Frank, the Writer
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Ray and Frank in "Frank, the Writer"
Season 1
Episode 6
Air Date October 18, 1996
Cast Ray Romano
Director(s) Paul Lazarus
Writer(s) Tucker Cawley
Preceded by Look Don't Touch
Followed by Your Place or Mine?

Frank, the Writer is the 6th episode of Season 1, and is episode 6 of the full 210 episodes for the entire series. In this episode, Frank gets a funny story published in the Reader's Digest, which leads him to believe that he's a good writer and could possibly get his own column, just like Ray.

Episode InformationEdit


The episode begins with Ray bringing basketball star Kareem Abdul Jabbar to his house to meet Debra. But Debra is asleep and doesn't even realize he's there. This scene has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the episode.

Frank mentions to his family that someone he knows got paid $50 for getting a funny little story published in Reader's Digest. So Frank, claiming that it's practically free money, gets the idea to send his funny stories in to the Digest. When he finally sees it in print, he considers himself a writer.

Frank then hands Ray some of his work and wants Ray to turn it into his editor at the newspaper. Reluctantly, Ray does. Ray then gets a call from the editor saying how horrible and embarrassing it was. Ray is then scared to tell his father what the editor said for fear that Frank would be mad.

Running GagsEdit

Not many of the Everybody Loves Raymond episodes have two stories going on simultaneously. But this is one of the few that does.

Robert is afraid one of the twins doesn't like him. And this whole issue portrays Robert as a goof, which is how his original character was written during the first season.


Similar to a few of the early episodes, there was a slight mistake with the staging and positioning of the cameras in the studio. Microphones can be seen in certain scenes.

Co-Executive Producer Bruce Kirschbaum was not credited.

This was Melanie Hughes' last episode for being in charge of the actors' make-up. In the next episode, Eryn Krueger takes over.


  • Debra: "Why are we hiding today, Ray?"
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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