Whenever one of the twins was going to have an issue in the show, it was almost always Michael Barone, played by Sullivan Sweeten. For instance, in the episode “Left Back,” Michael is in danger of not moving to kindergarten from preschool due to being unable to keep up with the other kids.
In “Home From School,” he does not want to go to school due to being made fun of by other kids. In “The Angry Family,” he draws a picture of a family – his own – that is very angry and constantly getting into fights. The list goes on and on.
Made From a Bevy of Sitcoms
There are lots and lots of details that the novella “Bittersweet Symphony” by Rebecca McNutt takes from sitcoms, many of which come from “Everybody Loves Raymond.” These details include the surname of the main character, Barone, as well as the New York location. The character Romana Barone in the novella has both her personality and looks based on Debra.
In addition, it uses the character Bailey Quarters from “WKRP in Cincinnati” as inspiration for Bailey “Lawyer” Lawrence Kane. Finally, there's Selena Barone, who is inspired by the character Rudy Huxtable on “The Cosby Show.” Sounds like a strange mix if you ask us.
As in many TV shows, the sets that “Everybody Loves Raymond” used were re-used from – or for – multiple other shows. This includes the set of Robert's apartment used as Nile Crane's apartment when he was forced to live at the “Shangri-La” in “Frasier.” Additionally, the set that is used for Ray and Debra's kitchen is the same set used for the Barrys' kitchen on the TV series “Dave's World.”
It makes perfect sense – why build a brand new set when you can just get some set dressers in to make it look like the character lives there? Recycling the sets is also cost-effective and less damaging to the environment.
Only if You Feel Like It
In the episode “The Ball,” there is a scene near the end that has Ray kissing his father, Frank, on the forehead. While the scene was scripted, Ray Romano objected to it, saying that it did not make sense to him – it is not something that he would do in real life, so he probably should not do it in the show.
Phil Rosenthal did not pressure Romano into doing it, saying that he should only do it if he felt like it during taping. It seems he did feel like doing it, and the scene made it into the episode.
The Flashback Sister
We all know the children of the Barone family are played by Madylin, Sawyer, and Sullivan Sweeten, but did you know they sometimes play each other? For one, Sawyer and Sullivan are twins, so they could easily show up as each other, and few would know the difference. It's unknown if this ever actually occurred, however.
What DID happen was one of the two brothers playing a younger version of Ally Barone, Madylin's character, in flashbacks for the episode “Why Are We Here?” However, the show has never disclosed whether it was Sullivan or Sawyer that appeared in the flashback.