Archive for April 5th, 2018

by John Greco

I’m an only child, so sibling rivalry is not something I’ve experienced firsthand, but I have seen friends, relatives, all whom to different degrees have experienced, maybe still do, this kind of competition. In Everybody Loves Raymond, it’s up front in every episode. It obvious, Raymond is his mother’s Marie, favorite. She not shy about expressing this even when older brother Robert stands nearby looking on with his hound dog face. “It’s all about Raymond…” he says more than once over the shows nine-year run.

Speaking about Marie, there are many adult children who like to live near their parents. There are others who rather be far, far away. Some want to have it both ways, be near their parents, and yet keep them at a safe distance. I think that is where Ray Barone fits. Raymond is needy, he needs his mother’s attention, her reassurance, but he doesn’t want her bursting in the front door unannounced, along with the rest of the family. Despite Marie’s smothering and controlling nature. He, and Robert, like many kids, cannot go against Mom. When there is a conflict between Marie and Ray’s wife Debra, Ray cannot help but side with his mother though he knows he should be on Debra’s side, not only because she’s usually right, but for the sake of peace in the house. Debra’s wrath can be devastating. (more…)

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