Desperate for time alone to complete some draft chapters for his baseball book, character, Ray Barone, begs his wife, Debra, to take their kids away for a day of camping so that he can find focus and productivity. Having wasted so much time during the year, an exasperated Debra makes Ray despair:
RAY [pointing to his head]: Don’t you get that I have Cats in the Cradle playing up here?
DEBRA: I think you have two monkeys and a yo-yo playing up there.
Great writing comes with poetic familiarity—Cats in the Cradle and the unexpected—two monkeys, but great dialog is the fruit of natural timing too—zap-zing. That’s no easy thing.
You’ll find this brilliant action in season 5, episode 6 of Everybody Loves Raymond—and kudos to writer, Mike Royce, for this favorite TV scene of mine.