Hoppy - Childhood pet rabbit of the Barone family
mentioned on episode No. 151 (aired 10-07-2002) on the situation comedy EVERYBODY LOVES
When Raymond Barone (Ray Romano) was a child, his father, Frank (Peter Boyle)
bought his kids (Ray and Robert) a rabbit. They named it Hoppy. Kids being kids,
however, Ray and Robert (Brad Garrett) never fulfilled their promise to care for
their pet. Consequently, Frank had to take care of the rabbit.
Then one night Raymond came down stairs for some juice and looked out of the
kitchen window to see his father tenderly caring for Hoppy the family rabbit.
This act was so unlike Frank's usual tough-guy persona that it stuck with
Years later, Ray included the story into a mock eulogy writing exercise.
Unfortunately, Frank's cover as a tough-guy was blown when the story go out to
his lodge buddies whom later visited Frank bearing a stuffed pink bunny. The
lodge buddies pleaded with Frank to "Pet the bunny...pet the bunny!" and Frank
He later told his son Raymond "I am not loveable. I am not sweet. I fought in
Korea. I am no bunny petter."
Frank confessed to Raymond that "I hated that bunny" but that "every night,
the damn bunny needed the attention...and you kids never cleaned the cage."
Frank concluded "I hate that bunny story. I want you to remember I was tough."
Angered that his father Raymond was so hard-headed, Ray yelled "you're the
toughest son of a bitch I ever knew."
Upon hearing that, Frank told Ray to "write it down before you forget" and
then gave Raymond permission to go ahead and use the bunny story at his funeral.
As for the rest..."Surprise me," said Frank.
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