|Ray's on TV|
|Ray appearing on the TV show Sportscall in "Ray's on TV"|
|Air Date||September 22, 1997|
|Preceded by||Why Are We Here?|
|Followed by||Father Knows Least|
Ray's on TV is the first episode of Season 2, and is episode 23 of the full 210 episodes for the entire series. In this episode, Ray makes an appearance on TV during a sports show, but it doesn't go quite as planned.
- Episode Title: Ray's on TV
- Episode Number: Season 2, Episode 1 (#23 of 210)
- Air Date: September 22, 1997
- Episode description (from DVD): "Ray's first appearance on the TV show, "Sportscall.""
- Preceded by: "Why Are We Here?"
- Followed by: "Father Knows Least"
The episode begins with Debra talking to Ray about a picture that Ally drew of the family. It appeared to show Frank and Marie as giants attacking their house. But Ally clarified and explained that they were monsters, not Grandma and Grandpa. More drawings were discussed throughout the episode.
Later, while Ray's working in the Press Box at Shea Stadium, he's having fun joking with his friends and co-workers Kevin Daniels (who does play-by-play for the New York Mets) and Andy the "stat guy". Kevin gets a call from Roy Firestone and asks him to fill in for Harvey Johnson on his TV show Sportscall. Roy also says he wants Ray on the show with him.
While they were filming the show, Ray doesn't know how to act because he's never been on TV before. He stumbles over his words and pronounces words incorrectly, such as "axed" instead of "asked". On top of that, he ends up scratching the microphone attached to his tie while he's talking.
Even though his family praised him for doing well on the show, they actually felt differently... When they found out Ray was going to be on the next show as well, they criticize everything he does: how he talks and acts. They didn't want him to make a fool out of himself on national television again.
The second show on which Ray appeared didn't go so well. But when he got home, his family still tried to make him feel good.
The whole episode is based on how Ray speaks improperly. That issue is revisited throughout the whole series.
This is one of the first episodes where Ray tells Robert he has to move out of his parents' house.
Also, this is one of the earliest times Frank's lodge is mentioned. Ray calls it "the Elks".
- Frank: "I could've eaten a box of Alpha-Bits and crapped a better interview."