The One Where Monica and Richard Are Just Friends

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (11)

  • Monica: (About Richard) We talked for a little while, and then, we went out for an innocent burger. Phoebe: Oh, there's no such thing as an innocent burger.

  • Monica: You know what? What if we're friends who don't see other people? Richard: You mean like exclusive friends? Monica: Why not?! I mean this has been the most amazing week. Would it be so terrible? Even if we were friends who lived together. Or, maybe someday friends who stood up in front of their other friends, and vowed to be friends forever. Richard: Wow. You know we're back where we were. Honey, I would love to do all that, but nothing's changed. Monica: That's not true, you don't have a mustache.

  • Joey: Since when do you roller blade? Phoebe: Oh! Since tomorrow. I met this really cute guy in the park and he like, you know, jogs, and blades, and swims, and so, you know, we made a deal that's he's going to teach me all sorts of jock stuff. Ross: And what are you going to do for him? Phoebe: I'm going to let him.

  • Ross: When do you think you're going to get off tonight? Rachel: Oh I don't know honey. It's gonna be really late. Ross: Oh come on, not again. Rachel: I know. I'm sorry. Look, I'll make a deal with you all right? Okay? Ross: Hm. Rachel: For every night that you're asleep before I get home from work... Ross: Yeah. Rachel: I will wake you up in a way that's proved very popular in the past. Ross: Now, if you need to stay late, I want to be supportive of that.

  • Rachel: (About Richard) Monica, what are you doing? Chandler: Well, she spent the last six months getting over him, and now she's celebrating that by going on a date with him.

  • Chandler: Isn't a little cold for you to be wearing shorts? Robert: Well, I'm from California. Chandler: Right, sometimes you guys just burst into flame.

  • Monica: So, we can be friends who sleep together. Richard: Absolutely, this'll just be something we do, like racquetball. Monica: Sounds smart and healthy to me! Um, just out of curiosity, do you have any other racquetball buddies? Richard: Just your dad. Although that's actually racquetball.

  • Joey: Are you just getting home? It's late. Rachel: Yeah, I know. I had the best day, though. I got to sit in on a meeting with the reps from Calvin Klein, I told my boss I liked this new line of lingerie, she ordered a ton of it . . . how was your day? Joey: I discovered I'm able to count all of my teeth using just my tongue.

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Notes (5)

  • International Episode Title: Czech Republic: Jak spolu Monica s Richardem kamarádili (As Monica and Richard Were Friends)

  • Tom Selleck appears in this episode without his trademark moustache. He had to shave it off during filming of the movie 1997 comedy movie In & Out.

  • Starting with this episode, Tom Selleck's character's name will be credited as just "Richard" instead of "Dr. Richard Burke."

  • There is a new opening sequence during the theme song. Clips are added in from other episodes.

  • This episode runs 23:46 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

Trivia (6)

  • Continuity: 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.

  • Goof: When Joey, Chandler and Ross are at Central Perk, Joey's version of Little Women changes in length.

  • Goof: When Monica and Richard are squishing tomatoes and she starts dabbing his shirt with club soda, Monica's bedroom door goes from open to shut between two shots.

  • Goof: When Monica goes into her room to find Richard waiting for her, you can clearly see the set where the balcony is supposed to be.

  • Goof: In one scene, Rachel goes over to Joey's place to borrow some ice. She must have been really engrossed in the conversation, because the container she brought was still empty when she left. Joey said they might be out of ice. They must have been because Rachel refilled the ice tray and put it back in the freezer

  • Factual Error: The parts of The Shining that Joey talks about "in code" are from the movie version, not the book.

Allusions (5)

  • The book Ross is reading in the episode is Race: How Blacks & Whites Think & Feel About the American Obsession by Studs Terkel.

  • Rachel: Well, um, I guess I read Little Women more than once, but I mean that's a classic. What's so great about The Shining? In this episode Rachel and Joey read each other's favorite books. Little Women is a novel by by American author Louisa May Alcott about four sisters growing up during the American Civil War. The novel has been adapted into numerous films including the 1933 film Little Women starring Katherine Hepburn and the 1994 film Little Women starring Winona Ryder. The Shining is a novel by the famous American horror author Stephen King about a writer who gets a job in a haunted hotel. The novel was adapted into the 1980 film The Shining, directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Jack Nicholson.

  • Ross: I think this is an unsolvable problem. Chandler: It's a curiette mariah. The unsolvable problem they gave to Captain Kirk as part of his training to be a Star Fleet commander. Ross: (Correcting him)Kobayashi Maru. The Kobayashi Maru was first depicted in the opening scene of the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

  • Ross: Joey's asking if you've just ruined the first book he's ever loved that didn't star Jack Nicholson. Jack Nicholson is an iconic, three-time Academy Award and seven time Golden Globe winning American actor known for his often dark-themed portrayals of neurotic characters.

  • Richard: He'll go up to the counter with Citizen Kane, Vertigo, and Clockwork Orgy. Citizen Kane is a 1941 mystery/drama film. Vertigo is a 1958 psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Clockwork Orgy is a word play on Clockwork Orange, 1971 film by Stanley Kubrick adapted from the fiction novel by Anthony Burgess.