"Thank You Notes"
When Amy becomes annoyed that Marie is already asking when she’s going to send out their thank you notes from the wedding, Debra seizes the opportunity to convince her friend to join forces against her mother in-law’s reign of aggravation. Thrilled that she finally has an ally who can stand up with her against Marie, Debra’s plan is destined for failure when Ray and Robert beg her to make nice with their mother.
"Home From School"
When Michael stays home from school for two days in a row, Ray suspects he simply has homework he hasn't finished, but Michael claims that’s not the case. While everyone in the family has an explanation for Michael’s sudden aversion to school, Ray decides the tough love approach is the way to go -- making Michael spend the day without television, games or comics. When Michael is forced to watch Ray work in his downstairs office, the sheer boredom leads him to finally confide why he doesn’t want to return to class.
"Misery Loves Company"
When Debra and Ray become embroiled in an argument in front of Robert, he tells Ray that in order to find happiness with Debra, he needs to be more affectionate with her. When Ray decides to give it a shot and Debra rebuffs his advances, he becomes annoyed that he’s even contemplated taking advice from Robert. Meanwhile, Amy is also in for a rude awakening when she tries offering marital advice to Debra and Marie.
"Peter on the Couch"
Although Robert initially tries to be civil with his houseguest, he finally loses it when Peter confronts him in front of Ray and Debra about why Robert is treating him so poorly. When Ray reluctantly agrees to drive Peter home to Pennsylvania, they arrive to discover Peter's parents packing up his things and turning his room into a Bible study. Meanwhile, Robert overhears a conversation that hits close to home when the Barones and Amy talk about the difficulties of having a 40-year-old man living under the same roof with his mother and father.
"Surprise Party" After Debra’s mother, Lois, suggests throwing Debra an "old-fashioned English Tea Party,"
Ray reluctantly agrees after she promises to do all the work. Later, Debra realizes Ray is planning something for her birthday and suggests he change the theme to a Chinese banquet. Unfortunately, Lois has already started planning the tea party and now Ray must find a way to convince her to change her plans.