|Why Are We Here?|
|Ray and Debra in the flashback in "Why Are We Here?"|
|Air Date||April 7, 1997|
|Preceded by||Fascinatin' Debra|
|Followed by||Ray's on TV|
Why Are We Here? is the 22nd episode of Season 1, and is episode 22 of the full 210 episodes for the entire series. In this episode, Ray and Debra flashback to when they first moved in across the street from his parents. Then they start to question why in the world they would do that.
- Episode Title: Why Are We Here?
- Episode Number: Season 1, Episode 22 (#22 of 210)
- Air Date: April 7, 1997
- Episode description (from DVD): "Debra asks Ray why they ever left their old apartment. Flashback to three years earlier...Frank tells Ray and a pregnant Debra about the perfect house - right across the street from him and Marie."
- Preceded by: "Fascinatin' Debra"
- Followed by: "Ray's on TV"
The episode starts out in the present day (1997). Debra is helping Ally build a solar system model for school when Frank, Marie and Robert all barge in. After Ray pushes them all out through the door, Debra asks Ray why they left their old apartment to move in next to his parents.
The episode then flashes back three years earlier (1994).
- (In the flashback, Debra has long hair, Robert has a mustache, and the twins are dresses up in girls clothes to play the baby Ally.)
The flashback scene has Ray and Debra living in an apartment in Queens. Ally is a baby and Debra is pregnant. (We learn in later seasons that it was Debra's apartment before she married Ray.)
When they find out that Debra's pregnant with twin boys, they figure they need a bigger place...preferably a house. Ray examines a map and figures they can't be too close to his parents because they would be over every day. And they can't live too far away because they would become "overnight guests". There had to be someplace in the middle.
When the Barone family is informed that Ray and Debra want a house, Frank says he can get them one because he still has his broker's license. The house he has for them just happens to be the one across the street from them.
They go over to take a look at the house. Ray hates the idea of living next to his parents, but Debra thinks it's great. She eventually convinces Ray to buy the house.
The episode then jumps forward, back to the present day. Debra is sitting at the kitchen table questioning why she made that choice three years ago.
This episode's gags hark back to the pilot episode. Frank sniffs the twins heads and explains that he's "sucking in that youth". And Marie opens Debra's refrigerator and announces that she smells "something questionable".
Actress Patricia Heaton actually was pregnant with her third child during the filming of this episode. So the writers and creators used her pregnancy in the episode.
- Ray: "Am I a man or what?!"