The One Where Old Yeller Dies

Season 2, Ep 20, Aired 4/4/96
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  • Episode Description
  • Phoebe's world view is shattered when she learns how "Old Yeller" really ends. Monica becomes jealous when Richard begins going out with other people, namely Joey and Chandler. And Rachel becomes upset when she learns that Ross has planned their whole life together.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Lisa Kudrow

    Phoebe Buffay

  • Matt LeBlanc

    Joey Tribbiani

  • Matthew Perry

    Chandler Bing

  • David Schwimmer

    Ross Geller

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • Friends

    By efc91, Aug 10, 2009

  • Ross plans the next 20 years.

    By Canogaparkcindy, May 29, 2009

  • "Alright, for the bizillionth time, yes I see other women in shower at the gym, and no I don't look."

    By Monica-Geller, May 09, 2007

  • so much better without eddie

    By xkelly123x, Jan 21, 2007

  • A good friends episode. may contain SPOILERS

    By TheAWT, Jul 31, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • Chandler: (About the Knicks game) Ross can't go, so it's between my friend Eric who has breath issues and Dan, the poker. (Enthusiastically poking Monica) "Did you see that play?" "Do you want another beer?" "Was that Spike Lee?"
      Monica: Why don't you ask Richard?
      Joey: Good idea. Hey Richard, If you had an extra ticket to the game, and had to choose between a friend who smells and one who bruises you, who would you pick?
      Richard: Well, as a huge Knicks fan myself, I would take someone who is a huge Knicks fan.
      Chandler: That's Eric.

    • Monica: With that moustache doesn't Chandler remind you of Aunt Sylvia? Ross: (Sounding relieved) Thank you!

    • Rachel: (Excited about Ben's first word) Ben just said "hi!" Ross: What, the word "hi?" Rachel: Yea, no, my Uncle Hi.

    • Ross: Okay, and then you take the poopie diaper and you put it in the poopie diaper pail. Rachel: Okay Ross, just so you know, calling it a poopie diaper doesn't make this process any cuter.

    • Monica: So are you okay? Richard: Yeah, just, I feel like I'm about a hundred. I thought I was just one of the guys. Monica: Come here. I'll make you feel like one of the guys. You know for a really cool guy, you suck at foosball!

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    Notes (3)

    • International Episode Title: Czech Republic: VěrnĂ½ Rek (Loyal Rek)

    • The scene in Central Perk where Ross tried to get Ben to say "dada" actually took several takes. The child playing Ben kept saying "dada" every time he was asked! This can be seen on the season one outtakes (on the season ten DVD).

    • This episode runs 22:35 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    Trivia (5)

    • Continuity: In this episode Phoebe watches "Sesame Street" with Ben. However, in "The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS," Phoebe says that she hates that program and PBS by association because, after her mother committed suicide. Phoebe wrote to "Sesame Street," hoping they would help, and received an impersonal reply and a key chain.

    • Goof: When Rachel is changing Ben's diaper, the reflection of a camera man is visible on the microwave.

    • Trivia: In this episode, Ross says that he has planned that he and Rachel will have two kids, a boy and a girl, with the girl hopefully coming first. He says he thinks "Emily" would make a nice name. "Emily" is similar to "Emma," the name of his and Rachel's actual first child.

    • Continuity: When Rachel is holding Ben in Central Perk, she is obviously uncomfortable while doing so. Furthermore, she states that she is "no good with babies." However, in "The One with the List," Ross uses how great she is with Ben as one of her pros. She is obviously not "great" with Ben.

    • Trivia: Ben's first word was also Ross's first line in the series. Furthermore "Hi" was one of Ross's catchphrases throughout Friends.

    Allusions (10)

    • Phoebe: Hey. What'cha guys doing? Richard: Monica's making us watch Old Yeller. Phoebe: Why are you guys so upset? It's Old Yeller. It's a happy movie. Rachel: What? Ross: What are you talking about? Phoebe: Come on. Happy family gets a dog; frontier fun. Ross: Yeah, but Pheebs, what about the end? Phoebe: What, when Yeller saves saves the family from the wolf and everyone's happy? Rachel: That's not the end. Phoebe: Uh huh. That's when my mother would shut off the TV and say "The end." Monica: What about the part where he has rabies? Phoebe: He doesn't have rabies, he has babies. That's what my mom said. Richard: Uh, Phoebe, I don't think your mom would want you to see what's about to happen. Phoebe: What, what's about to happen? (Watching the TV) I've never seen this part before. Hey, Travis, what'cha doing with that gun? Oh no. No, no Travis, put down the gun. No, no, no, no, he, he's your buddy, he's your Yeller. No, no, no, the end! The end! Okay, what kind of sick doggy snuff film is this?! Old Yeller was a 1957 Disney film based on the award-winning book written by Fred Gipson. In the film, while saving Travis and his family from a wolf, Yeller contracts rabies. In the end, Travis shoots and kills Old Yeller in order to protect his family.

    • Phoebe: (Sarcastic) Hey. Oh, thanks for the great movie tip. Monica: Did you like it? Phoebe: (Sarcastic) Oh, yeah. You know, I don't know if I was happier when, um, George Bailey destroyed the family business, or, um, Donna Reid cried, or when the mean pharmacist made his ear bleed. Monica: All right, I'll give you the ear thing, but don't you think the ending was pretty wonderful? Phoebe: I didn't watch the ending, I was too depressed. It just kept getting worse and worse. It should have been called, "It's a sucky life and just when you think it can't suck any more it does." The movie Monica recommended was It's a Wonderful Life, a 1946 film based on the short story "The Greatest Gift" written by Philip Van Doren Stern.

    • Phoebe: Okay, Ben, this is the part where Ernie buries Bert in the sand and can't find him. Now, I've looked ahead on the tape and he does find him again. But, okay, before that happens, there's some pretty rough going for a while, but I think we can handle it. And, there's just the alphabet but we know that ends well so. Okay, here we go. In the tag scene Phoebe and Ben are watching Sesame Street, an American educational children's television series.

    • Monica: You know what? I think I'm gonna go to my room and read Cosmo. Cosmopolitan is a magazine for women, sometimes referred to as Cosmo, which has been published for more than a century.

    • Phoebe: Please, I almost fell for that with, uh, Pride of the Yankees. I thought I was gonna see a film about Yankee pride, and then, boom! The guy gets Lou Gehrig's disease. Richard: Uh, the guy was Lou Gehrig. Didn't you kinda see it coming? The Pride of the Yankees is a 1942 biographical film about the New York Yankees' star baseball player, first baseman Lou Gehrig, who had his Hall-of-Fame career tragically cut short at 36 years of age when he was stricken with the fatal disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, more commonly known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease").

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