode that Fred Willard and Georgia Engel appear as Amy's parents, Hank and Pat. They are portrayed as religious fanatics and we first learn this because they are working on a Jesus crossword puzzle. As Robert finally gets the nerve to ask for Amy's hand, he is shocked when Hank just says a short "No". Robert attempts to talk it over with them, but to no avail. He goes to Ray's house and tells them what happened. He eventually enlists Ray's help to return on another trip to try to change Amy's parents mind. But this is unsuccessful as well.

Robert proposes to Amy anyway. He sets up an elaborate plan to propose by enlisting his buddies in the police force to scare Amy half to death by acting like they are arresting her on the street as she is shopping with Debra. Amy's reaction is priceless - she is at first scared to death, then she slowly starts to realize what's really happening. The show closes with her riding off with Robert in the patrol car saying she wants Robert to ask her parents for her hand in marriage.

I didn't care for this episode or any that Amy's parents appear in. I don't like how Christian people are ridiculed and represented as being fanatics and backward. I do think Gergia Engel is a great choice for Amy's mom as they resemble each other a lot. Her soft, little girl voice is also very amusing and can be used to great effect. I just wished that they hadn't portrayed them as ridiculous Christian fanatics. They still could have cast them as backward, old-fashioned or just plain stupid - without it having to be a result of their Christianity.

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