The One Where Phoebe Hates PBS

Season 5, Ep 4, Aired 10/15/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Joey lands a job with a PBS telethon, which ignites an old hatred Phoebe has towards the network. Meanwhile, Monica tries to convince Rachel that she's dating someone from work to hide her relationship with Chandler.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Sandra Thigpen

    The Stage Manager

  • John R. McLaughlin

    The PBS Volunteer

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller

  • Lisa Kudrow

    Phoebe Buffay

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • Ross has to choose.

    By Canogaparkcindy, Apr 09, 2009

  • Pretty funny, but average for a Friends episode.

    By Johnny2544, Jul 01, 2007

  • a good episode

    By simpfan90210, Apr 27, 2007

  • ...

    By Andrew0000, Apr 16, 2007

  • Joey lands a job with PBS telethon which has Phoebe towards the network. Monica tells Rachel that she is dating someone from work to hide her relationship with Chandler. Ross finally hears from Emily.

    By Black_Grace, Feb 15, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Chandler: Hey, Joey's gonna be at the telethon the rest of the day and we have the whole place to ourselves. Monica: Yeah, so? Chandler: Well, I thought maybe you'd want to book sometime with the best you've ever had. Monica: You know what, champ, I think I'll pass. Chandler: Why? Monica: Why? (starts dancing like Chandler) Chandler: What's your point? Monica: With all that stupid gloating, would you wanna sleep with you? Chandler: Well, I'd think I'd be a little out of my league but I'd give it a shot.

    • Chandler (to the chick & duck): How many times have I told you guys to never watch the cooking channel?

    • Chandler: Hey, Monica, can I ask you a cooking question? Monica: Sure. Chandler: If you're cooking on the stove, does that mean that your new secret boyfriend is better in bed than Richard? Rachel: Chandler! ... Is he? Monica: You know, I think I'm going to respect the privacy of my new secret boyfriend. Chandler: Why? I mean, if this guy was me and it was me who had learned that it was me the best you've ever had, I'd be going like this... (starts dancing)

    • Chandler: Look, maybe I got carried away before but there's somethin' that you gotta know. If I'm the best, it's only 'cause you made me the best. Monica: Keep talking. Chandler: I mean, I was nothin' before you. Call the other girls and ask, which wouldn't take long. But when I'm with you, and we're together... Oh, my God.

    • Rachel: So, Chandler have you heard about Monica's secret boyfriend? Chandler: UH, yeah, she might have-- might have mentioned him. Rachel: So, Mon, when are we gonna meet this new, secret waiter man? Monica: Oh, he's really shy. I don't think he's going to be meeting anyone. Chandler: Yeah, I don't think he's up to meeting anyone. Rachel: I don't care. I want to meet this guy who's the best sex she ever had. Chandler (smiles): Really? That's what you heard? (to Monica) You said that? Monica: I might've said that. (Chandler laughs) Why is that funny? Chandler: Because I'm very happy for him. And you! You lucky dog.

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    Notes (5)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Phoebe a dobrý skutek (Phoebe and a Good Deed)

    • This is the only episode in season 5 that uses Phoebe's name in the title.

    • Music: "Pizzicati" from Sylvia by Leo Delibes

    • Helen Baxendale, who played Emily, was pregnant during the filming of the season 5 episodes. In this episode, and the next, she hides her midsection with either a quilt or a pillow.

    • This episode runs 24:47 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00). Among other things, there's a scene added with Ross trying to convince Carol to move to London.

    Trivia (7)

    • Goof: When Susan and Ben come in, they knock. Why would Susan knock at her own apartment?

    • Goof: At the beginning of the episode when Rachel is going into Monica's room, she is wearing closed-toe heels. However, when Rachel bursts out after seeing Monica waiting for Chandler, she is wearing open-toe heels.

    • 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: In the scene where Phoebe complains that she can't find a single selfless good deed, the boom mic is briefly visible at the top of the screen just before the camera zooms in on her.

    • Goof: When Monica walks into Chandler's apartment to get her pan back, the Magna Doodle pen is hanging down. When she goes to leave and Chandler stops her, the pen is attached to the board. When the camera angle changes, the pen is hanging down again.

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    Allusions (5)

    • Monica: I'm seeing a guy from work! Rachel: That cute waiter guy from your restaurant? The one that looks like a nonthreatening Ray Liotta? Ray Liotta is an Emmy Award-winning actor known for his roles in Goodfellas and Something Wild, and for portraying psychotic characters.

    • Ross: Does Rachel get to pick the movie that we're all going to see tonight? Rachel: Excellent. What's the answer? Whoo! Looks like Stella's gonna get her groove back tonight. Rachel was referring to How Stella Got Her Groove Back is a romance starring Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs.

    • Telethon Host: Now, if you've been enjoying the performance of Cirque du Soleil and you'd like to see more of the same type of programming, it's very simple. Cirque du Soleil ("Circus of the Sun") is a famous circus production where the performers are people acting to music.

    • Ross: It'll be just like Three's Company only there's a kid and my wife... and you're the gay ones. Three's Company is a an American TV show about a guy and two girls living together and their misunderstandings.

    • Phoebe: ...After my mom killed herself, I was just in this really bad place, y'know, personally. So, I just thought that it'd make me feel better if I wrote to Sesame Street, 'cause they were so nice when I was a little kid! Sesame Street is a popular children's television show.

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