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Ray trying to take Debra's ring in "Diamonds"
Season 1
Episode 16
Air Date February 7, 1997
Cast Ray Romano
Director(s) Michael Lembeck
Writer(s) Kathy Ann Stumpe
Preceded by The Car
Followed by The Game

Diamonds is the 16th episode of Season 1, and is episode 16 of the full 210 episodes for the entire series. In this episode, Ray finds out that the ring he got for Debra when they got married was a fake. So he does everything possible to take the ring from Debra and replace it with a real one.

Episode InformationEdit


The episode opens with Ray at Shea Stadium talking to baseball star Barry Bonds about the differences in their salaries.

After the opening credits, Robert announces that he arrested Frank's old friend Leon. Frank had gotten Marie's ring from Leon at well under the price he would have paid in a store. Leon was known for selling merchandise on the street. Turns out that Leon was selling glass rings and calling them diamonds. Ray is stunned when he finds that out, because he bought Debra's ring from Leon also.

So Ray tries everything to get the ring from Debra without her knowing it. He finally manages to snatch it while she was in the shower.

While Ray was out, Debra turned the house upside-down looking for it thinking she had lost the ring. Ray then returns, ready to surprise her with it. But Debra confesses that when they got married, she had replaced the original mediocre diamond with her grandmother Abby's $15,000 diamond.

When Debra sees the new ring Ray brings home, she immediately realizes it's not her grandmothers. Ray had thrown out the old one, thinking it was the glass one from Leon.

Running GagsEdit

This episode is one of many that shows Robert's stupidity in the first season. He finds out Amy likes the color green, so for Valentine's Day, he gets her an iguana.


In this episode, Debra mentions to Ally that Ray asked her to marry him on Valentine's Day. But, in a flashback episode in a later season, we see that the proposal was in fact not on Valentine's Day.


  • Robert: "Yeah, it's all about you, Raymond."
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