|The Wedding: Part 1|
|Ray, Debra, Warren, and Lois in "The Wedding: Part 1"|
|Air Date||May 11, 1998|
|Preceded by||The Garage Sale|
|Followed by||The Wedding: Part 2|
- Episode Title: The Wedding: Part 1
- Episode Number: Season 2, Episode 24 (#46 of 210)
- Air Date: May 11, 1998
- Episode description (from DVD): "Ray's marriage proposal to Debra."
- Preceded by: "The Garage Sale"
- Followed by: "The Wedding: Part 2"
Ray was just promoted to sports columnist for Newsday, so he decides to propose to her in his very first official column. But his plan to have her read it goes awry. His parents end up reading it to her. So Ray now thinks that Debra only said "yes" because she was in front of Ray's whole family.
And the episode ends when Debra and her parents are planning the wedding the next day without even involving him. And the words "To Be Continued" appear on the screen.
Debra makes a crack about Ray being obsessed with monkeys when they talk about the movie Planet of the Apes. Ray's obsession with monkeys continues through the series.
There is also the running joke about Ray's big nose. He refers to himself as a flamingo in this episode.
This is the first multi-part episode in the series. The second would be Italy: Part 1 and Part 2. The third is the big fight between Debra and Marie that carries over from Season 6 to Season 7, spanning 4 episodes: Mother's Day, The Bigger Person, The First Time, and The Cult.
This is also one of the few times the audience gets to see Debra's apartment.
Also, Debra's sister Jennifer was mentioned, but not seen. They mention her wedding but in later episode she hasn't married and is becoming a nun.
They went to see Fr. Hubley as Debra's parish priest in Conneticut. Later Fr. Hubley is the priest at their parish on Long Island. That is a different Diocese than the one in Conneticut and a priest can not serve in two different Dioceses.
- Ray: "I'm invited, right?"