‘Everybody Loves Raymond’: The Thanksgiving Episode Where Marie Barone Went Maddeningly Low-Fat

by Jeremy Spirogis
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A scene from 'Everybody Loves Raymond'
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On Everybody Loves Raymond household matriarch Marie Barone, performed by the inimitable Doris Roberts, doesn’t do issues midway.

She spies on her grownup youngsters and criticizes her daughter-in-law’s cooking, cleansing, and child-rearing as a result of as she likes to say, it’s all for love.

One of the present’s most deliciously humorous episodes was “No Fat,” by which the household is subjected to a Thanksgiving meal devoid of fats and taste.

Thankfully, it was chock full of guffaws.

‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ did Thanksgiving proper

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The now-classic comedy is aware of the way to seize household dynamics completely nicely. Family dysfunction is portrayed in all its ugly glory, and but hilariously. In that very same vein, holidays with household is represented merely spot-on.

The present’s govt producer and creator Phil Rosenthal commented to the Archive of American Television that the present, for him, was based mostly on correct household interplay. Namely, his personal. He spoke on the character of Marie and her true position on the present.

“Now that the show is over, I can say this,” Rosenthal stated. “Marie is the villain in the show. She is the antagonist of the show. But you can’t tell [Doris Roberts] that she’s the villain. Because everyone wants to be loved. And so I told her that. Everything you do, comes from love.”

Marie went low fats for Thanksgiving

After attending a neighborhood well being truthful, Marie discovers that she has excessive ldl cholesterol. Determined to stay extra healthfully, she begins pouring over books on decreasing ldl cholesterol and altering how she cooks, to the horror of the three males in her life: husband Frank and sons Raymond and Robert.

Marie’s tofu turkey isn’t simply an assault on their style buds; it’s a blow to their household custom and affection, which is hanging on by the slender thread of fatty, filling meals.

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The solely Barone backing Marie up, surprisingly, is Debra, who scolds the boys for his or her selfishness when Marie is making an attempt to enhance herself.

The episode climaxes when Ray’s order of a full conventional Thanksgiving meal arrives at his dad and mom’ doorstep.

Marie initially thinks Frank has gone and ordered the meal. When she discovers it was her personal son, she leaves the room damage and betrayed.

Raymond apologizes and the 2 make up. By the episode’s finish, all the household is sitting round Ray’s eating room desk – consuming the Thanksgiving meal Ray had ordered.

Patricia Heaton was very pregnant on this episode

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In “No Fat,” Debra Barone actor Patricia Heaton was far alongside in her being pregnant together with her fourth youngster throughout this season.

To conceal her rising stomach, she was proven from the shoulders up or holding massive gadgets.

“You know, poor Phil,” the mom of 4 instructed the Archive of American Television, referring to the present’s govt producer. “Every time I’d name him and say, ‘Hey, I’m pregnant!,’ he’d simply say ‘Mazel tov!’

The actor described how the present would gown her in “big, checked, lumberjack shirts” to cover her pregnancies.

“I always carried a laundry basket around,” she stated. “There were some people who didn’t know I was pregnant. What did they think I was eating?”

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