The One in Massapequa

Season 8, Ep 18, Aired 3/28/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Everybody prepares to go out to Long Island for the elder Gellers' 35th wedding anniversary party, and Monica tries to write a toast to make everybody cry like Ross's toasts do. Phoebe invites her new boyfriend, Parker, who has an extreme zest for life. Ross and Rachel discover that his parents have told people they're married.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Elliott Gould

    Jack Geller

  • Ellen Gerstein

    Aunt Lisa

  • John C. Moskoff

    Uncle Dan

  • Christina Pickles

    Judy Geller

  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • 818

    By Canogaparkcindy, Sep 12, 2010

  • massapequa!

    By neeksmanx, Sep 06, 2008

  • 35th anniversary, wow I want to take a mental picture of it:))!

    By Emina_I, Jun 19, 2008

  • Jack and Judy's 35th wedding annivarsary.

    By Black_Grace, May 11, 2007

  • funny

    By simpfan90210, May 06, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Judy: While we think it's absolutely marvelous that you're having this baby out of wedlock, some of our friends are less open-minded. Which is why we've told them all that you're married. Ross & Rachel: What? Judy: Thanks for going along with this. Ross: Dad, so what, we have to pretend that we're married? Jack: Son, I had to shave my ears for tonight. You can do this. Ross: (Turning to Rachel) Can you believe that? Rachel: Yeah, if you're going to do the ears, you might as well take a pass at the nosal area.

    • Ross: Chi-Chi! Oh, I loved this dog! Y'know Monica couldn't get braces because Chi-Chi needed knee surgery. Monica: What? Ross: You were the 200-pound 11-year-old who rode her!

    • Chandler: (About Parker) Somewhere there is someone with a tranquilizer gun and a huge butterfly net looking for that man.

    • Monica: (Giving her parent's anniversary speech) No, no it’s going to be great. Really! Mom, Dad, when I got married, one of the things that made me sure I could do it was the amazing example the two of you set for me. For that and so many other things I want to say thank you. I know I probably don’t say it enough, but I love you. (Pretends to cry) When I look around this room, I’m saddened by the thought of those who could not be here with us. Nana, my beloved grandmother who would so want to be here, but she can’t because she’s dead. As is our dog Chi-Chi. I mean look how cute she is. (Holds up picture, pretending to cry) Was. (To an old man) Do me a favor and pass this to my parents. Remember she’s dead. Okay, her and Nana, gone. Wow! Hey does anybody remember when Debra Winger had to say goodbye to her children in Terms of Endearment? Didn’t see that? No movie fans?! You want to hear something sad? The other day I was watching 60 Minutes these orphans in Romania, who have been so neglected, they were incapable of love. (No one cries) You people are made of stone! Here’s to mom and dad! Whatever!

    • Ross: And then, we could've gone from the ceremony to the reception with you in the sidecar! Rachel: Ross, it just wouldn't have been feasible. Ross: But having a dove place the ring on your finger would've been no problem? Rachel: It was really fun being married to you tonight. Ross: Yeah. And, it was the easiest 400 bucks I've ever made. Rachel: Okay, Ross can I ask you something? Ross: Yeah. Rachel: That proposal at the planetarium... Ross: I know, I know it was stupid. Rachel: Are you kidding?! With the, with the lilies, and the song, and the stars! It was really wonderful! Did you just make that up? Ross: No, actually I thought about it when, when we were going out. It's how I imagined I uh, I would ask you to marry me. Rachel: Well, that would've been very hard to say no too. Ross: It's a good thing I didn't do it, because it sounds like it would've been a very expensive wedding.

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    Notes (6)

    • Six years after this episode aired, Alec Baldwin (Parker) would work with Jennifer Aniston again in the 30 Rock episode "The One with the Cast of Night Court". The show was even named "The One with..." as an homage to Friends and Jennifer Aniston's participation.

    • International Episode Title: France: Celui qui était trop positif (The One Who Was Too Optimistic)

    • Elliot Gould was credited as a "Special Appearance."

