The One Where Ross Can't Flirt

Season 5, Ep 19, Aired 4/22/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Joey lands a role in Law & Order, and his Italian-speaking grandmother comes over to watch his network debut. Meanwhile, Ross tries unsuccessfully to flirt with the pizza delivery girl.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kristin Dattilo


  • Jennifer Aniston

    Rachel Green

  • Lilyan Chauvin

    Grandma Tribbiani

  • Courteney Cox

    Monica Geller

  • Lisa Kudrow

    Phoebe Buffay

  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • the last five minutes were deffinately the best

    By thebeatles772, Apr 14, 2008

  • A bottle episode!

    By Canogaparkcindy, Apr 10, 2009

  • Ross' flirting is hilarious

    By emmalou2704, Jul 03, 2008

  • "If this is the way all the Gellers flirt, we don't have a problem." - Chandler

    By FriendsSvuLost8, Feb 07, 2008


    By grace87, Sep 14, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • Caitlin (about Ross): Well, if he's so great, why don't you go out with him? Rachel: Hmm. Well, you know, at some point you and I may need to have a longer conversation.

    • Rachel: It's just my friend Ross. He just gets really nervous with his flirting. Caitlin: Oh my, god, that was flirting. Rachel: Yeah. I know, I know, I'm telling you once you get past that part where it feels like you wanna die um, he's a really good person.

    • Phoebe: Can I talk to your for a sec? I lost one of your earrings. I am sorry, so, so sorry. Monica: Wow. Okay, um... what can you do? If you lost it, you lost it. Phoebe: I'll replace it. I promise. I feel terrible. Monica: Alright, sweety. That's fine. You didn't do it on purpose. Phoebe: No. Monica: Aw, look at you. Come here. (they hug) Feel better? Phoebe: Yeah, you're the best. Rachel: Okay, wait a minute. Wait a minute. I- I can't do this. Honey, it's not Phoebe's fault. She leant me the earrings, I lost, I'm so sorry. Honey, I feel terrible, too. (goes to hug Monica) Monica: That is exactly why I don't lend you stuff. I mean, first it's my jewelry and if it's not my jewelry it's my blue sweater and if it's not my blue sweater it's my sunglasses. Rachel: Your sunglasses? Phoebe: Oh, right. (hands the sunglasses to Monica)

    • Phoebe: Did you find it? Rachel: The earring? No. But, look, I found my sunglasses under the couch. I've been looking for these since like, last summer. Phoebe: Okay, those are my sunglasses, you borrowed them from me. Rachel: Okay, calm down. Here they are.

    • Monica: Phoebe, I have to have those earrings. We're gonna leave as soon as the show's over. Phoebe: I already gave them back to you. Monica: No you didn't. Phoebe: Alright. I already didn't gave them back to you. That's what I said.

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    Notes (3)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Jak Ross zkoušel flirtovat (As Ross Tried to Flirt)

    • Central Perk is not a part of this episode.

    • This episode runs 22:40 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00). Extra scene with Caitlin and Rachel talking outside.

    Trivia (10)

    • When Joey and his grandmother enter the apartment they come from the left yet the staircase is to the right.

    • Continuity: In this episode, Phoebe can speak fluent Italian. However, in "The One with the Blackout" she can't understand what Paolo is saying.

    • Factual Error: Ross says that methane smells. However, methane is odorless. An artificial smell is sometimes added for safety purposes by adding either methanethiol or ethanethiol to the methane.

    • Continuity: In this episode, Joey can speak some fluent Italian. However, in "The One with Chandler in a Box", Chandler says he knows Joey only knows the bad Italian words.

    • Trivia: Here are the translations for the Italian lines. Joey: Sono il numero uno? Vero nonna? Translation: I'm number one, right Grandma? Phoebe: Vuole qualcosa da bere signora? Translation: Would you like something to drink?

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    Allusions (2)

    • Chandler: (Singing) Ground control to Major Tom. Commencing countdown, engines on. Chandler was singing "Space Oddity" by David Bowie.

    • Grandma Tribbiani: No Sam Waterston. Crime Misdemeanor, Capricorn One. Samuel Waterston is an Academy Award-nominated American actor known for his portrayal of Jack McCoy on the long-running NBC television series Law & Order. He also starred in Crimes and Misdemeanors, a 1989 drama written and directed by Woody Allen, and Capricorn One, a 1978 thriller.

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