Debra's Sick
Football legend Terry Bradshaw in "Debra's Sick"
Season 1
Episode 13
Air Date January 3, 1997
Cast Ray Romano
Patricia Heaton
Brad Garrett
Doris Roberts
Peter Boyle
Madylin Sweeten
Sawyer Sweeten
Sullivan Sweeten
Terry Bradshaw
Jack Blessing
Cynthena Sanders
Jonathan Chapin
Hannah Swanson
Curtis Blanck
Director(s) Michael Lembeck
Writer(s) Stephen Nathan
Preceded by The Ball
Followed by Who's Handsome?

Debra's Sick is the 13th episode of Season 1, and is episode 13 of the full 210 episodes for the entire series. In this episode, Ray's world is suddenly flipped upside-down when Debra and the kids get sick. Ray has to take care of his family instead of doing other things he had planned, including interviewing Terry Bradshaw.

Episode InformationEdit


Ray has a meeting scheduled with football star Terry Bradshaw because he plans to ghostwrite Bradshaws book. But when Debra and two of the three kids get sick, he has to cancel the meeting and take them to the doctor.

Trying to salvage something, Ray asks Bradshaw to meet him at the doctor's office. After a brief and unproductive talk in the waiting room, Bradshaw says it's not going to work out and leaves.

While Ray is in the doctor's office with Ally and Michael, Dr. Hammond asks about the kids eating habits and friends they play with. Ray, not being at home a whole lot, stutters to find an answer. He didn't even know what Ally's favorite movie is. Then, to top it off, it turns out that he accidentally brought Geoffrey to the doctor instead of Michael.

At the end of the episode, Terry Bradshaw calls Ray and wants to meet again. Ray, realizing that he needs to spend more time at home with his family, declines Bradshaw's offer. After hanging up the phone, Debra gets mad at him for not taking the job. They could have used the money.

Running GagsEdit

This episode is one of many that shows Ray's stupidity and his unwillingness to take on any responsibility.


Even though the character Bernie did not appear in this episode, his name was mentioned.

A man named Leon was mentioned as the man that sold the Barones their cheap jackets. He was never seen in the episode, but was mentioned in a later episode, "Diamonds".


  • Marie: "I'm here, don't worry."
Season 1 Episodes

PilotI Love YouI Wish I Were GusStandard DeviationLook, Don't TouchFrank, the WriterYour Place or Mine?In-LawsWin, Lose or DrawTurkey or FishCaptain NemoThe BallDebra's SickWho's Handsome?The CarDiamondsThe GameRecovering PessimistThe DogNeighborsFascinatin' DebraWhy Are We Here?

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