Debra signs up for charity work and signs up Ray for an hour of charity at the hospital. He is reluctant but goes. Turns out the patients enjoy his humor and sports information and he enjoys going. Debra is upset at how often he is gone.
Ray and Frank persuade Robert to make a complete hash of designing his and Amy's wedding invitations, so that Amy will step in and take over; unfortunately, the plan backfires and the invitations go out, warts 'n' all. Worse, Debra realises Ray has been faking incompetence for years to avoid performing his household duties.
Ray reluctantly takes his daughter to her friend Molly's for a sleepover, fearing another run-in with Molly's mother, Peggy (previously seen in season six's "Cookies"). A casual pat on the behind leads Ray to believe Peggy is coming on to him.
When a friend of Frank and Marie dies, Marie tells Frank that she had been the woman Marie had picked out to marry him if she died first; Ray and Debra then get into a debate about who they would choose to take their place if they died.
Robert & Amy are back from their honeymoon. Marie immediately starts questioning when they are going to send out Thank You Notes from the wedding. Amy is surprised at Marie's insistence and Debra wants her to stand strong against Marie.
Robert & Amy celebrate their 3-month anniversary and invite Ray, Debra, Marie, and Frank to dinner. Robert & Amy are in the throes of new love and give marriage advice to the others. New love is different from old love and a debate begins.
Debra's mother, Lois, suggests to Raymond that she will throw a surprise birthday party for her daughter and Ray won't have to lift a finger. Debra senses something is afoot and Ray spills the beans, but Debra wants a Chinese banquet instead. Ray tries to convince his mother-in-law to change the theme of the party, never disclosing to her or to anyone that it's no surprise - Debra knows all about it. Inevitably, all is revealed when Debra arrives home to a houseful of guests and embarrasses herself, her husband and disappoints her mother, who wanted, more than ...