The Thought That Counts
The Thought That Counts
Season 7
Episode 11
Air Date December 9, 2002
Cast Ray Romano
Patricia Heaton
Brad Garrett
Doris Roberts
Peter Boyle
Madylin Sweeten
Director(s) Gary Halvorson
Writer(s) Philip Rosenthal & Tucker Cawley
Preceded by Marie's Vision
Followed by Grandpa Steals

The Thought That Counts is the eleventh episode of Season 7, and is the 157th episode overall.


When Ray puts a lot of thought into his mom's birthday gift, Debra asks for a thoughtful gift too. When Ray can't figure out what to get, Robert gives him the perfect idea. He gives her the first edition of To Kill a Mockingbird, the book on which she did her thesis. She is very happy and Robert is jealous because Ray did not give him his due credit. Robert obsesses over it and tells Debra the truth. Amy then confronts him on the gift he got her (tickets to the Ice Capades), which was Marie's idea. The girls are furious with the boys and they are forced to go to the Ice Capades.


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