The Can Opener
Everyone in the family takes sides when Ray and Debra have a senseless argument over a newly purchased can opener -- that seems to have opened a can of worms. In a series of flashbacks in which Ray and Debra separately (and quite differently) relate to different family members what they claim truly transpired over the can opener fiasco, Marie, Frank and Robert stick their two cents in as to who they believe was right and who was wrong. (You can guess whose side Marie is on!)
Upon drafting their wills, Ray and Debra must decide who would make the best guardians for their children. After pondering long and hard over their decision, Ray and Debra choose the two people who they feel would be the best candidates to raise their children --should anything happen to them. But their choice doesn’t meet with everyone’s approval.
When Ray hires his overwhelmingly annoying cousin Gerard to assist him, and Debra points out how alike the two men are, Ray is mortified. The whiny, nasal voice, the need to find something negative to say about everything, the stupid questions... it’s a toss up. You could be speaking about either Ray or Gerard. When Ray confronts his family to refute Debra’s findings, he realizes that he’s just made a bad situation worse.
Inspired by how well the Barones got along at Thanksgiving dinner, Debra is intent on finding a way to improve her relationship with Marie. When Debra spends the whole day cooking with Marie, it’s the perfect opportunity to test out her new “shrug it off and let the criticisms roll off your back” attitude that she feels will win Marie over...or will it? Meanwhile, Ray gets roped into having Frank and Robert accompany him to a car show, where he has his own method of getting along with his family.
The Christmas Picture
Ray believes he has finally found the ultimate Christmas gift for his parents -- if nothing else it will certainly be something they will remember forever. Ray is thrilled when he hits upon the perfect gift -- a family photo that his mom and dad can treasure forever. But, when the day arrives to take the picture, Ray tries in vain to keep the peace when Debra and Marie have very conflicting opinions about the meaning of “family” in family photo.