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** "Not So Fast" may be the ultimate example. In the previous episode, Marie and Frank moved out of their house and sold it to Robert and Amy for a mere $26,000. Less than a month later, Marie and Frank are kicked out of their new condo and, having nowhere to go, move back into the house they sold to Robert and Amy. Poor Robert just can't catch a break.
--> '''Robert''': My life. What has happened to my life?


--> '''Ray''': I throw this out... and you can call me an idiot.
--> '''Debra''': ({{Beat}}) ...Deal. (Ray hesitantly walks over to the garbage and throws the sandwich in it) Idiot.

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--> '''Ray''': I throw this out... and you can call me an idiot.
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idiot.\\
'''Debra''': ({{Beat}}) ...Deal. (Ray hesitantly walks over to the garbage and throws the sandwich in it) Idiot.Idiot.
* StopHelpingMe: In "Working Late Again", Andy keeps trying to "help" out Ray by saying it's easy to get set up to work from home, annoying Ray, who wants to keep working at the office.

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* TheShowMustGoWrong: The school play in "Fairies". Michael and Geoffrey (playing fairies) just run around, screaming, and kicking over the scenery.

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** In "Alone Time", Ray's constant stream of jokes about Debra's "mustache" (really just peach fuzz that she bleaches).

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** Debra, to Ray in "Move Over" after she finds out Ray lied to her about sharing a fold-out couch with Robert when they would visit Nonny Barone as kids:
--> '''Debra''': You made up that whole story, didn't you, Ray?! Nonny Barone, the apartment, the pull-out sofa bed. You never slept with Robert, did you, Ray?! It was all a lie! You '''liar!'''

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** In a season 1 flashback scene, Ray and his date are in his car, and he's about to kiss her:
--> '''Lisa''': Do you have any gum?\\
'''Ray''': Yeah. (hands her a piece of gum)\\
'''Lisa''': I meant for you.

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* TwoDecadesBehind: Despite the series running through 2005, nobody in the cast seems to use a computer for anything other than word processing or the occasional gameplay. It seems as though the internet was never invented in the ELR universe.


* SmellyFeet: Ray [[RunningGag frequently]] accuses Robert of having smelly feet.

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* SmellyFeet: SmellyFeetGag: Ray [[RunningGag frequently]] accuses Robert of having smelly feet.

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* [[UngratefulBastard Ungrateful Bitch]]: Debra can certainly fall into this at times. While Ray may be lazy at home, Deb conveniently seems to forget that he works hard enough that she doesn't have to. Her life also isn't the laborious hell she sometimes makes it out to be, as it is made clear that she has plenty of leisure time when the kids are in school and even had enough time to catch an afternoon nap in "Talk To Your Daughter." Marie is not above pointing this out on a couple occasions when she insinuates that Debra has it a lot softer than she did.


* SeductionProofMarriage: This causes Ray Barone serious angst. first when he loses his wedding ring and a woman comes onto him at the airport; second when he (mistakenly) thinks Peggy the Cookie Nazi has made a pass at him. Both times he stays faithful to Debra.

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* SeductionProofMarriage: This causes Ray Barone serious angst. first First when he loses his wedding ring and a woman comes onto him at the airport; second when he (mistakenly) thinks Peggy the Cookie Nazi has made a pass at him. Both times he stays faithful to Debra.


-->'''Ray:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny ''But I love her!'']]

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-->'''Ray:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments ''But I love her!'']]


* UglyGuyHotWife: Ray & Debra virtually ''define'' this trope (and were nearly the TropeNamer) and its endless stream of copycats - including ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'' - use it as part of their schtick, where before sitcoms tended to have parents of at least reasonably equal levels of physical appearance. Ray may not be ''hideous'', but his giant nose and various other aspects are played for laughs. This difference in their attractiveness is played for laughs in the scene where both try to seduce the other in underwear. Debra provokes cat calls and hollers from the audience. Ray's satin boxers provoke laughter.

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* UglyGuyHotWife: Ray & Debra virtually ''define'' this trope (and were nearly the TropeNamer) and its endless stream of copycats - including ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'' - use it as part of their schtick, where before sitcoms tended to have parents of at least reasonably equal levels of physical appearance. Ray may not be ''hideous'', but his giant nose and various other aspects are played for laughs. This difference in their attractiveness is played for laughs in the scene where both try to seduce the other in underwear. Debra provokes cat calls and hollers from the audience. Ray's satin boxers provoke laughter.


* YourTelevisonHatesYou: In "Ray Home Alone", Ray and Robert discuss Ray's fear to sleep in the house alone. Ray fears that he'll be attacked. So, while at home alone, he turns on the TV to watch a nature documentary:

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* YourTelevisonHatesYou: YourTelevisionHatesYou: In "Ray Home Alone", Ray and Robert discuss Ray's fear to sleep in the house alone. Ray fears that he'll be attacked. So, while at home alone, he turns on the TV to watch a nature documentary:


* YouWouldMakeAGreatModel: Robert Barone is scammed this way by a con-artist who insists that for $2,000 dollars he can get Robert a career in outsize male modelling, as there aren't too many guys of your height and build. Robert succumbs out of vanity and afterwards refuses to file a complaint as it would be too embarrassing to admit in front of other cops that he fell for it.

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* YouWouldMakeAGreatModel: Robert Barone is scammed this way by a con-artist who insists that for $2,000 dollars he can get Robert a career in outsize male modelling, as there aren't too many guys of your height and build. Robert succumbs out of vanity and afterwards refuses to file a complaint as it would be too embarrassing to admit in front of other cops that he fell for it.it.
* YourTelevisonHatesYou: In "Ray Home Alone", Ray and Robert discuss Ray's fear to sleep in the house alone. Ray fears that he'll be attacked. So, while at home alone, he turns on the TV to watch a nature documentary:
-->'''Man on TV''': The mother decides to nurse its young under the cooling shade of a nearby tree. Unfortunately, that decision will cost the gazelle its life. The lion will catch her--
-->'''Ray''': No, no, no! [[SarcasticThanks Thanks, Robert!]]


* WhatHappenedToTheMouse?: In the episode "Liars", after Ray lies to go to a golf game, Ray catches Debra lying about her doctor's appointment... TWICE! However, she isn't interrogated any further (like, as to where she went, or why she lied about it...) But [[DoubleStandard Ray still got yelled at for her for doing the same thing as her]]. It's not a big deal but still... [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse where did she go?]]

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse?: WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the episode "Liars", after Ray lies to go to a golf game, Ray catches Debra lying about her doctor's appointment... TWICE! However, she isn't interrogated any further (like, as to where she went, or why she lied about it...) But [[DoubleStandard Ray still got yelled at for her for doing the same thing as her]]. It's not a big deal but still... [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse where did she go?]]

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