The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate (a.k.a. Pilot)

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/22/94
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  • Episode Description
  • This is the one where it all began... Rachel leaves Barry at the altar, meets the gang, and moves in with Monica. Monica, meanwhile, sleeps with Paul the Wine Guy, and Ross is reeling from his divorce from Carol, who has become a lesbian.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller

  • Lisa Kudrow

    Phoebe Buffay

  • Matt LeBlanc

    Joey Tribbiani

  • Matthew Perry

    Chandler Bing

  • Fan Reviews (80)
  • Help please 10

    By MarieKnutsonjohnson, 16 hours ago

  • i can't watch

    By gacontapbay3, Apr 13, 2015

  • Ross cut with rachel

    By aleebf1, May 25, 2014

  • love it and allways the best

    By awesomejamman, Dec 13, 2013

  • l like it so much

    By annaplafon, Aug 23, 2013

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (44)

    • Ross: So, Rachel, uh, what are you up to tonight?
      Rachel: Well, I was kinda supposed to be headed for Aruba on my honeymoon so, nothing.
      Ross: Right! You're not even getting your honeymoon. God. No, no! Although, Aruba? This time of year? Yeah, talk about your... big lizards.

    • Joey: And you never knew she was a lesbian... Ross: No! Okay?! Why does everyone keep fixating on that? She didn't know, how should I know?

    • Ross: I just feel like someone reached down my throat, grabbed my small intestine, pulled it out of my mouth, and tied it around my neck... Chandler: Cookie?

    • Phoebe: Ooh... I just pulled out four eyelashes. That can't be good.

    • Rachel: And that's when it hit me-- how much Barry looks like Mr. Potato Head. Ya know, I mean, I always knew he looked familiar, but...

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    Notes (38)

    • Ellen DeGeneres was the first choice to play Phoebe Buffay. When she turned down the role, it went to Lisa Kudrow.

    • Monica is a chef at Iridium, located at 1650 Broadway. Iridium is a basement jazz club long associated with legendary guitarist Les Paul.

    • International Episode Title: Czech Republic: Zrušená svatba (Canceled Wedding)

    • The apartment building used for exteriors is located at the corner of Grove and Bedford Streets in Manhattan's West Village.

    • Matt LeBlanc had the flu and was running a fever of 102 degrees on the first day of filming.

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    Trivia (21)

    • Trivia: Joey and Phoebe don't have their own storyline in this episode.

    • Trivia: Although both Chandler and Monica's apartments have mechanical doorbells installed, they are not used once throughout the entire series. People just knock.

    • Trivia: Chandler has the closing line in both this episode and the last episode of the series.

    • 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.

    • Phoebe's Song: "Your Love" Love is sweet as summer showers Love is a wondrous work of art But your love, oh your love, Your love is like a giant pigeon Crapping on my heart. La la la la la...

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    Allusions (8)

    • Monica: (Mocking the show on TV) Now I'm guessing that he bought her the big pipe organ, and she's really not happy about it. Chandler: Tuna or egg salad? Decide! Ross: I'll have whatever Christine is having. The Spanish soap opera that the friends watch at Monica's apartment is the very successful Tres Destinos. The lady that doesn't seem to be too happy about the pipe organ is Puerto Rican actress Angela Meyer.

    • Paul: No, I'm telling you last night was like, um, all my birthdays, both graduations, plus the barn raising scene from Witness. Witness was a 1985 Academy Award-winning thriller starring Harrison Ford, as a police chief protecting a witness, and Kelly McGillis, as an Amish widow. Paul refers to the barn raising scene in which the Amish were immensely satisfied with the arduous task they had performed.

    • Monica: (Referring to Joey and Chandler) Oh good, Lenny and Squiggy are here. Lenny and Squiggy, played by Michael McKean and David Lander, are the neighbors on the hit show Laverne and Shirley who were constantly dropping in on the girls and were always together.

    • Monica: Oh wait, wait, unless you happened to catch the Wee One's production of Pinocchio at the little theater in the park. Joey: Look, it was a job all right? Chandler: "Look, Geppetto, I'm a real live boy." Joey: I will not take this abuse. Chandler: You're right, I'm sorry. (Bursts into song and dances out of the door.) "Once I was a wooden boy, a little wooden boy..." Geppetto was the puppet creator in Pinocchio, a traditional story about a wooden puppet's quest to become a real live boy. It was later adapted into the Disney film, Pinocchio.

    • Chandler: Kids, new dream... I'm in Las Vegas. I'm Liza Minnelli... Liza Minnelli is a famous actress and singer who has won Tony awards for her roles on Broadway. She is best known for her role in the musical Cabaret.

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