This television episode refers to:
October 17, 1949
After a day of Christmas shopping, Debra isn't in the mood for romance, even though she and Ray had an "appointment". She reminds Ray that last week, she was in the mood and he wasn't. Ray didn't understand that Debra's asking for a backrub was the green light for some romance. He asks Debra, "You asked for a back rub, and that means 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington'?".