Pants on Fire
The bottle cap bouncing through the vent in "Pants on Fire"
Season 3
Episode 14
Air Date January 18, 1999
Cast Ray Romano
Director(s) Will Mackenzie
Writer(s) Tucker Cawley
Preceded by Ping Pong
Followed by Robert's Date

Pants on Fire is the 14th episode of Season 3, and is episode 61 of the full 210 episodes for the entire series. In this episode, Ray recalls a party he had as a kid when his parents were away.

Episode InformationEdit


After more than 20 years, Frank turns the heater on in his house, only to find a rattling noise in the vent. Ray takes a look and pulls out a bottle cap that was in there. He then tells his parents that it's been in the vent since he was in high school.

There's a flashback scene to when Ray threw a party in high school, and Ray is seen drinking a bottle of beer, then tossing the bottle cap across the living room into the vent.

Furious that her son would do that, Marie doesn't give Ray any cake on his birthday, or give him his birth-minute kiss. Marie then shuns Ray and turns to nurture Robert instead.

Running GagsEdit

Marie's favoritism toward Ray (and not Robert) plays a major part in this episode.

Robert calls Ray "Cubby", as he often does.


Actress Patricia Heaton was pregnant at the time of filming for this episode, so she did not appear in many of the shots. And when she did, she either wore big, baggy clothing or held an object, such as blankets, in front of her to hide the pregnant belly.


  • Frank: "You know, I never told you this, but I used to think of you as kind of a...weak little mama's boy."
    • Ray: "You told me that."

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