The Checkbook
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Ray and Robert trying to use the ATM in "The Checkbook"
Season 2
Episode 16
Air Date February 2, 1998
Cast Ray Romano
Director(s) John Fortenberry
Writer(s) Tom Caltabiano
Preceded by Marie's Meatballs
Followed by The Ride-Along

The Checkbook is the 16th episode of Season 2, and is episode 38 of the full 210 episodes for the entire series. In this episode, Ray takes over the finances to prove a point. But as he soon finds out, it's not as easy as he thought it would be.

Episode InformationEdit


When Debra realizes that Ray doesn't appreciate her taking care of all the finances, she hands the job over to him.

Weeks later, while at Nemo's Pizza, Andy tells Ray everything he's done wrong in the checkbook. And because the check bounced, the electric company is shutting off power to the Barones house. So Ray asks Robert for some money.

Since Debra is on her way to the bank, Ray rushes to the ATM to put the money in the account before Debra notices the problems.

Running GagsEdit

Robert does his infamous "crazy chin" move. When Ray and Robert are standing at the ATM, Robert touches the card to his chin before putting it into the ATM.


Actor Ray Romano's "real life" brother Richard Romano makes a guest appearance in the episode as the other police officer outside the bank. He was uncredited for the role.


  • Ray: (to Ally) "You saw Daddy talking. You couldn't stop me?"