    • Alternate Title: The One With The Zesty Guy

    • Alec Baldwin, who played Parker, was actually born in Massapequa.

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    Trivia (8)

    • Goof: Since the Gellers told the people at the party that Ross and Rachel were married, they should have brought Rachel a wedding ring of some sort--or at least loaned her Judy's. It's so obvious Rachel has no ring on her finger--especially when describing how Ross proposed, and she makes a fist with her left hand and says, "...and the engagement ring was the size of my fist!".

    • Goof: At the party Rachel says to Ross "I'm not you. This may be the only wedding I'll ever have." Even if it wasn't her dream wedding, she did already have one when she married Ross a few years prior in "The One in Vegas (2)."

    • Goof: When the group is leaving for the party Monica says she has the keys and they are driving. Monica drives a Porsche, which fits only two people, maybe three max. Originally all of the friends and Parker were planning on riding together. There is no way that seven of them would have fit it Monica's Porsche. Even with Ross and Rachel taking a cab, the other five could not have fit.

    • Continuity: In this episode, Phoebe's apartment is number 16, but in "The One With Joey's New Brain" she said that she lived at 5 Morton Street Apt. 14.

    • Continuity: In this episode they are celebrating the Geller's 35th wedding anniversary. Also, in "The One with Rachel's Book" it is revealed that the Geller's got married because Jack got Judy pregnant with Ross. This mean Ross would have to be about 35 years old. Since this episode aired in 2002, Ross would have been born in 1967. However, Ross's year of birth is inconsistent. In "The Pilot" (1994) Ross says he is 26, implying he was born in 1967. Also, in "The One Where Monica and Richard are Just Friends" (1997) he says he is 29. However in the next season in "The One Where They're Going to Party" Ross also says he is 29, implying he was born in 1968. Furthermore, in the next season in "The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS" Ross says he is about to get divorced again before he's thirty, implying he is still 29 and born in 1969. Also, in "The One with the Video Tape," Ross claims that he backpacked across Europe in 1983 then whispers to himself "I was thirteen?" implying he was born in 1969 or 1970. Now another continuity issue appears. In "The One Where Rosita Dies" Jack Geller says that Ross was a medical marvel, since the doctor said Judy couldn't get pregnant, implying that they were already married. So would Ross really be 35 at the time of this episode?

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    Allusions (5)

    • Ross: (Telling the story of his fake proposal) Then, Fred Astaire singing "The Way You Look Tonight" came on the sound system, and the lights came down. And I got down on one knee and written across the dome in the stars were the words "Will you marry me?" Fred Astaire is an Award-winning American film and Broadway actor and singer. "The Way You Look Tonight" was from his 1936 movie Swing Time, and won the Oscar For Best Original Song.

    • Rachel: (About her and Ross's fake wedding) On a cliff, in Barbados, at sunset, and Stevie Wonder sang "Isn’t She Lovely" as I walked down the aisle. Woman: Really? Rachel: Yeah, Stevie’s an old family friend. Stevie Wonder is a famous blind, African American musician who won 22 Grammy Awards, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award. Stevie Wonder is best known for his double album "Songs in the Key of Life" which contained the song "Isn't She Lovely" written for his newborn daughter.

    • Rachel: You wouldn’t think that Annie Leibovitz would forget to put film in the camera. Annie Leibovitz is a Jewish photographer famous for her portraits of celebrities.

    • Monica: It's not going to be like regular crying. It's going to be like Terms of Endearment crying. Terms of Endearment is a 1983 movie about the up-and-down relationship of a mother and her daughter over the course of several very trying years, as they struggle with marriage, love, and cancer. It's well-known as a real tear jerker of a movie.

    • Phoebe: Let's play the game of who can stay quiet the longest. Parker: Or... Jenga. Jenga is a game in which players remove blocks from a wood tower and put them back on the top. The player who causes the tower to collapse loses. The word jenga is derived from "kujenga," the Swahili word for "build."

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