The One Where Chandler Takes a Bath

Season 8, Ep 13, Aired 1/17/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Monica turns Chandler on to the concept of a bath to relax, complete with scented oils and candles. Ross and Rachel toss baby names back and forth while deciding whether to learn the baby's sex. Joey still likes Rachel, a fact that Monica, Chandler and Phoebe discover by a little detective work.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller-Bing

  • Lisa Kudrow

    Phoebe Buffay

  • Matt LeBlanc

    Joey Tribbiani

  • Matthew Perry

    Chandler Bing

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • It's a girl!

    By Canogaparkcindy, Aug 19, 2008

  • We learn the baby is a girl!

    By Black_Grace, May 06, 2007

  • Chandler discovers the relaxation of taking a bath.

    By LiamBolton, Mar 22, 2006

  • Ross and Rachel argue over what to name their baby; they also discover the sex of the baby; Phoebe, Chandler, and Monica find out about Joey's growing crush on Rachel; Chandler enjoys his bath

    By mischa7, Sep 08, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Rachel: We're having a girl? Ross: No. Rachel: That's what you just said!. Ross: No. Rachel: You said girl. Ross: Yes. I'm... I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. Rachel: I'm not! We're having a girl! Sometimes I can't believe it's with you, but still! We're having a girl! Ross: I know! I know. You know what? I'm putting Ruth back on the table! Rachel: Oh, yes! We'll have ourselves a little baby Ruth... Ross: Permission to veto. Rachel: Yes, please.

    • (After peeking at the doctor's file to see the sex of the baby) Rachel: I swear, I didn't see anything, and I don't want to know! It was just a momentary lapse. Ross: Momentary lapse. Don't you have any self-control? Rachel: Okay, a couple months late on the lecture, Ross.

    • Phoebe: Are you going to find out the sex of the baby? Ross: No, we talked about it. We don't want to know. All we care about is that it's happy and healthy. Rachel: Yep! Happy and healthy! And cute! Ross: And smart! Rachel: Popular. Ross: With an aptitude for science. Phoebe: Are you two talking about the same baby?

    • Joey: All right. Okay. You and Monica, friends for a long time, and sure there are rules, but then you went to London. Oh, no, but that's different. I mean, there are rules there, too! You know what I mean? Chandler: Do you?

    • Joey: Hey, Chandler, you got a minute? I really need to talk to you. Chandler: Yeah. Is this a cold pizza talk or a leftover meatloaf talk? Joey: Neither. Chandler: Oh my God, what's up!?

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    Notes (3)

    • International Episode Title: France: Celui qui découvrait les joies du bain (The One Who Enjoyed Taking Baths)

    • This episode runs 21:52 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    • Music: "Only Time" by Enya

    Trivia (8)

    • Trivia: Phoebe says she can't understand why she keeps losing at Tic-Tac-Toe and begins to reset the game. Rachel tells her, "No, no, honey. My circle always stays in the middle".
      Starting with the middle square in no way guarantees winning at Tic-Tac-Toe. The only way that it would make a difference is if Rachel got to move before Phoebe with one circle already in place. Of course, it's possible that that was the joke.

    • Trivia: On Joey's cereal boxes the brand names are blacked out.

    • Trivia: Joey tells Phoebe he stayed up all night making a list of all the things he doesn't like about Rachel (although all he came up with was that she made him switch to light mayonnaise). Ironically, this is the second time that one of the friends makes a list containing the things he doesn't like about Rachel. The first was Ross's infamous pro/con list, in "The One with the List."

    • Continuity: In this episode Chandler asks Monica to have sex on the balcony, but Monica doesn't like that idea. However in "The One with Phoebe's Husband" Monica admits she had sex on the balcony with Fun Bobby.

    • Trivia: Even though Friends never directly mentions the 9/11 terrorist attack in the United States, in the opening scene Joey is wearing a shirt with the emblem for the FDNY with the name Capt Billy Burke, a NYC firefighter who lost his life on September 11th, 2001 at the World Trade Center.

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    Allusions (7)

    • Rachel: We'll have ourselves a little baby Ruth.

      Baby Ruthis a popular candy bar, made with peanuts, caramel, and nougat. It was named after President Grover Cleveland's daughter, Ruth.

    • Chandler: Joey hasn't had this much trouble getting out words since we saw him in Macbeth. Monica: That was a long night. Macbeth is a play by William Shakespeare, based on the historical Scottish king.

    • Chandler: I'm going to need a bigger boat. This is a famous line from the 1975 movie Jaws, directed by Steven Spielberg.

    • Chandler: Honey, it's two o'clock on a Wednesday and I'm watching Road Rules. How stressed do you think I am? Road Rules is an MTV reality show about a group of strangers traveling on an RV and completing missions. It first aired on July 15, 1995.

    • Joey: I was, like my friend the bird would say, Coo-coo! This is a reference to the tagline Sunny, the spokes-bird for Kellogg's Cocoa Puffs cereal, says during the commercials. "I'm coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs!"

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