The One Where Paul's the Man

Season 6, Ep 22, Aired 5/4/00
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  • Episode Description
  • While visiting an art museum, Monica puts her name on a two-year waiting list to use the museum for a wedding. When Paul threatens to fire Ross if he doesn't stop seeing his daughter, Ross and Elizabeth take a trip up to her dad's mountain cabin. Unfortunately, Paul has the same idea and takes Rachel up to the cabin.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Ilia Volok

    The Dry Cleaner

  • Bruce Willis

    Paul Stevens

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller

  • Alexandra Holden

    Elizabeth Stevens

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Bruce Willis back on Friends.

    By seriesguy3998, Aug 08, 2009

  • One of the best.

    By Canogaparkcindy, Jul 13, 2009

  • Monica puts her name on a two-year waiting list to use the museum for a wedding. Ross and Elizabeth take a trip up to her dad's mountain cabin. Paul has the same idea and takes Rachel up to the cabin.

    By Black_Grace, Apr 02, 2007

  • This episode is probably most famous for Paul (Bruce Willis) making an absolute fool of himself...

    By fishdalf, Dec 18, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Rachel: What are you doing here?
      Ross: What are you doing here?
      Rachel: I'm here with Paul!
      Ross: Yeah, I recognized the ankles!
      Rachel: Where is Elizabeth?
      Ross: She went to the store.
      Rachel: You made the girl go to the store?
      Ross: Oh, like I know where the the store is!

    • Ross: Well Rachel's going out with Elizabeth's dad, and he's old. So I guess I'm not the only one whose into fossils!
      Rachel: Ross, all that does is remind us that you're into fossils.

    • Paul: Ross, just so you know, since Lizzie likes you so much, I decided to accept the fact that you are going out with her.
      Ross: Really? That's great!
      Paul: Yeah. But then I changed my mind. I'm funny like that. So I told Lizzie and now I'm telling you, I don't want you going out with my daughter.
      Ross: Okay, Mr. Stevens, I realize this upsets you-
      Paul: Yes, it does.
      Ross: But Elizabeth and I are both adults, and I don't think there's anything that you can do.
      Paul: I'll call the university and tell them about your relationship and have you fired.
      Ross: Oh, a man with a plan!

    • Phoebe: (Referring to Monica and Chandler telling her that he's not ready to get married) Did she buy it? Chandler: Totally. Phoebe: So did Hildy show you the place? Chandler: Yeah. It's beautiful. Phoebe: I can't believe you're gonna ask Monica to marry you. Chandler: I know.

    • Ross: Elizabeth and I are going out of town. Monica: Oh, that's great! Think about all the money that you're gonna make. Ross: Why? What? Monica: Well, her father pays you for babysitting, right? Ross: That's funny. But maybe it's time to move on. You know, let it go. Stop it!

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    Notes (4)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Paul je chlap (Paul Is a Guy)

    • Bruce Willis won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his work as Paul Stevens.

    • This episode runs 22:56 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00).

    • The dry cleaner in this episode claims to have never seen the movie Air Force One. Ilia Volokh, who plays the dry cleaner, also played the part of Vladimir Krasin, the first terrorist to die at the hands of the president in Air Force One.

    Trivia (5)

    • Goof: When Paul walks into his bedroom, Ross is hiding behind the door. Paul then closes the door and walks to the other side of the room to a full-length mirror. Ross would have been obviously visible in that mirror before he was able to slip under the bed.

    • Goof: It is mentioned by the person at the museum that there is a two-year waiting list for weddings, yet Hildy calls to say that there has been a cancellation and Monica and Chandler can have their wedding shortly. Surely just one cancellation would still mean that their wedding would be about two years away.

    • Goof: When Phoebe and Joey walk into the dry cleaners for the last time, Phoebe walks in and says "Ooh there it is" but her mouth isn't moving. She doesn't even see Joey's picture yet because it is behind her when she says that. Then she turns around, points to it and says, "Ooh!" again.

    • Goof: When Paul starts to flex, only two buttons are fastened, but when the shot switches to the mirror, three buttons are fastened.

    • Goof: Elizabeth said that Ross would look pretty silly using her pink bike to go get condoms. Wouldn't they have a car that they drove up to the house with?

    Allusions (1)

    • Joey: In Air Force One the Russians were terrorists. Air Force One is a 1997 action film starring Harrison Ford about Russian terrorists hijacking the presidential plane.

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