Marie's Meatballs
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Debra pulling off the fake label in "Marie's Meatballs"
Season 2
Episode 15
Air Date January 19, 1998
Cast Ray Romano
Director(s) Brian K. Roberts
Writer(s) Susan Van Allen
Preceded by Mia Famiglia
Followed by The Checkbook

Marie's Meatballs is the 15th episode of Season 2, and is episode 37 of the full 210 episodes for the entire series. In this episode, Marie teaches Debra how to make her famous meatballs. But Marie secretly sabotages Debra's recipe to make her look bad.

Episode InformationEdit


For dinner, Debra cooks Ray her lemon chicken. But then Marie comes over with her famous spaghetti and meatballs. Ray chooses his mother's spaghetti and meatballs.

Debra becomes frustrated because Ray picked the meatballs over her lemon chicken. Ray then gets the idea to have Marie teach Debra how she makes it. Hesitant about it, Debra let's Marie teach her. But when Ray tastes the finished product, the meatballs just taste weird.

After some help from Robert, Debra finds out that Marie sabotaged her meatballs by placing a label for basil on a bottle of tarragon.

Running GagsEdit

This is one of the episode's where Ray walks in the door and calls Debra by some funny nickname. He actually does it two different times in the episode.

Debra's lemon chicken also appears in this episode, as it does many times throughout the series.

Robert's quirkiness is also referenced, when he mentions that he washes his keys because they smell.


In the episode, the battle between Marie's Thanksgiving turkey and Debra's fish (in the Season 1 episode "Turkey or Fish") is referenced.


  • DEBRA: You know what I don't get? I don't get how you couldn't see my side of this! You're so busy defending your saint of a mother, that you make me out to be some kind of ungrateful nutcase! Well, who's the nutcase now, Ray? Who's the nutcase now?!