Ray’s on TV
Ray is devastated when he discovers his family lied to him about his television debut on a sports chat show. When he gets a second chance to appear on the show, his family decides it’s time they gave him some pointers on how to correct his awkwardness with certain words. While Ray tries his best to remember his family’s advice, his guest appearance turns out to be even more disastrous than the debut.
At the urging of his parents, Ray takes his brother, Robert, out for a night on the town. But when Robert wants to get in touch with Ray’s “feelings” Ray gets a little uncomfortable with “this brotherly bonding thing.” Ray is left wondering if his goodwill gesture was really such a good idea after all.
When Ally decides to stop taking piano lessons from her Grandma Marie, Ray tries to teach her an important lesson about not quitting by resuming the lessons he took from his mother 25 years earlier. When Ray sits down at the piano with his mother again, it brings back many fond childhood memories of the nice times they shared at the piano. So nice, that it makes him wonder why he ever quit taking the lessons in the first place, and if his father’s negativity about boys playing music was to blame - - until his mother gives him another kind of lesson altogether.
The Children’s Book
Sick of reading Ally the same stories night after night and in the mood to be a little creative, Debra decides to try her hand at writing a children’s book. Feeling great about doing something other than being a mom, she invites Raymond to write the story with her. But Debra sees the other side of her easy-going husband when he turns their little project into an all out competition -- with Ally as the judge.
At Debra’s insistence, Ray reluctantly takes her to his 20th high school reunion, and it’s even worse than he expected. It turns out that Debra is “one of them” - - the cool people who hated him and used to throw him into the girl’s bathroom. Depressed about being unmasked as a “nerd,” Ray tries to deal with the “mixed” marriage.